As the Golden Globes on January 11 quickly approach, expect to hear David Fincher’s name a lot. His CGI-laden romantic fable, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is up for five awards, a first for the director whose films, which include the thrillers Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac, have never been nominated. The Film Society devotes its first series of the year, Under the Sign of Fincher, to the technical wizard, with a program including the three above-mentioned movies and three films chosen by Fincher himself that were essential to his creative development: Polanski’s Chinatown and his two childhood favorites, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Mary Poppins. And mark your calendars: On January 4 at 7:30 p.m., Fincher will discuss the making of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Thu., Jan. 1; Sun., Jan. 4, 2009