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Coinciding with its UK release today, we’ve got an exclusive clip from director Ira Sachs’ Little Men, which features Theo Taplitz and upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming star Michael Barbieri; check it out here…
When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, »
- Gary Collinson
Chicago – When meeting an interview subject for the third time, and remembering him as the first professional interview I ever did, results in a comfortable familiarity. Director Ira Sachs is the subject, and his latest film is “Little Men.” Taking on adolescent friendship, adult passive-aggressiveness and gentrification all in one film, it also spotlights the expansiveness of this talented filmmaker.
“Little Men” features Greg Kinnear in one of his best performances, as a guilty and conflicted property inheritor named Brian who now lives in Brooklyn, in the midst of the hottest real estate markets in America. His late father owned the property, which included a dressmaker’s shop run by Leonor (Paulina García), who cared for her landlord more than his heirs. Meanwhile, Brian’s son Jake (Theo Taplitz), has found a friend and fellow traveler in Tony (Michael Barbieri), who happens to be Leonor’s son. Property, negotiations and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Want to see two young actors give breakthrough performances? Then watch in Little Men, an intimate gem of a film directed by Ira Sachs, which means they're in the best of caring hands. What Sachs (The Delta, Forty Shades of Blue) and cowriter Mauricio Zacharias, who collaborated with the filmmaker on the gay-themed dramas Keep the Lights On and Love Is Strange, conjure up here is a serious pleasure, filled with messily human characters whose thoughts and feelings don't necessarily emerge from the words they speak. You have to lean in and pay attention. »
Ira Sachs was shooting a chase scene. This should come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the delicate, understated dramas that have become Sachs’ trademark ever since his first feature, a tale of closeted gay youth called “The Delta,” 20 years ago. Sachs’ Sundance-winning “Forty Shades of Blue” tracked intimate familial complications of a music producer past his prime, while his last two features, “Keep the Lights On” and “Love Is Strange,” delivered measured looks at queer urban identity against the backdrop of modern gentrification. Only 2007’s “Married Life” included the hints of a thriller, but it was something of a red herring in the context of a plot about well-to-do couples scheming against each other. But this chase scene was a different story — evidence that Sachs wanted to try something different.
It was August »
- Eric Kohn
New York City’s own Museum of Modern Art has announced their plans for, per their press release, “a complete, mid-career retrospective of the films of Ira Sachs, a filmmaker who, in the course of seven features and five short films, has established himself as one of the singular voices in American cinema.”
The retro will take place from July 22 to August 3 under the title “Thank You for Being Honest: The Films of Ira Sachs” and will include the full scope of Sachs’ works, from his experimental shorts to insightful social comedies (including his newest film, “Little Men”) to piercing autobiographical dramas. The program includes titles like “The Delta,” “Married Life,” “Keep the Lights On” and “Love is Strange.”
The series will open with his Sundance premiere “Forty Shades of Blue,” which won the Sundance 2005 U. »
- Kate Erbland
Chicago – The Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) keeps rolling, and it’s a blockbuster so far. Actors Michael Peña and Craig Robinson, along with director Ira Sachs, made appearances on behalf of their films “War on Everything,” “Morris from America” and “Little Men.” The festival runs through May 26th, 2016.
Photo credit: Dann Gire, Daily Herald
Throughout the 2016 festival, audiences can expect amazing cinema from the first quarter major festivals – including Sundance and South X Southwest – and there are a couple more director and celebrity appearances to go. For a complete schedule of these events and the films, click here.
Since this is a film festival curated by the Chicago critics, Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com has asked some of the participating film critics to contribute to the Michael Peña interview, because it was a one-question-red-carpet situation (they will »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
New York-based writer/director Ira Sachs arrives in Berlin with the Sundance-preemed “Little Men,” which he describes as “a film about two boys who become best friends as their parents become best enemies.” Following “Forty Shades of Blue” (2005), the Teddy-winning “Keep the Lights On” (2012) and “Love Is Strange” (2014), it’s his fourth Panorama drama and his fifth trip to the fest, including a 2010 visit with his documentary short, “Last Address.” While Sachs sheepishly admits to not knowing the city as well as he should, he offers a few tips from his years spent rushing through it.
Eat and greet
“Little Men” used to be called “Thank You for Being Honest,” so I’m gonna be honest: I’m not the one to ask. I’m always the guy who’s woken up late, trying to get to a screening and grabbing a sandwich or a bowl of onion soup in a mall. »
- Gregg Goldstein
Mongrel International has taken international sales rights to Ira Sachs' Sundance premiere "Little Men." Starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbierim, the film will also be screening at this year's Berlin International Film Festival. Marking Sachs' sixth feature film to date, and third with writing partner Mauricio Zacharias, "Little Men" tells the story of 13-year-old Jake and his tumultuous move away from his familiar Manhattan home to the new and unknown Brooklyn. Here, he grows to understand what freedom is and gains a fledging friendship that is threatened after his parents hike up the leasing rent of his friend's mother's salon. "I am joyful to be reunited with Ira as I sold his very first film (on 16mm!) 'The Delta,' and later I worked on sales for 'Forty Shades of Blue,'" said Mongrel International President Charlotte Mickie in a statement. »
- Zack Sharf
Little Men stars Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri and tells of two youngsters whose budding friendship is put to the test when a rent dispute erupts between their parents.
Wme represents North American rights to the coming-of-age drama that travels to the Berlinale next month, where it screens in both the Panorama and Generations sections.
“He is a quintessentially humanist filmmaker who demonstrates enormous empathy for his subjects »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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