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25 Alternative 2011 TIFF Picks: Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress

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25 Alternative 2011 TIFF Picks: Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress

Coming in thirteen years after his masterful Last Days of Disco, there’s a reason why this under-appreciated filmmaker has most of his limited oeuvre in the Criterion Collection. For those familiar with his movies, there isn’t a better writer of dialogue alive today.

#8. Damsels in Distress

Director: Whit Stillman
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Hugo Becker
Distributor: Rights Available

BuzzComing in thirteen years after his masterful Last Days of Disco, there’s a reason why this under-appreciated filmmaker has most of his limited oeuvre in the Criterion Collection. For those familiar with his movies, there isn’t a better writer of dialogue alive today. As the closing night film in Venice, one gets the impression that the spotlight-shunning Stillman is beginning to come across as a Malick-esque reclusive figure. As long as his output is as solid as it is, we’ll take what we can get.

The Gist: After littering the 1990’s with three of that decades most sharpest and most intelligently scripted films, Stillman skipped a decade before finally bringing us his newest vision of privileged up-an-coming yuppies. Reading like a high-brow Mean Girls, it’s only a matter of time before this becomes a reviled cult smash. Just be prepared for the cult to be as snooty and bookish as these characters, and you’ll fit right in.

TIFF ScheduleTuesday September 13 Visa Screening Room (Elgin) 6:00pm
Wednesday September 14 Scotiabank Theatre 4 9:15am

 

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Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to IONCINEMA.com's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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