Esopus is thrilled to co-present a screening of acclaimed director and playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s forthcoming film, Manchester by the Sea, at the Museum of the Moving Image next Wednesday, October 26th, at 7pm. The screening, at the Museum’s state-of-the-art Redstone Theater, will be followed by a conversation between Lonergan, a contributor to Esopus 21, and Esopus editor Tod Lippy.
Manchester by the Sea, which will be released on November 18th, garnered enormous acclaim and significant awards buzz after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler, features a career-best performance by Affleck as a stoic Boston-based handyman who is called back to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his brother, who has left behind a teenage son. “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is Manchester by the Sea, a beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama.”—Variety
Please note that Lonergan’s two other superb features, Margaret (2011) and You Can Count on Me (2011), will also be screened at the Museum in the coming weeks as part of the series “Written and Directed by Kenneth Lonergan”.
IMAGE: Kyle Chandler and Casey Affleck in scene from Manchester by the Sea / Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions