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YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

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Lynne Ramsay—the director of Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk About Kevin—is not particularly prolific, which makes her new film YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE an especially anticipated experience. Early audiences for this Cannes-winning work have been exiting the cinema exhilarated, unsure as to how literally to take the title’s directive, and struck with a fervent desire to see it again.

The film has been re-edited since Cannes, where Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his work in the film, and Ramsay won Best Screenplay, an award she shared with The Killing of a Sacred Deer writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos. The film’s soundtrack is by Jonny Greenwood.

 

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, now playing.

ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

arclightcinemas.com/you-were-never-really-here

After you see the film, read Ramsay’s Film Comment interview:

filmcomment.com/lynne-ramsay

Joaquin Phoenix in You Were Never Really Here. Image credit: Amazon Films.

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PAUL SCHRADER

“My marriage fell through, and the affair that caused the marriage to fall through fell through, all within the same four or five months. I fell into a state of manic depression…

“I got to wandering around at night; I couldn’t sleep because I was so depressed. I’d stay in bed till four or five pm, then I’d say, ‘Well, I can get a drink now.’ I’d get up and get a drink and take the bottle with me and start wandering around the streets in my car at night. After the bars closed, I’d go to pornography. I’d do this all night, till morning, and I did it for about three or four weeks, a very destructive syndrome, until I was saved from it by an ulcer: I had not been eating, just drinking.

“When I got out of the hospital I realized I had to change my life because I would die and everything; I decided to leave L.A. That was when the metaphor hit me for TAXI DRIVER, and I realized that was the metaphor I had been looking for: the man who will take anybody any place for money; the man who moves through the city like a rat through the sewer; the man who is constantly surrounded by people, yet has no friends. The absolute symbol of urban loneliness. That’s the thing I’d been living; that was my symbol, my metaphor. The film is about a car as the symbol of urban loneliness, a metal coffin.” — Paul Schrader, on writing the screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s film. Interview with Richard Thompson*

filmcomment.com/paul-schrader-richard-thompson-interview

Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver (1976). Image credit: Columbia Pictures.

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CLAIRE DENIS IN CONVERSATION

In conjunction with the imminent release of her new film Un beau soleil intérieur (Let the Sun Shine In), Claire Denis—joined by filmmakers  Kevin Jerome Everson (Tonsler Park) and Joachim Trier (Thelma), and Film Comment editor Nicolas Rapold—will discuss her influences and inspirations at this year’s New York Film Festival.

CLAIRE DENIS—FILM COMMENT LIVE: FILMMAKERS CHAT, Saturday, October 7, at 7 pm.

ELINOR BUNIN MUNROE FILM CENTER AMPHITHEATER, 144 West 65th Street, New York City.

filmlinc.org/nyff2017/films/film-comment-live-filmmakers-chat-2/

Juliette Binoche in Un beau soleil intérieur. Image credit: Sundance Selects.

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AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA AND TORONTO

Agnès Varda’s film LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES)—shot in 1968 in the days preceding and following the shootings of Andy Warhol (who survived) and Bobby Kennedy (who didn’t)—is a story of Eden-under-siege among a trio of Hollywood Hills freedom-seekers, remarkably played by Warhol superstar Viva, and James Rado and Gerome Ragni (the lyricists of Hair).

“[Varda’s] film is more than a time capsule of events and moods—it’s a living aesthetic model for revolutionary times.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker*

LIONS LOVE (… AND LIES) is part of the Criterion Collection box AGNÈS VARDA IN CALIFORNIA (which also includes BLACK PANTHERS and DOCUMENTEUR), available now.

See Sasha Archibald, “End of the End of the End: Agnès Varda in Los Angeles”:

eastofborneo.org/articles/end-of-the-end-of-the-end-agnes-varda-in-los-angeles/

criterion.com/boxsets/1124-eclipse-series-43-agnes-varda-in-california

* newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/movies/lions-love-and-lies

This week in Toronto, Varda and her new collaborator, the French street artist JR, present their film VISAGES VILLAGES/FACES PLACES, wherein they roam the countryside in JR’s truck, encountering farmers, cheese makers, coal miners—the faces of whom JR memorializes in huge monochromatic portraits. Their journey eventually lands them at the door of Jean-Luc Godard.

VISAGES VILLAGES/FACES PLACES, Monday, September 11; Wednesday, September 13; Friday, September 15; and Sunday, September 17.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.

tiff.net/tiff/faces-places/

Film Comment interview with Varda is the cover story in the current issue.

AGNÈS VARDA—THE FILM COMMENT INTERVIEW, September/October 2017 issue.

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Agnès Varda and JR. Visages Villages/Faces Places (2016). Image credit: Le Pacte.

Gerome Ragni, Viva, and James Rado in Lions Loves… (and Lies), (1969). Image credit: Criterion.

Film Comment, September/October 2017 issue. Image credit: Film Comment.

The first issue of Interview, with Varda (center) and the cast of Lions Loves… (and Lies).

Agnès Varda et JR sur le tournage de "Visages, villages".

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TISA BRYANT AND ERNEST HARDY — CONVERSATION AND SCREENING

Join writers Tisa Bryant (author of Unexplained Presence, and a forthcoming book from Semiotext(e) press) and Ernest Hardy (film writer for the LA Weekly and the author of Blood Beats Vol. 2: The Bootleg Joints) this week at the Hammer as they “sift through film, television, music, social media, and news to explore black representations of depression and distress, remedies and healing, and the resilience of joy in black life and culture.”*

Next week Bryant and Hardy will return to the museum for a Q & A following a screening of Dee Rees’ 2011 feature PARIAH.

TROUBLE IN MIND…BUT I WON’T BE BLUE ALWAYS—TISA BRYANT and ERNEST HARDY IN CONVERSATION, Thursday, August 24, at 7:30 pm.

PARIAH, Tuesday, August 29, at 7:30 pm.

HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

* hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/08/trouble-in-mind-but-i-wont-be-blue-always/

hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2017/08/pariah/

See Ina Diane Archer’s PARIAH review from the November/December 2011 issue of Film Comment:

filmcomment.com/article/pariah-review/

Adepero Oduye in Pariah. Image credit: Focus Features.

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