I’m not usually a fan of movie marathons — that’s a lot of sitting, and inevitably a lot of popcorn — but here’s one I could get behind: Richard Linklater’s romantic trilogy “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight,” screening back-to-back-to-back Saturday and Sunday at the SIFF Film Center. I’ve enjoyed these movies separately, spread out over nearly two decades, but have never watched them together, and I suspect it might be fascinating to watch as Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine fall in and out of love, grow older, and change, talking all the way. For ticket and schedule information, see SIFF’s website. For those who, like me, loved “Before Midnight,” note that Linklater, Delpy and Hawke are nominated for an Oscar this year in the adapted screenplay category — even though it’s hard to understand how this entirely original story is an adaptation. In a New York Times interview, Hawke said that ““Rich and Julie and I don’t really understand” why it’s considered an adapted screenplay, but then acknowledged that any sequel is considered by the Academy to be an adaptation, because it’s based on what came before. Which makes sense, I suppose.
Delpy and Hawke, walking and talking in “Before Midnight” (photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)