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Spotlight on HUMAN FLOW – filmmaker Q&A with Ai Weiwei

October 17, 2017

Renowned filmmaker Ai Weiwei brings to the forefront the worldwide refugee crisis with his new film HUMAN FLOW, which has been deemed by the Hollywood Reporter as “engrossing” and “visually stunning.” After its award-winning premiere at the Venice Film Festival, HUMAN FLOW has received resounding critical acclaim.

Here’s a snapshot of what the critics are saying:

“A towering achievement from one of the world’s foremost champions of human rights.” -RogerEbert.com 

“This is angry, thoughtful, straightforward activist journalism: blunt, simple and impossible to ignore.” -TimeOut

“Human Flow stuns: It reveals the full breadth of a catastrophe that we might usually think of as piecemeal.” -Village Voice

Alongside its opening at Angelika New York, we were honored to host a Q&A with filmmaker Ai Weiwei.22499281_10155427998430589_1128024067018480808_o22520064_10155427998990589_110075403004821095_oClick here to view the full photo album from the Q&A!

Additionally, the theater is presently collecting donations for New York Public Library’s Immigrant Services Fund. Guests who donate $1 or more when they visit the theater box office are entitled to pick up on of the exclusive ‘HUMAN FLOW’ wristbands on-site, while supplies last.
wristAbout the film:
In an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, HUMAN FLOW gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of a year amid 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe, and acts as a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity?

This stunning, and no-doubt timely film is now playing at the Angelika New York, and opens Friday 10/20 on Manhattan’s Upper East Side at East 86th Street Cinema. It also opens at Angelika Dallas and Angelika Plano on Friday 10/20, and 10/27 at Angelika Carmel Mountain.

THE FLORIDA PROJECT – Q&A with Sean Baker, Mela Murder & Bria Vinaite

October 11, 2017

Sean Baker’s THE FLORIDA PROJECT, which centers on the gritty outskirts of Orlando, was met with immediate critical acclaim. It is being hailed as “glorious and gorgeous” and “brilliant, buoyant and ultimately heart-wrenching.”

The Angelika New York was proud to host Director Sean Baker for a Q&A, alongside stars Bria Vinaite and Mela Murder. After being cast via an Instagram DM, Vinaite describes how reading the script evoked intense emotions for her.

Baker describes the film’s young star, Brooklynn Prince, as “a genius,” who he’d add to the ranks of actors the likes of Mickey Rooney and the Fanning sisters.

The film was inspired by actual families who are still struggling to make ends meet and lacking permanent housing after the near-decade-gone recession.

Vinaite describes meeting many of these people, who longed for their story to be told accurately. Baker and Murder encourage audience members to help raise awareness for these people, and to do anything possible to help them.

View the full Q&A here:

THE FLORIDA PROJECT is now playing at the Angelika New York and Angelika Mosaic, and opens Friday 10/20 at Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T – Q&A with Lake Bell & Mike Birbiglia

September 6, 2017

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T opened at the Angelika New York on September 1, and its versatile Director, Writer and Star Lake Bell (IN A WOLD) stopped by for a Q&A, and brought along her friend – equally talented filmmaker and comedian Mike Birbiglia (DON’T THINK TWICE).

The two discuss the film’s writing, acting and couples’ chemistry within the film, storm chasing, home births, marriage, character inspiration, and how Bell’s personal life and relationship influenced the direction of the film.

Bell also mentions the scents she carried around with her throughout the filming process, and how she used them to switch between her various roles on set. As her own Director, Bell also chats about how she used a stand-in for herself during the rehearsal process.

Curious? View the full Q&A here:

I DO… UNTIL I DON’T is an ensemble comedy following three couples stuck in the web of a jaded filmmaker looking to prove that marriage should be a seven-year contract with an option to renew.

Now playing at Angelika New York, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Only Living Boy in New York – Q&A with Director Marc Webb

August 14, 2017

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK’s opening weekend was met with a Q&A with Director Marc Webb, in which he discusses the process of discovering the screenplay written by Allen Loeb, and how it stuck with him over several years after reading it for the first time. He also discusses the film’s nods to THE GRADUATE, the film’s music, and the casting.

