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W H A T :
  • Director: Julie Delpy, France/USA, 2012, 96 minutes, rated "R".
  • Genre: Romantic/Family Comedy
  • Social hour 60 minutes before the screening, with cash bar.

  • W H E N :
  • Sunday, October 14, 4:00 pm
  • Doors open for social hour 60 minutes before screening; seating 30 minutes before screening.

  • W H E R E :
  • The Carnegie Arts Center
    1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011  
  • Easy Access, Free Parking:
    Printable PDF parking map
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  • T I C K E T S :
  • Advance tickets are $10 and $12* at the door.
  • Tickets for students and Enjoy the Arts members with valid ID are $10*, available only at the door.
  •  * NOTE: Any ticket physically sold by the CARNEGIE incurs a $1.00 facility charge IN ADDITION to the face value of the ticket -- this applies to tix purchased in advance by phone or in person, and tix sold at the door.

    How to get Tickets

  • Click here for online tickets
    Online sales for the Saturday screening will cut off at 2 pm October 13 or when sold out; online sales for the Sunday screening will cut off at noon October 14, or when sold out.

    By phone:
  • Cincinnati World Cinema,
    859-957-3456, Mon-Sat 9a-7p
  • The Carnegie,
    859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p

  • In person at these area locations
    (click each location for a map):
  • Clifton-Ludlow Avenue,
    Sitwell's Coffee House
    513 281 7487
  • Mt. Lookout Square,
    Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters

    513 871 8626
  • Downtown Cincinnati,
    Coffee Emporium
    513 651 5483

  • Subject to availability, tickets will be sold at the door.

    Discussion Leader

    John Alberti

    (Saturday Only)

    John Alberti Dr. Alberti has been teaching at Northern Kentucky University for twenty years, where he focuses on the relationship between American literature and popular culture as evidenced in cinema, television and music.

    He is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA, English, 1981) and UCLA (MA, English 1984 and Ph.D., English, 1989).

    One of Cincinnati World Cinema's most popular discussion leaders, Dr. Alberti brings fresh, useful insight to our post-film discussions, adding to the audience experience.

    John is currently Director of the Cinema Studies program and Professor of English at NKU, and has been instrumental in bringing the Festival of New French Films to campus for the last three years.
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    Comedic family chaos with a
    decidedly French flavor!

    Fast-paced with snappy dialogue, literally a three-ring circus of irks and quirks and laughter, this charming film recalls the acerbic talent of a young Woody Allen.

    July Delpy & Chris Rock Normally, suspicion of movie sequels is justifiable. But in this case, 2 Days in New York is equal to/better than Delphy's earlier hit, 2 Days in Paris. There are several reasons to check out Delphy's latest work:
  • Chris Rock delightlfully proves he can act and handle a substantial role, not just extensions of his stand-up routine.
  • Script writers Delpy and Landeau, both French women, offer a treatment of their countrymen that amusingly runs counter to most perceptions.
  • Julie Delpy is one of the few women directors making it in the film industry. As a writer, director, actor and vocalist, she brings an array of talent to the table.
  • Delpy's real father (a French veteran of stage and film) plays her on-screen father, with bittersweet moments reflecting the death of Delphy's real life mother telegraphed through the same loss on screen. Indeed, all the characters are real people, flaws and all, not normally portrayed in formulaic vanila Hollywood comedies.
  • The film is downright funny, combining premise, snappy dialogue and sight gags.

    2 Days in New York is one of the more authentic relationship comedies to appear in years. Writer/director/star Julie Delpy (Marion) demonstrates her sharp observation of relationships and her wicked sense of humor, while comedian Chris Rock (Mingus) brilliantly plays it straight opposite Marion's outrageous family. Written by Delpy and Alexia Landeau (who plays Marion's sister Rose) 2 Days in New York lampoons stereotypes in a hilarious clash between French and American families and cultures.

    Marion and Mingus are one of those couples we know but seldom see on screen. Their pasts are messy and unresolved. Their blended family isn't always so blended. Life is good for Marion, a photo-artist born in France and living in the U.S., and Mingus, an on-air radio host, and their respective children, each from previous marriages. Good until Marion's family from France descends upon them unannounced, and the couple is thrown into two days of escalating misunderstandings, cultural faux pas and mayhem.

    Delpy gives us a family who are definitely not the refined French of fine wine, haute couture and a permanently arched eyebrow. They arrive like a Gallic horde: Marion's eccentrically loopy father, who speaks no English (and Mingus speaks no French); Marion's promiscuous younger sister Rose; and Marion's ex-boyfriend Manu, a pot-smoking borderline racist now dating Rose. In the midst of mounting chaos, Mingus survives by retreating to his study to "converse" with a life-sized cutout of president Barack Obama.

    The ensemble of winning comedic performances bring Delpy's astute and funny writing to life, making this comedy of errors and family dynamics a fun and smart romp that is delighting audiences everywhere.


    2 Days in New York
    Review by Mick LaSalle, The San Francisco Chronicle

    Julie Delpy Julie Delpy's second film as a director confirms the two best indications given by her first directorial effort, 2 Days in Paris - that she has a gift for the wildly absurd and that she can direct herself. Her new film, 2 Days in New York, is a significant step forward. It's extremely funny, one of the funniest films of 2012, with a particularly winning style - far-fetched, extreme and nonstop.

    There are times in 2 Days in New York when Delpy the director is managing scenes that are just short of chaos, with several characters onscreen talking simultaneously or doing something completely different from each other. Delpy shows real skill in her ability to take things to the edge, while keeping the actions clear and the comic beats crisp and clean. Comedy requires rigor, and this is a rigorous and controlled director.

    She is also the first director to get a good performance out of Chris Rock - 2 Days in New York is a breakthrough for him, too. In his previous films, he has seemed, at times, either like an amateur or like a visiting celebrity trading on an audience's familiarity with him. But here he does some real acting. He's funny, but mainly he's a straight man, and he's restrained.

    Delpy reprises her 2 Days in Paris role as Marion, a woman not unlike Delpy herself, born in France and living in the United States. In the last film, Marie Pillet and Albert Delpy, her real-life parents, played Marion's parents. In the years since, Marie Pillet has died, and so in 2 Days in New York, Marion's father (Albert Delpy) is a widower who comes to visit Marion and her boyfriend (Rock) in New York. He is accompanied by Marion's compulsively flirtatious sister (Alexia Landeau) and her shifty boyfriend.

    Albert Delpy and Chris RockDelpy's portrayal of her French relatives is a refreshing contrast from the usual American assumptions about French people, that they're refined and reserved. Delpy presents them as vulgar, obsessive, scheming and even dishonest, crazy hicks with attractive accents.
    Albert Delpy particularly goes to town on the role of Marion's father, playing him as an aged Pan, or like a French Harpo Marx. Landeau, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is quite subtle and funny as Marion's resentful younger sister, who is barely conscious of her constant effort to undercut Marion and disrupt her life.

    Delpy brings comical adeptness to the role of Marion, reacting to the absurdities of others. At no time is there any hint that she is directing herself - no telltale vanity, no needless self-effacement. She creates scenes that are layered with detail and full of bits. As a director, she gives the impression of never being at a loss for what to do with the actors, but rather of choosing from an excess of good ideas.

    If Delpy's first film announced that she was someone capable of directing a movie, her second announces that her greatest talent might really be as a comedy director, a seriously good one.

    Mick LaSalle is The San Francisco Chronicle's movie critic.
    Enjoy his reviews online here.