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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If there’s one thing we know, it’s film. But the Angelika Film Center is more than just a movie theater, it’s an experience. Meet just a few of the many people who bring the Angelika Film Center to life.
We sit down with graffiti artist Maxx Moses in a short, intimate interview about his journey to becoming a graffiti artist, the inspiration behind his work this year and the special mural he created for the Angelika Film Center at Carmel Mountain in San Diego, CA. Moses first worked with the Angelika Film Center back in 2013 when he created a mural in the art-house cinema’s Mosaic location in Fairfax, VA.
Bel Powley and filmmaker Marielle Heller stopped by our Texas locations in support of their new film THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL!
Blending live action with animation, filmmaker Marielle Heller’s funny and provocative adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel is a nuanced tale of burgeoning sexuality and boundary testing. Like most teenage girls, Minnie is longing for love, acceptance, and a sense of purpose in the world. She begins a complex love affair with her mother’s (Kristen Wiig, THE SKELETON TWINS) boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård, MELANCHOLIA) and takes command of her sexuality and creativity. Set in countercultural San Francisco, this intelligent feature debut was one of the breakout hits from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
In our interview, Gadi Elkon of seligfilmnews.com chats with Bel and Marielle about the intimate sex scenes in the film, the power of a young woman owning her sexuality, the family involvement from Heller’s real family, and the fact that the film is shot in San Francisco.
THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is now playing at the Angelika Mosaic, Dallas, and Plano.
ABOUT THE FILM:
DIOR AND I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as Dior’s new artistic director – a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure-filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.
DIOR AND I is now playing at the Angelika Dallas and Plano.
Friend of the Angelika Blog Mark Walters recently sat down with director Bennett Miller (MONEYBALL, CAPOTE) to discuss his electrifying new film FOXCATCHER, starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Check out the interview below for insight into the casting the film, the extensive makeup for Carell’s dramatic transformation, and how the actor never broke character while filming on set.
ABOUT THE FILM:
A searing true-life account of three men grappling with the American Dream. FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz. The wrestler seizes an opportunity to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at du Pont’s lavish country estate, but du Pont’s mercurial personality and psychological gameplay begins to weigh heavily on Mark’s shaky self-esteem, undermining his abilities on the mat.