Friday, June 1, 2007

Playing this Weekend in North Texas

Get out and see a movie. Particularly if it's raining AGAIN. Here are films from or about our seven Sister City countries playing locally:

Black Book
Angelika, Dallas
Award-winning Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven directs “Black Book”, an epic World War II thriller based on the real life story of Rachel, a Jewish refugee who escapes to Holland and joins the Dutch resistance to seek revenge on the German Nazis who destroyed her life. When she falls in love with a Gestapo officer, Rachel must walk the line between friendship and enemy status during a time of heightened paranoia and chaos.

Magnolia Theater, Dallas
Working nine to five is a real killer, but office outings can be even worse. A coach lurches out of bustling Budapest, heading for the mountainous border. Aboard are seven employees of international weapons manufacturer Palisade Defence, global suppliers of innovative weaponry for the past 75 war-torn years. The lucky group is being treated to a team-building weekend at the company's newly-built luxury spa lodge. But things quickly go awry as the colleagues find their corporate weekend is sabotaged by a deadly enemy. Forget office politics, only the smartest will survive this bloody office outing! Directed and co-written by Christopher Smith (Creep).

The Lives of Others
Inwood Theater, Dallas
In East Berlin, five years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe) of the secret Stasi police is given the mission to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple (Sebastian Koch, Martina Gedeck) for the German Democratic Republic. But Wiesler's loyalty begins to erode as his immersion in "the lives of others," in love, literature and freethinking, makes him acutely aware of the shortfalls of his own existence. Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Winner of 7 German Film Awards including Best Director and Outstanding Feature Film. Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Coming Soon

Golden Door
Magnolia Theater, Dallas (June 15)
The classic tale of coming to America is turned into a wondrous and magical experience in writer/director Emanuele Crialese's (Respiro) romantic fable. Driven by fantastic dreams and confronted with shocking realities, one man makes an epic odyssey in search of a brand new world. On a perilous steamship journey from his Sicilian village, the widower Salvatore Mancuso (Vincenzo Amato) encounters the ravishing, mystery-shrouded Englishwoman Lucy (Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Science of Sleep)—as the Old World literally collides into the New with seductive results. Amid a harrowing crossing, an unexpected love story unfolds all the way to the halls of Ellis Island, where both Salvatore and Lucy will stop at nothing to make it through the Golden Door to the America of their imaginations.