DAMSELS IN DISTRESS: POST-FILM Q&A w/ WHIT STILLMAN
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
DAMSELS IN DISTRESS
Post-film Q&A w/ DAMSELS IN DISTRESS writer and director Whit Stillman
Moderated by Ned Hayes
7:00pm doors / 7:30pm film
Led by Whit Stillman’s deliciously sardonic and lemon-wrung dialogue, Damsels in Distress revolves around a troupe of mannered students whose expectations are to be met. The 2011 film showcases Greta Gerwig’s scythe of a delivery, and provides the perfect platform for Stillman’s inimitable brand of warm – if not acidulous – humor. Flanked by Aubrey Plaza and Analeigh Tipton, Damsels supports a wonderful cast, assertive anarchy, performative quips, and choreographed dancing. Basically, everything good.
Dir: Whit Stillman / 2011 / US / 99 min
Whit Stillman has written and directed five films, including “Damsels in Distress,” “Barcelona,” and “Metropolitan,” which was nominated for the 1991 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He has turned two of his films into novels: “The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards,” winner of France’s Prix Fitzgerald, and most recently, “Love & Friendship – In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated.” He has also written and directed the pilot of a European set television series, “The Cosmopolitans.” Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up there and in New York’s Hudson Valley. He graduated from Harvard College where he was an editor of the Harvard Crimson. His first jobs were at New York’s the Village Voice and Doubleday publishing. He got into the film business working on Spanish films in the 1980s.