TIFF09 is off to a smooth start

We've survived the new box office, we've seen our first films, we've caught up with all the Chlotrudis members in town as of yet, and we've seen our first celebs. All-in-all, Day One of the Toronto International Film Festival went pretty smoothly.

This year TIFF features only a single box office, and it's on Queen Street West, down by City Hall. It's not very convenient to our hotel, and the line is outside, but we've figured it out and we've got our system going, so after Day One's always tiresome slog through lines we ended up with about half of our desired tickets; about normal for Day One. This morning, Scot, Chris and I headed down at the crack of dawn (before the crack, actually) were 6th in line and got everything we wanted.

As for gathering members together, Scot and I met new member Chansi while standing in line that first afternoon. We then went out for dinner with Bruce, Scott and Thom. From there we the male members of the bunch hit our first movie, Lone Scherfig's AN EDUCATION, where we caught a glimpse of Chris and Steve in line. Scot and I took off after that film's conclusion and chatted with Nancy, who was in line for ANTICHRIST. Poor thing is nursing a cold, but you can't let that slow you down in Toronto! Scot and I made it uptown to the Varsity Theatre for Pen-ek Ratanaruang's NYMPH where we bumped into Ned and Ivy who were just leaving a press screening of that very film! Members accounted for! Hopefully we will catch up with our Toronto pals soon, as well as Tracy, the last missing member. Now let's talk movies.

AN EDUCATION
director: Lone Scherfig
cast: Carey Mulligan; Peter Sarsgaard; Alfred Molina; Dominic Cooper; Olivia Williams; Cara Seymour; Sally Hawkins; Emma Thompson

Danish director Lone Scherfig's latest film (after scoring big with Chlotrudis with ITALIAN FOR BEGINNERS and WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF), is an adaptation of a British memoir about a young girl preparing for University at a private all-girls' school in the early 60s. With her strict, and rather uptight father urging her toward Oxford, the bright and beautiful Jenny is focused on her studies. Stranded in a torrential downpour with her cello one afternoon, she is offered a ride by David, a dashing man in a fancy sports car. The two are soon captivated with one another, despite his decade or two advantage. Jenny is whirled into another kind of life; a life of excitement and fun, frequenting swanky restaurants, orchestral recitals, and dizzying trips to France. Even Jenny's parents are swept away by David's charm and suddenly Jenny's future educational plans aren't so certain. Of course, there's a dark side to all this glamour, and it's revelation comes as something of a shock to Jenny, and the audience. By the end, Jenny learns a valuable lesson, the audience is pleased, and a well-made film concludes.

The cast is outstanding, with young Carey Mulligan bringing Jenny to believable life. Peter Sarsgaard really turns on the charm as the dubious David. Alfred Molina is funny and moving as Jenny's dad. Cara Seymour, Olivia Williams, Sally Hawkins and the magnificent Emma Thompson bring things to life in important supporting roles. Scherfig direct with an assured hand as well, using giddy close-ups to convey emotion, and truly creating the vibrant atmosphere of a wealthy nightlife to seduce Jenny away from the bland seriousness of studies. It's a noticeably effective way to breathe true life into the film.

If there is any downside, it's in the screenplay, and this was surprising to me given that the original memoir, written by Lynn Barber, was adapted for the screen by the popular author Nick Hornby. There are a few fleeting moments where things just don't work, and you are popped right out of the screen, and this is largely due to missteps in the screenplay. That said, the parts that are done well clearly outnumber the few flaws, which means AN EDUCATION deserves 4 cats.

While we couldn't stay for the Q&A, we did get to see and hear from Lone Scherfig before the film began, and see the glorious cast, including Hornby, Mulligan, Sarsgaard, Cooper and Molina.

NYMPH
director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
cast: Jayanama Nopachai; Wanida Termthanaporn; Chamanun Wanwinwatsara

Ratanaruang is most widely known for the dreamy surreality of LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, but this film is more of a sylvan counterpart to his last film, never released in the states, PLOY. In NYMPH, the Thai director explores the myth of the women's ghosts who inhabit the trees of the forest, while examining the breakdown of a contemporary marriage. It's actually a bit of a horror movie, but told in Pen-ek's inimitable style... so things are more creepy that horrifying. Unlike his last couple of films, NYMPH takes place largely in the forest, and like BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, a film which it echoes, I can't believe people haven't figured out that it's not safe to go camping alone in the woods! Nop is a photographer, and May seems to be a journalist of some sort? May is having an affair with her boss, Korn, but Nop seems oblivious. Nop and May go on a vacation in the forest, spending a few days camping. The two spend their time apart, Nop photographing the amazing trees, and May rummaging around the campsite, talking on her cellphone with Korn. One night, Nop hears someone/something walking around their tent in the middle of the night and goes out to investigate. When he hasn't returned when May awakens, she starts to worry. Things don't go so well for anyone after that.

NYMPH is marvelously shot, revealing the beauty, mysteries and dangers of the forest through the use of a swooping camera, and conveying tension and fear similarly. The soundscape created for the film, mainly natural sounds augmented by some distortion, manipulation and music convey more unease than the visuals. The leads do quite well in an otherworldly situation, and all-in-all, while a bit confounding and oblique, I ended up quite liking NYMPH and give it 4 cats.

