The 29th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will take place October 17th – October 25th, just a few days from now. Over the course of 9 days, 25,000 people will attend the festival, which will show over 200 films and feature more than 400 filmmakers from across the world.
In honor of this fantastic event, we’ve put together a list of 5 films that take place in this great city of ours.
Read on to learn the details of 5 well-known films that take place in the Crescent City!
*For more information on all of these films, visit imdb.com.
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire is an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. Set in New Orleans, Streetcar tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a southern belle from Mississippi who leaves her aristocratic background to move in with her sister and brother-in-law in a “run-down New Orleans tenement” after her family property is taken over by creditors.
Blanche’s “flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for the household, leading to even greater conflict.”
Acting legend Marlon Brando plays Stanley Kowalski, who is responsible for the film’s most famous scene. Each year, at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans, the scene is reenacted in the Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest in Jackson Square.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
This film takes place shortly after Hurricane Katrina and follows the life of Benjamin Button, played by Brad Pitt who ages in reverse.
Because of Button’s unusual aging process, he is distressed by the impossibility of maintaining meaningful relationships, particularly with Daisy (Cate Blanchett), the love of his life.
Girls Trip, released in 2017, is the story of four lifelong friends that travel to New Orleans to attend ESSENCE Festival.
Universal Pictures says that “sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.”
Girls Trip is a fun ride, and stars Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
This film has New Orleans written all over it. It was adapted from a novel by iconic New Orleanian Anne Rice, and takes place in 18th century New Orleans.
In modern-day San Francisco, a reporter visits Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) to investigate claims that he is a vampire. After the reporter finds these claims to be true, Louis tells him the story of his life.
Louis’ story begins in 1791 when Louis was still just a mortal. He has recently lost both his wife and newborn child, and is given the opportunity to live forever by the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). After Louis accepts Lestat’s offer and turns into a vampire himself, he struggles with the thought of killing humans to satisfy his thirst for blood.
The Skeleton Key
The Skeleton Key was released in 2005, and follows Caroline (Kate Hudson), a hospice worker, to New Orleans and the bayous of Louisiana in order to take care of an elderly stroke victim named Ben.
The Skeleton Key is definitely the spookiest film on this list. Soon after her arrival in Louisiana, Caroline discovers that the house she’s staying in has an extremely dark past.
If you want to see a New Orleans film in the spirit of Halloween, this is the movie for you!
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