Tonight, as a part of their continuing series on film and media, the Reel Roundtable presents a screening of After Life (2000) directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda and then a symposium with film blogger, Greg Allen of greg.org.
After Life is one of those genuinely lovely movies, where both your heart is warmed and your brain exercised from seeing it. Set in a purgatory-like place, the newly deceased are given the opportunity to choose one memory to take like a life souvenir with them into the great beyond. The performances in this movie are really special and the production design a work of art, so Gothamist really can't recommend seeing it enough. Following the film, Allen will be discussing how this film influenced him to get into moviemaking and movie blogging in general.
A warm wine reception kicks off the evening at 7:30 pm, followed by the screening and discussion at 8 pm in the Millennium Theater, 66 E. 4th St. between Second Ave and Bowery. Admission cost $5, and you can rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees will also receive an invitation to a preview screening of Nobody Knows, Kore-eda’s next film which will be opening in theaters on January 28th. Check out a little more from Greg on the movie via his site. Also, [semi-shameless plug] on Jan. 17, Gothamist contributor and Cinecultist, Karen Wilson will be discussing blogging and cinephilia with the Reel Roundtable as well.