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April ’09: In Theaters

April '09: In Theaters

The following is a list of upcoming theatrical releases for the month of April. It is subject to change, and will be updated regularly as information becomes available. If you have news on an upcoming release that should be featured here, or in future editions, don’t hesitate to contact us at editors@indiewire.com

Also check out May and June theatrical releases.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

“Tulpan” (Zeitgeist), Kazakhstan
Dir: Sergey Dvortsevoy
Writers: Sergei Dvortsevoy and Gennadi Ostrovsky
With: Tolepbergen Baisakalov, Ondas Besikbasov, Samal Esljamova
Synposis: In the director’s own words, “Tulpan” was shot “in the middle of nowhere,” in southern Kazakhstan, in an area known as the Hunger Steppe, home to nomadic shepherds and their flocks. A young man returns from military service, to join his sister and her husband, and to court Tulpan, the area’s only marriageable young woman. Winner of the Cannes Festival Prix Un Certain Regard, “Tulpan” is part ethnographic drama, part astonishing wildlife movie. This arid, wind-swept terrain is home to lambs and camels, people who live in yurts, and a young woman who rejects her suitor with the excuse that his ears are too large. “Tulpan” is gloriously shot and compellingly acted; it will be a startling revelation to anyone who has not previously had the pleasure of seeing Dvortsevoy’s earlier films, “Highway” and “Paradise” [Synposis courtesy of Film Forum]
iW Coverage: CANNES ‘08 | “Tulpan” Wins Un Certain Regard Prize; TORONTO ‘08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Discovery Section Films Aim To Break Through; “Tulpan” Leads Zurich Fest Winners

“Enlighten Up!” (Balcony Releasing), USA
Dir: Kate Churchill
Synposis: Filmmaker Kate Churchill is determined to prove that yoga can transform anyone. Nick Rosen is skeptical but agrees to be her guinea pig. Kate immerses Nick in yoga, and follows him around the world as he examines the good, the bad and the ugly of yoga. The two encounter celebrity yogis, true believers, kooks and world-renowned gurus. Tensions run high as Nick’s transformational progress lags and Kate’s plan crumbles. What unfolds and what they discover is not what they expected. [Synopsis courtesy of Balcony Releasing]

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Escapist (IFC), U.K.
Dir: Rupert Wyatt
Writer: Rupert Wyatt, Daniel Hardy
With: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes
Synopsis: Frank Perry (Brian Cox) is a lifer: in prison for the rest of his natural-born days. And he’s been perfectly willing to accept that…until now. A letter informs him his daughter is critically ill following an overdose. He must see her before it is too late and concocts a plan, but he needs help. He assembles a motley crew of unlikely companions to help with his intricate scheme. A fatal encounter puts the escape in jeopardy, and Frank must lead the group on a truly hair-raising escape. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
iW Coverage: IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights to “Escapist”; PARK CITY ‘08 INTERVIEW | “The Escapist” Director Rupert Wyatt

Gigantic (First Independent), U.S.
Dir: Matt Aselton
Writer: Matt Aselton, Adam Nagata
With: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel
Synopsis: Brian Weathersby (Paul Dano) is a 28 year-old salesman at a high-end Swedish mattress company. The afterthought child to elderly parents (Ed Asner, Jane Alexander), and the youngest son in a trio of successful brothers, a shady oil man (Ian Roberts), a surgeon (Robert Stanton), Brian is searching for his place in the world. Unfulfilled by his work he spends a good portion of his day pursuing his goal of someday adopting a baby from China. He gets swept up in a romance with the lovely but misguided Harriet Lolly (Zooey Deschanel) when she comes in to his store one day and falls asleep on one of the beds. To win her over, he must compete with her bear of a father, Al Lolly, (John Goodman) an art-collecting loudmouth with a bad back and deep pockets. [Synopsis courtesy of official website]
iW Coverage: First Independent Goes “Gigantic” in the U.S.; TORONTO ’08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | “Gigantic” Breaks Out

