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:
Billy Crudup stopped by the Angelika Film Center in NYC to discuss his latest role in the Golden Globe nominated film, 20TH CENTURY WOMEN. While some actors get caught up with stardom and the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the Tony Award winner reminds us that there are those who possess humility and are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share their art. “To be able to work is a real privilege as an actor,” Crudup says, “and to be able to work with people who are inspired and capable and creative is exceptional and to have it happen several times in row is… really lucky.” Talk about luck, this year Crudup also appears alongside Natalie Portman in JACKIE, another film that is racking up the nominations this awards season.
In the Q&A clip below, Crudup reminisces about his earlier films such as the cult classic ALMOST FAMOUS. He also shares his on-set experience filming 20TH CENTURY WOMEN alongside director Mike Mills, and one of this year’s Golden Globe nominees for Best Actress, Annette Bening, whom he describes as “gloriously collaborative.”
Whoa! A new year already? 2016 was much like a movie. Full of plot twists, unexpected characters and emotional highs and lows. They say art imitates life and we couldn’t agree more. At the Angelika Film Center it is our mission to curate the best films that cinema has to offer so that our guests can experience some of the most talented actors, writers and directors in the biz. With the year ending and award season approaching take a moment to head to the cinema to get inspired by experiencing a few of the must see films of the season while they’re still on the big screen! A huge thank you to all of our guests for allowing us to share these cinematic gems with you year after year. Happy New Year and cheers to 2017!
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is easily one of the best films of the season so we know you’ve all seen it, right? Right? Oh boy.
No biggie, it’s only been nominated for Golden Globes – Best Motion Picture: Drama; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama – Casey Affleck; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – Michelle Williams; Best Director Kenneth Lonergan; and Best Original Screenplay.
Not to mention its Critics Choice Awards wins for Best Actor Casey Affleck and Best Young Actor/Actress Lucas Hedges.
This is a must see for any film lover. Yes, you’ll need tissues and yes, you’ll cry — but it will totally be worth it. Before you let the waterworks go, check out this lighthearted Q&A with the stars of the film Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges, along with writer/director Kenneth Lonergan. The three playfully interacted about the making of the film and give a glimpse into the powerful story that they brought to life on the screen.
Happy Halloween! Honestly, we don’t know how to feel about Halloween on a Monday, but one thing’s for sure we’ve got our Monday Movie Watch-list ready and we’re already looking forward to the weekend. So here’s what’s opening up this Friday Nov 4th!
Director Antonio Campos brings to life the true story of a woman on the brink in CHRISTINE, featuring a transformative performance as the title character by Rebecca Hall. At her Sarasota, Florida news station, Christine feels like she is destined for bigger things, and relentlessly pursues an on-air position in a larger market, finding herself at a crossroads with her boss (Tracy Letts). Plagued by self-doubt and a tumultuous home life, Christine’s diminishing hope begins to rise when an on-air coworker (Michael C. Hall) initiates a friendship which ultimately becomes yet another unrequited love. Disillusioned as her world continues to close in on her, Christine takes a dark and surprising turn. Rounding out the supporting cast are superlative performances by Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Tracy Letts (Homeland) and Maria Dizzia (Orange Is The New Black).
Deemed by Rolling Stone as “a masterpiece,” Barry Jenkins’ MOONLIGHT is being positioned as this year’s indie-breakout and a major awards season contender, with resounding critical acclaim and a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, following premieres at the 2016 Toronto and New York Film Festivals. Set amid the height of Miami’s War on Drugs, this tender, heartbreaking story follows one man across three defining chapters in his life as he wrestles with the beauty and pain of falling in love, while grappling with his sexuality. Anchored by astonishing performances from Mahershala Ali (HOUSE OF CARDS), Naomie Harris (SKYFALL), and Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe, MOONLIGHT is a groundbreaking exploration of masculinity and life’s defining moments.
Glam rock band X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late 1980s. Under the enigmatic direction of drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined––captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor––and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock, creating a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. Twenty years after disbanding, Yokshiki X, the leader of the band, wrestles with physical and spiritual demons to bring the band’s music to the world.
Jim Jarmusch’s new film GIMME DANGER chronicles the story of one of the greatest rock-n-roll bands of all time. Emerging from Ann Arbor, Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges’ powerful and aggressive rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed. GIMME DANGER presents the context of the Stooges emergence musically, culturally, politically, and historically while charting their inspirations and their long-lasting legacy.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.