This week on the Film at Lincoln Center podcast, we’re featuring a special archival Q&A from the 48th New York Film Festival in 2010 on Meek’s Cutoff, with director Kelly Reichardt and moderator Melissa Anderson.
Kelly Reichardt returns to NYFF for this year’s 60th-anniversary edition with the North American Premiere of Showing Up, a Main Slate selection.
Continuing one of the richest collaborations in modern American cinema, director Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women) reunites with star Michelle Williams for this marvelously particularized portrait of a sculptor’s daily work and frustrations in an artists’ enclave in Portland. Lizzy (Williams) struggles to put the finishing touches on her latest pieces for a gallery show, all the while juggling admin work at the local art school; dealing with the neglect of her well-meaning landlord (a funny and nuanced Hong Chau), who also happens to be a rising-star conceptual artist; and tending to the emotional well being of her increasingly fragmented family. Christopher Blauvelt’s patient camerawork, Reichardt’s precise cutting, and Williams’s physically transformative performance coalesce to create something remarkable in Showing Up, a delicately humorous drama of the experience of being a creative person that avoids all clichés that plague films about artists.
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