Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Whit Stillman

DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

“Whit Stillman's whimsical campus comedy is an utter delight.” - Variety

Violet (Greta Gerwig) is a sweet-natured, eccentric sophomore at a recently co-ed New England campus. Along with her friends Rose, Heather and Lily, Violet has grand ideas about improving the lives of her fellow students by making over the college's boorish male population while inventing a new dance craze. Traipsing like loopy Jane Austen characters through their romantic dalliances, the girls dispense doughnuts, dance tips and witty dialogue in this peculiarly screwball comedy of errors.

Damsels in Distress is venerated director Whit Stillman's first big-screen outing in 13 years, following 90s indie hits Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco. Premiering at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, it takes his characteristic concern with the manners and mannerisms of the young bourgeoisie to surreal new heights.

“Genuinely sophisticated and smart.” - Hollywood Reporter

Rated M

D/S Whit Stillman P Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Whit Stillman Dist Sony Pictures TD DCP/2011

See also...

ON THE ROAD

France/Brazil, 2012
“A beautiful and respectful adaptation of Jack Kerouac's landmark novel.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Director Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries) successfully takes on a project… More »

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

UK, 2011
“Brilliant, visceral... the film gave me something I never expect to get from any classic literary adaptation: the shock of the new.” - The Guardian ... Heathcliff is a runaway black slave, found… More »

THE MINISTER

France, 2011
“[A] serious-minded exploration of what makes a French politician tick.” - Variety ... Although authentically set within a French minister's office, this second feature by Pierre Schoeller strike… More »

POLICEMAN

Israel, 2011
"A boldly conceived and bracingly told political drama, Policeman possesses a special contemporary pertinence… to the vast class and economic disparities in Israel." - Hollywood Reporter ... P… More »

YOUR SISTER'S SISTER

USA, 2011
“A lovely example of what a surefooted filmmaker can achieve with a game and talented cast and a generous, heartfelt story.” - The Guardian ... When Iris sends best friend Jack off to her family'… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.