IV No. 1
publication of the National Association of Theatre Owners
in In Focus
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Re-release of the 1964 French-language musical
drama about a 16-year-old who falls for a
charming local mechanic, only to find their
relationship threatened by a reproachful
mother and an unexpected pregnancy. Written
and directed by Jacques Demy (“Bay
of Angels”). With Catherine Deneuve
(“8 Women”), Nino Castelnuovo
(“The English Patient”), Anne
Vernon, Marc Michel, Ellen Farner, Mireille
Perrey and Jean Champion (“Life and
Nothing But”). Also known as “Les
Parapluies de Cherbourg.” Flat. 177
min. Feb. 14 in New York. Zeitgeist.
Comedy about a former U.S. president who
finds himself in the political fight of
his life when his run for a small New England
town’s mayoral office is challenged
by a hardware-store owner. Directed by
Donald Petrie (“How to Lose a Guy
in 10 Days”) from a screenplay by
Tom Schulman (“Holy Man”).
With Gene Hackman (“Runaway Jury”),
Ray Romano (TV’s “Everybody
Loves Raymond”), Marcia Gay Harden
(“Mystic River,” “Mona
Lisa Smile”), Christine Baranski
(“Marci X”), Fred Savage (“The
Rules of Attraction”) and Maura Tierney
(“Insomnia”). Flat. PG-13:
Some brief sexual comments; nudity. Feb.
Farsi-language drama, set in Tehran, Iran, about a pizza deliveryman
whose job takes him through every avenue of the city, from the
crime-ridden slums to the luxurious homes of the uppercrust. Directed
by Jafar Panahi (“The Circle”) from a screenplay by
Abbas Kiarostami (“Ten”). With Hossain Emadeddin, Pourang
Nakhael, Azita Rayeji, Kamyar Sheisi and Shahram Vaziri. Also known
as “Talaye Sorgh.” Flat. 97 min. Jan. 16 in New York;
wider Jan. 30. Wellspring.
Pashtu-language docu-drama, set in Afghanistan
during the rule of the Taliban, about a young
girl who, after her mother loses her hospital
job, poses as a boy in order to find work
and save her family from starvation. Siddiq
Barmak makes his feature directorial debut
from his own screenplay. With Marina Golbahari,
Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar and Hamida Refah.
Flat. 82 min. PG-13: Mature thematic elements.
Jan. 30 limited. MGM.
Documentary about British mountain
climber Joe Simpson’s
miraculous survival after a disastrous fall
in the Peruvian Andes during a climb with partner
Simon Yates. Based on Simpson’s 1998
autobiography. Directed by Kevin Macdonald
(“One Day in September”). Featuring
interviews with Simpson and Yates, as well
as dramatic reenactments of the climb. Flat.
108 min. Jan. 23. IFC.
a Date With Tad Hamilton!!!
comedy about a famous young actor named Tad
Hamilton who agrees to a “Win A Date
With Tad Hamilton!!!” contest, only to
find himself falling for the contest’s
winner – a pretty bag-girl who works
at a West Virginia Piggly Wiggly. Directed
by Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”)
from a screenplay by Vic Levin (TV’s “Mad
About You”). With Kate Bosworth (“Wonderland”),
Josh Duhamel (TV’s “Las Vegas”),
Topher Grace (“Traffic,” “Mona
Lisa Smile”), Ginnifer Goodwin (“Mona
Lisa Smile”), Gary Cole (“I Spy”),
Kathryn Hahn (“How To Lose A Guy In 10
Days”), Sean Hayes (“Pieces of
April”) and Nathan Lane (“Nicholas
Nickleby”). Jan. 23. DreamWorks.
Animated comedy about a dog who is so passionate about education
he impersonates a human child to attend school. Based on the
2000-2002 ABC TV series. Timothy Bjorklund, who directed the
TV version, makes his feature directorial debut from a screenplay
by series creators and veteran TV writers Bill Steinkellner (“Cheers”)
and Cheri Steinkellner (“Hope & Gloria”). Featuring
the voices of Nathan Lane, Rob Paulsen, Debra Jo Rupp, Wallace
Shawn, David Ogden Stiers and Jerry Stiller. Flat. 74 min. PG:
Some mildly crude humor. Jan. 16. Buena Vista.
Animated Japanese drama, set in Tokyo, about
three homeless people who find new meaning
in their lives after they discover an abandoned
baby at a garbage dump. Directed by Satoshi
Kon (“Millennium Actress”) from
a screenplay by Kon and Keiko Nobumoto. Flat.
91 min. PG-13: Thematic elements; violent
images; language; some sexual material. Jan.
French-language series written and directed
by Lucas Belvaux and starring Belvaux (“Madame
Bovary”), Catherine Frot (“Chaos”),
Dominique Blanc (“A Soldier’s Daughter
Never Cries”), Ornella Muti (“Somewhere
in the City”) and Gilbert Melki (“Venus
Beauty Institute,” “Monsieur Ibrahim”).
Flat. Jan. 30. Magnolia.
I. ON THE RUN
Thriller about a psychopath who escapes the
facility that imprisoned him for 15 years – only
to find himself betrayed by old allies. Also
known as “Cavale.” 111 min.
II. AN AMAZING COUPLE
Comedy about a wife obsessed with the idea
that her hypochondriac husband is having
an affair. Also known as “Un Couple
Epatant.” 97 min.
III. AFTER LIFE
Thriller about a cop whose heroin-addict wife,
while haplessly wandering the city in search
of drugs, is adopted by a street fugitive.
Also known as “Après la vie.” 120