Upcoming Releases of Interest for Chlotrudis

The end of the year is always stuffed to the gills with new film releases deemed "award contenders," albeit the award most people think of involves a naked gold man rather than a cat on a stick. Still many of the releases are films that spark a lot of Chlotrudis interest. Here is a list of some of the films that Chlotrudis members will want to take note of in the waning weeks of Chlotrudis eligibility.

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING is director Noah Baumbach's follow-up to THE SQUID AND THE WHALE starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black. Chlotrudis honoree Tracy Wright gave this film high marks in Toronto, and that's enough for me! MARGOT AT THE WEDDING opens in Boston on November 21.

SMILEY FACE is director Gregg Araki's follow-up to MYSTERIOUS SKIN. Switching gears rom the intense drama from his Chlotrudis Award nominated film, SMILEY FACE is a light-hearted, stoner comedy starring Anna Farris.

I'M NOT THERE is Todd Haynes follow-up to the Chlotrudis Award winning FAR FROM HEAVEN. This one has gotten a lot of buzz, with six different actors playing aspects of the legendary Bob Dylan. I saw this on in Toronto, and I highly recommend it. Don't worry if you're not a huge Dylan fan, I'M NOT THERE is more about Todd Haynes than it is about Bob Dylan. And I will echo the other critics when I say you have got to see Cate Blanchett's performance to believe it. This one comes out next week in Boston as well.

THE SAVAGES is Tamara Jenkins' long-awaited follow-up to THE SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS and it should be of particular interest to Chlotrudis members as it stars Chlotrudis multiple award winning Philip Seymour Hoffman and multiple-nominee Laura Linney. THE SAVAGES opens in limited release at the end of November

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY is director Julian Schnabel's follow-up to BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, and in addition to the positive reviews it has received on the festival circuit, it stars Chlotrudis nominee Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Seigner most recently in LA VIE EN ROSE, and Marie-Josée Croze from ARARAT and THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY gets a limited release on November 30.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD is the much-anticipated new film from director Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano. It squeaks in at the end of December with a NY/LA release, and hopefully will follow soon in Boston.