Archive for July 7th, 2008

THE GITS held over!

July 7, 2008

We are happy to announce we are able to extend the run of THE GITS to include Friday, Sunday, and Monday (July 11, 13, 14) at 7 and 9pm. The film will now play daily at 7 and 9pm through July 14, with no shows on Saturday July 12.

THE GITS

NWFF pioneers new models of film distribution

July 7, 2008

From our press release…

NORTHWEST FILM FORUM ACQUIRES LIMITED RIGHTS
FOR AWARD WINNING FILM LA FRANCE
A TEN CITY RELEASE PLANNED

Seattle, WA — Northwest Film Forum has acquired limited rights to Serge Bozon’s LA FRANCE, winner of the prestigious Jean Vigo Award honoring independence of spirit and singularity of style. Bozon’s new film is a WWI musical that has eluded US distribution since its premiere at Cannes Film Fest Directors’ Fortnight. In a progressive and unique new model of film releasing, Northwest Film Forum will tour the film to ten US and Canadian cinemas beginning July 12, 2008.

When a soldier’s wife Camille, played by Sylvie Testud, receives a letter from her husband telling her to forget him, she disguises herself as a man and heads to the front to find him. Along the way, she falls in with a troop of battle-hardened soldiers led by a soulful lieutenant, played by Pascal Greggory, who eventually becomes a sort of mascot for the men. Described by Bozon as the story of “a band on the run,” this haunting film scales the same emotional heights as the pop music that serves as its inspiration and ornament. The cast also includes Guillaume Verdier, François Negret, Laurent Talon, Pierre Leon, Benjamin Esdraffo.

The film’s tour kicks off with a one week run at Anthology Film Archives in New York on July 12. It expands to Boston, Rochester, Houston, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver, Ithaca, and Portland through October. “The tour was predicated on the lack of theatrical release for what many non-profit cinemas see as a commercially viable film,” said Northwest Film Forum’s program director Adam Sekuler, who negotiated the acquisition. “We see this partnership amongst these kinds of venues as the beginning of a new model for release of both American independents and foreign titles that have difficulty securing distribution deals in the United States. We believe that theatrical is still critical in a film’s release. This model assures that.

LA FRANCE joins Robinson Devor’s POLICE BEAT, which the organization produced through its Start-To-Finish program and Linas Phillips’ WALKING TO WERNER, as titles distributed by Northwest Film Forum, a non-profit cinematheque located in Seattle, Washington. LA FRANCE will open Northwest Film Forum on September 5th.

Lost scenes shown from sci-fi classic ‘Metropolis’

July 7, 2008

Lost scenes shown from sci-fi classic ‘Metropolis’
July 4, 2008, 6:05 PM EST

Lost scenes from the sci-fi classic “Metropolis,” recently discovered in the archives of a Buenos Aires museum, were shown to journalists for the first time in decades on Thursday.

A long-lost original cut of the 1927 silent film sat for 80 years in a private collection and then in the Museum of Cinema in Buenos Aires, where it was
discovered in April with scratched images that hadn’t been seen before.

Museum director Paula Felix-Didier said theirs is the only copy of German director Fritz Lang’s complete film.

“This is the version Fritz Lang intended,” said Martin Koerber, a curator at the Deutsche Kinemathek film museum in Berlin, Germany.

“Metropolis,” written by Lang and his actress wife Thea von Harbou, depicts a 21st century world divided between a class of underworld workers and the “thinkers” above who control them.

Soon after its initial release at the height of Germany’s Weimar Republic, distributors cut Lang’s three-and-a-half-hou r masterpiece into the shorter version since viewed by millions worldwide.

But a private collector carried an original version to Argentina in 1928, where it has stayed, Felix-Didier said.

In the 1980s, Argentine film fanatic Fernando Pena heard about a man who had propped up a broken projector for “hours” to screen “Metropolis” in the 1960s. But the version of the film he knew was only one-and-a-half hours long. For years, he begged Buenos Aires’ museum to check their archives for the man’s longer version.

This year, museum researchers finally agreed and in April uncovered the reels in the museum’s archive.

In June, Felix-Didier flew with a DVD to the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden, Germany, which owns the rights to “Metropolis.” Researchers there confirmed that the scenes were original.

News of the find excited film enthusiasts worldwide.

“This is a movie that millions and millions of people have seen since its release and yet, in many ways, we’ve never seen the true film,” said Mike Mashon, head of the Moving Image section of the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington.

“Metropolis” was reissued in the U.S. in 2002 by Kino International Corp., which owns the rights to distribute the film domestically, Kino’s general manager Gary Palmucci said.

Kino may rerelease the new, complete version of the film.

Meanwhile, Buenos Aires’ Museum of Cinema is holding its treasure tight.

“The film hasn’t left the museum and it won’t leave until the city government and the Murnau Foundation decide what to do,” Felix-Didier said.

Copyright 2008 Associated Press.

3rd Annual Seattle Bike-In poster

July 7, 2008

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