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PRESS SCREENINGS, JUNE 9TH - JUNE 13TH
6/9/2003

*All Screenings are now at the Egyptian (801 East Pine Street)

**LOCATION CHANGE! PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TWO PRESS SCREENINGS ON WEDNESDAY WILL BE AT THE BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL

**LAST PRESS SCREENING! PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR LAST PRESS SCREENING WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, JUNE 12 AT 12:00 PM. THERE IS NO PRESS SCREENING AT 2:00 PM AND NO SCREENINGS ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13.

**PRESS VS PUBLIC SCREENINGS! PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTENDING A PRESS SCREENING DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SPOT AT ANY PUBLIC SCREENING. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO EXIT THE PRESS SCREENING VENUE AFTER THE LAST PRESS SCREENING. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT IN LINE FOR A PUBLIC SCREENING.


MONDAY, 6/9
10:00 AM
WESTENDER

UNITED STATES, 2003 (105 MINUTES)
Director: Brock Morse
Cast: Blake Stadel, Rob Simonsen, John Rankin, Darlene Dadras, Kari Gjone, Rod James
Asbrey of Westender is on a quest to recover his prized possession; a ring which serves as his connection to the past. Drunken, shiftless, and a penniless troublemaker, Asbrey has nothing left when he loses his ring. In desperation, he sets out to recover his treasure from the men he lost it to. On the way, Asbrey is steadily forced into confronting the past he has been running from for so long. WORLD PREMIERE.

12:00 PM
LIMELIGHT

UNITED STATES, 2002 (90 MINUTES)
Director: Terry Lukemire
Cast: Greg Shields, Mia Lee, Lauren Matthews, John Foley, Ernie Heffner, Darlene Houston
An amiable, engaging dip into the world of karaoke. Shot in mockumentary style, “Limelight” follows a bunch of frequently self-deluding hopefuls, the bored billionaire to the lowly clerk, who can no more resist the opportunity to stand up in public and emulate their favorite singers - from Sinatra to Celine - than they can stop breathing. Terrific cast of unknowns plays to the gallery and brings down the house. WORLD PREMIERE.

2:00 PM
I MURDER SERIOUSLY

MEXICO, 2002 (84 MINUTES)
Director: Antonio Urrutia
Cast: Jesus Ochoa, Santiago Segura, Gabriela Roel, Ivonne Montero
A deliriously absurd murder mystery with a plot that reads like pulp fiction run amok: a battered and lonely cop is assigned to find the perpetrator of a series of hooker killings in which each of the prostitutes dies with a smile on her face, the victims of lethally blissful orgasms. The murder trail leads inexorably toward a corrupt priest, who promises the cop the solution to the murders in return for his complicity in maintaining the secrecy of the techniques that caused the girl’s deaths.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE.

TUESDAY 6/10
10:00 AM
CRUDE

TURKEY, 2003 (90 MINUTES)
Director: Paxton Winters
Cast: Paul Schneider, David Connelly, Yigit Ozsener, Ipek Deger
Two American guys travel to Turkey and concoct a scheme to interview a terrorist. Thankfully, they meet Ali who saves them from themselves. Shot on location in Istanbul, Southeastern Turkey, Aegean Coast and New York, “Crude” is a timely look at West meets East. WORLD PREMIERE.

12:00 PM
MILWAUKEE, MINNESOTA

UNITED STATES, 2002 (95 MINUTES)
Director: Allan Mindel
Cast: Troy Garity, Randy Quaid, Debra Monk, Bruce Dern, Josh Brolin
The past meets the present when Milwaukee’s best fisherman, Albert Burroughs, a young man perceived to be mentally disabled, finds himself the target of two separate con artists out to steal his money. When his one and only friend attempts to intervene, Albert’s compelling history is unveiled, and we learn that nothing is quite what it seems in this Midwestern tale of love and deceit. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

