November 16-20, 2001

American Cinematheque Presents...

Cinematheque 2000 Ten Filmmakers to Watch

Sponsored by Chrysler

We’re very happy to welcome directors Andrew Dominik, Gustavo Mosquera, Christopher Nolan, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Marc Forster, Adam Rifkin and Valerie Breiman in-person to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for the TEN DIRECTORS TO WATCH Series.


Series compiled by Eric Paquette and Cinematheque 2000, with the assistance of Gwen Deglise. Event Coordinator: Hebe Tabachnik. Program Notes: Gwen Deglise and Chris D.

Special Thanks: Niki White / TALK MAGAZINE; CHRYSLER; UNIVERSITAD DEL CINE; FIRST LOOK PICTURES; Janet Hill / MIRAMAX; Jennifer Todd / TEAM TODD PRODUCTIONS; NEWMARKET; Mike Schlesinger / SONY PICTURES; David Shultz / VITAGRAPH; Brian and Sean Furst/ FURST PRODUCTIONS; Laura Sosin / LIONS GATE FILMS; Morgan Sackett / SHANGRI- LA ENTERTAINMENT; Mohamed Bendjebbour, Lise de Sablet / FRENCH FILM & TV OFFICE OF THE FRENCH CONSULATE LOS ANGELES; Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s Office; Joe Gatta / GERSCH AGENCY; Spencer Baumgarten & Jessica Hawthorne / ENDEAVOR; Katty Wallin / MYSTICART PICTURES; Andrew Dominik, Gustavo Mosquera, Christopher Nolan, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Marc Forster, Adam Rifkin; Valerie Breiman.

All guests are subject to their availability. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Tickets available 30 days in advance.

Shows sold out in advance will be listed here.



SCHEDULE (by series)

SCHEDULE (by date)







The Cinematheque 2000 is a group of executives, producers, agents and managers in the film business whose jobs are, in part, to spot the next generation of great filmmakers. Established two years ago, Cinematheque 2000 assists in increasing awareness of the American Cinematheque throughout the Hollywood community. Cinematheque 2000 has chosen 10 directors whom they believe will be responsible for making the great films of tomorrow. Each of these filmmakers has shown a compelling vision, a unique sense of style, and an innate ability to get great performances out of their actors. The list is comprised of filmmakers from around the globe, from different backgrounds, and different life experiences. It is through their films that we are able to see one person's way of viewing the world -- one that has the potential to change the way we see it. Each year, we hope to present to you those filmmakers whom we believe will be in the next generation of outstanding filmmakers.

-- Eric Paquette, Cinematheque 2000

This series coincides with the American Cinematheque’s theatrical release of Marc Forster’s EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER which will be shown Nov. 16-20 & 23-25 at the Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian.


Friday, November 16 - 7:00 PM

Andrew Dominik In Person!!

CHOPPER, 2001, First Look Pictures, 93 min. Australia. Director Andrew Dominik fashions an alternately horrifying and hilarious slice-of-life take on the true story of one smart-aleck criminal bigmouth intent on creating his own underworld legend, no matter how he has to manipulate the media or warp the truth. Eric Bana is nothing short of brilliant as Mark "Chopper" Read, the inept, ‘show pony’ sociopath who is nevertheless capable of bloodthirsty mayhem at the drop of a hat.

Discussion following with director Andrew Dominik.


Friday, November 16 - 9:30 PM

Gustavo Mosquera In Person!!

MOEBIUS, 1996, Universitad del Cine, 88 min. Argentina. A visually striking, allegorical thriller about a missing train in the convoluted tunnels under Buenos Aires, MOEBIUS follows Daniel Pratt (Guillermo Angelelli), a mathematician, who is called in to investigate the invisible mystery train which can still be heard rushing through the dark labyrinth. Daniel soon discovers that the subway system has been expanded to form a Moebius strip, and any train embarking on a journey on this strip never returns! Director Gustavo Mosquera R. worked with his colleague and producer, Maria Angeles Mira, and a crew of students from the Universitad del Cine to create the film on a budget of only $250,000. With astounding visuals, MOEBIUS is a surreal and subversive exploration of Argentina’s guilt over its ‘disappeared people’. Discussion following with director Gustavo Mosquera.


