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THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE:
THE FILMS OF KELLY REICHARDT
TOURING RETROSPECTIVE
premieres April 19, 2016

OLD JOY (2006)

OLD JOY

2006, 83m, USA
with Will Oldham, Daniel London, Tanya Smith; screenplay by: Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt; cinematography: Peter Sillen; produced by Lars Knudsen, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani


Two longtime friends set on a weekend camping trip in the Oregon woods. One has remained faithful to the freewheeling life of their youth, avoiding any decisions that can’t be taken back. The other one has settled down, and is soon to become a father. He’s engaged with the local community, but wary of the changes his Portland neighborhood is undergoing with the influx of hipsters and money. Radio tuned constantly to Air America, he listens intently to the liberal hosts and their guests arguing about the causes of the USA’s downward spiral post–9/11. Along the way, the friends have a hard time finding topics of conversation that won’t cause tension, bringing moments of awkwardness and odd emotions for them both. In the end, they’ll either face off or find out what holds them together. The natural beauty of the countryside is underscored by Yo La Tengo’s music, while Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy, shows his talents as a character actor in this intimate piece of cinema.

 

“A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year.” Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“As subtle, supple and beautifully fine-tuned a film as any American director has made in the past history.” Dennis Lim, THE VILLAGE VOICE

 

“THE BEST OF THE FEST...neither far-out nor hard to reach, but instead a soft spoken capaciuosly eloquent film.” Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

RIVER OF GRASS (1994) RIVER OF GRASS (1994) Titled after the Native American name for the region, River of Grass tells the story of a thirty-something mother of three who runs away from boredom and her family. Restless and on a quest to find excitement, she meets an equally lost soul, a man-child hanging out in a local bar. What follows is a hilarious “crime” spree of the clueless pair on the run. OLD JOY (2006) OLD JOY (2006) Two longtime friends set on a weekend camping trip in the Oregon woods. One has remained faithful to the freewheeling life of their youth, avoiding any decisions that can’t be taken back. The other one has settled down, and is soon to become a father. By the end of the journey, they’ll either face off or find out what holds them together. WENDY AND LUCY (2008) WENDY AND LUCY (2008) In this formally minimalist drama, the title heroine, Wendy, sets out on a cross-country drive with her dog, Lucy, in the hope of finding a well-paying job in Alaska’s fish processing plants. When the car breaks down, it plunges her even deeper into despair, threatening to unravel her already dire circumstances.  MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010) MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010) Oregon, 1845. A group of settlers with a hired guide, Stephen Meek, make the trek from Missouri with the dream of staking out land in the West for a prosperous future. We make the trek along with them, from a lush, water-filled landscape to the dried-out, dusty, windy, and unforgiving high desert.  NIGHT MOVES (2013) NIGHT MOVES (2013) Night is the setting for all of the most dramatic events in this thrilling story of three Oregon-based radical environmentalists who seek to bring the masses to recognize the impending doom of Earth’s depletion through an act of extreme sabotage. But they aren’t prepared for the unintended consequences of their actions.


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