Paris 36 (Sony Classics), France
Dir: Christophe Barratier
Writer: Christophe Barratier, Pierre Philippe, Julien Rappeneau
With: Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder
Synopsis: Spring 1936 – in a working-class district in the north of Paris, a neighborhood that probably had a name once but that everyone now simply calls the Faubourg. In this blue-collar neighborhood, the triumphant election of the Popular Front government is greeted with enthusiasm and hopes for a brighter tomorrow, yet stirs up all kinds of extremism. Among the new government’s promises, the famous law on paid holidays that will allow numerous workers to see the sea for the first time. In early May, three inhabitants of the Faubourg, show-business workers and close friends, do not share other people’s wild hopes, the Chansonia, the music hall that employed them, closed down four months earlier, leaving them all unemployed. Supported by the locals who live to the rhythm of Monsieur TSF’s (Pierre Richard) radio, the three friends decide to take hold of their destiny: they try to force the hand of fate by occupying the Chansonia and producing the “hit” musical that will allow them to buy the place. [Synopsis courtesy of Sony Pictures]
iW Coverage: Bringing On the Rendez Vous with “Paris 36”; SPC Buys “Paris”

Sugar (Sony Classics), U.S.
Dir: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Writer: b>Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
With: Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino
Synopsis: Sugar follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States’ minor league system; but when his play on the mound falters, he begins to question the single-mindedness of his life’s ambition. [Synopsis courtesy of Sony Pictures]
iW Coverage: PARK CITY ‘08 REVIEW | Bittersweet Dreams: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s “Sugar”; Sony Classics Planning ‘09 Release for Boden & Fleck’s “Sugar”;

A scene from Greg Mottola’s “Adventureland”. Image courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

“Adventureland” (Miramax), U.S.
Dir/Writer: Greg Mottola
With: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds
Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1987, and James Brennan, an uptight, recent college grad, can’t wait to embark on his dream tour of Europe. But when his parents announce they can no longer subsidize his trip, James has little choice but to take a lowly job at a local amusement park. Forget about German beer, world-famous museums, and cute French girls–James’s summer will now be populated by belligerent dads, stuffed pandas, and screaming kids high on cotton candy. Lucky for James, what should be his worst summer ever turns into quite an adventure when he discovers love in the most unlikely place. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
iW Coverage: “Adventureland” Director Greg Mottola on First Jobs and Generation Gaps; 24 Sundance ‘09 Snapshot Reviews

“Forbidden Lie$”, Australia
Dir/Writer: Anna Broinowski
Synopsis: Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath – depending on who is talking. Men want to marry her, Islamic extremists want to kill her, and the global publishing industry wishes she would just disappear. Khouri won fame and fortune with her “true story” Forbidden Love, about a shocking honour killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages, and Khouri became the toast of the literary world. That was until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Malcolm Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction. [Synposis courtesy of the film’s website.]

“The Song of Sparrows” (Regent Releasing), Iran
Dir: Majid Majidi
Writer: Mehran Kashani, Majid Majidi
With: Mohammad Amir Naji
Synopsis: Karim works at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, Iran. He leads a simple and contented life with his family in his small house, until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. Karim is blamed for the loss and is fired from the farm. Soon after, he travels to the city in order to repair his elder daughter’s hearing aid but finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. Thus begins his new profession: ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. But the people and material goods that he deals with daily start to transform Karim’s generous and honest nature, much to the distress of his wife and daughters. It is up to those closest to him to restore the values that he had once cherished. [Synopsis courtesy of Regent Releasing]
iW Coverage: Exclusive Trailer For Majid Majidi’s “The Song of Sparrows”

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lymelife (Screen Media), U.S.
Dir: Derick Martini
Writer: Derick Martini, Steven Martini
With: Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin, Kieran Culkin, Rory Culkin, Jill Hennessy
Synopsis: Scott Bartlett (Rory Culkin) is a typical 15-year-old boy growing up in late-1970s Long Island. His suburban existence is primarily marked by a nerdy interest in Star Wars, fending off bullies at high school, his longtime crush on neighbor/best friend Adrianna Bragg (Emma Roberts), and navigating the dysfunctional terrain of his parents’ rocky marriage—all against the paranoid backdrop of a Lyme disease outbreak, which has freaked out Scott’s high-strung mother, Brenda (Jill Hennessy), and has already claimed Adrianna’s father, Charlie (Timothy Hutton), as a victim. With Charlie out of work due to his illness, Adrianna’s mother, Melissa (Cynthia Nixon), takes a job working for Scott’s father, Mickey (Alec Baldwin), a successful real-estate developer, and soon embarks on a messy affair. When eldest son Jimmy (Kieran Culkin) returns from army training and confronts his father about Mickey’s less-than-discreet adultery, both families are forever changed by the devastating consequences. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
iW Coverage: Derick Martini, “Lymelife”: Artistic Honesty, Perfection, and Success; Gen Art Kicks Off With “Lymelife”; TORONTO ‘08 DISPATCH | “Paris,” “Valentino,” “Gigantic” and “Lymelife” Among Toronto Offerings