Scot and did stay for a Q&A with Pen-ek, and he talked quite a bit about the film, including answering my question about the soundscape which was created during the editing process. He also talked about how NYMPH was rushed to make it into Cannes, and he was not 100% satisfied with the result, so he recut it and we got to see the world premiere of the Director's Cut of NYMPH.

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 11 - 17

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

While many of us are off at the Toronto International Film Festival (check out the Chlotrudis Mewsings blogright here for updates), Beth Caldwell soldiers bravely on to bring you next week's Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies with the 7:30pm screening of WE LIVE IN PUBLIC at the Brattle Theatre. Several Chlotrudis members caught this controversial and thought-provoking film at the Independent Film Festival of Boston earlier this year, and if you weren't among that number, you should definitely try to join Beth to see what all the hubbub is about. Watch for a reminder from Beth about the movie next week!

We Live in Public
(2009) dir Ondi Timoner, w/ Josh Harris [90 min]
In her follow-up to the widely acclaimed Dig! finds director Ondi Timoner tracing the rise and fall of Josh Harris, the most important internet entrepreneur that you’ve never heard of. Terminally ahead of the curve, Harris struck it rich during the tech-crazed ‘90s, channeled his money, talent and energy into innovative (and sometimes self-indulgent) art projects, went bust when the dot-com bubble burst, and subsequently dropped out of sight. His art projects culminated in “We Live In Public,” a website that broadcast every nook-and-cranny of his and his girlfriend’s apartment 24-7 – and exposed their lives from the messily dramatic to the starkly mundane. Timoner again leverages unprecedented access to expose a fascinating character that many have never heard of and, at the same time, provides insight into our own futures as our lives become increasingly exposed online.

Another film that many Chlotrudis members enjoyed at the IFFB is playing the Museum of Fine Arts this week, and it's one that the rest of you should get out to see, not only because of this particular doc's subject matter, which is sure to interest members, but because of who the filmmakers are. FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM is first documentary by Chlotrudis supporters Gerry Peary and Amy Geller. Still in the midst of its successful international festival run, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES gets its first theatrical run here in Boston. Check it out and spread the word!

Gerry's a busy guy this week, and his curated series, BU CINEMATHEQUE returns this week as well. I'm disappointed to miss this week's films while in Toronto because the two films screened are excellent documentaries by another friend and Chltorudis supporter, Lucia Small. On Thursday night, Lucia will be on hand to screen her debut film, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS. On Friday night she returns with her recent co-directorial effort with Ed Pincus, THE AXE IN THE ATTIC. Both are excellent films, and if you make it to either, please say hello to Lucia and tell her Chlotrudis sent her.

BU Cinematheque Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Thursday, September 10-EVENING ONE WITH LUCIA SMALL.
Now living in New York, Small brings to BU her wry, endearing Boston classic, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS, chronicling the exasperating relationship of Small
and her two adult sisters trying to get close to their self-absorbed, long-divorced, architect father. He is angry forever at being rejected by the architecture establishment, despite his undeniable “genius” talents.

Friday, September 11. EVENING TWO WITH LUCIA SMALL.
A world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Small’s
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a collaboration with the legendary documentarian, Ed Pincus, took the two filmmakers on a psychic journey to Louisiana and Texas to give voice with a camera to those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and
shunned by the Bush Administration. They met some amazing resilient people, and some very peculiar ones.

Thursday, September 17. AN EVENING WITH ANDREW BUJALSKI.
While living in Boston and doing odd jobs, Bujalski began the whole “Mumble Core” movement with FUNNY HA HA (2002), a charming, talk-choked tale of a Cambridge post-grad woman searching for work, and, maybe, love. Seven years later, at the release of his new feature, Beeswax, Bujalski returns to BU, where he once taught filmmaking, for another look at Funny Ha Ha, and a conversation about the “Mumble Core” explosion.

Thursday, September 24. AN EVENING WITH THE DEAGOL BROTHERS. “The Deagol Brothers” is a code name for a filmmaking collective of ex-high school friends from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Collaborating as writers, directors, technicians, actors, they forged a chilling, accomplished, zombie horror film, MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. It’s a kind-of-Carrie, with weird twins, Southern Gothic surroundings, and a beautiful undead girl writhing in a bathtub. At least one “Deagol” will be at BU.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 11 - 17, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
We Live in Public
Special Event - Part of ImprovBoston Festival! Director Alex Karpovsky in Person!
Trust Us, This Is All Made Up (Fri.)
Special Event! Hooked on Who!
Planet of the Dead (Fri.)
The Invisible Enemy and K9 and Friends (Sat.)
The Invasion of Time (Sat.)
Premiere Screening!
The Aristocrat (Wed.)
Cinemental Presents
Slippery Mess: Short Films and Videos (Wed.)
Special Live Music Event! World Music/CRASHarts Presents
Jolie Holland (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Baader Meinhof Complex
(500) Days of Summer
It Might Get Loud
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Something Weird (Fri.)
The Room (Sat.)
Goethe German Opera!
Alcina (Sun.)
Joseph Kennedy: His Hollywood Years (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
Paper Heart
Food, Inc.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
No independent screenings this week!

