DIRECTOR: JOAN TEWKESBURY
CAST: TALIA SHIRE, JOHN BELUSHI, RICHARD JORDAN, KEITH CARRADINE
Friday, 7pm: Q&A with Joan Tewkesbury and Hailey Benton Gates
Brand New 35mm Print
The directorial debut of Joan Tewkesbury, then best known for her work as a screenwriter on Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us (1974) and Nashville (1975), Old Boyfriends follows Talia Shire’s clinical psychologist through a process of emotional bottoming-out and stock-taking, deciding after a breakdown to reconnect with exes played by Richard Jordan and John Belushi, her trip down memory lane leading to Keith Carradine as the brother of a girlhood sweetheart (Buck Henry, P.J. Soles, and John Houseman round out the cast). Produced by Edward Pressman and with a script by Paul and Leonard Schrader, Tewkesbury nimbly moves between registers of romantic comedy and psychodrama, delivering an eccentrically digressive, tonally unpredictable, and roundly revelatory first feature.
A Rialto Pictures release.
Opening night screening predeced by Shako Mako, a new short starring Alia Shawkat, directed by filmmaker and journalist (and Joan Tewkesbury’s grand-daugter), Hailey Benton Gates.