A rare attempt to portray children's activities utterly without sentimentality, this debut by a 21-year-old actress follows a trio of kids aged 7, 8, and 9 as they fend for themselves in a world nearly free of adults. The film drew considerable attention in Paris after Chris Marker likened it to Breathless in its depiction of "something we've never before seen onscreen." | Read More
Going one step beyond the sensual images of In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar Wai and D.P. Christopher Doyle create a dreamily lush, futuristic setting in which Tony Leung moves in and out of relationships with a series of beautiful women including Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang and Faye Wong. A Sony Classics Pictures release. | Read More
What starts as a one night stand between Tom (Scott Speedman) and Dan (James Marsden) escalates into an intense psychological thriller in which the balance of power between captor and captive is never cut-and-dry. Piccirillo infuses this adaptation of his award-winning play with truths, lies, and assumptions that leave the audience struggling to decide whom to believe. | Read More
In this surreal morality tale, Frank (Adam Trese) measures success in Armani suits while his business partner Josh (Andrew McCarthy) is a hipster computer whiz trying to maintain a moral compass. When their business collapses, Frank moves back home to live with his parents, while Josh is forced to consider the unthinkable - getting a real job. Also featuring John Turturro. | Read More
In this sardonic comedy set in Los Angeles, Owen (Paul Schneider) is a failed novelist who now makes his living writing tabloid biographies. After an earthquake hits, he decides to skip town and start a new life on the East Coast. However, his plans go awry when he meets the woman of his dreams at the airport. | Read More
The "slasher" film will always have a place at the high school sleepover party but horror is no longer relegated to the teenage market. Recent releases, both remakes or originals, are raising the bar of what was once a B-list genre and proving that the movie going audience loves a good fright.
Panelists: Peter Block (Lions Gate Films) | Read More
An honest look at a war-ravaged land after the fall of the Taliban, going beyond the now-clichéd images of so many recent films. Actress/director Maleknasr travels the country interviewing a wide range of Afghans who, despite the turmoil and suffering they have endured, poignantly voice their collective dreams for their nation's future. | Read More
HBO's Entourage has introduced viewers to the omnipresent Hollywood agent. Meet the real-life "masters of Hollywood" who represent Hollywood's leading figures and who, some say, hold the future of filmed entertainment in their hands.
Moderator: Georg Szalai (Hollywood Reporter)
Panelist(s): Jeremy Barber (United Talent Agency), Cassian Elwes (William Morris Independent), Arianna Bocco (Gersh Agency) | Read More
Traditionally, times of adversity, war, and cultural repression are fertile breeding grounds for creative expression and artists are among the first to respond. Yet, if present-day Hollywood seems more inspired by commerce than confrontation, what will the emerging American filmmaker's response to current events be? Is an artistically and socially engaged film renaissance in our future?
Moderator: Anthony Kaufman (Village Voice, indieWIRE)
Panelists: Christine Vachon (Killer Films), Ted Hope (This is that.) | Read More
In acclaimed Canadian choreographer Lock's own interpretation of his modern ballet, the power and grace of his La La La Human Steps dance troupe are brilliantly complemented by striking cinematography and editing, which surround the dancers so completely that it appears Amelia is fully realized on screen rather than on stage. With transcendent music by David Lang and lyrics by Lou Reed. | Read More
In this warm coming-of-age drama, a high school quarterback, still coping with the untimely death of his older brother and the pressures of West Texas football, journeys to Brooklyn in search of answers. What he finds there may not be what he sought, but it may be what he needs. | Read More
Schwarzberg's lovingly crafted documentary is a cinematic paean to the splendors of America -- its vast landscape, diverse people, and incomparable natural wonders. The filmmaker packed up his camera and hit the road, recording his encounters with ordinary Americans -- from a Vermont farmer to an Appalachian coal miner -- and set it all to stirring original music by John Mellencamp.
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In our search for romance does the new celluloid version of love leave room for the fairy tale? When chivalry, feminism and film collide we find…the modern love story.
Panelist(s): Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas (Revolution Studios), Lynda Obst (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) | Read More
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is given a human face -- actually, as many human faces as a family reunion -- through Israeli filmmaker Elon's quest to find Musa Obeidallah, the Palestinian man who kept house for her family in Jerusalem for more than 20 years. The search begins soon after September 11, in Paterson, New Jersey, one of the largest Arab communities in the country. | Read More