Chlotrudis Award winner Hal Hartley's new film in post-production

Hal Hartley recipient of the Chlotrudis Award for Excellence in Direction at the 8th Annual Awards Ceremony, will return to the big screen with THE GIRL FROM MONDAY. Principal shooting was completed in New York City this past January, with the film wrapping in sunny Puerto Rico.

An unapologetically stylized account of friendship, sacrifice, and free love in the information age, THE GIRL FROM MONDAY is fraught with the tensions of an unchecked consumer society and its impact on our sexualities, terrorism, and the difficulty in distinguishing elected officials from other corporate elites. This is Hal's first feature since 2002's NO SUCH THING.

THE GIRL FROM MONDAY stars "Sport's Night's" Sabrina Lloyd (right), Tatiana Abracos, and Hartley-alum Bill Sage. Hal has called the film "a fake sci-fi about the way we live now."

This information comes courtesy of Possible Films, Hartley's production company.

Short Film Festival Alum Jeffrey Wadlow's First Feature in Post-Production

Many Chlotrudis members will recall Jeffrey Wadlow's Chlotrudis Award-winning short film TOWER OF BABBLE. This inventive short, narrated by Kevin Spacey, took the top two prizes (Chlotrudis and Audience Awards) at the 2nd Annual Chlotrudis Short Film Festival in 2001. Wadlow went on to win the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival which awarded him a production/distribution deal to make a feature film with Universal Pictures.

As part of the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival, Wadlow produced a trailer for a thriller called CRY WOLF. The film, which stars relative unknowns such as Julian Morriss, Lindy Booth, and Jared Padalecki, alongside musician and sometime-indie film actor Jon Bon Jovi, is currently in post-production. CRY WOLF is a psychological thriller set in an exclusive prep school, based on the classic tale, The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

A much celebrated young writer, actor, and director, Wadlow's films have shown in festivals throughout the world. TOWER OF BABBLE, a short film which he wrote, directed, and acted in, won prizes at several festivals in addition to CSIF's. This inventive film featured three radically different storylines in different genres, each using the same dialogue.

While his win at the Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival insured him a shot at big-time studio success, and thus makes his feature ineligible for Chlotrudis Award consideration, we will continue to keep an eye on this talented filmmaker's career.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, August 19 - 25

Hello Film Lovers!

Lots of interesting films out there, but I'm very excited about this week's Chlotrudis Monday Movie of the Week! The Brattle Theatre, ever the purveyor of daring and intriguing film, provides the Exclusive Area Premiere of LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, the latest film by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. Scot and I saw Ratanaruang's startling film MON-RAK TRANSISTOR a couple years ago in Toronto, and this one has been receiving raves. PLUS, it features a librarian in the lead role! You know that's something many Chlotrudis members can get behind. Please join us at the Brattle Theatre for the 7:15 show, Monday, August 23. Watch for an e-mail about dinner to come.

LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
dir Pen-ek Ratanaruang w/Tadanobu Asano,Sinitta Boonyasak,Laila Boonyasak,Takashi Miike

With his latest feature film, Pen-ek Ratanaruang proves to be one the most prolific and exciting directors to emerge in recent years. LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE pairs Ratanaruang with internationally acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, HERO) and Japan's leading actor, Tadanobu Asano (ICHI THE KILLER, ZATOICHI). The collaboration results in a glorious surreal love story laced with magical realism that crosses physical, geographical, and, ultimately, emotional boundaries. Kenji (Asano) is a Japanese librarian's assistant living in Bangkok. His quiet lifestyle complements a mysteriousness that masks his obsessive-compulsive and suicidal behavior. Kenji's path becomes disrupted when Nid, the Thai woman whom he spies on between the bookshelves, dies. By some force of the universe, he befriends Nid's sister Noi, and the two embark on a relationship under scored by impending devastation. Noi lures Kenji back into the realm of life's chaotic pleasures, connections, and loss, just as she is about to leave for Osaka. Eventually Kenji's past and present converge as a trio of Yakuza come looking for him in Bangkok, adding a touch of humor that plays with one of the film's motifs of timing in life and "what if" scenarios. Kenji and Noi leap to life on-screen via the masterful restraint of Tadanobu and Thai actress Sinitta Boonyasak's strikingly beautiful and delicate performance. LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, with its entrancing atmospheric tone, is an eloquent experience in cinema framed with alluring subtlety and haunting images.