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
James Whale: Of Monsters, Melodrama and the Production Code
The Old Dark House and Remember Last Night? (Fri.)
Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein (Sat.)
The Man in the Iron Mask and The Invisible Man (Sun.)
Waterloo Bridge and Impatient Maiden (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ponyo

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
The Baader Meinhof Complex
In the Loop
Ponyo
Cold Souls
The Hurt Locker
Flame & Citron
My One and Only
9 (not eligible)
Betty Blue (not eligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer
9 (not eligible)

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The September Issue
(500) Days of Summer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Argentinian Cinema
The Window (Fri.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (Fri. - Sun.)
Classic French Cinema
Leon Morin, Priest (Fri. - Sun., Wed. & Thu.)
Mexican Film
El Prisionero Trece (Wed.)
Vamanos con Pancho Villa (Wed.)
El Bruto (Thu.)
La Mujer del Puerto (Thu.)
Women on Film
A Wink and a Smile (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Cold Souls

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Check Theatre for Showtimes!

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, September 4 - 10

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

For this next week, Gil and Amanda are going to pick the 7:30 screening of SOMERS TOWN on Tuesday at the Kendall Square. It's the new film from British director Shane Meadows who did THIS IS ENGLAND which was one of Gil's favorite films from that year. It also stars the same young actor from THIS IS ENGLAND. Gil and Amanda are planning to meet people at Cambridge Brewing Company at 6:00 before the movie for dinner.


Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer in this dramatic comedy from award-winning director Shane Meadows (THIS IS ENGLAND, DEAD MAN'S SHOES, TWENTYFOURSEVEN). Tomo (Thomas Turgoose) is a runaway from Nottingham; Marek (Piotr Jagiello), a Polish immigrant, lives in the district of Somers Town, between King's Cross and Euston stations, where his dad is working on a new rail link. When Marek agrees to let homeless Tomo move into his room, unbeknownst to his father, the pair forms a strong bond, as they work odd jobs for an eccentric neighbor and compete for the attention of Maria (Elisa Lasowski), a beautiful young French waitress with whom they are both infatuated. But it's only a matter of time before Marek's dad discovers what's going on... Winner of the Best Actor award (for both young leads) at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Best New British Feature award at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival.

dir. Shane Meadows w/ Piotr Jagiello, Ireneusz Czop, Perry Benson, Elisa Lasowski, Thomas Turgoose, Kate Dickie 1h10m

If not for the fact that Gil and Amanda saw WE LIVE IN PUBLIC at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, they would have definitely chosen that one for this week. This provocative film screens all week at the Brattle Theatre, but since director Omdi Timoner will be at the Brattle for a Q&A on Friday/Saturday, Chlotrudis members may want to attend on those nights. It's a frustrating and challening view of how are lives are changed by the Internet.

This week Chlotrudis-pal and supporter Gerry Peary, will see his first feature documentary, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM begin its first theatrical run in Boston! The film will be screening at the Museum of Fine Arts from Wednesday, September 9 - Sunday, September 13. Copies of the film on DVD will be on sale at the screenings! Gerry and his wife, producer Amy Geller, are still on the festival circuit for FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES, and they will also be receiving theatrical runs in Chicago and LA. Congratulations, Gerry & Amy!

Speaking of Gerry, his popular BU Cinematheque returns next week, and he would love to see some Chlotrudis faces in attendance! Welcome to the September 2009 BU Cinematheque, meetings and conversations with filmmakers, free screenings of important, innovative films and videos, sponsored by the Film and Television Department, BU College of Communication. The programmer is Gerald Peary, a film studies professor at Suffolk University and a Boston Phoenix film critic. This month's line-up features a couple of Chlotrudis pals, Lucia Small, who will be featuring her two outstanding films, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS and THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, and Andrew Bujalski, who will present his debut film, FUNNY HA-HA.

Events are FREE to BU students and staff and their friends (Chlotrudis members are friends!) Screenings are Thursday and Friday evenings at 7 pm in Room B-05, BU College of Communication, 640 Comm.Ave, Boston.
Transportation: the “B” Boston College Green Line, the first stop outward bound after Kenmore Square.

Thursday, September 10-EVENING ONE WITH LUCIA SMALL.
Now living in New York, Small brings to BU her wry, endearing Boston classic, MY FATHER, THE GENIUS, chronicling the exasperating relationship of Small
and her two adult sisters trying to get close to their self-absorbed, long-divorced, architect father. He is angry forever at being rejected by the architecture establishment, despite his undeniable “genius” talents.

Friday, September 11. EVENING TWO WITH LUCIA SMALL.
A world premiere at the New York Film Festival, Small’s
THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, a collaboration with the legendary documentarian, Ed Pincus, took the two filmmakers on a psychic journey to Louisiana and Texas to give voice with a camera to those who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and
shunned by the Bush Administration. They met some amazing resilient people, and some very peculiar ones.

Thursday, September 17. AN EVENING WITH ANDREW BUJALSKI.
While living in Boston and doing odd jobs, Bujalski began the whole “Mumble Core” movement with FUNNY HA HA (2002), a charming, talk-choked tale of a Cambridge post-grad woman searching for work, and, maybe, love. Seven years later, at the release of his new feature, Beeswax, Bujalski returns to BU, where he once taught filmmaking, for another look at Funny Ha Ha, and a conversation about the “Mumble Core” explosion.

