Category Archives: New York

MOONLIGHT Q&A – Director Barry Jenkins says “This movie is therapy”

October 27, 2016

They say that the “eyes are the windows to the soul” and that appears to be Director Barry Jenkins’ secret weapon for his latest work, the masterfully crafted film MOONLIGHT which premiered last Friday at the Angelika Film Center in NYC.

MOONLIGHT chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. When casting actors to portray the lead character, whose story is told at different ages over three defining chapters of his life,  Jenkins looked to the eyes. “I felt that if I could find these actors with same feeling in their eyes, you wouldn’t see the rest of them, you would see what’s in here [points to eyes].” Though the three actors may not have the most obvious physical resemblance, they all share an expressive and soulful look that embodies the character of Chiron. Jenkins did not allow the three actors to meet during filming to preserve the individuality the character possessed at each stage of his life.

Jenkins, along with supporting actor André Holland and the film’s composer Nick Britell, sat in for a Q&A at the Angelika Film Center in NYC to share a few more gems from MOONLIGHT’s creative process. Push play to sit in on the conversation.

MOONLIGHT is now playing at Angelika NYC!
Opening this Friday 10/28  at Angelika Mosaic

 

 

A Cafe Conversation with Sonia Braga of AQUARIUS

October 14, 2016

In a recent visit to the Angelika Film Center, Sonia Braga sat down with us to discuss her latest work in Kleber Mendonça Fihlo’s film AQUARIUS . Although her performance in AQUARIUS has critics predicting an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Braga reveals that she was never formally trained as an actress, but rather draws from real life experiences to bring her characters to life.

In AQUARIUS, Braga plays the very relatable character Clara, a widower who has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. In this interview Braga shares what it was like to work with Brazilian director Kleber and calls him a “master” of detail in regards to the film’s storytelling and discusses the significance of many symbolic, inanimate characters in the film.  Braga believes that in today’s climate, AQUARIUS is a “universal story” that acts as a voice for people to fight for their rights as citizens and urges audiences to get their “hearts out” and connect with the film’s message.

AQUARIUS is now playing at:
Angelika NYC
Angelika Carmel
Angelika Plano
Angelika Dallas
Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up

Aquarius Q&A with actress Sonia Braga

October 10, 2016

Legendary actress Sonia Braga has critics buzzing with award predictions following her performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominated film AQUARIUS, and the Angelika Film Center is pleased to announce in-person Q&As with Ms. Braga as the film opens at our locations throughout the coming weeks.

Sonia Braga will be in attendance at the Angelika Film Center in New York City this Thursday, 10/13, for a Q&A following the 7:05pm show. She will also provide a special introduction to the 10:30pm show.

Sonia Braga will be in attendance for Q&As at the Angelika Mosaic & Angelika Pop Up (weekend of 10/21), and the film will also open at Angelika Carmel Mountain (10/28), Angelika Dallas and Angelika Plano (11/11).

Stay tuned to our social media and angelikafilmcenter.com for more information!

Sonia Braga visited the Angelika Film Center in Manhattan to describe AQUARIUS in her own words. Check out the exclusive video here: https://vimeo.com/184045370

About the film:
Sônia Braga (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN) gives a tour-de-force performance in Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or nominee AQUARIUS. With an impeccable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and critic predictions of an Oscar nomination, it follows Clara (Braga), who has vowed not to leave her quickly gentrifying home in Recife, Brazil, until her death. Her steadfastness brings about a mysterious confrontation, tingeing even Clara’s most familiar routines with the tension of a thriller. AQUARIUS is an official selection of the 2016 New York and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Participating locations:
Angelika Mosaic,
Angelika Carmel,
Angelika Dallas,
Angelika Pop-Up,
Angelika New York and
Angelika Plano

October is Hitchcock-tober!

September 14, 2016

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There are those of us who Halloween and those of us who don’t. If you’re one of the ones who do, chances are you’ve already thought about your costume, the parties, and your top scary movies to make non-Halloween-loving friends suffer through.

As Alfred Hitchcock would say, “always make the audience suffer as much as possible”.