Another new release this week is WE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE, a hit at Sundance, based on stories by Andre Dubus (IN THE BEDROOM) and starring a quartet of indie stars, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Dern, Peter Krause, and Naomi Watts. A few people who saw this film at festivals simply hated it, but I've been reading more positive reviews, including a couple from our own members, that I'm now thoroughly intrigued. Of course, the major problem is it has opened exclusively at the Harvard Square

Theatre. Blah! That's a good way top bury a film in Boston! Oh well, perhaps I'll catch it somewhere. I've also been hearing raves about ZATOICHI, THE BLIND SAMURAI (write a review, somebody, please!) This one is playing at the Coolidge Corner Theatre (as well as that big indie chain in Cambridge... you know the one... they buried IMELDA a couple weeks ago?) I hope to tray and catch it before it disappears.

Speaking of the Coolidge, our own new Treasurer Clinton McClung, has programmed a terrific series at the Coolidge this summer, Teen Cinematheque. Playing everyday, for just $2, Clinton has grouped the films by categories. Next week is "Runaways," and his unique programming includes such films as THE 400 BLOWS, and MANNY & LO (where you can see Scarlett Johansson in her first starring role! Following each film, panels of teens, educators, parents, and film critics will lead a lively discussion.

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 19 - 25.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Art of Samurai Cinema
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (Thu.)
Kill Bill, vol. 2 (Thu.)
Exclusive Area Premiere!
Last Life in the Universe (Fri. - Wed.)
Midnight Cult Classics
Repo Man (Fri. & Sat.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Zatoichi, The Blind Swordsman
Maria Full of Grace
The Corporation (starts Fri.)
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music
Teens on Screens! "Romantics"
Rushmore
Midnites! The Best of Ben Stiller
Reality Bites (Fri. & Sat)
Midnites! Back to the Grindhouse!
Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde (Sat.)
Teens on Screens! "Runaways"
The 400 Blows (Mon.)
The Outsiders (Tue.)
Manny & Lo (Wed.)
Tribute to Marlon Brando
The Godfather

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
No Screenings... See you in September!

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
Garden State
The Door in the Floor
De-Lovely
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
La Dolce Vita (starts Fri.)
Uncovered: The War in Iraq (starts Fri.)
Intimate Strangers
Open Water
Garden State
The Door in the Floor Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World
Napoleon Dynamite
The Corporation
Gozu (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Uncovered: The War in Iraq (starts Fri.)
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman
Maria Full of Grace
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Uncovered: The War in Iraq (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
Riding Giants
Code 46
Intimate Strangers (Thu.)
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman
Before Sunset
De-Lovely
The Door in the Floor
Napoleon Dynamite
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Thu.)

Harvard Square, Cambridge
We Don't Live Here Anymore (starts Fri.)
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman
Fahrenheit 9/11

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Icelandic Cinema
The Seagull's Laughter (Thu.)
Roxbury Film Festival
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (Thu.)
We Don't Die, We Multiply: The Robin Harris Story (Sun.)
The Fine Art of Frying Chicken (Sun.)
The Extraordinary Mr. Barnet
The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks (Fri.)
The Girl With the Hat Box (Fri. & Sat.)
The House on Trubnaya Square (Sat.)
Okraina (Sun.)
Art on Film
My Architect (Sat.)
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Sun.)
New England Film Artists Presents
The Pursuit of Pleasure (Sat.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
Bukowski: Born Into This (Thu.)
The Door in the Floor (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Sat.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Award winner Wiebke von Carolsfeld takes part in Talent Lab Toronto

Wiebke von Carolsfeld is one of twenty-one participants, selected from over 200 applicants, who will be taking part in Talent Lab Toronto, an intense three-day program, giving a group of selected filmmakers the opportunity to hone the craft of filmmaking from experienced professionals. Over a three-day period during the Toronto International Film Festival, selected participants who have completed one feature or two shorts will take part in intensive sessions with renowned filmmakers and industry professionals, covering essentials of production, creative collaboration and marketing & distribution.

