Prada and The Cinema Society hosted a special screening (and a swanky after party) for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”
Although Ned Benson’s debut feature “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” first appeared (in its original two segments) at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and later at Cannes, The Weinstein Company is now releasing the combination “Them” version tomorrow, September 12.
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” looks at the ins and outs of the passionate, but complicated marriage between Eleanor Rigby, played by Jessica Chastain, and Connor, an America-accented James McAvoy. Last night, at a special screening event for the film, hosted by Prada and The Cinema Society, we got a chance to chat with Benson and some of the film’s powerful cast about the drama.
McAvoy, who was one of the first to board the project, spoke to Indiewire about what drew him to the heart-wrenching film.
“It’s a true romance–difficult, complicated and punishing. And yet, Ned (Benson) still managed to create something that was quite magical. It felt quite true to being an adult in the real world and it was really moving and touching to be a part of that,” McAvoy said.
Considering the different perspectives offered in the two other “Rigby” film series (which will be released to theaters on October 10), Indiewire asked McAvoy, who has played his fair share of love interests throughout the years, if he learned anything specific from seeing the opposite side.
“I don’t know if either of them ever really see it from the opposite side as characters.” When we asked about his own personal life, not his character’s. “Nah. I don’t think I learned anything. Because my character’s the one that’s right,” he half-joked.
We also talked to a glowing Benson, who now has three very different “Rigby” films, what he would do if there were to be a fourth.
“It would be from the perspective of a dog? I don’t know. I mean I don’t have an answer for that. I think I’m happy with three.” Same.
Just before speaking to a regal-looking Chastain, we chatted with Jess Weixler, who plays Chastain’s younger sister in the movie and is also one of the actress’s best friends in real life (the two studied at Juilliard together). Are there any memorable experiences that come with working on a film with your friend?
“I was gaining weight over the course of the movie to try and be more like the dumpy, younger sister. And she was losing weight because she was supposed to be depressed. So she was trying to thin out and lose weight to look gaunt and I was trying to pudge up. And we were roommates at this point in time also so it was really—we got into some fights because I’m scarfing down bowls of noodles and she’s having juice,” Weixler said.
Finally, Chastain arrived in front of us and spoke about her hectic schedule as of late (she just came back from promoting “Miss Julie” at TIFF) and her experience working on Christpher Nolan’s much-anticipated “Interstellar.”
“Someone was telling me a story about how Sigourney Weaver at one point started talking about Ripley’s demise in the ‘Alien’ films before that movie had ever come out. When she was doing press she forgot what movie it was. And they were warning me. They were like ‘be careful, you’ve got a busy fall. Don’t mix up your films.’ But, you know, hopefully I’ll be fine.”
Of course she will, she’s Jessica Chastain.
On the surprise experience working on “Interstellar,” she said, “I can tell you that I thought it was going to be this huge studio film experience and I was going to be on set waiting for hours and hours, but actually Christopher Nolan is like an independent filmmaker. So it wasn’t that different than anyone else making films. He is quick. We finished two weeks early.”
Following the red carpet and screening, the Indiewire team partied with Chastain, McAvoy, Benson, Weixler and Mr. Harvey Weinstein himself at Indochine, the iconic downtown restaurant. It was a nice night.