A Late Quartet

Thurs., Jan. 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 4th, 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6th, 3 p.m.
SPECIAL ATTRACTION: Sun., Jan. 6th, 3:00 p.m. - Performance by Edgewater Flute Quartet

Directed by Yaron Zilberman • Written by Seth Grossman and Yaron Zilberman • 105 min. • USA • 2012 • Rated R for language and some sexuality

Cellist Peter Mitchell (Christopher Walken), first violinist Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir), second violinist Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and Robert’s wife, violist Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener), comprise a world-renowned string quartet, about to launch their 25th anniversary season. When Peter is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, he decides to make the upcoming season his last. Shocked by this announcement, the remaining three find themselves at a crossroads, as egomania, lust, and a kind of musical chairs threaten more than a quarter century of friendship and fruitful collaboration. As they prepare to play Beethoven’s Opus 131, the seven movements of the piece echo the quartet’s own tumultuous journey.

Official Web site for A Late Quartet

A Late Quartet at the Internet Movie Database

“Grace notes abound in A Late Quartet, a small, shining gem of a movie that works its way into your heart with insinuating potency of music. Walken’s performance is heartbreaking, and a master class in the craft of acting.” —Peter Travers, Rolling Stone (full review)

“You don’t have to be a classical fan to appreciate the film’s air of inside baseball—the ease with which it navigates a hermetic world of people who understand music better than they understand themselves.” —Ty Burr, Boston Globe (full review)

A Late Quartet serves as an acting showcase, particularly for Walken and Hoffman, and makes for an interesting study in artistic ego.” —Mary F. Pols, Time (full review)

View the trailer for A Late Quartet:


The Saratoga Film Forum will offer a late-breaking special attraction to its movie screening on Sunday afternoon, January 6th.  At 3:00 in the Arts Center theater, the Edgewater Flute Quartet will perform a range of classical selections for half an hour, followed by the dramatic feature, A Late Quartet.

Based in Latham, the four members of the Edgewater Flute Quartet are 10th and 12th graders at Columbia and Latham High Schools, and all members of the well-regarded Empire State Youth Orchestra.  Seniors Ashley Watson and Justin Lafond, and sophomores Evelyn Welch and Helen Lewis, will treat Film Forum movie goers to a concert of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Borodin, and other classical pieces, on flute, viola, violin, and cello.

In A Late Quartet,  with Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir, a world-renowned string quartet is unhinged by the revelation of a serious illness amongst its members, a crisis that unleashes competing egos and long suppressed desires, and faces the group with its toughest test.

General admission for this special event and movie is $7.  Student and member admission is $5.  Check out their Facebook page to learn more.