Since her indelible 1989 debut feature Sweetie, New Zealand–born Jane Campion has been one of the most distinctive talents in world cinema. The first woman awarded the Palme d‘Or at Cannes—for her Oscar-winning 1993 feature The Piano—Campion makes films that reflect a highly personal and idiosyncratic style, influenced by her background in anthropology and painting, and notable for their visual inventiveness, dark sense of humor, and complex depictions of women and sexuality. For four decades now, Campion has moved freely across genres—family melodrama, gothic romance, literary adaptation, farce, suspense-thriller—and also between cinema and television. This September, the Film Society marks the U.S. premiere of the eagerly awaited series Top of the Lake: China Girl (airing on Sundance TV in September) with a retrospective survey of Campion’s rich and revelatory body of work, with the director in person for select screenings.
Organized by Dennis Lim and Tyler Wilson
SundanceTV; See-Saw Films; BBC Worldwide (TBC); Australian Film, Television and Radio School; National Film & Sound Archive of Australia; Chicago Film Society; Yale Film Study Center; Kate Richter
Q&A with Jane CampionIn anticipation of Top of the Lake: China Girl, Jane Campion will join us at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a special onstage conversation spanning her entire career.
Q&A with Jane Campion, Gerard Lee, Ariel Kleiman, and Alice EnglertFollowing the series’ acclaimed premiere at Cannes this year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to present the first two episodes from the second installment of Campion and Gerard Lee’s crime series. Taking on a new case in Sydney, Elisabeth Moss reprises her Golden Globe–winning role as Detective Robin Griffin, alongside fresh characters played by Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie.
Free ScreeningElisabeth Moss is a detective who investigates the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl in New Zealand in this thrilling, seven-episode television series, perhaps the toughest, wildest drama Campion has ever made.
Free screening • Complimentary Popcorn & Soda • Pre-Screening ReceptionSumptuously photographed and exceedingly smart, Jane Campion’s interpretation of The Portrait of a Lady is a cinematic fever dream fascinated by the pictorial and sensuous forms of dominance within James’s text, and the inextricable bond between romantic love and violence.
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