Friday, April 10, 2009

Observe and Report (Warner Brothers), U.S.
Dir/Writer: Jody Hill
With: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Michael Pena, Ray Liotta
Synposis: At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won’t give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do. [Synopsis courtesy of Warner Brothers]
iW Coverage: SXSW Snapshot: Jody Hill’s “Observe and Report”

Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (Abramorama), U.S.
Dir: Sacha Gervasi
Synopsis: At 14, Toronto school friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner made a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, went on to become the “demigods of Canadian metal,” releasing one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982’s Metal on Metal. The album influenced a musical generation, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, that went on to sell millions of records. But Anvil’s career took a different path – straight to obscurity. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
iW Coverage: DISPATCH FROM TORONTO | Hometown “Demi-Gods of Metal” Kick Off Toronto’s Hot Docs Fest; PARK CITY ‘08 INTERVIEW | “Anvil! The True Story of Anvil” Director Sacha Gervasi

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oblivion (Icarus Films), The Netherlands/France/Germany
Dir: Heddy Honigmann
Synopsis: The latest documentary from Heddy Honigmann (“Forever,” “Metal and Melancholy,” “O Amor Natural”) focuses on Peru’s capital city of Lima, revealing its startling contrasts of wealth and poverty, and how many of its poorest citizens have survived decades of economic crisis, terrorism and government violence, denial of workers’ rights, and political corruption. [Synopsis courtesy of Icarus Films]

Friday, April 17, 2009

American Violet (Samuel Goldwyn Films), U.S.
Dir: Tim Disney
Writer: Bill Haney
With: Dee Roberts, David Cohen, Sam Conroy
Synopsis: Based on real events and set in a small Texas town in the midst of the 2000 Bush/Gore Presidential election, “American Violet” tells the story of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American single mother of four who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid. Despite the urgings of her mother (Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she chooses to fight the powerful district attorney (Michael O’Keefe) and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer (Will Patton), Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life, and the Texas justice system. [Synopsis courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films]
iW Coverage: Goldwyn Makes “Violet” Deal; DISPATCH FROM TELLURIDE | Amidst a Dearth of American Entries, Mining for International Gold in Colorado

Is Anybody There? (Big Beach), U.S.
Dir: John Crowley
Writer: Peter Harness
With: Michael Caine, Bill Milner, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey
Synopsis: Fresh from the success of last year’s Boy A, John Crowley returns to the world of a young boy, fashioning a film of a very different kind. Infusing his new work with the childish naïveté of a precocious and curious lad named Edward – brilliantly played by Son of Rambow’s Bill Milner – Crowley enters this terrain with the same eerie and eloquent ease that was evident in his earlier work. But while Boy A was a study of a young ex-criminal, the protagonist of Is There Anybody There? is younger and more guileless. Although his interests are indeed uncommon, they are those of a boy as opposed to a haunted teenager.. [Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival]

A scene from James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo’s “Every Little Step.” Photo courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Every Little Step (Sony Classics), U.S.
Dir: James D. Stern, Adam Del Deo
Synopsis: Documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the grueling audition process for the hit Broadway show “A Chorus Line.”
iW Coverage: Sony takes ‘Step’ in right direction; TORONTO ’08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Auds Dig “Every Little Step”

Lemon Tree (IFC), Israel
Dir/Writer: Eran Riklis
With: Hiam Abbass, Doron Tavori, Ali Suliman
Synopsis: Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. [Synopsis courtesy of IFC Films]
iW Coverage: IFC Gets Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree”; DISPATCH FROM THE HAMPTONS | Barendrecht, Israel, Valentino and International Fare in Focus

