Landmark’s Nuart Theatre-LA Summer-Fall 2012 Film Calendar announced | Film News
LANDMARK ANNOUNCES LOS ANGELES SUMMER – FALL 2012
FILM CALENDAR FOR NUART THEATRE
Landmark Theatres announces bookings for the Los Angeles Summer – Fall 2012 Film calendar presented at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre. The quarterly Film calendar highlights specialized bookings of limited-run films to avid cinephiles in Los Angeles, offering an essential guide for audiences to discover exciting films that may never enjoy the publicity of nationwide exposure. Included in the mix of programming are documentaries, reissues, features from a variety of foreign countries and other edgy, alternative cinema. The Film calendar is available at all Landmark Theatres and other locations throughout Los Angeles.
Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles
Showtimes and information: (310)281-8223
FOLLOWING ARE OUR MAIN FEATURES; FURTHER BELOW IS SCHEDULE OF MIDNIGHT MOVIES
Friday, July 13 – Thursday, July 26 (Two Weeks)
The Swedish thriller Easy Money layers three stories of illicit drugs and organized crime, all leading to an explosive finale. Joel Kinnaman (Stephen Holder on “The Killing”) stars as JW, a poor student who lives a double life within the wealthy Stockholm elite. He falls in love with an upper class girl and is soon lured into a world of crime. Jorge (Matias Padin Varela) is a fugitive on the run from the police and the Yugoslavian mafia. His plan: import a massive cargo of coke and then disappear for good. Yugoslavian hitman Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic) is trying hard to find Jorge but his criminal life takes a turn when he is forced to take care of his young daughter. While JW starts a journey into the dark world of organized crime, the fates of all three men come together in a struggle of life and death. Based on the international best-selling book “Snabba Cash” by Jens Lapidus, the first installment in his Stockholm Noir Trilogy. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). (Sweden, 2010)
Friday, July 27 – Thursday, August 2
Writer/director Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse) enters somewhat more upbeat territory with this quirky, tragicomic romance between eager underachiever Abe (Jordan Gelber) and insecure, over-medicated Miranda (Selma Blair). In his mid-30s, Abe is an avid toy collector who still lives with his parents (the wonderful Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow), and resents working for his father. His older brother Richard’s (Justin Bartha) success as a doctor only feeds Abe’s jealousy and frustration over his own failures. When Abe meets Miranda at a wedding and is instantly attracted, he convinces her to marry him after a whirlwind courtship. But, as the couple haltingly prepares to start a new life together, the film swerves into Abe’s subconscious; he weaves fantasies of guilt and obsession, including one in which the fond older secretary (Donna Murphy) is a predatory “cougar” out to seduce him. Tempering his trademark lacerating humor with unexpected tenderness, Solondz creates a poignant and provocative portrait of a besieged man-child and his fractured family—the story of a longtime dark horse struggling to come from behind. (USA, 2011)
SPECIAL APPEARANCE: Filmmaker Todd Solondz will appear in person on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, at 7:30pm & 9:45pm shows each night.
Friday, August 3 – Thursday, August 9
Documentary meets film noir in the riveting jaw-dropper The Imposter, a true story which has the twists and turns of a thriller. In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn… Told in a cinematic language that combines documentary and stylized visualizations, perception is challenged at every turn. Just as the truth begins to dawn on you, another truth emerges leaving you even more on edge! Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Documentary Competition) at the Miami Film Festival. (UK, 2012)
Friday, August 10 – Thursday, August 16
Clara (Catherine de Léan) and Nikolaï (Dimitri Storoge) are good-looking strangers who meet on the packed, sweaty dance floor of a rave and are soon at his rather dingy apartment having torrid sex. Afterwards, when Clara attempts to leave, Nikolai challenges her to stay and reveal more than just her naked body. The ensuing epic conversation ebbs and flows, attacking and embracing, exploring and revealing, as the two spend the night together stripping emotionally. Clara peels back the layers of her wounded personality: by day she is a third grade teacher, but by night she is a compulsive party-girl. She goes out every night, gets drunk and high, invites high-voltage sexual encounters, all the while desperately trying to fill an emotional void yet never succeeding. The two performers give intense, striking performances that make this bold and intimate study of a one-night stand riveting. First-time director Anne Émond won the Claude Jutra Award for best first film, and the film was chosen as Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver Film Festival. (Canada, 2011)
Friday, August 17 – Thursday, August 23
Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter Chiara Mastroianni star in this sly and exquisitely romantic musical drama that spans over three decades as it follows a mother and daughter’s misadventures in love. In the ‘60s, Madeleine (Ludivine Sagnier) leaves Paris to re-join her Czech husband Jaromil (Rasha Bukvic) in Prague, but his infidelities and the arrival of Russian tanks in the city lead her back to France. Thirty years later we follow the romance of Madeleine’s daughter, Véra (Mastroianni), who falls in love with a musician (Paul Schneider) in London who is incapable of devoting himself to her. Meanwhile in Paris, a re-married Madeleine (now played by Deneuve) has rekindled her love affair with Jaromil (Milos Forman). Louis Garrel (The Dreamers) also stars in this light-hearted but ultimately moving exploration of the changing nature of relationships, with music by Alex Beaupain (Love Songs). Written and directed by Christophe Honoré (Love Songs, Dans Paris). (France/UK/Czech Republic, 2011)
Friday, August 24 – Thursday, August 30
