THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE
First show: September 21
Herbert Gold—the director and composer’s father and a Bay Area native—will lead a Q&A after the Friday 9/21 screening.
Director Ari Gold will lead a Q&A after the 9pm screening on 9/26.
It’s summer on Sway Lake, former playground of the Jazz Age New York aristocracy. Young music collector Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter (Robert Sheehan), to help him steal a one-of-a-kind vintage record from his own family’s glamorous lake house. Ollie believes that possessing the secret recording of the WW2-era hit, “Sway Lake,” will magically boost his confidence with women – and redeem his father, who committed suicide on the lake.
But the arrival of Ollie’s beguiling grandmother, Charlie Sway, changes everything. The vision of the matriarch transfixes the young Russian – and Charlie has her own plans for the mysterious music, which hasn’t been heard in half a century. For this song may possess the answer to the deepest riddles about love, passion, death, and memory – for whichever lost soul is first to find it.
Featuring a sparkling soundtrack of classic songs – as well as the stunning original of the title – The Song of Sway Lake is a romantic drama about the vanished grace of America, and the spells cast by the melodies of lost time.
Directed by Ari Gold. 94 min. USA, 2018. Digital.