4. 2 Days in New York (August 10)
Director: Julie Delpy
Cast: Chris Rock, Albert Delby, Alexia Landeau and Julie Delpy
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Why is it a "Must See"? Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York" premiered at Sundance earlier this year to somewhat positive reviews (Indiewire called it "fun by familiar"). Working as a sequel-of-sorts to Delpy's "2 Days in Paris," the film stars Delpy as Marion, a woman living in New York with a child from a previous relationship (see "Paris") and her new boyfriend (Rock) and his child. When Marion's family arrives from France (including Delpy's actual father Albert), chaos ensues. While the "familiar" part noted in Indiewire's review is warranted (it follows basically the same formula as "Paris"), so is the fun. And who doesn't want to watch Julie Delpy and Chris Rock onscreen for an hour and a half?
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5. The Ambassador (August 29)
Director: Mads Brügger
Cast: Mads Brügger
Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Why is it a "Must See"? Mads Brügger's follow-up to his Sundance Film Festival award winning "The Red Chapel," "The Ambassador" takes the director's remarkably hands on approach to investigative journalism a controversial step further. Brugegr makes his way to the Central African Republic, posing as a Liberian Consul by simply purchasing a diplomatic passport. Almost exclusively via hidden cameras, we watch as Brügger - with remarkable effect - dissappears into the character his new passport has brought forth: With a bizarre, almost Karl Lagerfeldian look, Brügger gives his diplomat the cover story of wanting to open a brand new match factory that will bring lots of jobs to the area. It's a risky setup, but Brügger pulls it off, allowing "The Ambassador" to become a unique entry into the sub-category of documentaries about African politics. How the many people and countries it exposes react as the film as it begins theatrical release remains to be seen (the Liberian Government is already pursuing legal action).
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