Mar 19, 2019
Conversation with John C. Reilly and Producer Alison Dickey Accompanies Screening of The Sisters Brothers on April 12 at the Castro Theatre
San Francisco, CA – SFFILM announced today that acclaimed actor John C. Reilly will be honored during the 2019 San Francisco International Film Festival with a special tribute, followed by a screening of Jacques Audiard’s film The Sisters Brothers. The special tribute, which includes an intimate onstage conversation with John C. Reilly, takes place on Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Reilly and Alison Dickey, a producer on The Sisters Brothers, are expected to attend and participate in a Q&A after the film.
“The depth that John C. Reilly gives to his art is captivating,” said SFFILM Programmer Amanda Salazar. “He excels at every role he takes on and engages the audience in such a way that you become enamored by his charm and presence on screen.”
John C. Reilly has established himself as one of the most versatile character actors working today, a performer capable of mining the depths of tragedy and cutting it up in the wildest comedy. That he was destined for a major career was apparent from his first film, Brian De Palma’s Casualties of War (1989) when he was promoted from extra to a major supporting part. Roles as diverse as a pornographic actor in Boogie Nights (1997), a crooked 19th-century cop in Gangs of New York (2002), and a cuckolded husband in Chicago (2002), for which he received an Oscar nomination, further established Reilly’s dramatic talent. Then in 2006, he played a dimwitted racecar driver in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and moviegoers discovered a comic genius. Most recently, Reilly delicately balanced pathos and comedy to play his childhood idol Oliver Hardy in Stan & Oliie (2018), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, and wore the black hat of an Old West assassin in Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers (2018). This tribute to John C. Reilly and his brilliant career includes a conversation with the actor and a screening of The Sisters Brothers.
The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard, USA/France/Romania/Spain 2018, 121 mins
Marvelously adapted from Patrick deWitt’s novel, this picaresque Western tells the story of Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) Sisters, who are hired by the mysterious Commodore to kill Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), a prospector with a scientific approach to finding gold. Surprising and funny, violent and tender, filmmaker Jacques Audiard’s visually sumptuous film takes a provocative tack for the genre that idealism and camaraderie offer more substantial rewards than whoring and killing. The Sisters Brothers is the winner of four César Awards, including Best Director.
Tickets to A Tribute to John C. Reilly: The Sisters Brothers are $25 for SFFILM members, $30 for the general public. Box office is open online now at sffilm.org.
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2019 San Francisco International Film Festival
The longest-running film festival in the Americas, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFFILM Festival) is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and innovation in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. The 62nd edition runs April 10–23 at venues across the Bay Area and features nearly 200 films and live events, 14 juried awards with close to $40,000 in cash prizes, and upwards of 100 participating filmmaker guests.
SFFILM is a nonprofit organization with a mission to champion the world’s finest films and filmmakers through programs anchored in and inspired by the spirit and values of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival, SFFILM is a year-round organization delivering screenings and events to more than 75,000 film lovers and media education programs to more than 12,000 students and teachers annually. In addition to its public programs, SFFILM supports the careers of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area and beyond with grants, residencies, and other creative development services.
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