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“Cyrus” Opening BAMcinemaFEST; Assayas Chat Also On Tap

"Cyrus" Opening BAMcinemaFEST; Assayas Chat Also On Tap

BAMcinematek has announced the main slate lineup for its second annual BAMcinemaFEST, running June 9 – 20, 2010. The twelve-day fest will screen sixteen New York premieres and a US premiere of emerging voices in American independent and international cinema, as well as repertory favorites.

The festival will open on June 9th with New York premiere of Jay and Mark Duplass’s “Cyrus,” which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film follows John (John C. Reilly), a down-on-his luck film editor whose life takes a significant and strange turn when he becomes romantically involved with Molly (Marisa Tomei), a woman with an unusually close bond with her 21-year old son Cyrus (Jonah Hill). The opening night screening will be followed by a party in the BAMcafe and the Dorothy W. Levitt Lobby. The film opens nationally on July 9, and was featured prominently within indieWIRE’s list of the summer’s “must see films”.

BAMcinemaFEST will also host a conversation between director Olivier Assayas and film critic Kent Jones on his influences along with screenings of two of his favorite films. Other special events include the New York premiere of the new restoration of Ozploitation rediscovery “Wake In Fright” (1971) by director Ted Kotcheff, and G.W. Pabst’s classic silent “Diary of a Lost Girl” starring Louise Brooks with live musical accompaniment by Irish ambient rock group 3epkano, which will close the festival.

The BAMcinemaFEST main slate lineup (with descriptions provided by BAM):

12th and Delaware (Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady, USA) This powerful documentary looks at an abortion clinic and a faith-based center that share an intersection.

Am I Black Enough For You (Goeran Hugo Olsson, Sweden) The definitive profile of Philly soul legend Billy Paul. US Premiere

The Canal Street Madam (Cameron Yates, USA) A verite documentary on the family behind an infamous New Orleans brothel. NY Premiere

Cane Toads: The Conquest (Mark Lewis, USA/Australia) The sequel to the cult-doc classic… in 3D! NY Premiere

Cold Weather (Aaron Katz, USA) A moody character study cum mystery-thriller from the director of Quiet City and Dance Party USA. NY Premiere

Cyrus (Jay & Mark Duplass, USA) NY Premiere

Dirty Pictures (Etienne Sauret, USA) A portrait of Dr. Alexander Shulgin, the developer of MDMA (a.k.a. Ecstasy) NY Premiere

Freedom Riders (Stanley Nelson, USA) A part of PBS’ American Experience series, this documentary from the director of Jonestown looks at the civil rights activists who traveled together in the Deep South in ’61. NY Premiere

His & Hers (Ken Wardrop, Ireland) A cinematic mosaic of 70 Irish women, from infancy to nanogenarianism. NY Premiere

How to Fold a Flag (Petra Epperlein & Michael Tucker, USA) A raw documentary following four men readjusting to civilian life following tours in Iraq.

Lovers of Hate (Bryan Poyser, USA) A dark comedy about a down-and-out 30-something and his more successful brother, played by Beeswax star Alex Karpovsky. NY Premiere

Mars (Geoff Marslett, USA) An off-kilter animated sci-fi comedy about three astronauts, starring Mark Duplass, with music by Howe Gelb. NY Premiere

Passenger Pigeons (Martha Stephens, USA) A meditative debut feature interweaving four separate stories around the death of a miner. NY Premiere

Putty Hill (Matthew Porterfield, USA) A fractured family and their community cope with the untimely death of a young man in the sophomore effort from the director of Hamilton. NY Premiere

Rejoice and Shout (Don McGlynn, USA) A vivid history of Gospel music, featuring performances from acts such as Mahalia Jackson and the Blind Boys of Alabama. NY Premiere

Teenage Paparazzo (Adrian Grenier, USA) The Entourage star helms this exploration of America’s obsession with celebrity via the story of a 13-year-old photographer.

Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, USA) An almost-autobiographical examination of post-college self-actualization.

Valhalla Rising (Nicholas Winding Refn, Denmark) From the director of Bronson comes a stylized Viking epic set in 1000 AD starring Mads Mikkelsen.

Wah Do Dem (Ben Chace & Sam Fleischner, USA) A vibrant, reggae-inflected odyssey of a young Brooklynite in Jamaica.

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