The Gotham Awards, the Independent Feature Project’s annual honors, are this year paying tribute to the mercurial, powerhouse Spanish leading man Javier Bardem. They’ve been showing a selection of his films at BAM; tonight, they’re spotlighting his starring role in Before Night Falls, Julian Schnabel’s biopic of the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas (this was the movie you wanted to see in high school because it had Johnny Depp in drag, but it never came to your town. Yes the picture is of him).
Bardem and Schnabel will both be around for a post-screening Q&A. Maybe they’ll talk about their collaboration; then again, since both Schnabel and Bardem have high-profile (and slightly overrated) holiday movies coming out or in release, it seems like that the conversation will also touch on The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and No Country for Old Men. And Bardem’s haircut in No Country for Old Men, in all likelihood.