Elle Fanning gives a star-making performance in Ginger and Rosa, the latest film from acclaimed writer-director Sally Potter.
Set in Britain during the ban-the-bomb 1960’s—the era of Potter’s own girlhood—the story focuses on the friendship of two adolescents, Ginger (Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert), life-long best friends. The girls become anti-nuclear activists, while their family lives crumble around them, as a wrenching betrayal leads Ginger to the verge of a breakdown. The stunning cast also includes Allesandro Nivola as Ginger’s emotionally callous father, Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as her mother and Annette Bening, Oliver Platt and Timothy Spall as supportive neighbors. Join us in advance of its opening to see a film that won critical praise and played to enthusiastic audiences at this year’s New York Film Festival, and for a post-screening conversation with Sally Potter.
92Y is offering a FREE screening and Q+A to this event. Seats are based on availability and are on a first-come first-served basis.
Sally Potter, one of the most daring and accomplished directors of her generation, is best known for her film adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, (1992) starring Tilda Swinton in the role that brought her fame. Potter, the subject of a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2010, began her career with visionary features including The Gold Diggers (1983) starring Julie Christie. Her subsequent films include the autobiographical The Tango Lesson (1996). She has continued to work with the world’s best actors, with The Man Who Cried (2000), starring Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett and YES (2004) starring Joan Allen and Sam Neill. Potter’s Rage (2009), starring Judi Dench, Jude Law, Steve Buscemi, Simon Abkarian and Dianne Wiest was the first feature film to premiere simultaneously in theaters and on mobile phones. Ginger and Rosa, which was included in this year’s New York Film Festival, is an emotionally powerful addition to her flourishing body of work.
Caryn James, a film and culture critic, writes the “James on Screens” film and television blog for Indiewire and is a contributor to The New York Times Book Review, The Huffington Post and other publications. Previously, she was film critic and chief television critic for The New York Times. She is the author of the novels What Caroline Knew and Glorie, has been a frequent guest film commentator on television programs including "Charlie Rose," "CBS Sunday Morning," MSNBC and New York 1, and has been Adjunct Asst. Professor of Film at Columbia University.