The 11th Commandment, as Webb calls it, is “Thou shalt make a movie with Jeff Bridges,” and it becomes clear why, as Webb shares the fantastic experience of working with such an iconic actor. Webb also the discusses working with Kate Beckinsale and Pierce Brosnan, and the joyous experience of this 28-day film shoot.

The film truly is a love letter to New York, and as such, Webb discusses the romantic ideas he had of the City prior to living there, and how those are portrayed within the film.

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK follows Thomas, a college graduate, adrift in New York City, trying to find his place in the world. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Beckinsale). Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.

Check out the full Q&A here:

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK is now playing at Angelika NYC, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Mosaic, and opens Friday 8/18 at Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Q&A with MENASHE Director Joshua Weinstein

July 31, 2017

Joshua Z. Weinstein’s MENASHE, largely based on the life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, is the story of a kind grocery store clerk, Menashe, who is trying to maintain custody of his son Rieven after his wife passes away. Shot in secret entirely within the Hasidic community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, the film ultimately sheds new light on this notoriously private community, and is a life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son.

The Angelika New York opened this film on July 28th, and was pleased to have Director Joshua Weinstein in attendance on opening day for a Q&A.

Weinstein discusses the Hasidic community, the film’s conception, the casting of Menashe and the actor who played his son, the use of the Yiddish language in the film, obstacles they encountered throughout the filming process, film festivals, and the importance of authenticity.

View the full Q&A here:

Check out additional clips on our YouTube channel here.

MENASHE is now playing at Angelika New York, opens August 11 at Angelika Mosaic, and August 18 at Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

THE BEGUILED – Q&A with Director/Writer Sofia Coppola

June 27, 2017

The Angelika New York was honored to have acclaimed Academy Award winning director/writer of THE BEGUILED, Sofia Coppola, in attendance for a Q&A on the film’s opening night.

Met with resounding critical acclaim and a Best Director win at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, THE BEGUILED is a film Indiewire describes as being “told with surgical precision and savage grace.”

Sofia chats about the casting process, working with the film’s incredible actors (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning), the film’s poignant moments, sound and visual intricacies, the writing process and more.

Watch the full Q&A here:

The film unfolds at a Virginia girls’ school during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world. When a wounded Union soldier is discovered and taken in, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries and an dark, unexpected turn of events.

THE BEGUILED is now playing at the Angelika New York, and opens Friday (6.30) at Angelika Carmel Mountain, Angelika Mosaic and Angelika Plano.

If you’re in NYC, you can also catch a glimpse of two of the film’s gorgeous costumes, worn by Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst, in the cafe at Angelika New York!

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THE HERO – Q&A with Brett Haley & Sam Elliott

June 19, 2017

Brett Haley’s moving new feature THE HERO debuted this month at the Angelika New York, with opening weekend Q&As from Haley and the film’s leading man Sam Elliott.

After its premiere at the Sundance and South By Southwest Film Festivals, THE HERO was met with resounding critical acclaim, and Rolling Stone raved, “Sam Elliott is perfect. The moment we begin referring to him as a canon-worthy dramatic actor has officially arrived.”

Check out the full Q&A here:

THE HERO is currently playing at Angelika New York,  Angelika Plano, and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

THE TRANSFIGURATION – Q&A with Filmmakers and Cast

April 19, 2017

Director/Writer Michael O’Shea’s THE TRANSFIGURATION made its debut at the Angelika Film Center in NYC, and was met with Q&As opening weekend featuring filmmakers and cast members including O’Shea, Producer Susan Leber, actors Eric Ruffin, Chloe Levine, Larry Fessenden and more! We were proud to have such a crowded stage, as the filmmakers, cast and crew discussed the making of this Cannes Film Festival and SXSW selected film.

Michael O’Shea states that the film’s plot was inspired by a friend’s child, who was being bullied for their love of vampires. From there, it grew into something much greater – an exploration of life, death, mortality, and transformation.

