'Beginners' by Mike Mills out now
A new film by multi-talented director and graphic artist Mike Mills – who’s designed album covers for bands including Sonic Youth and The Beastie Boys, and shot videos for Air, Pulp, Moby and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – hit screens yesterday. After ‘Thumbsucker’ in 2005, ‘Beginners’ is a comedy/drama about how deeply funny and transformative life can be. Inspired by Mike Mills’ own father, the film explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor), who meets and falls in love with Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new relationship floods Oliver with memories of his father, who came out of the closet at age 75 to live a wonderfully tumultuous gay life. And to mark the release of the movie, Damiani Editions publishes ‘Drawing from the film Beginners’, a book containing 110 illustrations of the film by Mills, on sale at Colette.