2013 August 14

Rooney Mara (And Francisco Costa!) At Ain't Them Bodies Saints

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Lars Knudesen, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Jay Van Hoy  Lars Knudesen, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Jay Van Hoy
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(NEW YORK) Stars, rockstars, club owners, and designers came out to MoMA for the premiere of David Lowery's debut directorial effort, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, hosted by Downtown Calvin Klein & The Cinema Society. The film, which takes place in the American midwest during the Seventies and was shot in Lowery's home state of Texas, is an outlaw tale based on a husband and wife played by Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, who find themselves at a devastating crossroad when Affleck's character, Bob, is arrested for murder and Ruth, played by Mara, is left behind to raise their child, while vowing to wait for him. The action takes off when Bob escapes from jail to reunite with his family and is chased by the town boss played by Keith Carradine and a sherriff played by Ben Foster for a dusty Southern drama about crime, doomed love, reckoning, and redemption.

The turnout chez MoMA was so exceptional there were hardly any seats to be found when the screening began. Despite the fact that Affleck was a no-show, Mara showed up looking every bit as stylish as one has come to expect in a crop topped Calvin Klein Collection number followed shortly thereafter by designer Francisco Costa. Mara is lending her ethereal beauty for Calvin Klein's latest fragrance, Downtown, and she looked adorably friendly with Costa as they posed for photographs together. Also, on hand to celebrate the evening were the film's supporting actors, Keith Carradine and Ben Foster, the latter of whom showed up with girlfriend Robin Wright, who looked every bit as stunning in real life as she does onscreen. Others who came by to support the film were stylist Carlos Mota accompanied by nightlife empresario, Amy Sacco plus Donna Karan, Prabal Gurung, Maggie Betts, Zosia Mamet, Melissa George, Richard Gere, Courtney Love. Also on hand? Lee Radziwill, on the arm of The Cinema Society's Andrew Saffir, amongst others. Having not long ago graced Deborah Needleman's debut T magazine cover, the 80-year-old Radziwill seems to be enjoying her renewed time in the spotlight. Gotta love that!

After the screening, guests headed over to The Refinery rooftop where they sipped Belvedere cocktails aptly named "The Outlaw" and "The Texas Tipple". And sure enough, guests, friends, and critics alike have been tipping their hats to Lowery's well received full-length feature debut.

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