Tuesday, August 9, 2016

BamCinematek presents a Kristen retrospective in September

BamCinematek presents a retrospective on Kristen in September (Brooklyn, NYC).

Bad Reputation: Spotlight on Kristen Stewart

Already a show business veteran before the age of 30, Kristen Stewart has emerged as one of the most fascinating, risk-taking actresses of her generation. In a career that continues to surprise, she’s been a child star, anchored a blockbuster franchise, and, most recently, dedicated herself to a host of adventurous, auteur-driven projects (this year alone sees her starring in films by Olivier Assayas, Kelly Reichardt, and Woody Allen). Her combination of quiet intensity, innate intelligence, and fierce commitment to craft makes for a uniquely compelling screen presence.

1. Panic Room

Directed by David Fincher | 2002 With Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam, Jared Leto.

“Panic Room is scary enough to do for downtown living what Jaws did for beaches.” —A.V. Club

Stewart’s breakthrough role was opposite Jodie Foster in David Fincher’s typically stylish, cat-and-mouse thriller. They’re a mother and daughter who move into a New York brownstone with one unusual feature: a steel-doored panic room that comes in handy when they’re targeted in a terrifying home invasion. The relentlessly roving camerawork and sleek, noir look heighten the sense of claustrophobic dread.

Screening: 23 and 26 September.

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2. Twilight

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke | 2008 With Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli

“The calling card isn’t blood and fangs, but the exquisite, shimmering quiver of unconsummated first love. By that measure, the movie gives really good swoon.” —The Village Voice

The first installment in the franchise that made the actress a household name stars Stewart as Bella Swan, the new girl in school who is drawn into a will-they-won’t-they romance with a seductive vampire (Pattinson). Suffused with a gothic moodiness and swooning romanticism, Twilight is a true rarity: a character-driven blockbuster with a focus on female desire.

Screening: 23 and 27 September.

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3. Adventureland

Directed by Greg Mottola | 2009 With Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Martin Starr

“Here, Kristen Stewart is an actress ready to do important things.” —Roger Ebert

This heartfelt coming-of-age comedy perfectly captures the wilderness years of young adulthood: the crappy jobs, first loves, and life-changing summers. It’s 1987, and recent college grad James (Eisenberg) sees his dreams of traveling abroad for the summer crumble when he’s forced to take a job at a dilapidated amusement park. One consolation: his smart, cool coworker Em, who’s lent real emotional depth by Stewart.

Screening: 24 and 25 September.

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4. The Runaways

Directed by Floria Sigismondi | 2010 With Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, Michael Shannon

“Stewart, watchful and unassuming, gives the movie its spine and soul.” —A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Stewart brings a fierce, punkish intensity to the role of rock icon Joan Jett in this down and dirty showbiz saga about the rise and fall of proto-riot grrrl group The Runaways. Director Floria Sigismondi convincingly recreates the glammy, sex- and drug-fuelled energy of the 1970s rock scene, while Michael Shannon is a blast as the band’s sleazy Svengali.

Screening: 24 and 27 September.

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5. Clouds of Sils Maria

Directed by Olivier Assayas | 2014 With Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz

“The movie's true center, the meteorological phenomenon that makes it so pleasurable to watch, is the half-prickly, half-affectionate interplay between Binoche and Stewart.” —The Village Voice

Stewart became the first American actress to win a César Award for her performance in this gripping backstage drama. She plays the personal—perhaps too personal—assistant to a famous actress (Binoche) undergoing a crisis as she comes to terms with the fact that she has aged out of the ingénue roles that made her a star. The scintillating interplay between Binoche and Stewart keeps the psychosexual tension simmering.

Screening: 25 September.

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