Matt Damon in ‘Stillwater’ Is a Man with Everything to Lose at the Virtual KCET Cinema Series on July 29
Immediate Q&A with award-winning writer and director Tom McCarthy.
Unemployed oil worker in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Bill Baker (Matt Damon) learns that his estranged daughter Allison (Abigail Breslin) has been arrested and charged with murder in France. Eager to prove his worth and regain his daughter’s trust, Bill rushes to Marseille. When taking on legal matters, he comes up against language barriers, cultural differences and a complicated and unfamiliar legal system. A Frenchwoman, Virginie (Camille Cottin), and her eight-year-old daughter Maya come to his aid, but as the pressure mounts, Bill must decide how far he is willing to go.
McCarthy shared, “It’s Matt’s central performance that anchors this movie. There are few actors in the world who can bring their full personality and weight to a performance and still disappear so completely into a role. Once Matt was chosen, I clearly felt that I understood Bill Baker and the deep journey, for all of its complexities and ambiguities, that he was about to embark on. This movie just wouldn’t work without him.
Stillwater is a film about human nature, which dictates the decisions we make and how morals can be corrupted by the past, society, and the love of family. He talks about what we see as our moral imperative. It’s a liberation story that addresses the chains of shame and guilt that keep us rooted in one place. It is a film that addresses our desire to be loved and needed. And it’s a movie that I wasn’t ready to make until now. “
Immediately following the screening, Deadline’s chief film critic Pete Hammond, who can also be seen on KCET’s Must See Movies, will host a Q&A with award-winning writer and director Tom McCarthy.
The film premieres Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. PDT. Only $ 10 per viewing link. Limited space available.
To register, click here.