Thursday, September 24. AN EVENING WITH THE DEAGOL BROTHERS. “The Deagol Brothers” is a code name for a filmmaking collective of ex-high school friends from Hendersonville, Tennessee. Collaborating as writers, directors, technicians, actors, they forged a chilling, accomplished, zombie horror film, MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. It’s a kind-of-Carrie, with weird twins, Southern Gothic surroundings, and a beautiful undead girl writhing in a bathtub. At least one “Deagol” will be at BU.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

Friday, September 25. AN EVENING WITH DAMIEN CHAZELLE.
It’s the happy “indie” story of the year, how a tiny, delicate independent narrative, GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH, became the runaway hit of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, including an adulatory article in Film Comment. Everyone responded to the Cambridge-set interracial love story featuring a jazz trumpeter who plays at Wally’s,and also to ex-Harvard filmmaking student Chazelle’s filling of the screen with visionary dance numbers.
A BOSTON PREMIERE SCREENING.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, September 4 - 10, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
We Live in Public Director at select screenings!

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Ponyo
(500) Days of Summer
It Might Get Loud
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Flicker (Fri. & Sat.)
Big Screen Classics!
Office Space (Mon.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

(500) Days of Summer
Away We Go
Paper Heart
Food, Inc.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Taking Woodstock
Extract

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No screenings this week! Check back September 11.

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Taking Woodstock
Ponyo
Adam

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
In the Loop
Ponyo
Cold Souls
The Hurt Locker
Thirst
It Might Get Loud
World's Greatest Dad
Flame & Citron
Somers Town
My One and Only

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Extract
It Might Get Loud
Taking Woodstock
(500) Days of Summer

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
Extract
It Might Get Loud
Taking Woodstock
(500) Days of Summer

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Music on Film
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison (Fri. - Sun.)
African Cinema
Munyurangabo (Fri. - Sun.)
Argentinian Cinema
The Window (Fri. - Sun., & Thu.)
Local Filmmaker Presents
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (Wed. & Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Cold Souls

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
The Hurt Locker
Lorna's Silence
Departures
One Day You'll Understand
Cold Souls
Adam
Departures
In the Loop
Whatever Works
Seraphine
Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Ponyo
My One and Only

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Trailer for new Paprika Steen drama!

Hey everyone - check out the trailer from APPLAUSE, a new Danish drama starring the fabulous Paprika Steen. This year's Chlotrudis honoree won the Best Actress Award at the recent Karlovy Vary Film Festival earlier this year. I'm very excited that APPLAUSE is screening in a few weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival, and hope to catch it there, AND meet that talented and delightful actor, Paprika Steen!

The TIFF Announcements Just Keep Coming!

The past week saw a whole passel of Gala and Special Presentation screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, including new films from the Coen Brothers, Fatih Akin, last year's Best Movie Chltorudis winner's director, Werner Herzog, and Drew Barrymore's directorial debut starring Ellen Page.

GALAS

The Damned United Tom Hooper, United Kingdom
North American Premiere
Set in 1960's and 1970's England, this is the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed 44 day tenure as manager of the reigning champions of English football Leeds United. Previously managed by his bitter rival Don Revie, and on the back of their most successful period ever as a football club, Leeds was perceived by many to represent a new aggressive and cynical style of football. Taking the Leeds job without his trusted lieutenant, Peter Taylor, by his side, Clough encounters a changing-room full of players who - in his mind - were still Don's boys. An examination of Clough's belligerence and brilliance, The Damned United stars Michael Sheen, is written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams, Longford).

Dil Bole Hadippa Anurag Singh, India
World Premiere
In a village where girls don't play cricket, Veera (Rani Mukherjee) has to put on a turban and beard and become a man to fulfill her dreams. Her brilliance on the field earns her a place in Rohan's (Shahid Kapoor) team and Veera Kaur becomes Veer Pratap Singh. And then begins a roller-coaster journey of Veera, Rohan and Veer filled with music, romance and comedy through Punjab and beyond.

Dorian Gray Oliver Parker, United Kingdom
World Premiere
In Victorian London, the handsome Dorian Gray (Ben Barnes) is swept into a social whirlwind by the charismatic and cunning Lord Wotton (Colin Firth). Immersed in the hedonistic pleasures of the city, Dorian vows he would give anything to keep his youth and beauty - even his soul. Based on the Oscar Wilde novel, Dorian Gray examines the destructive power of beauty, the blind pursuit of pleasure and the darkness that can result from both.

Micmacs Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France
World Premiere
Is it better to live with a bullet lodged in your brain, even if it means you might drop dead any time or would you rather have the bullet taken out and live the rest of your life as a vegetable? Are zebras white with black stripes or black with white stripes? Is scrap metal worth more than landmines? Can you get drunk from eating waffles? Can a woman fit inside a refrigerator? What is the human cannonball world record? Micmacs, a fantastical comedy from the world class director of Amélie and Delicatessen, answers these questions and way more.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Rebecca Miller, USA
North American Premiere
From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) leads a charmed existence. An anchor of feminine serenity, she is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (Alan Arkin) 30 years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, a trusted friend and confidant. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test. Adapted from writer-director Rebecca Miller's novel of the same name, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee presents the complex portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

