Archive of films The Anniversary Party / The Anniversary Party

2001, 115 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2001


Joe, a successful writer, and Sally, a Hollywood actress, have a party to celebrate several important junctures in their marriage: their sixth anniversary, their decision to start a family and their reconciliation after a year-long separation. They have invited their closest friends, their past and current temptations, and (to avoid a lawsuit) their contentious neighbours. An unexpected gift sends the party spiralling out of control and unleashes an explosion of painful confessions. The celebration becomes a scorching dissection of a marriage on the brink.

About the director

Jennifer Jason Leigh (b. 1962, Hollywood) worked as an actress with directors such as Robert Altman, David Cronenberg, Barbet Schroeder and Joel Coen. She also worked as a scriptwriter and producer. Alan Cumming (1965, Pertshire, Scotland) worked as an actor. He also directed, wrote and produced the films Butter (short, 1994) and Burn Your Phone (TV, 1996).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Allan Cumming
Screenplay: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Allan Cumming
Dir. of Photography: John Bailey
Music: Michael Penn
Editor: Carol Littleton, Suzanne Spangler
Producer: Joanne Sellar, Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Production: Fine Line Features
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Allan Cumming, Parker Posey, Kevin Kline, Owen Kline, Greta Kline, Phoebe Cates, Jane Adams, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Beals, Gwyneth Paltrow

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