Stillman’s first film in five years is one that confirms his status as one of modern cinema’s most distinctive filmmakers and a droll chronicler of the urban leisure class—no matter the era. -- San Francisco Film Society
Celebrated for his wry and comedic investigations of social mores and manners, Whit Stillman presents his newest feature, Love & Friendship, which lends his characteristic insight to an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Lady Susan. The Sundance favorite reunites Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny, who previously co-starred in Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco, as the duplicitous Lady Susan Vernon and her American confidante. Seeking financial security and social advancement, the recently widowed woman plots to make good romantic matches for herself and her daughter.
One of the most important figures of the American independent cinema movement, Stillman has been lauded by critics and audiences alike for his skillful and incisive depictions of society and class. His previous films include the Academy Award–nominated Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), The Last Days of Disco (1998), and Damsels in Distress (2011). 2016, DCP, 92 minutes.
Following the screening, join director Whit Stillman and film critic Colin Covert (Star Tribune) for a discussion and Q&A with the audience.