After a 10-year hiatus during which no new work and little word of Bill Forsyth could be found, the man hailed as Scotland's greatest living director is making a rare personal appearance at a screening of his newly-restored 1987 film Housekeeping, based on the book by Marilynne Robinson. Forsyth is known for his off-kilter melancholic comedies of the early '80s, which boldly portray youth and loneliness in the vein of John Hughes à la The Breakfast Club—except Hughes only ever touched on the kind of latent darkness that looms behind Forsyth's every scene. Housekeeping concerns two orphaned sisters seeking a home with their aunt (Christine Lahti), who's more than a little eccentric (Lahti's character hitches on freight trains, steals a boat, and, at one point, presumably catches a fish with her bare hands). It will be shown at Film Forum tonight, followed by an interview with Forsyth.
Thu., April 15, 7:15 p.m., 2010