The 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, running June 22 – July 2, 2006, will open with David Frankel‘s “The Devil Wears Prada” and close with Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘s Little Miss Sunshine. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland‘s Quinceanera will screen as a centerpiece premiere at the festival. “We are thrilled to be bringing another wonderful slate of films from around the U.S. and abroad to Los Angeles audiences,” said Rachel Rosen, Director of Programming for Film Independent and the Los Angeles Film Festival, in a statement. “This year, the Festival has something for everyone from charming comedies to heartrending documentaries. Audiences will also have the chance to discuss the films they’ve seen with some of our visiting filmmakers and guests.”
“The Devil Wears Prada” stars Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, and Tracie Thoms in an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Lauren Weisberger. The film is described as the story of “an aspiring writer (who) has just started a new job as assistant to the most powerful woman in fashion and all-around boss from hell…Editor-in-Chief of Runway magazine.”
The lineup for the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival follows (information provided by Film Independent):
The Devil Wears Prada
Success in the world of haute couture comes at a price, as a young woman endures a boss from hell while working at a fashion magazine. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep star in this comedy based on Lauren Weisberger’s bestseller.
DIRECTOR David Frankel WRITER Aline Brosh McKenna PRODUCER Wendy Finerman CAST Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Emily Blunt, Adrian Grenier
In Los Angeles’ Echo Park, a young girl, her brother, and their great uncle find a private haven from their problems, but only temporarily in this heartwarming celebration of family, time-honored traditions, and the irrepressible spirit of youth.
DIRECTORS Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland WRITERS Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland PRODUCER Anne Clements CAST Emily Rios, Chalo Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia, David W. Ross, Jason L. Wood
Little Miss Sunshine
When seven-year-old Olive qualifies for a beauty pageant, the entire family – mom, dad, big brother, grandpa, and a suicidal uncle – all make the drive from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach in a beat-up VW bus. This half melancholy, half hilarious road trip features an exceptional cast, including Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Steve Carell.
DIRECTORS Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris WRITER Michael Arndt PRODUCERS Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, David Friendly, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger CAST Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano
Analog Days – World Premiere
A group of community college students experience the gentle angst of growing up and moving on in this humorous look at long, late night drives, dead-end jobs and great music to brood by.
DIRECTOR Mike Ott WRITER Mike Ott PRODUCER Jenifer Shahin CAST Ivy Khan, Ryan E. Johnsen, Chad Cunningham, Granger Green, Brett L. Tinnes
In hilarious mockumentary style, a group of high school teachers trying to make a difference ride the ups and downs of a school year.
DIRECTOR Mike Akel WRITERS Mike Akel, Chris Mass PRODUCERS Angie Alvarez, Graham Davidson CAST Troy Schremmer, Janelle Schremmer, Shannon Harrigan, Chris Mass
An awkward teenage girl’s obsession with the school bad boy lands her in an emotional treatment center in Steve Collins’ humorously deadpan yet poignant story of adolescent pains and triumphs.
DIRECTOR Steve Collins WRITER Steve Collins PRODUCERS Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Anish Savjani CAST Courtney Davis, John Merriman, Steve Root, Becky Ann Baker
Ira & Abby – World Premiere
Somehow, magically, after only knowing her for six hours, the perpetually indecisive Ira finds himself engaged to the disarming Abby. If only the rest of their lives could be so perfect.
DIRECTOR Robert Cary WRITER Jennifer Westfeldt PRODUCER Brad Zions CAST Chris Messina, Jennifer Westfeldt, Frances Conroy, Judith Light, Jason Alexander, Robert Klein, Fred Willard
Islander – World Premiere
When lobster fisherman Eben is forced to turn his back on the sea, he loses everything: his friends, his family, and the only way of life he has ever known. Returning five years later, Eben finds himself an outsider in the place he once called home.
DIRECTOR Ian McCrudden WRITERS Ian McCrudden, Thomas Hildreth PRODUCERS Thomas Hildreth, Forrest Murray CAST Thomas Hildreth, Philip Baker Hall, Amy Jo Johnson, Mark Kiely, Larry Pine, James Parks, Ron Canada, Judy Prescott
The Lather Effect – World Premiere
Just before the sale of her parents’ home, thirty-something Valinda throws an “80s rager” reuniting high school friends for a chance to relive their wild youth and the passions that went with it.
