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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.

A Ghost Story – Interview With Director David Lowery

August 2, 2017

If there is one film that has everyone talking this year, A GHOST STORY is it. If you’re a cinephile, then you have most definitely heard about the already infamous “pie scene”. We had the pleasure of interviewing director David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON) at our Dallas location to discuss his latest work of meditative art.

David, who is based in Dallas, shares how he relied heavily on the city’s film industry and landscape to shoot the film. Lowery also revealed the ease in which he cast his friends Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara for the lead roles (Affleck, without question, agreed via text).  Both actors starred as a couple in a previous film directed by Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) and so it was that existing chemistry he chose to draw upon for A GHOST STORY.

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The director also gives some insight and describes why his decision to keep long scenes in the film was essential in order to put an emphasis on the passage of time, a prominent theme throughout,  as well as “teaching the audience how to watch the film”.

Watch the full interview here:

A GHOST STORY is now playing at Angelika Dallas, Angelika Plano and Angelika Carmel Mountain.

Watch the trailer below!

Acclaimed Director David Lowery returns with a singular exploration of legacy and loss in this Sundance Film Festival Official Selection that Indiewire calls “brilliant and profound.” Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A GHOST STORY emerges ecstatic and surreal—a wholly-unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

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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Spirited Away Named Second Best Film of the Century by the New York Times

June 22, 2017

In a recent article written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, the New York Times named the top twenty-five best films of the century (so far).  In the list, the duo placed Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, SPIRITED AWAY, at number two.  The film beat out other masterpieces, including “Million Dollar Baby,” “Inside Out,” even this year’s Oscar-winner for best picture “Moonlight.” The link to the full list can be found here.

SPIRITED AWAY is part of our Studio Ghibli Festival, a celebration of the beloved studio’s greatest hits.  Visit our website for more information.

Click below to watch the trailer.

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.

American Valhalla in Theaters

June 1, 2017

Recently, Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal front man, Joshua Homme, teamed up with his idol, punk legend Iggy Pop, to record what would become Pop’s newest album; Post Pop Depression. Luckily, a documentary titled AMERICAN VALHALLA captured this epic occasion. The film chronicles the secret recording of the album and gives insights in to the planning of the supporting tours. From Homme gushing over his childhood musical icon, to the group learning of the great David Bowie’s passing, the film captures every raw and vulnerable moment. All the while reminding us of the pervading theme, “You risk nothing, you gain nothing.”

Click below to watch the trailer:

Tickets are on sale at Angelika Film Center Mosaic, Angelika Film Center Pop-up, Angelika Film Center DallasAngelika Film Center PlanoAngelika Film Center Carmel Mountain.

New Trailer for NT Live’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Featuring Imelda Staunton

May 17, 2017

The first trailer for NT Live’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is here. The production stars the incredible Imelda Staunton, famous for her portrayal of Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.  Also starring Conleth Hill (Varys from Game of Thrones), this is an unforgettable take on a classic play.