Apr 10, 2012

Screening This Week at the American Cinematheque - April 9 - 15, 2012

This week's listing for American Cinematheque screenings is going to be a little light thanks to the fact that the Egyptian in Hollywood is being taken over by the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (which has an amazing lineup and shouldn't be missed!).  That festival is not associated with the Cinematheque.

The Aero also has an interesting lineup as Wednesdays with Robert Altman continues, and the rest of the week is dedicated to foreign movies - in particular a series entitled KINO CROATIA: NEW FILMS.

THE AERO - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Wednesday, April 11 - 7:30pm

THE PLAYER (1992, Fine Line Features; Directed by Robert Altman)

Wednesdays with Robert Altman continues with a 20th Anniversary screening (reminding me I'm old) of THE PLAYER.  

Los Angeles is the perfect place to view this movie about the cutthroat film industry - complete with a super long tracking shot to open the film that has 2 characters walking around within it discussing continuous shots from Hollywood History.

It's funny how this movie doesn't feel dated at all.  Technology and the making and viewing of movies may have changed, but the executive structure of Hollywood still feels very much like this.  

When I first got my job on the Warner Bros. lot after college, this was one of the first movies I watched to commemorate my entrance into the Hollywood system.


Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

So I have to be honest, I have not seen the rest of the week's offerings and know very little about them - which makes it ideal to go see them.  I love retrospectives of films that you might otherwise never see or hear of.  There are many gems out there to discover and here are a few that are worth checking out.

(My apologies to the Cinematheque, but I'll be borrowing the write-ups from their site for these movies.)

Thursday, April 12 - 7:30pm

It all begins with a double feature by director Asghar Farhadi.

Farhadi recently won an Oscar for his film A SEPARATION (Best Foreign Language film from Iran), and here are a couple of his earlier works.

BEAUTIFUL CITY (2004; Directed by: Asghar Farhadi)

Teenager Akbar is imprisoned and condemned to death following his conviction on a murder charge. As Akbar's 18th birthday approaches and his execution becomes inevitable, recently released burglar A'la struggles to win freedom for his friend. In Persian with English subtitles.

Followed by...

FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY (2006; Directed by: Asghar Farhadi)

During her first day at a new job, Roohi finds herself in an extremely uncomfortable position - in the middle of a domestic squabble between her employer and his wife. Director Asghar Farhadi uses this interpersonal conflict as the basis for a sweeping examination of the tensions that characterize modern-day Iranian society. In Persian with English subtitles.


Link for Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, April 13 - 7:30pm

The series KINO CROATIA: NEW FILMS starts on Friday with a double feature.

THE SHOW MUST GO ON (2010; Directed by: Nevio Marasovic)

In the near future, successful TV producer Filip (Sven Medvesek) has just launched a reality show focusing on the lives of six couples living together, a direct competitor to his ex-wife’s higher-rated news show. When the much-speculated World War III breaks out, Filip hides the international news from his sequestered contestants, who continue with their sheltered on-set lives as if nothing has happened. Filip suddenly finds himself with a massively popular escapist TV show on his hands, and must grapple with the slippery morals that go along with it while trying to protect his son from the harsh realities of war. In Croatian with English subtitles.

Followed by...

JUST BETWEEN US (2010; Directed by: Rajko Grlic)

Wealthy philanderer Nikola (Miki Manojlovic) is married to Anamarija (Daria Lorenci), the ex-girlfriend of his equally philandering brother, Braco (Bojan Navojec). Deeply resentful of his brother, Braco has retaliated by marrying Nikola's childhood sweetie, Marta (Ksenija Marinkovic), and meanwhile secretly is supplying sperm for Anamarija, who's trying to conceive through in vitro fertilization. Rajko Grlic’s farce of sexual musical chairs and hyperbolic familial ax-grinding is one hilarious hairpin turn after another, anchored by a winningly charming cast. In Croatian with English subtitles.



Link for Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, April 14 - 7:30pm

KINO CROATIA: NEW FILMS continues with...

LEA AND DARIJA (2011; Directed by: Branko Ivanda)

Based on the true story of Lea Deutsch and Darija Gasteiger, 13-year-old competitive dancers in Zagreb on the eve of World War II, Branko Ivanda’s moving drama follows the girls’ initial rivalry and then budding friendship. When anti-Jewish laws are implemented in the city, Lea and Darija find their relationship tested and must face the harsh realities of growing up during wartime. With beautiful cinematography inside and around the grand Croatian National Theater. In Croatian with English subtitles.

WILL NOT STOP THERE (2008; Directed by: Vinko Bresan)

Vinko Bresan’s deliciously cynical black comedy is told from the point of view of Djuro (Predrag “Predjo” Vusovic), a jaded porn star enlisted by Croatian war veteran-turned-private detective Martin to help find his missing love, Desa. But Desa has gotten herself mixed up in a Serbian prostitution ring, and when the two finally find her, they must contend with a money-grubbing pimp to get her back. Winner of the Audience Award at the Pula Film Festival. “Mixes sex, violence and humor into a rollicking whole.” – Variety. In Croatian with English subtitles.



Link for Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, April 15 - 5:00pm

KINO CROATIA: NEW FILMS concludes with...

KOKO AND THE GHOSTS (2011; Directed by: Daniel Kusan)

Shortly after Koko (Antonio Parac) and his family move to a new house in the city, eerily strange things start happening, and they begin to wonder if the house is inhabited by spirits - the previous owner, perhaps? When Koko’s sister goes missing, the young boy must embark on a quest to find her, and along the way discover the truth about the house and its bizarre supernatural quirks. A smash success upon its release in Croatia, Daniel Kusan’s KOKO AND THE GHOSTS is a wonderful adventure film for the whole family to enjoy. In Croatian with English subtitles.


Link for Information and Tickets HERE.

Until next week when the shadows at the Egyptian loom large as NOIR CITY - the 14th Annual Film Noir Festival begins!