Richard Ford, author of the novel "Wildlife," which was recently adapted into a film, will be in Billings on Sunday, Nov. 11 for a special Q&A during two screenings at Art House Cinema & Pub of the movie, set and filmed in Montana.
"Wildlife" made its Montana premier at the Montana Film Fest in Missoula in early October. Set in a small town in Montana in the 1960s, the film stars Carey Mulligan ("Mudbound," "An Education) as Jeanette, a housewife married to Jerry, a golf pro played by Jake Gyllenhall, and their 14-year-old son Joe, played by newcomer Ed Oxenbould.
Mulligan's character is described as a complex woman whose self-determination and self-involvement disrupts the values and expectations of a 1960s nuclear family. When her husband loses his job (and sense of purpose), he decides to join the cause of fighting a forest fire, which is raging close to the Canadian border, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves.
The film unfolds the viewpoint of a teenage boy forced into the role of an adult as Joe witnesses his mother's struggles and the gradual dissolution of his parents' marriage.
General admission tickets are available for both the 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. screening in advance at http://www.arthousebillings.com.