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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2017, 07:09:12 AM »
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From lwlies.com:

A Ghost Story to close Sundance Film Festival: London 2017

David Lowery’s haunting drama is among the highlights of this year’s programme.

Returning to the UK capital for its fifth edition, the 2017 Sundance London Film Festival boasts an impressive programme of features and shorts mostly culled from its parent festival in Park City, Utah.

This year’s festival will open with the international premiere of Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, and will close four days later with the UK premiere of David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. In our first look review we describe the film as a “quietly haunting tale of loss and redemption”.

Lowery will be attending the festival to take part in a special ‘In Conversation’ event, where his acclaimed debut feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints will also screen.

Elsewhere there’s UK premieres for Marianna Palka’s Bitch, Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral, Craig Johnson’s Wilson, adapted from Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel, and for the first time festivalgoers will be treated to a Surprise Film.

Sundance Film Festival: London takes place 1-4 June at Picturehouse Central. Check out the full programme here.

(Original article http://lwlies.com/festivals/sundance-london-film-festival-2017-a-ghost-story/.)



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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #46 on: April 25, 2017, 09:15:12 AM »
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his acclaimed debut feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #47 on: June 12, 2017, 04:45:39 PM »
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I saw this last night at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. What an amazing film. I don't want to reveal too much about the film, even though reviews are out there. It starts out as a personal and intimate film and gradually the ideas get bigger. It's remarkable how David has conveyed existential ideas with minimal dialogue and simple, well thought-out imagery. The image of the ghost as a white sheet goes back centuries, and here it's a visualization of something eternal and timeless.

I will definitely buy the soundtrack, which releases on July 7th.

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #48 on: June 21, 2017, 11:03:37 AM »
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i was checking its runtime. 1hr27min. nice. adorable imdb trivia section

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #49 on: June 26, 2017, 11:48:48 AM »
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Excited to see this tonight at The Cinefamily!

EDIT: screening pushed til next week  :yabbse-sad:

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #50 on: July 07, 2017, 12:40:02 PM »
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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #51 on: July 07, 2017, 02:05:21 PM »
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Is there any news about french distribution? I'm surprised that it won't be released in the summer here...
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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #52 on: July 07, 2017, 03:28:44 PM »
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So this just came up in my feed:

https://twitter.com/Criterion/status/883351085955637248

That's quite the terrifying murder basement Criterion conducts their interviews in.
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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #53 on: July 07, 2017, 06:07:36 PM »
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Matt Zoller Seitz --

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“A Ghost Story” feels bracingly, at times alienating new. It’s a movie you can’t be quite sure how to take. There are moments where the movie seems to be handing you keys to interpretation, but I’d caution viewers against looking at such scenes for answers, because they have a rope-a-dope quality—as if they're designed to bait and trap those who would sneer at this kind of movie. In any event, this is a film that's more inclined to ask questions than answer them, much less give life advice.

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I should admit here that any take I can offer is provisional. I need to see the film a second time to sweep away preconceived notions that might’ve been lingering in my mind during my first viewing of “A Ghost Story.” The movie is so simple in its storytelling and its situations are observed so patiently that the result has a disarming purity, as if Lowery jammed a tap into his subconscious and recorded one of his dreams directly to film. It’s probably the closest that a lot of people are going to get to seeing a late-period silent movie on a big screen—a melodrama that deals in big ideas and obvious symbols, and that puts across fantastical concepts, such a ghost haunting the landscape over a period of decades, by putting a sheet over its leading man and having him walk around slowly and stare blankly at stuff. (Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo shoots the movie in the old-fashioned, square-ish “Academy” ratio, letting us see the rounded edges of the frame; this has a constricting effect, so that we seem to be spying through a keyhole at someone else’s life.)

that's what he made Matt Zoller Seitz write. he made A.O. Scott get dissy, which is how NYC people give compliments. Justin Chang reminded LA of ways to like the movie --

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But one of the lessons of this quietly gripping movie, and of the American art-film tradition to which it belongs, is that stillness can conceal troubling depths, and even seemingly small moments can be rife with meaning and implication.

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Individual moments are drawn out so slowly that you feel trapped in them alongside the characters, but what gives the film its particular poignancy is the way it makes those moments feel both attenuated and fleeting — a reminder of how little time we are granted together on this astral plane.

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These scenes are a warning to look closer and listen carefully, to appreciate the deeper meaning of moments that might otherwise seem insignificant — a lesson that applies well beyond the domain of the movie theater.

the question is not if it will last, but how it will. a.k.a. art as awesome. so this did awesome and bravo.
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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #54 on: July 08, 2017, 08:09:54 PM »
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I'm goin' NUTS over here!
My friend is in NYC watching a Q&A with David right now and I'm stuck here in Austin staring at a screen that says the closest it will get to me is San Antonio and not for three weeks!

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #55 on: July 10, 2017, 04:27:32 PM »
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i.e. LA and NYC packed its theaters and did what they could to support the cause
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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #56 on: July 11, 2017, 12:29:51 AM »
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SPOILERS within (I think. I started skipping ahead when it started seeming spoilery):

http://www.avclub.com/article/david-lowery-had-stop-himself-giving-his-sundance--257855

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2017, 04:10:16 AM »
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For me it lived up to the hype and then some. It’s such an original perspective Lowery’s created here, through ingeniously simple means. The images take on colossal weight when viewed through the specter’s eternal vantage point. I also thought the movie was beautifully optimistic in its omission of anything traditionally spiritual - be it “God” or an afterlife, as described by Will Oldham’s partygoer character. The ghost is only concerned about being with his love.


MAJOR SPOILERS

My jaw hit the floor when the movie came to the shot of the prospector and the following sequence of pioneers. My interpretation was that Casey Affleck lived so long that civilization had destroyed itself, as the partygoer pontificated about a few scenes earlier, and in the far, far future, maybe millions of years ahead, civilization was starting anew and repeating its trajectory in nearly exactly the same way.

When Casey ended up in the house he had lived in with basically clones of himself and Rooney Mara, I thought he’d been haunting the earth so long that every possible iteration of humanity had played out, multiple dimensions having had their hand, resulting in him watching a nearly carbon copy of his own experience, but that it wasn’t actually him, insinuating that on an objective level, even our individuality is ephemeral.

My girlfriend vehemently disagreed. She thought that when he’d jumped from the futuristic office building he’d committed “Ghost Suicide” and gone back to the beginning of time, like a loop, and waited to catch up to himself so he could be with his love again. I didn’t understand her point of view because Casey Affleck was already dead? I might be wrong here. Maybe GB can clarify?

Either way, it works.



We talked about the implications of that sequence and the rest of the movie for several hours afterward. It was a massively satisfying, inspiring, and thought-provoking film. Magnificent score, too.

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #58 on: July 15, 2017, 02:02:40 AM »
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A Ghost Story's greatest strength is how it explores the idea that time is relative. A widower fighting back tears while eating a pie can feel like an eternity, while a family living, dying, and decomposing can feel like an instant.

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Re: A Ghost Story
« Reply #59 on: July 15, 2017, 01:43:55 PM »
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what Wilder said. and just want to stop by to congratulate GB on this.

completely badass, on the edge of failure every day of the shoot, on your own dime, with all the stress and doubt that comes with.

we need more of THIS in cinemas. thank you. thank you. gonna watch it again with more friends soon.

(was tricked into thinking this was shot on film btw, feel like a fool.)

 

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