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Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise with the support of film critic Robert Koehler.
Special Thanks to: Pascal Ladreyt/EUROPEAN LANGUAGES AND MOVIES IN AMERICA; Pascale Ramonda/CELLULOID DREAMS; Marit Ligthart/FORTISSIMO FILMS; Trish Long/BUENA VISTA IRELAND; MOVIEHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT; Paul Balbernie/IRISH SCREEN; Jonathan Howell/NEW YORKER FILMS; Carla Cattani/FILM ITALIA; Jacek Udziela/FILM CONTRACT; Ryan Krivoshey/THE CINEMA GUILD ; Silvia Bizzio; Scott Foundas; Robert Koehler; Claudia Landsberger/HOLLAND FILM; Marieke Oudejans/THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE NETHERLANDS; Margit Kleinman/THE GOETHE INSTITUT LOS ANGELES; Francesca Valente/THE ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE LOS ANGELES; THE FRENCH FILM AND TV OFFICE, CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN LOS ANGELES; Consul Paulina Kapuscinska/THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND; Lynette Kessler/DANCE CAMERA WEST.

 

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<<< June 7 & 14 - 17,  2007 >>>

EuroCinema: New Films from Europe

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This series is also at the Aero Theatre June 8 - 14!

 

Presented in association with « European Languages and Movies in America »

With the support of the Goethe Institut Los Angeles; Holland Film; the Consulate General of the Netherlands, Los Angeles; the Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles; the Italian Trade Commission; the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland; the French Film and TV Office, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.

When one says European Cinema, one often thinks of major film movements. German Expressionism, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, the Czech New Wave, the Polish Film School, the New German Cinema, Dogme 95 - filmmaking more in the auteur tradition than American Cinema.

Yet to be defined, today’s European Cinema is very much alive, although it often has difficulties finding access to American screens. Film critics travelling the festival world always talk about all the amazing films that do not make it to LA. This is a showcase for a few of those festival favorites that have yet to appear on the big screens of Los Angeles -- and most likely will not.

With films by many acclaimed filmmakers: from Ireland’s John Boormans is THE TIGER’S TAIL a smart black comedy thriller with the "haves" and the "have-nots" on center stage; from holland’s Alex van Warmerdam's WAITER, is a delightfully deadpan comedy on a writer and his character, from France’s Claire Denis is TOWARD MATHILDE, a documentary "pas de deux" and an exploration of dance; from Greece’s Theo Angelopolous is TRILOGY: WEEPING MEADOW, a historical tableau of the 20th century with the resonance of a classic Greek tragedy; and a few discoveries like Belgium’s first time director Fien Troch's SOMEONE ELSE'S HAPPINESS, a dramatic portrait of human loneliness in post-industrialized civilization; Germany’s Stefan Krohmer’s second feature SUMMER ‘04, a Rohmerien tale of a family summer vacation and Poland’s Michal Rosa’s WHAT SUN HAS SEEN, a patchwork that captures the texture of life in Poland today as ordinary people struggle for dignity. And not to be missed LA TERRA, an astonishing Italian Noir, the eighth film of Sergio Rubini.

This series would not have been possible without the support of ELMA -- European Languages and Movies in America -- a new non-profit organization supporting the presentation of European movies in Los Angeles and the support of all the various Consulates and European cultural organizations.

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Thursday, June 7 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! THE TIGER'S TAIL, 2007, Ireland, Moviehouse Entertainment, 103 min. A beautiful, intelligent black comedy thriller by writer, director, producer John Boorman. Liam O’Leary (Boorman’s long time collaborator Brendan Gleeson, THE GENERAL), an Irish property developer of humble origins, made it big and fast on the back of the Celtic Tiger. Wildly over-extended, Liam finds himself struggling in a receding market. Stressed, he seems on the verge of a mental breakdown when he sees his doppelganger. "A top-form Brendan Gleeson returns to John Boorman's lopsided modern world in THE TIGER'S TAIL, arguably the director's most appealing entry since THE GENERAL. Playing dual roles as a rich Irish businessman riding the economic boom and his down-and-out twin, Gleeson animates Boorman's amusing Prince and the Pauper screenplay, which sports a dark social underbelly that puts Ireland's rich-poor divide centerstage." -- Deborah Young, Variety Presented in association with the Irish Screen Los Angeles. Preceded by Run Wrake’s "Rabbit" (UK, 9 min, 2006). Eye-catching animated black comedy about two children who have much to learn….and to lose. NOT ON DVD

 

