Film Society Free Talks

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Our free Amphitheater talks are back with directors and actors discussing their new work and reflecting on their career, influences, and approach to filmmaking.

Free tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour prior to each talk. Limit one ticket per person, subject to availability.

Coming Soon

Free Talks: Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look of Silence)

Free Talks: Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look of Silence)

| 60 mins

Joshua Oppenheimer will talk about his The Act of Killing follow-up, which returns to Indonesia to view the genocide of 1965-66 through the eyes of one of its victims, an ophthalmologist who tracks down a number of retired torturers to confront them about their past deeds.

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Thursday, July 16

6:30pm

Past Films

Free Talks: Alan Rickman (A Little Chaos)

Free Talks: Alan Rickman (A Little Chaos)

| 60 mins

Alan Rickman will talk about his second feature as a director, about a landscape designer (Kate Winslet), who, while building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Rickman), becomes romantically entangled with the court’s renowned landscape artist (Matthias Schoenaerts).

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Tuesday, June 16

6:30pm
Free Talks: Azazel Jacobs (Doll & Em)

Free Talks: Azazel Jacobs (Doll & Em)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Filmmaker Azazel Jacobs will join us to screen and discuss three episodes of the HBO comedy Doll & Em, starring Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells.

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Free Talks: Elijah Wood (Grand Piano)

Free Talks: Elijah Wood (Grand Piano)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Now in his early 30s, Elijah Wood is one of few actors to have already appeared in a role (Frodo in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy) that will live on well beyond his time as an actor. Wood and director Eugenio Mira will be on hand to discuss their new thriller Grand Piano, opening in theaters next month.

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Free Talks: Ira Sachs, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)

Free Talks: Ira Sachs, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange)

| 60 mins

Director Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On, Forty Shades of Blue) will be joined by co-screenwriter Mauricio Zacharias and actors John Lithgow and Marisa Tomei to discuss their latest project. Love Is Strange blends the romance of New York City's streets and skyline with a delicate Chopin piano score to poignantly capture both the lightness and sorrows of this modern-day love story.

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Free Talks: James Gray (The Immigrant)

Free Talks: James Gray (The Immigrant)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Director James Gray will discuss his richly detailed period tragedy, The Immigrant (NYFF51), which stars Marion Cotillard in a thrilling performance as a young Polish immigrant in 1920s Manhattan.

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Free Talks: James McAvoy (Filth)

Free Talks: James McAvoy (Filth)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Actor James McAvoy will sit down to discuss his latest role in Filth, based on the acclaimed novel by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and directed by Jon S. Baird.

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Free Talks: Jay and Mark Duplass (Togetherness)

Free Talks: Jay and Mark Duplass (Togetherness)

Free event!

Jay and Mark Duplass will screen and discuss the first two episode of their new comedy series Togetherness, which debuts Sunday, January 11 exclusively on HBO.

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Free Talks: Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Free Talks: Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

| 60 mins

The Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning Julie Taymor will share her experiences bringing a live performance of her breathtaking production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the big screen.

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Monday, June 15

5:00pm
Free Talks: Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves)

Free Talks: Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves)

| 60 mins

Free and open to public!

Director Kelly Reichardt will discuss her new film Night Moves, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard in a thriller set against the ravishing, threatened natural beauty of Oregon.

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Free Talks: Liv Ullmann (Miss Julie)

Free Talks: Liv Ullmann (Miss Julie)

| 60 mins

Free event!

Filmmaker and Academy Award-nominated actess Liv Ullmann will discuss her new film Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton.

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Free Talks: Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land)

Free Talks: Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land)

| 60 mins

On the occasion of the release of his powerful new documentary—winner of the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival—Matthew Heineman will discuss this 21st century Western that pits vigilantes on both sides of the border against the vicious Mexican drug cartels. The talk will be moderated by award-winning documentary cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson (Citizenfour, The Invisible War).

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Tuesday, June 30

6:30pm
Free Talks: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

Free Talks: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Matthew McConaughey will be on hand to discuss Dallas Buyers Club, which is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor (for McConaughey).

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Free Talks: Mike Cahill & Brit Marling (I Origins)

Free Talks: Mike Cahill & Brit Marling (I Origins)

On the occasion of the theatrical opening of the latest film from director Mike Cahill, I Origins, the Film Society sits down with Cahill and actress Brit Marling to discuss their recent collaboration and reflect back on their earlier work together on Another Earth and the documentary Boxers and Ballerinas.

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Free Talks: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and Yana Novikova (The Tribe)

Free Talks: Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and Yana Novikova (The Tribe)

| 60 mins

Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and lead actress Yana Novikova will discuss their award-winning crime-thriller, a silent film with a difference: its entire cast is deaf and nonverbal and the “dialogue” is strictly sign language—without subtitles.

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Wednesday, June 17

6:30pm
Free Talks: Rose McGowan (Dawn)

Free Talks: Rose McGowan (Dawn)

| 60 mins

The Film Society will screen Rose McGowan's directorial debut, the short film Dawn, followed by a discussion with McGowan, who will talk about her passion for filmmaking as well her upcoming work both in front of and behind the camera.

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Wednesday, June 24

6:30pm
Free Talks: Stephen Frears & Steve Coogan (Philomena)

Free Talks: Stephen Frears & Steve Coogan (Philomena)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the public!

Director Stephen Frears and co-writer/co-star Steve Coogan will be on hand to discuss their four-time Academy Award-nominated film, which stars Judi Dench.

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Free Talks: Takashi Murakami (Jellyfish Eyes)

Free Talks: Takashi Murakami (Jellyfish Eyes)

| 60 mins

Free and open to the pubic!

In conjunction with the New York premiere of his first feature film, Jellyfish Eyes, renowned Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami will present a collection of his animated works and discuss his signature artistic style.

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Free Talks: Xavier Dolan (Mommy)

Free Talks: Xavier Dolan (Mommy)

| 60 mins

Free event!

Xavier Dolan will discuss his electric new film Mommy, which won the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and opens at the Film Society on January 23.

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