You could ask your date what she thought about the movie or you could ask the directors. Some of our favorites will be at your service.
Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach talk Mistress America
Gerwig appears Friday, Aug. 14 at 7:15 p.m., Baumbach appears Saturday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m., at Sunshine Cinema, tickets $13.50
Lovebirds Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will peel themselves away from each other for separate Q&As about their new movie Mistress America. You may be asking yourself, “Wait a minute? Didn’t the Squid and the Whale guy just do a Q&A for a new movie?” Well, yes, but While We’re Young was all the way back in March and he’s trying to beat Onur Tukel as Brooklyn’s most prolific filmmaker.
Mumblecore aficionados have been ringing their hands about their sweetheart Greta Gerwig going mainstream ever since Baumbach cast her in Greenberg, and that has only intensified with the “How I Met Your Dad” thing. But don’t worry: Mistress America, despite its title, isn’t a Marvel adaptation. Actually, we refuse to read David Edelstein’s review for fear of even the smallest of spoilers, so we actually have no idea what it’s about — but it’s the new one from the team that bought us Frances Ha, and that’s all we need to know.
Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson talk Digging for Fire
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Industry City, 220 36th St., Sunset Park, tickets $15
Before Greta Gerwig was Noah Baumbach’s muse, she was Joe Swanberg’s. Now he’s moved on to studlier fare in Jake Johnson, who starred in the mumblecore maestro’s mainstream breakthrough Drinking Buddies. He and Swanberg will be attending the New York premiere of Digging for Fire, a “relationship-adventure film” in which a couple (Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt) must save themselves from Togetherness-esque marital torpor. The East Village’s own Sam Rockwell makes an appearance along with other indie favorites like Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, and Jenny Slate. This Rooftop Films screening will kick off with live music at 8:30 p.m. and there’ll be a q&a at 10:30 p.m. and a vodka-and-beer afterparty at 11 p.m.
Christopher Nolan and the Brothers Quay talk “The Quay Brothers in 35MM”
Nolan appears with the Quays at the 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows on Aug 19 at Film Forum; tickets $20
The Quays will appear solo at the 7 p.m. screenings on Aug. 20, 21, and 22; tickets $13
We’re psyched for this one. In articles praising the surreal stop-motion, puppet-driven films of Stephen and Timothy Quay, the word “reclusive” is often used to describe the identical twins. But they’ll be live and in the flesh along with Christopher Nolan when Nolan screens three of their films plus his own short documentary, Quay. Unless you have next week’s Jan Svankmajer screening on your calendar, you may not be familiar with the Brothers Quay, who count the Czech animator as an influence along with Kafka. (The guy who did the video for Tool’s “Sober,” in turn, counts the Quays as an influence.) But you should know them. They’re so singularly brilliant that Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam picked their “Street of Crocodiles” as one of the ten best animated films of all time. That short will be projected in 35MM along with “In Absentia” (2000) and “The Comb” (1991). If you miss it during this national tour, Nolan’s short doc will be included in “The Quay Brothers: Collected Short Films,” being released on Blu-Ray on October 20