Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 3rd, 2011
Here are four important reasons why you’ll want to see Heartbeats, the new film from Xavier Dolan, opening in New York at IFC:
- It’s sexy.
- It’s stylish.
- It won the Youth Prize at Cannes.
- And Rex Reed called it “a cross between a Jean Cocteau erotic fantasy…and …Luchino Visconti’s Death in Venice“
About the Film
Francis (writer-director Dolan) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are the best of friends, but when they meet Nicolas (Niels Schneider), a stunning new arrival in Montreal’s hipster scene, they’re both smitten. And as one inconclusive encounter leads troublingly to another – whether real or imagined, the signs are all bad – each of them slides deeper into obsessive fantasy. And the deeper they slide, the more their once cast-iron friendship begins to crack under the pressure of competition.
Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf compared Hearbeats to Jules and Jim as well as Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood For Love, calling it a “boozy, beautiful, swoon-inducing look at the fallout from a love triangle” in which “Dolan seems to be chronicling heartache as he discovers it.”
You may remember seeing Dolan’s debut feature I Killed My Mother at NewFest last June. He made it at the tender age of 20 and the film also won at Cannes (not to mention over 100 other awards at festivals around the world, including the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature at NewFest). It was that rare combination of highbrow and hot that had everyone talking.
Join Queer/Art/Film and Craig Lucas At IFC For
A RARE SCREENING OF ALICE’S RESTAURANT
Our friends at Q/A/F continue their great monthly series, asking some of today’s most interesting out artists to host a film that influenced their creative work. This month, queer trailblazer Craig Lucas, celebrated for his plays PRELUDE TO A KISS, THE DYING GAUL, and the musical, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA will present ALICES RESTAURANT.
Lucas’ screenplay for LONGTIME COMPANION, directed by the late Norman Rene, remains one of the few honest and heartbreaking, portraits of NYC during the darkest years of the AIDS epidemic. For his evening at Queer/Art/Film, Lucas has chosen to present a free-wheeling, deeply felt, time capsule of a film that serves to both define and deconstruct the American 1960s. Don’t miss this special night, when Lucas talks with audience intimately about his work and his inspirations.
Directed by the late, great Arthur Penn — and based on folk singer Arlo Guthrie’s era-defining autobiographical song – ALICE’S RESTAURANT is a film that “carries with it such an ineffable ache of sorrow,” writes Lucas, “that it wiped the smirk of bohemia right off the face of the ’60s.” Guthrie plays his charming self in the film, reenacting his persecution at the hands of small-town local law officials, and in Penn’s wise, life-loving follow-up to BONNIE AND CLYDE, Lucas saw “the birth of a kind of American moviemaking that he knew he wanted to be a part of.”
NEWFEST 2011 SUBMISSIONS OPEN
Final Deadline is March 31st!
The final deadline is March 31st, 2011.
NewFest accepts Narrative and Documentary films and videos (both features and shorts). We also welcome submissions for our NewDraft Screenplay Competition.
Remember, the date for NewFest has changed this year,
with the Festival opening on July 21st.
Hope to See you there!!!