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Hitchcock Makes for A RED Carpet Evening at the Ziegfeld

helenIn a slinky, black dress with golden patterns, Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren stole the show at the New York premiere of Hitchcock at the Ziegfeld Theater in midtown. Previously it had made its splash debut at Los Angeles' AFI Fest earlier this month. 

The 67 year-old Britisher gave Scarlett Johannson (who plays Janet Leigh), wearing an tight asymmetrical mini-tube dress, and Jessica Biel, (Vera Miles) in a glittery top and matching pants, a run for the money on the red carpet. The newlywed’s diamond ring is big as a quail’s egg, but Justin Timberlake was nowhere in sight.

Mirren stars in Hitchcock as Alma Reville, the wife of the Psycho director who was usually in the background but indispensible as her husband’s story consultant, continuity person and casting director. 

The only person missing was Anthony Hopkins, who stars as the corpulent director, as he was filming in London, said Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi.

Other stars from the film on the red carpet included James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins), Danny Huston (Whitfield Cook, a writer who hits on Mirren’s character), Michael Stuhlberg (Lew Wasserman), Toni Collette (Hitchcock’s secretary) and screenwriter John J. McLaughlin

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Cannes 2012 - Opening Night

Moonrise Kingdom, wes anderson, cannes, cannes 2012The 2012 Cannes Film Festival opened, not with a bang, but with a quirky charm as director Wes Anderson's latest, Moonrise Kingdom, was presented to the usual crowd clad in black tie and evening gowns. All evening screenings in the Lumiere Theater of the festival Palaisare formal affairs; unless you show up in the appropriate garb, you will be denied entrance, even with an invitation.

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Bel-Air Film Festival 2011

Dedicated to film education and exploration, the Bel-Air Film Festival offers its filmmakers access to a series of film panels, exciting music performances, and networking opportunities with some of the industry’s top professionals. Film screenings include Documentaries, Animation, Short Films, Student Film and Comedy. The festival also hosts both opening and closing night galas, this year being held on October 12th and 17th.

The lineup consists of 36 films, including 23 international premieres, one of which will take place on opening night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The film is My Father's Will, directed by Fraydun Manocherian. Also taking place on opening night will be a live musical performance by Chris Mann (of Glee) and Chloe Flower, accompanist. For more details about the evening's activities, go to http://www.belairfilmfestival.com/pdfs/2011%20Fourth%20Annual%20BAFF%20Announces%20Line%20Up.pdf .

BAFF is an independent international film festival recognized for celebrating cinema in one of Southern California’s most prestigious and storied communities. The Festival attracts thousands of moviegoers each year, promotes the appreciation and knowledge of film, and seeks to recognize the most creative films and individuals in the film industry each year. BAFF’s goal is to inspire filmmakers and help provide them with the resources needed to further their knowledge.

Tickets and lineup info can be found at www.belairfilmfestival.com .

Bel-Air Film Festival
October 12-17, 2011

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Luxe Sunset Hotel
11461 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

UCLA James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall 1409
Los Angeles, CA

Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema

From September 9 to 15, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute in Warsaw and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, will present Transitions: Recent PoliAll That I Lovesh Cinema, a series of recent films that collectively offer a provocative look at Poland today.

While the Revolution of 1989 is the great moment of change for contemporary Poland, this Eastern European country has never stopped changing.

The nation has had to adapt to a "European" identity; learned to deal with new, emerging centers of power, such as China, India, and once again Russia; and deal with a dizzying array of social movements from ecology to gay rights. Moreover, there was the question of the country’s past: how to understand it and explain it to new generations of Poles.

Throughout this period, Polish cinema — always an able chronicler of Polish life — has tried to keep up with this "New Poland."

The series includes two classic films starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski, shown in beautifully restored copies.

Listed below are short descriptions of the films in the series:

All That I Love (2009)
directed by Jacek Borcuch
Amidst the Solidarity strikes and crackdowns of 1981, punk rock and hormones distract the son of a naval officer in Borcuch’s coming-of-age crowd-pleaser. A Sundance 2010 selection.

Black Thursday (2011)
directed by Antoni Krauze
The brutally suppressed Gdynia shipyard strikes of 1970 get a stirring reconstruction, spiraling out from the senseless shooting of a man on his way to work.

Erratum (2010)Goodbye Until Tomorrow
directed by Marek Lechki
30-something dad Michal is called back to his hometown and drawn into stories and lives from his past, in Lechki’s sensitively observed, lyrical debut.

Goodbye Until Tomorrow (1960)
directed by Janusz Morgenstern
Zbigniew Cybulski, the James Dean of Poland, shines as a charming actor in a traveling troupe who catches the eye of a fetching Frenchwoman. Scored by Krzysztof Komeda.

Mall Girls (2009)
directed by Katarzyna Roslaniec
Roslaniec’s darkly devastating film, which spurred nationwide debates, follows teens who get the latest fashions by offering themselves to men known as “sponsors.”

Mother Teresa of Cats (2009)
directed by Pawel Sala .
Dysfunction turns to disaster when two brothers, aged 22 and 12, murder their cat-loving mother, in this sobering drama told through serial flashbacks and based on a true story.

Night Train (1959)
directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
In this masterfully shot classic of postwar Polish cinema, a fateful train hosts a diverse mosaic of personalities—including a murderer. With Zbigniew Cybulski as a spurned lover.Night Train

Out of Love (2011)
directed by Anna Jadowska
Hard up for cash, a young married couple decide to act in a porn movie — just once — but the experience opens up emotional and moral issues.

Suicide Room (2010)
directed by Jan Komasa
After a high-school dare leads to humiliation, a rich teen spirals into an abyss of virtual online worlds, in Komasa’s coolly visualized tale of youth and oblivion.

Venice (2010)
directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
Re-creating the wonders of Venice in their basement, a boy and his family find a magic-realist escape from World War II in this visually striking film.

 For information on screening times and more, go to: http://www.filmlinc.com/films/series/transitions-recent-polish-cinema

Transitions: Recent Polish Cinema
September 9 - 15, 2011

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 W. 65th St.

New York, NY
212-875-5456

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