What's Your Raashee? Ashutosh Gowariker, India
World Premiere
What's Your Raashee? is a romantic comedy about a young man who has always wanted to marry for love. When he suddenly is told that he must find his dream girl within ten days in order to save his family from utter ruin, he discovers that finding her is even hard when it has to happen in a hurry. The film is based on the Gujarati novel, Kimball Ravenswood, by Madhu Rye and stars Harman Baweja and Priyanka Chopra.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Werner Herzog, USA
North American Premiere
Terence McDonagh (Nicolas Cage), a homicide detective with the New Orleans Police Department, is promoted to Lieutenant after he saves a prisoner from drowning in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, during his heroic act, he severely injures his back and is put on prescription pain medication. A year later, Terence - struggling with his addictions to sex, Vicodin and cocaine - finds himself in the battle to bring down drug dealer Big Fate, who is suspected of massacring an entire family of African immigrants.

Capitalism: A Love Story Michael Moore, USA
North American Premiere
On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece Roger & Me, Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story comes home to the issue he's been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan. From Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan, Michael Moore will once again take film-goers into uncharted territory.

The Good Heart Dagur Kári, Iceland
World Premiere
A homeless boy Lucas (Paul Dano), meets Jacques (Brian Cox), a grumpy bar-owner, whose unhealthy lifestyle has brought him five heart attacks. Jacques takes Lucas under his wing with the intention of having him continue his legacy. Everything is going according to plan until a drunken stewardess named April enters the bar.

Harry Brown Daniel Barber, United Kingdom
World Premiere
Harry Brown is a provocative and thought-provoking modern urban western featuring a tour-de-force lead performance from two-time Academy Award®-winner Michael Caine. Harry Brown has lived to see his community descend into crime and violence, and ruled over by a gang of teenage thugs. After his best friend is brutally murdered and the gang leader responsible walks free, Harry reaches a breaking point and revenge becomes his only aim.

The Hole Joe Dante, USA
North American Premiere
After moving into a new town, brothers Dane and Lucas and their neighbour Julie discover a bottomless hole in their basement that brings their nightmares to life. With shadows lurking around every corner, they must face their darkest fears in order to put an end to the mystery of the hole.

Perrier's Bounty Ian Fitzgibbon, Ireland/United Kingdom
World Premiere
When Michael's (Cillian Murphy) debt to Dublin kingpin Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson) is called in and one of Perrier's goons accidentally ends up dead, Michael escapes to the mountains with his father Jim (Jim Broadbent) and best friend, Brenda. Flat broke, on the run and with only 24 hours to pay up, Michael is forced to confront his true feelings for Brenda and make amends with his father. However, with Perrier and his gang in hot pursuit, time is running out for Michael and only fate, a bit of luck and possibly a gang of savage dogs will save him, in this cracking gangster comedy.

A Serious Man Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, USA
World Premiere
Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behaviour, dental phenomena, academia, mortality and Judaism - and intersections thereof - A Serious Man is the new film from Academy Award®-winning writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

Soul Kitchen Fatih Akin, Germany
North American Premiere
From the director of HEAD-ON comes the story of a young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his Soul Kitchen customers are boycotting the new gourmet chef, and he's having back trouble. Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn't mend Zinos' broken heart. He decides to fly to China for Nadine, leaving the restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias.

Triage Danis Tanovic, Ireland/Spain
World Premiere
Mark (Colin Farrell), a war photographer, returns home from Kurdistan without his friend and colleague David (Jamie Sives). As time goes on, it becomes clear that Mark holds the key to the truth of David's disappearance.

Up in the Air Jason Reitman, USA
World Premiere
From Jason Reitman, the Oscar®-nominated director of JUNO, comes a comedy starring George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveller woman of his dreams.

Whip It Drew Barrymore, USA
World Premiere
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut stars Ellen Page (Juno) as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller-derby. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock) plays Bliss's disapproving mother, while Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Juliette Lewis (Old School) play roller-derby stars. Whip It also stars Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat, Ari Graynor, Andrew Wilson, Zoe Bell and singer-songwriter Landon Pigg.

Women Without Men Shirin Neshat, Germany/France/Austria
North American Premiere
Shirin Neshat's first feature-length film is based on a magic-realist novel written by Iranian author Sharnush Parsipur. The narrative interweaves the lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953, a pivotal moment in Iranian history when an American led coup d'état brought down the democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh and reinstalled the Shah to power. The film chronicles each woman's quest for change and their mysterious encounter in a magical orchard.

Almodóvar, Scherfig and Steen, Oh My!


Another batch of films playing TIFF were announced last week, and there are some pretty exciting choices on the list. New films by Pedro Almodóvar, Lone Scherfig, Todd Solondz and Koji Yakusho are represented. In addition, there's a chance we'll finally get to meet Paprika Steen after her aborted trip to Chlotrudis last spring. The Danish actress' latest film, APPLAUSE, for which she won the Best Actress Award at Karolvy Vary, is screening as part of the Discovery series!

Check out the latest list below:

TIFF ADDS EIGHT NEW FILMS TO ITS SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS LINEUP

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival announces the addition of eight titles to its Special Presentations programming lineup for TIFF09, which runs September 10 to 19, 2009. These include works from Argentina, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. These new films join the nineteen previously announced Special Presentations. For more details, please refer to tiff.net/press.

