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IN THE SOUP
 
IN THE SOUP
 
NY Premiere

Director: Alexandre Rockwell

United States, 1992, 93min
Format: Digital (screening) - 35mm (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Feature Narrative
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Cast:  Seymour Cassel, Jennifer Beals, Pat Moya, Will Patton, Jim Jarmusch, Carol Kane, Stanley Tucci
Crew:  Producers: Hank Blumenthal, Pascal Caucheteux, Jim Stark – Cinematographer: Phil Parmet

synopsis
A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty no-budget flick. His beautiful object is his next-door neighbor Angelica, who's understandably preoccupied with her own life, as an illegal immigrant and single mom. Aldolpho Rollo's writing his unending masterpiece screenplay from a walk-up NYC flat, in-between peering at debtors through his peephole. AR's hopes to win her love take wing via another angel, a shady high-roller who definitely has the self-confidence, and promises the cash Aldolpho craves, to produce the auteur's vision.

director
A skilled and celebrated film maker, Alexandre Rockwell is perhaps best known for his works In the Soup (1992) and 13 Moons (2002). Rockwell's characters are as intricate as they are flawed. He abstains from the shotgun pop of mainstream film and uses classical techniques and sheer creativity to tell his stories. Rockwell hails from Boston, Massachusetts. It is fair to say that Alexandre has film-making in his blood. His grandfather, the Russian-born animator Alexander Alexeieff, and his grandmother, American artist Claire Parker, met and married in France. They spent their lives making animated films together and famously originated pinscreen animation. Rockwell went to Paris to train in filmmaking with his grandfather during his late teens. He later attended the Cinemateque Francois where he formally studied the craft. Rockwell managed to establish himself by the 1980s. He already had several short films under his belt and his work was shown at Boston's Institute for Contemporary Art and New York City's Association of Independent Video and Film. This led to him landing his first feature film, Lenz (1987) which was shown at the 1982 Berlin Film Festival and enjoyed success. Rockwell followed up with the release of Hero (1983), which won a Special Jury Prize at the 1984 U.S. Film Festival. He didn't make any films until Sons (1990) in 1989. Praise seemed to rain on Rockwell at The Sundance Film Festival when he released In the Soup (1992). The movie featured Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel and Jennifer Beals. Rockwell's next film Somebody to Love (1994) was less successful as was Four Rooms (1995) in which he directed The Wrong Man. Rockwell hit his stride again with 13 Moons (2002), a comedy which featured a strong ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi and Karyn Parsons. With his feature Pete Smalls Is Dead, Rockwell continued the form that made him an iconoclast of the independent New York film movement of the nineties. In 2014 Alexandre gleefully returned to his freeform indie roots in Little Feet. Loading a 16mm camera with black-and-white “short ends,” he casts his two young kids as leads and sends them roaming little-shown byways of Los Angeles in search of a replacement for their goldfish’s dead mate.
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