Sneak Preview Screening: "THE BUTLER (Daitoryo no Shitsuji no Namida)" followed by
a Q&A session with acclaimed director Lee Daniels (Q&A in English and Japanese)
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm*
*Please note early start time.
In English with Japanese subtitles
USA, 2013 132 minutes
Directed by: Lee Daniels
Written by: Danny Strong
Produced by: Pamela Oas Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick, Cassian Elwes
Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr.,
Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer,
Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams
Film courtesy of Asmik Ace
Inspired by Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post article "A Butler Well Served by This Election," about the real life of former White House butler Eugene Allen, Lee Daniels' award-winning film traces the dramatic civil rights struggles that ultimately made it possible for an African American to rise to the highest position in the White House with the election of Barack Obama in 2008.
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, "The Butler" follows Cecil Gaines (Whitaker) as he serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. At the White House, Cecil becomes a firsthand witness to history and the inner workings of the Oval Office as the civil rights movement unfolds. He is the perfect butler, but his commitment to his "First Family" fosters tensions at home, alienating his loving wife Gloria (Winfrey) and creating conflict with his son (Oyelowo), who joins the Freedom Riders movement and endangers his father's position.
With an extraordinary lead performance by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker and a star-laden ensemble cast, this epic drama guides us through political upheavals and the growth of a nation - but ultimately, it is a story about the resilience of one man, and the power of family.
Please join us for this sneak preview before "The Butler's" theatrical release on February 15.
For more on the film (in Japanese): butler-tears.asmik-ace.co.jp
For more in English: http://www.weinsteinco.com/sites/leedanielsthebutler/
LEE DANIELS was only the second African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing with "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" (2009). The film was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Film, and won for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. It went on to sweep 80 awards and 137 nominations across an array of categories, and earned Daniels the Best Director prize at the Independent Spirit Awards. Daniels made his feature film debut as the producer of "Monster's Ball," which earned a Best Actress Oscar for Halle Berry in 2001, among many other awards. He then produced "The Woodsman" (2004), which received awards at the Cannes and Deauville Film Festivals, among other honors. His directorial debut was "Shadowboxer," for which he received the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. In 2012, Daniels produced and directed "The Paperboy," starring Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to earn acting nominations for both stars.
Please make your reservations at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below. "Due to space limitations, members are asked to restrict the number of guests to two." You may attend the Q&A session without attending the screening, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive.
All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events primarily for FCCJ members and their guests.
Karen Severns, Edwin Karmiol, Movie Committee