June 2007

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The Cinema Lounge
Two New Columns from Adam's Rib
Summer 2007 Trailer Program
Director John Dahl on You Kill Me
We Need to Hear From You
Calendar of Events

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The Cinema Lounge

The Cinema Lounge will meet on Monday, June 11 at 7:00pm to discuss the topic "Surprise endings--are they still a surprise?"

In May the Cinema Lounge topic was "What is the niche of independent film companies as they compete against large studios?" From the discussion, we learned even defining an "independent film" was a difficult topic, since the George Lucas later Star Wars films were produced and paid for under his independent company. Also, movies like Blair Witch ProjectMy Big, Fat Greek WeddingThe Passion of Christ, DogmaThis Movie Has Not Been RatedCinema Lounge.

The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, meets the second Monday of every month at 7:00pm at
Barnes and Noble, 555 12th St., NW in Washington, DC (near the Metro Center Metro stop).

Adam's Rib Celebrates Star Wars 30th Anniversary and Unearths Some Buried Treasures

By Adam Spector
Adam's Rib is back with two new columns. First, I couldn't let the 30th anniversary of Star Wars go by without
offering my thoughts. Next, I give some of my favorite lesser-known movie characters. See the Adam's Rib page for a list of past topics.

A Sneak Peek at Sequels and Other Sizzling Hot Movies at "Coming Attractions Trailer Night, Summer 2007"

By Cheryl Dixon, DC Film Society Member

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, actually the fifth installment of the famed series, won the audience’s overall favorite trailer applause vote at the DC Film Society’s Coming Attractions, Summer 2007 Trailer Night program held on May 15 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Yep, it’s no surprise, in a much anticipated season of the blockbuster sequel, Pirates, Peter Parker, and Potter will likely prevail. It remains to be seen whether a smaller indie film, or something else just plain new, exciting, and different from the usual recycled action blockbusters with BIG CGI animated effects, will emerge. Over 90 attendees enjoyed the always witty and insightful comments on the trailers made by our fave co-hosts and film critics Joe Barber and Bill Henry (hereinafter, fondly, “Joe & Bill”). And the more vocal attendees got to actively participate in the no-holds-barred, opinion fest about 32 trailers for this summer’s (and in a few instances, this fall’s) sizzling hot releases as well.

Here are the rules: the audience rates each trailer on both its entertainment value and whether it more or less generates interest in seeing the movie. There’s an informal applause-meter to capture the enthusiasm and a formal ballot on which attendees can select from a 0-5 rating scale. Eight general film categories are chosen, from which the audience selects the best trailer within each category and finally votes for the “best of the best” trailer overall. Informal results indicated the finalists* were: El Cantante, La Vie en Rose, Ratatouille, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Live Free or Die Hard, Jindabyne, and Talk to Me with the Harry Potter movie as the evening’s winner overall.

Stay tuned, the formal balloted results will be revealed soon!

Free movie promotional items were plentiful: lots of free movie posters, T-shirts, CDs, DVDs, books; free soda and popcorn; and absolutely fabulous raffle prizes, including movie tickets were on hand.

Thanks to the DC Film Society Directors and Coordinating Committee for putting together this twice-annual event, especially Michael Kyrioglou, Jim Shippey, Karrye Braxton, Billy Coulter, Cheryl Dixon, Annette Graham, Larry Hart, Charles Kirkland, Jr., Ky Nguyen, Adam Spector, and all volunteers. Special thanks to Joe Barber, Bill Henry, Allied Advertising, Landmark’s E Street Cinema & staff, Terry Hines & Assoc., and all participating film studios.

Here’s the commentary. The people will decide what movies they will ultimately choose to see. Smart movie marketing will influence and attempt to persuade. The trailers play a vital role, but ultimately, box office often hinges on giving the people what they want. Remember, attendees, if you liked what you saw in the trailers, go see the movies. Missed our event? Here’s what you missed; cool down in the comfort of your local theater and take a peak at what’s in store:

Joe & Bill’s opening remarks began with general comments about a trailer truism: that often they are not total predictors of what the movie is actually about, about nominees for the Golden Trailer Awards (honoring “the best in motion picture previews.” Check out
the website) and the fact that it was Bill’s birthday. After a brief round of celebratory singing, the program began in earnest.

