Archive Cinema City 2010.

Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

Genre: Comedy / Drama / Music
Country: USA
Year: 2009
Duration: 120 min

Director: Ang Lee
Scenario: James Schamus

Cast: Henry Goodman, Edward Hibbert, Imelda Staunton, Demetri Martin

Programme selection: Burn Planet Rock


It’s 1969, and Elliot Tiber, a down-on-his-luck interior designer in Greenwich Village, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, the El Monaco. The bank is about to foreclose; his father wants to burn the place down, but hasn’t paid the insurance; and Elliot is still figuring how to come out to his parents. When Elliot hears that a neighbouring town has pulled the permit on a hippie music festival, he calls the producers, thinking he could drum up some much needed business for the motel. Three weeks later, half a million people are on their way to his neighbour's farm in White Lake, NY, and Elliot finds himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and popular culture, forever. 

Ang Lee

Taiwan-born Ang Lee is one of the world’s most honored film directors. He has won 2 Academy Awards (in 2006, for his Direction of Brokeback Mountain, and in 2001, for Best Foreign-Language Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). His films have twice won the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the Venice International Film Festival (in 2007, for Lust, Caution, and in 2005, for Brokeback Mountain) and twice won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival (in 1993, for The Wedding Banquet and in 1996, for Sense and Sensibility). His most recent film, Lust, Caution, swept Asia’s Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan’s equivalent of the Academy Awards), with 8 wins including Best Film; it is one of the highestgrossing and most critically acclaimed films in the history of Chinese-language cinema.

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