Chlotrudis Award winner Patricia Rozema joins international award-winning writer Michael Ondaatje, and independent producer and former head of United Artists, Bingham Ray as governors and creative mentors for the inaugural Talent Lab Toronto. Rozema attended the 7th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony where she received the Taskforce Award (since renamed the Chlotrudis Award for Creative and Visionary Direction). Von Carolsfeld took part in this year's 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony where she picked up two awards, the Director to Watch, and the Buried Treasure Award for her debut feature, MARION BRIDGE.

The Chlotrudis Society congratulations Wiebke on her participation, and wish her the best of luck with her future filmmaking endeavors.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, August 12 - 18

AUDITION. HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. ICHII THE KILLER. Just a tiny handful of the twisted and crazed film by Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike. No the master of mind-boggling enters Lynchian territory with an entry in the Japanese genre of "Yakuza/Horror." Join us on Monday, August 16, 6:50 p.m. at the (sigh) Kendall Square Theatre for Takashi Miike's GOZU... if you dare!

Director Takashi Miike (Audition) returns with a shocking but horrifyingly funny yakuza thriller. Gang member Minami (Hideki Sone) highly respects Ozaki (Sho Aikawa), who saved his life in the past. But lately Ozaki's eccentricities raise doubts about his sanity. Unsympathetic to Ozaki's mental breakdown, the crew's chairman orders Minami to kill Ozaki and take him to the yakuza disposal dump. Desperate to recover Ozaki's body after losing it, Minami embarks on a surreal journey of unexplained natural phenomenon. The eye-popping special effect climaxing this film has never before been seen on screen and is not to be missed! (Fully subtitled)
Director: Takashi Miike
Cast: Hideki Sone, Sh�kawa, Kimika Yoshino, Sh� Hino, Keiko Tomita, Harumi Sone, Renji Ishibashi

But before that, if you need a strong quotient of shlocky camp... or just an amazing bad movie that I love... come to the Midnight Cult Screening of Menahem Golan's THE APPLE! I saw this movie on Cinemax in 1981, a mere youth (just starting college), a closeted gay man just taking his first tentative steps toward exploring his nature. The spectacle! The sappy songs! The sexuality! THE APPLE is a cornball story about Alphie and Bibi, two sweet, naive youths from Moose Jaw, Canada who come to America to enter a music contest. Although they are beaten, the are excited to learn that Mr. Boogalow, a diabolical recording agent who manages the winnding group, has taken a liking to them and wants to sign them to their label. As Alphie and Bibi are exposed to the dark, underbelly of the music biz, the costumes shimmer... the songs soar... and the inevitable arrival of space hippies keeps things lively. You've never seen anything like this... or maybe you have, but it's still a heckuva lot of fun! Stay up late on Saturday, August 14, and join us for the midnight screening of THE APPLE at the Brattle!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 12 - 18.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Art of Samurai Cinema
Yojimbo (Thu.)
Fistful of Dollars (Thu.)
Orson Welles: Rogue Genius
The Third Man (Fri. - Mon.)
The Stranger (Fri. & Sat.)
Lady from Shanghai (Sun. & Mon.)
Midnight Cult Classics
The Apple (Fri. & Sat.)
Modern Musicals
Moulin Rouge! (Tue.)
Recent Raves
Kill Bill, vol. 1 (Wed.)
Kill Bill, vol. 2 (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
The Blind Swordsman, Zatoichi (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Thu.)
Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (starts Fri.)
The Hunting of the President (Thu.)
Midnites!
Cable Guy (Fri. & Sat)
Women's Prison Massacre (Sat.)
A Tribute to Marlon Brando
Last Tango in Paris (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
Y is for Yellow Journalism
The Front Page (Thu. & Fri.)
The Sweet Smell of Success (Thu. & Fri.)
Z is for Zealots
The Milky Way (Sat. & Sun.)
Ordet (Sat. & Sun.)

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Gozu (starts Fri.)
Intimate Strangers
Open Water
Garden State
The Door in the Floor Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World
The Corporation
Napoleon Dynamite
Imelda (Thu.)
She Hate Me (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman and The Chess Expert (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
Garden State
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite
A Home at the End of the World (Thu.)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
CHECK WEBSITE FOR SHOWTIMES!