Sleep Dealer (Maya), U.S./Mexico
Dir: Alex Rivera
Writer: Alex Rivera, David Riker
With: Luis Fernando Peña, Leonor Varela, Jacob Vargas
Synopsis: Sleep Dealer is our tomorrow today, a corporation-controlled, militarized near future where the United States has successfully closed its borders. Finally. Through American technology we have developed a capacity, a digital network, to have all the work with none of the workers constructing our buildings, picking our fruit, manning our planes. Memo Cruz (Peña) lives with his parents and his brother in the small, dusty village of Santa Ana del Rio, in Mexico. Santa Ana is an isolated farming community, the kind of place that seems frozen in time — except for the hi-tech, militarized dam that was built by a corporation, and now controls Santa Ana’s water supply. One night, while using his homemade radio, Memo stumbles across something he’s never heard before – the communications of the security forces that are constantly patrolling the area around his village, to protect the dam from ‘Aqua-Terrorists.’ Unknown to him, or his family, Memo is now under the crosshairs. [Synopsis courtesy of Maya Entertainment]
iW Coverage: “Sleep Dealer” Takes Sundance Prize; PARK CITY ‘08 REVIEW | A Dazzling Journey: Alex Rivera’s “Sleep Dealer” ; PARK CITY ‘08 INTERVIEW | “Sleep Dealer” Director Alex Rivera

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Treeless Mountain (Oscilloscope), South Korea
Dir: So Yong Kim
Writer: So Yong Kim
With: Hee Yeon Kim, Song Hee
Synopsis: Evoked by early childhood memories, the story of a precocious journey to maturity comes into focus with exquisite simplicity in So Yong Kim’s gentle masterpiece, Treeless Mountain. An observational portrait of a young girl coming to terms with loss and abandonment, Treeless Mountain is made of the same substance as cinema-vérité, but it is woven in a dreamlike quality, making it seem like a horrific fairy tale that is at the same time painfully realistic. Six-year-old Jin (Hee Yeon Kim) and her younger sister Bin (Song Hee Kim) live on the edge of disaster, but they are not aware of it. In the small apartment where they reside with their single mother, the menacing sounds of the outer world, disturb their precarious cocoon. One day (ominously foreshadowed by Jin wetting the bed), their mother packs all their belongings. For Jin, the days of going to school are over. Mommy is gone, leaving her and Bin in a hostile home with their alcoholic Big Aunt (Mi Hyang Kim) and a piggy bank to slowly fill with tinkling coins and shining hopes. Once the bank is full, their mother will be back. [Synopsis courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival]
iW Coverage: So & Brad Incorporated: Duo Bring Two Films to Berlin Fest; “Treeless” Goes To Oscilloscope;

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Informers (Senator), U.S.
Dir: Gregor Jordan
Writer: Nicholas Jarecki
With: Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton, Ashley Olsen, Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger
Synopsis: Sex, drugs, and new wave…Los Angeles in the early 1980s: a time of excess and decadence, and nobody captures it better than Bret Easton Ellis as he coadapts his own acclaimed novel for the screen. Its multistrand narrative deftly balances a vast array of characters, who represent both the top of the heap (a Hollywood dream merchant, a dissolute rock star, an aging newscaster) and the bottom (a voyeuristic doorman and an amoral ex-con). Connecting his intertwining strands are the quintessential Ellis protagonists—a group of beautiful, blonde young men and women who sleep all day and party all night, doing drugs—and one another—with abandon, never realizing that they are dancing on the edge of an abyss. [Synposis courtesy of the Sundance Film Festival.]
iW Coverage: Best and Worst of Sundance ‘09 in iW Poll of Critics & Bloggers

Tyson (Sony Classics), U.S.
Dir: James Toback
Writer: James Toback
With: Mike Tyson
Synopsis: A gritty and intimate portrait of one of boxing’s most polarizing figures, James Toback’s Tyson recounts Iron Mike’s rise to superstardom and subsequent fall from grace through the eyes of the man himself. Candid interviews with Tyson reveal an often-misunderstood persona that encompasses a broad spectrum of decidedly human instincts. He is at once gentle and animalistic, humane and violent, predator and prey. After a stint in a juvenile reform school, where his boxing skills took root, the 14-year-old Tyson was introduced to legendary trainer Constantine “Cus” D’Amato, who took the young fighter under his wing and served as one of the only positive figures in his life. D’Amato died before he was able to see his final protégé become the sport’s youngest heavyweight champion at 20 years old, an event that started a chain reaction in Tyson’s young life. [Synposis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]
iW Coverage: Toasting “Tyson”; Sony Classics Confirms “Tyson” for North America ; CANNES ‘08 | Tyson and Toback; CANNES ’08 NOTEBOOK | Divided Reactions

