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Once again, the Film Society at Lincoln Center is holding its fest of Halloween horror fare at the Walter Reade Theater from October 12-22, 2009. The 18-film series also features appearances by genre legends such as John Landis and Eric Red.
Three of the newest horror films are presented, led by a special screening of the new film Paranormal Activity. Directed by Oren Peli, this is the long-awaited independent thriller reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield in its use of the found-footage device. A young couple move into a new house, and soon not only hear and fear the sounds in the night, but try to capture the cause on videotape, with terrifying results. With Katie Featherson and Micah Sloat.
This is also the New York Premiere of Macabre, directed by the Mo Brothers, from Indonesia. The film starts out as so many do, with a group of young friends who help a young girl get home and are invited to stay, with predictable results. But this film is crafted by the Mo Brothers in ways that make it uniquely their own.
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As part of this year's festival, BAMcinématek Movie Series is presenting Hungarians in Hollywood at BAM Rose Cinemas from October 7 to October 27, 2009. This program highlights the extraordinary contributions made by Hungarian artists to the history of American Film, from the Hollywood Golden Age to the New Cinema of the 70’s and the Independent 80’s.
Included are films by: directors Michael Curtiz, André De Toth, Charles Vidor and George Cukor; producers Adolph Zukor, Alexander and Zoltan Korda; actors Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, Johnny Weissmuller, Ilona Massey and Zita Johann; writers Melchior Lengyel and Lajos Biró; cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and László Kovács; and composer Miklós Rózsa. Some of the films to be screened:
Stranger Than Paradise (1984),directed by Jim Jarmusch, with John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson. Introduction by actress Eszter Balint.
Lisztomania (1975), directed by Ken Russell, with Roger Daltry.
Beach Red (1967), directed by Cornel Wilde, with Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn.
Man in the Saddle (1951), directed by André de Toth, with Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie. A Cinemachat with film critic Elliott Stein will follow the 6:50pm screening.
Blow Out (1981), directed by Brian De Palma, with John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow.
Dracula and The Mummy Double Feature: Dracula (1931), directed by Tod Browning, with Béla Lugosi; screens with The Mummy (1932), directed by Karl Freund, with Boris Karloff, Zita Johann.
Five Graves to Cairo (1943), directed by Billy Wilder, with Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Erich von Stroheim.
Passage to Marseille (1944), directed by Michael Curtiz, with Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Michèle Morgan, Peter Lorre.
Extremely Hungary's festival reveals the roots of Hungary’s thriving contemporary culture and its impact on American society through a broad spectrum of events at leading cultural institutions in the two cities. Extremely Hungary is organized by the Hungarian Cultural Center in New York.
For more information:
The Hungarian Cultural Center 447 Broadway, NYC 10013212.750.4450
BAM Rose Cinemas30 Lafayette AvenueBrooklyn, NY Call 718.636.4100or visit BAM.org
With the Toronto and New York Film Festivals over, the next major stop on the Festival circuit is The Chicago International Film Festival--now in its 45th annual edition. Most of the films have be spotlighted at these and other festivals, which is only fair, since the people of the Windy City deserve a chance to see these films as much as the Big Apple and T.O.--right?
That’s what festival founder Michael Kutza felt in 1964, when he and his friends at Cinema/Chicago decided to start the event. First held in 1965, it has been a beloved institution ever since.
Getting off the Red Line, at Grand Street, The Festival is just three shor-tsh blocks east, and one block south, to the AMC River East 21--right next to the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. There’s nothing particularly special about this particular googolplex aside from it’s location, but it’s that view of some of the most amazing architecture in the American Midwest that makes worth the trip…aside from the movies, of course.
This year, they’re going to show such favorites as Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Lone Scherfig’s An Education, and John Woo’s Red Cliff.
The big premiere at this year’s festival is David Bowers’ Astroboy, a big screen fully-computerized extravaganza retelling the origin of Amine’s version of Mickey Mouse®. This is not to denigrate Katherine Deickmann’s Motherhood, which is opening the festival, it’s just that Astroboy may very well be the real Oscar® contender to come out of here.
This festival is, like most others of its size, is divided into categories: the Main Competition, which is for an award called the Golden Hugo (which is also the name for another, more prestigious award for science fiction); New Directors; the Galas; The Shorter Side of Things, for, naturally, shorts; After Dark, for horror and weirder stuff; then there’s the ethnic sections: Black Perspectives, for African American films; Cinema of the Americas, for Latinos; ReelWomen, for the ladies; OUTrageous, for gay community; Animation Nations, for toons; and Illinois[e]makers, for local productions.
Then there are the parties. Chicago isn’t called the Second City for nothing, and there are going to be movie stars galore. The whole thing lasts about two weeks, from October 8th through the 22nd, 2009.
For more info go to: http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com
The Chicago International Film FestivalOctober 8th - the 22nd, 2009AMC River East 21
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