DIRECTOR Sarah Kelly WRITERS Sarah Kelly, Tim Talbott PRODUCERS Rachel Rothman, Gary Bryman, Mike Jackson CAST Connie Britton, Sarah Clarke, Tate Donovan, David Herman, Peter Facinelli, Caitlin Keats, William Mapother, Ione Skye, Eric Stoltz
Swedish Auto – World Premiere
Lukas Haas and January Jones star as two loners who connect in this delicately assured study of voyeurism, unexpected love, and the possibilities of escape in a restored Volvo coupe.
DIRECTOR Derek Sieg WRITER Derek Sieg PRODUCER Tyler Davidson CAST Lukas Haas, January Jones, Brianne Davis, Tim deZarn, Mary Mara, Lee Weaver, Chris Williams
Undoing – World Premiere
After mysteriously disappearing one year ago, Samuel returns to the mean streets of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, determined to amend for the mistakes of the past. But balancing revenge with reconciliation is a tricky business in this stylish, character-driven neo-noir.
DIRECTOR Chris Chan Lee WRITER Chris Chan Lee PRODUCERS Karin Chien, Sung Kang CAST Sung Kang, Kelly Hu, Russell Wong, Tom Bower, Jose Zuniga, Leonardo Nam, Bobby Lee, Mary Mara, Kenneth Choi
Beyond Conviction – World Premiere
In this emotionally engrossing documentary, the victims and imprisoned perpetrators of violent crimes have the opportunity to confront one another and talk through years of pain, grief, and regrets.
DIRECTOR Rachel Libert PRODUCER Rachel Libert FEATURING Angela Alford, Angelo Barrett, Shawn L. Burton, Leatrice Floyd, Lyndy Kelley, Timothy Kelley
The Creek Runs Red – World Premiere
The Creek Runs Red carries us into the heart of Picher, Oklahoma, one of the most toxic places in America thanks to decades of lead mining, to reveal with extraordinary intimacy and insight the full human tragedy of an ongoing environmental catastrophe.
DIRECTORS Julianna Brannum, Bradley Beesley, James Payne PRODUCERS Julianna Brannum, James Payne
Members of a live action role-playing game bring us into their fantasy lives in the make-believe medieval world of Darkon.
DIRECTORS Andrew Neel, Luke Meyer PRODUCERS Tom Davis, Ethan Palmer, Christopher Kikis, Thoma Kikis, Nicholas Levis, Cherise Wolas, Alan Zelenetz FEATURING Skip Lipman, Kenyon Wells, Daniel Mcarthur, Rebecca Thurmond, James Iddings, James Shirk, Domenic Prince, Andrew Mattingly, Gary Black, Frank Kanach, Leah Kanach
Deliver Us From Evil – Ireland, Italy, USA – World Premiere
This powerful expose of how the Catholic hierarchy allowed a notorious Californian pedophile priest to remain in service for over 30 years is told through interviews with Church officials, the victims and their families, and the abuser himself.
DIRECTOR Amy Berg WRITER Amy Berg PRODUCERS Amy Berg, Hermas Lassalle, Frank Donner FEATURING Ann Jyono, Bob Jyono, Marie Jyono, Nancy Sloan, Cardinal Roger Mahoney, Oliver O’Grady, Monseigner Cain, Tom Doyle
East of Havana – Cuba, USA
A trio of underground rappers in Cuba struggle to get their music heard while bypassing the official government-sanctioned music industry, an inspiring reminder that the creative drive cannot be stopped.
DIRECTORS Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Emilia Menocal WRITERS Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Emilia Menocal PRODUCERS Charlize Theron, Juan Carlos Saizarbitoria, Clark Peterson, Meagan Riley-Grant FEATURING Soandres Del Rio Ferrer, Magyori Martinez Veitia, Michel “Mikki Flow” Hermida
Inheritance – USA, Germany, Poland – World Premiere
Oscar-winning documentarian James Moll sheds new light on the Holocaust’s devastating impact when the daughter of a monstrous Nazi officer meets a survivor who experienced her father’s brutality first-hand.
DIRECTOR James Moll PRODUCERS Christopher Pavlick, James Moll FEATURING Monika Hertwig, Helen Jonas-Rosenzweig
Diverse residents of Kabul meditate upon the enigmatic present and hopeful future in their ancient war-torn city in this engrossing, wry, and ultimately haunting documentary.
