Programmed in conjunction with the MLK Celebration.
Adapted from Hugo author Brian Selznick’s YA novel, Todd Haynes’s (Carol) love letter to two bygone eras of New York is a cinematic marvel for all ages.
In 1977, following the death of his single mother, Ben (Oakes Fegley) loses his hearing in a freak accident and makes his way from Minnesota to New York, hoping to learn about the father he has never met. A half-century earlier, another deaf 12-year-old, Rose (Millicent Simmonds), flees her restrictive Hoboken home, captivated by the bustle and romance of the nearby big city. Each of these parallel adventures, unfolding largely without dialogue, leads the children to the Museum of Natural History, a place of enchantment and amazement to both. The mystery of how their stories ultimately converge, which involves Julianne Moore in a lovely dual role, provides the film’s emotional core.