Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 3 - 10.

Hey there Everyone!

2004 was a great year for documentaries. Let's see if 2005 can keep up the pace. The Brattle Theatre, known for playing strong documentary features, offers THE TAKE, a Canadian doc that focuses on Argentinian industry. Join us for at the Brattle Theatre for the 7:30 p.m. screening, Monday, February 7 for our Monday Night at the Movies, Avi Lewis' THE TAKE. And if you're itching to catch THE TAKE on Friday night, writer/producer Naomi Klein will be on hand at the 7:30 show!

This stirring new documentary focuses on Argentina�s radical new movement of occupied businesses: groups of workers who are claiming the country�s bankrupt workplaces and running them without bosses. Their call-to-arms: �Occupy! Resist! Produce!� In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But this simple act �The Take � has the power to turn the globalization debate on its head.

With THE TAKE, director Avi Lewis, one of Canada�s most outspoken journalists, and writer Naomi Klein, author of the international bestseller No Logo, champion a radical economic manifesto for the 21st century. But what shines through in the film is the simple drama of workers� lives and their struggle: the demand for dignity and the searing injustice of dignity denied.

If you missed last week's Monday Night at the Movies excursion to the Harvard Film Archive for Rodney Evans and his film, BROTHER TO BROTHER, it's definitely worth a look. Especially if you go to the 7:20 p.m. screening either Friday or Saturday night, when writer/director Evans will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. Evans' film is a poetic and powerful look at a young, black, contemporary artist struggling with issues of race and sexuality. What he finds is that the issues of the young artists who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, like Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, were very similar to the ones he faces today. And if you say hello to Rodney, tell him the Chlotrudis Society sent you.

Fans of Japanese film should consider heading to the Harvard Film Archive this Friday or Saturday, as they continue their series of The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda. There are two of Koreeda's films to chose from this weekend. His glorious and moving AFTER LIFE scored the #5 spot on the recent Chlotrudis Society's Top 101 Foreign-Language Films. MABOROSI is an earlier film that examines grief in a somber, introspective and beautiful film. If you haven't seen them, do check them out.

Finally, we won't really be mourning, but we do want to acknowledge passing of the LAST (yes, you read that right, the last) art-house cinema in Boston. The Lowe's Theatre Copley Square started showing independent and foreign films when the Loew's Boston Common opened a few years ago. While there wasn't much to recommend about the Copley Place Theatre, I did recently grow to appreciate the fact that it was a mere 10-minute walk from our apartment in the South End. I will also remember it fondly as the theatre where I saw I'VE HEARD THE MERMAIDS SINGING, introduced by Patricia Rozema herself, way back in 1987 during the Boston Film Festival. So au revoir, Copley Place Theatre... and Boston, you better start thinking indie!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, February 4 - 10.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere!
The Take

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
Hotel Rwanda
Being Julia
The Take
Midnite Madness
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Fri. & Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Finding Neverland
Kinsey Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Chlotrudis Award!
Being Julia

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries (Mon. - Thu.) Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Chlotrudis Award!
Bombay Cinema Presents
Black (Fri. - Sun.)
Shabd (Fri. - Sun.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda
After Life (Fri. & Sat.)
Maborosi (Fri. & Sat.)
An Evening with Kim Hong-Jun
Jungle Story & La Vie En Rose (Sun.) Director Present!
My Korean Cinema (Mon.) Director Present!
Black and White on Screen
Silent Shorts and Veiled Aristrocrats (incomplete print) (Mon.)
Fashion and Film
In the Mood for Love (Tue.)
Life Stories: Film & Autobiography
Frames of Mind
Lumiere Bros. Films (Wed.)
Heimatfilm
The Fisher Girl of Lake Constance (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Finding Neverland
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Cast!
Being Julia
Million Dollar Baby (ineligible)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Brother to Brother Director present Friday & Saturday night!
The Sea Inside
Born into Brothels
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
House of Flying Daggers Nomianted for a Best Cinematography Chlotrudis Award!
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay!
Hotel Rwanda
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Born into Brothels
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Supporting Actress!
The Sea Inside
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby (ineligible)

Loews Theatres Harvard Square, Cambridge
A Very Long Engagement
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby (ineligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
African Film Festival
Moolaad�a> (Fri. - Sun. & Thu.) Nominated for Best Movie & Best Actress Chlotrudis Awards!
Cinema Tropical
Bolivar I Am (Fri. & Sat.)
Art of Film
In the Realms of the Unreal (Sun. & Thu.)
POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English (Sat. & Sun.)
Psychoanalysis on Film
Empathy (Sun. & Thu.)
Japanese Cinema
Dolls (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
House of Flying Daggers Nomianted for a Best Cinematography Chlotrudis Award!

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Hotel Rwanda
Beyond the Sea
Finding Neverland
Kinsey Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Chlotrudis Award!
Being Julia
Motorcycle Diaries Nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Chlotrudis Award!
Vera Drake Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Actress!
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
Paper Clips

UPCOMING EVENTS!

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BU CINEMATHEQUE RETURNS!
Thursday, February 10: AN EVENING WITH TOM NOONAN BU College of Communications,640 Comm.Ave., Room B-05 6:30 pm (NOTE EARLY STARTING TIME)

Tom Noonan is a New York-based actor-playwright-filmmaker who has supported his idiosyncratic personal projects by appearing in television series and disparate movies such as Heat, Last Action Hero, and Jim Jarmusch�s Mystery Train. His own movies -- What Happened Was and The Wife -- are intense, psychologically charged chamber dramas ripe with subtext. What Happened Was won Best Dramatic Film at the Sundance Film Festival. For his BU appearance, Noonan will conduct an informal actor workshop based on his work at New York�s Paradise Theatre, and he will show his 2004 feature, Wang Dang, many years in the making. Noonan describes this film as "an evening in the life of a visiting film professor as he entertains two co-eds at a seedy off-campus motel."