DIRECTORS David Edwards, Gregory Whitmore PRODUCERS David Edwards, Gregory Whitmore, Maliha Zulfacar
Mario’s Story – World Premiere
As a teenager in East Los Angeles, Mario Rocha was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Undaunted, Mario, his family, and a steadfast team of advocates have spent more than 10 years fighting for his freedom.
DIRECTORS Jeff Werner, Susan Koch PRODUCER Susan Koch
Matthew Barney: No Restraint
In this revealing documentary, audiences get a behind-the-scenes look at enigmatic sculptor-filmmaker Matthew Barney’s latest artistic endeavor, Drawing Restraint 9.
DIRECTOR Alison Chernick WRITER Alison Chernick PRODUCER Alison Chernick FEATURING Matthew Barney, Bjork
Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater
The portrait of legendary Republican politician Barry Goldwater, as told by his relatives, his admirers, and his critics, serves a compelling homage to an inimitable man and a bygone era of American politics.
DIRECTOR Julie Anderson PRODUCERS CC Goldwater, Tani Cohen FEATURING Barry Goldwater, Hillary Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, James Carville, Walter Cronkite, Al Franken, Norman Lear, George Will, Edward Kennedy, John McCain, John Warner, Andy Rooney, Helen Thomas
A Place to Dance – World Premiere
Enter the wonderland of the Jefferson Orleans dance hall, where big band music still plays every Sunday night as seniors swing to wartime classics.
DIRECTOR Alan Berg WRITER Alan Berg PRODUCERS Alan Berg, Troy Campbell, Anne Walker-McBay FEATURING Pat Barberot, Bryan Barberot, EJ Brinkmann, Shirley Dimm, William Walsten, Al Wehmeier, Hector Penagos, Frank Alessi, Corliss Schmidt
Brothers of the Head – England
This pseudo-documentary perfectly captures the rebellious, dark side of the 1970s London music scene, as a pair of brooding, young conjoined twins becomes the “next big thing.”
DIRECTORS Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe WRITER Tony Grisoni PRODUCERS Gail Egan, Simon Channing Williams CAST Luke Treadaway, Harry Treadaway, Tania Emery, Diana Kent, Sean Harris, Bryan Dick
Conversations With Other Women
At a New York City wedding reception, two guests become entangled in a sexually charged battle of wits. As the night carries on, the couple’s repartee deepens to reveal the passion of their decades past love affair.
DIRECTOR Hans Canosa WRITER Gabrielle Zevin PRODUCERS Ram Bergman, Bill McCutchen, Kerry Barden CAST Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart
A young inner-city schoolteacher battles his various addictions and finds himself involved in a deepening relationship with one of his students where it’s hard to say who is mentoring who.
DIRECTOR Ryan Fleck WRITERS Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck PRODUCERS Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg CAST Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie
Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
Featuring never-before-seen footage, Stanley Nelson’s astonishing documentary reveals how Jim Jones’s utopian dream of a true Peoples Temple ended in the 1978 mass suicide of over 900 cult members in Guyana.
DIRECTOR Stanley Nelson WRITER Marcia Smith PRODUCER Stanley Nelson
Man Push Cart
Every morning before sunrise, Ahmad stocks his silver vending cart with bagels and coffee and heads out into the gray morning. He’s another anonymous working New Yorker until a chance meeting with a Pakistani businessman seems to offer a chance for change.
DIRECTOR Ramin Bahrani WRITER Ramin Bahrani PRODUCERS Ramin Bahrani, Pradip Ghosh, Bedford T. Bentley CAST Ahmad Razvi, Leticia Dolera, Charles Daniel Sandoval
Two old friends, their lives heading in different directions, go for a weekend camping trip in this quiet, powerful look at the ways in which people change and time marches ever on.
DIRECTOR Kelly Reichardt WRITERS Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt PRODUCERS Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Anish Savjani, Neil Kopp CAST Will Oldham, Daniel London
Right At Your Door
When Los Angeles is hit with a series of dirty bombs, the city descends into chaos. Alone, with no clear information or help forthcoming, Brad is forced to make a series of difficult choices, often between his better impulses and his own survival.
DIRECTOR Chris Gorak WRITER Chris Gorak PRODUCERS Palmer West, Jonah Smith CAST Mary McCormack, Rory Cochrane, Tony Perez, Jon Huertas, Scotty Noyd Jr.
