New York Film Festival announces Mike Mill’s ’20th Century Women’ as centerpiece

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NYFF54 Centerpiece 20th Century Women courtesy A24

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the selection of 20th Century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills (Beginners), as the Centerpiece of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16). The gala screening on Saturday, October 8, will be the film’s World Premiere.

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Mills’s texturally and behaviorally rich new comedy keeps redefining itself as it goes along, creating a moving group portrait of particular people in a particular place (Santa Barbara) at a particular moment in the 20th century (1979), one lovingly attended detail at a time. The great Annette Bening, in one of her very best performances, is a single mother raising her teenage son (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann) in a sprawling bohemian house, shared by an itinerant carpenter (Billy Crudup) and a punk artist with a Bowie haircut (Greta Gerwig), and frequented by her son’s rebellious friend (Elle Fanning). 20th Century Women is warm, funny, and a work of passionate artistry.

New York Film Festival Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said, “I was taken aback by 20th Century Women. It’s made with an extraordinarily unusual level of craft and attention to detail, human and visual, which is now all but extinct. As someone who actually lived through 1979 in middle-class America, I will testify to the fact that Mike Mills and his remarkable cast approach the level of the uncanny. I felt like I was back there, with all the shared behaviors and worries, the divisions, the look and feel and smell of the world as it was.”

“Everyone who worked on this film is so honored we’re a part of NYFF,” said Mills. “It’s very exciting for me to premiere my film in the city where I discovered I wanted to be a writer and director, and at the film festival where I saw so many films that inspired me and truly showed me the way. My first film school was a combination of Kim’s Video on Avenue A, Theatre 80 St Marks, and all the innovations I saw at NYFF—so beginning this film’s public life here is especially meaningful to me.”

20th Century Women will be released by A24 in December. The film is produced by Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, Anne Carey of Archer Gray, and Youree Henley.

The 17-day New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring works from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent. The selection committee, chaired by Jones, also includes Dennis Lim, FSLC Director of Programming; Florence Almozini, FSLC Associate Director of Programming; Amy Taubin, Contributing Editor, Film Comment and Sight & Sound; and Gavin Smith, who serves as a consultant.

Earlier this month, NYFF announced Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection, the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival.

Tickets for the 54th New York Film Festival will go on sale September 11. Becoming a Film Society Member at the Film Buff Level or above provides early ticket access to festival screenings and events ahead of the general public, along with the exclusive member ticket discount. Learn more at filmlinc.org/membership.

For even more access, VIP passes and subscription packages offer one of the earliest opportunities to purchase tickets and secure seats at some of the festival’s biggest events including Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Nights. VIP passes also provide access to many exciting events, including the invitation-only Opening Night party, “An Evening With…” dinner, Filmmaker Brunch, and VIP Lounge. Benefits vary based on the pass or package type purchased. VIP passes and subscription packages are on sale now. Learn more at filmlinc.org/NYFF.

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Comment, the U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, The Kobal Collection, Variety, Loews Regency Hotel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Support for the New York Film Festival is also generously provided by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

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4 FREE Summer Talks you must check out this month at Film Society Lincoln Center! Lily Tomlin, Josh Lucas, Matthew Broderick & Alice Eve

film-society-of-lincoln-centerFree tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office (144 West 65th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam) on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to the talks. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability. For those unable to attend, video from the event will be available online at filmlinc.org. Check back on the website as well, for updates and additions for Free Fall Talks.

DESCRIPTIONS & SCHEDULE
Grandma_Press_1 TribecaLily Tomlin and Paul Weitz (Grandma)
For decades, Lily Tomlin has been a trailblazer in American comedy with a career that has spanned the big screen, television, Broadway, and comedy recordings. Her latest film project is Grandma, a comedy-drama written, produced, and directed by Paul Weitz.In Grandma, Tomlin plays Ellie, a lesbian poet coping with the recent death of her longtime life partner. After she discovers that her 18-year-old granddaughter is pregnant, the two embark on a road trip to overcome their troubles. Grandma is Tomlin’s first leading role in two decades, following the 1988 comedy Big Business (opposite Bette Midler), and it is her second collaboration with Weitz, who previously directed her in the 2013 film Admission. Writing in Variety, Scott Foundas called Grandma “an initially breezy family comedy about mothers, daughters and abortions that slowly sneaks up on you and packs a major wallop.” Grandma opens theatrically on August 21.Join Tomlin and Weitz at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater for a discussion about Grandma and their celebrated careers.
Monday, August 17, 6:30pm
Here’s what Melissa & Liz had to say when they saw it at Tribeca.

We’ve only gotten a tease of Tomlin over the past few years, but she’s back with a comedic performance that rivals any dramatic one. So wrong, yet so perfect, her delivery gives the dialogue an extra edge that almost makes you feel guilty as you laugh out loud. I can’t wait to see her and Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie on Netflix. – Melissa

 

Tomlin is an indisputable legend. Her comic timing is like watching Mozart create a symphony. This film is an absolute gem that tackles so many relevant issues without one ounce of preachiness. I have always been a huge fan and I am crossing my fingers this garners her an Oscar nod. -Liz


Z for Zachariah 1Chiwetel Ejiofor and Craig Zobel (Z for Zachariah)
Following his Oscar-nominated performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor continues to tackle an exciting range of projects, including the miniseries Dancing on the Edge, which earned him an Emmy nomination for his performance as Louis Lester, and, most recently, Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, a post-apocalyptic science-fiction film based on Robert C. O’Brien’s posthumously published novel. In Zobel’s follow-up to his riveting and disturbing Compliance, Z for Zachariah centers on a trio who come together following a mysterious global disaster that spares only a small lush valley. There, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth (Margot Robbie), meets John (Chiwetel), a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor (Chris Pine) appears, and as the two men compete for her affections, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature. Rich with themes of envy, hatred, and desire, Zobel’s latest film has been described as a twist on the Garden of Eden. Z for Zachariah opens theatrically August 28.Join Ejiofor and Zobel in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center as they discuss Z for Zachariah, as well as their careers and future projects.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30pm


the mendJosh Lucas, John Magary, Stephen Plunkett, Lucy Owen, and Austin Pendleton (The Mend)
Actor Josh Lucas is familiar to audiences for his work in American Psycho (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Hulk (2003), Poseidon (2006), among others. And now he stars in The Mend, a wonderfully strange and acidic debut comedy from writer-director John Magary.

