Opening, Centerpiece & Closing Galas
Opening Night: Blue Jasmine
2013 | USA | PG-13 | 98 min.
Woody Allen's latest film finds America's greatest, most beloved and neurotic comic auteur back on home soil after a stretch of films on European turf. "Blue Jasmine" follows New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who moves to San Francisco to escape her faltering marriage to a wealthy Wall Street exec (Alec Baldwin). On the West Coast, she settles into a modest apartment with her bohemian sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) to get a fresh start on life, thinking that a change of coast, class and social status will help put her past aside and help pull herself back together again. Featuring a typically outstanding cast, including Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, and Bobby Cannavale, this new comedy from Woody Allen offers a star-studded kickoff to this year's festival.
Tue 6 pm State Theatre | Tue 7:30 City Opera House
Centerpiece Screening: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
2013 | USA | NR | 80 min.
One of America’s greatest Broadway legends is coming to Traverse City to attend a special screening of a documentary that vibrantly captures her backstage life. Follow the inimitable Elaine Stritch as she prepares for her latest club tour, “Singin’ Sondheim… One Song at a Time,” and sets out to prove that at age 87, she can still put on quite the show. Director Chiemi Karasawa crafts a candid portrait of the brash and brassy grand dame as she follows Stritch from rehearsals and a side gig playing Alec Baldwin’s mother on “30 Rock” to reveal the complex, wise and witty woman behind the legend. Intimate verité footage is paired with interviews with Stritch’s friends and admirers (including Nathan Lane, Tina Fey and Hal Prince) to capture the struggles and triumphs in the life of an Emmy and Tony-winning performer, resulting in a documentary that is hilarious, poignant and inspiring. In Person: Elaine Stritch, Director Chiemi Karasawa.
Fri 6 pm State Theatre
Closing Night: Austenland
2013 | USA | PG-13 | 97 min.
Thirty-something and single Jane (Keri Russell) has something of an unhealthy obsession with all things Jane Austen. Lucky for her, she’s not alone. Welcome to Austenland, the ultimate getaway for literary devotees, where visitors indulge in Regency-era fantasies provided by the British theme park. Jane sells her car and blows her savings so she can afford a trip to immerse herself in Austen’s world and fulfill her dream of meeting Mr. Darcy (or at least a reasonable approximation). The directorial debut from “Napoleon Dynamite” screenwriter Jerusha Hess is a rollicking rom-com that plays up America’s fascination with British culture, featuring a supporting cast including Bret Mackenzie (“Flight of the Concords”) and Jennifer Coolidge (“Legally Blonde”) delivering big laughs.
Sun 6 pm State Theatre