In 2005, Focus Features released one of its best known and most celebrated efforts: Brokeback Mountain, an adaptation of the Annie Proulx short story of the same name. The story of Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal), and the affair that began between them during a sheep drive in 1960s Wyoming, has the ragged and deeply felt contours of a classic collaboration between director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus, along the same lines as The Ice Storm (which preceded Brokeback Mountain) and Lust, Caution (which followed it). The impact of Brokeback Mountain was such that not only did it win three of the five Academy Awards for which it was nominated (director, screenplay, and score), but it also opened up the conversation about different kinds of love stories that center on the relationship between the protagonists rather than on sexual politics.
Bing Theater | FAQs | Focus Features anniversary screening, followed by a conversation with Ang Lee and James Schamus.
STANDBY ONLY: A stand-by line will form at 6 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office. Please note that we cannot guarantee any standby access; guests in the standby line will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.