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CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM ANNOUNCES 2008 NOMINATIONS � DOCU-FANTASIA �MY WINNIPEG� IS TOPS

Nominations for the 15th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the film group�s nominating committee this past weekend. Among the top nominations is a film that, for the first time ever, was deemed eligible for both the narrative and documentary categories, Guy Maddin�s MY WINNIPEG. A fantastically nostalgic look back at his hometown, this �docu-fantasia� as Maddin has called it, mixes stock historical footage with surreal imagery and the director�s unique style to conjure up a new kind of documentary cum visual memoir. It led all films with 6 nominations.

Following closely with five apiece are HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, the latest from legendary UK director Mike Leigh, and the atmospheric Swedish thriller, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. All three received Best Movie nominations, as did last year�s Palm d�Or, 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS from Romania�s Cristian Mungiu, and Fatih Akin�s THE EDGE OF HEAVEN about Turkish immigrants in Germany. This year the Chlotrudis membership was wide-ranging in its selections, generously distributing nods � only 6 of the 27 nominee films received 3 or more nominations.

Over the years, nestled among the Chlotrudis nominations, surprises and interesting juxtapositions have been discovered, and this year is no different. For example, the nominees for Best Actor include both of the heavy hitters from this award season, Sean Penn (MILK) and Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), as well as dark horse favorite Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR). Who could have anticipated that they would go up against either Mad Eye Moody or the Muscles from Brussels in this category? Only the cinemaniacs of Chlotrudis, who selected Brendan Gleeson (IN BRUGES) and Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD) to round out the Best Actor category.

In the Society�s most competitive and prestigious category, the Buried Treasure, the final nominees were the Russian/Chechen war story ALEKSANDRA; CHOP SHOP, which follows a boy struggling for his American dream amid urban poverty; the French musical LOVE SONGS (CHANSONS D�AMOUR), THE ORDER OF MYTHS, a chronicle of the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the US; the art documentary PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE, and a Belgian coming of age story, WATER LILIES.

The Buried Treasure is the only category with eligibility requirements: nominated films must have earned less than $250,000 in the U.S., and members can submit no more than 3 entries for films they feel strongly were given distributional short shrift and deserve a wider audience. A shortlist is then compiled, and further ballot votes are taken until the final list is set.

For over a decade, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has highlighted its commitment to independent and foreign film in style by holding its own black-tie CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS ceremony in early spring. The 2009 edition will be held Sunday March 22nd at the historic Brattle Theatre, and the public is invited to join Chlotrudis members, nominees and special guests in the celebration.

In addition to the competitive categories, Chlotrudis also presents special awards that honor individuals or films for particular distinction. Past recipients Ellen Page (Breakthrough Award �05), Kerry Washington (Breakthrough Award �04), Don McKellar (Body of Work Award �07) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (first Hall of Fame inductee) are among those who have made the trek to Boston to be honored for their contributions to independent film. This year�s recipients are still being finalized at press time.

A complete list of the nominations for the 15th Annual Chlotrudis Awards follows:

BEST MOVIE
4 Months, 3, Weeks, 2 Days
The Edge of Heaven
Happy Go Lucky
Let the Right One In
My Winnipeg

BEST DIRECTOR
Cristian Mungiu � 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Day
Mike Leigh � Happy Go Lucky
Tomas Alfredson � Let the Right One In
Guy Maddin � My Winnipeg
Kelly Reichardt � Wendy and Lucy

BEST ACTOR
Brendan Gleeson � In Bruges
Jean Claude Van Damme - JCVD
Sean Penn - Milk
Richard Jenkins � The Visitor
Mickey Rourke � The Wrestler

BEST ACTRESS
Anamaria Marinca � 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
Sally Hawkins � Happy Go Lucky
Lina Leandersson � Let the Right One In
Kristin Scott Thomas � I�ve Loved You So Long
Michelle Williams� Wendy and Lucy

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Eddie Marsan � Happy Go Lucky
Michael Shannon � Revolutionary Road
Tom Noonan � Synecdoche, New York
Julian Richings � The Tracey Fragments
Ricardo Dean - XXY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Ronit Elkabetz - The Band�s Visit
Elsa Zylberstein� I�ve Loved You So Long
Nadia Litz � Monkey Warfare
Ann Savage � My Winnipeg
Penelope Cruz � Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Hiam Abbass � The Visitor

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
The Band�s Visit
The Edge of Heaven
Jellyfish
Monkey Warfare
Synedoche, New York

