Fest picks drama pix
“Beyond the Ocean,” directed by Tony Pemberton, a twin-tracked story about a young woman’s difficult background in Russia and her current search for her boyfriend in New York. Half in English, half in Russian.
- “Blessed Art Thou,” directed by Tim Disney, an introspective story about a group of monks in the California wine country who experience a miracle that leads to a dramatic debate about faith vs. reason.
- “Chuck and Buck,” a digitally shot feature directed by Miguel Arteta (“Star Maps”) concerning a childlike young man who becomes obsessed with a former childhood friend.
- “Committed,” a quirky comedy directed by Lisa Krueger (“Manny and Lo”) and starring Heather Graham as a married woman whose search for her husband, who has just left, tests the true limits of her unconditional love for him. A Miramax release.
“Compensation,” Chicago-set story directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis that invokes the silent film aesthetic as it looks at two love stories at both ends of the 20th century. Shown at the Toronto Film Festival.
- “Crime and Punishment in Suburbia,” a Killer Films production directed by Rob Schmidt (“Saturn”) that transplants Dostoevsky’s classic tale to modern America with a teenage girl at the center of it. Co-stars Ellen Barkin and Jeffrey Wright. A United Artists Intl. release.
- “Drop Back Ten,” directed by Stacy Cochran (“My New Gun”), in which James Le Gros plays a magazine writer who attempts to get the lowdown on a hot young actor while doing a story on a film set.
- “Everything Put Together,” a low-budget digitally lensed feature directed by Marc Forster and starring Rhada Mitchell as an upper-class suburban woman who is suddenly shunned by her peer group after her baby dies at birth.
- “Girlfight,” directed by Karyn Kusama, a look at a Latina from a New York ghetto who becomes a boxer. Produced by Maggie Renzi and Sarah Greene.
- “Other Voices,” directed by Dan McCormack (“The Minotaur”), about a couple who attempt to salvage their deteriorating relationship against a backdrop of urban chaos. Features Campbell Scott, Peter Gallagher and Rob Morrow.
- “Our Song,” directed by Jim McKay (“Girls’ Town”), a low-budget, verite-style look at the relationships of three Puerto Rican girls in New York.
- “Shadow Hours,” directed by Isaac Eaton, a Faustian tale in which a recovering addict (Balthazar Getty) is taken by a sinister stranger (Peter Weller) on a bizarre nocturnal tour of L.A.
- “SongCatcher,” directed by Maggie Greenwald (“The Kill-Off,” “The Ballad of Little Jo”), with Janet McTeer playing a musicologist in the early 1900s who discovers and is the first to recored the unique Scottish/Irish-derived music of remote Appalachian mountain people. Also features Aidan Quinn.
- “The Tao of Steve,” directed by Jenniphr Goodman, a Santa Fe-set offbeat romantic comedy about a “sexy” fat man (Donal Logue) who attracts women with his mind. Exec produced by Good Machine.
- “Urbania,” directed by Jon Stearn, a nonlinear, fantasy/reality mind bender about the night of reckoning for a young man recovering from a traumatic experience in New York.
- “You Can Count On Me,” directed by Kenneth Lonergan (co-writer of “Analyze This”), about the reunion of two orphans, a sister and brother, in a small town. With Laura Linney and Matthew Broderick, from the Shooting Gallery.