october, 2017

sat07oct7:00 pmLUCKY - Closing Night Gala7:00 pm

Event Details

Director: John Carroll Lynch | 90-mins. | USA | 2017 | Drama | TRAILER
Film at 7pm in Landmark Cinemas | 9pm After-Party at ZENARI’Spresented with the generous support of SOBEYS Liquor and SAFEWAY Liquor.

Edmonton Premiere! LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out-lived and out-smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut, LUCKY, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.  Logan Sparks (Writer) attending.

About the Director:
A native of Colorado, John Carroll Lynch landed his first major film role as ‘Norm’, opposite Frances McDormand’s ‘Marge,’ in the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning FARGO while he was a member of the Guthrie Theater Acting Company in Minneapolis. Since then, he has worked steadily in film, television and theater, playing an impressive range of characters — If there’s one thing consistent about Lynch’s career, it’s the extreme diversity of the characters he plays and wide range of material he has worked on. He has done comedy, drama, and every other genre, from thriller and mystery to melodrama and horror. With over fifty film credits, Lynch has had the good fortune to be directed by Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, John Lee Hancock, Mark Ruffalo, Miguel Arteta, Pablo Lorrain Mick Jackson, Karyn Kusama, Albert Brooks and Seth Macfarlane, among others. This past fall, John was seen in THE FOUNDER opposite Michael Keaton and in JACKIE starring Natalie Portman. John is honored to make his film directing debut with LUCKY.

“Was the story written with Harry Dean Stanton in mind, or how did you go about casting him?” The story was absolutely written with Harry Dean in mind. It was written as a love letter to the actor and the man. It is in essence, biographical. Lucky’s stories, his behavior are drawn from Harry’s life. Logan Sparks (co-writer with Drago Sumonja) is an old friend of Harry’s as well, and that’s where the insight came from. An example of this is Lucky’s first line in the film. He walks into Joe’s Diner and says to Joe (Barry Shabaka Henley) “You’re nothing.” Joe replies “You’re nothing.” And Lucky says, “Thank you.” This exchange is one captured from Harry going to Ago’s in L.A. He and the valet have this exchange every time he goes in. It is how Harry feels about what we all are. Nothing. So, we all felt an immense responsibility to create from Harry’s life, and from Harry’s interactions, a story about a man who suddenly brings into his heart that he might have weeks and months to live, not years and decades. It also had to reflect Lucky’s journey from something to nothing, but not through “bucket list” experiences. No bank robberies, or jumping from planes. While those things are dramatic, they don’t represent most of our experiences. We change from the inside. Not the outside. But it definitely was created to celebrate Harry. That’s why the film in the titles says ‘Harry Dean Stanton is LUCKY’.

Age appropriate for: 14+ (Coarse language)
Language: English
Festivals: Atlantic Film Festival & Cinefest Sudbury
Print source: Filmswelike


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