Austin is lucky enough to be the new home for independent filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, and the Alamo is proud to present his latest film BEESWAX, opening this Friday at our South Lamar theater! Andrew and members of the cast will be appearing on Friday and Sunday to introduce the film, as well as conduct Q&A's after the screenings! More details on the show page HERE!
Meanwhile, look at the reactions that BEESWAX has received!:
"It's cause for celebration." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Wise and wondrous." - V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"A subtle, amusing film filled with charm and spontaneity, [...] creating an acute sense of life being lived before our very eyes." - Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times
"This warm, graceful and fundamentally optimistic movie snuck up on me, in the best possible way. For the first half-hour or so, I wasn't sure what I thought. And then, very suddenly, I realized that I had fallen in love with Jeannie and Merrill, dicklike moments and all, and that if the future of our republic was in their hands we could do a lot worse." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"...A remarkably subtle, even elegant movie. Its leisurely scenes and hesitant, circling conversations conceal both an ingenious comic structure and a rich emotional subtext...[Bujalski] is an artist who knows his business." -A.O. Scott, New York Times
Set & filmed in Austin, TX by Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation), Beeswax centers around twin sisters Jeannie & Lauren (played by real life twins Tilly & Maggie Hatcher, luminous in their first starring roles) living/loving/working & struggling with decisions that will shape the rest of their lives. Jeannie runs a vintage clothing store with an increasingly estranged partner, and a brewing confrontation between them sets the story in motion as Jeannie turns to an ex-boyfriend, Merrill (Alex Karpovsky), who is recently graduated from law school and all too eager to try to fix her problems as a way of ignoring his own...
Jeannie uses a wheelchair, but this isn't an "inspirational" tale--it may be the first narrative feature with a disabled lead character who's presented as complex, fully human, and defined by more than limitations. We watch her manage the store & "manage" her crises to the best of her ability, in a story that's ultimately about how we depend on families--the kind we're been born into, the kind we build for ourselves, and the beeswax that holds them all together.
Director Andrew Bujalski will be live in person on Friday evening, October 9, and also at the Sunday 4:15 and 7:05 screenings! He'll do a quick intro and answer questions after the film.