Tonight only! Novelist Jonathan Lethem and filmmaker Michael Almeyreda in conversation!

They’re both admired innovators in their respective fields: fiction and film. Jonathan Lethem‘s novels The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn are the dog-eared occupants of every young subway-rider’s knapsack while Michael Almereyda is well-known for such feats of filmmaking derring-do as shooting an entire film with the Pixelvision camera. See them both tonight in conversation after the 6:30 PM screening of Almereyda’s dreamy new film Paradise, the opening night selection of Film Comment Selects. 

Writing today in the New York Times, A.O. Scott says: “Though it observes real people in real situations, “Paradise,” which travels from Los Angeles to New Jersey to Iran, is less a conventional documentary than a series of impressions and jottings, as if the filmmaker were using his camera as a pencil to capture fugitive thoughts in a notebook. The effect is disorienting at first, but as you let go of your expectations of continuity you become absorbed in the found beauties and small mysteries Mr. Almereyda discovers in pedestrian vistas and everyday events.”

Buy tickets to Paradise: Fri Feb 20: 6:30

See the whole program here

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