Revenge of the Tabloid Queens:

  • El Cantante* (Picturehouse)
    Real-life husband and wife team Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony star in a movie based on the true story of Salsa King Hector Lavoe, who is credited with bringing salsa stateside in the 70s. The trailer clips look like J-Lo and Marc Anthony are just playing themselves.

  • Georgia Rule (Universal)
    Joe & Bill observe that this is a terrific attempt to keep a lighthearted, almost “fun” tone to a movie that deals with the much more serious issue of childhood molestation. You won’t see that in the trailer. The straight story is that Lindsay Lohan portrays a rebellious teenager whom her alcoholic mother (Felicity Huffman) brings back home to Idaho to her grandmother’s strict rules where the interaction reveals the ties that bind one generation to another.

    Girls Just Want to Have...
  • Offside (Sony Classics)
    In Iran, women are banned from men’s sporting events. Director Jafar Panahi uses comedy to depict these women’s struggles as they attempt to see the World Cup qualifying match. Joe said that this is “one terrific movie.”

  • La Vie en Rose* (Picturehouse)
    Actress Marion Cotillard channels Edith Piaf in a stunning Oscar-caliber performance on the hard-luck life of the famous French singer. Actors Pascal Greggory, and Gerard Depardieu also star. Olivier Dahan directs.

  • Broken English (Magnolia)
    This trailer of an American woman, Nora, falling in love with a French man received warm applause. Parker Posey stars, along with Gena Rowlands and Melvil Poupaud.

  • Evening (Focus)
    Care to discover the secrets of one night long ago? This trailer features a packed powerhouse: Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, and Barry Bostwick in a story of a woman’s tell-all about being young and in love with a certain somebody.

  • Gracie (Picturehouse)
    Director Davis Guggenheim bases this story on real life. It’s the story of a young girl attempting to make it on the boy’s soccer team. Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Elizabeth Shue, Andrew Shue are featured.

  • Nancy Drew (WB)
    Wearing her classic cardigan twinsets, teen detective Nancy Drew aims to solve a Hollywood mystery. Emma Roberts, Rachel Leigh Cook, Max Thieriot, Josh Flitter, and Tate Donovan star. This trailer prompted laughter and questions of Why? Why? Why? The Answer: money, money, money. Emma Roberts is Julia Roberts’ niece.

  • Paprika (Sony Classics)
    I was fortunate to have seen this movie last year during the Venice Film Festival and I was not alone in the audience looking at the trailer and trying to figure out what the plot is. Joe & Bill commented very favorably on the Japanese anime art “reaching for the moon.” Here’s how I described the movie in the December 2006 edition of Storyboard:

    “Writer/Director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) delivers on this anime film based on the popular sci-fi novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The key to an unconventional and highly advanced psychological tool is stolen, and the thief then uses the device to remove unsuspecting dreamers’ personalities. Dr. Chiba, a therapist who uses this device to enter patients’ dreams to explore their unconscious thoughts as part of the course of treatment must now discover whodunit. Paprika is the alter ego of Dr. Atsuko Chiba. Very entertaining film with strong visuals.”

    Judd Apatow: Master of the Universe (and His Acolytes)
  • Knocked Up (Universal)
    Writer/Director Judd Apatow crafts a low-brow comedic tale when a one night stand between Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen results in a pregnancy.

    The audience was clearly tickled by this trailer. Most agreed this looks like it will be a truly funny movie.

  • License to Wed (WB)
    Robin Williams, Many Moore, John Krasinski, Eric Olsen, and DeRay Davis. Marriage counselor, Farther Frank, portrayed by zany Robin Williams, pushes his charges to the ultimate relationship test in this romantic comedy. Joe & Bill observe that this will have to go up against the “Transformers.”

  • Superbad (Sony)
    The audience chuckled as Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Michael Cera star as nerdy teens trying to partay, get laid, and act cool, the usual. You’ve seen this one before.

