An Evening With Andy Garcia
with a screening of The Man From Elysian Fields
USA, 2001, 106 Minute Running Time
Friday, November 9th, 9:30pm at the L2 Arts and Culture Center
For nearly 30 years and over 40 films Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia has captivated audiences worldwide in such memorable films as The Untouchables, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, When a Man Loves a Woman, and Ocean’s Eleven. An Academy Award nominee, Garcia continues to make his mark in cinematic history not only as an actor but also as a filmmaker. The Denver Film Society is proud to honor Garcia following a special presentation of The Man from Elysian Fields with the inaugural George Hickenlooper Honorary award, presented by Governor John Hickenlooper.
George Hickenlooper directs the psychological drama The Man From Elysian Fields about an impoverished writer lost in a world of money, power, and male escorts. Though happily married with a young child, Byron Tiller (Andy Garcia) is struggling to make ends meet as a novelist. His last work, called "Hitler's Child," had an ignoble run in the bookstore bargain bins and his editor is not interested in his latest work about migrant workers. One day, he is approached by a dapper Brit named Luther Fox (Mick Jagger) who actually read Tiller's last opus. Luther explains that he runs an escort agency named Elysian Fields, which caters to rich women looking for intelligent companionship. Desperate for any kind of income source, Tiller takes the job while keeping the whole thing a secret from his loving wife (Julianna Margulies). He soon is rubbing elbows with the beautiful wife (Olivia Williams) of an aging Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Gradually, Tiller finds himself immersed in this strange new world that he cannot quite understand, much less explain to his spouse. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
DIRECTOR: George Hickenlooper
Screenwriter: Phillip Jayson Lasker
Principal Cast: Andy Garcia, Mick Jagger, Julianna Margulies, Olivia Williams, James Coburn, Anjelica Huston
US Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films