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Presented in association with The French Film & TV
Office of the French Consulate, Los Angeles
Actress Julie Delpy (Oscar-nominated for co-writing BEFORE
SUNSET) began her performing career when still a teenager in the early 1980s in such
films as Jean-Luc Godards DETECTIVE and Leos Carax MAUVAIS SANG. She has gone
on to appear in such arthouse gems as Krzysztof Kieslowskis THREE COLORS trilogy
(well be screening WHITE) and in such cult hits as Roger Avarys KILLING
ZOE and the sparkling duet BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET, both co-starring Ethan Hawke.
Julie joins us at the Aero for two days with some of her most acclaimed films as an
actress, as well as her much-anticipated feature directorial debut, 2 DAYS IN PARIS,
in which she stars with Adam Goldberg. Shes also selected one of her favorite movies
by another director, John Waters POLYESTER.
Wednesday, August 1 7:30 PM
WHITE (TRZY KOLORI: BIALY), 1994, Miramax,
91 min. The second film in director Krzysztof Kieslowskis THREE COLORS
trilogy is the simplest and most entertaining entry in the cycle, yet underneath the
comedic surface lie some of the directors most cynical attitudes. A luminous Julie
Delpy plays Dominique, a wife who leaves her impotent husband, sparking a series of
skirmishes between the two in which Kieslowski expresses his theme of "equality"
via its darkest implicationsin terms of revenge and getting even. The film is both a
deliciously biting sex satire and a witty portrait of Poland in the early 1990s; in
contextualizing his characters within the failure of communism, Kieslowski argues that
true equality is an unattainable pipe dream.
Thursday, August 2 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview and Carte Blanche Double
Join us for actress Julie Delpys feature directorial debut
plus Julies carte blanche choice of a second feature: John Waters POLYESTER:
2 DAYS IN PARIS, 2007, Samuel
Goldwyn Films & Red Envelope Entertainment, 96 min. A Parisian getaway becomes
anything but romantic for a highly-strung New York couple in Julie Delpy's smart,
sexy comedy about how opposites attract -- and then slowly drive each other crazy. Marion
(Delpy) is a French photographer and Jack (Adam Goldberg) is an American interior
designer. After a less than idyllic vacation in Italy, they stop off in Paris for two
days, where Jack has to deal with a new language, a crazily unfamiliar culture, meeting
her sexually frank and permissive family, and a bevy of flirtatious ex-boyfriends. In the
City of Lights, Jack and Marion begin to see each other in a different, less appealing
light as the cultural divide between them grows. When Jack's suspicions finally drive him
to translate Marion's provocative text messages from an old boyfriend, he gets a lot more
information than he bargained for. Will these two days in Paris be Jack and Marion's last
days as a couple, or will they be the beginning of a new, richer life together? Written,
directed, and edited by Delpy, it is an insightful, bitingly funny dissection of
contemporary relationships that rings true in any language.
POLYESTER, 1981, New Line, 86 min. John
Waters transition from the underground to the (somewhat) mainstream began with
this off-kilter riff on Douglas Sirk, Waters first film in 35mm and one of his best
satires on family values. Waters regular Divine plays Francine Fishpaw, a housewife
driven to alcoholism by her philandering husband, promiscuous daughter and foot-fetishist
son. Her shot at redemption comes in the form of an unlikely romance with Todd Tomorrow,
the slick owner of an art-house drive-in (that plays Marguerite Duras triple features!)
played by ex-teen idol Tab Hunter. Like the rest of the film, Hunters
performance is simultaneously hilarious, original, and a bit unsettling - under the bright
suburban colors and in between the tasteless sight (and smell) gags lies a surprisingly
effective and layered portrait of middle-class malaise. Discussion in between films
with director/actress Julie Delpy.