CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,


Actress Molly Parker, along with director Julia Dyer, will attend screenings of their new film The Playroom during the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), from November 1-3. The Playroom, a trip to the dark side of suburbia, is Dyer's brilliant production of her sister Gretchen's screenplay. Parker magnificently portrays the calculating, manipulative, selfish and self-destructive, Donna, while Oscar nominated actor John Hawkes portrays her steely - just a degree from boiling - husband, Martin.

An actress of fierce intelligence, strength and delicacy, Molly Parker consistently garners acclaim for her craft and her bold, diverse choices in characters. In NBC's drama "The Firm", Parker starred as Abby McDeere, whose life wasn't the same after she helped her husband, Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas), bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob. She also starred for more than three seasons on HBO's critically heralded "Deadwood" as Alma Garrett, the former New York society woman who reinvents herself by working her claim, adopting an orphan girl and falling for Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). She also portrayed Rabbi Ari on the award-winning series "Six Feet Under."

Parker made her feature-film debut as an alluring necrophiliac in Lynne Stopkewich's "Kissed," for which she received a Genie Award for Best Actress. Her film credits also include: "The Road," in which she starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. She starred with Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody and Diane Lane in Focus Features' "Hollywoodland," and in the cult classic "The Wicker Man," opposite Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn.

Parker won the Best Actress Award at the Beverly Hills Film Festival for her work opposite Lukas Haas and Adam Scott in Matt Bissonnette's independent feature "Who Loves the Sun." In addition, she can be seen in Rodrigo Garcia's critically acclaimed "Nine Lives," which topped numerous critics' best films of 2005 lists.

Parker's credits also include Wayne Wang's "Center of the World" (Independent Spirit Award nomination, Best Female Lead) opposite Peter Sarsgaard; the Golden Globe-nominated drama "Sunshine," in which she co-starred with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz; Keith Gordon's "Waking the Dead," with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly; Menno Meyjes' "Max," co-starring John Cusack; and Michael Winterbottom's acclaimed "Wonderland," which filmed in London and premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

She also starred in "Marion Bridge" (Genie Award winner, Best Supporting Actress); "Looking for Leonard," which she also executive produced; the comedies "Men with Brooms" and "Last Wedding," for which she received Genie Award nominations; "Rare Birds" with William Hurt; "The Five Senses" with Mary Louise-Parker; and the Venice Film Festival entry "Suspicious River."
More recently she starred in "Trigger" opposite Tracy Wright, "That's What I Am" opposite Ed Harris, and "Oliver Sherman" opposite Donal Logue.

In THE PLAYROOM, Donna (Parks) and Martin (Hawkes) share their suburban home with their four children. It's not Ossie & Harriet or June & and dad seem to have gotten their DNA from Edward Albee. The kids, outwardly seem fairly normal especially considering their roots. Martin and Donna like to entertain at home and it appears their friends, Nadia and Clark enjoy coming over for drinks and dinner and drinks... On this particular night, the kids assume their station, that being the upstairs playroom. But the fun and games don't stop there.

THE PLAYROOM Film Schedule:
November 1, 9:00pm @ Muvico Pompano 18 - 2315 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Bch, 33062
November 2, 7:00pm @ Cinema Paradiso - 503 SE 6 Street, Fort Lauderdale, F 33301
November 3, 7:00pm @ Sunrise Civic Center Theater - 10610 W Oakland Park Blvd Sunrise, FL 33351

Admission: $10 general admission / $8 seniors & students / $6 FLiFF members

For more details and advance tickets: visit or call 954-525-3456
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