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Sept. 25, 2001

THEATRICAL RELEASES 2001-2002

The following films are released through the American Cinematheque’s distribution label "Vitagraph/American Cinematheque Presents…

AUDITION

A film by Takashi Miike

 

SYNOPSIS: AUDITION (1999, Cinematheque Presents/Vitagraph Films,115 min.) has proven to be a box office and critical success in New York, the first US city where it has opened. The New York Times just called it one of the best films of the year. The story concerns a lonely, middle-aged widower (Ryo Ishibashi) who lost his wife to cancer seven years prior. A friend convinces him to use his video production company to hold mock auditions for a nonexistent film project in an effort to meet women. The decent Aoyoma is initially reluctant to engage in such a deception, but finally he agrees and subsequently, meets a beautiful former ballerina (Eihi Shiina) with a mysterious past. The two begin a romance. While on the surface, Asami seems like an innocent and submissive woman, her nature changes when Aoyoma mentions his deceased wife. In the blink of an eye, a tender romance morphs into a shocking, gothic psycho-thriller. In Japanese with English subtitles.

 

CRITICAL ACCLAIM:

"UNFORGETTABLE! A GREAT, sick rush with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING!" -- Elvis Mitchell, NY Times

"The kinkiest, creepiest, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory!" -- The Guardian (London)

"Japan’s hottest director!" -- A. Musetto, NY Post

 

"ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST FILMS! Dazzling. razor-sharp wit....what it must have been like to see PSYCHO’s shower scene back in 1960. BRILLIANT, UNFORGETTABLE!" -- Mike D’Angelo, Time Out New York

RELEASE SCHEDULE:

AUDITION is currently being booked at theatres nationwide. To date, bookings include:

NEW YORK: (Village East – thru 9/12)

 

N. CALIFORNIA: (9/14) San Jose (Cinema 3); Berkeley (ACT); The Castro (San Francisco)

WASHINGTON: Seattle (10/5)

TEXAS: Dallas & Houston (Oct. 19 - Angelica Theatres). Austin (Jan. 2002)

PENN.: Philadelphia (Nov. 2)

S. CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES: LA Premiere at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian as part of the Japanese Outlaw Masters series (Nov.); NuART (11/16)

ILLINOIS: Chicago (11/30 -- Century 5)

OREGON: Portland (10/26 – Cinema 21)

MASS.: Cambridge (Oct. – The Brattle)

Screeners, photos (b/w & color) and press kits for AUDITION are available upon request. The film is in Japanese w/ English subtitles. A theatrical press screening may be set up. Let us know if you wish to be alerted to a screening date and time.

 

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER

A film by Marc Forester (87 min., 2000, USA)

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"…one of the most visually accomplished and emotionally provocative films in the dramatic competition at Sundance…" Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter.

 

"The power and intelligence of EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is of such quality and intensity that it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the movie." Rebecca Yeldham (Sundance Film Festival)

"Radha Mitchell, who’s rapidly maturing into a terrifically accomplished actress, renders a staggering performance…" Emanuel Levy, Daily Variety

Synopsis: When a woman looses her baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), she finds herself in uncharted territory – and must find a way to grieve or descend into madness. This film was an official selection of the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Angie (Australian actress RADHA MITCHELL (HIGH ART, PITCH BLACK) in an unflinchingly honest performance) and Russ (JUSTIN LOUIS), a young, well-off, loving, suburban couple, eagerly await the birth of their first child. Angie’s friends (Catherine Lloyd Burns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and Megan Mullally of "Will and Grace") are also pregnant and together their worlds revolve around babies, husbands and the rituals of family life. When an unexpected tragedy befalls Angie and Russ, the community that they were once integrally involved in begins to disappear. Their fair-weather friends, unable to find a way to console, or share the couple’s grief, simply withdraw. As Angie’s grief begins to drive her to act out in strange and frightening ways, the film echoes the terror of Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY. It is also reminiscent of Todd Haynes’ SAFE in its depiction of an alienated woman adrift in a hostile, suffocating suburban environment, that once offered a bounty of security and comfort. "Roberto Schaefer’s cinematography is a masterwork of telling compositions: His framings, some askew and some straight on, point us to the fullest story dimensions and character depths." (Hollywood Reporter) This amazing, complex film is packed with human emotion – something so absent in films today. Shot on Digital Video, the film will be projected in a 35mm print. Produced by Sean Furst. Written by Adam Forgash, Catherine Lloyd Burns and Mark Forster. Director/Co-Writer Mark Forster Forester (LOUNGERS, Winner of the Audience Award at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival).

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER has been lauded by critics. In March 2001 director Marc Forester won the prestigious Independent Spirit Award for "New Director to Watch," not to mention the Sony/AFI DV-Cam award for best fiction feature.

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER's unique look takes the concept of digital video photography to a whole new perspective on what digital photography can be. It has been hailed as the first American film to rival Dogma 95, putting it in league with the highly praised and celebrated work of Danish master directors Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Interview magazine's Graham Fuller put EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER on his list of the ten best unreleased films.

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER will be the first new American independent feature film distributed theatrically in the US by American Cinematheque Presents and Vitagraph Films. This film was selected to debut this new distribution entity, for its innovative story and cinematography and incredible critical acclaim.

Director Mark Forester’s latest film, MONSTERS BALL, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Wes Bentley and Halle Berry, is slated for release by Lion’s Gate in December 2001. Actress Radha Mitchell will be seen in Joel Shumacher's PHONE BOOTH starring opposite Collin Ferrell, also due to be released late this year.

RELEASE SCHEDULE: EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is currently being booked at theatres nationwide. More dates to be announced as they are confirmed. To date, bookings include: Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica, 11/2; Egyptian Hollywood, 11/16); NYC Cinema Village (11/9); Portland, OR (11/30); Seattle Grand Illusion; The Brattle Boston/Cambridge (11/30-12/2); San Francisco (Landmark or Red Vic Jan.); Music Box, Chicago (1/14); The Dobie, Austin, TX (12/28).

 

PRESS KITS/PHOTOS/INTERVIEWS/TAPES:

Actors, director & producer are available for interview. Call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115 to schedule.

 

 

 

VITAGRAPH FILMS

To date, Vitagraph Films has acquired rights to four Japanese genre films that were well received at American Cinematheque screenings in its popular Japanese Outlaw Masters series. Although made some 30 years ago, none of these films had ever been released in the US, nor had they been available on video. Partnering with Image Entertainment, Vitagraph distributed these four titles (a fifth is on its way this year) on DVD and home video in 2000 and booked the films theatrically in New York, San Francisco & Boston.

Theatrically Vitagraph/American Cinematheque Presents… has re-released the legendary, but virtually unseen in the US, psychedelic, 60's relic, WONDERWALL (directed by THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME director Joe Massot) featuring a re-mastered, original score by then Beatle George Harrison as well as the John Carpenter cult horror favorite HALLOWEEN. In Summer 2001 Vitagraph re-released QUADROPHENIA based on the WHO’s classic album, in connection with Rhino Entertainment. AUDITION, WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP and EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER are being booked theatrically in theatres for Fall 2001 and Winter 2002.

 

For further information about Vitagraph Films please contact President, David Shultz at 323.461.2020, ext. 123.

American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717, Los Angeles, CA 90028

323.466.FILM (tel) | 323.461.9737 (fax)

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