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Words and Pictures

USA | 2013 | 120 minutes | Fred Schepisi

Private school English teacher Jack (Clive Owen) bristles when accomplished painter Dina (Juliette Binoche) arrives to teach art. Struggling to inspire their students, Jack proposes a challenge: a face-off between the power of words versus the power of art.

May 16, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas  
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May 17, 2014
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Jack (Clive Owen) is a brilliant but troubled English teacher at an upscale private school who meets far more than his match when Dina (Juliette Binoche), an accomplished painter suffering from arthritis, arrives to teach art. Beset by writer’s block and bothered by his students’ focus on social media, Jack has taken to drinking, too often and in inappropriate places. Initially, he and Dina are like oil and water, dismissive of each other’s reliance upon their respective disciplines, though both struggle to inspire passion in their students. Desperate to get his students’ grades up, Jack hatches a plan: a challenge to the new teacher and her students to prove which is more worthwhile—words or pictures—by pitting the classrooms against each other in a competition. Fred Schepisi’s (Roxanne, Six Degrees of Separation) superb direction meets his lead’s talents in a film that transcends generic convention. Gerald Di Pego’s witty script brims with unexpected incident and plot twists. Words and Pictures melds the best of both worlds into a moving picture of sheer delight.

Director Biography

Fred Schepisi began his career in the advertising world directing both commercials and documentaries. His first feature-length film The Devil's Playground (1976) won six AFI awards, including Best Film. Best known for directing Roxanne (1987) and Six Degrees of Separation (1993), Schepisi was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to the Australian film industry.

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Director: Fred Schepisi
Principal Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Valerie Tian, Bruce Davison, Navid Negahban
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 120 minutes
Producer: Curtis Burch, Gerald Di Pego
Screenplay: Gerald Di Pego
Cinematographers: Ian Baker
Editors: Peter Honess
Music: Paul Grabowsky
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: The Eye of the Storm (2011); Empire Falls (2004); It Runs in the Family (2002); Last Orders (2001); Fierce Creatures (1996); I.Q. (1994) ; Six Degrees of Separation (1993); Mr. Baseball (1992); The Russia House (1990); A Cry in the Dark (1988); Roxanne (1987); Plenty (1985); Iceman (1983); Barbarosa (1981); The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978); The Devil’s Playground (1976)
Language: English
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
International Sales: Voltage Pictures, CAA
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