‘Misery’ duo team up for Filmfest interview
Actress Kathy Bates, who earned a best actress Academy Award for playing the psychopathic Annie Wilkes in the thriller “Misery,” will conduct an on-stage interview of “Misery” director Rob Reiner at this month’s Aspen Filmfest. The event, which also includes a reel of scenes from Reiner’s other films, is set for Sept. 30 at the Wheeler Opera House.”Some of the best interviews are when it’s with a creative peer,” said Laura Thielen, executive director of Aspen Filmfest. “With Kathy Bates, she’s worked with Rob in ‘Misery’ and the upcoming ‘Rumor Has It.'”And Kathy Bates has taken up directing. So like Rob, she’s worked in front of the camera as well as behind it. So the depth of the conversation should be great.” Aspen Filmfest runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, with programs in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. The full program will be announced Sept. 9, and tickets will go on sale Sept. 21.Filmfest has also announced that “The Squid and the Whale,” which earned awards for best screenplay and best director at the Sundance Festival, will be screened. The film, directed by Noah Baumbach and based on his childhood experiences, stars Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney as a Brooklyn couple about to divorce.In addition, Filmfest has announced five films to be featured in its international program: the African drama “Moolaadé,” the Chilean political drama “Machuca”; “The Overture,” about a revered Thai musician; “Ushpizin,” set in Israel’s Orthodox Jewish community; and “Happily Ever After,” a French film about infidelity.”We’ve really made an effort this year to bring films to the valley from all over the world,” Thielen said.Previously announced films include “Bee Season,” starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche as a couple coping with mental illness and family dysfunction; “The Matador,” featuring Pierce Brosnan as a hitman in the throes of a midlife crisis; “Capote,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as writer Truman Capote; and “Transamerica,” starring Felicity Huffman as a pre-operative transsexual.In the True Stories segment of documentary films are “Shakespeare Behind Bars,” about a theater program in a Kentucky prison; and films about the Aceh province of Indonesia, the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and the Ballets Russe dance company.The family-oriented ScreenPlay! program will include a screening of the feature-length “Duma,” based on the true-life story of a South African boy and the cheetah he raises.Filmfest will also show its surprise film, and a sneak preview.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.orgAspen FilmfestSept. 28 through Oct. 2Full program available Sept. 9Tickets on sale Sept. 21Go to http://www.aspenfilm.org for further information
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If there’s one silver lining of the 2020 hellscape for cinephiles, it’s the democratization of film festivals for the masses. So if you missed an anticipated movie at Aspen Filmfest this year, check out these film festivals out of Denver.