Friday, February 18: AN EVENING WITH DENNIS LEHANE.
640 Comm. Ave., Room B-05, 7 pm

Dennis Lehane, a native Bostonian, is one of the most talented, and deservedly acclaimed, crime and mystery novelists in the world, known above all for Mystic River, his amazingly spooky tale of three boys growing up in the violent world of Southie. Lehane will introduce a showing of the much-praised 1993 Clint Eastwood adaptation of his book, and offer the inside story on the making of this Sean Penn-Tim Robbins-Kevin Bacon-starring movie. Following the screening, Lehane will read from his book: a section of note which didn�t make it to the screen.

Thursday, February 24: AN EVENING WITH HIRAM MARTINEZ.
640 Comm.Ave., Room B-05, 7 pm.

Each year, the BU Cinematheque searches out one low-budget indie feature of excellence which can be a model and inspiration for university film production students. Hence, Four Dead Batteries, a complex, humane, and often hilarious story of the lives and screwed-up loves of a four-member New York improv comedy group. A prize-winner in 2004 at eight film festivals, Four Dead Batteries is written and directed by Hiram Martinez, a precociously talented 24-year-old college drop-out, who will speak at the BU screening. The official advertising tag-lines for this film: "From the guys who saw Rushmore and American Beauty."

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM ANNOUNCES 2004 NOMINATIONS - ASIAN FILM ASCENDANT

Nominations for the 11th annual CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS were voted upon by the society�s membership on January 22, 2005. This year�s slate of nominees is diverse and wide-ranging, with no one film dominating the pack. In all, 38 films received nominations, representing 34 different countries and in 12 different languages.

Taken as a whole, Chlotrudis� nods demonstrate the increasing presence and variety among films made in Asian countries. Except for Best Documentary, every award category includes at least one nomination for a film made in Japan, Thailand, Korea or China. To illustrate this influence, Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang�s LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (pictured left: Best Actor and Best Actress nominees Tadanobu Asano and Sinitta Boonyasak from LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE) tops the list with 5 nominations. Chronicling the unusual relationship between a Japanese ex-pat and the Thai woman to whom he is drawn, LAST LIFE is described as �allusive and enigmatic, with hallucinations that vie with reality in the characters' minds� by Stephen Holden in his New York Times review.

Hard on LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE�s heels with 4 nominations each are Mike Leigh�s VERA DRAKE, Alexander Payne�s SIDEWAYS, and Lucas Belvaux� threesome of French films counted as one, THE TRILOGY (pictured right: a scene from AFTER THE LIFE, the third piece of Belvaux's TRILOGY). Nods that underscore Chlotrudis� independent streak are Best Director for TARNATION, the documentary/memoir by Jonathan Caouette; Best Actress and Best Movie for MOOLAAD�/a>, an African narrative exploring the lives of a village�s young women; and the zombie romantic-comedy SHAUN OF THE DEAD for Best Original Screenplay.

LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, THE TRILOGY and MOOLAAD�are among the nominees in the Best Film category. BAD EDUCATION, the latest from Pedro Almodovar; a Taiwanese valentine to film houses, GOOD BYE DRAGON INN; a Russian father-son reunion family drama, THE RETURN; and a Buddhist take on a life�s seasons from Korea, SPRING, SUMMER, FALL, WINTER�SPRING round out this top ballot.

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 2004 edition will be held Sunday March 20th at the 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 Genevieve Bujold (Chloe Award for acting), Kerry Washington (Breakthrough Award), Thom Fitzgerald (Gertrudis Award for direction) 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.

Perhaps the award closest to the group�s heart is its Buried Treasure category, in which only those films with a box office less than $250,000 are eligible. To ensure these truly independent films receive as much attention as possible, members must have seen them all before casting a vote. Screening parties are held throughout February to get out the vote and spread the word.

Michael Colford, Chlotrudis founder, commented on this year�s nominations. �The Chlotrudis mission was truly exemplified, � he said, adding �the films represent so many different countries, genres, release patterns, box office�it�s a wonderful cross-section.�

A complete list of the nominations for the 11th Annual Chlotrudis Awards is available here.

-- Beth Curran reporting

Ellen Page Tackles Tough Role at Sundance

Ellen Page is familiar to Chlotrudis members for her role in MARION BRIDGE. She played the character who was meant to be Marion Bridge; Molly Parker's daughter. She seemed right at home in the country of Cape Breton Isle. She next appeared in Daniel MacIvor's WILBY WONDERFUL, as a high school girl living in the tiny island town of Wilby. Both young ladies were tough in their own way, but sweet-natured at the core. Get ready for a change.

At Sundance last week, Page emerged as the young actress to watch after giving an authoritative and commanding performance in her latest film, HARD CANDY. In this dark shocker that was made for under $1 million and shot in 18 days, Geoff, a 32-year-old sexual predator, lures Hayley, a 14-year-old girl whom he meets over the Internet, into his apartment. When the two of them are locked inside the house, a series of very bad things unfolds, and not necessarily what you expect. Page plays the difficult role of Hayley (see picture left), an emotinoally draining role that would affect her strongly. In the Toronto Globe & Mail, British director David Slade commented on Page during the shoot. "There were times when she just sat down and cried, but she made it clear to me: 'This is part of my process and I want to be left alone. Don't worry about me.' "

The first public screening of the film seemed to have an even greater impact on Page than shooting it. Page says she has been "a big space case" since the shock of seeing HARD CANDY for the first time with an audience. "People kept coming up to me and saying nice things and I could hardly speak. I'd been warned that the premiere was going to be a big deal and I thought, 'Okay,' but it was nowhere near what it actually is. I'm just taking breaths, you know? I know it always sounds like B.S. when actors say this, but I don't like watching myself that much. It makes me feel a little nauseous. But it was great to hear the nervous laughter, men squirming and women letting out little hoots."

