To read that the reclusive Scottish filmmaker Bill Forsyth will be appearing at the Eastman House in Rochester this weekend was only slightly less astonishing than hearing that J. D. Salinger would be signing books at Talking Leaves. Forsyth was the writer and director of the 1983 movie that is a favorite of many people (including Al Gore), Local Hero, starring UB graduate Peter Riegert as a Texas oil company executive sent to Scotland to buy out a village where his company wants to sink a well. He figures he can strike a deal in a day or two, but as he falls in love with the place he fails to notice that the locals are the ones working him. Forsyth will introduce that film on Saturday. On Sunday he hosts a screening of his criminally unknown film Housekeeping (1987), adapted from the Marilynne Robinson novel of the same name. Forsyth’s appearance is in conjunction with an Eastman House retrospective of his films, which also include Gregory’s Girl, its 1999 sequel, Comfort and Joy, Breaking In and Being Human. Most are not available on DVD. My 1999 interview with Forsyth is at blogs.artvoice.com/film.
7pm Saturday & Sunday. George Eastman House Dryden Theatre, 900 East Ave., Rochester (dryden.eastmanhouse.org / 585-271-3361).