The Garden (Oscilloscope), U.S.
Dir: Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Synposis: The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community. But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis. “The Garden” follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers: Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?
iW Coverage: Oscilloscope Gets “The Garden”; “Garden” Leads SILVERDOCS Winners; DISPATCH FROM MARYLAND | Silverdocs: Telling the Truth

The Mutant Chronicles (Magnolia), U.S.
Dir: Simon Hunter
Writer: Philip Eisner
With: Ron Perlman, Thomas Jane, Devon Aoki, John Malkovich
Synopsis: In the year 2707, war rages between earth’s four giant corporations as they battle over the planet’s dwindling resources. In an era marked by warfare and social regression, the earth is on the… In the year 2707, war rages between earth’s four giant corporations as they battle over the planet’s dwindling resources. In an era marked by warfare and social regression, the earth is on the verge of ruin, destruction is everywhere; battles explode on every ravaged continent. Amidst heavy combat, an errant shell shatters an ancient buried seal releasing a horrific mutant army from its eternal prison deep within the earth. As the mutant scourge threatens human extinction, a single squad of soldiers descends into the earth to fulfill the ages-old prophesy of the Mutant Chronicles and save mankind. [Synopsis courtesy of Magnolia Pictures]

“Nursery University” (Variance Films)
Dir: Marc H. Simon
Co-Dir: Matthew Makar
Synopsis: Set in New York City, “Nursery University” is a heartwarming and hilarious new documentary that takes an in-depth look into the oddly competitive world of New York City nursery school admissions. The film follows five families attempting to place their toddlers in prestigious Manhattan preschools with limited spaces and astronomical price tags- a process largely considered to be more competitive than that of getting accepted to an Ivy League university- while going behind the scenes with the experts that advise them, the school directors who struggle to determine which “applicants” to allow through their doors, and the critics that throw up their hands at the entire process. There are tears, breakdowns, and hysterics galore- and that’s just from the parents. [Synopsis courtesy of Variance Films]

Il Divo (Music Box Films), Italy
Dir/Writer: Paolo Sorrentino
With: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Piera Degli Esposti
Synopsis: In Rome, at dawn, when everyone is sleeping, one man is awake. That man is Giulio Andreotti. He’s awake because he has to work, write books, move in fashionable circles and, last but not least, pray. Calm, crafty and inscrutable, Andreotti is synonym of power in Italy for over four decades. At the beginning of the Nineties, this impassive yet insinuating, ambiguous yet reassuring figure appears set to assume his seventh mandate as Prime Minister without arrogance and without humility. Approaching seventy, Andreotti is a gerontocrat who, with all the attributes of God, is afraid of no one and does not know the meaning of awe, since he is accustomed to seeing it stamped on the faces of all his interlocutors. His satisfaction is muted, impalpable. For him, satisfaction is power, with which he has a symbiotic relationship. Power the way he likes it. [Synopsis courtesy of the film’s website.]
iW Coverage: MPI To Bring “Divo” To U.S.; With “Gomorrah” and “Il Divo,” Italy In Spotlight at 21st European Film Award Nominations

Throw Down Your Heart, US
Dir: Sascha Paladino
With: Béla Fleck
Synopsis: “Throw Down Your Heart” follows American banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck on his journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo and record an album. Béla’s boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of Africa.
iW Coverage: Music Diplomacy: Interview with “Throw Down Your Heart” Director Sascha Paladino; SXSW ‘08 | Film & Music Abound Along with the Late Late Nights; Music Documentaries Take Center Stage

Empty Nest (Outsider Pictures), Argentina
Dir: Daniel Burman
Writer: Daniel Burman
With: Oscar Martinez, Celia Roth
Synopsis: Cultured, prosperous, blessed with three children and many friends, Leonardo and Martha are a truly enviable example of the species “married couple.” Leonardo is an author of considerable repute; Martha, a hyperactive housewife with academic interests. Leonardo sits back and observes; Martha forges ahead and acts. An enviable couple? They both begin to question their happiness when Julia, their youngest, marries and leaves Buenos Aires. The house is empty, the children scattered all over the world. For Leonardo and Martha, there are no more excuses for not addressing all those little grievances and annoyances that have piled up over the years. Martha seeks release by going back to the university and surrounding herself with people. Leonardo takes refuge in fantasies that become so real that he can’t distinguish them from reality. [Synopsis courtesy of Bavaria Film International]
iW Coverage: “Valentino” and “Empty Nest” to Bookend 26th Miami International Film Festival

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