Harvard Square, Cambridge
CHECK WEBSITE FOR SHOWTIMES!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Russian Cinema
The Return (Thu.)
Art on Film
My Architect (Thu & Sun.)
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Sat. & Sun.)
New England Film Artists Presents
The Pursuit of Pleasure (Thu. & Sat.)
Pre-Release Screening
Seeing Other People (Thu.)
Korean Cinema
Oasis (Thu.)
Cinema Tropical
A Lucky Day (Fri. & Sat.)
Icelandic Cinema
The Seagull's Laughter

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Control Room (Thu.)
Bukowski: Born Into This (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Thu. & Sun.)
Sneak Preview
Rosenstrasse by Margarethe von Trotta (Wed.)
with Special Guest Meyer Gottlieb, President, Samuel Goldwyn Films, and a child survivor of the Holocaust

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

More Improper Best of Boston!

Last week we congratulated the historic Brattle Theatre for their "Best Art-House Movie Theatre" honor in the current issue of THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN. What we neglected to mention was that our other favorite movie house, The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, was also a winner in the annual "Best of" issue.

Congratulations to the Coolidge for picking up the "Best Deal" Award for it's Coolidge Club Membership. Coolidge membership makes both "sense and cents." We're glad THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN recognizes the value of these two vital, independent, non-profit theatres in the Boston area!

Congratulations to our favorite theatres!

Chlotrudis Short Film Festival Changes Screening Date

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is now accepting international submissions for their 5th Annual Short Film Festival. The Festival will take place on November 1 & 3, 2004 in Brookline and Cambridge, MA. The Monday, November 1 screening date remains the same at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA. The second date of the festival held at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA was changed from Tuesday, November 2 to Wednesday, November 3 in deference to Election Day. The Chlotrudis Society wants everyone out there voting on November 2, then come join the Short Film Festival on the 3rd.

Short films are still being accepted through September 15, 2004. Films under twenty minutes in length, live-action, animated, narrative and documentary will be screened. Early deadline has been extended to August 15, 2004, with a final deadline extended to September 15, 2004. For the complete list of guidelines for submissions and eligibility requirements, please visit the Short Film Festival page.

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, August 5 - 11

Hello Film Lovers!

A few new indie releases debut this week, and for those of you who I gave an advanced preview of Chlotrudis Monday Night Movies, there has been a change! The reason for this change will come in the form of a little rant a little further down the page. Join us on Monday, August 9 for the 6:30 screening of Spike Lee's latest joint, SHE HATE ME, at the Kendall Square Theatre. Already dividing critics, SHE HATE ME features Chlotrudis buddy Kerry Washington in her first role to hit the big screen since her appearance here at the 10th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. We love Kerry, and we're looking forward to seeing her in another indie film. Due to the early start time of the film, we will be meeting for dinner pretty early, but if anyone would like to join us at the Cambridge Brewery at 5:00 p.m., let me know.

Whistle-blower Jack (Anthony Mackie) gets fired after he causes an investigation into his bosses' business dealings. Broke, his ex-girlfriend (Kerry Washington), now a lesbian, offers him $10,000 to impregnate her and her girlfriend (Dania Ramirez). Jack is ready to make "easy" money and as word spreads, rich lesbians with a desire for motherhood are lining up. But between his former employers seeking to frame him for fraud and his dubious fathering activities, Jack finds his life growing very complicated. Co-starring Monica Bellucci, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro and Brian Dennehy. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee. Official Web Site
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci, Jim Brown, Reynaldo Rosales, Jamel Debbouze, Brian Dennehy, Woody Harrelson, Ling Bai, Q-Tip, Dania Ramirez, John Turturro

Now, as many of you know, the originally planned Chlotrudis Monday Night Movie of the Week was the Philippine documentary IMELDA. We will not be seeing IMELDA on Monday, and here the reason why not is a result of Landmark Theatre's corporate mentality. As many of you also know, the Kendall Square Theatre has instituted a calendar screen at their theatre. This means they program a single low-profile indie film in advance to run for a single week. The idea behind this is if the film performs well in its opening week, Landmark has the option of extending its run. For this reason, distributors of these films book their product with Landmark, EVEN THOUGH THEY WOULD BE BETTER SUITED BOOKING THIS TYPE OF FILM AT AN INDEPENDENT THEATRE LIKE THE BRATTLE, in the hopes of getting a longer run, something that The Brattle is unable to offer. Now, since the Kendall instituted their Calendar schedule in January of 2004, they have extended a single film's run beyond the initial week. Many of these films would have done better at the Brattle, but because of the hope being dangled before distributors, or a potentially longer run at the Kendall, these films have passed by the Brattle. In the case of poor IMELDA, not only is this film being shown at a venue ill-suited for its audience, THEY ARE LIMITING IT TO A SINGLE SCREENING EACH DAY, in this case, 5:05 p.m., making it impossible for most people to attend, and thus, insuring very few people will catch it. Good going Kendall.

