Our Volunteer of the Month programming pick comes to us courtesy of our wonderful volunteer Stephen Deemer, who has selected one of his favorite films, writer/director Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning 2003 classic Lost in Translation!
Led by terrific performances by Scarlett Johansson and Billy Murray at top of their game, Coppola’s visually beautiful and tonally subtle film mixes comedy, romance, and drama in a remarkably mature yet stylish film about the power of a true connection, be it romantic or platonic. The story follows unhappy American Bob Harris (Murray) as he languishes in a swanky hotel in Japan, having accepted a large sum of money to appear in a whiskey commercial. Suffering from a mix of mid-life crisis and culture shock, he meets a young woman named Charlotte (Johansson) who is also going through an existential crisis of her own. Forming a kinship based on mutual respect and their shared ennui, Bob and Charlotte form a wonderful spiritual connection as they spend their days exploring Tokyo’s nightlife, and openly sharing their fears and frustrations as the clock inevitably counts down to the end of their trip.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – making Sofia Coppola only the third woman to ever win the award – Lost in Translation was also rewarded over 90 international film awards, including the Movie of the Year award from AFI, and the Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture of the Year awards from Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Directed by Sofia Coppola. 2003. 104 min. Rated R.
Monday, June 4 – 3pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
Tuesday, June 5 – 3pm, 5pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm
“There is real magic afoot in Lost in Translation — the sort that is created not at the wave of a wizard’s wand, but by the coming together of two wayward souls.” – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
“Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give performances that will be talked about for years.” -Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star’s gifts.” -Elvis Mitchell, New York Times