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NEW THIS WEEK: Past Cannes Titles "Clean," "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," and "Three Times" Take thei

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire April 27, 2006 at 11:57AM

[EDITORS NOTE: This is a new column from indieWIRE, covering films debuting this week in theaters.]
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[EDITORS NOTE: This is a new column from indieWIRE, covering films debuting this week in theaters.]

Over a dozen films are joining the specialty line up in theaters, with vets such as French director Olivier Assayas' "Clean," which took two prizes including the best actress award for Maggie Cheung at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Also a Cannes winner is Cristi Puiu's "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," which took the Un Certain Regard award in '05, while Chinese director Hu Hsiao-hsien's "Three Times," screened in competition that year in Cannes. Telluride Film Festival '05 feature "The Lost City" by actor/director Andy Garcia ("Ocean's Twelve") is opening as is German gay film "Guys and Balls" by Sherry Horman. And taking a bow in New York at Cinema Village is 2002 Havana Film Festival "Suite Habana," which took a multitude of prizes at the fest, including best director for Fernando Perez.

"A Whore's Son," directed by Michael Sturminger
"A Whore's Son" is Michael Sturminger's story of a young man who grows up not knowing the secrets about his mother's work and the way he eventually learns them. (Picture This)

"Alternative Freedom," directed by Twila Raftu and Shaun Cronin
Twila Raftu and Shaun Cronin's documentary "Alternative Freedom" is about effect of copyright enforcement on artistic creation. (Self-Distributed)

"Army of Shadows," directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
"Army of Shadows," Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film about French resistance during World War II will open both in New York and Los Angeles. (Rialto Pictures)

"Clean," directed by Olivier Assayas
"Clean" is Olivier Assayas' story about a woman who has to rebuild her life and become clean in order to get her son back from her parents-in-law. (Palm Pictures)

"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," directed by Cristi Puiu
"The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu's story about man who feels sick one night and calls an ambulance but can't seem to get the treatment he needs from any hospital. (Tartan Films)

"Guys and Balls," directed by Sherry Horman
Sherry Horman's German comedy "Guys and Balls" is about a young gay man who is thrown off his local soccer team by his homophobic teammates and tries to form an all-gay squad to challenge them in a grudge match. (Regent Releasing)

"Killer Diller," directed by Tricia Brock
In Tricia Brock's "Killer Diller" guitar playing thief Wesley Benfield is arrested for violating his parole and sentenced to a half-way house in the middle of the Bible Belt. (Freestyle Releasing)

"Lady Vengeance," directed by Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook's "Lady Vengeance," the final installment of his vengeance trilogy, finds a woman seeking revenge after she is framed and betrayed by a co-conspirator. (Tartan Films)

"Police Beat," directed by Robinson Devor
"Police Beat" is Robinson Devor's story of an African-born bicycle cop that encounters strange and mysterious situations on his police beat in urban Seattle. (Currently Seeking Distribution)

"Suite Habana," directed by Fernando Perez
Cuban director Fernando Perez's documentary "Suite Habana" is an affectionate yet realistic look at daily life in Havana through the interwoven stories of 10 ordinary Cubans.

"The Lost City," directed by Andy Garcia
The Lost City," is Andy Garcia's drama about three brothers who go separate ways during the Cuban Revolution. (Magnolia Pictures, Lions Gate Films International)

"Three Times," directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien
"Three Times," Taiwanese director Hu Hsiao-hsien's love story is told in three parts and set in different periods of Taiwan's history. The film begins in 1911 where a romance between a courtesan and a diplomat is developing, then transitions to 1966 to tell the story of a pool-hall flirtation and finishes with a modern-day couple set in 2005. (IFC Films)

"Water," directed by Deepa Mehta
In "Water," the final film in Deepa Mehta's elemental trilogy, and eight year-old whose husband has died is sent to a home for penitent widows. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

[Helen Silfven contributed to this article.]