The Mend is for anyone who’s ever loathed and loved a sibling in equal measure. It follows a yin-yang pair of brothers in New York City, loose-cannon Mat (Lucas) and put-upon Alan (Stephen Plunkett) as they stagger dimly toward some understanding of love, women, masculinity, and what it truly means to be blood-related. Featuring a gorgeous, minimalist score by Michi Wiancko and Judd Greenstein and beautiful, fluid cinematography by Chris Teague (Obvious Child), The Mend unfolds as three stylistically distinct but interwoven acts, each with its own mesmerizing rhythm. The film also stars Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha) and Lucy Owen as the brothers’ sharp-tongued girlfriends and Austin Pendleton as their uncle. John DeFore praised The Mend in The Hollywood Reporter, noting: “Josh Lucas offers one of his strongest performances to date … A convincing and refreshingly indirect examination of handed down emotional flaws,” and Scott Macaulay said in Filmmaker magazine: “The Mend is a deliciously bitter minuet, gloriously unstable in its scene construction, shifting points of view and tone.”

Lucas and Magary, as well as co-stars Plunkett, Owen, and Pendleton, will appear at the Amphitheater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center one day before the film’s theatrical release to answer questions about the movie and more.

Thursday, August 20, 6:30pm


Dirty-Weekend_Press_1 TribecaNeil LaBute, Matthew Broderick, and Alice Eve (Dirty Weekend)
Matthew Broderick has been a mainstay of the stage and screen since the early ’80s, appearing as the title character in John Hughes’s iconic comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in addition to memorable roles in Ladyhawke, The Torch Song Trilogy, and Glory. On Broadway, he has received Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He also received a Tony nomination for The Producers. Now he returns to big-screen comedy with Dirty Weekend, directed by Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men) and co-starring Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness).

During a layover in Albuquerque, colleagues Les (Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (Alice Eve) discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Anxious and irritable, Les is drawn back into the city by past experiences he can’t forget (even if he doesn’t really remember the particulars of his previous drunken adventure). Natalie, refusing to leave his side, follows along as her own secrets are slowly revealed, leaving her feeling both vulnerable and unbound. Dirty Weekend opens theatrically on September 4.

Join Matthew Broderick, Alice Eve, and Neil LaBute for the final Summer Talk of the year at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center Amphitheater.
Tuesday, August 25, 6:30pm

ABOUT FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist’s unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient was Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from American Airlines, The New York Times, HBO, Stella Artois, The Kobal Collection, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

For more information, visit www.filmlinc.com and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

Gravitas Ventures picks up VOD rights to John Stuart Wildman’s ‘The Ladies of the House’

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Gravitas Ventures announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to John Stuart Wildman’s THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE to be released in April/May on VOD. Featuring a screenplay by Justina Walford and Wildman, the film stars Farah White, Melodie Sisk, Brina Palencia, Samrat Chakrabarti, and Michelle “Belladonna” Sinclair and was produced by White, Wildman, Walford and Adam Dietrich. THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE had its world premiere at last year’s Dallas International Film Festival.

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Jeremy’s Review: Stefan Haupt’s ‘Sagrada’ an Interesting Look at the Building of Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia and the Contemporary Vision for Its Completion

sagrada_posterHaving never been to Barcelona, I have missed seeing the great bulk of world renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s work. Ubiquitous as it is in books and photos, it can’t be the same as ever being right in front of it. This clearly extends to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s unfinished cathedral masterpiece, its three façades the telling of the story of Jesus Christ – one depicts the birth, the next the passion, the last the story of his ascendance. Started 132 years, La Sagrada Familia is still undergoing construction and Stefan Haupt gives us not only a historical tour of La Sagrada Familia but a metaphysical one as well.
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Jeremy’s Review: Doug Pray’s Documentary ‘Levitated Mass’ About Artist Michael Heizer’s Installation/Sculpture Is Astonishing

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A rock. A very large rock. That is ostensibly what Doug Pray‘s Levitated Mass is about. While that may not seem like a subject of interest, it’s the context in which the rock is taken that makes this film, and the rock, so interesting. A little background to clarify – since the 1960s, artist/sculptor Michael Heizer has been working in large-scale earth art (like Andy Goldsworthy who may be more a household name than Heizer) that is too big to be contained within the traditional confines of an art gallery or museum. Since 1969 he had planned a piece, the titular Levitated Mass – a gigantic rock suspended on concrete rails that allows viewers to walk in a trench under the massive stone, the work, according the the LACMA website where the project now sits, “speaks to the expanse of art history, from ancient traditions of creating artworks from megalithic stone, to modern forms of abstract geometries and cutting-edge feats of engineering.” After a failed attempt, Heizer put the project on hold until a suitable stone could once again be found. Read More →

NYC Screenings of ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Biggie and Tupac’ & ‘Zodiac’ (Among Others) Prior to the New York Film Festival

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In a tribute to the directors of this year’s New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening some of their past films. Included are Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Boogie Nights, Nick Broomfield‘s Biggie and Tupac and David Fincher‘s Zodiac, all screening at Walter Reade Theater.

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