My Love Don’t Cross That River

In an era where love is hard to find and relationships are fleeting, MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER reminds us of how remarkable life-long companionship actually is.

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The twilight days of lovebirds Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang are captured by fly-on-the-wall director Moyoung Jin, in an unforgettable story of true love that transcends both generations and cultures. After 76 years of companionship, the couple remains inseparable; living in their small home by the river, they wear traditional Korean clothes, go shopping at the local market, have picnics with neighbors, and enjoy dance parties. Every night they go to sleep holding hands, and their tender moments reveal simple acts of affection – from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek.

MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER is playing now at Angelika NYC

Coming soon to Angelika Pop-Up, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Carmel

 

Now Playing – Art Bastard

ART BASTARD is the story of the audacious independent New York artist Robert Cenedella. Although at the time Cenedella was not as widely celebrated as his pop-art contemporaries like Andy Warhol, Cenedella still managed to make a lasting impression in the art world.

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“You can bastardize everything else in your life, but if you compromise with your art, why be an artist?”  – Robert Cenedella

This close-up exploration follows Cenedella’s artistic journey as he struggles towards creative expression.  ART BASTARD raises questions on art’s value and its relationship to society. In portraying Cenedella’s determination to buck the system of what is popular, while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down, ART BASTARD is a funny, touching, and insightful look inside the maverick mind of a true original.

Catch the ART BASTARD at now Angelika Carmel and Village East

Coming soon to  Angelika Pop- Up and Angelika Dallas

Maggie’s Plan – Interview with Writer & Director Rebecca Miller

MAGGIE’S PLAN might just be the romantic comedy you didn’t know you needed to see. In this candid interview with filmmaker Rebecca Miller, we get the inside scoop on Miller’s creative process for developing each of the film’s characters. Miller shares what it was like to work closely with the actors and creative team to determine every rich detail about the characters – from their job to their personal style. She even shared her ideas about the taste of the elusive (but tasty) Bavarian Pickle! How’s that for details? Check out the  interview below!

In Rebecca Miller’s witty, modern romantic comedy MAGGIE’S PLAN, Greta Gerwig portrays Maggie Hardin, a vibrant and practical thirty-something New Yorker who, without success in finding love, decides to have a child on her own. But when she meets anthropoligist John Harding (Ethan Hawke), Maggie falls in love and immediately adjusts her plans for motherhood. Complicating matters, John is in a strained marriage to brilliant academic Georgette Nørgaard (Julianne Moore). With a Greek chorus of Maggie’s eccentric best friends Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets into motion a new plan that catapults her into a nervy love triangle with John and Georgette, intertwining their lives and connecting them in surprising and humorous new ways. MAGGIE’S PLAN is a sweet, sophisticated and funny exploration of the unexpected complexities of modern romance, mixing heart and humor in a story of the delightful variability of relationships over the course of time.

MAGGIE’S PLAN is playing now at Angelika Plano and Angelika Dallas,

Q&A with the creators of DARK HORSE

Recently, the Angelika Film Center in NYC had the honor of hosting a Q&A with the filmmaker and subjects of DARK HORSE. The Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winning documentary tells the story of an inspirational group of friends who decide to breed themselves a racehorse. Despite their meager setting in a Wales mining village, the foal grows into an unlikely champion, beating the finest thoroughbreds in the land. After suffering a near fatal accident, the foal makes a remarkable recovery and, ultimately, returns to the racetrack, providing endless inspiration and hope for the owners who nursed him back to health.

Director Louise Osmond, and the film’s subjects Jan and Brian Vokes, came all the way across the pond to share the incredible and true story of Dream Alliance and the obstacles they overcame to tell it.

“We’ve had difficult times but I have to say, all the Syndicate members at the worst time with the horse – every one of them, even though some of them were struggling to feed their children, gave up their prize money for that horse to have his operation. So it’s been a fantastic journey.” – Jan Vokes”

 

DARK HORSE opens at Angelika Dallas this Friday!

