Opening this weekend is writer-director Whit Stillman‘s (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) first movie in thirteen years: Damsels in Distress. Filled with the unique characters and dialogue that populate all of his works, Stillman’s latest film is about a group of college coeds (Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Adam Brody, and Analeigh Tipton) whose friendship is threatened by a series of romances, “including slick Charlie (Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker), the mad frat-pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf), and Thor (Billy Magnussen) — who threaten their friendship and sanity.” For more on the film, here’s the trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Megalyn Echikunwoke and Carrie MacLemore. We talked about trying to deliver Stillman’s unique dialogue, how familiar they were with his previous films when they got the roles, favorite movies and actors, karaoke, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
I believe there is an uncanny valley in portraying the young and erudite. I want to see witty movies about the UHB, but only a select few—led by Woody Allen—can write the dialogue without it seeming so stilted. Whit Stillman is one of the masters. It’s not that the banter isn’t stiff, rather that is part of the point. And it helps when you have stars like Greta Gerwig, Adam Brody, and Analeigh Tipton voicing the characters as Stillman does in his latest, Damsels in Distress. Gerwig, Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Carrie MacLemore star as a group of coeds whose friendship is threatened by a series of romances, “including smooth Charlie (Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker), the mad frat-pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf), and Thor (Billy Magnussen).” Damsels in Distress opens in limited release on April 6. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Today, we’re proud to premiere the poster for Whit Stillman‘s Damsels in Distress. The film centers on a group of women in college whose friendship is strained when they become romantically entangled with a series of men. Damsels is Stillman’s first film since 1998′s The Last Days of Disco, and I’m bummed that a last-minute schedule change at the Toronto International Film Festival caused me to miss it. Thankfully, Steve said it was great and the film is set to hit theaters this spring where I’ll be sure to catch it.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and here’s Steve’s exclusive interview with Stillman on the film. The film stars Greta Gerwig, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Carrie MacLemore, Analeigh Tipton, Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf, Billy Magnussen, and Adam Brody. Damsels in Distress opens in limited release on April 6th.
Damsels in Distress (starring Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), Page Eight (starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes), and Violet & Daisy (starring Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, and James Gandolfini) are all playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. We have images for these films. We think you’d like to see them.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.