She had a little extra support in the Sundance audience though, as her former co-star from MARION BRIDGE, Molly Parker, joined her for the screening of HARD CANDY. Page was 15 when she filmed BRIDGE; she's 17 now. HARD CANDY has just been sold to Lion's Gate Films, so hopefully we'll get to see it on the big screen.

Story courtesy of the Toronto Globe and Mail

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 28 - February 3.

Hey there Everyone!

A change of venue marks this week's Monday Night Movie of the Week as we head to the Harvard Film Archive for a very special event. Join us for a screening of a 2004 Sundance favorite, BROTHER TO BROTHER. Director Rodney Evans will be at this screening, co-presented with the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Tickets are $10 and we will be in line by 6:30 because this could sell out.

Rich in heart and intelligence, Rodney Evans' first fiction feature pays homage to art, intellectual ancestry, and the strength to persevere in the face of social injustice. Both an artistic and political achievement, BROTHER TO BROTHER offers a rare glimpse of what it means to be a black, gay artist today as well as during the Harlem Renaissance, and marks Evans as a brave and unique voice in American cinema. Perry Williams is a talented young artist working and studying in New York. Art world success is knocking at his door, but Perry is afraid of "selling out" to a privileged, white world. At the same time, community and family support is elusive as he endures homophobic barbs from his black classmates, rejection by his father, and a disappointingly fetishistic relationship with his handsome white lover. Then Perry meets Bruce Nugent, a living relic, who was a poet and painter of the Harlem Renaissance, along with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Wallace Thurman. Surreal narrative turns land him in the middle of scandalous parties and dinners in 1930s Harlem, and Perry learns that his struggle is not new and what is most important is a strong self-image and a commitment to preserve truth and to nurture his artistic spirit.

Another film receiving general release this week is a Best Documentary Academy Award nominee, BORN INTO BROTHELS. I've heard raves about this film from new member Beth Caldwell, and it's only playing for a week at the Kendall after it's premiere as opening night at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival at the MFA. Try to squeeze this amazing film where writers/directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman offer a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes.

If you're a fan of David Lynch (and come on, who isn't?) here's your chance to catch up on his body of work as the Brattle Theatre presents I Had a Dream About This Place: The Films of David Lynch. Friday night the series kicks off with a rare theatrical engagement of the challenging ERASERHEAD. Not for the easily disturbed, ERASERHEAD boasts some pretty indelible imagery that you'll have trouble getting out of your head. And it's got quite the sound design too! All the old favorites are there, including BLUE VELVET, DUNE, TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME and more. Need your dose of Lynch? Get to the Brattle Theatre.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, January 28 - February 3.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
I Had a Dream About This Place: The Films of David Lynch
Eraserhead (Fri.)
Mulholland Dr. (Sat.)
Double Feature!
Blue Velvet & Wild at Heart (Sun.)
Dune (Mon.)
Elephant Man (Tue.)
Lost Highway (Wed.)
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
Hotel Rwanda
Paper Clips (Mon. - Thu.)
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
Midnite Madness
The Hobbit (Fri. & Sat.)
Night of the Living Dead (Fri. & Sat.)
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Persons of Interest (Fri. & Sat.)
Saints and Sinners (Fri. & Wed.)
Goodbye Hungaria (Sat., Wed. & Thu.)
Juvies (Sat., Sun. & Thu.)
Deadline (Sun.)
Repartation (Sun.)
Three Kings w/ Soldier's Pay (Mon.)
What the Eye Doesn't See (Tue.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Finding Neverland

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries (Mon. - Thu.) Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay Chlotrudis Award!
Bombay Cinema Presents
Kisna (Fri. - Sun.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Fifth Annual New Films from Europe
Ae Fond Kiss (Fri.)
Strong Shoulders (Fri. & Sun.)
The 10th District Court: Moments of Trial (Sat.& Sun.)
The Miracle of Bern (Sat.)
Brother to Brother Director in Person! (Mon.)
Life Stories: Film and Autobiography
American Splendor (Tue.)
David Holzman's Diary (Tue.)
Deleuze: Philosophy and Film
India Song (Wed.)
La Jet�/i> and Every Man for Himself (Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Finding Neverland
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Cast!
Being Julia

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Born into Brothels
A Love Song for Bobby Long
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
House of Flying Daggers Nominated for a Best Cinematography Chlotrudis Award!
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay!
Kinsey Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Chlotrudis Award!
Hotel Rwanda
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Woodsman Nominated for a Best Actor Chlotrudis Award!
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education Nominated for Best Actor and Best Movie Chlotrudis Awards!
Sideways Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Supporting Actress!
House of Flying Daggers Nominated for a Best Cinematography Chlotrudis Award!
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby (ineligible)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Woodsman Nominated for a Best Actor Chlotrudis Award!
A Very Long Engagement
Being Julia
Kinsey Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Chlotrudis Award!
Finding Neverland
Closer (ineligible)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Les Choristes
A Very Long Engagement
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby (ineligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Silent Waters (Fri.)
The Kite
The Unfinished Story
What the Eye Doesn't See
Psychoanalysis on Film
Empathy (Sat, Sun. & Thu.)
Art of Film
In the Realms of the Unreal (Sun. & Wed.)
POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English (Thu.)
One Man's Journey: A Trilogy by Robert Perkins
The Crocodile River Discussion with Robert Perkins Follows the Film (Sun.)
Susan Sontag's Favorite Japanese Films II
Drunken Angel (Sun.)
African Film Festival
Moolaad�a> (Wed. & Thu.) Nominated for a Best Actress and Best Movie Chlotrudis Award!

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Assassination of Richard Nixon

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Hotel Rwanda
Beyond the Sea
Finding Neverland
Kinsey Nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Chlotrudis Award!
Being Julia
Motorcycle Diaries Nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Chlotrudis Award!
Vera Drake Nominated for FOUR Chlotrudis Awards, includign Best Actress!
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

UPCOMING EVENTS!