SHAOLIN SOCCER is a Hong Kong film that has been in the can for quite a while. In fact, Miramax's pathetic distribution plans has kept one of the country's biggest films of 2001 languishing for three years. Almost makes me start another rant, but instead, let's go see this film at the Brattle on Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. Here's what the Brattle has to say about SHAOLIN SOCCER: "Let �s just put it out there � Stephen Chow is hilarious!! He is one of the biggest comedy stars of Hong Kong and China � if pressed one could describe him to the uninitiated as a bizarre combination of Jim Carrey, Bruce Lee, and Charlie Chaplin who often stars in Zucker-Brothers-level spoofs of popular genre films. His best-known film in the States is the kung-fu cooking flick, GOD OF COOKERY, which took the Iron Chef concept (already popular in Asia) to its ludicrously extended conclusion with master chefs competing in literal cooking battles. SHAOLIN SOCCER continues on a similar premise, but transplants the action to the soccer field. Chow plays Sing, a Shaolin monk who is trying to find a way to spread the word about kung fu. After meeting an embittered ex-player (known as The Golden Leg), he becomes convinced that the best way to do this is to become a soccer star and he dutifully gathers his Shaolin brothers to his side to form his team. Chow seamlessly melds together the silly conventions of not only the sports saga and martial arts epic but also the Spaghetti Western, WWII battlefield films and Jerry Lewis comedies, and applies them to a comic coming-of-age story. As with all of the best spoofs, SHAOLIN SOCCER both pokes fun at and pays homage to its sources � what could be a better validation of the seemingly hokey story than to see in the uproarious final scene that the entire world has been gripped by kung fu fever!"

A couple other new releases this week include Zach Braff's (TV's "Scrubs") GARDEN STATE, French fave Patrice Leconte's INTIMATE STRANGERS, and the chilling OPEN WATER. I'm hoping to catch GARDEN STATE in the coming weeks. A couple of noteworthy films from past weeks are still hanging around, and you should definitely think about catching MARIA FULL OF GRACE and A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD. I'm amazed that METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER is leaving theatres (like the Kendall) after a single week but this fascinating documentary is still playing at Loew's Copley Square Theatre and the suburbs too! Don't miss it. And for those of you who still haven't caught Guy Maddin's quirky and delightful THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, The Brattle brings it back for their RECENT RAVES series on Wednesday, August 11. Remember, Wednesday is Chlotrudis Day at the Brattle! Show your membership card and get a discount!

Finally, for all of you who like to party in movie theatres (and who doesn't) be sure to come to TRAILER TREATS at the Brattle on Thursday, August 5. Enjoy some beer and barbecue, while grooving to live music! Then catch a reel of some vintage and wacky movie trailers! It's the perfect way to spend a hot summer night. Dress in your best trailer trash couture! Check out Brattle Executive Directors (and Chlotrudis members) Ned and Ivy at last year's Trailer Treats in a photo taken by Brandon Constant. The festivities start at 9:30 p.m.!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, August 5 - 11.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
Trailer Treats!
The Art of Samurai Cinema
Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi (Thu.)
Exclusive Area Premiere
Shaolin Soccer (Fri. - Sun.)
Midnight Cult Classics
Shaolin Soccer (Fri. & Sat.)
Orson Welles: Rogue Genius
Macbeth (Mon.)
Modern Musicals
Lagaan (Tue.)
Recent Raves
The Saddest Music in the World (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Maria Full of Grace
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Hunting of the President
Zoolander (Fri. & Sat)
Kung Fu
Rudy Rae Moore is Dolomite (Sat.)
A Tribute to Marlon Brando
The Wild One (Mon.)
Teens on Screen
Rebel Without a Cause (Mon.)
Dead Poets Society (Tue.)
Dogtown & Z-Boys (Wed.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
S if for Stamp
Billy Budd (Thu.)
The Hit (Thu.)
Trailers, Trailers, Trailers (Fri.)
U is for University Professors
Wild Strawberries (Sat. & Sun.)
The Declnie of the American Empire (Sat. & Sun.)
V is for Vietnam Revisited
Boat People (Mon.)
Who'll Stop the Rain (Mon.)
W is for World War I Silents
Nosferatu the Vampyre (Tue.)
Matewan (Tue.)