2:00 PM
KING OF THE ANTS

UNITED STATES, 2002 (101 MINUTES)
Director: Stuart Gordon
Cast: Chris L. McKenna, Daniel Baldwin, Kari Wuhrer, George Wendt, Ron Livingston
Sean Crawley (Chris McKenna), a part-time house painter, stumbles onto the dream gig of a lifetime. While finishing up on a jobsite, a business acquaintance lines him up with a lucrative job tailing a troublesome accountant from city hall. Sean Has no idea why anyone would want to keep tabs on the seemingly minor bureaucrat, but agrees to take the job in return for the promise of some easy cash. Things become much more complicated, however, when after tailing the man for several days, Sean is offered a large amount of money to “dispose of” the accountant. Initially repulsed by the idea, he allows himself to be convinced that it would be the perfect crime; nothing connects him to the victim, and nobody will be any the wiser when the man turns up dead. Thus begins a twisted and terrifying film noir, in which the hunter becomes the haunted, and nothing plays out quite the way that one might expect. Director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Fortress), working from the acclaimed novel (and subsequent screenplay) by Charlie Higson, has fashioned a taut, engrossing thriller that’s an altogether different kind of horror film. WORLD PREMIERE.

WEDNESDAY 6/11
**AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATER
10:00 AM
THE TRUCE

MEXICO, 2002 (115 MINUTES)
Director: Alfonso Rosas Priego
Cast: Gonzalo Vega, Adriana Fonseca, Maité Embil
In this light-hearted May-December romance, Martin is a widower, about to turn 50 and living at home with his three fractious grown-up children. His calm, uneventful existence is turned on its head when fate intervenes and sends him tumbling head-over-heels in love with Laura, a beautiful young woman who has just started working in his office.
UNITED STATES PREMIERE.

**LAST TWO SCREENINGS AT THE BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL**

12:00 PM
PTU

HONG KONG, 2002 (85 MINUTES)
Director: Johnny To
Cast: Lam Suet, Simon Yam, Ruby Wong, Maggie Shiu
Propulsive energy and wicked humor fuel this sleek, virtuoso crime thriller which thrusts us into a hair-raising night of mayhem involving a trio of police officials who work the mean streets of Hong Kong’s criminal world, and the gangsters with whom they maintain an edgy, ambivalent balance of power. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


***AT THE BROADWAY PERFORMANCE HALL***
2:00 PM
NATE DOGG

UNITED STATES, 2003 (76 MINUTES)
Director: Thomas Farone
Cast: Nathan Hale, David Bunce, Erin Johncox, Michalena Almindo
Nate Dogg is a 16 year-old high school dropout suffering from severe ADHD, living in a trailer park and trying to support himself and his girlfriend. His poverty stricken world is filled with drug dealing, manual labor and a slew of people ready to take advantage of Nate, who nonetheless does what he can to be hard working and honest. Based on the true-life story of Nathan Hale who plays himself. WORLD PREMIERE.


THURSDAY 6/5
10:00 AM
THE EVENT

CANADA, 2002 (105 MINUTES)
Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Cast: Parker Posey, Olympia Dukakis, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar
A sterling cast enriches ‘Emerging Master’ Thom (“The Hanging Gardens”) Fitzgerald’s moving portrayal of a group of friends confronting one of society’s most controversial legal taboos: assisted suicide. When Nicola (Parker Posey) investigates a series of suspect deaths for the New York district attorney’s office, she confronts a practice that straddles the morally ambiguous ground between mercy and murder, and those who endeavor to make life and death decisions with dignity.


12:00 PM
JET LAG

FRANCE, 2002 (91 MINUTES)
Director: Daniele Thompson
Cast: Jean Reno, Juliette Binoche, Sergi Lopez, Scali Delpeyrat
Juliette Binoche and Jean Reno are two driven and very different individuals who cross paths at a crowded Paris airport where each has arrived en route to dealing with unhappy love relationships. While chaos reigns at the airport, each of them is forced to deal with unexpected delays, and equally unanticipated solutions to their romantic dilemmas.


2:00PM
NO SCREENING

FRIDAY 6/6
NO SCREENINGS

** All screenings are subject to change