Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 10, 2018 6:30 PM
Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 11:30 AM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Special Event
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:107 min.
Director:Marielle Heller
Producer:Anne Carey
Amy Nauiokas
David Yarnell
Screenwriter:Nicole Holofcener
Jeff Whitty
Cinematographer:Brandon Trost
Editor:Anne McCabe
Cast:Melissa McCarthy
Richard E. Grant
Dolly Wells
Jane Curtin
Anna Deavere Smith
Print Source:Fox Searchlight Pictures
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


SPOTLIGHT: When her once-lucrative career as a journalist and celebrity biographer hits hard times, Lee Israel (a marvelous Melissa McCarthy) discovers a new avenue for her literary skills that will help pay her mounting bills: the specialized art form (and criminal enterprise) of forging witty and salacious personal letters from the likes of Noël Coward and Dorothy Parker and selling them to collectors. With a penchant for rubbing people the wrong way and an unmistakable preference for cats over humans, Israel finds kinship in fellow outsider and streetwise British dandy Jack (a resplendently reprobate Richard E. Grant), and together they become partners in crime. Adapted from Israel’s memoir of the same name and co-scripted by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), the sophomore feature from Marielle Heller (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) offers a humorous and moving portrait of a dynamic oddball couple and their engaging misadventures in early 1990s New York City.

Expected Guest: Actor Richard E. Grant (Oct. 10)

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California native Marielle Heller has built a career on both sides of the camera. After getting her start as an actress, she transitioned to filmmaking in 2012, when she was awarded Sundance Screenwriting and Directing Fellowships, a Maryland Film Festival Fellowship, and a Lynn Auerbach Screenwriting Fellowship. Her writing/directing debut, an adaptation of Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel, The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), won the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus at the Berlin International Film Festival. She is currently in pre-production on her next feature, You Are My Friend. For television, Heller has directed episodes of Transparent and Casual.