This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Acclaimed documentarian Kirby Dick thrusts his head into the lion’s mouth with his latest work, an engrossing, witty, and illuminating investigation of the Motion Picture Association of America, its rating system, and its shocking influence on American culture.
DIRECTOR Kirby Dick PRODUCER Eddie Schmidt FEATURING Allison Anders, David Ansen, Darren Aronofsky, Jamie Babbit, Maria Bello, Atom Egoyan, Mary Harron, Wayne Kramer, Kimberly Peirce, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, John Waters, Becky Altringer, Cheryl Howell
Time to Leave – France
In the second of his proposed trilogy on loss and mourning, Francois Ozon exquisitely captures the struggle and inner turmoil of a young gay man facing his own demise.
DIRECTOR Francois Ozon WRITER Francois Ozon PRODUCERS Olivier Delbosc, Marc Missonnier CAST Jeanne Moreau, Melvil Poupaud, Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Daniel Duval, Marie Riviere, Christian Sengewald
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Electric cars were the future. Then, seemingly just as quickly as they arrived, they disappeared, as explained in this provocative look at the intersection between big business, science, government, and consumers.
DIRECTOR Chris Paine WRITER Chris Paine PRODUCER Jessie Deeter
The Wild Blue Yonder
Wildly imaginative, The Wild Blue Yonder is one of Werner Herzog’s most original films yet, a science fiction fable constructed with actual NASA footage, underwater image from the Arctic ice shelf, and the jittery alien named Brad.
DIRECTOR Werner Herzog WRITER Werner Herzog PRODUCER Andre Singer CAST Brad Dourif
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The Harder They Come – Jamaica
With a percolating soundtrack, this 1973 film stars Jimmy Cliff in a charismatic performance as a small-time hustler on the run as his song soars up the charts.
DIRECTOR Perry Henzell WRITERS Perry Henzell, Trevor D. Rhone PRODUCER Perry Henzell CAST Jimmy Cliff, Janet Barkley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman, Basil Keane
The Descent – England
Things go from bad to worse to terrifying for six women spelunkers trapped deep in a cave in the Appalachian Mountains. First they get trapped by a cave-in, then they get lost, and then they realize the worse part . . . they’re not the only ones down there.
DIRECTOR Neil Marshall WRITER Neil Marshall PRODUCER Christian Colson CAST Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Myanna Buring, Oliver Milburn, Molly Kayll
Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man – Australia, USA
DIRECTOR Lian Lunson PRODUCERS Lian Lunson, Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey FEATURING Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Anne McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Antony, Julie Christensen, Perla Battala
A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi classic of paranoia and drug use is a darkly funny, visually arresting journey into the not-too-distant future, animated in the style of Walking Life.
DIRECTOR Richard Linklater WRITER Richard Linklater PRODUCERS Palmer West, Jonah Smith, Erwin Stoff, Ann Walker-McBay, Tommy Pallotta CAST Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Rory Cochrane
DJ and his buddy Chowder discover that the house across the street is even scarier than the cranky guy who lives in it in this animated comedy thriller from executive producers Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg.
DIRECTOR Gil Kenan WRITERS Dan Harmon & Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler PRODUCERS Steve Starkey, Jack Rapke CAST Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Catherine O’Hara, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard
The Filth and the Fury – England
In Julien Temple’s film The Filth and the Fury the surviving members of the Sex Pistols finally explain their brief, boisterous and glorious history.
DIRECTOR Julien Temple PRODUCERS Anita Camarata, Amanda Temple FEATURING Sid Vicious, Glen Matlock, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Malcom McLaren, Jon (Johnny Rotten) Lydon
13 Tzameti – France
Recalling the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and Samuel Fuller, Gela Babluani’s debut is a fantastically gritty and lean slice of neo-noir where a young man assumes a dead man’s identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance.
DIRECTOR Gela Babluani WRITER Gela Babluani PRODUCER Gela Babluani CAST Georges Babluani, Aurelien Recoing, Philippe Passon, Pascal Bongard, Fred Ulysse, Nicolas Pignon, Vania Vilers, Christophe Vandevelde, Olga Legrand, Augustin Legrand, Joe Prestia
The Aura – Argentina
In this moody thriller from the director of Nine Queens, an epileptic taxidermist stumbles upon the opportunity to commit the perfect crime.
