The Lost City of Z
DIRECTOR: JAMES GRAY
CAST: CHARLIE HUNNAM, ROBERT PATTINSON, SIENNA MILLER, TOM HOLLAND
Writer/Director James Gray and Sienna Miller join us for a Q&A following the screening, moderated by Bilge Ebiri of the Village Voice.
Gray leaves his native New York behind—way behind—with this long-discussed dream project about the real-life British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who disappeared into the Amazon basin time and again looking for the whispered-of City of Z, here accompanied by gung-ho wife Sienna Miller and aide de camp Robert Pattinson. Why? “To look for what is beautiful is its own reward,” as someone says—a statement of purpose if ever we’ve heard one.
Founded in 1935, the New York Film Critics Circle is one of America’s oldest and most-esteemed award-giving groups, serving as an early bellwether in the award’s season, and often as a needed corrective to the direction that it finally goes. And as the hype, hubbub, and Oscar prognostication begins anew, the NYFCC remembers two releases from earlier in the year that shouldn’t be forgotten.