By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 10, 2009 at 5:24AM
New York's IFC Center has announced its slate through June, 2009. Nine theatrical U.S. premieres are included in the batch, from Olivier Assayas' "Summer Hours" to Jia Zhang-ke's "24 City" to Academy Award nominee "Revanche." The full schedule of theatrical engagements is below, for more information and schedules of special presentations, visit the IFC Center's website.
IFC Center Theatrical Engagements (Note that opening dates are subject to change; Synopses courtesy of IFC Center)
Friday, April 17-Thursday, April 30: LEMON TREE Directed by Eran Riklis, starring Hiam Abass (Israeli Academy Award for Best Actress; The Visitor) When her family's lemon grove is condemned as a security threat by the Israeli Defense Forces, a Palestinian widow fights back in this quietly powerful drama that took the Audience Award at the Berlin and San Sebastian Film Festivals. An IFC Films release. US Theatrical Premiere.
Friday, April 24-Thursday, April 30: THROW DOWN YOUR HEART Directed by Sascha Paladino, starring Bela Fleck Award-winning musician Bela Fleck sets off to discover the forgotten African roots of the banjo. An Argot Pictures release. Filmmaker and Bela Fleck in person at select shows. Exclusive engagement.
Friday, May 1-Thursday, May 14: REVANCHE Directed by Goetz Spielmann An Academy Award-nominee for Best Foreign Film and named Best European Film in Berlin's Panorama section, REVANCHE is a classic tale of revenge, guilt and redemption set in motion with a bank job that can't fail. A Janus Films release. Filmmaker in person at select shows. US Theatrical Premiere, exclusive engagement.
Friday, May 8-Thursday, May 21: OBJECTIFIED Directed by Gary Hustwit From the director of Helvetica comes a new documentary that explores the world of design, the proliferation of objects that surround us and the people who create them. Filmmaker in person at select shows. US Theatrical Premiere, exclusive engagement.
Opens Friday, May 15: SUMMER HOURS Directed by Olivier Assayas, starring Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jeremie Renier With their mother's sudden death, three siblings who've scattered across the globe return to the family home to face the difficulty of deciding what to do with what she's left behind. US Theatrical Premiere.
Wednesday, May 27-Thursday, June 4: PRESSURE COOKER Directed by Mark Becker and Jennifer Grausman Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival, this new documentary focuses on an inner-city Philadelphia high school, where a group of students enter an intense competition for culinary scholarships, egged on by their exacting teacher. Filmmakers and subjects in person at select shows. US Theatrical Premiere, exclusive engagement.
Friday, June 5-Thursday, June 11: 24 CITY Directed by Jia Zhang-ke Jia's (Still Life, The World, Unknown Pleasures) latest, shot in dizzyingly vivid high def video, melds documentary and fiction for one of his signature explorations of the rapidly changing Chinahere, the tale of a munitions factory that*s being demolished for a luxury housing development. A Cinema Guild release. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Friday, June 12-Thursday June 18: YOUSSOU N'DOUR: I BRING WHAT I LOVE Directed by Chai Vasarhelyi A portrait of the world-famous Senegalese pop star before and after the release of his controversial album Egypt. A Groovy Griot LLC production. Filmmaker in person at select shows. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Friday, June 19-Thursday, July 2: New York Asian Film Festival NYAFF returns with over 30 new pop masterworks from Asia, including sci-fi blockbusters, action comedies, monster extravaganzas and a new brain-bender from Korea's Kim Ki-duk.
Friday, June 19 * Thursday, June 25: UNDER OUR SKIN Directed by Andy Abrahams Wilson A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money, this eye-opening documentary investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic that we*re unprepared to tackle. Filmmaker in person at select shows. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.
Friday, June 26 * Thursday, July 9: QUIET CHAOS Directed by Antonello Grimaldi Nanni Moretti (director and star of The Son's Room and Caro Diario) stars as a successful executive whose life is turned upside down when his wife's sudden death leaves him the sole caretaker for their 10-year-old daughter. US theatrical premiere, exclusive engagement.