Identity Politics

Screening Robert Redford's new political action thriller at the MoMA


Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Brit Marling, Jackie Evancho, and Stanley Tucci.   
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Spies, lies, and secrets were the name of the game at last night's premiere of The Company You Keep. Robert Redford directs and stars in the caper, as a father who finds himself on the run from the FBI after a nosy journalist, played by Shia LaBeouf, uncovers his activist past. Redford welcomed guests as they took their seats for the screening at the MoMA, and opened with a few words before the lights went down, "You never know what's coming, but when it comes, you grab it. This story contained wonderful characters, and one of them was the man I wanted to play." Actress Brit Marling snuck out of the theater before the movie began. "I have this thing where I don't like watching myself in front of a lot of other people," she told "And I don't want to nervous sweat through this beautiful Viktor & Rolf dress."

After the movie, Francisco Costa was spotted taking some inspirational iPhone pictures of artwork outside the theater. "We're all fashion spies, looking for which coat, which season…" said the designer. Did he have any intel to share? "I am obsessed with Instagram, but no filters, never!" Harlow on Fifty-sixth Street hosted the after-party. Zosia Mamet and beau Evan Jonigkeit enjoyed a drink at a quiet end of the bar, while Stanley Tucci and Redford held court at a table in the middle of the restaurant. After a film about assumed identities, the question of the evening was: If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be? Mamet said James Bond, whereas Marling wished for the underwater tranquility of a pearl diver. Jackie Evancho, the 12-year-old who stars as Redford's daughter in the film, said being girly gets a little tiring. "I'd love to be my little sister. She's a major tomboy and is so at ease. She is so cool."

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