THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO: POST-FILM Q&A w/ WHIT STILLMAN
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO
Post-film Q&A w/ THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO writer and director Whit Stillman
Moderated by Diana Arens, MPA
7:00pm doors / 8:00pm film
Alice is such a Scorpio. The Last Days of Disco bridges the carbonated euphoria of music with the barbed malaise of social postulations. Director Whit Stillman’s film follows the impatiently practical Charlotte (Kate Beckinsale) and the reticent Alice (Chloë Sevigny) as they dive into the kaleidoscopic, expectant, and glitter-flecked dance scene of 1980s Manhattan. Stillman’s erudite use of language, humor, and character development turns The Last Days of Disco into one of the most venerable and celebrated pictures of the past 20 years.
Dir: Whit Stillman / 1998 / US / 113 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.