Many small but great films rely on critics and audiences to create buzz instead of marketing budgets. If you want to support independent cinema make your way to the Monicas this weekend for an exclusive engagement of the self-distributed and highly praised IN THE FAMILY.
“…Mr. Wang’s slow-reveal psychological drama isn’t just a showcase for his excellent ensemble cast. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, “In the Family” is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year.” – Paul Brunick, New York Times
“I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own.” – Four stars, Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
IN THE FAMILY starts Friday, May 4 at the Monicas in Santa Monica. Actor/writer/director Patrick Wang and actor Trevor St. John will participate in a Q&A after the 8:30 screening on Friday, May 4. Trevor St. John and crew from the film will do the same after the 1 PM screening on Saturday, May 5.
Occasionally — about once or twice a year — Laemmle Theatres owner Bob Laemmle likes to put a personal stamp of approval on one of the many movies we show. Here is his latest:
I would like to offer a recommendation for the French film QUEEN TO PLAY. When I first saw this film two years ago, both my wife and I found it to be a deeply enjoyable film. It has taken two years for the film to finally reach our screens due to the fact that the initial distributor went bankrupt. QUEEN TO PLAY stars Sandrine Bonnaire, who first became a star at age 18 in Agnès Varda’s 1985 film VAGABOND. Her co-star is Kevin Kline in a superb French-speaking performance. It is all that you could hope a French film would offer you. It is as well a heartwarming female-empowerment story. It will not have a large advertising budget so if you see and enjoy this film please pass along your recommendations to your friends.
For more information on QUEEN TO PLAY, visit the film’s page, here.
Director John Sayles will have a Q&A immediately following the 7 p.m. show on Monday, 8/22 at the Monica 4-Plex. You can buy tickets here: http://ow.ly/69Hnw
AMIGO, the 17th feature film from writer-director John Sayles, stars Joel Torre as Rafael Dacanay, the mayor of a rural village caught in the murderous crossfire of the Philippine-American War in 1900.