    The Animal's Not for Eating
  • Eagle vs. Shark (Miramax)
    Love is awkward. Love is blind. There is someone for everyone. Two dorky kiwis find each other and love in this romantic comedy filmed in New Zealand.

  • Ratatouille* (Disney)
    A Parisian rat aspires to become a celebrated bistro chef and joins forces with a not-so talented chef-in-training. Computer animation is enhanced by the voices of Brad Garrett, Ian Holm, Peter O’Toole, Brian Dennehy, John Ratzenberger, and Janeane Garofolo. Astute audience observation: “No penguins!”

  • Surf’s Up (Sony)
    Computer-animated penguins surf. John Heder, Jeff Bridges, Jane Krakowski, James Wood lend their voices. What is this fascination with penguins? Who said “I hear crickets?”

  • Underdog (Disney)
    A lab accident gives a dog superpowers. Underdog saves the day! The beloved TV cartoon character appears as a real, talking dog. We’ll have to see this one...

    Just Can't Wait to See What Happens Next
  • Evan Almighty (Universal)
    God (Morgan Freeman) appears to a congressman (Steve Carell) and instructs him to build an arc in preparation for the great flood and the animals lining up two by two. Wanda Sykes and John Goodman join in the fun. From the creators of “Bruce Almighty.” This trailer scored high on laughter.

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix* (WB)
    This trailer, the overall winning trailer got WILD applause! The effects were dazzling. There’s appropriate suspense: “July 13th, the rebellion begins,” “There’s a storm coming….” The trailer teases with enough for one to grasp the plot, but there’s still enough room for surprises. Harry’s back at Hogwarts and no one believes that Voldemort is back and posing a serious threat, plus there’s that new teacher and a possible love interest. What are Harry and his friends to do? Joe & Bill query: Again???? How many have ordered the 7th book?

  • The Simpsons Movie (Fox)
    Another WILDLY applauded trailer! Director Davis Silverman, and writers Matt Groening and James L. Brooks finally bring the Simpsons to the BIG screen. 18 years in the making…Family patriarch Homer Simpson must save the world from a disaster, which, of course, he himself has created. The gang, including Mr. Burns, Moe, Apu, Principal Skinner, Krusty, etc. is all here.

    No Need to Go On (You're Gonna Pay Me How Much?)
  • Fantastic Four (Fox)
    The mighty Fantastic Four return to use their super powers against a new foe: the sleek-looking Silver Surfer. Ioan Gruffudd , Jessica Alba, Chris Jones, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, and Andre Braugher, with Lawrence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer.

  • Live Free or Die Hard* (Fox)
    Bruce Willis returns in a thrill by the minute, bang ‘em up action/adventuire guy flick. He’s combating internet terrorism. The trailer features one of the most perfectly choreographed car crash stunts I’ve ever seen.

  • Ocean’s Thirteen (WB)
    The boys are back in town. Boys just wanna have fun! Danny Ocean (Gorgeous George Clooney) rounds ‘em up for more eye candy action. The boys are still having fun, this time gathering when one of them gets messed over by the Godfather (Al Pacino!). Ellen Barkin is “the female” in this one.

    The Triumph of Greed Over Imagination
  • Fay Grim (Magnolia)
    This is the year of the return of Parker Posey, who as Fay Grim, stars along with Jeff Goldblum. He’s a CIA operative in what looks like an action thriller/espionage tale. Grim must obtain some information that the CIA wants.

  • Jindabyne* (Sony Classics)
    Gabriel Byrne and Laura Linney star in this story of a husband’s discovery of a murder and the toll this discovery takes on his marriage and the surrounding community.

  • No Reservations (WB)
    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Patricia Clarkson, and Abigail Breslin star in this story of dueling chefs and a single woman’s attempts to raise a young girl. The film’s tagline: the recipes you create for yourself are the best. Sweet. Chick flick.

    The Truth Is Out There
  • Crazy Love (Magnolia)
    The dysfunctional relationship of New York City couple Burt and Linda Pugach is explored in this torrid, true tale done documentary-style. Wonderful vintage photos and film footage of 1950s – 1970s New York. Mellow soundtrack. Don’t give it away.

  • Red Road (Tartan Films)
    People, Connection, Sexuality, Closed Circuit TV. Creepy soundtrack. The trailer is heavy on silent imagery. What’s this all about? 2006 Cannes Jury Prize winner.

  • September Dawn (Black Diamond)
    Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Dean Cain in a “bound to be controversial” story about a 19th century massacre involving Mormons.

  • Severance (Magnolia)
    Gruesome tale of team exercise gone bad. People working out their issues….

  • Talk to Me* (Focus)
    Don Cheadle, Cedric the Entertainer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Taraji Henson, Martin Sheen, Mike Epps, Keith Sweat. Director Kasi Lemmons presents the biography of Ralph “Petey” Green, an ex-con turned highly popular 60s DC DJ, talk show host and community activist. This trailer suggests the movie will be fun, but with serious undertones. And a possible Oscar nomination for the much-talented Don Cheadle. Clearly an audience favorite on the applause-meter.

    Audience members were treated to a very, early look at two fall releases, Resident Evil: Extinction and The Brothers Solomon.

    Q&A With Director John Dahl: You Kill Me

    On June 4 DC Film Society members had a rare opportunity to talk with director John Dahl after a screening of his newest film You Kill Me at Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinema. DC Film Society's director Michael Kyrioglou moderated the discussion.

    Michael Kyrioglou: There seems to be a sub-genre of hit-man films. Any comments on that and how did the screenplay come to you?
    John Dahl: I found it interesting that a person would be paid to eliminate someone. Many of us would like to get rid of someone; people think of themselves only. Some years ago I read that someone in Chicago had paid someone $1,000 to kill someone and I thought--human life is only worth an insignificant amount of money. I became intrigued by hired killers; they have always fascinated me. The screenplay was written by Christopher Markus who is Polish and from Buffalo and Stephen McFeely from San Francisco. They moved to Hollywood and spent a year writing it while working at day jobs, but no one wanted to make it and the script got set aside. But it led to more work for them--they wrote Narnia I, II and III. The script was given to Ben Kingsley who liked it. We made the film for $4 million. It was shot entirely in Winnipeg in the spring. Winnipeg is the ice skating capital of Canada--it looks like Buffalo and there are tax advantages to working there. In April the rivers were covered with ice but within a week the now was completely gone. In the film, all the snow is done digitally except for the scene in the beginning of the film where Ben Kingsley is shoveling his walk.

    Q: Could you comment on the editing, cinematography, especially the AA scenes?
    JD: Scott Chestnut did the editing on this film and some of my previous films. The AA scenes were shot over two days in San Francisco. Some of the 30 people were extras and some had speaking parts. It's difficult to get a random group of people and get their reaction shots but Scott put them together and timed the reactions. Jeff Jur, who shot some of my other films, did the cinematography. I wanted to shoot some of it hand-held, especially the AA scenes where I wanted spontaneity. You try to create a world in which something absurd can take place but that would seem believable to an audience. I look for depth in sets and the ability to light it properly. For the house in Buffalo, most scenes took place in the kitchen but the light came from all around. It gives the set a three dimensional quality. I like to control the light on faces--it's intresting to see a face but not see all of it. I wanted to give Ben Kingsley's face a gritty feel.
    MK: You play it straight which makes it funnier.
    JD: I'd compare it to a dry martini. The Polish music helps--it's happy and sorrowful at the same time.

    Q: What was it like to work with Ben Kingsley?
    JD: Ben Kingsley is such an imposing figure--he's very intense but he loves acting. He comes to the set and sits in his chair rather than running off to his trailer to make cell phone calls like most actors when the scene is over. When we shot the AA scenes, he spent the day talking to the extras, chatting with 30 people. It's exhausting but he spent most of the day with them. He said, "When I was doing Gandhi I needed those people there to do my performance; I need to engage with people.

