Before Midnight is the third installment in Richard Linklater’s acclaimed “Before” series. In Before Sunrise, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Selene (Julie Delpy) meet on a train in Europe and spend one romantic evening together in Vienna. Nine years later in Before Sunset, the two run into one another on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour. Now, in Before Midnight, almost two decades after their first fateful meeting in Vienna, Selene and Jesse find each other in Greece and spend another enchanted day together.
By now, Selene and Jesse are in their early 40s. So many things have changed since they first met, and yet so many things have stayed the same. Richard Linklater’s idiosyncratic series explores adulthood in a way that no other movie has attempted, examining three snapshots in time filmed contemporaneously nine years apart. Selene and Jesse may be separated by years and continents, but a single meeting can hold a world of depth.
Written by Academy Award nominees Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke, and directed by Richard Linklater, Before Midnight will see a limited theatrical release in LA and NY on May 24, 2013. This Sony Pictures Classics drama also stars Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Walter Lassally, Yannis Papadopoulos. Rated R for sexual content/nudity and language.