CANNES YOU BELIEVE IT?

Another year of the Cannes Film Festival is underway! May 11th kicked off the premier international event for the year’s most attention-grabbing films.

While we’re watching the early premieres of awards-season hopefuls, hungry cinephiles can catch some of the hottest films of the spring, fresh off their Cannes debuts, at the Angelika Film Center:

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Up first is Jodie Foster’s MONEY MONSTER, which opens this Friday, May 13th. George Clooney and Julia Roberts take us for a walk on Wall Street. A high-stakes thriller, big money lies and a wealth of Oscar-Winner talent? We are bidding high on this one.

(MONEY MONSTER Opens this Friday, 5/13 @ Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Dallas & Angelika Plano- TICKETS ON SALE NOW!)

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From writer/director Shane Black (whose directorial debut, the underrated indie noir KISS KISS BANG BANG, is an old-school Angelika pick) we have THE NICE GUYS, starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crow as private eye pals. The cars, music and mustaches are pure 1970’s, which is something we can definitely vibe with.

(THE NICE GUYS Opens 5/20 @  Angelika Dallas, Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic)

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The prestigious Opening Night fête featured Woody Allen’s latest, CAFÉ SOCIETY.  Allen returns to festival with another period piece in the vein of his recent successes, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and TO ROME WITH LOVE. This time, he takes us back in time to 1920s Los Angeles. The all-star cast of this film includes Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Steve Carrell, and Kristen Stewart.

(CAFÉ SOCIETY Opens in July at Angelika New York,  Angelika Plano & Angelika Mosaic)

 

If you CANNES not wait to see what else is screening at the 69th Festival de Cannes, check out the 2016 Official Selection HERE!

Au revoir!

Q&A with Susan Sarandon and Director Lorene Scafaria

We’ve all got one. You know, a meddling mother. Director and writer Lorene Scafaria (NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST, SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD) manages to bring out the endearing side of the overbearing quality mothers often pose in her latest film, THE MEDDLER. It also doesn’t hurt that the sweet overbearing mother in this charming film is played by none other than the legendary Susan Sarandon.

Susan Sarandon gives a career-best performance in this charming feature. A recent widow and eternal optimist, Marnie Minervini moves from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter (Rose Byrne), a successful – but single – screenwriter who draws strict personal boundaries for her mother. Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make friends, find her purpose, and possibly open up to someone new.

In this intimate Q&A session during opening week at the Angelika New York, Scafaria recounts the real life events that inspired her to tell this story based on the relationship dynamic with her own mother during a pivotal transition in both of their lives. Sarandon shares what it was like to play her director’s mother, the characteristics that she admires in her favorite actresses, and the secret to her long lasting success.

THE MEDDLER is now playing at Angelika New York,  Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Plano. Tickets on sale now!

Q&A with André Leon Talley at The Paris Theatre

When the the iconic Paris Theatre, our uptown Manhattan sister cinema, hosted former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley for the premiere of THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY, we knew we had to be there for the can’t-miss Q&A.

This high-fashion documentary from Andrew Rossi (PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES) offers an inside look at the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history, an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashion by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

In this video from the opening weekend Q&A, Talley offers his thoughts on fashion as an art form while sharing personal stories on his humble beginnings, his style inspirations, and his first life-altering encounters with Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, and pop-art genius Andy Warhol.

THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY is playing exclusively at The Paris Theatre in Manhattan. Tickets are on sale now at www.citycinemas.com.

 

THEEB – Interview w/ Director Naji Abu Nowar

The directorial debut film from Naji Abu Nowar, THEEB is one of the five films nominated for the 2016 Academy Awards Best Foreign Lanuage Film. Gadi Elkon of seligfilmnews.com spoke with Naji about the film, his connetion to the Bedouin community, the beauty of Jordan and much more.

