OLD JOY cosponsored by The Declaration
Dir. Kelly Reichardt - USA, 2006 - 76 mins.
Sunday, March 25th - 7 & 9:30 PM
Two friends in their 30s, played by alt-country singer/songwriter Will Oldham and Daniel London, embark on a camping trip in the majestic Cascade Mountains near Portland, Oregon. One is on the verge of fatherhood, while the other has no strings attached. The trajectory of their relationship, surrounded by gorgeous wilderness, makes for a minimalist yet powerful tale of friendship and alienation in Bush-era America. An original soundtrack by Yo La Tengo complements sublime cinematography in this "elusive and haunting meditation on the passing of a friendship. Against a radiant backdrop of decay and rebirth, nothing needs to be said; everything in this lovely film is crystalline." (David Edelstein, New York Magazine)
Michael Sragow of The Baltimore Sun wrote:
Anyone who has ever had an inspiring and infuriating friend will find something to love about Old Joy, a spare, trembling lyric poem of a movie that uses stillness and facial blips the way melodramas use showdowns and action films big bangs.
Click here to read Sragow's full review.
Click here to check out the film's official site.
Last, but certainly not least, this screening of Old Joy is co-sponsored by The Declaration, UVA's alternative weekly newsmagazine. Thanks again to everyone at the DEC for helping out.