Beatriz at Dinner

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USA | 2017 | 83 minutes | Miguel Arteta

A spiritual healer from a poor town in Mexico (Salma Hayek) finds herself at a dinner party from hell when she has to spend the evening with a smug cutthroat billionaire (John Lithgow) in the newest from the team of Miguel Arteta and Mike White (The Good Girl, Chuck & Buck).

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There's nothing quite like a dinner party to add a little excitement to one's life. The combination of new and old friends plus a couple—OK, several—glasses of wine can really break down social barriers and provoke some rather interesting conversation. There's also always the small chance things will get out of hand, causing rifts between friends and clientele that may be irreconcilable. Affluent couple Cathy and Grant (Connie Britton and David Warshofsky) are hosting an evening get-together for some close friends and acquaintances, including Grant's billionaire boss, Doug Strutt (John Lithgow). When Beatriz (Salma Hayek), a holistic health practitioner from Mexico who works for the couple, is faced with car trouble down the road, she's invited in as a last-minute guest. Immediately personalities clash, as do sociopolitical beliefs, as indignant Beatriz and imperious Doug face off in what might be the longest evening of these L.A. residents' lives. This socially charged black comedy candidly deals with race, immigration, class, and other issues particularly relevant in this current politically heated age, and the performances of both Lithgow and Hayek are razor-sharp. Director Miguel Arteta reunites with writer Mike White to present us with this timely, sizzling showdown.

Director Biography

Miguel Arteta (Director) is a Puerto Rican filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles. He won an Independent Spirit Award for his first feature, Chuck & Buck (2000), written by Mike White. It premiered and found distribution at the Sundance Film Festival, as did Star Maps (1997) and The Good Girl (2002). He then helmed Youth in Revolt (2009), with Michael Cera; Cedar Rapids (2011), with Ed Helms and John C. Reilly; and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner.  Arteta's TV work includes "Freaks and Geeks," "The Office," "Six Feet Under," "Enlightened," "New Girl," "Nurse Jackie," "The Big C," "American Horror Story" and "Getting On." The director studied film with Jeanine Basinger at the Wesleyan Film Program. He has taught at the Sundance Institute's Directors Labs and at the Middle Eastern Film Lab in Jordan.

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  • Director: Miguel Arteta
  • Principal Cast: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Chloë Sevigny, David Warshofsky
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 83 minutes
  • Producer: Aaron L. Gilbert, David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon
  • Screenplay: Mike White
  • Cinematographers: Wyatt Garfield
  • Editors: Jay Deuby
  • Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Filmography: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014); Cedar Rapids (2011); Youth in Revolt (2009); The Good Girl (2002); Chuck & Buck (2000); Star Maps (1997)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
  • International Sales: FilmNation