    Q: Will this film go to art theaters or will go into general release?
    JD: It would hope it would play here [Bethesda Row]. We are going to start in five major markets. Releasing it at the beginning of summer, it will compete with big summer blockbusters but hopefully it will be counter programming to the bigger films.

    Q: What format was the film shot in?
    JD: Super 35. It was edited on an Apple computer. We did the effects with After Effects; there are 250 visual effects shots. We did a digital intermediate and then colorized it. It was all done with Apple products. Super 35 is a popular format. It's versatile and you can use flat lenses and fast film.

    Q: With only a $4 million budget, how did you get people to work without much money?
    JD: No one got paid a lot. They liked the script and wanted to work with Ben Kingsley. Ben and Tea Leoni were producers and were paid a low rate. If the film succeeds, they succeed also. It's a great way to make movies; I'm an advocate of working low budget.

    Q: Will you write more films?
    JD: What I like about using other people's writing is that it gives you objectivity. You can refer to the novel if you get stuck. We kept to the original script for the most part, took out some scenes we couldn't afford it do, added a few lines, for example, the bowling shoes.I was trying not to use so many "f" words but it wasn't as funny.

    You Kill Me opens in theaters on June 22.

    We Need to Hear From YOU

    We are always looking for film-related material for the Storyboard. Our enthusiastic and well-traveled members have written about their trips to the Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival. We also heard about what it's like being an extra in the movies. Have you gone to an interesting film festival? Have a favorite place to see movies that we aren't covering in the Calendar of Events? Seen a movie that blew you away? Read a film-related book? Gone to a film seminar? Interviewed a director? Taken notes at a Q&A? Read an article about something that didn't make our local news media? Send your contributions to Storyboard and share your stories with the membership. And we sincerely thank all our contributors for this issue of Storyboard.

    Calendar of Events


    American Film Institute Silver Theater
    The AFI shows the remaining films in the "Korean Film Festival DC 2007" with A Dirty Carnival, Murder Take One, The President's Last Bang and A Bittersweet Life. Other screenings for DC's third Korean Film Festival will take place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

    "The Best of Buster Keaton" with live music accompaniment continues through June 24. To commemorate John Wayne's centennial is a series of Wayne's westerns including The Quiet Man, The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Rio Bravo. More John Wayne events take place at the Smithsonian Associates, the Archives, and Films on the Hill.

    Films from Northern Ireland can be seen early in June including Shellshock Rock with director John T. David in person, Mickybo and Me with director/screenwriter Terry Loane attending, The Crying Game, director/screenwriter Pearse Elliott in person with The Mighty Celt, screenwriter Daragh Carville in person with Middletown, Breakfast on Pluto and Omagh.

    "50 Years of Janus Films Part I", a series of classic international films brought to the U.S. by the Janus Films distribution company, started in May and continues into July with greata classic films such as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, The Makioka Sisters, La Strada, Walkabout and High and Low. Plus there is one more film in the Shakespeare Project, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Check the website for exact titles and showtimes.

    The annual Silverdocs film festival of documentary films runs from June 12-17 with a huge selection of documentary features and shorts from all over the world.

    Freer Gallery of Art
    To accompany the exhibition "Encompassing the Globe," about Portuguese exploration of the world, is a series of films involved in Portugal's Age of Discovery--seafaring, history and immigration. On June 1 at 7:00pm is the silent film Maria do Mar (Leitao de Barros, 1930) with Jose Manuel Costa from the Cinemateca Portuguesa attending and with music accompaniment by Burnett Thomson. On June 2 at 2:00pm is Silvestre (Joao Cesar Monteiro, 1982); on June 3 at 1:00pm is Another Way of Life (Paulo Rocha, 1966) shown with A Bee in the Rain (Fernando Lopes, 1972) at 3:00pm. Some films by Portuguese women directors include The Mutants (Teresa Villaverde, 1998) on June 8 at 7:00pm, The Lady of Chandor (Catarina Mourao, 1998) on June 10 at 1:00pm shown with The Murmuring Coast (Margarida Cardoso, 2004) at 2:30pm. Manoel de Oliveira, Portugal's prolific director, still working in his nineties is represented by Aniki-Bobo (1942) on June 15 at 7:00pm, Passion of Jesus (1962) on June 17 at 2:00pm, "No" or the Vainglory of Command (1990) on June 22 at 7:00pm and A Talking Picture (2003) on June 24 at 2:00pm. Pedro Costa introduces his new film and his first film: on June 29 at 7:00pm is The Blood (1990) and on July 1 at 1:00pm is Colossal Youth (2006), currently awing audiences around the world.

    National Gallery of Art
    The Czech series of films concludes in June with Virginity (Otakar Vavra, 1937) on June 2 at 2:00pm; The Kreutzer Sonata (Gustav Machaty, 1926) shown with Such is Life (Karl Junghans, 1929) on June 3 at 4:00pm; Tonka of the Gallows (Karel Anton, 1930) on June 9 at 4:00pm; The Strike (Karel Stekly, 1947) shown with Crisis (Herbert Kline, 1938) on June 16 at 2:30pm; and The Distant Journey (Alfred Radok, 1948) on June 17 at 4:00pm.

    A new series "Modernity and Tradition: Film in Interwar Central Europe" begins on June 24 at 2:00pm with a lecture "Between Surrealism and Constructivism: Avant-garde and Film in Central Europe in the 1920s and 1930s", followed by a program of short films at 4:00pm.

    Special events include Manoel de Oliveira's new film Belle Toujours (2006) on June 2 at 4:00pm (see the Freer above for other films by Manoel de Oliveira). On June 15 and 16 at 12:30pm is Blockade (Sergei Loznitsa, 2005), a compilation film based on footage of the seige of Leningrad during WWII, shown with Amateur Photographer (Irina Gedrovich, 2004), about the recollections of a German private serving on the Estern front.

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
    A series of B sci-fi femme fatale films is introduced by film scholar David Wilt beginning with Queen of Outer Space (Edward Bernds, 1958) on June 14 at 8:00pm. On June 21 at 8:00pm is Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (Nathan Juran, 1958); on June 28 at 8:00pm is Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy (Roger Vadim, 1968) with Jane Fonda.

    National Museum of African Art
    On June 29 at 6:30pm is Rwanda Rising (C.B. Hackworth, 2007) about the reconciliation and rebuilding of Rwanda after the genocide. A moderated discussion follows.

    National Portrait Gallery
    Louis Malle's thriller Elevator to the Gallows (1958) will be accompanied by the Thad Wilson Quintet on June 16 at 4:00pm. As part of the "Reel Portraits Film Series" is a trio of Alfred Hitchcock films with guests to add some insight: on June 21 at 7:00pm is Shadow of a Doubt with author Tappan Wilder leading the discussion afterwards; on June 22 at 7:00pm is Strangers on a Train with Geoffrey O'Brien, historian and author; and on June 23 at 2:00pm is To Catch a Thief with Amy Henderson discussing Hitchcock's Hollywood and "Cool Blondes." While you're there, see Hitch's portrait in the new exhibition "Harry Benson: Being There."

    National Museum of Women in the Arts
    As part of the "Korean Film Festival DC 2007" is The Grace Lee Project (Grace Lee, 2005) on June 13 at 6:30pm, a celebrated documentary about dozens of women with the same name. On June 13 at 8:00pm is In Between Days (So Yong Kim and Brad Rust Gray, 2006) a hit from Berlin and Sundance. More Korean films can be seen at the AFI.

    A series "Women Directors at the Oscars" looks at two films by Italian women directors. On June 20 at 7:00pm is Seven Beauties (Lina Wertmuller); on June 27 at 7:00pm is Don't Tell (Cristina Comencini).

    Films on the Hill
    Cecil B. DeMille's film Adam's Rib (1923) will be shown on June 13 at 7:00pm. To celebrate John Wayne's centennial is Tycoon (Richard Wallace, 1947) on June 20 at 7:00pm with Duke as an engineer building a railroad in the Andes. On June 22 at 7:00pm is Lillian Hellman's adaptation of her controversial hit play The Children's Hour, now renamed These Three (William Wyler, 1936) with Bonita Granville, Merle Oberon, Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea.

    Washington Jewish Community Center
    A double feature: Taqasim (Duki Dror, 1999) is a documentary about the immigrants from Arab countries who brought Arab music to Israel. This is shown with Voice Without a Face (Assaf Basson, 2005), a documentary about Yitzhak Basson, a musician who was also a Mossad spy. Both are shown on June 4 at 7:30pm. Another double feature: The Ashkenazim (Dani Dothan and Dalia Mevorach, 2005) is a documentary about Tel Aviv hipsters embracing Yiddish culture, shown with Young, Jewish and Left (Konnie Chameides and Irit Reinheimer, 2006), a documentary about Jewish radicals ranging from anarchists to the modern labor movement and social justice, queer consciousness, and multiculturalism. Both are on June 11 at 7:30pm. Sisters (Julia Solomonoff, 2005), on June 18 at 7:30pm is a drama from Argentina about two sisters.

    Pickford Theater
    More in the "Screening Shakespeare" series: on June 7 at 6:30pm is Richard III (Laurence Olivier, 1955); on June 12 at 7:00pm is Romanoff and Juliet (Peter Ustinov, 1961); on June 19 at 7:00pm is Shakespeare Wallah (James Ivory, 1965); on June 28 at 7:00pm is The Taming of the Shrew (Franco Zeffirelli, 1967); on June 29 at 7:00pm is Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968). See the website for more.

    Goethe Institute
    The series "Politics in Film" continues in June with 89 Millimeters (Sebastian Heinzel, 2004), a portrait of 6 young Belarussians, on June 18 at 6:30pm. The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez (Heidi Specogna, 2006) is about one of the 32,000 Green Card soldiers, non-Americans serving in the Iraq war, shown on June 25 at 6:30pm.

    A program of three children's films is on June 3, celebrating International Children's Day. At 11:00am is The Story of Little Mook (Wolfgang Staudte, 1953); at 1:00pm is The Magic Flute (Curt Linda, 1997); and at 3:00pm is The Flying Classroom (Tomy Wigand, 2002).

    French Embassy
    On June 12 at 7:00pm is Poison Friends (Emmanuel Bourdieu, 2006), about a manipulative college student.

    The National Theatre
    "Katharine Hepburn: A Centennial Celebration" is the topic of this summer's series of films. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940) starts off the series on June 11 at 6:30pm. On June 18 at 6:30pm is Stage Door (Gregory La Cava, 1937), and on June 25 at 6:30pm is Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938). More in July and August.

    National Archives
    To celebrate John Wayne's centennial is a screening of Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939) on June 15 at 11:00am. More John Wayne events can be seen at the Smithsonian Associaties, the AFI, and Films on the Hill. In conjunction with Silverdocs is a program "Why Democracy" with documentary film selections and a panel discussion on June 15 at 7:00pm.

    National Museum of Natural History
    On June 8 at noon and June 10 at noon is Sisters in Law (Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi, 2005), an award-winning documentary about two progressive female judges in a small town in Cameroon. On June 15 at noon and June 16 at noon is Blue Vinyl (Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold, 2004), a humorous documentary about the dangers of PVC at every stage of its life cycle from factory to incinerator. On June 29 at noon is Churning the Sea of Time: A Journey up the Mekong to Angkor (Les Guthman, 2006), a film odyssey up the Mekong Delta.

    The Avalon
    As part of "The Lions of Czech Film" is Return of the Idiot (Sasa Gedeon, 1999) on June 13 at 8:00pm, inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel. As part of the "French Cinémathèque" on June 20 at 8:00pm is The Exterminating Angels (Jean-Claude Brisseau, 2006), about a filmmaker researching eroticism.

    Smithsonian Associates
    A Simple Curve (Aubrey Nealon, 2005), a film from Canada about a small-town entrepreneur, will be shown on June 10 at 1:00pm.

    Busboys and Poets
    On June 4 at 6:00pm is a film and book discussion program on Africa and the African Diaspora. The Price of Oil features a series of interviews of people in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria explaining in their own words the harmful effects of oil exploration in their areas. The book Where Vultures Feast: Shell, Human Rights and Oil by Ike Okonta and Oronto Douglas presents a case against the oil company.

