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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.

Only Living Boy in New York – Q&A with Director Marc Webb

August 14, 2017

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK’s opening weekend was met with a Q&A with Director Marc Webb, in which he discusses the process of discovering the screenplay written by Allen Loeb, and how it stuck with him over several years after reading it for the first time. He also discusses the film’s nods to THE GRADUATE, the film’s music, and the casting.

The 11th Commandment, as Webb calls it, is “Thou shalt make a movie with Jeff Bridges,” and it becomes clear why, as Webb shares the fantastic experience of working with such an iconic actor. Webb also the discusses working with Kate Beckinsale and Pierce Brosnan, and the joyous experience of this 28-day film shoot.

The film truly is a love letter to New York, and as such, Webb discusses the romantic ideas he had of the City prior to living there, and how those are portrayed within the film.

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK follows Thomas, a college graduate, adrift in New York City, trying to find his place in the world. Thomas’ world begins to shift when he discovers that his long-married father (Brosnan) is having an affair with a seductive younger woman (Beckinsale). Determined to break up the relationship, Thomas ends up sleeping with his father’s mistress, launching a chain of events that will change everything he thinks he knows about himself and his family.

Check out the full Q&A here:

ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK is now playing at Angelika NYC, Angelika Dallas and Angelika Mosaic, and opens Friday 8/18 at 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.

Fearless Femmes in Film

June 19, 2017

Fearless Femmes in Film celebrates the women in front of and behind the camera throughout cinematic history. Fiery, fervent, and fascinating, their work broke down walls, pushed the women’s movement forward, and made progressive statements that cannot be denied.

This monthly series celebrating women takes place the second Wednesday of each month at Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax, VA and Village East Cinema in New York, NY.

Upcoming films include:

THELMA & LOUISE – 7/12 @ 7:00pm
Academy Award winner for Best Screenplay, THELMA AND LOUISE follows meek housewife Thelma (Geena Davis) and independent waitress Louise (Susan Sarandon) on a short fishing trip that quickly becomes a flight from the law when Louise shoots and kills a man who attempts to rape Thelma at a bar. Ending with one of the most iconic moments in cinematic history, the two friends escape from the consequences of patriarchal society the only way they know how, in a film that broke down the walls of the traditional female buddy-comedy, and most definitely passes the Bechdel Test.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

THE DIVORCEE – 8/9 @ 7:00pm
After three years of marriage, Jerry (Norma Shearer) discovers that her husband (Chester Morris) has been unfaithful to her. As a result, she decides to take her revenge by attempting to seduce her husband’s best friend.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

DANCE, GIRL, DANCE 35MM – 9/13 @ 7:00pm
Starring two of the best leading ladies of all time, Maureen O’Hara and Lucille Ball, and presented on 35mm film, DANCE, GIRL, DANCE follows two women who, after their dance troop disbands, work together to support themselves. However, the two wind up clashing when they fall for the same man (Louis Hayward).
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

MILDRED PIERCE 35MM – 10/11 @ 7:00pm
When Mildred Pierce’s (Joan Crawford) wealthy husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred is left to raise her two daughters on her own.  Despite Mildred’s financial successes in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter (Ann Blyth), resents her mother for degrading their social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband (Zachary Scott), Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

PARIAH – 11/8 @ 7:00pm
Teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) lives in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood with her parents (Charles Parnell, Kim Wayans) and younger sister (Sahra Mellesse). Alike quietly embraces her identity as a lesbian, but realizes that her parents would never accept her queer identity. What befalls is a poignant, gripping depiction of her search for love, acceptance and, ultimately, peace within herself.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S – 12/13 @ 7:00pm
Based on Truman Capote’s novel, this Academy Award winning film follows young New Yorker Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), who meets an intriguing man when he moves into her apartment building, but her past threatens to get in the way of their potential relationship.
Tickets: Village East Cinema | Angelika Mosaic

THE HERO – Q&A with Brett Haley & Sam Elliott

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.