New York City, 1978. The 20 blocks of pawnshops, porn palaces and dive bars between 8th Avenue and the Hudson River owned by the Irish mafia and known as Hell’s Kitchen was never the easiest place to live. Or the safest. But for mob wives Kathy, Ruby and Claire—played by Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss—things are about to take a radical, dramatic turn. When their husbands are sent to prison by the FBI, the women take business into their own hands, running the rackets and taking out the competition...literally. Now they own the neighborhood. Based on the Vertigo comic book series created by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. "Writer-director Andrea Berloff has taken a graphic novel and adapted it without making a live-action cartoon. It’s a straight drama, with three great roles tailored to three vivid actresses." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Cosponsored with the Dept. of Performing & Media Arts.
Academy Award nominated writer Andrea Berloff '95 marked her directorial debut with The Kitchen. She previously co-wrote the critically acclaimed feature film Straight Outta Compton. The film earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Original screenplay, and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award, BET Award, NAACP Award, PGA Award, and WGA Award, as well as various other regional critics’ awards. Her first screenplay credit was Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center in 2006. Her other credits include Blood Father, which was celebrated at the Cannes film festival, and Sleepless. She is a board member of the Franco-American Cultural Fund and a frequent advisor to the Sundance Labs.
Read an interview with Berloff that appeared in the Cornell Chronicle in July: https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/07/theater-alum-debuts-director-dc-movie-kitchen