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Encounters at the End of the World
The Fall
Let the Right One In
My Winnipeg
Slumdog Millionaire

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Let the Right One In
OSS 177: Cairo, Nest of Spies
The Tracey Fragments
XXY

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
4 Months, 3, Weeks, 2 Days
Happy Go Lucky
In Bruges
I've Loved You So Long
My Winnipeg
The Visitor

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Chris and Don: A Love Story
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire
My Winnipeg
Surfwise

BURIED TREASURE
Aleksandra
Chop Shop
Chansons d�amour (Love Songs)
The Order of Myths
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Water Lilies

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 6 - 12

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

chris has selected the week's film, so please join him on Tuesday for the 6:40 p.m. screening of Laurent Cantet's THE CLASS at the Kendall Square Cinema. Cantet is known to Chlotrudis members for his earlier films, HUMAN RESOURCES, TIME OUT, and HEADING SOUTH starring Charlotte Rampling. Cantet won the Palme d'Or at Cannes with THE CLASS. Start your movie count for 2009 with this award-winning French film.

Fran�s (played by Fran�s B�udeau, who wrote the screenplay based on his own experiences) and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighborhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students.

Cultures and attitudes often clash in the classroom, a microcosm of contemporary France. As amusing and inspiring as the teenaged students can be, their difficult behavior can still jeopardize any teacher's enthusiasm for the low-paying job. Fran�s insists on an atmosphere of respect and diligence. Neither stuffy nor severe, his extravagant frankness often takes the students by surprise. But his classroom ethics are put to the test when his students begin to challenge his methods... Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. Directed by Laurent Cantet (HEADING SOUTH, TIME OUT). (Fully subtitled)
Director: Laurent Cantet
Cast: Fran�s B�udeau

The 9th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival is coming soon! Eight films nominated for Best Short Film of the year, will be screened in the Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 17. Come enjoy some terrific narratives and documentaries and vote for your favorite. After the screening, join your fellow-Chlotrudis members at an exclusive party at the Charlesmark Lounge across the street. If you can't make it to the BPL, head out to the Massachusetts College of Art the following week on Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. for an encore presentation. From ENTROPY AND ME, a documentary about the messiest room in western civilization, to LUCKY NUMBERS, where a number-obsessed man has one lucky day. Help Chlotrudis pick the Best Short Film of the year by voting!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, February 6 - 12, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Great Romances IV!
Cry-Baby (Fri.)
His Girl Friday & The Awful Truth (Sat.)
Roman Holiday & Sabrina (Sun. & Mon.)
Top Hat & Pillow Talk (Tue. & Wed.)
Bound (Thu.)
Boston Society of Film Critics Presents
Man On Wire & Awards Presentation Ceremony (Sun.)
The Late Show! Area Premiere!
Time Crimes (Fri. - Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Waltz with Bashir
Happy-Go-Lucky
2008 Oscar Shorts Live Action and Animated
Midnite Movies
Poultrygeist with Troma's Lloyd Kaufman (Fri. & Sat.)
Divas in the Dark
Amadeus (Sun.)
Boston Irish Film Festival Presents:
Coming into Clover (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Frozen River
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
The Wrestler

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Nervous Art of Ken Jacobs
The Whrield, Little Stabs of Happiness, Window, Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896, Krypton is Doomed Director present! (Fri.)
Nervous Magic Lantern Slide Performance & Capitalism: Child Labor Director present! (Sat.)
Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World Director Present! (Sun.)
Plaisir d'amour � The Films of Max Ophuls
Letter from an Unknown Woman Introduction by Laura Mulvey (Sun.)
From Mayerling to Sarajevo (Sun.)
The Reckless Moment (Mon.)
The Exile (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Rachel Getting Married
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Class
The Wild Child
Waltz with Bashir
Last Chance Harvey
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Class
Gran Torino (ineligible)
The Wrestler
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
African Film Festival
Shoot the Messenger (Fri. & Sun.)
Paris Selon Moussa (Fri. & Sun.)
Short Film Program (Sat. & Sun.)
Heartlines (Sat.)
Kinshasa Palace (Sat.)
Best of Music Videos
Mirrorball: World Wide Wonder (Sat. & Thu.)
Harry Potter Fans on Film
We Are Wizards (Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Doubt (ineligible)

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Last Chance Harvey
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Coming Soon

THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY CINEMATHEQUE

February 2009

It�s the February 2009 BU Cinematheque, up-close meetings with professional filmmakers, and screenings of important,innovative films and videos, sponsored by the Film and Television Department, BU College of Communication. The evenings are programmed by Gerald Peary, a film studies professor at Suffolk University and a Boston Phoenix film critic.

It�s Black History Month. Note the historic 12th anniversary screening of Robert Patton-Spruill�s SQUEEZE (1997), the first African-American feature ever made in Boston, plus several other works dealing with racial issues in America.

Screenings are at the BU College of Communication, 640 Comm. Ave., Boston, Room B-05. Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends. Transportation: the �B� Boston College Green Line, the first stop at BU past Kenmore Square.

Thursday, February 5, 7 pm-AN EVENING WITH LLOYD KAUFMAN.
The colorful president, co-founder, and director-in-residence of Troma Entertainment comes to BU to discuss his career as a celebrated American schlockmeister (CLASS OF NUKE �EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET, etc.), and to show his classic eco-exploitation horror film, THE TOXIC AVENGER (1985), in which a 90-pound weakling is turned into a benevolent monster.

Thursday, February 12, 7 pm. AN EVENING WITH ROBERT PATTON-SPRUILL.
For Black History Month, Emerson filmmaking professor, Patton-Spruill shows SQUEEZE (1997), the Roxbury-shot feature which Spruill made as a graduate student at BU, and which elevated the BU Film Program when it was bought by, and released by, Miramax Films. Squeeze is an unusual mixture of gangland genre film and an arthouse work, influenced by both blacksploitation and the French New Wave. Spruill will be joined by SQUEEZE producer, Patricia Moreno, a BU grad.

Thursday, February 19, 7 pm. AN EVENING WITH ROBERT ARNOLD.
For many years, BU students have been fortunate to have on their production faculty Bob Arnold, one of the most important and innovative experimental visual artists in America. �The Morphology of Desire� and other arresting works by Arnold are not only conceptually ingenious but mesmerizing to look at, to listen to, to contemplate. For this event, Arnold wiil curate a selection of his filmic projects, sampling his ambitious, challenging career.

Friday, February 20, 7 pm. AN EVENING WITH GODFREY CHESHIRE.
A well-regarded film critic, Cheshire turned for the first time to filmmaking with MOVING MIDWAY, a wry, politically challenging documentary begun when his ancient North Carolina family home, Midway, was being uprooted and placed down the road. Cheshire contextualizes his Midway family story within the racist plantation milieu of GONE WITH THE WIND, and also, along the journey, uncovers unknown black relatives. This tale for Obama America was picked by New York Magazine as one of the Ten Best Films of 2009.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 7 pm. AN EVENING WITH ANNE MAKEPEACE.
Veteran documentarian Anne Makepeace, whose work shows often at Sundance, brings to BU her newest work, RAIN IN A DRY LAND (2007), an audience hit and prize-winner at several dozen film festivals. In this humanist saga of extreme culture shock, Makepeace follows two Somalian Muslim families from refugee camps in Kenya to trying to make it as immigrants in tough-love America. This was the opening show for 2008 P.O.V., PBS�s esteemed indie-film series.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Best Documentary

MAN ON WIRE
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
SURFWISE
CHRIS & DON: A LOVE STORY
MY WINNIPEG

Best Director

Mike Leigh for HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
Guy Maddin for MY WINNIPEG
Cristian Mungiu for 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS
Tomas Alfredson for LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
Kelly Reichardt for OLD JOY

Best Adapted Screenplay

LET THE RIGHT ONE IN
THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS
XXY
OSS 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES

CHLOTRUDIS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL TO SCREEN AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY IN FEBRUARY

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will have a free public screening of the finalists for this year�s 9th Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Juried Festival competition on Tuesday February 17th at 6:00 pm in the Rabb Lecture Hall of the Boston Public Library. While the Best Film is decided upon by Chlotrudis membership, members of the public in attendance will be able to cast their vote for the Audience Award.

Winners of both awards will be announced in March during the Chlotrudis Awards ceremony. Past winners of the Chlotrudis Short Film Trudy Award have gone on to greater acclaim at such festivals as Sundance, the Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFB), Tribeca, and South By Southwest (SXSW). Among last year�s group, 3 were accepted at the Palm Springs Film Festival�s prestigious ShortFest (DIVA, BRINGEBAER & THE TRUTH ABOUT FACES).

The eight finalists for the 2009 Trudy were selected from over 100 submissions from 15 countries. ENTROPY AND ME (left), by Car Nazzal , is a story of a chaotic, messy, cluttered room and the artist who lives inside of it. From Germany, GAINING GROUND (LAND GEWINNEN) by Marc Brummund depicts the struggle of an illegal immigrant and his family. LUCKY NUMBERS by UK�s Garrick Hamm is a story of hope and despair and lots of swearing, for a numbers nut. MIND THE GAP by Kristal Williams-Rowley follows 16-year old Sara Sullivan as she grapples with her father�s inadvertent involvement in a classmate�s suicide.

PARALLEL ADELE (right) by Adele Pham is a documentary about the lives of half-Vietnamese people (hapa), including the two filmmakers, both named Adele. SPACE by Mike Wilson tells the story of a girl and a boy � separated by stars, they attempt to rekindle their old romance, VICTORIA by Charles Sommer is a documentary about a disheveled piano and the people who play her. Rounding out the list, WELL-FOUNDED CONCERNS by Timothy Cawley follows the story of Nathan Weller, an unapologetic germaphobe and hermit, until a worldwide plague changes everything.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 23 - 29

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Beth Curran has next week's movie under control next week. The Chlotrudis Movie for next week will be WENDY AND LUCY, on Tuesday 2/27at 7:15pm at the Kendall Theatre. Starring Michelle Williams, WENDY AND LUCY tells the story of Wendy Carroll, who has set her sights on Alaska in hopes of starting a new life with her dog, Lucy. Several obstacles impede her progress, forcing her to confront her increasingly dire financial situation. Stranded in Oregon when her car breaks down and lacking the funds to repair it, Wendy faces yet another challenge when Lucy, her best friend, disappears. The film was cowritten and directed by Kelly Reichardt, who made a splash two years ago with OLD JOY, and has been nominated for Best Feature and Best Lead by the Independent Spirit Awards.

Michelle Williams (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) gives a powerful breakout performance in this feminine variation on INTO THE WILD. Wendy Carroll (Williams) is driving to Alaska, hoping for a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her beloved dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and her dog. Wendy and Lucy is a poetic road drama that addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people's duty to each other in tough times. Co-starring Walter Dalton, Larry Fessenden and Will Patton. Directed and co-written by Kelly Reichardt (OLD JOY).

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Will Oldham, John Robinson, Wally Dalton, Larry Fessenden

Don't forget! There are only EIGHT more days to nominate for this year's 15th Annual Chlotrudis Awards! All you need is your last name and your membership number (which you can find on your membership card; or by contacting Michael. Then go to http://www.chlotrudis.org/nominations, enter your last name and membership number and you will be asked to check off all the films you saw last year. After than, you can enter your nominations. You don't have to finish all at once, feel free to submit what you've done, then come back an finish it off later!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 23 - 29, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Encounter David Lean!
In Which We Serve (Fri.)
This Happy Breed (Fri.)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (Sat.)
A Passage to India (Sun.)
Oliver Twist (Mon.)
Great Expectations (Tue.)
The Passionate Friends (Wed. & Thu.)
Brief Encounter (Wed. & Thu.)
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Presents
Wicked Smart: Sara Lawrence Lightfoot (Tue.)
The Late Show! Area Premiere!
Time Crimes (Fri. - Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Happy-Go-Lucky
Man On Wire
Midnite Movies
Rocky Horror Picture Show with the Teseracte Players (Fri.)
Johnny Cupcakes Presents: Back to the Future
Deaf Film Club
JTouching Lives (Sat.)
Croation Film
What is a Man Without a Moustache (Sun.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Rachel Getting Married
Chandi Chowk to China

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Gran Torino (ineligible)
The Wrestler
Let the Right One In

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Plaisir d'amour � The Films of Max Ophuls
Earrings of Madame de... (Fri.)
Caught (Fri.)
La Plaisir (Sat.)
Tender Enemy (Sat.)
Lola Mont� (Sun.)
Liebelei (Sun.)
There's No Tomorrow (Sun.)
La Ronde (Mon.)
Comedy of Money (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Frost Nixon (ineligible>
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Doubt (ineligible)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Wendy and Lucy
Che
Waltz with Bashir
Last Chance Harvey
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Gran Torino (ineligible)
The Wrestler
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler
Gran Torino (ineligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Harry Potter Fans on Film
We Are Wizards (Fri. - Sun. & Thu.)
Dance on Film
Fados (Fri. - Sun., Wed. & Thu.)
Human Rights Watch
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Sat., Wed. & Thu.)
Argentinian Cinema
Empty Nest (Sun.)
Tunisian Cinema
Villa Jasmin(Sun.)
Student Film
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Cadillac Records

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Last Chance Harvey
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Coming Soon

Boston Jewish Film Festival Presents VILLA JASMIN at the MFA this month.

VILLA JASMIN by F�d Boughedir (France, 2008, 87 min., French and Tunisian Arabic with English subtitles).
Based on Serge Moati's novel, VILLA JASMIN is a compelling and passionate love story. Serge Fils (Cl�nt Sibony), a French Tunisian of Jewish descent, returns to La Goulette, Tunisia in search of his family's roots. Serge explores his parents history from the 1920s and the impact of the Vichy Government under German Occupation in the 1940s. Despite the hardships his parents faced, Serge finds solace as he discovers his parents' love for each other sustained them through good and bad times. Description adapted from the New York Jewish Film Festival. Director Boughedir is known to Boston Jewish Film Festival members as the director of SUMMER OF LA GOULETTE. Co-presented by The Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Screening at the MFA: Thursday, January 22, 8:00PM, Sunday, January 25, 4:20PM

Ticket prices: $10 general admission; $8 discounted for MFA and Boston Jewish Film Festival members, seniors, and students. Discount matinee prices (weekdays until 5PM, weekends until 12:30PM), $7 general admission; $6 discounted as noted above.

To purchase tickets: Purchase online at www.mfa.org/tickets, in person at the Remis Auditorium Box Office, or by phone at 617-369-3306.

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 16 - 22

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Hilary Nieukirk has hosting duties at this week's Chlotrudis Monday Night Movie of the Week, and she's got a film lined up that's already won a Golden Globe and has appeared on numerous critics' year-end lists. Join Hilary on Monday night at the Kendall Square Cinema for the 7:30 p.m. screening of WALTZ WITH BASHIR. This co-production from Israel, France and Germany took the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Golden Globes. It's an animated documentary detailing the director's life during the first Lebanon War.

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images� Folman's animated documentary has been acclaimed worldwide and is winner of 6 Israeli Film Academy Awards, including Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Art Direction. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Ari Folman

Cast: Voices of Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ari Folman, Dror Harazi, Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon, Ori Sivan, Zahava Solomon

The scheduling might be tricky for most of you, but if you're free next Thursday afternoon, you should consider taking advantage of this special screening co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival (BJFF). The BJFF has presented a number of films by talented young Argentinean director Daniel Burman. They are pleased to co-present his latest film, EMPTY NEST, with and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). EMPTY NEST is an intimate family drama that begins in Argentina and ends at the Dead Sea. Superbly imaginative and entertaining, EMPTY NEST is a comedic look at the problems inherent in married life and the difficulties associated with keeping a long-term relationship new and exciting. Burman invites the viewer into the quasi-surrealist world of playwright Leonard (Oscar Mart�z) and his wife Martha (Cecilia Roth, known from her work in the films of Almad�). At once hilarious and nostalgic, the film ponders reality itself while offering a profound consideration of memories and how they are created. Director Daniel Burman will be present at the 3:15 p.m. screening on Thursday, January 22.

For those of you who missed the latest outstanding piece of work by British director Mike Leigh, you've got another chance. Don't miss HAPPY-GO-LUCKY at the Coolidge Corner Theatre this week. Lead actress Sally Hawkins deservingly took the Best Actress Award at the Golden Globes earlier this week, and she's sure to be in contention for the Chlotrudis Awards, so don't miss your final chance to see this film before nomination time!

Finally if you're a fan of Bollywood, or a fan of kung fu flicks, how about a movie that combines the two genres? CHANDI CHOWK TO CHINA looks to be a big, steaming bowl of fun, and it's playing exclusively at the Capitol Theatre in Arlington this week. Check out the trailer here. Don't miss it!

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 16 - 22, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Encounter David Lean!
Lawrence of Arabia (Fri. & Sat.)
Doctor Zhivago (Sat. & Sun.)
Ryan's Daughter (Mon.)
Hobson's Choice (Tue. & Wed.)
Summertime (Tue. & Wed.)
Blithe Spirit (Thu.)
Special Event - World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Department of Eagles SOLD OUT! (Sun.)
Cinemental Presents
68 Pages (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Happy-Go-Lucky
Man On Wire
Goethe German Film Series
Jeirchow (Sun.)
Science on Screen
Theremin: an Electronic Odyssey with composer and MIT Professor Tod Machover (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

Chandi Chowk to China
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Gran Torino (ineligible)
Synecdoche, New York
Let the Right One In

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Youssef Chahine, the Cosmopolite of Egyptian Cinema
Alexandria, Why? & An Egyptian Story (Fri.)
Cairo Station& Cairo Seen By Youssef Chahine (Sat.)
The Sparrow (Sat.)
Destiny (Sun.)
The Land (Sun.)
Alexandria Again and Forever (Sun.)
Chaos (Mon.)
Return of the Prodigal Son (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Frost Nixon (ineligible>
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
Doubt (ineligible)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Che
Waltz with Bashir
Last Chance Harvey
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Gran Torino (ineligible)
The Wrestler
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler
Gran Torino (ineligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
<Human Rights Watch
Shorts Program: Youth Producing Page (Fri.)
Promise to the Dead (Fri.)
USA vs. Al-Arian (Sat.)
Project Kashmir (Sat.)
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Sun. & Thu.)
Women in Film
Who Does She Think She Is? (Sat & Sun.)
Argentinian Cinema
Empty Nest Director present at Thu. screening! (Sun., Wed., & Thu.)
New England Film Artists Present
Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag(Sun.)
Harry Potter Fans on Film
We Are Wizards (Wed.)
Student Film
Films from Emerson College (Thu.)
Tunisian Cinema
Villa Jasmin (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Milk

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Last Chance Harvey
Frost/Nixon (ineligible)
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

The Canadian Docu-Fantasia Scores!

Scot submits his Top 10 with a big fat Hollywood blockbuster musical in the middle of things!

  1. My Winnipeg
  2. Let the Right One In
  3. Synecdoche, New York
  4. Monkey Warfare
  5. Mamma Mia!
  6. Chris & Don: A Love Story
  7. Jellyfish
  8. Water Lilies
  9. The Visitor
  10. Love Songs

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, J anuary 9 - 15

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

Beth Caldwell is this week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies Host and there's very little to chose, so we've gotta head over to the Harvard Square Cinema to see Mickey Rourke and Darren Aronofsky's comeback, THE WRESTLER. Join us for the 7:15 screening of THE WRESTLER on Tuesday night at the AMC Loew's Harvard Square.

The Wrestler
Mickey Rourke stars as a has-been wrestler who heads back to the ring with hopes of a comeback in this Summit Entertainment drama, helmed by director Darren Aronofsky. Saturn Films and Winchester Capital Partners produce the film from a script by Robert Siegel. Marisa Tomei co-stars as stripper who gives Rourke a place to stay, which spurs a friendship between the wrestler and her son.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Mickey Rourke; Marisa Tomei; Evan Rachel Wood; Mark Margolis; Todd Barry; Wass Stevens

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, January 9 - 15, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Brattle Selects 2009!
The Shining (Fri.)
Free Screening! Elements of Cinema!
Metropolis
The Sweet Hereafter (Sat.)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Sat.)
Bad Day at Black Rock (Sun.)
Loney Are The Brave (Sun.)
Out of the Past (Mon.)
Special Screening
The 4th Annual Best of Open Screen (Tue.)
Videodrome (Tue. & Wed.)
Repo Man (Tue. & Wed.)
Braffle Winner Ewan O'Sullivan Selects
Das Boot: the Director's Cut (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk
2008 Sundance Shorts
Man On Wire
Big Screen Classics
The Third Man (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

A Christmas Tale
Rachel Getting Married

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Gran Torino
Synecdoche, New York

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Alexander Mackendrick and the Anarchy of Innocence
The Man in the White Suit (Fri.)
The Ladykillers (Fri.)
Sweet Smell of Success (Sat.)
Don't Make Waves (Sat.)
A High Wind in Jamaica (Sun.)
Mandy (Sun.)
Sammy Goes South (Sun.)
Whisky Galore! (Mon.)
The Maggie (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
Milk

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Gran Torino
The Wrestler
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Milk

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Wrestler
Gran Torino

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Argentinian Cinema
La Leon (Fri. - Sun., Thu.)
Empty Nest (Wed. & Thu.)
Women in Film
Who Does She Think She Is? (Fri. - Sun.)
Rare British Noir
It Always Rains on Sunday (Sat., Sun., Thu.)
Human Rights Watch
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) (Wed.)
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Milk

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Frost/Nixon
Doubt (ineligible)
Slumdog Millionaire
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

That's all for now!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President