In addition to its Best Picture nomination, LICORICE PIZZA is nominated for Best Director and Original Screenplay.
The story of Alana Kane (Alana Haim) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and directed by heralded filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA), this potent coming-of-age drama tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.
“With LICORICE PIZZA, [Anderson] has sifted through a haze of wildly embellished tales and half-forgotten memories — and pieced together something that feels more concrete, more achingly, tangibly real, than just about any American movie this year.” —Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Some important critical insights and conversations regarding LICORICE PIZZA:
Though we do not generally provide information regarding content warnings for films we screen (see below), some material requires additional critical insights, conversations and voices.
LICORICE PIZZA includes several scenes that have prompted legitimate concern and hurt from Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities — and we at the Belcourt want to acknowledge and respect those responses and reactions.
We share here some of the many thoughtful pieces that have been written about these parts of the film: