Oct 10, 2019
Director Noah Baumbach will Participate in an Onstage Conversation Following this Sneak Peek at the Highly Anticipated Fall Release
San Francisco, CA – SFFILM will present a special pre-release screening of acclaimed writer/director Noah Baumbach’s much-anticipated upcoming film Marriage Story, Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 pm at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street). This early look at the sure-to-be awards contender will be followed by a Q&A with Noah Baumbach.
“We are thrilled to be presenting an early look at this critically acclaimed film with Noah Baumbach in person at the Castro,” said SFFILM Director of Programming Rachel Rosen. “It’s the perfect setting in which to appreciate its humanism and complexity, and really the mastery of the film in all its aspects. It’s a privilege to be joined by its director and have the opportunity to hear some of the details of his process.”
Revisiting some of the themes that made his Oscar-nominated TIFF 2005 selection The Squid and the Whale so resonant, writer-director Noah Baumbach digs deep into divorce with Marriage Story. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson deliver some of their richest work as a couple whose once enviable union crumbles under the weight of mounting resentments and divergent needs. Charlie (Driver) is a playwright who wants to stay in New York. Nicole (Johansson) is an actor who’s landed a coveted television role that requires her to relocate to Los Angeles. Their geographical dispute tests an already strained relationship. As Marriage Story begins, the couple’s divorce is already underway, with each enlisting legal squads deploying various tactics. Yet Baumbach’s elegant narrative goes back and forth through time, showing how Charlie and Nicole fell in love and built a life together alongside a detailed, blow-by-blow chronicle of their marital dismantling. Baumbach’s wise script goes from Bergmanesque drama, to dark comedy, to surges of suspense, and is complemented by the intimate 35mm camerawork of Robbie Ryan (who also shot Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)), and by the precise, lived-in performances not only of Driver and Johansson, but also of Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta. Marriage Story may have an ironic title, but its divorce proceedings double as a moving post-mortem. Sometimes our most profound life choices begin to cohere only in retrospect. —Toronto International Film Festival
Tickets to this screening of Marriage Story are $20 for SFFILM members, $25 for the general public. Box office is open to SFFILM members now online at sffilm.org and opens for the general public 10:00 am Friday, October 11.
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