Editor's note: This year's Starz Denver Film Festival, November 12-22, features more than 200 films. To help navigate this cinematic abundance of riches, we asked fest artistic director Brit Withey to highlight some worthy selections off the beaten screening-room path. Look for Brit's Picks each weekday through the extravaganza's close.
These days, independent movies that actually employ old-fashioned film are becoming increasingly rare due to the ease and relative economy associated with working in digital. For that reason, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, screening at 4:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. today at the Starz FilmCenter, is something of a throwback. "It's a lovely, black and white American independent film shot on 16 millimeter," notes Brit Withey. "That doesn't happen very much anymore. It feels like a film that could have been made 25 years ago."
In a good way.
Filmmaker Damien Chazelle's offering "is the story of a young couple," Withey continues. "The guy's a trumpet player and the woman works in a restaurant -- and it's a kind of music-romance combination. There are these great little scene where musical dance numbers break out in the middle of nowhere."
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In Withey's view, Guy and Madeline is "unlike anything else in the festival -- an extraordinary, curious little film that's really worth seeing."
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