Listen Up Philip

//Listen Up Philip
Listen Up Philip 2017-05-19T14:29:30+00:00

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“The poster quote tells us to “Think Woody Allen meets Wes Anderson” but it’s the dyspeptic spirit of early Noah Baumbach that hangs most heavily over this sardonic 70s-inflected comedy. Jason Schwartzman is narcissistic writer Philip Lewis Friedman, variously described by his acquaintances as “a baby and an asshole” and “selfish and unsentimental” – the last intended as a compliment. Confounded by the publication of his second novel, Philip decamps to the country retreat of author-mentor Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce, superbly obnoxious), leaving behind his long-suffering girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss). “I hope this will be good for us, but especially me,” declares Philip as he waltzes out the door, eager to join Ike in a Philip Roth-style “infinitely replenishing prism of regret”, swapping misogynist platitudes and wallowing in “the innate ineffability of human disappointment”. Writer/director Alex Ross Perry’s self-consciously wordy third feature is overburdened with such drolleries, so it’s a relief when the narrative abandons its verbose antiheroes and turns instead to Moss’s silently expressive face, which speaks volumes. Sean Price Williams’s smudgy hand-held cinematography yearns for a lost age of Allen and Cassavetes, while the clutter of vinyl and typewriters evokes the ironic hipster retro-chic of “While We’re Young”.” (Mark Kermode, The Guardian)

Saturday, 28.11.2015 – 10.00 pm, Screen 8 (presented by Giulio Ricciarelli)
Thursday, 03.12.2015 – 10.30 pm, Screen 8



+++ Berlin Premiere +++



OT: Listen Up Philip, 2014
Country: USA
Production: Washington Square Films, Sailor Bear
Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume
Format: DCP / Coulour
Length: 108 min.
Language: English OV
World Sales: The Match Factory,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Sundance, Locarno, Rio, Vancouver, London, New York, Toronto, Vienna, Thessaloniki, MoMA, Goteborg etc.
Awards: Locarno Special Jury Prize, Philadelphia etc.

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