Indiewire picks 32 films that they hope will be screening at Sundance. Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship makes the list.
“Love and Friendship” Director: Whit Stillman
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Why We Hope It Heads To Park City: Stillman re-teams with his “Last Days of Disco” stars for a Jane Austen-based comedy of manners. Based on Austen’s novella “Lady Susan,” the film is Stillman’s latest since 2011’s “Damsels in Distress,” and it would see the director returning to the very festival that put his debut, “Metropolitan,” on the map way back in 1990.
Two new Metropolitan-related items from reader Eric Burritt. First, a radio interview with Stillman from 2009. I’ve put off posting this because I wanted to listen to the interview first but haven’t had time.
You can download the file directly into iTunes (if you use it), which is the best way to avoid the advertising at the start and skip Carol Douglas’s Doctor’s Orders (as good as the track is). Go here, click any ‘View in iTunes’ link, and then, in iTunes click the ‘FREE’ button next to the ‘UHB at the Disco’ track.
Phew. Anyway, worth a listen I’m sure, all 90 minutes of it.
We also have another bit of video from 2010’s Sundance Film Festival at which Metropolitan was screened, twenty years after its first showing. Stillman talks briefly about it and there are also appearances from Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols:
There’s a bit of the sense that then independent cinema was the future and certainly now it’s the past. And there is a kind of golden age that’s left us. And I think there’ll probably be other golden ages or other good things but it’s kind of a great period.
In December, Metropolitan was shown selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival as one of three films chosen for The Sundance Collection at UCLA, which exists to “preserve and restore documentaries, narratives, shorts, festival films, and commercially released independent films” according to this report on the Sundance site.
They also have a quick blog post about the film’s January screening, and you can currently see a bunch of photos from the event at Life magazine.