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Boston Public Library
Silence is Silver Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Jan. 31)

BU CINEMATHEQUE RETURNS!
BU College of Communications,640 Comm.Ave., Room B-05 7 pm
A Tribute to Sam Kauffmann (Fri.)
The BU Cinematheque starts its Spring 2005 series with a tribute to long-time BU filmmaking professor, Sam Kauffmann, who has returned from an astonishingly productive Fulbright Fellowship at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. There, he taught filmmaking to African students and made his own brilliant, urgent non-fiction essay, Living with Slim Professor Kauffmann will show three short works produced by his Ugandan students, then his own profound documentary: portraits of young Ugandans living valiantly with the AIDS virus. Living with Slim was formally acknowledged for its global importance when it won a Special 2005 Commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Members Share Their Top Films of 2004!

Visit the "Our Favorite Films" page of the website to see which films individual Chlotrudis members loved in 2004. Many complained that 2004 was not a good year for film, yet the wide variety of titles showing up on these lists would disprove that notion. While several films did appear on many lists, like maverick, Canadian director Guy Maddin's THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD (pictured left), many titles appeared only a one or two lists. Also noticeable was the number of foreign-language, documentary, and truly small, overlooked films that appeared on member's lists. Sure, several critics across the country hailed GOOD BYE, DRAGON INN and MOOLAAD�/a>, but how many included Norway and Sweden's co-production KITCHEN STORIES, or the Thailand/Japan collboration LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE?

After whetting your appetite with our favorite films of 2004, come back soon to find out who has been nominated for the 11th Annual Chlotrudis Awards! This annual gala event takes place on Sunday, March 20, at the Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Nominations were set by the Nominating Committee on Saturday, January 22, as Massachusetts' 2005 blizzard bore down on the city of Boston. The nominees will be revealed very soon!

Chlotrudis Tuesday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 21 - 27

Hey there Everyone!

I hope you Monday Night Moviegoers don't mind switching to Tuesday this week, as there is a Board Meeting of the Brattle Film Foundation on January 24. This week we'll get together on TUESDAY night at the Kendall Square Cinema for what puports to be a truly offbeat experience. Think back about a year ago when we enjoyed the quirky comedy KITCHEN STORIES from Scandinavia. Now come out and enjoy the Danish film THE GREEN BUTCHERS, 7:35 p.m. screening at the Kendall Square Cinema. Director Anders Thomas Jensen is responsible for writing such recent favorites as OPEN HEARTS and WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. The leading men have strong pedigrees as well. Mads Mikkelsen appeared in WILBUR and OPEN HEARTS, while co-star Nikolaj Lie Kaas starred in RECONSTRUCTION, as well as appearing in OPEN HEARTS and the yet-to-be-released film by Susanne Biers BROTHERS.

Writer/director Anders Thomas Jensen presents a black comedy about neurotic but ambitious Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) and introverted Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas). To escape their arrogant boss, the two best friends open their own butcher shop. Business is bad at first, until Svend accidentally locks the electrician in the freezer and is desperate to dispose of the body. The addition of "chickie-wickie" to the menu is a great success, and soon Svend�despite Bjarne's resistance�is eagerly seeking more of the very special ingredient. A buddy comedy that crosses SWEENEY TODD with LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. (Fully subtitled)

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen

Cast: Line Kruse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Aksel Erhardtsen, Bodil J�sen, Ole Thestrup, Lily Weiding

Naturally, it's either feast of famine. I am also going to try to make it to the Brattle Theatre this week to see PURPLE BUTTERFLY, starring Zhang Zhiyi. While I am admittedly growing a littled tired of Zhiyi, this film was directed by Le You, who directed the much underrated SUZHOU RIVER from a few years ago. PURPLE BUTTERFLY is a Hitchcockian political thriller set against the Japanese occupation of Shanghai in the 1930�s. Sound intriguing? Le You knows his way around a Hitchcockian political thriller, so I'm going to make every effort to catch this one during it's one week run at the Brattle.

As you are all aware (and probably sick of hearing me remind you about) it's Nomination time! Thursday, January 20 is the deadline (that's tonight) so don't delay! Anyone taking part in the nomination process must see 25 films on the eligible film list found here. The online nomination form is up and running! You'll find a link to it in the "members only" section of this webpage. This is the last week to see films before nominating, and many excellent films are available on DVD, or through the Chlotrudis Screener Program, and several are still playing at second run theatres in the area. To see what screeners are available, log in to the members only section of the website. Contact me at colford@chlotrudis.org for the username and password if you don't have it. The Nominating Committee meeting will take place on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. at the home of Ned Hinkle and Ivy Moylan in Cambridge. Nominations will be due by Thursday, January 20. Look for the Chlotrudis Awards nominees on the website by the end of January!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, January 21 - 27.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Area Premiere
Purple Butterfly
New 35mm Print
Dr. Strangelove
The Sunday Eye Opener!
In the Realms of the Unreal (Sun.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education
Hotel Rwanda
Paper Clips
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
Midnite Madness
Pauly Shore is Dead! w/ Pauly Shore in Person! (Fri. & Sat.)
Night of the Living Dead (Fri. & Sat.)
Free Screening from WGBH
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State (Mon.)
Grub Street: Screenwriting Salon (Thu.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Fifth Annual New Films from Europe
Head-On (Fri.)
Shortmetraje (Fri. & Sat.)
Interview (Sat., Sun., & Mon.)
Vision of Europe (Sun. & Tue.)
After the Day Before (Mon. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Kinsey
Finding Neverland
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
Being Julia
Closer (ineligible)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Green Butchers
Bad Education
House of Flying Daggers
Sideways
Kinsey
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
Hotel Rwanda
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Woodsman
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)
Closer (ineligible)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Woodsman
A Very Long Engagement
Being JuliaKinsey
Finding Neverland
Closer (ineligible)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
A Very Long Engagement
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art of Film
In the Realms of the Unreal (Fri. - Sun., Wed. & Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
Mercano the Martian (Fri. - Sun.)
Japanese Cinema
Bright Future (Sat & Thu.)
Susan Sontag's Favorite Japanese Films II
Fires on the Plain (Sat.)
Drunken Angel (Thu.)
Psychoanalysis on Film
Empathy (Wed.)
One Man's Journey: A Trilogy by Robert Perkins
The Crocodile River (Thu.)
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Born into Brothels (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Callas Forever

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Hotel Rwanda
Beyond the Sea
Finding Neverland
Gloomy Sunday
Kinsey
Being Julia
Paper Clips
Motorcycle Diaries
Vera Drake
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

UPCOMING EVENTS!

