Richard Linklater’s “Before” Trilogy


Richard Linklater’s witty, wistful and wonderful “Before” trilogy – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013), all starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy – collectively form a richly unique experience of romance shaped by place, memory, and time. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see all three films together on the big screen for an enchanting afternoon of love, loss, chance, chat, regret, and rebirth.

Before Sunrise
American traveler Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and French student Celine (Julie Delpy) meet while on a Vienna-bound train and share a mutual attraction. Together they leave the train to begin exploring the city of Vienna, walking and talking into the wee hours of the night and slowly falling in love as the minutes before Jesse’s return to the US tick away. Set over the course of 24 hours, Richard Linklater’s sweet, intelligent and loquacious romantic comedy began a cinematic love affair between his two stars that would continue over the next two decades. (Dir. by Richard Linklater, 1995, USA, 105 mins., Rated R) 35mm

Before Sunset
In Before Sunrise, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) were strangers who spent a life-changing night together in Vienna. In Linklater’s wistful sequel Before Sunset, nine years have passed, and Jesse has written a book about the encounter. During his accelerated European book tour, he reunites with Celine in Paris. Before Jesse’s flight home, he joins Celine for a picturesque walk around Paris peppered with intimate conversation: at first, about the minutiae of their day-to-day lives and their relationships, and then about their lingering feelings for one another. (Dir. by Richard Linklater, 2004, USA, 80 mins., Rated R) 35mm

Before Midnight
Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) first met in their twenties in Before Sunrise; reunited in their thirties in Before Sunset; and in Before Midnight, Linklater’s latest chapter in the epic romance, his maturing couple face the past, present and future; family, romance and love. Now on a writer’s retreat in Greece, Jessie and Celine look for a night of passion, but instead their idyllic night turns into a sobering test of their relationship and an emotion-filled discussion of what the future holds for them. (Dir. by Richard Linklater, 2013, USA, 109 mins., Rated R) Digital