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Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear to Star in ‘A Family Vacation’

Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear to Star in ‘A Family Vacation’
Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Andre Wilms are starring in Ira Sachs’s seventh feature, “A Family Vacation,” which will begin production in October in Portugal.

Producers are Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt through their Paris-based Sbs Productions. The family drama, written by Sachs and his longtime co-writer Mauricio Zacharias, is about three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal.

“A Family Vacation” will be Sachs’ first the writer-director’s first time working outside of the United States, as well as his first time working with Huppert, Renier, and Wilms. He has previously worked with Kinnear on “Little Men” and Tomei on “Love is Strange.”

“I am working with some of my favorite actors in the world to tell this delicate story of a family in crisis,” Sachs said. “Some like Huppert for the first time, and
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Watch an exclusive clip from Little Men featuring Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri

Coinciding with its UK release today, we’ve got an exclusive clip from director Ira SachsLittle Men, which features Theo Taplitz and upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming star Michael Barbieri; check it out here…

See Also: Read our review of Little Men here and check out our interview with Ira Sachs 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,
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Interview: Director Ira Sachs on Modern Life Issues Explored in ‘Little Men’

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
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'Little Men' Review: Young Actors Make Indie Drama a Must-See

'Little Men' Review: Young Actors Make Indie Drama a Must-See
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.
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Ira Sachs: How a Daring Independent Filmmaker Went Family-Friendly With ‘Little Men’

Ira Sachs: How a Daring Independent Filmmaker Went Family-Friendly With ‘Little Men’
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.

Read More: Ira Sachs’ Touching New Dramedy ‘Little Men’ Stares You Down in Exclusive Poster

It was August
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Ira Sachs Goes Retro: MoMA Announces Major Mid-Career Retrospective Of New York’s ‘Quintessential Auteur’

Ira Sachs Goes Retro: MoMA Announces Major Mid-Career Retrospective Of New York’s ‘Quintessential Auteur’
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.”

Read More: Sundance Springboard: Meet the ‘Little Men’ at the Heart of Ira Sachs’ Acclaimed Drama

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.
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Interviews: Michael Peña, Craig Robinson & Ira Sachs at 2016 Chicago Critics Film Festival

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.

Michael Peña Meets the Chicago Film Critics, Patrick McDonald Fourth from Right

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
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Berlin: Ira Sachs Discusses Festival Memories, Films

Berlin: Ira Sachs Discusses Festival Memories, Films
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.
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Mongrel Lands International Rights to Ira Sachs' 'Little Men'

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.
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Sundance: Mongrel International boards 'Little Men'

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Sundance: Mongrel International boards 'Little Men'
Charlotte Mickie and her team have taken international sales rights on Ira Sachs’s Sundance Premieres selection that debuts in Park City on Monday.

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.

Sachs produced Little Men with Lucas Joaquin, Faliro House’s Christos V Konstantakopoulos and Race Point Films’ Jim Landé and Laura Teodosio.

“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 Mickie.

“He is a quintessentially humanist filmmaker who demonstrates enormous empathy for his subjects
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Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee

Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee
With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be a veritable Park City homecoming week in the festival’s 2016 Premieres slate, which was unveiled today along with the Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
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Interview: Wamg Talks To Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

Coming to theater on April 3rd is the film Effie Gray.

The film explores the fascinating, true story of the relationship between Victorian England’s greatest mind, John Ruskin, and his teenage bride, Euphemia “Effie” Gray, who leaves him for the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Effie Gray is the first original screenplay written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emma Thompson. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era, and beyond.

Dakota Fanning stars as Effie Gray Ruskin. The cast includes Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Sir Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane.

The film is produced by Andreas Roald (Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time) and Donald Rosenfeld (Malick’s Tree Of Life and Voyage Of Time).

Producer Donald Rosenfeld spent 1987 to 1998 as President of Merchant Ivory Productions, in charge of the financing
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Ira Sachs to Give Us “The Silent Treatment”

New York based filmmaker Ira Sachs is giving his fans The Silent Treatment. No the filmmaker isn’t pulling a Malick-like disappearing act, but instead, it appears he’ll begin setting up shop for his seventh feature film. After back to back critically acclaimed films in Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange, Sachs dropped the news that financing is in place and production will begin in June. Look for the trades to provide us with casting snip-its over the next couple of months.

Gist: This will be set in New York. It’ll likely be a drama.

Worth Noting: 2007′s Married Life was based on John Bingham’s novel Five Roundabouts to Heaven.