Ticket packages for the Festival are now available for purchase by cash, debit or Visa†. Purchase online at tiff.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed weekends and holidays) or in person at the Festival Box Office at Nathan Phillips Square (Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week), located at 100 Queen Street West, in the white tent, west of the square.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
North American Premiere
Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches a point when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years ago, when he was still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. As the past is revisited, a story of “amour fou” unfolds, dominated by fatality, jealousy, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex.

An Education Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere
A coming-of-age story about a teenaged girl in 1960s suburban London and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. Torn between her parents’ dream of going to Oxford University and a more tempting kind of life, she must decide if the new path is one that will trap her or set her free.

The Front Line Renato De Maria, Italy
World Premiere
Set during a turbulent period in 1970-80s Italy, the plot centres on passionate couple Sergio and Susanna, who have been living as fugitives. Pursuing an uncompromising cause as members of the notorious Prima Linea, they have become increasingly alienated from the real world. Their luck finally runs out when Susanna is captured and thrown in jail. Putting his life on the line, Sergio embarks on a radical plan.

Glorious 39 Stephen Poliakoff, United Kingdom
World Premiere
This tense conspiracy thriller set on the eve of World War II and based on disturbing real events, focuses on a young woman who stumbles across evidence of a sinister Nazi appeasement plot. As her close friends begin to die in suspicious circumstances, she finds her own life in danger from an increasingly menacing and powerful enemy.

Kamui Yoichi Sai, Japan
World Premiere
A crowd pleasing, sweeping epic brilliantly directed by one of Japan’s finest auteurs, Kamui is the adventurous story of a fugitive ninja played by superstar Kenichi Matsuyama.

Life During Wartime Todd Solondz, USA
North American Premiere
Happiness director Todd Solondz returns with another unsettling dark comedy about sexual obsession between friends, family and lovers struggling to find love, forgiveness and meaning in a war-torn world. Allison Janney and Ciarán Hinds star.

A Prophet Jacques Audiard, France
North American Premiere
A young Arab man, Malik, is sent to a French prison where he is cornered by the leader of the ruling Corsican gang. He is given a number of “missions” to carry out, toughening him up and gaining the gang leader’s confidence in the process. But Malik is brave and a fast learner, daring to secretly develop his own plans.

The Secret of Their Eyes Juan José Campanella, Argentina/Spain
International Premiere
Benjamín Chaparro, a secretary of a court in Buenos Aires, is about to retire and decides to write a novel based on a case that deeply affected him thirty years ago. Chaparro’s tale crosses Argentina’s turbulent years during the 1970s, when nothing was necessarily what it seemed to be.

EXCITING WORKS FROM NEW FILMMAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR DISCOVERY
Toronto – The 34th Toronto International Film Festival announces twenty-one feature films for the Discovery programme, showcasing provocative feature films by new and emerging directors. This is where audiences can find the year’s most exciting debuts as the Festival shines a light on the works of up-and-coming filmmakers.

Ticket packages for the Festival are now available for purchase by cash, debit or Visa†. Purchase online at tiff.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed weekends and holidays) or in person at the Festival Box Office at Nathan Phillips Square (Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week), located at 100 Queen Street West, in the white tent, west of the square. The Festival runs from September 10 to 19, 2009.

DISCOVERY

The Angel Margreth Olin, Norway/Sweden/Finland
World Premiere
A young mother (played brilliantly by Maria Bonnevie) struggles with a history of drug abuse in this exquisitely rendered and deeply compassionate piece, the first fiction film from one of Norway’s most respected documentary filmmakers.

Applause Martin Pieter Zandvliet, Denmark
North American Premiere
Paprika Steen delivers a tour-de-force performance in this devastating drama about an alcoholic actress trying to put her life back together.

Bare Essence of Life Satoko Yokohama, Japan
International Premiere
In this original fusion of black comedy, surreal fantasy and feel-good drama about a mentally challenged hero, Japanese heartthrob Kenichi Matsuyama plays a strange farmer who finds an unexpected path to the miracle of love.

Beautiful Kate Rachel Ward, Australia
International Premiere
In order to make peace with his combative, dying father, a writer must return to his childhood home and confront long-suppressed memories of the mysterious deaths of his brother and twin sister.

A Brand New Life Ounie Lecomte, South Korea/France
North American Premiere
An impressive debut by French-Korean filmmaker Ounie Lecomte who, inspired by her childhood, recounts the emotional journey of a little girl abandoned by her father in an orphanage.

The Disappearance of Alice Creed J. Blakeson, United Kingdom
World Premiere
Two ex-cons kidnap a woman, but the tables turn and turn again in this tight, smart tale. This film is a terrific little thriller starring Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston and Gemma Arterton.

Eamon Margaret Corkery, Ireland
North American Premiere
A family holiday brings to a head the destructive love triangle between Eamon, a little boy with behavioural problems, his selfish mother Grace and his sexually frustrated father Daniel.

Every Day Is a Holiday Dima El-Horr, France/Germany/Lebanon
North American Premiere
From Lebanon, this is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema.

Five Hours from Paris Leon Prudovsky, Israel
World Premiere
In a suburb of Tel Aviv, an Israeli cab driver who longs to fly and a Russian music teacher who is soon to board a plane find out that romance is only a cab ride away.

