AFS presents a free series of films that influenced Wes Anderson’s ASTEROID CITY. The series includes three classic works of mid-century cinema, and as the capper to this series, AFS will present a special Sneak Preview of ASTEROID CITY.
“A uniquely transporting filmgoing spectacle.” —Washington Post
“Saturated with imagery that fascinates, terrifies, and utterly consumes.” —BBC
“A masterpiece of wide-eyed whimsy.” —Empire Magazine
“Shames most contemporary blockbusters for their lack of heart and imagination.” —Chicago Reader
A marriage of the mundane and extraordinary, Steven Spielberg’s cosmic spectacle is an odyssey into the unknown, guided by the swelling score of John Williams and complete with UFOs and aliens, mysterious government workers, and yes — French New Wave directors.
Electrician and family man Roy Neary’s (Richard Dreyfuss) life is spun into disarray after a transformative, extraterrestrial encounter. Against the wishes of his family, an obsessive Neary, teetering on the edge of insanity, sets out in search of a greater truth accompanied by an equally bewildered single mother. With supporting roles from François Truffaut, Teri Garr, and Bob Balaban.