An Afternoon with Barry Levinson, featuring Liberty Heights
DIRECTED BY BARRY LEVINSON
USA, 1999, 128 MIN, RATED R
Academy Award®-winning (and five-time Oscar®-nominated) writer-director Barry Levinson brings it all back home to Baltimore in the spirit of Diner, Tin Men, and Avalon in this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about two brothers growing up Jewish in the mid-1950s. Against the tumultuous backdrop of McCarthyism and racial integration, Van (future Oscar® winner Adrien Brody) and Ben (Ben Foster), together with their parents, Nate (Joe Mantegna) and Ada (Bebe Neuwirth), face the daily trials of social, religious, and racial discrimination. Beautifully shot by Christopher Doyle and with a fine supporting cast including Orlando Jones and David Krumholtz, LIBERTY HEIGHTS is a smart and sentimental comedic-drama that radiates with love and nostalgia.
Following the film screening, director/writer Barry Levinson will join the audience for a moderated Q&A.