Heliopolis Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt
World Premiere
An Egyptian art film with some major stars, Heliopolis weaves together portraits from one of Cairo’s most storied neighbourhoods.

The Day Will Come Susanne Schneider, Germany/France
International Premiere
Thirty years after giving her daughter up for adoption to join the terrorist underground in Germany, Judith is tracked down by her now-adult daughter Alice to a vineyard in the Alsace where she is living with a new family and a new identity.

Le Jour où Dieu est parti en voyage Philippe van Leeuw, Belgium
World Premiere
Offering a new take on the Rwandan genocide, acclaimed cinematographer van Leeuw’s directorial debut recreates the first-person experience of one woman as the horror descends.

Last Ride Glendyn Ivin, Australia
International Premiere
A desperate father and his 10-year-old son flee into the wilderness of the desert and the human heart, battling the elements, the past and each other.

My Dog Tulip Paul Fierlinger and Sandra Fierlinger, USA
North American Premiere
Christopher Plummer and Isabella Rossellini voice this vividly animated, touching tale of friendship between an elderly bachelor and his German Shepherd.

My Tehran for Sale Granaz Moussavi, Australia/Iran
International Premiere
Shot underground on location in Tehran, the film tells the story of modern-day Iranian youth struggling for cultural freedom.

Northless Rigoberto Perezcano, Mexico/Spain
World Premiere
Andrés reaches the Mexican border to cross into the United States. As he waits between crossing attempts, he discovers the complicated border world of Tijuana.

La Soga Josh Crook, Dominican Republic/USA
World Premiere
This gritty and gripping drama explores political intrigue, love, death and the power of memory, set in the Dominican Republic.

Shirley Adams Oliver Hermanus, South Africa/USA
North American Premiere
This intimate, precise portrait focuses on a mother in Cape Town, South Africa, whose son is disabled in a neighbourhood shooting.

Toad’s Oil Koji Yakusho, Japan
International Premiere
The story of Takuro Yazawa, a day-trader who claims he can earn hundreds of millions of yen in one day, and those around him as they attempt to cope with the death of his son and somehow find a way to benefit spiritually from the experience.

Together Matias Armand Jordal, Norway
International Premiere
The tragic death of a mother causes her family to shatter when they struggle to cope with the loss.

The Unloved Samantha Morton, United Kingdom
International Premiere
Morton shifts from actor to director in this stark portrait of a young British girl plucked from an abusive family and thrown into the hands of government care.

NEWS RELEASE #11
NEW VANGUARD FILMS ANNOUNCED FOR 2009 FESTIVAL
Toronto – The 34th Toronto International Film Festival adds nine titles to its Vanguard programme.

Works presented under the Vanguard banner are bold films that challenge our social and cultural assumptions. This is where innovative filmmakers tend to blur the distinction between different genres, styles and narrative conventions – and where savvy film-goers can expect a satisfying challenge.

Ticket packages for the Festival are now available for purchase by cash, debit or Visa†. Purchase online at tiff.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed weekends and holidays) or in person at the Festival Box Office at Nathan Phillips Square (Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week), located at 100 Queen Street West, in the white tent, west of the square. The Festival runs from September 10 to 19, 2009.

VANGUARD

Accident Soi Cheang, Hong Kong, China
North American Premiere
Gripping and smartly constructed, this unconventional crime thriller/psychological drama, revolves around assassins who commit murder by making perfectly staged crimes look like unfortunate accidents. Produced by Johnnie To.

The Ape Jesper Ganslandt, Sweden
World Premiere
A descent into hell, Jesper Ganslandt’s disturbing and suspenseful second feature begins with a man waking up in unfamiliar surroundings, only to find the life he knew the day before is gone.

Bunny and the Bull Paul King, United Kingdom
World Premiere
Shy Stephen and his totally disordered boozehound of a best friend, Bunny, show us how to embark on an adventure-filled road trip without leaving the room.

The Dirty Saints Luis Ortega, Argentina
World Premiere
Luis Ortega’s apocalyptic third feature follows a group of five survivors as they embark on a journey that will force them to face their fears, dreams and longings in their quest for salvation across the Fijman River.

Enter the Void Gaspar Noé, France/Germany/Italy
North American Premiere
Controversial filmmaker Gaspar Noé (Irreversible) is back with a mind-bending journey that transcends life and death as he follows the exploits of a young American drug dealer living in Japan.

Hipsters Valery Todorovsky, Russia
North American Premiere
In a fantastical 1950s Moscow, straight-laced Mels swaps his drab Communist uniform for a saxophone, pompadour and zoot suit in this vibrant musical that is bursting with razzle and dazzle and of course, rhythm.

The Misfortunates Felix Van Groeningen, Belgium/Holland
North American Premiere
From Belgium comes this rambunctious, vulgar story of a 13-year-old boy growing up in a small village with his father and three uncles, all drunken, incorrigible louts. Yet they are hilarious and they love Roy Orbison.

My Queen Karo Dorothée van den Berghe, Belgium
World Premiere
A young girl witnesses the moral dilemmas of free love when her parents join a squatter community in 1970s Amsterdam.

Spring Fever Lou Ye, China
North American Premiere
A lyrical and audacious portrait of a doomed gay love triangle that spins out of control, Spring Fever is inspired by prohibited Chinese novels from the 1920s and directed by controversial filmmaker Lou Ye.

