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Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Summer Talks, Starting With ‘Before Midnight’ Conversation

Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Summer Talks, Starting With 'Before Midnight' Conversation

New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced this year’s Summer Talks series, which will begin on May 16th with a discussion with “Before Midnight” director Richard Linklater and stars/co-writers Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke,  and continue throughout the summer.

As with their NYFF Live talks series during the New York Film Festival, these talks will be free and open to the public. Additional talks schedules include a June 10 conversation with Sofia Coppola on “The Bling Ring,” Jem Cohen discussing “Museum Hours” on June 26, and Ryan Coogler on Sundance Grand Jury winner “Fruitvale Station” on July 11.

In addition to these set events, Sebastian Silva, David Lowery, and Joe Swanberg will all participate in the Summer Talks series in July and August on their upcoming films, with specific dates and times to be announced. More directors will also be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the events will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis one hour prior to the talks. Check out the full lineup below, and be sure to keep an eye on Film Society’s website for further information.

Films, Descriptions & Schedule

Director: Richard Linklater
Nine years after we last saw Celine and Jesse (Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke), the couple are together in Greece. Richard Linklater’s latest collaboration with Hawke and Delpy picks up the story that began nearly two decades ago in Before Sunrise(1995) and then continued with Before Sunset (2004). In the new film, Before Midnight, Celine and Jesse are now in their 40s and grappling with the past, present and future of their relationship.  
*Thursday, May 16: 8PM 
Summer Talk with director Richard Linklater, actors Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. All share in a writing credit for the film also. 
Moderator: Film Comment Contributor, Phillip Lopate.
Director: Sofia Coppola
From Oscar award winning writer and director Sofia Coppola, THE BLING RING tells the story, based on actual events, of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarize celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles. Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions. Reflecting on the naiveté of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, we see through the members of the ‘Bling Ring’ temptations that almost any teenager would feel. What starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of our culture today. 
*Monday, June 10: 7:30PM
Summer Talk with director Sofia Coppola. 
Moderator: TBC
Director: Jem Cohen
Well known for his distinctive work in Super 8 and 16mm film, as well as numerous music videos for the likes of R.E.M., Fugazi, Vic Chestnutt, Jem Cohen has made a name for himself with a number of acclaimed feature films, including InstrumentBenjamin Smoke and Chain. His latest film, Museum Hours, observes the burgeoning relationship between a quiet Vienna museum guard (Bobby Sommer) who meets a lonesome American visitor (Mary Margaret O’Hara). Anchored within a grand gallery at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours is an examination of art, architecture and ultimately, contemporary humanity.
*Wednesday, June 26: 6PM
Summer Talk with director Jem Cohen. Will also include a screening of a short film as a way of describing how he came to make Museum Hours. 
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.
Director: Ryan Coogler
Remember the name Ryan Coogler. If all goes according to plan, you should be hearing it a lot. The winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his first feature, Fruitvale Station, Coogler is a former college football player who eventually embraced filmmaking. In the film, Coogler examines the tragic story of Oscar Grant, a victim of excessive police force in Coogler’s own Oakland neighborhood. Charming and inspiring, Ryan Coogler is one of the most celebrated new filmmakers of the year. 
*Thursday, July 11: 6PM
Summer Talk with director Ryan Coogler. 
Moderator: The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Director of Digital Strategy, Eugene Hernandez.
Director: Sebastián Silva
New York based Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva took his cast and crew on a fun ride when making Crystal Fairy, one of two feature films he had at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Pablo Larraín, director of last year’s No (NYFF 50),Crystal Fairy is based on a real road trip from Silva’s youth. Michael Cera stars as an American tourist who encounters a wanderer (played by Gaby Hoffman) during a Chilean vacation. The two of them, along with a group of locals (played by Silva’s real-life brothers) embark on a journey in search of an elusive hallucinogen cactus that leads them to unexpected places.
*July: Specific date TBC 
Summer Talk with Sebastián Silva. 
Director: David Lowery
An exciting discovery at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, David Lowery is no stranger within American indie circles. Not only did he write and direct the upcoming Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, but he edited Shane Carruth’s recent Upstream Color and co-wrote Yen Tan’s Pit Stop. Lowery’s Texas drama, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, stars Rooney Mara, Ben Foster and Casey Affleck in a story of outlaws set in Texas.
*August: Specific date TBC
Summer Talk with David Lowery.
Director: Joe Swanberg
Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend. Drinking Buddies is written and directed by Joe Swanberg and stars Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, and Ron Livingston.
*August: Specific date TBC
Summer Talk with Joe Swanberg.

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