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Director Tom DiCillo began his career as a director
of photography on Jim Jarmuschs earlier films (STRANGER THAN PARADISE, COFFEE AND
CIGARETTES) and went on to direct his feature debut JOHNNY SUEDE which starred Brad Pitt.
From the hilariously spot-on indictment of the making of an indie film LIVING IN
OBLIVION to the honest, heartwarming drama BOX OF MOONLIGHT to his newest, DELIRIOUS
(screening here in a sneak preview!), every one of DiCillos films have what it takes
to represent his uniquely personal vision.
Friday, August 3 7:30 PM
DELIRIOUS, 2006, Peace Arch
Entertainment, 107 min. Dir. Tom DiCillo. Les Galantine (Steve Buscemi, of
GHOST WORLD), a paparazzi photographer who yearns to be a "real" photographer,
slinks through a daily routine of watching as the rich, famous and beautiful walk past the
velvet ropes and into the exclusive VIP areas of New York's best clubs. This routine is
upset when a young homeless man named Toby (Michael Pitt, of THE DREAMERS, THE HAWK
IS DYING), stumbles upon Les and his fellow paparazzi staking out a trendy Manhattan
hot-spot in hope of getting a shot of Kharma, a pop diva (Alison Lohman, of
BIG FISH). Seeking shelter, Toby follows Les and becomes his unpaid "assistant,"
eagerly lapping up Les life lessons, amusing sayings, and laissez-faire perspective
on life. A comic drama with a witty, timely, and hilarious screenplay by one of
independent cinemas strongest voices. Discussion
following with director Tom DiCillo.
Sunday, August 5 - 7:30 PM
Tom DiCillo In-Person Double Feature
LIVING IN OBLIVION, 1994, Sony
Pictures Classics, 90 min. Director Tom DiCillo expertly captures the fiascos that
define any independent filmmaking experience with this brilliant low-budget variation on
Truffauts DAY FOR NIGHT. Steve Buscemi is perfect as DiCillos onscreen
alter ego, a director traumatized by malfunctioning special effects, self-absorbed actors,
and overall incompetence on the set of his new film. The movie is part show business
satire and part surrealistic horror film, as Buscemis character finds himself in a
constant state of crisis that he is unable to escape even in sleep. Insightful and
hilarious, LIVING IN OBLIVION joins Blake Edwardss S.O.B. as one of the most
entertaining movies ever made about the dark side of filmmaking.
BOX OF MOONLIGHT, 1996,
Lionsgate Films, 112 min. Tom DiCillo is at his most fanciful in this charming and
intensely moving modern day fairy tale. John Turturro plays Al Fountain, a
depressed engineering foreman who hits the road in search of an idyllic locale that
brought him his fondest childhood memories. What he finds there does little to improve his
mood, but on the way home he picks up a young man with car trouble (Sam Rockwell)
who helps him discover that theres more to life than the boredom to which he has
become accustomed. What ensues is a delightful buddy movie that avoids cliché while
achieving profoundly emotional effects, a movie for the heart that doesnt require
you to turn off your brain. Discussion in between films with
director Tom DiCillo.