Saturday, November 17 - 5:00 PM

WITH FRIENDS LIKE HARRY, 2000, Miramax, 117 min. France. Dir. Dominik Moll. Driving his family to their summer cottage in an intense heat wave, Michel (Laurent Lucas) is recognized at a rest stop by Harry (Sergi Lopez), an old schoolmate who offers to drive Michel’s two cranky daughters in his comfy air conditioned sedan. Things escalate absurdly as Harry changes his holiday plans and, with his voluptuous fiancée Plum, imposes himself upon Michel’s family. As Harry becomes ever more eager to help solve other people’s problems, the mood gets darker and darker, the tension simmers and people start disappearing. If you failed to catch HARRY’S initial run, don’t miss a second chance to see this terrific psychological thriller!


Saturday, November 17 - 7:15 PM

Christopher Nolan In Person!!

MEMENTO, 2001, Newmarket/Team Todd, 113 min. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan, MEMENTO stands out as one of the most originally-told film noirs since the genre came into being. Guy Pearce is Leonard Shelby, a man with no short-term memory who is searching for his wife’s killer. He uses Polaroids, tattoos, even hand-scrawled notes to remember not only the clues but who he is. We see the story unfold in reverse fashion in much the same way Leonard would see it while going over his ‘mementos’, never knowing if the characters he comes in contact with, including Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, are good or bad, or if they have some separate, secret agenda. A squirm-inducing thriller with a nasty sting in its tail. Discussion following with director Christopher Nolan and cast & crew (schedules permitting.) Moderated by Film Critic Andy Klein.


Saturday, November 17 - 10:00 PM

CRIMSON RIVERS, 2000, Sony Classics, 106 min. France. Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz. Set in a gloomy, grandiose university in the high French Alps, CRIMSON RIVERS is a dazzling, gut-wrenching policier in the best French tradition, starring Jean Reno (THE PROFESSIONAL) as a legendary police detective who is sent in to investigate after a horribly mutilated corpse is discovered on the icy slopes near the school. Meanwhile, Kerkerian (Vincent Cassel), a droll provincial policeman, investigates the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads. More murders are committed, and the two policemen are brought together by clues from their respective cases. "Kassovitz’s new thriller is a breathtaking exercise in the macabre, a gruesome thriller with quirky cops and a killer of Lecterian complexity… This is the work of a natural filmmaker." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.



Sunday November 18 - 5:00 PM

Alejandro González Iñárritu In Person!!

AMORES PERROS, 2000, Lions Gate Films, 153 min. Dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu. Mexico. The official Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2001 Academy Awards, already hailed by the New York Times as "the first classic film of the new decade," AMORES PERROS is a kinetic, harrowing portrait of three separate lives that collide in a traffic accident in Mexico City. "Octavio & Susana" looks at a teenager (Gael García Bernal) who enters his dog in a brutal dogfight, to raise enough money to run off with his brother’s wife. "Daniel & Valeria" follows a middle-aged businessman (Álvaro Guerrero) who abandons his loving family to take up with a beautiful young model. And "El Chivo & Maru" portrays a former revolutionary-turned-hitman (Emilio Echevarría), whose destiny is forever changed by witnessing the car accident. The directorial debut of Iñárritu -- a famous DJ in Mexico –, AMORES PERROS features an amazing soundtrack that includes Celia Cruz and Café Tacuba. Discussion following with director Alejandro González Iñárritu.


Monday November 19 – 7:30 PM

Adam Rifkin In Person!!

