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.
Who doesn’t love going back in time to indulge in all things 80s? For the release of SEOUL SEARCHING, the true story of the Korean government’s summer camps for foreign-born teenagers in the 1980s, we thought it was only right to host our own 80s Prom at the Angelika Pop-Up.
We went live as guests dressed up in their best 80s fits, listened to 80s hits and received fresh flower bouquets from Urban Stem before watching the film. Check out the live stream below!
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SEOUL SEARCHING is playing now at the Angelika Pop-Up!
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.