Chotrudis Sunday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, February 26 - March 4

Hello Chlotrudis Members!

There is a lot going on this week... so many films to chose from and so many different speical events going on. This week's hosts, Gil and Amanda, have decided to keep the weeknights clear in case you want to go to any of the Coolidge Award activities on Monday or Tuesday, so please join them for a very special Chlotrudis Sunday Night at the Movies when they will head to the Harvard Film Archive to see director Bong Joon-ho present his latest film, MOTHER. Bong Joon-ho has thrilled Chlotrudis members in the past with his Buried Treasure nominated MEMORIES OF MURDER and his surprise hit THE HOST. Tickets go on sale at 6:15pm for this 7pm show, so do plan on arriving early.

Mother (Maedo)
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Appearing in Person
With Kim Hye-ja, Won Bin, Jin Ku
South Korea 2009, 35mm, color, 129 min. Korean with English subtitles

Bong Joon-ho’s latest film is at once a murder mystery, a portrait of a small Korean town and, above all, a meditation on the dark complexity of the ambivalent bonds binding parents and children. Kim Hye-ja brings a riveting, desperate energy to her portrayal of the title character, a woman trying to prove that her son has been coerced into confessing to a murder he did not commit. As her investigation continues and expands, it unearths ever-darker layers in the community and in the relationship between mother and son. Bong’s talent for conjuring a sense of menace from landscape, color and framing suggests a rich hybrid of Hitchcock’s crisp storyboarded world and Imamura’s ribald animism. Kim’s character ultimately reveals her Imamuran ancestry - earthy, potentially violent, and seemingly indomitable.

Check out the trailer:

Many people have already enjoyed CHILDREN OF INVENTION during it's area premiere at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, but at long last this made-in-Boston movie gets a theatrical run at the Brattle Theatre. Director Tze Chun and Producer Mynette Louie will be present at the Friday and Saturday 7:30pm screenings, and I can't recommend this film highly enough. If you haven't seen it yet, DON'T MISS IT! This film will definitely be among next year's nominations... as the Buried Treasure at the very least. It's a fine, fine film and an amazing, local achievement. Go see it.

Check out the trailer:

**editor's note: So I just watched the trailer again when I went to get the link to post it and now I have to go see the film again. It's that good.

Speaking of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, they've got a couple of free sneak preview screenings this week that you might want to check out. On Wednesday, March 3, 7:30pm at the Kendall Square Cinema, join the IFFB for a free screening of the documentary THE ART OF THE STEAL. Director Don Argott will appear in person for a Q&A immediately after the screening. On Thursday, March 4, 7pm at the Somerville Theatre, the IFFB presents the Danish thriller TERRIBLY HAPPY, which opens on Friday at the Kendall Square cinema. This is a great opportunity to see a few great sneak previews. Admission is free, but you will need a flyer to get in. Go to the IFFB website and print out the flyers.

Check out the trailer for TERRIBLY HAPPY:

Boston Jewish Film Festival has a sneak preview screening taking place this week as well. On Tuesday, March 2, 7pm at the West Newton Cinema, join them for a special screening of PROTEKTOR. PROTEKTOR is a stylish thriller, well-acted. The Boston Jewish Film Festival is pleased to present this film from the Czech Republic, currently without U.S. distribution -- in other words, see it now. The year is 1938; the country, Czechoslovakia. Hana has her first big success in film – and the German Occupation, or Protectorate, begins. As a Jew, Hana’s dreams for a successful career are smashed. Her non-Jewish husband Emil, a radio reporter, collaborates with the Nazis more and more. Running late to work, he grabs a stray bicycle on the street, one that looks a lot like that used by the would-be assassin of the Reich Deputy Protector Reinhard Heydrich. Winner, Krzysztof Kieslowski Award, Best Feature Film, Denver International Film Festival and Czech Republic entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at Academy Awards, Tickets are $15 general admission; $12 discounted for students, seniors 65+, and members of The Boston Jewish FIlm Festival and WGBH. Purchase tickets online with a credit card by clicking here or purchase at the West Newton Cinema box office, daily from 1PM to 8PM.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre has chosen internationally acclaimed director Jonathan Demme as the recipient of the 2010 Coolidge Award. Demme will arrive in Brookline to accept the honor and to participate in related public programs on March 1 – 2. On March 1, 2pm the Coolidge will hold a special benefit screening of Demme's documentary THE AGRONOMIST, which will be a fundraiser Haiti earthquake relief efforts. That same night, March 1 at 8pm, the Coolidge will feature the New England premiere of NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, with introduction and Q&A with Jonathan Demme. Tuesday, March 2 at noon will feature a MELVIN AND HOWARD screening and panel discussion with Demme and key cast and crew members. Then the big event takes place Tuesday night at 6:30pm with the Coolidge Award reception and ceremony. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Coolidge website.

