Film Society Fetes Undistributed Films in Annual Series
by Brian Brooks
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will present its second annual Film Comment Selects, a series previewing "must-see" films that are currently unavailable in the United States as well as screenings of work that will be released in the near future. The editorial staff of the Film Society's publication, Film Comment magazine, selected the features which include four new films by French directors Olivier Assayas ("demonlover"), Raul Ruiz ("Love Torn in Dream"), Philippe Grandrieux ("The New Life"), and Catherine Breillat ("Brief Crossing").
The roster also features work from China, India and Kazakhstan, as well as domestic fare. Larry Clark'scontroversial Toronto fest fave "Ken Park" will screen on February 9. A Lincoln Center press release describes the film as "a confrontation with the maddening morality of Clark, and see a film that has repulsed even the most hardcore distributors (Don't even think about bringing the kids.)" Also coming from the U.S. is Michael Almereyda's sci-fi thriller, "Happy Here and Now," and Alan Rudolph's marital drama "The Secret Lives of Dentists."
In addition to regular screenings, the program will also host a tribute to the late John Frankenheimer featuring two of his works, "Path to War" and "Seven Days in May." Also sure to ruffle a few feathers will be a screening of the French-produced September 11-themed collection of shorts, "11,09'01."
Other films in the series include "The Road," Darezhan Omirbaev (Kazhakstan); "Seafood," Wen Zhu (China); "The Battle of the Ten Million," Chris Marker and SLON (France, Cuba); "Rememberance of Things to Come," Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon (France); "Blissfully Yours," Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand); "Monrak Transistor," Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand); "Shadow Kill," Adoor Gopalakrishnan (India). The Film Society has published the bimonthly Film Comment since 1976.