Directed by Alexandre Rockwell, In The Soup portrays the story of Adolpho (Steve Buscemi), who is writing a screenplay from his crumbling NYC apartment, and falling for the literal girl-next-door. In a desperate attempt to get his screenplay funded, he connects with Joe (Seymour Cassel), a shady high-roller willing to play dirty. After winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1992, the film all but disappeared, and only one damaged archival print remained. Through the efforts of Factory 25 and a Kickstarter campaign, the film’s print has been restored in time for its 25th Anniversary.
After the Screening: a conversation with director Alexandre Rockwell, actors Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Beals, and Sam Rockwell, and cinematographer Phil Parmet.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR(S)
A skilled and celebrated filmmaker, Alexandre Rockwell is perhaps best known for his works In the Soup and 13 Moons, both starring Steve Buscemi. Rockwell’s characters are as intricate as they are flawed; he abstains from the shotgun pop of mainstream film, and, instead, he uses classical techniques and sheer creativity to tell his stories.
Steve Buscemi is an actor, writer, director, and producer. He starred in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which garnered him a Golden Globe® Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy® nominations. His directing work includes the films Trees Lounge and Interview, and TV credits including The Sopranos, which earned him Emmy® and DGA Award nominations, 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie, Portlandia, and Love. In 2008, Buscemi started Olive Productions with Stanley Tucci and Wren Arthur, which produces his Emmy®-winning AOL series Park Bench with Steve Buscemi. He recently co-starred in Louis C.K.’s critically acclaimed web series Horace and Pete.
Alexandre Rockwell won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival for In The Soup. Starring Steve Buscemi, Seymour Cassel, Stanley Tucci, Sam Rockwell and his then-wife Jennifer Beals. His next film, Somebody to Love, starred Rosie Perez, Harvey Keitel, and Anthony Quinn. In the ensemble-directing movie Four Rooms, Alex directed The Wrong Man, one of 4 stories, along with Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriquez, and Allison Anders. In 2017 completed Little Feet, a feature starring him and his children. Rockwell is the head of the directing area of NYU Grad Film.
Phil Parmet began his career as a documentary cinematographer in the 70’s, shooting for independents as well as the principal American and world news organizations. As DP for feature films from the late 80’s until the present he has DP’d more than 60 feature films and TV series for independents as well as the major studios and networks. Still, photographic works of his have been exhibited in museums and galleries in New York, LA, Paris, and Berlin. His photographs are represented in the permanent collection of the Getty Museum in LA.
Jennifer Beals is an internationally renowned, award-winning actress who has been featured in over 50 films and some of highest rated television series to date. She was last seen on NBC’s Taken and Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, as Margo Taft. Beals will be executive producing and returning as a lead cast member in the sequel to the hit Showtime original series The L Word, now in development. In addition to working with the award-winning director Alexandre Rockwell, she has also worked alongside Claude Chabrol, Adrian Lyne, Sam Fuller, Nanni Morretti and Quentin Tarantino.
Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation. Most recently, in addition to the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Rockwell also won a BAFTA award, Independent Spirit Award, Screen Actors Guild award, and Golden Globe for his work in Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. Rockwell has also appeared in several critically acclaimed films including Ron Howard’s Academy Award-nominated film Frost/Nixon; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; as well as Frank Darabont’s Academy Award-nominated drama The Green Mile.