At the Brattle Theatre, get ready to party in style at their 10th Anniversary Oscar Party! This annual staple is one of the best parties of the year (I would say second only to our very own celebration)! This year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, their Special Pre-Party & Fundraiser will feature special guest, producer/director James Ivory! Support the Brattle Film Foundation and the Brattle Theatre by attending their exclusive party and silent auction fundraiser and meet director James Ivory. Then stay and watch the awards! The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Sunday March 7. I'm part of the Oscar Party's Host Committee, so I do hope you will join me for a great time and an opportunity to support the Brattle as well. Your $75 ticket will admit you to the special pre-party for some delicious hors d'oeuvres, open bar, and attendance at the official Oscar broadcast, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Brattle's Silent Auction and win some really terrific prizes. More information can be found at the Brattle website.

See you at the Movies!

Playing this week, February 26 - March 4, 2010.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Special Engagement! Area Premiere!
Children of Invention Director Tze Chun and Producer Mynette Louie will be present on Fri. and Sat.
The Films Of Jacques Tati
Return Engagement!
A Benefit for Hands On Disaster Response (Haiti)!
Happiness Is (Sun.)
Harvard Bookstore Presents
Jodi Picoult (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Shutter Island
2010 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts
2010 Oscar Nominated Live Action Shorts
The Last Station
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsburg and the Pentagon Papers
Midnight Madness!
Coolidge Award Screening Crazy Mama (Fri. & Sat.)
Coolidge Award Screening Caged Heat (Fri. & Sat.)
Special Coolidge Award Events
The Agronomist w/ Jonathan Demme (Mon.)
The Neil Young Trunk Show w/ Robyn Hitchcock Live! (Mon.)
Melvin and Howard w/ Jonathan Demme and special guests moderated by Elvis Mitchell (Tue.)
Reception w/ Jonathan Demme and special guests (Tue.)
2010 Coolidge Award Ceremony Honoring Jonathan Demme w/Jenny Lumet & special guests (Tue.)

FEI Theatres
Capitol Theatre, Arlington

The Young Victoria

Somerville Theatre, Somerville
Blood Into Wine
The Crazies
Broken Embraces

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Night Visionary, Philippe Grandrieux's Adventures in Perception
Sombre Director Philippe Grandrieux in Person! (Fri.)
A Lake Director Philippe Grandrieux in Person! (Sat.)
Bong Joon-ho: The Pleasures and Terrors of Genre
Mother Director Bong Joon-ho in Person! (Sun.)
Memories of Murder Director Bong Joon-ho in Person! (Mon.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Last Station
The Young Victoria
A Single Man
An Education
The Hurt Locker

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square
, Cambridge
Red Riding: 1974
Red Riding: 1980
Red Riding: 1983
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
The Last Station
The White Ribbon
Crazy Heart
A Single Man
An Education

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Precious, based on the novel Push by Sapphire

Loew's Harvard Square, Cambridge
The Crazies
The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Making of Western Myth
Stagecoach (Fri.)
Cheyenne Autumn (Sun.)
History of Film: From Silent Movies to Social Networking
M (Fri. & Sun.)
Festival of Films on Art
Light, No Light (Fri.)
Nora preceded by Oslo Opera House (Sat.)
Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun (Sat.)
Karsh is History (Sat.)
Mort a Venise (Sun.)
Peepshow (Sun.)
Anthony Caro, Sculpture like Religion (Wed.)
Piotr Anderszewski (Wed.)
Photography on Film
Harry Callahan (Sat.)
New Films from Quebec
It's Not Me, I Sweaer (Thu.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Broken Embraces

The Stuart Street Playhouse, Boston
Check the theatre's website.

West Newton Cinema, West Newton, MA
Check the theatre's website.

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President