Friday, November 23, 2007

Starting Out in the Evening

Newport International Film Festival has a new executive director, welcome Louisa Percudani. She is establishing a new film series, once a month, to extend the film festival experience throughout the year. The first film of this series was Starting Out in the Evening. A thoughtful film about a writer who has had success and is struggling to finish his last novel. It explores relationships, growth and "the madness of art". The acting and writing are outstanding. Frank Langella and Lauren Ambrose master the primary characters beautifully. Lili Taylor peppers in a strong performance as well. After the film, we had the pleasure of a Q&A with the film's producer Nancy Israel. It was an interesting discussion. This film opens in limited release this weekend and should expand to more theaters over the next few weeks, catch it if you can.

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