Paprika Steen Wins Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary

Bolstered by what Variety calls a "fearless, tour-de-force performance" Paprika Steen's has taken the Best Actress Award at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for her new film APPLAUSE. The role was written especially for Paprika, who plays an arrogant aging diva struggling with addiction so she can regain custody of her two sons.

The film is set for limited release in Denmark at the end of September. I'm hoping that the film plays Toronto and that I might actually get to meet Paprika in person at last. This is one we'll definitely keep an eye out for!

Check out this great scene from the film:

Egoyan, McKelllar and Polley on Tap for TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival may have defied tradition by programming a non-Canadian film for opening night (that film is Jon Amiel's CREATION starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly) but that doesn't mean the Canadian powerhouses won't be represented. I'm very happy to see Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar and Sarah Polley all have new films at this year's fest according to the The Toronto Star.

Atom Egoyan's CHLOE is an erotic thriller starring Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson, based on a French film called NATHALIE from 2003. Moore stars as a suspicious wife who hires a prostitute to test her husband's fidelity.

Don McKellar plays a diplomat living in India in Dilip Mehta's WHAT'S COOKING, STELLA? And if that name sounds familiar, it's because his sister is Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, director of WATER, EARTH and FIRE, not to mention BOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD. Deepa co-produced and co-wrote WHAT'S COOKING, STELLA?

And in perhaps the most intriguing news, Sarah Polley co-stars with Jared Leto in MR. NOBODY, a Belgian science fiction movie that spans centuries. Check out the trailer below.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 17 - 23

Hello, Chlotrudis Members!

This week welcome Ivy Moylan as out host for the Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies! It's Ivy's first time hosting the Chlotrudis Movie of the Week. She's taking an evening out from her busy schedule as Executive Director of the Brattle Film Foundation to see Kathryn Bigelow's new thriller, THE HURT LOCKER. I haven't gotten final confirmation, but I think Ivy wants to host the 7pm screening on Monday, July 20 at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. We'll confirm that Monday morning.

The Hurt Locker
Three members of the Army's elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad battle insurgents and one another as they search for and disarm a wave of roadside bombs on the streets of Baghdad - in order to try and make the city a safer place for Iraqis and Americans alike. Their mission is clear - protect and save - but it's anything but easy, as the margin of error when defusing a war-zone bomb is zero.

dir. Kathryn Bigelow w/ Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce 2h11m

Here's the official trailer:

It doesn't officially kick off until July 30, but this Wednesday is a special screening of HERSKOVITZ: AT THE HEART OF BLACKNESS, co-presented by the Roxbury Film Festival and the Boston Jewish Film Festival at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Celebrating its 11th year, the Roxbury Film Festival is the largest film festival in New England for and about people of color. Films will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, The Coolidge Corner Theatre, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the House Cafe and Bakery. Watch next week's Round-Up for more information.

See you at the Movies!
Michael

Playing this week, July 17 - 23, 2009.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Newly Restored Technicolor Noir!
Leave Her to Heaven (Fri. - Mon.)
Repertory Series! The Class of 1984
This Is Spinal Tap (Fri. & Sat.)
Top Secret (Sun. & Mon.)
Repertory Series - The Adventures of Errol Flynn!
The Charge of the Light Brigade (Mon. & Tue.)
Special Event
Captured (Wed.)
Repertory Series! Sense & Sensibility: The Films of Ang Lee
Pushing Hands (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Hurt Locker
The Windmill Movie
Whatever Works
Away We Go
Food, Inc.
Midnight Madness!
Johnny Cupcakes Presents The Goonies (Sat.)
Goethe Institut German Film Series
Krabat (Sun.)
Directors in Person
The Greening of Southie (Mon.)
Roxbury Film Festival Kick-Off
Herskovitz: At the Heart of Blackness (Wed.)
National Theatre Live!
Phedre starring Helen Mirren (Thu.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

No independents playing this week!

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Blood: The Last Vampire

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Le Film Maudit!
The Killing of Sister George (Fri.)
Fritz the Cat (Fri.)
Pink Flamingos The Beast (Sat.)
Sal�r the 120 Days of Sodom (Sun.)
Un chant d'amour (Sun.)
Secrets Behind the Walls (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Ch�
Whatever Works
Summer Hours

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Unmistaken Child
Walls Have Ears
Soul Power
The Hurt Locker
Whatever Works
Ch�
Food, Inc.
Away We Go

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Whatever Works
Food, Inc.
Moon

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
No independent films playing this week.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Film Festival
Spy(ies) (Fri.)
The Beautiful Person (Fri.)
A Day at the Museum (Fri. & Thu.)
Rumba (Sat.)
Versailles (Sat.)
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Sat.)
Frontier at Dawn (Sat.)
The Sea Wall (Sun. & Thu.)
Three Violets (Sun.)
Stella (Sun.)
The Client (Sun.)
All About Actresses (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Brothers Bloom

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Ch�
Away We Go
Departures
Summer Hours
Soul Power

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Award winner available on Vimeo

blink is the 2nd place Chlotrudis Award winning short from the 2nd Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival held in 2002. It's a powerful film written, directed by and starring Deborah Vancelette. If you weren't involved in the organization back then, you should definitely check this powerful work out. I'm so glad to see it available online now.