Of bridges, boat rides and boundaries

WORDS Bill Kearney
March 2018

I was lucky enough to be able to run around in the woods as a kid, which of course meant jumping over creeks, or building makeshift bridges across them—there was always something thrilling about crossing that cold boundary and seeing what was on the other side.  

That memory came to mind when reading our cover story on Alicia Vikander, who brings a cat-like physicality to Lara Croft in this month’s Tomb Raider. After nearly a decade cooped up in intensive ballet study, Vikander made a New Year’s resolution to get outside the walls of school and explore the larger world. Luckily for us, she stuck to the resolution. She’s been luminous in films such as The Danish Girl and The Light Between Oceans, and Tomb Raider looks like an even bigger adventure. 

Part of the allure of Venice, Italy’s Giudecca island, featured in our Neighborhood Watch, is that you can only get there by boat. Our writer crosses the canal to find “possibly the city’s last authentic neighborhood.” Once a refuge for exiled nobles and the home of a convent sheltering young maidens who lacked dowries, today Giudecca blends lived-in charm with Venice’s cutting-edge art scene and the best views of the city around. 

Speaking of crossing boundaries, American Airlines and the Film Independent Spirit Awards launched the Bonnie Award this year. The award, named for Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major airline in the U.S., honors an outstanding female filmmaker. The inaugural winner, Chloé Zhao, left China as a child, and later spent months at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to finally find the story she was seeking. 

And don’t forget that New Orleans turns 300 this year. That city just might have the most colorful history of any town in America. We take a look back at the big moments that shaped the Big Easy. It’s a fun ride.