- Posted August 11, 2014 by
san francisco, California
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Love Is Strange, chemistry between Lithgow and Molina joyous
Ira Sachs, the filmmaker behind "Keep the Lights On" and "Forty Shades of Blue" was in San Francisco this past weekend for the special screenings of his latest opus, “Love is Strange.”
Sachs held an advance screening Sunday night at the Delancey Theater in downtown San Francisco called the chemistry between his two veteran stage and film actors Alfred Molina and John Lithgow just “joyous.”
He answered some questions from viewers right after the screening. He said working with the two award-winning actors was just unraveling of joy in filmmaking. He said casting just fell into place with Molina getting onboard first followed by Lithgow that he knew these two fantastic actors have known each other. However, as the filmmaking happened he didn’t realize there would be a shortcut of intimacies between the two.
Molina, whose track record include acclaimed “Chocolat,” plays the character of George, a music teacher in a Catholic school who is immediately fired from his 12-year job for marrying his lifelong partner of 39 years Ben played by Lithgow. Lithgow’s incredible filmography includes “World According to Garp,” “Terms of Endearment” and “Footloose.” One of his memorable to date roles was playing a deceiving and relentless serial killer on Showtime’s hit TV series Dexter.
In this movie, Ben and George have to give up their beautiful Manhattan apartment and live separately until George found a new job and a place for both of them. Ben, who is an artist, opts to stay with his nephew Elliot played by Darren Burrows (Northern Exposure) and wife Kate played by award-winning Marissa Tomei (My Cousin Vinnie and In the Bedroom).
The film, set in the beautiful backdrop of New York City shows the vulnerability yet the compassion between the two characters and how friends and family cope with their struggle.
Sachs shared with the SF audience that the film is actually about the “seasons of life” and never about the end of life but its beginning. He said the film shows three layers of love one being between the two gay men; next is the love between a straight couple in their mid-40s and the last one is with their teenage son who is discovering love for the first time on his own.
He added that the film was also inspired by a case in the Midwest where a gay man was fired from his job for marrying his partner. That became the springboard for the movie.
In the movie, Molina’s character taught the school choir very well and inspired musically talented kids to be the best in their craft. He writes, as narrated by Molina a very poignant letter that tackles a very relevant issue nowadays that involves equality and basic human rights in our society. He pleads the parents to teach our younger generation the true essence of humanity.
The filmmaker also shared that the movie is a narrative story not about loss of life but about the absence between the main characters, “And that’s more important for me,” he ended.
The film will have its US wide opening on August 22 under the Sony Classic Pictures distribution.