Wednesday, November 22, 2017

December Engagements at the Quad: Andrey Zvyagintsev's LOVELESS, Oren Jacoby's SHADWOMAN, Noah Baumbach's THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES on 35mm + more

Upcoming premiere engagements at the Quad include: Andrey Zvyagintsev's powerful drama Loveless, Oren Jacoby's compelling doc Shadowman, and Noah Baumbach's poignant comedy The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) on 35mm!

Limited one week engagement: Fri December 1-7
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia/France, 127m, DCP
The preeminent chronicler of domestic discontent in contemporary Russia (Elena, Leviathan) returns with a harrowing portrait of a marriage on the rocks, depicted with commanding intensity. Boris and Zhenya have found new partners but still live together in their apartment with 12-year-old son Alyosha. But when he disappears, they seek the help of a local citizen’s group to find him, as Zvyagintsev observes a society in thrall to both Christian morality and modern technology. A Sony Pictures Classics release. In Russian with English subtitles.

Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival

“Devastating, finely layered… Zvyagintsev’s touch is light as falling snow or horsehair on a violin.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Opens Fri December 1 — Exclusive New York engagement
Oren Jacoby, U.S., 83m, DCP
Predating Banksy by more than a decade, the late Richard Hambleton sparked the street art movement in 1980s New York, alongside contemporaries Basquiat and Keith Haring, painting hundreds of looming, shadowy figures all over Manhattan’s public walls. Packed with rare archival footage of New York’s underground art scene, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Oren Jacoby dives head first into the chaos of Hambleton’s life and creative process—from his meteoric rise to his struggles with addiction and free fall into homelessness, to his miraculous career comeback. A Film Movement release.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival

“A fascinating true-life tale.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Limited one week engagement: Fri December 8-14
Samuel Maoz, Israel/Germany/France, 108m, DCP
For his second feature after the acclaimed Lebanon, Samuel Maoz follows a middle-aged Israeli couple grieving the abrupt death of their soldier son—until a shocking piece of news changes everything. Shifting tone, from wrenchingly painful to mordantly funny, Foxtrot is structurally daring and full of surprises, constantly upending what its characters—and its viewers—think they know. A surefire contender for 2018's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, it’s a regrettably timely look at the madness of war. A Sony Pictures Classics release. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Official selection: Venice Film Festival

“This is award-winning filmmaking on a fearless level.”—Variety

Opens Fri December 8—Exclusive New York engagement
Jonathan Olshefski, U.S., 104m, DCP
A veritable feat of vérité filmmaking shot over the course of a decade, Quest intimately follows a North Philadelphia family—music producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, his wife Christine’a (aka “Ma Quest”), and their daughter PJ—and its perennial struggle to get by. Granted remarkable access by his endlessly compelling subjects, director Jonathan Olshefski makes the everyday extraordinary, capturing the doubts, hopes, frustrations, and joys over several tumultuous years of American life. A First Run Features release.

Official selection: Sundance Film Festival

“Outstanding… [a] living, breathing, stunning documentary.”—Variety

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
Opens Fri December 15—Exclusive New York engagement
Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero, 76m, Spain, DCP
One of the most striking and original hand-drawn animated films of recent years, this tonally unpredictable vision of life after the apocalypse was adapted by Alberto Vásquez from his own graphic novel. Following an industrial disaster, a group of animals—including a mouse, a rabbit, a fox and the titular bird—leave their home and deal with the criminal and the supernatural forces, while each individually facing their inner demons. A GKIDS release. Evening shows: In Spanish with English subtitles / Matinees: English-language version.

Screenings preceded by: Decorado (Alberto Vásquez, 11m): The world is a wonderful stage, but its characters are disgraceful. Winner of Best Animated Short Film at the Goya Awards.

“Among the many live-action dystopian visions of recent cinema, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything as original or surprisingly poignant as Birdboy.”

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
Opens Fri December 22—Exclusive 35mm engagement
Noah Baumbach, U.S., 112m, 35mm
A cutting comedy-drama about fathers, sons, artists, and New York, The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is one of Noah Baumbach’s funniest and most poignant films, featuring memorable performances by Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, and Emma Thompson. Shot on gorgeously grainy 16mm, it’s also one of his most visually rich works, but until now has only been screened digitally in New York. The Quad is pleased to present the city’s first engagement on a beautiful 35mm print, offering the rare chance to watch one of 2017’s best the way in which it was intended to be seen. A Netflix release.

“Baumbach’s ripest and wisest film to date.”—The New Yorker

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