Cinematheque . Mar 8-11: Norwegian Wood, Margaret, Roger Corman & More!
Kenneth Lonergan's long-delayed MARGARET is one of the most talked-about movies of the past year! Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, and Mark Ruffalo star in MARGARET, writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's first film since his acclaimed and award-winning 2000 brother-sister drama YOU CAN COUNT ON ME. Originally scheduled to be released in 2007, but delayed because Lonergan could not complete a final cut he was happy with (multiple lawsuits resulted and eventually Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker finished the job), MARGARET was finally given a token theatrical release (only two prints) last fall. But its short time in NY and L.A. was long enough to win it some ardent fans. Film critics lobbied the distributor, Fox Searchlight, to expand the film's release to other cities. (Their efforts worked, which is why we can show it.) They also urged colleagues in critics' groups to bestow it with year-end awards, and MARGARET placed high in the actress and screenplay categories in Boston, Chicago, and London. The film tells of a 17-year-old NYC high school student (Paquin) who is convinced that she was partly responsible for a bus accident that killed a woman. But when she tries to make amends, she discovers that the adults in her life don't share her idea of culpability. Railing against them, she finds herself on a collision course between youthful idealism and the realities and compromises of the grown-up world. Time Out New York awarded the film five stars (their highest rating), commenting that the movie "bursts with ambition" and "has a cumulative power that's staggering." MARGARET finally makes it to Cleveland on Saturday and Sunday. Here's the trailer. "Do Not Disturb" signs ignored in new haunted hotel chiller THE INNKEEPERS THE INNKEEPERS, the new horror film from Ti West (director of HOUSE OF THE DEVIL), is set at a dilapidated New England inn that's about to close. The place has long been rumored to be haunted, so two young employees seize their final opportunity to check it out-while a number of very old guests check in. Kelly McGillis and Lena Dunham appear in this movie that Film Comment calls "just the right blend of fright and fun?If HOUSE OF THE DEVIL further established Ti West as the real deal; THE INNKEEPERS has clinched it." See it in a 35mm color & scope print on Saturday or Sunday. Money is the root of all evil in Robert Bresson's final masterpiece L'ARGENT Voted the greatest film of the 1980s in a poll of critics, filmmakers, and curators, Robert Bresson's final movie L'ARGENT (MONEY) is a spare, terse, tranquil masterpiece in which a counterfeit bank note leads the young man who passed it on a downward spiral to theft, murder, prison, and-ironically-redemption. It's based on Tolstoy's story The False Note. See this subtitled French film in a new 35mm color print on Saturday or Sunday. Here's the great original French trailer. Isn't it good: NORWEGIAN WOOD NORWEGIAN WOOD is the lyrical and visually stunning new film from Tran Anh Hung, director of CYCLO and THE SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA. It is based on a Haruki Murakami novel and features an original music score by Jonny Greenwood. Set in turbulent, late 1960s Tokyo, the movie focuses on Watanabe and Naoko, two childhood friends devoted to one another after a shared tragedy. Their somber relationship is threatened when a vivacious young woman introduces Watanabe to a new world of sex, freedom, and rock and roll-forcing him to choose between a past of sorrow and regret, or a future of vitality and hope. No one under 18 will be admitted to this subtitled movie that shows on Thursday and Friday. CORMAN'S WORLD explores the secret life of B's (B movies, that is) From the 1950s to the early 1970s Roger Corman was a prolific director of low-budget, youth-oriented "B" movies-Westerns, action pictures, biker films, horror, monster, and sci-fi flicks. In the past 60+ years he has also produced close to 400 films, and given many of today's stars and directors their break in the business-from Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, and Jonathan Demme to Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro, and Jack Nicholson. All of these luminaries (and others like Quentin Tarantino, Pam Grier, Ron Howard, and William Shatner) pay tribute to their mentor-and to his rare ability to churn out popular, profitable potboilers-in Alex Stapleton's new documentary CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL, which plays on Thursday and Friday. This vastly entertaining, clip-filled tribute has a 93% "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes.com . Here's the trailer. Cinematheque adds screening of Angelina Jolie's IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY is a love story written and directed by Angelina Jolie. Set during the Bosnian War, it chronicles the relationship between a Bosnian Serb soldier and a Bosnian Muslim woman imprisoned in a camp he commands. The film has been added to our current schedule, showing Monday, March 19 at 7:15 pm for our regular admission prices. John Ewing reveals his 36th Cleveland International Film Festival "Top Ten" Here are the ten films (actually 12) that Cinematheque Director John Ewing is most excited about seeing at the upcoming 36th Cleveland Int'l Film Festival, March 22-April 1 at Tower City Cinemas: ALPS, THE ART OF LOVE, THE CAT VANISHES, DREILEBEN TRILOGY, I WILL FOLLOW, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, MICHAEL, TOMBOY, TYRANNOSAUR, THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH. This does not mean that you or anybody else will like them. Watch for Tim Harry's list next week. This Weekend From Haruki Murakami novel NORWEGIAN WOOD Thu., March 8, at 6:45 pm Fri., March 9, at 9:30 pm Roger Corman in CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL Thu., March 8, at 9:20 pm Fri., March 9, at 7:30 pm Robert Bresson's L'ARGENT Sat., March 10, at 5:15 pm Sun., March 11, at 6:30 pm Kenneth Lonergan's acclaimed, contentious MARGARET Sat., March 10, at 7:00 pm Sun., March 11, at 3:30 pm Ti West horror film THE INNKEEPERS Sat., March 10, at 9:45 pm Sun., March 11, at 8:15 pm Next Week 4 ADVENTURES OF REINETTE AND MIRABELLE Thu., March 15, at 6:45 pm Sat., March 17, at 5:05pm KILL LIST Thu., March 15, at 8:40 pm Sun., March 18, at 8:30 pm SURVIVING LIFE Fri., March 16, at 7:20 pm Sat., March 17, at 9:45 pm THE TURIN HORSE Fri., March 16, at 9:30 pm Sat., March 17, at 7:00 pm Sun., March 18, at 3:30 pm LES ANGES DU PECHE (ANGELS OF SIN) Sun., March 18, at 6:30 pm