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Door in the Floor
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Intimate Strangers (starts Fri.)
She Hate Me (starts Fri.)
Open Water (starts Fri.)
Imelda (starts Fri.)
Garden State (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace
A Home at the End of the World (starts Fri.)
The Corporation
Napoleon Dynamite
Control Room (Thu.)
The Door in the Floor (Thu.)
Broadway: The Golden Age (Thu.)
The Clay Bird (Thu.)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Garden State (starts Fri.)
A Home at the End of the World
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Thu.)
The Corporation (Thu.)
Seducing Doctor Lewis (Thu.)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Intimate Strangers (starts Fri.)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Before Sunset
De-Lovely
The Door in the Floor
Napoleon Dynamite

Harvard Square, Cambridge
Before Sunset
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Clearing (Thu.)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New England Film Artists Presents
The Pursuit of Pleasure (Thu. & Sat.)
Pre-Release Screening
Seeing Other People (Thu.)
Korean Cinema
Oasis (Thu. - Sun.)
Art on Film
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Thu.)
My Architect (Thu & Fri.)
Russian Cinema
The Return (Sat. & Sun.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Control Room (Thu.)
Bukowski: Born Into This (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Thu. & Fri.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Chlotrudis Monday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round Up, July 29 - August 4

Hello Film Lovers!

Some weeks it's famine... others it's feast! This is another one of those feast moments, when it seems like they've been saving up all the independent film I want to see! We've been seeing the preview for a while, so now it's back to the Coolidge Corner Theatre for the much awarded film, MARIA FULL OF GRACE. Join Chlotrudis members on Monday, August 2, 7:35 p.m. for the film that won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and whose lead actress, Catalina Sandino Moreno, took the Silver Bear Award for Best Acting at the Berlin Film Festival.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE
dir. Joshua Marston w/ Catalina Sandino Moreno, Yenny Paola Vega, Guilied Lopez, Jhon Alex Toro, Patricia Rae, in English and Spanish w/subtitles, 1h 41m

Maria is a bright, spirited 17-year old who lives with three generations of her family in a cramped house in rural Colombia. After losing her job in the local flower factory and discovering that she is pregnant, Maria feels that she needs to make a drastic change in her life. Then she meets Franklin, a cool young hipster who tells her of a lucrative job involving travel. The job is to be a drug mule - swallowing dozens of rubber pellets full of heroin and illegally flying them to the United States. Far from the uneventful trip she is promised, Maria is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. Her mission becomes one of determination and survival and she finally emerges with the grace that will carry her forward into a new life.

MARIA FULL OF GRACE is a tour de force, not just for newcomer Joshua Marston, who directs this tale with a realism that brings to mind the best verite documentaries, but also for newcomer Catalina Sandino Moreno. Her performance as Maria is so multi-faceted and filled with dignity that she alone defines the title of the film, a remarkable accomplishment that earned this first-time actor the best acting award at the Berlin Film Festival.

Are you a fan of Anime? The Brattle brings you a special weekend engagement, the runner up for best animated feature at last year�s Fantasia Festival in Montreal (the winner was the unquestionably amazing TAMALA 2010), KAENA: THE PROPHECY. This French computer animated feature is a wonderful fantasy/sci-fi film that evokes the immortal French classic FANTASTIC PLANET as well as the work of Moebius and even the rock �n �roll animation of HEAVY METAL. KAENA features some of the most stunning imagery seen in an animated film in a long time. In the era of Pixar �s cartoonish versions of reality, this film uses animation to create new worlds and creatures that defy imagination. Featuring the voices of Kirsten Dunst, Richard Harris, and Anjelica Houston.

