Quiet City (film)

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Quiet City
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAaron Katz
Produced byBrendan McFadden
Ben Stambler
Written byAaron Katz
Erin Fisher
Cris Lankenau
StarringErin Fisher
Cris Lankenau
Sarah Hellman
Joe Swanberg
Tucker Stone
Music byKeegan DeWitt
CinematographyAndrew Reed
Edited byAaron Katz
Distributed by600 West Productions
Benten Films
Release date
  • August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$15,610

Quiet City is a 2007 film directed by Aaron Katz that premiered at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival in the Emerging Visions category. Subsequently it played at film festivals around the world, including the Sarasota Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival and Milano Film Festival, before premiering theatrically in New York in August 2007.


Jamie (Erin Fisher) arrives in New York City, where she is supposed to meet her friend Samantha at a diner. After getting off the subway, she asks a man named Charlie (Cris Lankenau) for directions. Charlie escorts her to the diner, but Samantha never shows up and does not answer her phone when Jamie tries to call her. Charlie invites Jamie to his apartment, where they play music on his toy keyboard. The next day, the two go to visit Charlie's friend Adam and eat coleslaw. Then, they break into Samantha's apartment; she is not there. They decide to go to an art show by Jamie's friend Robin. They meet Robin and Charlie's acquaintance Kyle, who chastises Charlie for never socializing. Everyone then goes to Robin's place for an after-party. After spending some time talking to the other people there, Jamie and Charlie leave and take the subway back to his apartment.


Critical reception[edit]

The film received praise from critics. As of 2016, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 89% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 18 reviews.[1] The New York Times' Stephen Holden wrote of the film, "Tender and sad, it is a fully realized work of mumblecore poetry."[2]

The film was nominated for the John Cassavetes award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards for features made for less than $500,000. It also won Best Direction and Best Cinematography at the 2007 BendFilm Festival.


  1. ^ "Quiet City (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Between the Mumbles, Images of Sorrowful Poetry". August 29, 2007. Retrieved December 31, 2016.

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