Beautiful Boy


Rafael 2 Sat, Oct 6, 2018 3:00 PM
Sequoia 1 Mon, Oct 8, 2018 2:00 PM
Film Info
Special Event
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:111 min.
Director:Felix van Groeningen
Producer:Brad Pitt
Dede Gardner
Jeremy Kleiner
Screenwriter:Luke Davies
Felix van Groeningen
Cinematographer:Ruben Impens
Editor:Nico Leunen
Cast:Steve Carell
Timothée Chalamet
Maura Tierney
Amy Ryan
Timothy Hutton
Print Source:Amazon Studios
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


SPECIAL SCREENING: Culling from the bestselling memoirs of both father and son David and Nic Sheff, Oscar®-nominated director Felix van Groeningen’s (The Broken Circle Breakdown) English-language debut is a kaleidoscopic and moving portrait of an American family coping with addiction. Frequent Rolling Stone contributor David (Steve Carell) sees his teenage son Nic’s (an unforgettable Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name, MVFF 2017) marijuana use as harmless experimentation until he begins to spiral out of control on heroin and crystal meth upon leaving for college. What follows is a alternately inspiring and unflinching look as a family begins the long cycle of rehab and relapse, hope and dread. Filmed in San Francisco and Marin County, Beautiful Boy features a diverse soundtrack which includes John Lennon, Nirvana, and Sigur Rós and outstanding supporting performances from Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan as Nic’s maternal figures.

Expected Guests: Director Felix van Groeningen; Actors Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet and Amy Ryan; Producers Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner (Plan B); Authors David Sheff and Nic Sheff (Oct. 6)

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Felix van Groeningen is a Flemish director, screenwriter, and producer. Beautiful Boy is van Groeningen’s first English-language film. His last film, Belgica (2016), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Dramatic World Cinema Directing Award. Van Groeningen’s internationally acclaimed film The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and a César for Best International Film. Among his other work is The Misfortunates (2009), which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. Van Groeningen is a graduate of Belgium’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts. He resides in Antwerp, Belgium.