Fort Worth, TX (Oct. 10, 2007) – Fort Worth Sister Cities (FWSCI) today announced that “Vier Minuten” will join its spectacular line up for the Sister Cities Film Series, a sidebar event during the Lone Star International Film Festival in downtown Fort Worth, including one U.S. and four regional premieres.
“After months of negotiating, we’re proud to bring this film to Fort Worth and Texas,” said Steve Roth, Sister Cities film committee chairman. “It fits nicely with our other two German films, the U.S. premiere of ‘Hands Off Mississippi’ and the Contemporary Classic film ‘Run Lola Run’.”
‘Vier Minuten’ won Best Picture at the Germany Academy Awards this summer and was surprisingly edged out as the country’s entry in the Best Foreign Film competition here in the United States. Actress Monica Bleibtreu won a best actress LOLA award. Producers are currently marketing the film as a candidate for a Golden Globe.
Movies in the Fort Worth Sister Cities Film Series represent six of Fort Worth’s seven international Sister Cities: Trier, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Bandung, Indonesia; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Nagaoka, Japan; and Toluca, Mexico. Mbabane, Swaziland, the city’s seventh Sister City, will be honored during the festival with a reception hosted by The Africa Channel.
VIER MINUTEN (Four Minutes), directed by Chris Kraus, regional debut, Germany
HÄNDE WEG VON MISSISSIPPI (Hands Off Mississippi), directed by Detlev Buck, US debut, Germany
EL VIOLIN (The Violin), directed by Francisco Vargas, regional debut, Mexico
MIO FRATELLO E FIGLIO UNICO (My Brother is an Only Child), directed by Daniele Luchetti, regional debut, Italy
HORUMAIKA, documentary, directed by Shinichi Hashimoto, Japan
HANA YORI MO NAHO (Hana), presented by FUNimation Entertainment, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan
FEHER TENYER (White Palms), directed by Szabolcs Hajdu, Hungary
BERBAGI SUAMI (Love for Share), directed by Nia Di Nata, regional premier, Indonesia
“Contemporary Classic Film” LOLA RENNT (Run Lola Run), directed by Tom Tykwer, Germany
Swaziland has no film industry, and therefore is not represented with a feature film.
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A special pass for all eight Sister Cities Film Series movies is $45 (a $19 savings) and individual tickets are $8. Tickets for the FWSCI Film Series are on sale now at www.fwsistercities.org until Oct. 31, 2007. Beginning Nov. 1, tickets will be available via Lone Star International Film Festival and at theaters during the festival. The FWSCI Film Series will be presented at the AMC Palace Theater, 220 E. Third St., in downtown, Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Additionally, Sister Cities will host cultural performances representing each of the seven Sister Cities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10 on the patio stage at 8.0 Bar and Cafe in downtown Fort Worth.
The annual Fort Worth Mayor’s International Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 will be the official kick-off event for Sister Cities during the Lone Star International Film Festival. Second City comedy group will be the featured entertainment. Second City alums include Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert. Come see tomorrow’s film and TV stars while they’re unknown. Tickets are $125 for individual tickets and can be purchased through Sister Cities at 817.392.2650.
The Lone Star International Film Festival runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 and promotes the work of emerging international filmmakers by providing resources to distribution and cutting edge technology. Through both competition and showcases, the Lone Star International Film Festival aims to cultivate global cultural awareness through the art of the moving image by selecting quality independent films, and showcase Fort Worth, Texas, as an international destination, highlighting both cultural and professional resources.
About the Lone Star Film Society
The Lone Star Film Society exists to preserve and present the art of the moving image and to examine its influence on world culture. LSFS is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, dedicated to cultivating an appreciation of the Visual Arts; engendering visual literacy, supporting community efforts regarding the film; and to building recognition for Fort Worth as an international film destination. The LSFS supports its mission through a variety of activities including Classics at The Modern: Celebrity Choice, Lone Star Open Screen Night, Teen VideoFest, the Lifetime Achievement Award, and debuting November 07, the Lone Star International Film Festival. For more information call (817) 735-1117 or visit http://www.lonestarfilmsociety.com/.
About Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Inc.
Fort Worth Sister Cities International is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network dedicated to creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level, to promote cultural understanding and to stimulate economic development. Fort Worth Sister Cities include Reggio Emilia, Italy; Nagaoka, Japan; Trier, Germany; Bandung, Indonesia; Budapest, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; Mbabane, Swaziland. For more information, call (187) 392.2650 or visit www.fwsistercities.org.
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