Do We Care?: We’ve been fans of his work dating back to The Delta and Forty Shades of Blue, and we found plenty to like in the shifting dynamics of a quartet in Married Life,
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John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Give Their Best Performances In Ira Sachs' 'Love is Strange'

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina Give Their Best Performances In Ira Sachs' 'Love is Strange'
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick "Love is Strange" is available now On Demand. This review was originally published during last year's Sundance Film Festival.] New York filmmaker Ira Sachs' best work is steeped in understatement and introspective characters, from the disgruntled music producer played by Rip Torn in "Forty Shades of Blue" to the troubled gay couple in "Keep the Lights On." In between those two projects, Sachs took an uneasy step into more traditional big budget filmmaking with the quasi-Hitchcockian "Married Life." Like that movie, Sachs' new work "Love Is Strange" features name actors and a polished look, but it remains remarkably faithful to the strongest ingredients in his other work: Featuring extraordinarily sensitive turns by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an aging married couple forced to vacate...
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Interview: Director Ira Sachs Reminds Us ‘Love is Strange’

Chicago – One of the notable films to kick off the autumn film season is writer/director Ira Sach’s “Love is Strange.” The story of two men in a longtime gay relationship, who finally can marry – but whose lives go off track unexpectedly – features brilliant performances from veterans John LIthgow and Alfred Molina.

Ira Sachs is a veteran writer and director himself, on his sixth feature film. He first got noticed with “Forty Shades of Blue” in 2005 and “Married Life” two years later. The latter film featured Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Pierce Brosnan. After some great reviews for his fifth film “Keep the Lights On” (2012), he is back with “Love is Strange,” a personal and subtle character driven story.

Ira Sachs (center) with Leading Men Alfred Molina and John Lithgow of ‘Love is Strange

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

HollywoodChicago.com sat down to interview Ira Sachs, as his
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Love Is Strange

Love Is Strange
In a summer of movie romances, Love Is Strange is the one that cuts deepest. Without the usual bull and spackled-on sentiment, it hits you like a shot in the heart. Director Ira Sachs, who wrote the subtly nuanced script with Mauricio Zacharias, intuitively knows where attention must be paid.

George (Alfred Molina), a music teacher, and Ben (John Lithgow), an artist, have lived together in Manhattan for nearly 40 years. When state law finally allows them to marry, they do so happily among family and friends. But being legal gets
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Love Is Strange | 2014 Review

Married Life: Sachs’ Latest a Subtle Portrayal of Love, Marriage, and Familial Bonds

Following on the heels of his 2012 film, Keep the Lights On, which documented a rather tumultuous and sometimes toxic relationship between two gay men over the course of a decade, director Ira Sachs delivers what is perhaps his most heartfelt and warmly observed film thus far. While many of the central relationships depicted in Sachs’ works are marked by melancholy and discord, whether that be the arresting loneliness of the superb Dina Korzun in Forty Shades of Blue (2005) or the dark comedy underpinning the extra-marital affair in Married Life (2007), here with Love is Strange, we are graced with a couple played by John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, partners of nearly forty years that have finally taken it upon themselves to exchange overdue marriage vows.

After thirty nine years of living together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George
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'Love' Will Tear Us Apart: Ira Sachs on the Year's Best Romantic Drama

'Love' Will Tear Us Apart: Ira Sachs on the Year's Best Romantic Drama
"I've always felt that all my work could be titled The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter," Ira Sachs says, a comment that anyone familiar with the 48-year-old filmmaker might consider an understatement. If you take a look through his two-decades-and-counting career, you might find that the miseries and mysteries of human attraction are a common thread. What links the interracial romance between a young Southerner and a Vietnamese hustler (1996's The Delta), a character study set in the Memphis music scene (2005's Forty Shades of Blue, which took home the
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Will Gay Drama ‘Love Is Strange’ Shatter Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling?

Will Gay Drama ‘Love Is Strange’ Shatter Hollywood’s Glass Ceiling?
Love Is Strange” is one of the rare movies anchored by gay characters not defined by sex. The story is set in a post-gay-rights Manhattan where marriage is legal for George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), longtime partners who get hitched in a local park, surrounded by their closest friends. To fund the $1.2 million drama, which Sony Pictures Classics will platform release Aug. 22, director Ira Sachs turned to his community for help. “I got financing from 25 individuals, the majority of whom were retired lesbian businesswomen,” says Sachs over lunch on a recent afternoon in the West Village. “They cared about the story, and believed it could speak to a wide audience.” Sachs says the backers have already turned a profit from worldwide distribution deals out of Sundance and Berlin.

If not for its unconventional financing, “Love Is Strange” might never have found its way to the big screen. While
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Ira Sachs in Newfest honour

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Ira Sachs in Newfest honour
New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual Lgbt jamboree that runs from July 24-29.

“To be able to make films with gay characters at their centre is as hard today as it was when I first started making movies in 1991,” said Sachs, whose Love Is Strange premiered at Sundance.

“Without community events like NewFest, I don’t think we’d have a queer cinema in America. If ‘visionary’ means a belief in the continued future and importance of Lgbt cinema, I’m deeply honoured to accept.”

Sachs’ credits include Forty Shades Of Blue and Keep The Lights On. Spc will release Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina on August 22.

Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors’ Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on January 31, 2015. Bissell’s credits include E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and most
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