Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks with Stephen Colbert at the 2021 Montclair Film Festival (full lineup announced)
Actress, screenwriter and director Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear at this year’s Montclair Film Festival alongside the star of her new film, “The Lost Daughter,” and join Stephen Colbert in the conversation.
Montclair Film announced Friday the appearance, as part of the festival’s Storyteller series presented by Audible, along with its full lineup, on montclairfilm.org. The festival takes place from October 21 to 30. It includes in-person screenings for a fully vaccinated and masked audience, as well as a selection of virtual programs on Montclair Film Virtual Cinema platform, also at MontclairFilm.org.
The Storyteller Series Conversation with Gyllenhaal and Colbert (a Montclair resident who has been to several Montclair Film Festivals and related events) will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Académie Montclair Kimberly High School. The “Lost Girl” will follow at 4.30pm, where Gyllenhaal will present the film alongside star Dagmara Domińczy.
Gyllenhaal will also receive the festival’s Breakthrough Director and Writer Award.
The festival had previously announced its initial lineup, which includes the return of live performances of Rocky Horror Picture Show to Montclair – now, through the newly formed group “The Ordinary Kids” at Clairidge Cinemas, which Montclair Film is reopening after closing. theater. at the start of the coronavirus pandemic under then-director Bow Tie Cinemas. Live performances of Rocky Horror were a long-standing feature at Montclair until 2017, previously presented by the Home of Happiness group, until Bow Tie Cinemas closed the Bellevue Theater (which, too, is set to reopen under a new management).
The festival also includes partnerships with Out Montclair, a non-profit organization created this year to raise awareness of LGBTQ issues and provide support and solidarity to the LGBTQ community of Montclair, as well as the Trans Affirming Alliance. A free panel discussion on the representation of transgender people in business will be hosted by Trans Affirming Alliance President and Founder Celeste Fiore on Sunday, October 24 at 6 p.m. at Clairidge Cinemas.
The films in this year’s Fiction Competition are: “Great Freedom,” directed by Sebastian Meise; “A hero”, directed by Asghar Farhadi; “MEMORIA”, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul; “The Souvenir Part II”, directed by Joanna Hogg; and “The Worst Person in the World”, directed by Joachim Trier.
The festival’s fictional films, according to Montclair Film, include Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast”; “C’mon, C’mon” by Mike Mills, with Joaquin Phoenix and Gaby Hoffmann; “The Electric Life of Louis Wain,” directed by Will Sharpe and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy; “Petite Maman” by Céline Sciamma; “Passing” by Rebecca Hall, with Ruth Negga, Tessa Thompson and André Holland; and “Spoencer” by Pablo Larrain, with Kristen Stewart.
The films in the festival’s documentary film competition are: “Bernstein’s Wall”, directed by Douglas Tirola; “A Cop Movie”, directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios; “The First Wave”, directed by Matthew Heineman; “Flee”, directed by Jonas Roher Rasmussen; and “President”, directed by Camilla Nielsson.
Highlights of the festival documentary, the organization said, include “Carterland,” directed by The Pattiz Brothers; “Cow”, directed by Andrea Arnold; Listening to Kenny G, directed by Penny Lane; “Paper and Glue” a JR project; and “River, directed by Jennifer
Peedom and Joseph Nizeti.
“We have worked hard to bring the best of contemporary cinema to this year’s Montclair Film Festival and could not be more excited to share these films with our audiences,” said the Executive Director of Montclair Film, Tom Hall, in a group announcement Friday. “The past two years have proven once again that the global film community can be the catalyst to bring people together. And we need this connection with each other more than ever. Thus, we will welcome vaccinated and masked customers in newly renovated cinemas to ensure that we can meet safely and with respect for one another. “
The full program is at montclairfilm.org/festival/2021. Tickets for films and individual events can also be purchased on the site.
- The festival will open Thursday, October 12 at 7:30 pm with a screening of “The French Dispatch” by Wes Anderson at the Wellmont Theater. The film stars Benicio Del Toro, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright and Owen Wilson. It tells the story of a group working on the publication of “The French Dispatch”, a fictional magazine. The screening is co-presented by Investors Bank.
- On Friday, October 22 at 7:30 pm, the Wellmont Theater will screen “The Harder They Fall” by Jeymes Samuel, the centerpiece of the festival. Netflix’s release is described as a “new school western” and stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Edi Gathegi, RJ Cyler, Regina King and LaKeith Stanfield.
- On Friday 22 October at 6.30 p.m. there will be an outdoor screening of the animated film “The Mitchells vs. The Machines ”at Lackawanna Plaza, as the centerpiece of the festival. The film follows the Mitchell family leading their daughter to college as electronic devices attempt to take over the world.
- On Saturday October 23 at 4 pm at the Wellmont, in partnership with Out Montclair, will be “Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over”, a documentary on the life of native New Jersey artist Warwick. The documentary, the festival’s centerpiece of non-fiction, follows Warwick’s life and career, as well as his work as an advocate for AIDS research. Warwick and director Dave Wooley will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A.
- On Saturday October 30 at 4:30 pm at Montclair Kimberley Academy High School will be Jane Campion’s closing film, “The Power of the Dogs”. It follows two brothers, played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons, as they run their family ranch together in 1925 in Montana. The film is also presented in partnership with Out Montclair.
- And that night, at 9 p.m. at Clairidge, it will be “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” with the live debut of The Ordinary Kids Floor Show, formed in 2020 at the height of the pandemic. The Ordinary Kids and Montclair Film will launch The Rocky Horror Picture Show as a monthly cinematic event at Clairidge, according to Montclair Film. Montclair Film signed a long-term deal with Clairidge building owner Dick Grabowsky to operate the six-screen arthouse cinema earlier this year.
– Includes information provided by Montclair Film