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Boston Public Library
Silence is Silver Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
The Patchwork Girl (Jan. 24)
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Jan. 31)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 14 - 20

Hey there Everyone!

The 2005 films are starting on Monday Nights starting January 17! Join us at the Kendall Square Cinema for some anime/sci fi adventure for the new South Korean film SKY BLUE. Now, this may seem like the type of film that should be playing at the Brattle Theatre, and in truth, it should be. But we take our films where we can get them, so please join us for the 7:40 p.m. show on Monday night. And that leaves us plenty of time to grab a bite for dinner at the Cambridge Brewery at 6:00 p.m. So let me know if you'd like to join us for dinner and we'll save you a seat! Here's a synopsis of the film.

In the near future, mankind's reckless exploitation of the environment has sparked a world war that has all but ended human civilization. Jay, a young female trooper thriving in a magnificent, organic city named Ecoban, guards the city against the incursions of outsiders. But when she witnesses the cruelty of Ecoban's leaders towards thousands of war refugees�and discovers her childhood sweetheart is leading the rebellion�her loyalty to Ecoban is put to the test. Director Moon Sang Kim's debut feature is seen widely as a technical hallmark of a maturing Korean animation industry. In English.

Director: Moon Sang Kim

A few big films open this week that are 2005 eligible for Chlotrudis, even though they are considered 2004 films for Oscar consideration. Let me amend what I just wrote. They may be eligible. We won't know until we see their release pattern in the next few weeks. If they expand to over 1000 screens, they become ineligible! At any rate, those films are the Sean Penn-starring THE ASSASSINATION OF RICHARD NIXON, and the Al Pacino starring WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. You can catch either of those films at the Kendall Square Theatre as well.

Sunday heralds the return of THE SUNDAY EYE OPENER, co-presented by the Brattle Theatre. For a mere $25.00, Chlotrudis members buy a spot in the hippest hangout on a Sunday morning. Each Sunday at 11 a.m. enjoy a sneak preview of a forthcoming film, complete with introduction and discussion led by Ivy Moylan, Co-executive Director of the Brattle Theatre (and Chlotrudis Board Member too!) This week we'll be previewing the documentary IN THE REALMS OF THE UNREAL, which opens next Wednesday at the Museum of Fine Arts. Members of both Chlotrudis AND the Brattle get the 10 week subscription for only $15.00! What, are we crazy? No, we're just teaching people to view films actively, and this screening/discussion series sure does the job. Join us for coffee, treats, film and discussion on Sunday.

There's another film that I'm interested in playing at the Museum of Fine Arts this week. BRIGHT FUTURE is a Japanese film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa who directed the thrillers CURE and PULSE. Now, while I haven't caught either of those films yet (they're on my NetFlix queue) I may try to squeeze BRIGHT FUTURE in. Then again, looking at the crappy times they're playing it, I probably won't be able to catch it. Sigh.

As you are all aware, it's Nomination time! Anyone taking part in the nomination process must see 25 films on the eligible film list found here. The online nomination form is up and running! You'll find a link to it in the "members only" section of this webpage. This is the last week to see films before nominating, and many excellent films are available on DVD, or through the Chlotrudis Screener Program, and several are still playing at second run theatres in the area. To see what screeners are available, log in to the members only section of the website. Contact me at colford@chlotrudis.org for the username and password if you don't have it. The Nominating Committee meeting will take place on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. at the home of Ned Hinkle and Ivy Moylan in Cambridge. Nominations will be due by Thursday, January 20.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, January 14 - 20.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
New 35mm Restoration
Donkey Skin
The Sunday Eye Opener!
In the Realms of the Unreal (Sun.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education
Hotel Rwanda
Paper Clips
Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
Midnite Madness
Fight Club (Fri. & Sat.)
The Iron Giant (Fri. & Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries
Beyond the Sea
I Heart Huckabees

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Finding Neverland
The Motorcycle Diaries
I Heart Huckabees

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Ten Years After: Contemporary South African Cinema
Amandla!: a Revolution in 4-Part Harmony (Fri.)
Karoo Kitaar Blues (Fri. & Sun.)
Hijack Stories (Sat.)
Cage of Dreams & The Cage Unlocked (Sat. & Mon.)
The Guguletu Seven (Sun. & Mon.)
State of Denial & Ask Me I'm Positive (Tue. & Wed.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Kinsey
Finding Neverland
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Sky Blue
Bad Education
House of Flying Daggers
Sideways
Kinsey
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)
Closer (ineligible)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Woodsman
A Very Long Engagement
Beyond the Sea
Kinsey
Finding Neverland

Harvard Square, Cambridge
A Very Long Engagement
Closer (ineligible)
Million Dollar Baby

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Cinema
Our Music (Fri. - Sun.)
Discussion of Our Music
Italian Cinema
Incantato (Fri. - Sun.)
Japanese Cinema
Bright Future (Fri. - Sun. & Thu.)
Susan Sontag's Favorite Japanese Films II
Love of Sumako the Actress (Sat.)
Pigs & Battleships (Wed.)
Repast (Thu.)
Art of Film
In the Realms of the Unreal (Wed. & Thu.)
One Man's Journey: A Trilogy by Robert Perkins
Talking to Angels (Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
Mercano the Martian (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Vera Drake

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Hotel Rwanda
Beyond the Sea
Finding Neverland
Gloomy Sunday
Kinsey
Being Julia
Paper Clips
Motorcycle Diaries
Vera Drake
Mozart Quarter

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival

- Jean-Luc Godard�s NOTRE MUSIQUE (OUR MUSIC) continues through January
16 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with special free discussions Sat. & Sun.