 

Seligfilmnews.com: The film has garnered awards for Direction, Cinematography, and the screenplay writing.  Can you tell us about building such a talented team around your debut feature and how each member of the team is getting wonderful recognition for y’all’s incredible work on the film?  In particular working with your Co-Writer – Bassel Ghandour, DP – Wolfgang Thaler & editor Rupert Lloyd.  I also was blown away by the subtle yet moving score by Jerry Lane!

Naji Abu Nowar:  Filmmaking is a collaborative art. Despite the usual focus on the Director or Actor/Star to market the film, the process is very much a team sport. Like any successful team you need a breadth and depth to your squad. You need star established players like the amazing Wolfgang Thaler and you need young rookies with something to prove like the incredible Jerry Lane. They all contribute their own unique talents to this seemingly magical process. I take casting every member of the crew as seriously as I take casting the actors. To my mind that is a key factor in making a successful film. The creative process of working with such talented people is the main reason why I love making films, rather than just being a film fan. Click through to read the full interview.

 

THEEB is now playing at the Angelika Dallas.

Strange, controversial & off-beat: Angelika After Hours returns!

Cult favorite films return to the big screen every month at the Angelika Mosaic. Films that are guaranteed to make you go “Ooooh, I love that one!” — even if the mainstream media didn’t upon its initial release.

The epic spring lineup kicks off with FIGHT CLUB this weekend. Join us Friday & Saturday @ 11:45PM, and mark your calendars for upcoming screenings:

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FIGHT CLUB (1999) – February 27 & 28
Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter star in some of their most iconic roles in FIGHT CLUB, a darkly comic drama directed by David Fincher and based on the novel by cult favorite author Chuck Palahniuck. A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) – March 25 & 26
This Coen Brothers cult classic follows the Dude – an unemployed slacker with a penchant for bowling, played by Jeff Bridges. After a case of mistaken identity he goes on a quest to get a new rug and gets pulled into a ransom scheme involving the Big Lebowski’s kidnapped trophy wife. The all-star cast includes John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymor Hoffman and John Turturro.

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) – April 29 & 30
From Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick comes this tale of a dystopian future where society is overrun by youthful rebellion and violence. The film follows Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, as he and his gang go on a horrific crime spree that includes rape and murder. This leads to his capture and controversial rehabilitation using psychological conditioning. One of Kubrick’s best film’s during the height of his career, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE surely should not be missed.

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RESERVOIR DOGS (1992) – May 27 & 28
Thrumming with intelligence and energy, RESERVOIR DOGS transformed Quentin Tarantino practically overnight from an obscure, unproduced screenwriter and part-time actor to the most influential new filmmaker of the 1990s. The story looks at what happens before and after (but not during) a botched jewelry store robbery. Starring Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen, and Harvey Keitel.

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CLERKS (1994) – June 24 & 25
Filmed in black-and-white on a budget of only $27,000, CLERKS began the career of writer director Kevin Smith. When Dante Hicks is reluctantly put in charge of the Quick Stop market on his day off, he tries, though half-heartedly, to perform his minimum-wage duties as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile, his friend and alter ego Randall  is working behind the counter of the adjacent video store — at least when he feels like it. Much of the film consists of Randall and Dante’s criticism of their customers, their lives, and the world in general.

Angelika After Hours screens one Friday & Saturday @ 11:45PM, each month at the Angelika Mosaic. Tickets just $7!

“A great curation and mix of art house/popular movies”

New  York fashion institution Barneys has curated a new, definitive guide to New York City, curated by insiders like Thom Browne, Lisa Perry, Andrew Carmellini, and Narciso Rodriguez. Barneys’ City Guide provides a unique perspective on Manhattan, in which select designers, celebrities, artists, and influencers feature their most-loved NYC restaurants, bars, spas, services, hotels, and more.

Among luxury designer Joseph Altuzarra’s picks? The Angelika Film Center New York!

Check out the other spots on his list of New York City favorites, and experience the full City Guide by visiting thewindow.barneys.com.