Executive Director’s Letter: JUNE 2022
June 1, 2022
Hello Friends of Film!
I’m excited to be back in Aspen after long travels which included a week at the 75th Cannes Film Festival!
This was my 21st Cannes, though I hadn’t attended in five years, and things have certainly changed in many ways. Though overall an excellent experience, the beginning of the festival was off to a slow start (I hadn’t properly planned ahead so did not get to see TOP GUN: MAVERICK there). However, after a couple of days of technological issues and disappointments, I got to see some phenomenal cinema which will hopefully make its way to Aspen soon.
Highlights include Mia Hansen-Løve’s gorgeous and touching ONE FINE MORNING (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13482828/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) starring Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Melvil Poupaud, Nicole Garcia (we showed Hansen-Løve’s BERGMAN ISLAND at Filmfest 21); the disturbing yet lovely Jury Prize winning “donkey film,” EO (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt19652910/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) from Jerzy Skolimowski, with a brilliant cameo by Isabelle Huppert; the outrageous and courageous Palme d’Or winner TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7322224/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) directed by Ruben Östlund (the previous Palme d’Or for THE SQUARE in 2017) and starring Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Woody Harrelson and Dolly de Leon; the mesmerizing DECISION TO LEAVE (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12477480/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) directed by Park Chan-wook, who was awarded Best Director, starring Tang Wei, Park Hae-il and Lee Junng-hyun; the intricate Best Screenplay winner BOY FROM HEAVEN
(https://www.imdb.com/title/tt15452062/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) directed by Tarek Saleh, starring Tawfeek Barhom, and closing out with the midnight premiere of a delightfully stunning MOONAGE DAYDREAM (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9883832/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) , doc director Brett Morgen’s homage to David Bowie.
I feel fortunate to have caught so many award-winners, and look forward to catching up on some other highly praised films which have landed US distribution. This all bodes well for a robust Filmfest, Indie Showcases and special screenings.
Speaking of special screenings, our next Indie Showcase is coming up on Wednesday, June 8. We are delighted to bring FIDDLER’S JOURNEY TO THE BIG SCREEN (https://aspenfilm.org/fiddlers-journey-to-the-big-screen/) to our Aspen audience.
“Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen is as wondrous, buoyant and heartwarming as the film it celebrates.”
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
“In the words of [the film} it isn’t just a documentary about the film’s transition from stage to screen, but a “chronicle of a spirited creative quest.”
-Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
From June 20-22, Aspen Film is proud to be collaborating with Here House in presenting another informative and exploratory Socrates Café.
BLUE BAYOU (https://aspenfilm.org/here-house-socrates-film-cafe/) screening at the Isis Theatre, 6 PM
Concessions available for purchase
June 21: Discussion and guided dialogue at Here House, 5-8 PM
Food and beverage available for purchase
June 22: FOSTER SHOCK (https://aspenfilm.org/here-house-socrates-film-cafe/) screening at Here House followed by discussion
and guided dialogue, 5-8 PM
Food and beverage available for purchase
We couldn’t be more excited about another highly anticipated summer event with Anderson Ranch Arts Center on their gorgeous campus. Together we are presenting this year’s SXSW Audience Award winner THE ART OF MAKING IT (https://aspenfilm.org/movie-night-at-anderson-ranch-2/) on June 29.
This is an evening you won’t want to miss, particularly as Doña Vega mezcal will be pouring libations! As there is limited capacity, this event will sell out so we suggest getting your tickets early.
Stay tuned for more Summer of Cinema events throughout the season and you can find full details HERE (http://aspenfilm.org/summer-of-cinema/) .
Want to get more involved in Aspen Film – please ask us how. We have many opportunities and can always use a helping hand. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and one of our staff can schedule time to chat with you about your interest.
We look forward to seeing you at the cinema!
Executive Director + Artistic Director, Aspen Film