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Boston Public Library
Silence is Silver Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
The Patchwork Girl (Jan. 24)
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Jan. 31)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, January 7 - 13

Howdy, Film Lovers!

This Monday, in order to make sure some people get to see another eligible 2004 film, we'll be sucking up our principles and heading to the Loew's Theatres Boston Common for the 7:15 p.m. show of THE WOODSMAN. This controversial film by Nicole Kassell stars Kevin Bacon as a pedophile who returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life. Peg Aloi says it's the role of Bacon's career, and we're certainly willing to give this talented actor a try.

After twelve years in prison, Walter (Kevin Bacon) moves into an apartment, gets a job, and mostly keeps to himself. Though he finds unexpected solace with Vickie (Kyra Sedgwick), Walter cannot escape his past. A convicted sex offender, Walter is shunned by his sister, lives in fear of being discovered at work, and is hounded by a suspicious police detective (Mos Def). After befriending a young girl in a neighborhood park, Walter must also grapple with the terrible prospect of his own reawakened demons. Co-starring Benjamin Bratt and David Alan Grier. Feature debut for director/co-writer Nicole Kassell.

Director: Nicole Kassell

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, David Alan Grier, Eve, Kevin Rice, Michael Shannon, Hannah Pilkes, Carlos Leon, Gina Philips

There are two other 2004-eligible releases opening on Friday that you may want to check out before Nomination Day. The Coolidge Corner Theatre, The Kendall Square Theatre, and the West Newton Cinema are opening HOTEL RWANDA, starring Don Cheadle. This film won the Toronto International Film Festival's Audience Award, so you know there's got to be something there. And isn't it about time Don Cheadle got a starring role? For the people who can't get enough documentaries, the Kendall Square Theatre is opening GUERILLA: THE TAKING OF PATTY HEARST, which I saw at the Provincetown International Film Festival earlier this year. Check them out!

Chlotrudis members looking to pick up some films that they missed under nomination contention, make sure you park yourself at the Brattle Theatre all week! Beginning Friday, The Brattle will be running "Some of the Best of 2004." And they really are some of the best! Three of these films are sure to end up in my personal Top 5 films of the year, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, GOOD BYE DRAGON INN and HERO (sadly not eligible.) If you missed it at the Sunday Eye Opener and during its brief run at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, you definitely want to make the time to catch SCREAMING MEN, certainly in contention for the Best Documentary of the year. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! Check out their awesome schedule below.

As you are all aware, it's Nomination time! Anyone taking part in the nomination process must see 25 films on the eligible film list found here. There will be an online form for the nomination process available on the website soon. I will let you know when it is available. There are only two weeks to see films, and many excellent films are available on DVD, or through the Chlotrudis Screener Program, and several are still playing at second run theatres in the area. To see what screeners are available, log in to the members only section of the website. Contact me at colford@chlotrudis.org for the username and password if you don't have it. The Nominating Committee meeting will take place on Saturday, January 22, 3:00 p.m. at the home of Ned Hinkle and Ivy Moylan in Cambridge. Nominations will be due by Thursday, January 20.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, January 7 - 13.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Some of the Best of 2004! Chlotrudis Members Take Note! Catch up on your Nominations!
Before Sunset (Fri.)
Last Life in the Universe (Fri.)
Hero (Sat.)
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman (Sat.)
Tarnation (Sun.)
Noi (Sun.)
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (Mon.)
Kill Bill, vol. 2 (Mon.)
Good Bye Dragon Inn (Tue.)
Vera Drake (Wed.)
The Five Obstructions (Thu.)
Screaming Men

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education
Hotel Rwanda
Paper Clips
Moog
Tarnation
The Iron Giant (Sun.)
Premeire Screening
Holy Water-Gate
Midnite Madness
Fight Club (Fri. & Sat.)
Hey, is Dee Dee Home? Featuring Dee Dee Ramone (Fri. & Sat.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Beyond the Sea
Vera Drake
Gloomy Sunday
What the Bleep Do We Know
I Heart Huckabees

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Garden State (Sat. - Thu.)
I Heart Huckabees
Being Julia
Bombay Cinema Presents
Swades (Fri. - Sun.) Special Benefit for India Development & Relief Fund Saturday at 3 p.m.
Shwaas (Sun.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Pacific Street Program 1 Directors Present on Friday! (Fri. & Sat.)
Red Squad
Anarchism in America
Pacific Street Program 2 Directors Present on Saturday! (Sat. & Sun.)
From Swastika to Jim Crow
Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists
Pacific Street Program 3 (Sun.)
The Other Half Revisited
Frame Up
The Films of Hirokazu Koreeda
Nobody Knows
Directors in Short Program 1 (Tue. & Wed.)
Blood of the Beasts dir. Georges Franju
New Domestic Animal dir. Dusan Makevejev
Bespoke Ovecoat dir. Jack Clayton
Anticipation dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Directors in Short Program 2 (Tue. & Wed.)
Land without Bread dir. Luis Bu�
Borom Sarret dir. Ousmane Sembene
Toby Dammit dir. Federico Fellini

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Kinsey
Finding Neverland
Sideways
Birth
Being Julia
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Guerilla: the Taking of Patty Hearst
Hotel Rwanda
Bad Education
House of Flying Daggers
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (ineligible)
Closer (ineligible)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
A Very Long Engagement
Beyond the Sea
Birth
Kinsey
Finding Neverland

Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Woodsman
A Very Long Engagement
Closer (ineligible)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
French Cinema
Our Music (Fri., Wed., Sun., and Thu.)
Discussion of Our Music
Brazillian Cinema
Mango Yellow
Italian Cinema
Incantato (Fri. - Sun., & Wed.)
Susan Sontag's Favorite Japanese Films II
High and Low (Sat.)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Sun. & Thu.)
Himatsuri (Thu.)
Indian Cinema
MASS
One Man's Journey: A Trilogy by Robert Perkins
Into the Great Solitude

