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Mitchell Lichtenstein, Happy Tears

For Happy Tears, Mitchell Lichtenstein follows his mischievously literal 2007 debut Teeth with a comedy drama of two sisters, played by Parker Posey and Demi Moore, tending to their aging father (Rip Torn), his crack-addicted girlfriend (Ellen Barkin) and, in Posey's case, a husband (Christian Camargo) who must tend to his famous artist father's considerable estate. Lichtenstein discusses what it's like directing two leads from such different cinematic backgrounds--one very indie and the other very Hollywood. He also addresses the screenplay's shifting tones, the film's ingenious special effects and what world premiering this film at last year's Berlin Film Festival felt like (28 minutes).


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.