DIRECTOR Fabian Bielinsky WRITER Fabian Bielinsky PRODUCERS Pablo Bossi, Samuel Hadida, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky CAST Ricardo Darin, Dolores Fonzi, Alessandro Cedron, Pablo Cedron, Jorge D’Elia, Manuel Rodal
Babooska – Italy, Austria – US Premiere
Directors Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel take an episodic, revealing journey through a year in the life of a contemporary Italian circus performer and her family’s traveling big top show.
DIRECTORS Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel WRITERS Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel PRODUCER Rainer Frimmel FEATURING Babooska Gerardi, Michele Pellegrini, Azzurra Gerardi, Marina de Vincentis, Ciccio Gerardi, Partizia Gerardi, Walter Saabel
Before Born – China – US Premiere
The paths of three people cross as they search for the same mysterious man. With echoes of Antonioni’s L’Avventura, Before Born employs provocative character doublings, role reversals and disappearances to weave a mesmerizing study of isolation.
DIRECTOR Zhang Ming WRITER Qin Haiyan PRODUCER Yi Changhuan CAST Liao Zhong, Huang Guangliang, Xu Baihui, Huang Lu, Huang Xiaxi
Crossing the Bridge – Germany, Turkey
Alexander Hacke, a member of the seminal German band Einstuerzende Neubaten, and director Fatih Akin explore the vibrant, genre-defying music scene in Istanbul and the extraordinary personalities who create it.
DIRECTOR Faith Akin WRITER Faith Akin PRODUCERS Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux CAST Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Muezeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu
Gradually… – Iran
This provocative film tells the powerful and hopeful story of a man’s quest to locate his missing wife and to survive the harsh stigmas his community attributes to her disappearance.
DIRECTOR Maziar Miri WRITER Parviz Shahbazi PRODUCER Jahangir Kosari CAST Mohammad-Reza Foroutan, Niloofar Khoshkholgh, Hassan Poorshirazi, Maryam Boobani, Shahrokh Frootanian
Grain in Ear – China, South Korea
In this quietly beautiful film, single mom Sui Shunji sells illegal kimchi and struggles to adapt as best she can to her difficult circumstances, but nothing could prepare her for what lies ahead.
DIRECTOR Zhang Lu WRITER Zhang Lu PRODUCERS Guan Chin, Dooyoung Choi CAST Liu Lianji, Jin Bo, Zhu Guanxuan, Wang Tonghui
House of Sand – Brazil
Real-life mother and daughter Fernanda Montenegro and Fernanda Torres star in this spectacularly photographed fable about three generations of women who yearn to escape their isolated existence in the Brazilian desert.
DIRECTOR Andrucha Waddington WRITER Elena Soarez PRODUCERS Leonardo Monteiro de Barros, Pedro Buarque de Hollanda, Pedro Guimaraes, Andrucha Waddington CAST Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres, Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge, Luiz Melodia, Enrique Diaz, Stenio Gracia, Emiliano Queiroz, Joao Acaiabe
In Between Days – USA, South Korea, Canada
Chronicling the daily life of Aimie, a young Korean immigrant who lives with her mother in the suburbs, this stunningly beautiful film offers a passionate study of cultural adaptation and adolescent longing.
DIRECTOR So Yong Kim WRITERS So Yong Kim, Brad Gray PRODUCER Brad Gray CAST Jiseon Kim, Taegu Andy Kang
Kinetta – Greece
In a Greek seaside town a cop, a photographer, and a hotel maid reenact a series of recent murders with obsessive attention to detail. Mysterious yet highly compelling, Kinetta explores darker aspects of human desire and obsession.
DIRECTOR Yorgos Lanthimos WRITERS Yorgos Lanthimos, Giorgos Kakanakis PRODUCER Athina Rachel Tsangari CAST Aris Servetalis, Evangelia Randou, Kostas Xikominos
Lucy – Germany
Maggy is the mother of an infant daughter, but she’s also an ordinary high school-aged girl with little clear idea of what she wants and even less of how to get it. Presented with deceptive simplicity, Lucy is a stunning portrait of a woman on the cusp of maturity.
DIRECTOR Henner Winckler WRITERS Henner Winckler, Stefan Kriekhaus PRODUCERS Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber CAST Kim Schnitzer, Gordon Schmidt, Feo Aladag
Molly’s Way – Germany
An Irish woman travels to a depressed Polish town in search of the man with whom she’d had a one-night stand in Emily Atef’s perceptive story of loss and self-discovery.
