FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: January 9, 2001
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
E-mail: amcin@msn.com


THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS MARSEILLE THE YOUNG, MARSEILLE THE OLD:
THREE WEDNESDAYS IN PROVENCE FEATURING THE WEST COAST PREMIERE OF THE MAGNET

Presented in association with the Office of Culture of Marseille and
the French Film & TV Office in Los Angeles

January 17 - 31 , 2001

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents Wednesdays In Marseille
(January 17 - 31, 2000), a film series featuring the West Coast Premiere of
the urban tale, THE MAGNET (2000) the first feature directed by rap group
leader Akhenaton and friend Kamel Saleh. Kamel Saleh will appear in person
for discussion at the screening. Copies of the limited edition French
version of the soundtrack will be given away to the first 200 audience
members. This film series is being presented in connection with the cultural
celebration "Provence in Los Angeles.". At 2600 years old, Marseille is the
oldest city in France, with its port facing the famous Chateau d'If where
the Man in the Iron Mask and the Count of Monte Cristo were imprisoned.
Marseille has been the background for many filmmakers, from the Bros.
Lumiere, Louis Feuillade and Jean-Pierre Melville to William Friedkin and
John Frankenheimer. Please join us for a visit to the old neighborhood of
Marseille, Le Panier, with THE MAGNET, then, rediscover Provence, the land
of Marcel Pagnol (JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING), with Pagnol's
adaptation of THE BAKER'S WIFE, followed by director Yves Robert's
adaptation of Pagnol's autobiographical stories of his childhood in the
hills of Provence, MY MOTHER'S CASTLE and MY FATHER'S GLORY. All films in
French with English subtitles unless noted otherwise. All guests subject to
their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E.
Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between
Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.
On display in the Egyptian Theatre lobby throughout this series will be
"Visions of Provence," an exhibition of vintage tour posters (1895 - 1965)
from the collection of the Marseille - Provence Commerce Chamber. For more
information on the celebration of "Provence in Los Angeles," call the French
TV & Film Office at 310/235-3287.


Wednesday, January 17, 2001
The Wednesday, January 17 program begins at 8:00 PM with the West Coast
Premiere of THE MAGNET (COMME UN AIMANT) (2000, Mars Films, 100 min). A
Spike Lee-like urban tale of eight friends in their early 30's. Set in the
old Marseille neighborhood of Le Panier, THE MAGNET was directed by local
rap group leader Akhenaton and Kamel Saleh (who also appears in the film).
The neighborhood itself is the magnet here, a force that traps the eight
characters, but also binds them together. "The bench was our symbol for it.
It's the meeting place...where everything happens. It's where you have fun,
but it can also be dangerous. everything can suddenly turn into tragedy!" --
Kamel Saleh. Featuring an amazing soundtrack with French rap from Marseille
and classic American R&B by Isaac Hayes, the Dells and others. Discussion
following with co-director Kamel Saleh.
200 copies of THE MAGNET soundtrack's French version (which will be
unavailable in the U.S. after the release of the English version) will be
given away at the screening.

Wednesday, January 24, 2001
The Wednesday, January 24 program begins at 8:00 PM with THE BAKER'S WIFE
(LA FEMME DU BOULANGER) (1938, Kino Films, 125 min). Marcel Pagnol's
adaptation of Jean Giono's beloved novel is a classic of pre-war French
cinema, with a superb performance by Raimu as Amiable, the village baker
whose wife leaves him for the shepherd Dominique. No breads are baked, and
the baker's unhappiness becomes the village's unhappiness. The
heartbreaking scene of Raimu talking to his cat as if it were his faithless
wife is one of the most memorable in French cinema. Free pastry will be provided for the audience by Lavande at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, pastry chef Francisco Lozano.

Wednesday, January 31, 2001
The Wednesday, January 31 program begins at 7:00 PM with a Pagnol in
Provence double feature. First on the bill is MY FATHER'S GLORY (LA GLOIRE
DE MON PERE) (Gaumont, 110 min, 1989). Dir. Yves Robert. Writer Marcel
Pagnol's intimate and nostalgic stories of his childhood in the hills of
Provence chronicle with love and tenderness the life of his schoolteacher
father Joseph (Philippe Caubere) and his loving mother, the paragon of
domestic virtue Augustine (Nathalie Roussel). The family spends the summer
vacation in a cottage, where young Marcel (Julien Ciamaca) befriends a local
boy who teaches him the secrets of the wild hills of Provence.
Next on the same bill is MY MOTHER'S CASTLE (LE CHATEAU DE MA MERE)
(Gaumont, 98 min, 1989). Dir. Yves Robert. Marcel is now 13. The family's
journey to their summer cottage is long and tiring, and the shortcut along
the canal path cuts through the manor estates, where drunken guards and
frightening dogs make it an adventure. Along the way, Marcel loses his
heart to the mysterious Isabelle, a pretty but conceited girl. "MY MOTHER'S
CASTLE makes you want to drop everything and head for Provence and snooze in
the velvet shade of its trees." -- Hal Hinson, Washington Post.

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS (DIGITAL FILES) ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
THE MAGNET (Color) THE BAKER'S WIFE (B/W)

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS
RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS. Call
Gwen Deglise at 323.461.2020, ext. 118 for interviews with Kamel Saleh or to
speak to someone in French.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

FILMS LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) WITH SUBTITLES FOR
PRESS PREVIEW IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THEM.
LOCAL VIDEO STORES LISTED BELOW MAY ALSO HAVE SOME TITLES. NO THEATRICAL
PRESS SCREENINGS WILL BE HELD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER
323.461.2020, ext. 115. THANK YOU.

THE MAGNET
THE BAKER'S WIFE (no subtitles)

We do not have the following tapes in our offices but they are available at
Rocket Video and Vidiots:
MY FATHER'S GLORY
MTY MOTHER'S CASTLE

Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone.
Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)
Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)
Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)
Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508)

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.
YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

Please note that Margot will be out of the office between Jan. 18 and 28.
E-mail sent to amcin@msn.com cannot be retrieved. Jasmine's e-mail is
amcine@4link.net or x-116.

General Theatre Information is detailed on the back of the Kinji Fukasaku
press release.

Do we have your e-mail address? If not you can send it to us at
amcin@msn.com. You will get special updates about press screenings and added
guests, etc. that only go to our e-mail list.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press
passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at
323.461.2020, ext. 115.

American Cinematheque, 1800 North Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Hollywood, CA
90028
(tel) 323.466-FILM  (fax) 323.461.9737 On the web:
http://www.egyptiantheatre.com

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