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Lightning in a Bottle

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Hotel Rwanda
Beyond the Sea
Finding Neverland
Gloomy Sunday
Kinsey
Being Julia
Paper Clips
Motorcycle Diaries

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival

- Jean-Luc Godard�s NOTRE MUSIQUE (OUR MUSIC) continues through January
16 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with a special free discussion this Sunday, January 9

- BJFF co-presents FROM SWASTIKA TO JIM CROW and FREE VOICE OF LABOR: THE JEWISH ANARCHISTS in the Harvard Film Archive's Tribute to Pacific Street Films - January 8, 7pm (Directors in person) and January 9, 9pm
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Boston Public Library
Silence is Silver Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Within Our Gates (Jan. 10)
The Patchwork Girl (Jan. 24)
Alias Jimmy Valentine (Jan. 31)

Goethe-Institut Boston
Werner Herzog: Film has to be physical - Photo exhibition

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, December 24 - 30

Happy Holidays, Film Lovers!

For the final Monday Night Movie of the Week for 2004, we'll be heading to Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre for the 7:25 p.m. screening of Pedro Almodovar's BAD EDUCATION. Almodovar's films have been growing in popularity among Chlotrudis members, and now he tackles the Catholic church. It's sure to be irreverent, so please join us for this post-holiday film! And remember, present your Chlotrudis membership card at the box office and get the special discount!

Bad Education
dir. Pedro Almodovar w/ Gael Garc�Bernal, Fele Mart�z, Daniel Gim�z Cacho, Llu�Homar, 1hr 49mins

�Four Stars! A movie so vividly constructed that its greatness lies outside mere words. BAD EDUCATION achieves surprising emotional truth... in the only place of worship and higher learning that matters to Almodovar: the movies." � Ty Burr, Boston Globe

Academy Award winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almod� returns with BAD EDUCATION, an intimate take on the director's own adolescence, as well as a no-holds-barred look at the issue of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church - all told through a breathtakingly scintillating melodrama of Hitchcockian film noir. Enrique (Fele Mart�z) is a Spanish filmmaker who is handed a short story by his former lover, Ignacio (Gael Garc�Bernal from THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES), who comes to his office unexpectedly after disappearing sixteen years ago. The story is called "The Visit" and features a predatory transsexual femme fatale named Zahara (also played by Bernal), who was once a beautiful boy soprano. Then, he was deeply in love with another young boy, who he was separated from after being expelled from Catholic school. Zahara now performs a luscious stage act at a seedy nightclub, and one day the man who destroyed Zahara's life re-enters the picture - Father Manolo, the priest who abused him as a child. Revenge is at hand. Ignacio thinks he would be perfect for the lead role in the film version of his story, and even though Enrique agrees to the project, he also doubts Ignacio's motives. Soon it is revealed that his old childhood friend is not at all who he seems to be, and while shooting the film a surprise visitor - the real Father Manolo - reappears and reveals the truth behind "The Visit". Filled with rich, vibrant color and an elegant and heartfelt score, Almodovar's latest film is a visual and emotional masterpiece from a filmmaker whose storytelling talents have never been stronger.

As many of you know, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film have recently announced their Top 100 Foreign Language Films. Selections range from the 1930's to a film that hasn't even been released officially in the U.S. yet! The #14 film is Italian master Federico Fellini's LA DOLCE VITA, and that film plays on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday at the Brattle Theatre. See it in all it's restored 35 mm glory.

Another Chlotrudis favorite makes a return this week as Lone Scherfig's WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF screens Tuesday night at the Museum of Fine Arts. If you haven't caught this bittersweet film yet, do yourself a favor and catch it. It's sure to be in contention at this year's Nominating Committee meeting.

Meanwhile Chlotrudis members, don't forget to let me know (colford@chlotrudis.org) if you'd like me to pick you up a ticket to Hirokazu Koreeda's NOBODY KNOWS at the Harvard Film Archive for the January 10, 2005 Monday Night at the Movie. Tickets are $12.00 and the director of AFTER LIFE (#5 on the Chlotrudis Top 100 Foreign-Language Films!) will be present! Tickets are bound to go fast, and I plan on picking up the groups next week.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, December 24 - 30.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
La Dolce Vita (Sat., Mon. & Tue.) #14 on Chlotrudis Society's Top 100 Foreign Language Films!
The Leopard (Sun.)
79th Anniversary Special
Stooge-O-Rama (Sun. - Thu.)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Wed.)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Thu.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Bad Education
Sideways
Paper Clips
Tarnation (Sat. - Thu.)

FEI Theatres Capitol Theatres, Arlington
Being Julia
What the Bleep Do We Know
I Heart Huckabees (Sat. - Thu.)

FEI Theatres Somerville Theatres, Somerville
Garden State (Fri., Mon. - Thu.)
What the Beep Do We Know (Fri.)
I Heart Huckabees (Sat. - Thu.)
Bombay Cinema Presents
Swades (Fri. - Sun.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Happpy Holidays!
No Screenings

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Kinsey
Finding Neverland
Sideways

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Bad Education
House of Flying Daggers
The Sea Inside
On the Waterfront
Sideways
Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
A Very Long Engagement
Bad Education
Sideways
House of Flying Daggers

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
A Very Long Engagement
Kinsey
I Heart Huckabees

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Finding Neverland
A Very Long Engagement

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Asian Cinevisions
Men Suddenly in Black (Sun., Wed., Thu.)
French Cinema
As If Nothing Happened (Sun., Wed., Thu.)
Our Music (Wed. & Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
To the Left of the Father (Sun., Wed., & Thu.)
Film Administrator Selects
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (Tue.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Kinsey

West Newton Cinema, West Newton
Finding Neverland
Gloomy Sunday
Kinsey
Being Julia
Paper Clips
Vera Drake
Motorcycle Diaries

UPCOMING EVENTS!