If you missed out, you can view the full Q&A here:

If you’re in New York, this is your last call! The film’s final day at the Angelika NYC is Thursday, 4/20.

In the DC area? You’re in luck! THE TRANSFIGURATION opens Friday, 4/21, at the Angelika Pop Up.

Cinema History 101: An Introduction To Record-Breaking Oscar Nominations in 2017

January 24, 2017

nominationsCheryl Boone Issacs, Academy President, joined by a team of our favorite Hollywood stars, announced the Oscar nominees this morning for the 89th annual awards via a live-streamed event.

Today was a day in movie-making history for many reasons. The much talked about musical LA LA LAND started on a high-note, receiving nominations in 14 categories. This ties with the most Oscar-nominated film in history, James Cameron’s Titanic. We will see if they close the curtain in February with a record-winning Oscar run.

Today’s nominations also marked a historic year for diversity with a record six black actors nominated. In addition, Viola Davis is now the first black women to receive three Oscar nominations. We were introduced to MOONLIGHT, a tender coming of age tale which left a twinkle in our eye; FENCES, a play turned film that mixed art with heart; HIDDEN FIGURES, a powerful story that launched us into the early 1960s following a cast of African American mathematicians at NASA; and LOVING, a story of an interracial couple who falls in love and fights for love in a time of segregation. Also recognized was Dev Patel, a British actor of Indian descent, who received a nomination for his supporting performance in the tenacious LION. Many  other noticeable categories also recognized people of color.

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Unsurprisingly, Meryl Streep still reigns as Oscar Queen, receiving her 20th Oscar nomination for FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (Katharine Hepburn & Jack Nicholson are the next most-nominated with 12 Oscar nods each).

Finally, streaming on the sea to the future was MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. Amazon Studios made Oscar History as the first streaming service to earn a Best Picture nomination. Could this be the future?

You can check out these Oscar Nominated films that made history & more at The Angelika Film Center. Also, Watch The Oscars LIVE! with us on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26 7e|4p at select Angelika Film Center locations!

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The full list of nominees for the 2017 Oscars is below:

Best picture:
“Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”

Lead actor:
Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land,”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Lead actress:
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Emma Stone, “La La Land”
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Supporting actor:
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges, “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Michael Shannon, “Nocturnal Animals”

Supporting actress:
Viola Davis, “Fences”
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best director:
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Mel Gibson
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan
“Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve

Animated feature:
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner
“Moana,” John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
“My Life as a Zucchini,” Claude Barras and Max Karli
“The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
“Zootopia,” Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

Animated short:
“Blind Vaysha,” Theodore Ushev
“Borrowed Time,” Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj
“Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” Robert Valley and Cara Speller
“Pearl,” Patrick Osborne
“Piper,” Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer

Adapted screenplay:
“Arrival,” Eric Heisserer
“Fences,” August Wilson
“Hidden Figures,” Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi
“Lion,” Luke Davies
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney

Original screenplay:

“20th Century Women,” Mike Mills
“Hell or High Water,” Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land,” Damien Chazelle
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
“Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan

Cinematography:
“Arrival,” Bradford Young
“La La Land,” Linus Sandgren
“Lion,” Greig Fraser
“Moonlight,” James Laxton
“Silence,” Rodrigo Prieto

Best documentary feature:
“13th,” Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish
“Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
“I Am Not Your Negro,” Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck
“Life, Animated,” Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
“O.J.: Made in America,” Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow

Best documentary short subject:
“4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki
“Extremis,” Dan Krauss
“Joe’s Violin,” Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen
“Watani: My Homeland,” Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis
“The White Helmets,” Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara

Best live action short film:
“Ennemis Interieurs,” Selim Azzazi
“La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff
“Silent Nights,” Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson
“Sing,” Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy
“Timecode,” Juanjo Gimenez

Best foreign language film:
“A Man Called Ove,” Sweden
“Land of Mine,” Denmark
“Tanna,” Australia
“The Salesman,” Iran
“Toni Erdmann,” Germany

