On Friday night, The New York Film Festival premiered Roman Polanski’s “Carnage,” a sort of morality play starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly. Based on Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage” and reminiscent of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit,” the film depicts the slow unraveling of the well-mannered and well-groomed foursome into disheveled, drunken Scotch-soaked puddles of their former selves.
Held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the premiere drew an eager crowd of both fans and journalists, who hoped to get a glimpse of the talented cast. Unfortunately, only half the players turned up. Waltz reportedly injured himself while preparing for another movie, and Winslet was out of the country for work. That left a subdued Reilly to field questions about the film, while an Armani-clad Foster all but sprinted down the red carpet, leaving a cluster of frustrated reporters in her wake.
Reilly sported a dark jacket and striking vintage bow tie, which had reporters wondering about its provenance.
“I got it from a costume shop,” he said unenthusiastically. “It’s made from old feathers.”
Hours later at the sprawling Harvard Club, which held the after party, Reilly was in much better spirits, mingling with industry types, journalists and film enthusiasts.
“You should write about my bow tie,” the actor said. “GQ said I was the worst-dressed man in September. I mean, come on!”
In one deft motion, Reilly pulled at his pants, to reveal colorful, striped socks.
“They’re Paul Smith,” he said, grinning.
Actors Jeremy Irons and Anjelica Huston made an appearance at the party, which wound down at around 2:30 a.m., and devolved into a “Carnage”-esque scene, as guests pushed and shoved to get their coats before exiting the posh club.