In the Soup
Location: Redstone Theater
QWFF Spirit of Queens honoree David Schwartz hosts In the Soup with director Alexandre Rockwell in person
Welcome remarks by Carl Goodman, MoMI Executive Director, and Sandra Schulberg, Executive Director of IndieCollect
Presented as part of the 9th Annual Queens World Film Festival
Dir. Alexandre Rockwell. 1992, 95 mins. New restoration on DCP. With Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals, Stanley Tucci, Carol Kane, Jim Jarmusch. This endearing, grungy indie comedy about the misadventures of hapless would-be filmmaker Adolpho Rollo perfectly captures a seedy New York just before the onset of Giuliani-era gentrification. Buscemi is at his nebbishy best, though the film is stolen by Seymour Cassel, as a shameless but charismatic con man who promises to produce Rollo’s movie. In the Soup has the vitality, humor, warmth, and cinematic playfulness that characterize the work of the great and under-appreciated filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell. This 25th anniversary restoration was made possible by IndieCollect, Factory 25, and a Kickstarter campaign.
In the Soup won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival and premiered to critical acclaim, receiving rave reviews in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Newsweek. However, in 2014, independent film distributor Matt Grady learned that the film was badly damaged and in danger of disappearing. In 2017, Grady launched a Kickstarter campaign to restore the damaged print and host a screening of In the Soup to mark the film’s 25th anniversary. With the help of nearly 800 backers, the restoration was made possible by IndieCollect and Factory 25.
David Schwartz is being honored by the Queens World Film Festival for his 33-year tenure at Museum of the Moving Image. As Chief Curator, Schwartz supervised more than 10,000 film screenings, many with personal appearances, and played a key role in numerous exhibitions and online projects. In 2006, he won a Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics for organizing the first complete Jacques Rivette retrospective in the United States. This January, the New York Film Critics Circle honored him with a Special Award recognizing his work at the Museum.
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