DIRECTOR Emily Atef WRITERS Emily Atef, Esther Bernstorff PRODUCER Andreas Louis CAST Mairead McKinley, Ute Gerlach, Geno Lechner
The Narrow Alleys – Iran – US Premiere
Writer-director Ali Zamani Esmati coaxes touching performances from his extremely young cast in this tale of a young Iranian girl searching for a stolen cassette player.
DIRECTOR Ali Zamani Esmati WRITER Ali Zamani Esmati CAST Parisa Poor Ghasemi, Meysam Jahan Khah, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, Seyed Reza Hosseini, Sadegheh Arami
Our Daily Bread – Austria
Otherworldly images and surrealist landscapes of peppers, apples and soft, yellow chicks by the hundreds make Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s sparse, near-silent documentary a riveting visual tour through food-manufacturing factories.
DIRECTOR Nikolaus Geyrhalter WRITERS Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter PRODUCERS Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Rwanda: The Hills Speak – Belgium – US Premiere
The Gacaca tribunals are an attempt to bring accountability and reconciliation to bear on the
Rwandan genocide. But while the process has brought closure to some, it is far from perfect, as seen in this riveting documentary.
DIRECTOR Bernard Bellefroid WRITER Bernard Bellefroid PRODUCER Veronique Marit
The Sacred Family – Chile – US Premiere
Visiting his family at their beach house for Easter, a man introduces his free-spirited girlfriend, whose passions threaten the household’s tenuous ties.
DIRECTOR Sebastian Campos WRITER Sebastian Campos PRODUCER Ursula Budnik CAST Nestor Cantillana, Sergio Hernandez, Coca Guazzini, Patricia Lopez, Macarena Teke, Mauricio Diocares, Juan Pablo Miranda
Sisters In Law – Cameroon, England
In a courtroom in the tiny town of Kumba, Cameroon, the formidable Judge Beatrice Ntuba and prosecutor Vera Ngassa are crusaders for justice, righting the wrongs and proving that individuals can revolutionize an unjust system.
DIRECTORS Kim Longinotto, Florence Ayisi PRODUCER Kim Longinotto FEATURING Beatrice Ntuba, Vera Ngassa
Something Like Happiness – Czech Republic, Germany
In this humane and darkly humorous tale of three childhood friends wrestling with life’s disappointments, Monika is waiting for her boyfriend; Tonik is waiting, unrequited, for Monika; and Dasha is just trying to keep it together.
DIRECTOR Bohdan Slama WRITER Bohdan Slama PRODUCERS Pavel Strnad, Karl Baumgartner, Thanassis Karathanos, Viktor Schwarz CAST Pavel Liska, Tatiana Vilhelmova, Ana Geislerova
Stranded – Australia – North American Premiere
Stranded tells the sweet and sordid story of Claudia, a world-weary seventeen year-old who attempts to flee her seriously dysfunctional family by camping out in her dead mother’s car.
DIRECTOR Stuart McDonald WRITER Kathleen O’Brien PRODUCERS Beth Frey, Lizzette Atkins CAST Emma Lung, Emily Browning, Robert Morgan, David Hoflin
The Unforgiven – South Korea – North American Premiere
This poignant, compelling drama examines the strained relationship between a sensitive young man just beginning his mandatory Korean military service and a childhood friend who serves as his senior officer.
DIRECTOR Yoon Jong-bin WRITER Yoon Jong-bin PRODUCERS Lee Dong-joon, Lee Young-ki CAST Ha Jung-woo, Suh Jang-won
Wrestling Grounds – France, Senegal – US Premiere
Shamans and punching bags are the cornerstones of 17-year-old Nalla’s training in Cheikh Ndiaye’s engaging film, set in the world of Senegalese wrestling, a traditional art that has become a national phenomenon.
DIRECTOR Cheikh Ndiaye WRITER Cheikh Ndiaye PRODUCER Cheikh Ndiaye CAST Aziz Ndiaye, Mohamed Ndao
All Tomorrow’s Parties – China, France
In the near future of a China ruled by a bizarre cult, two brothers face an uncertain fate in this beautiful and slyly elliptical examination of fears in the new China.
