According to Alexander Payne, a film becomes enjoyable once ordinary people find themselves in exceptional situations and a touch of humor. In 1990, Alexander Payne did a thesis film known as The Passion of Martin that open doors for him to get a job at Universal, less than one month later. After his first film was successful, fans had high expectations for his next movie. Sadly, the Universal deal did not come up with a movie. However, a film known as About Schmidt, which came up years later, had its foundation set while Payne was working at Universal.
“The Holdovers,” an upcoming movie directed by Alexander Payne, will feature Paul Giamatti. The new project enables Giamatti and Payne to work together after their Oscar-winning film “Sideways” in 2004. In addition, the movie The Holdovers is a comedic drama, just like most of Alexander’s previous films. In the film, Giamatti acts as Paul Hunham, a professor hated by most people in Deerfield Academy. Since Paul did not have a family to go to during the school holidays, he stayed in school and supervised the students who could not go home. However, a few days later, only one 15-year old student and the head cook Mary are left. The three are forced to bond because they spend Christmas together.
Payne got the privilege of joining a team of jury members at the Tribeca Film Festival 2021 on the International Narrative Competition jury. In the past, Payne gained experience of being part of the jury in the film festivals in Cannes and Sebastian. The films that will feature in Alexander Payne’s category include Roaring 20’s Annees 20, Wild Men Vildmaend, Brighton 4th, and All My Friends Hate Me.
New York Times writer Manohla Dargis believes that Alexander Payne is the most talented social satirist in the current movie scene. Alexander’s films do not feature characters who live high-end lives but ordinary people who live extraordinary lives with an exceptional eye for details.