Another much-anticipated release this week is A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD, based on Michael Cunningham's novel of the same name. Scot and I have been looking forward to seeing this film for quite a while, so we will be catching the 11:45 a.m. matinee at the Kendall Square Theatre on Sunday. The film stars Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Sissy Spacek and newcomer Dallas Roberts. Join us for some Sunday cinema fun! Another well-reviewed film that opens this week is the documentary METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER. I don't think I'll be able to squeeze this one in this week, but I do hope to catch it sometime soon. Another well-received documentary, MY ARCHITECT makes a return engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts for the month of August, courtesy of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. If you missed this one earlier this year, you'll have several chances to catch it at the MFA. The MFA is also playing a new African film, ABOUNA (OUR FATHER). With so few opportunities to see new African film, this is one you may want to try to catch. Finally, Thursday night's Brattle screening of TWILIGHT SAMURAI comes highly recommended from Georgette. If you missed this one during its limited release earlier this year, check it out on Thursday night!

See you at the movies!

Playing this week, July 29 - August 4.

Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
The Art of Samurai Cinema
Twilight Samurai (Thu.)
Exclusive Area Premiere
Kaena: the Prophecy (Fri. - Sun.)
Midnight Cult Classics
Takashi Miike's Ichii the Killer (Fri. & Sat.)
Orson Welles: Rogue Genius
F for Fake (Mon.)
Confidential Agent (aka Mr. Arkadin) (Mon.)
Modern Musicals
The Muppets Take Manhattan (Tue.)
The Blues Brothers (Tue.)
Recent Raves
The Brattle Film Foundation & The Cambridge Arts Council Present a Special Outdoor Screening at Riverside Press Park!

Whale Rider (Wed.)

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
Fahrenheit 9/11
Before Sunset (Thu.)
The Hunting of the President
Monty Python's Life of Brian (Fri. & Sat)
Kung Fu
Scorching Sun, Fierce Winds, Wild Fire (Sat.)
A Tribute to Marlon Brando
A Streetcar Named Desire/i> (Mon.)

Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge
P is for Painters Painting
The Mystery of Picasso (Thu. & Fri.)
Van Gogh (Thu. & Fri.)
Q is for Quincy Jones
The Pawnbroker (Sat. & Sun.)
The Getaway (Sat. & Sun.)
R is for Renoir Silents
The Little Matchgirl (Mon.)
Nana (Mon.)
S if for Stamp
Billy Budd
The Hit

Hollywood Hits Theatre, Danvers
The Door in the Floor
Before Sunset
The Clearing (Thu.)
Napoleon Dynamite

Landmark Theatres
Kendall Square, Cambridge
The Clay Bird (starts Fri.)
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (starts Fri.)
Maria Full of Grace (starts Fri.)
A Home at the End of the World (starts Fri.)
Broadway: The Golden Age
The Corporation
The Door in the Floor
Napoleon Dynamite
Control Room
A Touch of Pink (Thu.)
The Hunting of the President (Thu.)
De-Lovely (Thu.)

Embassy Cinema, Waltham
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (starts Fri.)
A Home at the End of the World
The Corporation
Seducing Doctor Lewis
Before Sunset
Napoleon Dynamite
Control Room (Thu.)
A Touch of Pink (Thu.)
The Hunting of the President (Thu.)

Loews Theatres Copley Place, Boston
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (starts Fri.)
Before Sunset
De-Lovely
The Door in the Floor
The Clearing (Thu.)
Napoleon Dynamite


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The Clearing
Before Sunset
Fahrenheit 9/11

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Pre-release Screening
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
African Cinema
Abouna (Our Father) (Thu. - Sun.)
Cinema Tropical
A Cab for Three (Fri. & Sun.)
Art on Film
Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (Sat. & Sun.)
My Architect (Sat. & Sun.)
Russian Cinema
The Return (Sat.)

The Newburyport Screening Room, Newburyport
The Clearing (Thu.)
The Control Room (starts Fri.)

Boston Jewish Film Festival Events
Another Chance to see...
My Architect at the Museum of Fine Arts (Sat. & Sun.)

Michael R. Colford
Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, President

Improper Best of Boston!

Hip, Hip, Hooray! to the Brattle Theatre here in Cambridge for their "Best Art-House Movie Theatre" honor in the current issue of THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN. And thanks to the writer of the article for mentioning the Chlotrudis Awards in the piece!

"In addition to being a major force on the contemporary film scene -- both the Boston Independent Film Festival and the annual Chlotrudis Awards call the Brattle home -- its programming leaves plenty of room for reissued classicsor neglected and obscure gems from cinematic history."

Ain't it the truth!