Listen Up Philip

Showtimes

Film runs Fri, Sep 26 through Sun, Oct 12.

Thu, Oct 9

6:00pm

Fri, Oct 10

9:00pm

Listen Up Philip
Alex Ross Perry, 2014
USA | Format: DCP | 108 minutes

Q&A with director Alex Ross Perry at both screenings, actors Jason Schwartzman and Joséphine de La Baume on October 9

Alex Ross Perry’s third feature heralds the arrival of a bold new voice in American movies. Even more than in his critically lauded The Color Wheel, Perry draws on literary models (mainly Philip Roth and William Gaddis) to achieve a brazen mixture of bitter humor and unexpected pathos. In this sly, very funny portrait of artistic egomania, Jason Schwartzman stars as Philip Lewis Friedman, a precocious literary star anticipating the publication of his second novel. Philip is a caustic narcissist, but the film, shot with tremendous agility on Super-16mm by Sean Price Williams, leaves his orbit frequently, lingering on the perspectives of his long-suffering photographer girlfriend, Ashley, (Elisabeth Moss) and his hero, the Roth-like literary lion Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), who himself considers Philip a major talent. A film about callow ambition, Listen Up Philip is itself remarkably poised, a knowing, rueful account of how pain and insecurity transfigure themselves as anger but also as art. A Tribeca Film release.

After NYFF, Listen Up Philip will return to the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 17 for a theatrical run.

Series: NYFF52 Main Slate

Venue: Alice Tully Hall, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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