Alfie totally gets it. He is after all the “Master of Suspense” and it is for that exact reason we’ve decided to once again make October, Hitchcock-tober.

That’s right ladies and gents, every Thursday during the month of October we will be screening one of Hitchcock’s classic thrillers plus a bonus screening on Halloween! Add this to your Halloween to-do list and check out the trailer below to see which films will be featured in Hitchcock-tober 2016.

  • Oct 6th – THE BIRDS
  • Oct 13th – SUSPICION
  • Oct 20th – DIAL M FOR MURDER
  • Oct. 27th – THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY
  • Oct. 31st – PSYCHO

Participating locations:
Angelika Dallas
Angelika Plano
Angelika Mosaic
Angelika Pop-Up
Angelika Carmel
Village East Cinema

EQUITY Q&A with producer/actress Alysia Reiner and director Meera Menon

July 27, 2016

The phrase “this is a man’s world” has become a harsh reality for many women. When producer/actress Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and director Meera Menon discovered unsettling statistics on gender inequality in the workplace, they drew parallels to their own profession and were inspired to tell a story in a genre traditionally dominated by men. Enter, EQUITY.

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Set on Wall Street, EQUITY tells the story of an executive (Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad) who finds herself tangled in a web of deception and office politics as she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public. But when an employee raises questions, Naomi must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect. As the IPO draws closer, Naomi sees that her career choices have left her very much alone. Forced to reexamine the cutthroat world she loves, she finds herself in a fight for her very survival.

Despite the immense progress in workplace equality signaled by US Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow, and many more, there’s still much to discuss. That’s exactly the type of conversation Reiner and Menon wanted to spark when they stopped by the Angelika Dallas to discuss the film.

Watch the trailer below!

EQUITY opens July 29th at Angelika New York and August 12th in Dallas, Plano, Fairfax, and San Diego.

WIENER-DOG – Q&A with director Todd Solondz

June 29, 2016

Todd Solondz says there’s only two things he’s concerned about when making a film: 1) that he isn’t embarrassed by it, and 2) that he survives it. While he managed to check off the first thing during the production of WIENER-DOG, the second was a bit challenging.

Over the weekend, the director of HAPPINESS and WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE stopped by the Angelika Film Center to discuss his latest dark comedy. WIENER-DOG chronicles the life of a dachshund, after it is taken in by veterinary technician Dawn Wiener (Greta Gerwig), who sets off on a road trip. Along the way, the lovable dog encounters a young boy, a film professor, and a troubled grandmother and granddaughter, spreading comfort and joy to all.

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While Solondz is very particular about the characters he selects for his films, the cute little furry WIENER-DOG star(s) proved to be a bit of a “nightmare” as he put it. However, Solondz’s challenges with the four legged actor(s) went unnoticed as he went on to design a film for theater, which is always the director’s main goal. During the Q&A Solondz discusses his past controversial work, the changing tide of the film industry, and being a film school dropout-turned-professor at NYU.

WIENER-DOG is now playing at the Angelika New York and opens this Friday 7/1 at Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano, Angelika Carmel Mountain!

 

My Love Don’t Cross That River

June 20, 2016

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

June 17, 2016

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

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP – An Interview with Director Whit Stillman

May 20, 2016

It’s not everyday one gets to sit down with an Academy Award nominated director and pick his brain about his work, but that is precisely what we did at the Angelika Film Center in Plano with director Whit Stillman. On the heels of his latest release LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, Stillman chats about his relationship with the cast, creating their characters and why he decided to change the title of the film, which is an adaption of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan”.

Set in the 1790s, the film follows the title character, a beautiful young widow (Kate Beckinsale) as she arrives in Churchill, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. While there, she embarks upon securing a husband for herself, but the Churchill waters are troubled when handsome, eligible Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and cheerful Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett) arrive. After a series of dramatic turns, Lady Susan ultimately risks destruction when her jealous rival comes to call, uncovering a revelation that leads to the denouement of denouements.

LOVE & FRIENDSHIP is now playing at Angelika Plano, Angelika Mosaic, Angelika New York, Angelika Carmel Mountain 

CANNES YOU BELIEVE IT?

May 13, 2016

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!