21 September, 2007

Opening Weekend

As You Like It


Romantic comedy. A woman cross-dresses in disguise and a bloke finds himself drawn to her.

With Brian Blessed, Bryce Dallas Howard, Romola Garai,Adrian Lester, Alfred Molina, Kevin Kline, Janet McTeer, Gerard Horan, David Oyelowo, Richard Briers

Writer: Kenneth Branagh
Director: Kenneth Branagh (based on the play by William Shakespeare)

Kenneth Branagh interview

Production notes (including Kenneth Branagh interview)

Official site

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Clubland


Comedy. The shy son of an aging comedian tries to find a balance between his demanding home life, his new girlfriend, and his mother's second chance at fame

With Brenda Blethyn, Rebecca Gibney, Khan Chittenden, Richard Wilson, Russell Dykstra, Emma Booth

Writer: Keith Thompson
Director: Cherie Nowlan

Official site

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Essayette


Experimental drama. A woman loses her daughter in the limbo between sleep and awake.

With Alexandra McTavish, Alexander Fiske-Harrison, Ruth Smith, Stephanie Briggs

Writer: Beatriz Martinez-Gatell
Director: Beatriz Martinez-Gatell

Official site

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Evening


Drama. As Ann lays dying, she remembers, and is moved to convey to her daughters, the defining moments in her life 50 years prior, when she was a young woman.

With Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha Richardson, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close

Writers: Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham (based on the novel by Susan Minot)
Director: Lajos Koltai

Michael Cunningham and Susan Minot interview

Official site

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Death Proof


Crime drama. Two separate pairs of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

With Kurt Russell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd, Rose McGowan

Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Director: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino interview 1
Quentin Tarantino interview 2
Quentin Tarantino interview 3

Official site

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I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry


Comedy. Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

With Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel, Dan Aykroyd, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi

Writer: Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Director: Dennis Dugan

Official site

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A Mighty Heart


Drama. Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.

With Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan, Denis O'Hare, Archie Panjabi, Will Patton, Gary Wilmes

Writer: John Orloff (from the book by Mariane Pearl)
Director: Michael Winterbottom

Official site

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Sambar Salsa


Comedy drama. A tale of a possessive South Indian mother faced with the prospective of a Spanish daughter-in-law and the lengths the two women go to keep the man in their life.

With Rishi Kapoor, Preyanka, Ateesh Randev, Roberta Caocci, Alessia Bonacci, Colin Duval

Writer: Aditya Raj and Vasanti Sundaram
Director: Aditya Raj

Official site

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Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat)


Experimental drama. Revolves around assorted characters working at or visiting two provincial Thai hospitals.

With Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Sophon Pukanok, Jenjira Pongpas, Arkanae Cherkam, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Nu Nimsombon.

Writer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul interview 1
Apichatpong Weerasethakul interview 2
Apichatpong Weerasethakul interview 3

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Tough Enough (Knallhart)


Crime drama. Fifteen-year-old Michael Polischka is thrown into a gritty urban world when his mother breaks up with her rich doctor lover and they have to move into a shabby apartment in a rough ethnic neighborhood.

With David Kross, Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen, Erhan Emre, Oktay Ozdemir, Kida Khodr Ramadan, Arnel Taci, Kai Michael Mueller, Hans Loew, Jan Henrik Stahlberg, Amy Mussul, Stephan Grossmann.

Writer: Zoran Drvenkar, Gregor Tressnow
Director: Detlev Buck

Official site

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Yella


Thriller. Yella is estranged from her possessive and violent husband; but he can't quite bring himself to give her up.

With Nina Hoss, Devid Striesow, Hinnerk Schoenemann, Burghardt Klaussner, Barbara Auer, Christian Redl, Selin Barbara Petzold, Wanja Mues, Michael Wittenborn, Martin Brambach, Joachim Nimtz.

Writer: Simone Baer, Christian Petzold
Director: Christian Petzold

Christian Petzold interview 1
Christian Petzold interview 2 (Auf Deutsch)

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