John Turturro is coming to Long Island City to screen his Queens-based film "Romance & Cigarettes" – QNS.com

John Turturro is coming to Long Island City to screen his Queens-based film “Romance & Cigarettes”

Photo courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Actor John Turturro is visiting Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City this month for a screening of his 2005 film “Romance & Cigarettes.”

The screening is part of the park’s “Outdoor Cinema” festival, which includes eight weeks of movies from July through August from an array of countries. Each movie is accompanied by a musical performance by artists from each respective country.

On Aug. 16, Pat Irwin and J. Walter Hawkes will perform experimental rock music to open the screening at 7 p.m. and Astoria-based restaurant East Coast Foodies will provide classic American comfort food.


The 2005 musical, directed by Turturro, stars the late James Gandolfini, Astoria native Christopher Walken, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon.

Gandolfini’s character Nick, who is married to Sarandon’s character Kitty, is caught cheating and must choose between his wife and mistress. The film features cameos by Mary-Louise Parker, Aida Turturro, Bobby Cannavale, Eddie Izzard and Elaine Stritch.

The screening is free and will take place at 32-01 Vernon Blvd.

Outdoor Cinema will end on Aug. 23 with a screening of “Pelo Malo” (Bad Hair), which follows 9-year-old Junior who lives in Caracas, Venezuela as he tries to tame his curly hair for picture day at school. Cachapas y Mas will be serving traditional Venezuelan food before the screening.

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