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DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Competition; and “McBeth’s” in NYC

DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Competition; and "McBeth's" in NYC

DAILY NEWS: Berlinale Competition; and "McBeth's" in NYC

with articles by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Berlinale Unveils Competition Films for 2002 Festival

(indieWIRE: 01.25.02) — 23 films will compete at the 52nd Berlin
International Film Festival
, running Feb. 6-17. The line-up — the first
overseen by new festival director Dieter Kosslick — includes an assortment
of mainstream Hollywood titles, international entries and German films.

German selections include Tom Tykwer’s “Heaven” (the opening night
selection), Andreas Dresen’s “Halbe Treppe” (Grill Point), Christopher
Roth’s “Baader,” and Dominik Graf’s “Der Felsen” (A Map of the Heart). Among the notable international title in competition are Costa-Gavras’ “Amen,”
Amos Kollek’s “Bridget,” Francois Ozon’s “Huit Femmes” (Eight Women), Otar Iosseliani’s “Lundi Matin” (Monday Morning) Bernard Tavernier’s
Laissez-Passer” (Safe Conduct), and Paul Greengrass’ “Bloody Sunday.”

The U.S. will be represented by Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums,” Marc
Foster’s “Monster’s Ball” and Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Shipping News.” Special screenings include Alexander Kluge’s “Die Patriotin” (The Patriot) and a new director’s cut of Milos Forman’s “Amadeus.” Closing night will feature a
screening of Charlie Chaplin‘s “The Great Dictator.” In an announcement
yesterday, festival organizers called the Chaplin classic “a potent political statement against racism, the lust for power and war.” [Eugene Hernandez]


>> How Much is that Lipsky in the Window?

(indieWIRE: 01.25.02) — Leave it to Lot 47‘s Lipskys (Jeff, Scott and Mark), to come up with some of the creative marketing ploys these days. The indie distribution outlet is backing one of New York’s newest performance
spaces in an effort to promote the release of “Scotland, PA,” a comedic
adaptation of Shakespeare‘s “Macbeth.” The film, due for release on Feb. 8,
stars Maura Tierney, James LeGros and Christopher Walken.

McBeth’s, located at 25 E. 17th St., has been drawing crowds nightly with
its eclectic selection of live shows. Spearheaded by New York mascot Timothy
“Speed” Levitch
, the space will host an improv troupe and a “post-Hasidic”
folk singer tonight, followed by a Grateful Dead cover band tomorrow. This
week, Lot47’s Mark Lipsky has been spotted sitting in the window of the
location, watching movies and hoping to break the record for “Longest
Movie-Watching Marathon.” On Monday, the company will begin free noon
screenings of “L.I.E.” McBeth’s is scheduled to remain open through
February, if not longer. [Eugene Hernandez]

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