For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Society to Pick their Top Films of the Decade

Can you believe we're a decade into the new Century already?  Ten years ago, as part of the coming of the new millennium, Chlotrudis members selected their 200 for 2000 -- the Society's picks for the best 200 films of the 1900s.  Now it's 2010, and we're going to update that list by adding our top films from the last decade. Chlotrudis members are encouraged to send in their personal Top 50 films released between 2000 and 2010, ranked in order. Shortly after the New Year, we will post the combined list here.

In the meantime, what do you think the top film will be? Feel free to make your guesses in the comments section. Any film released between 2000 and 2010 is eligible!

Chlotrudis Society Needs Your Help!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film began its 12th year as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization this summer, and we’re busier than ever! As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, we are committed to teaching audiences to view films actively and to increase awareness about independent, international and documentary film through our Annual Awards Program and Ceremony, special screening series at partner theaters, partnerships with film festivals, and our online news and reviews. We are in the midst of our Annual Fund drive and we are asking for your help to insure that we are able to provide members with some exciting programs and events over the coming year. | Read more »


Army of CrimeThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to be part of the 22nd annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, one of New England’s longest-lived and most acclaimed film festivals. Chlotrudis will be a Community Partner for the screening of ARMY OF CRIME (L’ARMEE DU CRIME) on Saturday November 6th, at the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston. Set in 1943, ARMY OF CRIME depicts a legendary chapter in the story of the French resistance during World War II. | Read more »

TIFF 2010 Day 6

SUBMARINE UK 5 cats Wow, is this a director to follow, Richard Ayoade! I love his sense of humor, quick wit, his playful and fresh visual style. Also, this was the funniest Q&A of the festival (impressive, considering Drydon & Coogan were in the mix). Oliver Tate, the star of his own Woody Allen film, is trying to negotiate the hell that is school, to get Jordana, the girl of his dreams to notice him, and to keep him mom from breaking up the family by running away with her old ex whose moved in next door and is now a new age guru type. The director struck gold in his casting - Oliver and Jordana are spot-on, and have endearing chemistry. | Read more »

TIFF 2010 Day 5

OUR DAY WILL COME France 3 cats A sullen redheaded teen meets up with an even odder redheaded man and they spin their shared perceptions/delusions of persecution into a fevered roadtrip, seeking the Isle of Dreams - Ireland, land of redheads. Directorial debut of Costa Gravas' son, Romain, who has done several music videos including M.I.A's controversial Born Free, in which redheads also played a key role (the vid being a precursor and inspiration of sorts for the film). | Read more »

Ask Paprika!

Paprika SteenAs reported a couple of weeks ago, APPLAUSE, the Danish star-vehicle for Paprika Steen is being released in the States at the end of the year.  Chlotrudis is teaming with World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation to get the word out about this film and the brilliant performance by Chlotrudis Award-honoree Paprika Steen.  To show her appreciation to her fans and independent film enthusiasts, Paprika will personally answer questions from fans and those who might be interested from all around the world.  Go to the official Applause Twitter, Read more »

Chlotrudis Hall-of-Famer returns with JACK GOES BOATING

Join Chlotrudis members on Friday, September 24 for the 7:20 pm screening of Philip Seymour Hoffman's directorial debut, JACK GOES BOATING.  We'll be catching the screening at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge.  Chlotrudis was an early fan of Hoffman, and we're very excited to see his first turn behind the camera.

Jack Goes Boating

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Chlotrudis and the Brattle Present CineCaché

CineCaché logoCelebrating the yet-to-be discovered treasures of the independent film world, Chlotrudis and the Brattle present CINE-CACHÉ, a new bi-weekly series of film and discussion, every other Monday night September 27, 2010 through January 3, 2011. Special screenings of sneak previews, festival favorites, regional features, and overlooked gems that haven’t played Boston are the kinds of films you’ll see in this exciting series. Filmmakers will be in attendance on select evenings and discussions will be held after all screenings.
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TIFF2010 Notes on Day 4

Finally I got some long uninterrupted sleep!  Didn't have to do the early morning box office, and had no early shows.  Actually, that is one thing that's odd about this year's festival - the dearth of morning screenings.  I've already had a couple of conversations with some really irritated Canadians about this - they bought the day pass option (in which you see x numbers of films, provided they start before 5pm), as they always do, only to find that for most days, maybe a dozen films total have screentimes before noon.  Very bizarre.   | Read more »