Frances Ha

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Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the American independent comedy that The Philadelphia Inquirer calls “sad, silly, clumsy, graceful, inappropriate, and perfect.” From filmmaker Noah Baumbach, who directed The Squid and The Whale and Greenberg, among others, the movie tells the story of Frances, an exuberant 27-year-old who is always on the move without ever seeming to get anywhere. Played by actress Greta Gerwig, Frances lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. She’s an apprentice for a dance company, but she’s not really a dancer. She has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Her story unfolds as a modern comic fable, a black-and-white love letter to coming of age in New York City, with stylistic nods to Francois Truffaut and the French New Wave. Co-starring Mickey Sumner.

Director: Noah Baumbach
USA (2013) • 86 minutes • Rated R

Discussion Circle
After the 5:30 show, join Fresno City College dance instructor and freelance choreographer Alyssa Garvin to talk about the film. Garvin holds a Master of Arts degree in Dance and Written Narrative from Fresno State, an interdisciplinary program of study that she designed herself. She also directs the dance department at Break The Barriers, and she was commissioned this past fall to create the Rogue Festival piece Soft As Animal for the FresNO Dance COllective (NOCO). Discussion moderated by Filmworks board member Jefferson Beavers.

Screening Sponsor:
California Arts Academy
Winner of four awards in 2013 from the readers of Central California Parent Magazine, California Arts Academy offers joyful instruction in the visual and performing arts with world-class teachers. Private and group lessons are available, for ages 18 months to adult. CAA is the home of the Severance Ballet Conservatory (over 50 years of classical ballet in Fresno) and the Cal Arts Academy Open Program (a 36-year tradition of ballet and contemporary dance).


Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 99.3 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their support.

Reviews

"Frances Ha' is the year’s most exuberant love story, even if the love involved is the love of friendship and life." — Tom Long, The Detroit News
"A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, 'Frances Ha' was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made." — Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee
"Baumbach usually builds his films around difficult protagonists — 'Greenberg,' 'Margot at the Wedding,' 'The Squid and the Whale' — but Frances is entirely endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising." — Mick LaSalle, Times Union
"Frances Ha' is the year’s most exuberant love story, even if the love involved is the love of friendship and life." — Tom Long, The Detroit News
"A celebration of cinema, New York City and the distinctive charms of actress Greta Gerwig, 'Frances Ha' was co-written by Gerwig and its director, Noah Baumbach, and it's the best film either has made." — Carla Meyer, The Sacramento Bee
"Baumbach usually builds his films around difficult protagonists — 'Greenberg,' 'Margot at the Wedding,' 'The Squid and the Whale' — but Frances is entirely endearing, at once silly and deep, hopeless and promising." — Mick LaSalle, Times Union

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.