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Asteroid City

Palme d’Or Nominee, Cannes Film Festival

Dir: Wes Anderson.
US, 2023, 105 min.
Jason Schwartzman, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jeffrey Wright, Tilda Swinton, Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody.

“A true achievement from one of America’s most unique cinematic voices. Set in 1955, the early days of the space age, a group of students, parents, military officials, and various passersby gather in a small desert town for an astronomical science competition. The emotional centre of the film is Augie Steenbeck, a war photographer and father of one of the competitors who mourns the recent loss of his wife, and Midge Campbell, a movie star in town for the competition with her own brainiac daughter. When an extraterrestrial visitor makes an appearance, forcing the town to go under military lockdown, Augie and Midge develop a melancholic chemistry… Asteroid City contains the brilliant ensemble of actors and creative collaborators and the tight stylistic formalism we’ve come to expect from Anderson. A comedy laced with tragedy, tonally, highlights Anderson’s mastery of wry comedic pacing… It’s a film about a television program about the making of a play, which coils itself so tightly in its own world… before pulling back into some deeply poignant reflections on tragic endings, exciting new beginnings, and how our identities are shaped for and by those around us… Asteroid City brilliantly threads the needle of utilizing the best of Anderson’s aesthetic to convey an emotionally compelling narrative, one which welcomes us to open ourselves up, even if for just a moment, to sharing the pain and joy that make us human.” —Adam Mullins-Khatib, Chicago Reader


August 10, 2023
7:00 pm
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City Cinema
64 King St
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1B3 Canada
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