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Avignon/New York - French/American Film Festival Features Bolder Lineup for '98

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire March 16, 1998 at 2:0AM

Avignon/New York - French/American Film FestivalFeatures Bolder Lineup for '98Festival Closing with New Rockwell Film
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Avignon/New York - French/American Film Festival
Features Bolder Lineup for '98


Festival Closing with New Rockwell Film

by Mark Rabinowitz




The 4th Annual Avignon/New York Film Festival kicks off on April 24th
with a full slate of American and French independent films, and a packed
lineup of seminars. While the opening night lineup is not confirmed, the
two films set to kick off the fest are "Affliction" by acclaimed veteran
filmmaker Paul Schrader and "Too Tired To Die" by first-time helmer
Wonsuk Chin. At press time, the festival was still awaiting written
confirmation of the availability of "Affliction". Both films screened at
this year's Sundance Film Festival, with Schrader's Nick Nolte-James
Coburn starrer in the Premiere section and Chin's film, which stars Mira
Sorvino and Japanese sensation Takeshi Kaneshiro, screened in the
American Spectrum section. The closing night film will be the New York
premiere of Alexandre Rockwell's ("In the Soup") latest film, "Louis and
Frank."


The festival has, in the past, taken some criticism for having strong
seminars but weak film programming, but this year's edition appears to
have taken a serious step toward improving the quality of the films
programmed. Festival director Jerome Rudes and his staff have made a
concerted effort to improve the selections in the American
independent film category, by including a host of U.S. films from
Sundance Film Festivals, and one, Andres Heinz's "Origin of the Species,"
that is screening as a part of this month's First Look film screening
series.


In addition to the opening night lineup, the Sundance films screening at
the fest are: "A, B, C...Manhattan," by Amir Naderi; Eric Lea's "George
B.
" (Sundance '97); Emanuele Crialese's "Once We Were Strangers"; Laurie
Weltz's "Wrestling With Alligators" and Timothy Hutton's directorial
debut, "Digging to China." The lineup of French films include Golden
Globe nominee "Artemisia," by Agnes Merlet; Rachida Krim's Claudia
Cardinale starrer "Sous les Pieds des Femmes" ("Under Women's Feet"),
and Guy Jacques' "Violetta, Reine de la Moto" ("Violetta, Motorcycle
Queen
") among others.


This year's seminars and round table discussions, while not completely
confirmed, include guests such as Curtis Hanson, Quentin Tarantino, and
Andrew Sarris. They will all take part in a round table discussion of
the late Samuel Fuller's life and work. In addition, this year features
a three-day screenwriting seminar, conducted by James Ryan, an
instructor a The Actors Studio/New School MFA program.


[The lineup for the 1998 Avignon/New York Film Festival is also available
]


Web site:

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Phone number for tickets: 212/355-6160, VIP Badges: 212/343-2675