Film editing:
“Arrival,” Joe Walker
“Hacksaw Ridge,” John Gilbert
“Hell or High Water,” Jake Roberts
“La La Land,” Tom Cross
“Moonlight,” Nat Sanders and Joi McMillon

Sound editing:
“Arrival,” Sylvain Bellemare
“Deep Water Horizon,” Wylie Stateman and Renee Tondelli
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright
“La La Land,” Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
“Sully,” Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Sound mixing:
“Arrival,” Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye
“Hacksaw Ridge,” Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace
“La La Land,” Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth

Production design:
“Arrival,” Patrice Vermette, Paul Hotte
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock
“Hail, Caesar!,” Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh
“La La Land,” David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds-Wasco
“Passengers,” Guy Hendrix Dyas, Gene Serdena

Original score:
“Jackie,” Mica Levi
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka
“Moonlight,” Nicholas Britell
“Passengers,” Thomas Newman

Original song:
“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “Trolls” — Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster
“City of Stars,” “La La Land” — Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
“The Empty Chair,” “Jim: The James Foley Story” — Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting
“How Far I’ll Go,” “Moana” — Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Makeup and hair:
“A Man Called Ove,” Eva von Bahr and Love Larson
“Star Trek Beyond,” Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
“Suicide Squad,” Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

Costume design:
“Allied,” Joanna Johnston
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Colleen Atwood
“Florence Foster Jenkins,” Consolata Boyle
“Jackie,” Madeline Fontaine
“La La Land,” Mary Zophres

Visual effects:
“Deepwater Horizon,” Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton
“Doctor Strange,” Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould
“The Jungle Book,” Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Here’s To The Ones Who Dream:

January 9, 2017

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The Golden Globes presented itself with a common theme this year. That theme was to never give up on a dream.

Emma Stone said it best, moments after claiming the title for Best Actress- Musical or Comedy. “This is a film for dreamers. I think hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world. That’s what this film is about (referring to Best Picture- Musical or Comedy, LA LA LAND).” Stone addressed the struggle for creative people to achieve their dreams and shared her award with anybody anywhere that feels like giving up sometimes but finds it in themselves to get up and keep going.

LA LA LAND is Now Playing at Angelika Carmel, Angelika Mosaic & Angelika Dallas.

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Isabelle Huppert won Best Actress in a Foreign Language film, ELLE.  She remarked, “Thank you for making me win in a French film directed by a Dutch director here in America.” Not many people can say that — sometimes, through the shared experience of cinema, even the most unlikely of dreams really do come true.

ELLE is Now Playing at Angelika NYC.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson kept us up all night in the film NOCTURNAL ANIMALS and his sinister performance won him Best Supporting Actor. His dream was our nightmare in this gritty thriller. Johnson said it simply upon receiving his award: “Tom Ford, Thank you for this amazing opportunity.”

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is Now Playing at Angelika NYC, Angelika Pop Up.

Viola Davis touched on the unlikelihood of a film like FENCES when she said, “It’s not every day that Hollywood thinks of translating a play to screen. It doesn’t scream money maker, but it does scream art, it does scream heart.” Good thing Hollywood followed its heart on this one.

FENCES is Now Playing at Angelika Carmel.

This image released by NBC shows Viola Davis with the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for "Fences," at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)
This image released by NBC shows Viola Davis with the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for “Fences,” at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

 

The 74th Annual Golden Globes ended with a stroll under the MOONLIGHT. Winning Best Motion Picture-Drama, it left the cast, crew and creators gleaming with pride. “As someone who went eight years without making a piece, I gotta give love to these people right here,” director Barry Jenkins said. If that doesn’t show persistence in a dream, I don’t know what does!

MOONLIGHT is Now Playing at Angelika NYC. Keep an eye out for its return to various Angelika Film Center locations just in time for Oscar Season. In the meantime, check out this Q & A with director Barry Jenkins!

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View the full list of Golden Globes winners in both Motion Picture and Television categories here.