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Whit Stillman’s Films Continue to Play in Parisian Theaters

From the Damsels in Distress official facebook page:

RÉTROSPECTIVE WHIT STILLMAN

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The DAMSELS return to Paris mardi 16 sept at L’Archipel cinema accompanied by director Whit Stillman & cinéaste Serge Bozon:

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS :
MARDI 16 SEPTEMBRE A 20H
Séance présentée par Whit Stillman et Serge Bozon (critique et cinéaste)

BARCELONA :
MARDI 23 SEPTEMBRE A 20H
Séance présentée par Whit Stillman et Benjamin Esdraffo (cinéaste, comédien et compositeur)

« Pour “trianguler” Whit Stillman sur la carte du cinéma mondial, l’on pourrait citer Woody Allen et Éric Rohmer, Pston Sturges et Vincente Minnelli, ou encore, pour leur côté tiré à quatre épingles et romanesque enfoui, Jean-Claude Biette et ses disciples jadis regroupés au sein de La Lettre du cinéma (Serge Bozon, Axelle Ropert, Sandrine Rinaldi, les frères Léon…). Mais il est aussi une référence littéraire, qui, si elle n’est pas citée directement par l’intéressé (contrairement à Jane Austen et Fitzgerald), vient en tête : les Précieuses françaises du XVIIe siècle.

Comme elles, Whit Stillman (pour l’anecdote, “wit” en anglais signifie “esprit”, au sens d’en avoir) croit en un monde de vertu et de morale, un monde où l’élégance, le raffinement et la frivolité, sans négliger un certain genre de trivialité, forment un barrage contre l’obscurantisme. Un monde, aussi, où il est possible de se façonner par la culture et de se réinventer (…). »
Jacky Goldberg, Les Inrocks

Whit Stillman Screenings in Paris

Whit Stillman screenings in Paris.

Et pour bien commencer cette rentrée, nous vous informons qu’il y a une rétrospective de WHIT STILLMAN à L’Archipel Cinéma – officiel, du 3 au 23 septembre.
Et notez dans vos agendas le 9 sept à 20H une séance rencontre avec Whit Stillman, animée par Frédéric Mercier (Transfuge), suivie d’une présentation en exclusivité de THE COSMOPOLITANS.

And to start this autumn, we inform you that there is a retrospective of WHIT STILLMAN to Archipelago Cinema - Official, from September 3 to 23.
And mark your calendars for September 9 20H session meeting with Whit Stillman, hosted by Frédéric Mercier (Defector), followed by an exclusive presentation of THE Cosmopolitans.

Whit Stillman screenings

 

The Last Days of ‘Damsels in Distress’ on Swedish and Norwegian TV

Whit Stillman’s komedie Damsels in Distress is on its last run on Swedish and Danish TV for the summer.  You can check out The Cosmopolitans‘ stars Adam Brody and Carrie MacLemore in their first Whit Stillman project.

Swedish TV schedule

Denmark TV schedule

damsels bar dance

En komedi om tre vackra tjejer – den dynamiska ledaren Violet Wister, den principfasta Rose och sexiga Heather – som bestämmer sig för att drastiskt förändra livet för studenterna vid ett sjaskigt amerikanskt universitet. De får även med utbytesstudenten Lily i sina försök att hjälpa deprimerade studenter med hjälp av god hygien och dans. Tjejerna inleder förhållanden med en rad killar, däribland charmören Charlie, drömprinsen Xavier och de galna Frank och Thor som är med i en manlig universitetsförening. Dessa förhållanden sätter såväl tjejernas vänskap som deras mentala hälsa på prov.

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Whit Stillmans ”Damsels in Distress” er en morsom komedie om tre smukke piger, den dynamiske leder Violet Wister, den principfaste Rose og den sexede Heather, der forsøger at revolutionere forholdene på et nedslidt amerikansk universitet. De byder deres medstuderende Lily velkommen i deres gruppe, der har til formål at hjælpe alvorligt deprimerede medstuderende ved hjælp af et program med donut og stepdans.Undervejs bliver pigerne draget af pigemagneten og drømmefyren Xavier, hvilket sætter pigernes venskab og tilregnelighed på en prøve.

Excellent Whit Stillman Interview From Collider

Whit Stillman is interviewed by Talia Soghomonian at Collider in an interview that touches on his movies, being honored in France, writing tips, John Ford, the release date for The Cosmopolitans, a deleted scene from Metropolitan (I believe it has never been discussed until now) and his upcoming Jane Austen project Love and Friendship (which he hopes to start filming in September and October).

Whit Scarf

Stillman states that The Cosmopolitans will be coming out on Amazon in the USA and England at the end of August.  Imdb has also changed their release date to “not yet released” instead of June 30th.

It is a great read and one of the most thorough articles on Stillman that I have seen in a while.

“I think it’s the struggle of the screenwriter to find material that resonates with the screenwriter and maybe with the public. And it’s finding the characters who then come alive and tell a story,” he says.

The first film he ever saw was Bambi, the last movie which made him cry was Gold Diggers of 1935, directed by Busby Berkeley, and he regrets he never got the chance to direct Cary Grant in a film. While he considers Jean Cocteau as the ultimate artist, he is also a John Ford fan.

“I don’t have a lot of John Ford in Metropolitan, but in the movie I made next, Barcelona, we watched Ford’s Wagon Music because we wanted to make something like American folklore.”

“There was a scene that didn’t make the final cut where Tom was talking on the phone with his dad and crying. In the cutting room, the editor told me, ‘Let’s cut this and send it to your dad!”

“We began to shoot this series in Paris and it’s interesting for me because, for the first time since Metropolitan, I can work with material I’m familiar with, groups of people, characters, parties, all that. I think for a writer, real-life material helps a lot.”

“So we hope to shoot that in Dublin in September and October with Sienna Miller and Chloe Sevigny and some other really great actors.”