One of New York City’s busiest twentysomethings, Tavi Gevinson has gotten used to wearing multiple hats. After gaining recognition in her tweens as an influential style blogger, she founded the online magazine Rookie, which has become an important platform for young women writers, at the age of fifteen. And she has laid the foundation for an acting career with roles in the Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth and Dustin Guy Defa’s debut feature Person to Person. All the while, she’s maintained an omnivorous appetite for the arts, including cinema, a passion that brought her to our office earlier this year. Having heard that she was a fan of Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides—a film that, despite being set in the 1970s and having been made nearly two decades ago, continues to be a touchstone for young movie lovers and artists like Gevinson—we invited her to record a supplemental feature for our release of the movie. Then, as a thank you, we brought her to the closet, where she told us about writing her college application essay on Holly Hunter’s performance in Broadcast News and recently talking with Geremy Jasper about 8½,which the director watched for months on end in preparation for his film Patti Cake$. Among the old favorites she chose from the closet: Election, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders and A Whit Stillman Trilogy. And she grabbed some things she’s never seen too, including Dressed to Kill and Fox and His Friends. Watch for yourself.
Cristian Mungiu’s Closet Picks
The director of Graduation and Beyond the Hills shares personal stories of growing up as a movie lover in Romania and picks up a few of his favorite films.
Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Closet Picks
Longtime friends and collaborators Ethan Hawke and Jonathan Marc Sherman stopped by the office to contribute to our new edition of Baal—and have some fun in the closet.
Lee Unkrich’s Closet Picks
During his visit to our closet, the Oscar-winning director of Toy Story 3 chatted with us about his nerve-wracking first encounter with Jane Campion and the lessons he learned about editing from All That Jazz.
Flying Lotus’s Closet Picks
The envelope-pushing musician, producer, and filmmaker grabs Brazil, Rushmore, and Jellyfish Eyes (but takes a pass on Salò).
Agnès Varda’s Closet Picks
The French cinema icon brought her trademark warmth and charm to the closet, lavishing love on favorites such as Jane Campion’s Sweetie and An Angel at My Table, Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry, and Jean-Luc Godard’s Band of Outsiders.