Volume III No. 1
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
comedy, set in the remote, economically
province of Shanxi, about two unemployed,
directionless 19-year-olds who deal with
romantic complications when they’re
not contemplating their own uncertain futures.
Written and directed by Jia Zhang-ke. With
Zhao Tao, Zhao Wei, Wu Qiong, Wang Hong Wei
and Zhou Qing Feng. Also known as “Ren
xiao yao.” Flat. 113 min. Feb. 21 in
New York. New Yorker.
Farsi-language drama, set in 1997 in a
Tehran suburb, about
a textile factory employee who finds comfort
in her friends and family despite the nation’s
stifling governmental regime. Directed by
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad from a screenplay by
Bani-Etemad and Farid Mostafavi. With Golab
Adineh, Mohammad Reza Forutan, Boran Kosari,
Ebrahin Sheibani and Mohsen Ghazi Moradi.
Also known as “Zir-e poost-e shahr.” Flat.
92 min. Feb. 7 in New York and Los Angeles.
comedy, set in Los Angeles’ Hollywood
Hills, about four self-destructive showbiz
neophytes – including a model and
an aspiring film director – whose
day of relaxation takes a disastrous turn.
Based on the play “Magic Afternoon” by
Wolfgang Bauer. Catherine Jelski makes
her feature directorial debut from her
own screenplay. With Devon Gummersall (“Dick”),
Eion Bailey (“Almost Famous”),
Arly Jover (“Imposter”) and
Leslie Bibb (“See Spot Run”).
Flat. 88 min. Feb. 28. Indican.
drama, set in 1942 Germany and based on
a true story, about a Protestant German
SS officer who helped perfect the deadly
Zyklon B gas, and his efforts to alert
the Pope when he learns the gas is being
used to exterminate Jewish prisoners in
Nazi death camps. Based on the 1963 German
play “The Deputy” by Rolf Hochhuth.
Directed by Costa-Gavras (“Mad City”)
from a screenplay by Jean-Claude Grumberg
(“The Last Metro”). With Ulrich
Tukur (“Solaris”), Mathieu
Kassovitz (“Birthday Girl”),
Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy (“The
Widow of St. Pierre”) and Marcel
Iures (“Hart’s War”).
132 min. Jan. 24. Kino.
the teen survivors of a horrific auto accident
begin meeting untimely fates, the survivors
among the group get help from some people
involved in the infamous years-old crash
of Flight 180. Sequel to the 2000 thriller.
Directed by David R. Ellis (“Homeward
Bound II: Lost in San Francisco”)
from a screenplay by Mackye Gruber & Eric
Bress. Returnees from part one include
Ali Larter (“Jay and Silent Bob Strike
Back”) and Tony Todd (“Le Secret”).
Newcomers to the series include Michael
Landes (“Hart’s War”),
A.J. Cook (“Out Cold”), Keegan
Connor Tracy (“40 Days and 40 Nights”),
T.C. Carson (“U-571”) and James
N. Kirk (“Head Over Heels”).
Jan. 31. New Line.
comedy about a pair of young newlyweds – the
bride is a writer from a well-to-do family,
the groom is a traffic reporter – who
find their honeymoon in Venice besieged
by the bride’s disapproving friends,
family and ex-boyfriend. Directed by Shawn
Levy (“Big Fat Liar”) from
a screenplay by Sam Harper (“Rookie
of the Year”). With Brittany Murphy
(“8 Mile”), Ashton Kutcher
(“Texas Rangers”), Christian
Kane (“Life or Something Like It”),
Monet Mazur (“40 Days and 40 Nights”),
David Moscow (“Riding in Cars With
Boys”), Taran Killam (“Big
Fat Liar”) and Joe Vassallo (“Blankman”).
Flat. 94 min. PG-13: Sexual content; some
crude humor; a brief drug reference. Jan.
of the 1970 French-language thriller about
an upper-class thief and an escaped murderer
who together plan a jewel heist – with
an angry mobster and a police superintendent
on their trail. Written and directed by
Jean-Pierre Melville. With Alain Delon
(“Concorde: Airport ‘79”),
Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté (“Open
Doors”), Yves Montand (“Manon
of the Spring”) and Paul Crauchet
(“My Mother’s Castle”).
Also known as “The Red Circle.” 135
min. Jan. 10 in New York. Rialto.
about an undefeated underground motorcycle
racer whose domination of the
sport is threatened by the arrival of a young
racing prodigy determined to oust him. Based
on a New Times Magazine article by Michael
Gougis. Screenwriter Reggie Rock Bythewood
(“Get on the Bus”) directs from
a script by Bythewood and Craig Fernandez.
With Laurence Fishburne (“Once in the
Life”), Derek Luke (“The Great
White Hype,” “Antwone Fisher”),
Kid Rock (“Joe Dirt”), Orlando
Jones (“The Time Machine,” “Drumline”),
Larenz Tate (“Why do Fools Fall in
Love?”), Eriq La Salle (“One
Hour Photo”), Salli Richardson (“Antwone
Fisher”) and Meagan Good. Jan. 31.
of the 1952 Japanese-language drama about
a bureaucrat who decides to stop squandering
what’s left of his life after he
is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Directed
by Akira Kurosawa (“Rhapsody in August,” “Seven
Samurai”) from a screenplay by Kurosawa,
Shinobu Hashimoto and Hideo Oguni (“Ran”).
With Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori,
Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki and Miki Okagiri.
140 min. Jan. 17. Cowboy.
about the life of avant-garde experimental
filmmaker Maya Deren (1917-1961) featuring
footage from her films, interviews with
other counterculture filmmakers, and archival
audio interviews with Deren. Written and
directed by Martina Kudlácek. Featuring
Jonas Mekas. Also known as “Im Spiegel
der Maya Deren.” Flat. 104 min. Jan.
24 in New York. Zeitgeist.
drama about a solitary, unaffecting carpentry
teacher who takes a 16-year-old delinquent
into his wood-working camp – only
to discover the boy killed the teacher’s
son five years earlier. Written and directed
by the “Rosetta” team of Luc & Jean-Pierre
Dardenne. With Olivier Gourmet (“Laissez-passer”),
Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Rémy
Renaud and Nassim Hassaïni. Also known
as “Le Fils.” Flat. 103 min.
Jan. 10 in New York. New Yorker.