Monday, 26-08-2024

The Holdovers

Alexander Payne returns to the 1970s and, along with his favorite actor Paul Giamatti, the excellent Da' Vine Joy Randolph, and the breakout newcomer Dominic Sessa, unfolds a story that balances between drama and comedy.

History professor Paul Hunnam (Paul Giamatti) is obligated to spend the Christmas holidays at the strict boarding school where he works, overseeing five students who were left «stranded». Four of them leave, and the troubled Angus (Dominic Sessa) and the cook Mary (Da' Vine Joy Randolph), who is mourning the loss of her only son in the war, remain. The professor, the rebellious student, and the grieving cook find themselves together, each marked by their own deep wounds. The trio, seemingly mismatched at first, discovers comfort and understanding in each other.

The film was included in the list of the 10 best films of 2023 by the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It earned five nominations at the 2023 Academy Awards, winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Randolph. Additionally, it received three nominations at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for Giamatti and Randolph respectively, and seven nominations at the 2023 British Academy Film Awards, winning the BAFTA for Best Casting and the BAFTA for Best Actor for Paul Giamatti.

The film screening will take place in the presence of the director Alexander Payne, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The discussion will be moderated by film critic Nikos Savatis.

Paul Giamatti, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dominic Sessa

Director: Alexander Payne
Screenplay: David Hemingson
Production Year: 2023, Duration: 133'
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Eigil Bryld / EDITOR: Kevin Tent / MUSIC: Mark Orton / SOUND: Frank Gaeta / MAKEUP: Sarah Rubano / COSTUMES: Wendy Chuck / PRODUCTION: Miramax, Grav Via Production / PRODUCERS: Mark Johnson, Bill Block, David Hemingson / EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew Golov, Thom Zadra, Chris Stinson, Tom Williams

In collaboration with the Cultural Association of Sifnos
With the generous support of Cosmorama travel


Grandson of Greek immigrants, Alexander Payne grew up in Nebraska, USA. He studied History and Spanish Literature at Stanford University and earned a Master's degree in Film Directing at UCLA. Payne made his feature film directorial debut with the black comedy Citizen Ruth (1996). This was followed by the political satire Election (1999), for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and the dramedy About Schmidt (2002). He won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay twice for the films Sideways (2004) and The Descendants (2011) and was nominated for the Best Director for these as well as for the road film Nebraska (2013). He has since directed the dramedies Downsizing (2017) and The Holdovers (2023). His eight films have been nominated for a total of 24 Oscars, including four nominations for Best Picture and three for Best Director. His latest film, The Holdovers (2023), won the Best Supporting Actress Award. Alexander Payne is currently working on a new volume of poetry. His first volume, Between the Sacred and the Profane, was published in 1997 and translated into 11 languages.

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