DIRECTOR Yu Lik-wai WRITER Yu Lik-wai PRODUCERS Hengameh Panahi, Li Kit-ming CAST Jo Yeong-weon, Diao Yinan, Zhao Weiwei, Na Ren
The Arch – Hong Kong
This stylized period melodrama stars Lisa Lu as a widow who suppresses her requited desire for a virile young man in favor of feudal virtue and her daughter.
DIRECTOR Shu Shuen WRITER Shu Shuen PRODUCER Shu Shuen CAST Lisa Lu, Roy Chiao, Zhou Xuan, Li Ying
Boffo! Tinseltown’s Bombs and Blockbusters
What can a studio do to ensure box-office success? Inspired by Peter Bart’s book Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb, Oscar-winning filmmaker Bill Couturie examines the risky business of filmmaking through interviews with a bevy of stars and filmmakers.
DIRECTOR Bill Couturie WRITERS Bill Couturie, Peter Bart PRODUCER Bill Couturie CAST Danny DeVito, Penny Marshall, Charlize Theron, Jodie Foster, Brian Grazer, Tom Rothman, Sydney Pollack, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Richard Dreyfus
The Mission – Algeria, England, West Germany, USA
A political thriller shot entirely in and around New York City, The Mission tracks an Islamic revolutionary who undergoes a crisis of conscience when he is sent to assassinate a former colonel in the Shah’s secret police.
DIRECTOR Parviz Sayyad WRITER Parviz Sayyad PRODUCER Parviz Sayyad CAST Houshang Touzie, Kamran Nozad, Parviz Sayyad, Mary Apick
Los Muertos – Argentina, France, Netherlands, Switzerland
This astonishing second feature follows a man released from prison who treks to his daughter’s home. Of all the young Argentine cineastes, none is more startling or original than director Lisandro Alonso.
DIRECTOR Lisandro Alonso WRITER Lisandro Alonso PRODUCERS Lisandro Alonso CAST Argentino Vargas
My Mother and Her Guest – Korea
This classic of South Korea’s Golden Age cinema is a subtle work of longing about a widow torn between propriety and her feelings for an artist renting a room in her rural home.
DIRECTOR Shin Sang-ok WRITERS Ju Yo-seob, Lim Hee-jae PRODUCER Shin Sang-ok CAST Kim Jin-kyu, Choi Eun-hee, Kim Hee-gap, Do Keum-bong
Genre specialist Andre de Toth directs this pungent noir melodrama about a dissatisfied family man sucked into an underworld quagmire after a fling with a femme fatale spirals out of control.
DIRECTOR Andre de Toth WRITER Karl Kamb PRODUCER Samuel Bischoff CAST Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr
Waiting for Happiness – France, Mauritania
The term “poetic cinema” rarely applies as well as it does to this gently observant film of a teen boy taking in the sights and sounds of a port town in Mauritania.
DIRECTOR Abderrahmane Sissako WRITER Abderrahmane Sissako PRODUCERS Maji-da Adbi, Nicolas Royer CAST Khatra Ould Abdel Kader, Maata Ould Mohamed Abeid, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Nana Diakite, Fatimetou Mint Ahmeda, Makanfing Dabo, Nema Mint Choueikh
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Peter Sellers is a veritable triple threat among a host of other sensational supporting players in Stanley Kubrick’s hilariously bleak account of the American-Soviet race towards mutually assured destruction. Forty years after its original release, Dr. Strangelove not only holds up, it bites.
DIRECTOR Stanley Kubrick WRITERS Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, Terry Southern PRODUCER Stanley Kubrick CAST Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens
Masculine Feminine – France
This dazzling time capsule of mid-60s Paris stars Jean-Pierre Leaud and Chantal Goya as an intellectual boy and a ye ye girl swept up into a ferment of youth, sex, politics and Americanized pop culture, set against a verite background of dingy cafes, discotheques, bowling alleys and, of course, Left Bank movie houses.
DIRECTOR Jean-Luc Godard WRITER Jean-Luc Godard PRODUCER Anatole Dauman CAST Jean-Pierre Leaud, Chantal Goya, Marlene Jobert, Michel Debord, Brigitte Bardot
The Seven Samurai – Japan
Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s boldly elaborate chambara tale of wandering swordsmen who band together to protect a village against marauding bandits remains a touchstone of the genre and a classic of world cinema.
DIRECTOR Akira Kurosawa WRITERS Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni PRODUCER Sojiro Motoki CAST Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miya