A NIGHT AT THE GOLDEN EAGLE, 2001, Shangri- LA Entertainment, 90 min. Separated for the seven years Tommy spent in jail, lifetime friends Tommy and Mick meet again, ready to start a new life in Las Vegas. Spending the night at the Golden Eagle Hotel, a dump for lonely lost souls, starved-for-sex Tommy accidentally kills a prostitute. The dream suddenly fades when tension begins to erupt between the two comrades, and they find themselves wondering if their old friendship is really worth saving. A harrowing look at loyalty and survival from Adam Rifkin, the writer of MOUSE HUNT and director of THE DARK BACKWARD and DETROIT ROCK CITY. With Vinnie Argiro and Donnie Montemarano. Discussion following with director Adam Rifkin.


Monday November 19 - 9:30 PM Spielberg Theatre

Mark Forster In Person!!

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER, 2000, Vitagraph Films/American Cinematheque Presents, 87 min. Dir. Marc Forster

"…riveting, often haunting…echoing in mood and style Roman Polanski’s masterpieces REPULSION and ROSEMARY’S BABY…" – Emanuel Levy, VARIETY

"A dynamite movie, smart and pungently satirical." Kevin Thomas, LA TIMES

"Dogma ’95 and THE CELEBRATION finally have their first American Challenger: a searing character drama shot entirely on digital video that leaves you emotionally spent. …Mitchell is nothing short of a revelation." – Paul Cullum, LA WEEKLY

"…visually accomplished and emotionally provocative …" -- Duane Byrge, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Angie (RADHA MITCHELL, (HIGH ART, PHONE BOOTH) in an unflinchingly honest performance) and Russ (JUSTIN LOUIS), a young, well-off, loving, suburban couple, eagerly await the birth of their first child. Angie’s friends (Catherine Lloyd Burns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and Megan Mullally of "Will and Grace") are also pregnant and together their worlds revolve around babies, husbands and the rituals of family life. When an unexpected tragedy befalls Angie and Russ, the community that they were once integrally involved in begins to disappear. Unable to find a way to console, or share the couple’s grief, their friends simply withdraw… and Angie’s grief begins to drive her to act out in strange and frightening ways. Like Todd Haynes’ SAFE, EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is a provocative portrait of an alienated woman adrift in a hostile, suffocating suburban environment, that once offered a bounty of security and comfort. Director Mark Forster’s latest film, MONSTER’S BALL, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Wes Bentley and Halle Berry, is slated for release by Lion’s Gate in December. Shot on Digital Video, the film will be projected in a 35mm print. Produced by Sean Furst.

EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER (released Nov. 2) is the first new American Independent film to be distributed theatrically in the US by the American Cinematheque’s own label. Marc Forster and Sean Furst will appear for discussion on Nov. 19th.

Additional Showtimes


Tuesday November 20 – 7:30 pm

Valerie Breiman In Person!!

LOVE & SEX, 2000, Lions Gate Films, 82 min. Writer-director Valerie Breiman’s vibrant debut feature is a wry, touching indie comedy that offers a refreshing portrait of the ongoing battle between the sexes, and the irritations that drive couples apart. Eccentric painter Adam (Jon Favreau) and Katie (Famke Janssen), a journalist who writes about love and sex, meet and are soon swept up into a highly emotional, odd couple duet. "LOVE AND SEX maps the brutal trajectory of a relationship in ways that are part ANNIE HALL and part GLADIATOR. Date-night filmgoers will recognize the wounds." -- Peter Travers Rolling Stone

FINDER'S FEE, 2000, 100 min. Dir. Jeff Probst. One night in New York City, struggling artist Adam Tepper (Erik Palladino) finds a wallet containing a winning lottery ticket worth $6 million. Things get a bit crazy when he and his poker buddies become trapped in the apartment of Avery Phillips (James Earl Jones), the wallet’s owner. This morality tale on loyalty, honesty and friendship quickly turns into an intellectual thriller and an amazing tour de force from Jeff Probst and his brilliant cast. Discussion in between films with director Valerie Breiman (LOVE & SEX) and producer Katy Wallin (FINDER’S FEE) .