What Maisie Knew
Directors Scott McGehee & David Siegel scheduled to attend | May 19 & 20
Precocious six-year-old Maisie develops an understanding of emotional warfare, as her self-absorbed parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) use her as ammunition against each other during their divorce and subsequent remarriages. A modern New York City version of Henry James's 1897 novel.
|May 6, 2013||2:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
|May 19, 2013||6:30 PM||Egyptian Theatre||Date has passed|
|May 20, 2013||4:30 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown||Date has passed|
Her mother is an aging rock star, and her father, a narcissistic art dealer. Their childish and insensitive battles inflict invisible trauma on the person that most needs their love and protection. Moore and Coogan are expectedly solid in their roles—though it's Aprile in her role as Maisie who gives the standout performance; all the more noteworthy given that she's in nearly every scene. Dad subsequently marries the nanny, Margo (Joanna Vanderham), mom marries a handsome bartender named Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård), and the new relationships underscore the damage done to a child at the center of custody battle. The directorial team of Scott McGehee and David Siegel, combined with a script from Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne, and with the benefit of honest, compelling performances make for a heart-breaking film about a broken family and the emotional lives of children.
Scott McGehee and David Siegel began making short films together in San Francisco in 1990. Since then, they have worked exclusively as a filmmaking team, co-directing five feature films to date: Suture (1994), The Deep End (2001), Bee Season (2005), Uncertainty (2009), and this year’s SIFF entry What Maisie Knew.
Sponsored in part by Ingeniux
|Director:||David Siegel, Scott McGehee|
|Principal Cast:||Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Onata Aprile, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|Producer:||Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Daniel Crown, William Teitler, Charles Weinstock|
|Screenplay:||Carroll Cartwright, Nancy Doyne|
|Filmography:||Uncertainty (2008); Bee Season (2005); The Deep End (2001); Suture (1993)|
|US Distributor:||Millennium Entertainment|