COBAIN, THOMAS HARDY, AND
THE WOLFPACK COMING TO FSLC
By Joshua Handler
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting sneak previews of Crystal Moselle's Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winner, The Wolfpack, Brett Morgan's highly acclaimed Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, and Thomas Vinterberg's much-anticipated Far From the Madding Crowd, all with the filmmakers in attendance. I haven't seen Cobain or Far From the Madding Crowd yet (I will in the next few weeks), but can say that The Wolfpack is a fantastic film that is absolutely worth seeing. The following is the Film Society of Lincoln Center's press release:
New York, NY ( ) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present sneak-preview screenings throughout April and June for upcoming new releases. On , Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, presented by Sound + Vision, the Film Society’s recurring music documentary series, will screen followed by a discussion with director Brett Morgen; on , Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film, the sumptuous Thomas Hardy adaptation Far from the Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan, will screen followed by a conversation with the director; and The Wolfpack, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for U.S. Documentary, will screen on with director Crystal Moselle and subjects in attendance. The film will open theatrically at the Film Society on . For more information, visit filmlinc.com.
Tickets are $18; 13 for Film Society members/students/seniors. On-sale dates: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (available now), Far from the Madding Crowd ( ), and The Wolfpack (in May). Visit filmlinc.com for more information.
Schedule, films & descriptions
SOUND + VISION presents:
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
Brett Morgen, USA, 2015, DCP, 132m
Kurt Cobain—lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana—remains an icon 20 years after his death. Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck invites you to experience Cobain’s life, art, and mind through his own unique lens, bringing audiences as close as possible to the generation-defining icon. This first-ever fully authorized documentary feature blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music (his most famous as well as some that’s never been heard), written word, and rare home movies with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. Following Cobain from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, the film offers intense and powerful insight into an artist who craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame. Those of Cobain’s generation will learn things about him they never knew; those who’ve discovered the man and his music more recently will understand what makes Cobain the lasting icon that he is. Just like the legendary frontman of Nirvana himself, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is authentic, visceral, and unflinching. It will get into your head and stay there long after the end credits roll. An HBO Documentary Films release.
(Q&A with Director Brett Morgen)
Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Vinterberg, USA 2015, DCP, 119m
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), a fiercely independent and spirited young woman who inherits her uncle’s farm. A rarity in Victorian times—financially autonomous, beautiful, and headstrong—she attracts three very different but determined suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions, while trying to maintain her own independence, explores the nature of relationships and love—as well as the human ability to overcome hardship through resilience and perseverance. A Fox Searchlight release.
(Q&A with director Thomas Vinterberg)
Crystal Moselle, USA, 2015, DCP, 89m
First-time feature filmmaker Crystal Moselle trains her camera on an utterly unique subject in this documentary that seems destined to join the ranks of Grey Gardens and Poto and Cabengo as a portrait of fascinating figures dwelling in society’s margins—or, in this case, a housing project on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The Angulos are a family with seven long-haired children—six boys and one girl, ages 16-24—whose names are culled from ancient Sanskrit and who have been homeschooled by their mother and forbidden from leaving their apartment by their withdrawn Hare Krishna father. However, no restrictions have been placed on the children’s movie-watching diets, and the six brothers have not only grown to become die-hard cinephiles, they also collaborate on elaborate, meticulously staged remakes of their favorite films. Their love for movies signals a long-suppressed desire to engage with the outside world—but how do you reconnect with society when the inside of your apartment and your vast DVD collection is all you’ve ever known? Moselle enjoys a tremendous degree of access to the Angulo brothers, who have managed to become sensitive, passionate, and surprisingly self-conscious people eager to bridge the gap between the world they’ve invented for themselves and the great outdoors. A Magnolia Pictures release.
(Q&A with director Crystal Moselle and subjects)
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international cinema, the Film Society of Lincoln Center works to recognize established and emerging filmmakers, support important new work, and to enhance the awareness, accessibility, and understanding of the moving image. The Film Society produces the renowned New York Film Festival, a curated selection of the year’s most significant new film work, and presents or collaborates on other annual New York City festivals including Dance on Camera, Film Comment Selects, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, NewFest, New York African Film Festival, New York Asian Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema and Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. In addition to publishing the award-winning Film Comment magazine, the Film Society recognizes an artist's unique achievement in film with the prestigious Chaplin Award, whose 2015 recipient is Robert Redford. The Film Society’s state-of-the-art Walter Reade Theater and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, located at Lincoln Center, provide a home for year-round programs and the New York City film community.