2017 KWFF EVENT SEASON
Opening Night and Party
Wed, Nov 15th, 6PM
One of the world’s most-beloved filmmakers, Guillermo del Toro is at his peak in this return to his fairy-tale roots – and his first movie to be made in the English language. The fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, stars Sally Hawkins as the lonely Elisa, a mute janitor in a hidden high-security government laboratory in Baltimore. Her solitary life takes a sudden turn when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment: a strange amphibious being in a water tank. It’s not long before Elisa dives into the deep end of this emotionally powerful romantic fantasy, elevated by del Toro’s always fantastical and poetic visual gifts. The film is the selection of KWFF special guest critic Kenneth Turan, of the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, who will be joined by Joshua Rothkopf, senior editor of TimeOut New York, for a Q&A after the film.
Centerpiece Film and Party
Friday, November 17th at 5:30PM
Italian director Luca Guadagnino is known for the intoxicating visual opulence of his 2009 melodrama “I Am Love” and the Southern European jet-set milieu of 2015’s lesser-seen “A Bigger Splash.” The buzz for his new film has less to do with razzle-dazzle and more with the sensual candor in a pair of acclaimed performances by Timothée Chalamet (“Homeland”) and Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”). The actors play a 17-year-old boy and the American graduate student who moves into the family’s Lombardy villa for the summer to work with his father (Michael Stuhlberg), a professor who specializes in Greco-Roman sculpture. The film, adapted from Andre Aciman’s coming-of-age novel, looks back to 1983, and a slow-burning attraction that leads the young men into an affair. Notably, Mr. Guadagnino and his co-writer Walter Fasano share screenplay credit with James Ivory, director of “A Room with a View” and “The Remains of the Day,” whose gay romantic drama “Maurice” serves as an influence.
Post Film Discussion featuring Joshua Rothkopf, Kenneth Turan, Brian Brooks, and Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Pre-show Broadway Sing-along at Aqua Nightclub – 4pm
After Party at Truman Little White House – 8:30 pm
Critics Panel at the Porch
Friday. 11/17 at 3PM
Join us at 3pm on Friday, November 17, at The Porch (429 Caroline Street) for our annual Critics Panel, giving insights on the best films of the year, early predictions of the Oscars, and the general state of film criticism in a continually changing media landscape. Critics include Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times, Josh Rothkopf of TimeOut New York, Alison Willmore of Buzzfeed, Eric Kohn of Indiewire, Shirrel Rhodes of the Key West Citizen Hans Morgenstern of Miami New Times, freelancers Steve Dollar and Juan Barguin, and Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere. The panel will be moderated by Eric Kohn from Indiewire.
Closing Night/ Awards Show/ After Party
Sat, Nov 18th at 6PM
Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston as a trio of profoundly wounded Vietnam veterans, members of the same Navy unit, who reunite on a road trip to bury one of the men’s sons, a casualty of the Iraq War. // One of America’s most prolific and ambitious filmmakers, Richard Linklater has now made 21 features in a career that includes a pioneering no-budget indie (“Slacker”), an ensemble comedy time-capsule classic (“Dazed and Confused”), a landmark romantic trilogy (the “Sunrise” films) and a swing-for-the-rafters formal experiment that almost won the Oscar (“Boyhood”). His latest stars Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston as a trio of profoundly wounded Vietnam veterans, members of the same Navy unit, who reunite on a road trip to bury one of the men’s sons, a casualty of the Iraq War. The movie, which opened the recent New York Film Festival, is adapted from the novel of the same name, itself a sequel to “The Last Detail,” the 1973 Hal Ashby drama that starred Jack Nicholson. The film is the selection of KWFF special guest critic Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York who will be joined by Kenny Turan of the Los Angeles Times for a discussion after the film.
Following the Q&A, there will be a reception in the San Carlos Ballroom prior to the Awards show commencing
VR Lounge -Studios of Key West
The Virtual Reality Lounge, located at the Studios of Key West, is a FREE venue featuring a selection of the most groundbreaking V/R experiences now available. These include: