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!

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
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

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

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

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


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.

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.

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