Big Apple hosts a few tasty flicks
NEW YORK — The New York Film Festival kicked into gear over the weekend, opening Friday with a French toast to Sony Classics’ “Look at Me,” then taking a Southern twist Saturday with David Gordon Green‘s “Undertow.”Jamie Bell of “Billy Elliot” fame was good-naturedly ribbed by his fellow thesps throughout shooting of the latter. “I kept wanting to make him dance,” said Dermot Mulroney during post-screening Q&A. “The cliches of a ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ are the same that exist in this movie,” pointed out co-star/Arkansas native Josh Lucas. “There’s the sweet, playful Southern kookiness and there’s horrific, mundane poverty. And they’re both real.” Revelers at the after-party at the Dream Hotel included UA’s Danny Rosett and former UA topper Bingham Ray. “Look at Me” director-actress Agnes Jaoui and pic’s Marilou Berry took the stage at Avery Fisher Hall to welcome festgoers before their film unspooled Friday night. Only hitch of the evening was when the film broke somewhere during the second half, rendering the theater dark for a few minutes. Afterward, attendees made the short trek to the latenight post-screening party at Tavern on the Green.