- Chelsea’s contemporary art scene takes some gentle ribbing in director Jonathan Parker’s “(untitled).”
- Mira Sorvino plays a mother trying to keep ex-con hubby Barry Pepper away from her son in “Like Dandelion Dust.”
- “Alien Trespass,” from frequent “X-Files” helmer R.W. Goodwin, imagines love between a waitress and an alien.
- Newcomer Cedric Sanders stars in “The Least Among You,” based on the true story of a South Central youth sent to an all-white seminary.
CELEBRATING CULTUREScreening-party combos honor the following countries:
- Filipino fete follows North American preem of “Ploning,” from Dante Nico Garcia.
- Paolo Sorrentino’s biopic of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, “Il Divo,” kicks off fest’s Italian reception.
- Israeli reception precedes screening of Ari Folman’s animated “Waltz With Bashir.”
- “Che” isn’t the year’s only ambitious two-part biopic. Four-hour “Public Enemy Number One” tries to pin down French kingpin Jacques Mesrine.
OSCAR CONTENDERSForeign-language entries up for Acad consideration include:
- Belgian comedy “Eldorado,” directed by Bouli Lanners
- Chile’s “Tony Manero,” directed by Pablo Larrain
- Iran’s “The Song of Sparrows,” directed by Majid Majidi
- Jordan’s “Captain Abu Raed,” directed by Amin Matalqa
- Kazakhstan’s “Tulpan,” directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy
TALKING PICTURESMaster classes and seminars address such topics as:
- Tales From the Script: Screenwriting tips, inspired by Peter Hanson’s new docu.
- Closeup on Cameramen: Two Oscar-winning d.p.s offer insights on classic movie clips.
- “Midnight Cowboy”: Variety Editor-in-Chief Peter Bart hosts a panel with talent from the taboo-breaking Oscar winner.
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