“Movie time is like college time."
“Days are slow and months are fast?”
“If you had a test on Thursday, Friday felt so far away.”
--Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig in The New Yorker
Noah Baumbach's movies don't make much money. Adjusted for inflation, no feature film in his twenty year directorial catalogue has grossed more than $10 million.
His most recent projects might break this streak ("While We're Young," "Mistress America"), but they might not. And Baumbach is 100% okay with that. This fact is responsible for the air of autobiography in every film he writes; much like his witty, existentially concerned, perpetually adrift characters chug along in—admit it—relatable stagnance, Baumbach doesn't require box office chart fame, or any fame for that matter, to validate his continued exploration of what the heck he's doing here, anyway.
Sound familiar? More so than, say, any film he's released?
We're here to help.
For less than a third of what Criterion wants from you, our premiere venue will screen Baumbach's directorial debut, "Kicking and Screaming," as the first of three weekly installments in Growing Up Baumbach: a retrospective tribute to his twenty years in cinema. Released in 1995, Baumbach's timeless portrait of post-grad friends who struggle to find the Real World Freedom in what feels like Real World Quicksand will strike a chord that leaves you echoing one of their own. "I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now."
Don't miss out as we prepare you to find yourself once more in ATLFF Official Selection "While We're Young," which screens Wednesday, March 25th as part of our 39th Annual lineup months before its theatrical release. See one retrospective selection for $7, all three for $15, or all three PLUS his brand new film for free when you become a member!
"Kicking and Screaming" screens TOMORROW, March 4th, at The Plaza at 7pm. See you there!