Margaret (1/28, 6:30pm)

Rare is it that a picture praised as “the best film of 2011” (LA Weekly) can be given no theatrical release, save for a lone under-the-radar Oscar-qualifying run — but due to Top Ten List inclusion from critics across the country, and the passionate word-of-mouth campaign dubbed “Project Margaret”, Cinefamily helped fight for your right to see director Kenneth Lonergan’s magnum opus on the big screen. Featuring an amazing all-star cast of Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick, Kieran Culkin and Jeannie Berlin, Margaret is a densely-layered tale of teenage angst in the post-9/11 age, with Paquin as a NYC high schooler who feels certain she played a role in a traffic accident that claimed a woman’s life, and who must cope with the loss of innocence that comes with emotional responsibility. Shot in 2005, edited over the course of an astounding six-year period and emerging in a final cut supervised by Martin Scorsese, Lonergan’s follow-up to the indie smash You Can Count On Me was subject to the most fascinating movie business controversy of the last few years, before dropping off the map. Come get on-board Project Margaret, in a second chance fit for what Time Out New York calls “frayed-edges filmmaking at its finest”!
Dir. Kenneth Lonergan, 2011, 35mm, 150 min.

Watch the trailer for “Margaret”!
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