    Smithsonian Institution
    On June 26 at 7:00pm is a documentary A Bronx Tale (2006) about the musical culture of the Puerto Rican community of the South Bronx. Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center.


    Silver Docs
    Now in its fifth year, Silverdocs is one of the most important documentary film festival in the U.S. This year's festival takes place June 12-17 at the AFI Silver Theater. Nearly 100 films will be screened, shorts and features from all over the world. But there is more than just the movies--conference programs and panel discussions will explore topics such as "Beyond Belief" on religion and film; "Perspectives on War" on the issues of past and present wars; and "Why Democracy?" a series of films intended to initiate a global conversation about democracy. This year's Charles Guggenheim Symposium honors Jonathan Demme.

    Second Annual Asia-Europe Film Showcast
    This series, taking place in various venues, looks at the topic "From Kama Sutra to Amour: Love in Asia and Europe." How is love portrayed in European films? Does it differ from its depiction in Asian cinema? Short films from Japan, Korea, China, India, France, Italy, Spain and Germany will be shown June 4-15, in pairs with one European and one Asian film. On June 4 at the Goethe Institute at 6:30pm is The Swimmer from Germany and About Life; And I Know from China. On June 5 at 6:30pm at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is Dedicated to Love; Does It Matter? from Italy and My Night with Ms. Marple; Spring from Korea. On June 6 at 6:30pm at the Alliance Français is Princess of the Road; Le Baiser from France and True Love is Just Film from India. On June 7 at 6:30pm is Why Is One-Way Love So Painful; 49 Days of Happiness from Japan and Ana + Manuel; The Best Typist in the World from Spain. On June 11 at 6:30pm at the Embassy of India is Intent; Meaning from India and Pizza Amore; At This Moment; Vital Spirits from Germany. On June 12 at 6:30pm at the Embassy of Korea is Surgery; Game; Midori; The Replacemente from Spain and War Movie; Off to the Timing Sea from Korea. On June 13 at 6:30pm at the Japan Information and Cultural Center is Pacotille; French Kiss from France and Heart on Fire; Japanese Tradition-An Armchair Theory from Japan. On June 14 at 6:30pm at the Goethe Institute is Fragrance of the Jade from China and Lu' Does Not Make Miracles; My Family is Magical and Immense from Italy. Closing night will be at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura on June 15 at 6:30pm with films from all eight countries. Reservations are required; see the website for details.

    Crystal Screen
    Hang 'Em High! A Clint Eastwood Summer Film Festival runs from June 4 to August 24, Mondays in Crystal City at 18th and S. Bell Streets and Fridays in Rosslyn at Gateway Park, South Lynn and Lee Highway. Films start at dusk, between 8:30pm and 9:00pm. On June 4 is High Noon; on June 11 is Hang 'Em High; on June 18 is Bronco Billy; and on June 25 is Two Mules for Sister Sara.

    Seventh Annual DC Caribbean Filmfest
    In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, this film festival takes place at the Gala Theater, 3333 14th Street, NW.

    Guerrilla Film Fest
    On June 1 and 2 is the Guerrilla Film Fest, held at the Carnegie Institution. On June 1 at 7:00pm is a program of short films and at 9:15pm is the feature documentary Lovable. On June 2 at 7:00pm is the "Collection of Best Shorts Part I" and at 9:15pm is the "Collection of Best Shorts Part II. See the website for more information.


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    Broadway to Hollywood III: The Musicals, on June 24 at 1:00pm, explores the influence of the Broadway musical on Hollywood movies. Dwight Blocker Bowers will take you through the song and dance of the stage to the screen musical with a selection of video, audio and still images.

    True Grit: The Life and Films of John Wayne, on June 3 at 1:00pm celebrates the centennial of John Wayne's birth. Using slides and film clips, Max Alvarez discusses the life and career of the great silver screen icon. More John Wayne events are at the AFI, the Archives, and Films on the Hill.

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