 

Thursday, June 14 – 7:30
[Spielberg Theatre]

SUMMER ‘04 (SOMMER ’04 AN DER SCHLEI), 2007, Germany, The Cinema Guild, 97 min. Dir. Stefan Krohmer. Miriam (Martina Gedeck) and her husband André (Peter Davor), are joined on their holiday by their 15-year-old son, Nils (Lucas Kotaranin) and his young precocious girlfriend, Livia (Svea Lohde). Though it seems that there are no taboos in Miriam’s life, the flirtatious Livia, with the handsome intruder Bill (Robert Seeliger), challenge her liberal principles. It’s difficult to predict where this story of five people on a stressful seaside idyll will go. A successfull drama evoking the moral tales of Eric Rohmer. In German with English subtitles. "A very subtle dramedy of manners and emotions, played out during a vacation on Germany's Baltic coast, SUMMER ’04 more than confirms the promise of young Teuton helmer Stefan Krohmer... With a tip-top cast, headed by well-known actress Martina Gedeck in one of her most nuanced perfs to date." -- Variety Preceded by Carl Zitelmann’s "Temerario" (UK, 10 min, 2006). After being shot and left for dead, Rio finds himself in a dream of revenge, where, as an old man, he must confront his own Shadowside in order to find peace. NOT ON DVD

 

 

Friday, June 15 – 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre]

SOMEONE ELSE'S HAPPINESS (EEN ANDER ZIJN GELUK), 2005, Belgium, Celluloid Dreams, 98 min. Flemish female writer-director Fien Troch's debut feature film has received enormous acclaim at prestigious international film festivals. With superb cinemascope compositions, Troch examines the life of a small village after a child is killed in a hit-and-run accident, and the inhabitants start looking at each other suspiciously. What could be a bleak and distant tale filled with silences, turns into a gripping illustration of human loneliness and an inability to communicate. With veteran actor Jan Decleir. In Dutch with English subtitles. "Fien Troch's triumph as a tyro European filmmaker couldn't be more complete than it is with a superbly staged rendering of the shock felt by a Belgian suburb after a boy is killed in a hit-and-run incident. Made with the precision of a Michael Haneke and the social scope of a Jean Renoir, this powerfully resonant expression of life in post-industrialized civilization would serve as an ideal time capsule item for future generations." -- Robert Koehler, Variety Preceded by Lluis Quillez’s "Avatar" (Spain, 15 min, 2005). Beautifully shot, twisting tale of love and deceit tests this couples vows of "for better or for worse." NOT ON DVD

 

 

Saturday, June 16 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

WAITER (OBER), 2006, Netherlands, Fortissimo Films, 97 min. Take elements of ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, throw in a little of director Charlie Kaufman, infuse with an off-kilter sense of humor and add a pinch of surrealism, and you may have an idea of what awaits you in king of Dutch deadpan comedy writer-director Alex van Warmerdam's delightfully sophisticated black comedy. Edgar, a waiter (van Warmerdam himself), quietly takes life's indignities -- ranging from belligerent customers to a chronically ill wife and his demanding mistress -- until he gets plain fed-up. He then goes to complain about his miserable existence to his creator. Some of the jokes are belly-laugh funny and many more are moments of wry intelligence. Great performances, including Ariane Schluter as Edgar’s demanding mistress. In Dutch with English subtitles. NOT ON DVD

 

 

Sunday, June 17 – 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre]

LA TERRA, 2006, Italy, Film Italia, 92 min. A remarkable piece of cross-genre Italian cinema from the director of THE STATION with a clever screenplay, some astonishing performances and very colorful scenery. Luigi Di Santo (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), exiled after killing his father as a teenager, returns to his native Puglia for some legal paperwork and is thrown into the violence of the south. Director Sergio Rubini brilliantly plays the wife-beating nightclub owner Tonino. In Italian with English subtitles. "A compulsively watchable combo of lop-sided Italian comedy and Southern film noir. Fabio Cianchetti's exhilarating lensing echoes classic spaghetti westerns in the burnt landscapes of Nardo, Lecce, Mesagne and Brindisi. The recurring pizzicato in Pino Donaggio's humorously over-the-top score recalls Leone's favorite composer, Ennio Morricone, doing Elio Petri's political thrillers." -- Deborah Young, Variety Preceded by Osbert Parker’s "Film Noir" (UK, 4 min, 2005). This stunning animated adventure revives film noir greats in a non-stop, non-linear thrill ride of shady deals and shadier women. NOT ON DVD