by Jim Ridley
At 7 p.m. at Third Man Records, the new Light and Sound Machine film series is offering one of 2012's most acclaimed releases not to play Nashville: The Unspeakable Act, a character study of siblings with a somewhat incestuous bond by director and revered film critic Dan Sallitt. Bilge Ebiri has a terrific review in tomorrow's Scene that may help tip the scale, especially since this is the movie's first and only Nashville screening.
But wait! At 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema, as part of the "International Lens" series, legendary experimental filmmaker Robert Beavers will attend a rarer-than-rare screening of his work outside its usual venue: a pastoral outdoor screening area in Greece. Also in tomorrow's Scene, in an equally persuasive piece, Michael Sicinski makes the case why this is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime event.
So: two never-to-be-repeated screening events by acclaimed filmmakers outside the mainstream — and they both fall on the same night at the same time. It's a good problem to have, I guess, considering the dearth of such options we've faced in the past. But missing one of them — well, it's a problem nonetheless.