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Announcements In This Issue: June 6, 2003 • The Film Co-op would like to welcome our newest Corporate Sponsors! • Alternative and Independent Films opening in Huntsville theaters • Join the Film Co-op today! • Film Co-op Upcoming Events This notice is brought to you by The Film Co-op. Please feel free to forward this e-mail on to your friends. For more information about our organization, check out our web site at www.filmcoop.org. Alternative and Independent Films opening in Huntsville theaters Opening on Friday, June 6 "The Dancer Upstairs"
at the Regal Madison Square 12
STARRING: Javier Bardem, Juan Diego Botto, Laura Morante, Elvira Minguez, Alexandra Lencastre
DIRECTED BY: John Malkovich
WRITTEN BY: Nicholas Shakespeare
RATED: R for strong violence, and for language.
PLOT/OUTLINE from www.imdb.com: The story of Detective Agustin Rejas, a man clinging to the hope of an impossible love in an impossible world. Tracking Ezequiel, a delusional anarchist who incites the downtrodden masses to join in his brutal revolution against the fascist government in their unnamed Latin American country, Rejas finds solace in his sense of self-respect and the joy that his daughter and wife bring him. Then he meets Yolanda--his daughter's soulfully beautiful ballet teacher--a woman who sparks his long-forgotten passions and represents all that is good and all that is corrupt in their troubled country. But she, who appears to be a shelter from the storm, may in actuality be the storm's eye. Ultimately, as the revolution intensifies and the net closes around hunter and hunted alike, the dancer's truth will prove as elusive as the revolutionary's cause and the detective's peace.
AWARDS: Won the Rota Soundtrack Award at the Venice Film Festival
FROM THE CRITICS:
+ John Malkovich's "The Dancer Upstairs" was filmed before 9/11, and is based on a novel published in 1997, but has an eerie timeliness in its treatment of a terrorist movement that works as much through fear as though violence. ... "The Dancer Upstairs" is elegantly, even languorously, photographed by Jose Luis Alcaine, who doesn't punch into things but regards them, so that we are invited to think about them. That doesn't mean the movie is slow; it moves with a compelling intensity toward its conclusion, which is not a "climax" or a "solution" in the usual police-movie mode, but a small moral victory which Augustin rescues from his general confusion. -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
+ There are times in The Dancer Upstairs when Malkovich doesn't seem to be telling the story so much as brooding on it; but just when you've resigned yourself to the deliberate pacing, there's an act of brutality so fast and so shocking that you can barely take it in. The violence is largely inflicted by small angelic boys and nubile adolescent girls in school uniforms, and it's in a different league than the nihilistic kiddie shoot-'em-ups of this year's acclaimed Brazilian thriller, City of God: Malkovich makes you cry out for the victims and the killers. He's brilliant at capturing the feel of a city that's outwardly functioning but palpably on the brink of breaking down. First come those hanging dogs (among them, most incongruously, small poodles), then the unexplained citywide blackouts, then a series of celebratory fireworks of eerily unknown origin. Then the tanks and paramilitary units move in: In one scene, a traffic jam of cars and trucks and tanks, a clownlike civilian leaps into the middle of a square to conduct traffic. But there's no way a clown can hold chaos
at bay. ... the climax is so drolly protracted that people in the audience (myself included) were screaming at the screen. Whatever the film's longueurs and narrative lapses, the news is that Malkovich is a genuine movie director. There's more in that weird head than even Charlie Kaufman could have dreamed. -- David Edelstein, Slate
OFFICIAL WEB SITE Film Co-op Upcoming Events June 20 - Southern Voices, an entertaining and enlightening evening of documentary films representing the southern experience. Films will be Appalachian Junkumentary, Possum O'Possum & Alabama Departure. This one hour program will have a $3 admission, $2 for members. Showtime: 8pm. (You are also invited to attend the Opening of the Recycled Art Exhibition FREE of charge at 7pm.)
July 12 - Puppet Attack, a festive and thought-provoking evening of "live" puppet theater and short films.
Uncommon puppet works by: Anna Sue Courtney, Rebecca Darby, Caitlin Lyon, Shawn Webster. Films will be Chris Fitts' "Sparkman" and Milburn Lominick's "Curtains for Bambi." Sponsored by Squeaking Tribe and The Film Co-op. Admission $5. Showtimes: 8pm & 10pm.
July 25 - Horns and Halos: A War of Words. Horns and Halos captures the unlikely connection of three men - a U.S. president, a discredited author and an underground publisher - whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in a book. www.hornsandhalos.com. Sponsored by The Film Co-op. Admission $5, $3 for members. Showtimes: 8pm & 10pm.
Dates to be Announced for the following:
Flicker Underground Film Festival (ten18.org)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (aafilmfest.org)
Lost Film Festival (lostfilmfest.com)
For more information, visit our website. The Film Co-op would like to welcome our newest Corporate Sponsors! Hit Videos & Collectibles has opted to become one of our participating businesses offering discounts to Film Co-op members. (Be sure to join now to start taking advantage of this offer.)
Their discount offers:
Rent a New Release and Get the 2nd for Half Off.
Rent any other Release and Get the 2nd for FREE!
MCSi, Rental & Staging Division (www.mcsinet.com)
MCSi supports the Film Co-op by offering projection for our events. Those beautifully clear images that you see on the screen are thanks to their incredible machines.
Join the Film Co-op today! As a member, you'll be the first to know about upcoming films and festivals, have opportunities to socialize with other film buffs, and receive all the great benefits listed below.
Your annual membership includes:
- Discount admission on regular screenings
- Free passes to special film events
- Advance notice of indie and foreign films shown in local theaters
- Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter
There's more! You also receive discounts from several retailers and restaurants around Huntsville that generously support our organization. These include:
- Bandito Burrito
- Five Points Pet Joint
- Hit Videos & Collectibles
- India Palace
- NoneSuch Gifts
- Old Towne Coffee Shop
- Shavers Books
- Southerland's Photo
- Thai Garden Restaurant
Ready to start enjoying these benefits? You can join online at our web site www.filmcoop.org. And remember, a Film Co-op membership is the perfect gift for the film buffs in your life.
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