Boston Jewish Film Festival
December 29 - January 16
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (see below for exact dates and times)

Jean-Luc Godard�s NOTRE MUSIQUE
(OUR MUSIC) (Switzerland/France, 2004, 80 min.) The latest work by the famed director, in three parts: hell, purgatory, and paradise. Inspired by Dante�s INFERNO, but a meditation on the contemporary world. Seen largely through the eyes of two women who converge on Sarajevo: a journalist of French-Jewish origins from Tel Aviv and a Russian Jew living in Israel.

FILM AND DISCUSSION WITH NOTED LOCAL AUTHORS, ACADEMICS, AND FILM CRITICS:

From 1959�s BREATHLESS (A BOUT DE SOUFFLE) to CONTEMPT (LE M�RIS, 1963) and WEEKEND (1967), French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard has had people talking.�Today, they are talking about his most recent work, NOTRE MUSIQUE (OUR MUSIC).�The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) named it the best film of the year.�Actor Sarah Adler, who stars as Judith Lerner, was nominated for Best Actress for the European Film Awards of 2004.�

The Boston Jewish Film Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston offer you the chance to see the film and discuss some of the questions it raises; we�ve invited authors, academics and journalists to lead audience discussion after each of the 12 screenings. The schedule of screenings and introducers follows:

Wed, Dec. 29, 8 pm
Introduced by Stanley Cavell, writer and emeritus professor of philosophy at Harvard University

Thurs, Dec 30, 6:15 pm
Introduced by John Gianvito, assistant professor, visual and media arts, Emerson College

Sun, Jan 2, 1:30 pm
Introduced by Tom Conley, professor of romance languages & literatures at Harvard University

Wed, Jan 5, 8 pm
Introduced by Peter Keough, film editor and critic, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fri, Jan 7, 4:30 pm
Introduced by Wesley Morris, film critic, THE BOSTON GLOBE

Sun, Jan 9, 12:10 pm
Introduced by Alfred Guzzetti, filmmaker and professor of visual arts, Harvard University

Wed, Jan 12, 6:30 pm
Introduced by Ty Burr, film critic, THE BOSTON GLOBE

Thurs, Jan 13, 2:30 pm
Introduced by Nancy Bauer, assistant professor, philosophy, Tufts University

Fri, Jan 14, 8:30 pm,
Introduced by Maryel Locke, co-editor, JEAN-LUC GODARD�S HAIL MARY:
WOMEN AND THE SACRED IN FILM

Sat, Jan 15, 12:20 pm
Introducer To Be Announced

Sun, Jan 16, 12:20 pm
Introducer To Be Announced

Sun, Jan 16, 4:00 pm
Introduced by Edward Baron Turk, professor, foreign languages and literature, MIT
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Boston Public Library
Werner Herzog Film Series
Mondays at 6 p.m. in the Rabb Lecture Hall - FREE!
Cobra Verde (Dec. 27)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Hong Kong's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE� Heads Chlotrudis Society's Top 101 Foreign Language Films List!

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) has compiled its list of the top 101 foreign language films of all time. Heading the list is Wong Kar Wai�s IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, one of 25 Asian films included in the group�s tally. Rounding out the first five are Germany�s RUN LOLA RUN and WINGS OF DESIRE coming in second and third, AMELIE from France at #4 and Japan�s AFTER LIFE at #5.

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE stars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung as neighbors in a
1962 Hong Kong apartment building whose friendship begins when they realize their spouses are having an affair. The film received high praise from critics upon its U.S. release in 2001, and shared that year's BEST MOVIE Chlotrudis Award with David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DR. Another of Kar Wai�s films, CHUNGKING EXPRESS, makes the list at #24, while a recent reunion for Cheung and Leung, HERO, also is represented at #23.

The 100+ members of the Chlotrudis Society submitted their individual top 25, and the votes were tabulated from a total of 369 films represented. The group�s mission to support and encourage the viewing of independent, classic and foreign films is borne out in the variety found in the list. Films from 17 countries make the cut, spanning 8 decades of cinema, from THE BLUE ANGEL, Marlene�s Dietrich�s German classic in 1930, to a favorite of this year�s festival circuit, South Korea�s 3-IRON.

As might be expected on a list compiled by film buffs, legendary directors such as Fellini, Bergman, Almod� and Kurosawa are well-represented with several of each of their films included. What might be more surprising is the showing other more recent auteurs are granted, in particular Hiyao Miyazaki, Japan�s anime director (SPIRITED AWAY, #7), and China�s Zhang Yimou, (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, #12), whose color-saturated style has garnered worldwide attention. The full list is available on the Our Favorite Films page.

Entering its second decade, the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film has members across the country who all share a love of great film. CSIF members participate in daily listserv postings, weekly discounted film viewings and occasional filmfest road trips, to more formal and ambitious seasonal events.

This winter Chlotrudis joins again with Harvard Square�s Brattle Theatre, one of the oldest repertory film theatres in the country. Together we present The Sunday Eye-Opener, a series featuring sneak previews, film
discussions and special guests. For the spring and summer, CSIF looks to
partner with area independent film houses and festivals to co-sponsor special screenings and sneak previews. Autumn will bring a sixth edition of the organization�s popular CSIF Short Film Festival, recently honored by the Boston Society of Film Critics.

On Sunday March 20th, 2005, the Chlotrudis Society will hold its signature black-tie event, the 11th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, to honor the best of 2004�s independent films and film performances, and to recognize and celebrate the talents of individuals who have made a mark. Previous awardees include Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kerry Washington and Hal Hartley.

CSIF is a Boston-based non-profit group that teaches people to view film actively and experience the world through independent film, and encourages discussion. The group works with film festivals, local art-houses and theatres, production companies, directors and actors to bring creative, quality films to the attention of audiences and film-lovers.