Based on true events, Compliance tells the chilling story of just how far one might go to obey a figure of authority. On a particularly busy day at a suburban fast food joint, high-strung manager Sandra (Ann Dowd) receives a phone call from a police officer saying that an employee, a pretty young blonde named Becky (Dreama Walker) has stolen money from a customer. Convinced she’s only doing what’s right, Sandra commences the investigation, following step-by-step instructions from the caller at the other end of the line, no matter how invasive they become. As we watch, we ask ourselves two questions: “Why doesn’t she just say no?” and the more troubling, “Am I certain I wouldn’t do the same?” Writer/director Craig Zobel (Great World of Sound) recounts this riveting nightmare in which the line between legality and reason is hauntingly blurred. The cast delivers startlingly authentic performances that make the appalling events unfolding onscreen all the more difficult to watch—but impossible to turn away from. Delving into the complex psychology of this real-life story, Compliance proves that sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. (USA, 2012)
Friday, August 31 – Thursday, September 13 (Two Weeks)
SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious semi-autobiographical story—already an off-Broadway smash and a best-selling book—to the screen as writer/director/star in his cinematic debut. Occasionally commenting ruefully on the action (“Remember: you’re on my side!”), Birbiglia plays alter-ego Matt Pandamiglio, a struggling stand-up comedian avoiding commitment with his long-time girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose, “Six Feet Under”) who is becoming impatient. Unable to confront his anxieties, Matt finds them manifesting in ridiculous, dangerous and surreal bouts of sleepwalking in which his sub-conscious runs wild (he fights off a jackal attack, competes in the Dustbuster Olympics). With the help of a doubtful talent agent he goes on the road to little colleges and dive bars, where his material bombs until he stumbles into some revealing jokes about his relationship. Birbiglia’s self-deprecating persona makes for a fresh, appealing and very funny film. Co-starring Carol Kane and James Rebhorn with cameos by members of today’s stand-up scene. Co-written and produced by Ira Glass (“This American Life”). (USA, 2012)
SPECIAL APPEARANCE: Filmmaker and actor Mike Birbiglia will appear in person at evening shows on Friday, August 31, and Saturday, September 1.
Friday, September 14 – Thursday, September 20
As a result of the Chinese government’s one-child policy instituted in 1979, hundreds of thousands of babies were abandoned, mostly girls. Somewhere Between tells the intimate stories of four Chinese girls who are born to families who are unable to keep them. Instead of being raised by their biological parents the baby girls are given to orphanages and eventually adopted by American families. They grow up with “Sesame Street,” hip-hop and Twitter. They describe themselves as “bananas”—white on the inside and yellow on the outside. All is well, until they hit their teen years, when their past pulls at them, and they start to wonder, “Who am I?” Documentaries have been made before about international adoption, but have always been from the point of view of the adoptive, Caucasian parents or the adult adoptee. Young minority girls’ voices are rarely heard. Somewhere Between lets four girls tell their own stories, from their point of view. We gain access to their deepest thoughts—about their families, their feelings of being an “other,” and their powerful connections to a past that most of them cannot recall. Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton. (USA, 2011)
SPECIAL APPEARANCE: Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton will appear in person at evening shows on Friday, September 14, and Saturday, September 15.
Friday, September 21 – Thursday, September 27
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
Faced with their own mortality, an improbable group of mostly HIV-positive young men and women broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment. How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. Blisteringly powerful, How to Survive a Plague transports us back to a vital time of unbridled death, political indifference, and staggering resilience and constructs a commanding archetype for activism today. (USA, 2012)
Friday, September 28 – Thursday, October 4
STARS IN SHORTS
From the presenters of the popular Academy Award Nominated Shorts program comes Stars in Shorts, a delightful new program featuring the world’s biggest actors—in their smallest roles yet! Judi Dench is a neophyte in the complicated landscape of internet dating in “Friend Request Pending.” Colin Firth is an unusually needy neighbor to Keira Knightley in the humorously droll “Steve,” written and directed by Rupert Friend. Lily Tomlin gets lost on her way to the funeral of a woman she never met in “The Procession.” Jason Alexander is a screenwriter at the end of his rope in the musical short “Not Your Time.” The acerbic Neil LaBute wrote and directed “Sexting,” in which Julia Stiles delivers a heartfelt monologue, ending with a hilarious surprise twist. LaBute also wrote the pitch black comedy “After-School Special,” in which Wes Bentley and Sarah Paulsen have an awkward encounter at an indoor playground. In the science fiction short “Prodigal,” Kenneth Branagh plays a mysterious and sinister man pursuing the supernaturally talented young girl whose father is determined to protect her at any price. Note: This shorts program contains adult language.
Friday, October 5 – Thursday, October 11
When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last. Bringing together some of the top filmmakers in the game today (Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence and more), this wickedly conceived horror anthology sends the viewer through a gauntlet of suspense, terror, shock, and downright brutality—instantly distinguishing itself from a sea of lackluster found-footage horror flicks. The diverse and deviously creative minds behind V/H/S shatter any preconceived notions about the genre, making it feel inventive and captivating once again. (USA, 2012)
SPECIAL APPEARANCE: Filmmakers will appear in person at the evening show and midnight show on Friday, October 5, and evening show on Saturday, October 6.
MIDNIGHT MOVIE SHOWINGS
Fridays ‘round midnight – “CineInsomnia” series:
7/13: BATTLE ROYALE
7/20: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH with Rainbow Carnage live
7/27: OVERBOARD Rare 35 mm print!
8/10: CRY-BABY with Sins O’ The Flesh live and rare 35 mm print!
8/17: GUMMO Rare 35mm print!
8/24: WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S Rare 35mm print!
8/31: THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
9/7: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
9/14: SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER AND UNCUT
9/21: PULP FICTION
9/28: ARMY OF DARKNESS
Saturdays ‘round midnight:
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with Sins O’The Flesh live