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Date: December 30, 2005
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS
GOLDEN GLOBE FOREIGN LANGUAGE NOMINEES
AT THE AERO AND EGYPTIAN THEATRES
Screenings January 9 13 at the Aero Theatre
Seminar January 15 at the Egyptian Theatre
HOLLYWOOD The American Cinematheque presents the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Events at the Aero (January 9 - 13) and Egyptian Theatres (January 15). The five nominees for the Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film will be spotlighted with screenings of the films at the Aero and a seminar with the directors of the nominated films at the Egyptian on January 15th. The films include: TSOTSI, from South Africa, directed by Gavin Hood, a tale of the violent travails of young Johannesburg gang leader, Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae); THE PROMISE (MO GIK), from China, directed by Chen Kaige, a martial arts fantasy about the mutual love shared by a general (Hiroyuki Sanada) and his slave, Kunlun (Jang Dong Gun) for a princess (Cecilia Cheung); MERRY CHRISTMAS (JOYEUX NOËL) from France, directed by Christian Carion, based on the true story of how, on Christmas Eve during World War I, German, Scottish and French soldiers declared a truce for one day and shared sentiments about the meaning of the season; KUNG FU HUSTLE from China, directed by Stephen Chow, a brilliant action/comedy/martial arts extravaganza, also starring Chow, about a tenement victimized by gangsters in 1940s Shanghai; and PARADISE NOW, from Palestine, directed by Hany Abu-Assad, which follows two Palestinian childhood friends recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. On Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 PM at the Egyptian Theatre there will be a roundtable discussion with all five of the nominated directors. All screenings are at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica and the seminar is at Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Blvd).
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Monday, January 9, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Monday, January 9th program begins at 7:30 PM of TSOTSI, (2005, Miramax, 94 min.) Director Gavin Hoods blistering account of a tumultuous six days in the life of Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae), a young gang leader in Johannesburg, who undergoes a surprising change after being involved in the shooting death of a young mother. With an exhilarating catalogue of Kwaito dance hall music on the soundtrack, TSOTSI pulsates with a vibrant, violent energy. Adapted from a novel by Athol Fugard (Boesman And Lena), it compares favorably to Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lunds CITY OF GOD.
For information about this film, please contact Adam Keen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 10, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Tuesday, January 10th program is a 7:30 PM screening with THE PROMISE (MO GIK), (2005, Moonstone Entertainment and China Film Group, 102 min.). Director Chen Kaige (FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE) delivers a stirring martial arts fantasy in the tradition of HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, drawing on the acting talents of Japanese leading man, Hiroyuki Sanada, Korean Jang Dong-Kun and Chinese Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse. A cursed Princess (Cheung) gathers strength from the love of the slave (Dong-Kun) of an esteemed general (Sanada) and must brave the perils of an evil duke (Tse). This film was slated for release through the Weinstein Company, but the rights have now reverted back to the producers. The version screening here is the longer one. Director Chen Kaige will appear at the screening.
For information about this film, please contact Etchie Stroh, email@example.com
Wednesday, January 11, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Wednesday, January 11th program begins at 7:30 PM with JOYEUX NOËL (MERRY CHRISTMAS), (2005, Sony Classics, 110 min.). Director Christian Carions poignant film is based on a real incident, the story of how German, Scottish and French soldiers declared a truce for one day on Christmas Eve during World War I and shared feelings about the meaning of the season. This uplifting saga is both profoundly moving and a scorching condemnation of the idiocy of war. Starring Guillaume Canet, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Thomas Kretschmann.
For information about this film, please contact Mark Roper, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 12, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Thursday, January 12th program begins at 7:30 PM with KUNG FU HUSTLE, (2004, Sony Classics, 95 min.). Wunderkind Stephen Chow not only directs this brilliantly comic, martial arts tour de force, but also performs as an amusingly arrogant wannabe thug attempting to join the evil "Axe Gang" in 1940s Shanghai. What he doesnt count on is inadvertently starting an all-out war between the gang and the downtrodden members of a poor housing community, a number of whom are hiding nearly superhuman martial arts prowess!
For more information on this film, please contact Mark Roper, email@example.com
Friday, January 13, 2006: Aero Theatre
The Friday, January 13th program begins at 7:30 PM with PARADISE NOW, (2005, Warner Independent Pictures, 90 min.). Director Hany Abu-Assads harrowing film follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border and separated from their handlers, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions. Starring Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal. Director Hany Abu-Assad will appear at the screening.
For more information on this film, please contact Fredell Pogodin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Laura Kim (email@example.com)
Sunday, January 15, 2006: Egyptian Theatre
The Sunday, January 15th program begins at 1:00 PM with a Roundtable Discussion with all of the filmmakers of the nominated films with moderator Mike Goodridge of Screen International. Directors Chen Kaige (THE PROMISE), Hany Abu-Assad (PARADISE NOW), Stephen Chow (KUNG FU HUSTLE), Gavin Hood (TSOTSI), and Christian Carion (JOYEUX NOËL) will participate.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards:
For more information about the Golden Globes and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
see the official website, www.hfpa.org.In early 1944, a number of movie stars went to 20th Century Fox Studios to see what a small group of foreign journalists, reporting from Hollywood back to their homelands, had found to be especially interesting and worthwhile during the turbulent preceding year. Lunch was served in the commissary, and all applauded when "The Song of Bernadette" was declared best motion picture and Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas took home the honors (in form of scrolls) in the leading actress/actor categories The journalists, all members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, decided that this would be a yearly event for the purpose of delivering an impartial view on motion pictures and their impact. In order not to be swayed and influenced by the powers in Hollywood--not even the Academy Award choices--it was important to them that they give their awards before the Oscars. The basic awards for motion picture, leading and supporting actors and actresses were supplemented with a director's award the second year, an award that became permanent.
Since 1955, the Golden Globes have honored achievement in television as well as film. By 1962, the general public was invited to share in the celebration when KTTV in Los Angeles first televised the awards. The Golden Globes Awards from the very first were born out of a wish to create bridges between countries and cultures all around the globe and have, over the years, kept alive, a feeling of celebration rather than competition.
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E-MAIL. PLEASE SEND YOUR REQUEST TOpublicity@americancinematheque.com or
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WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS. THE CINEMATHEQUE WILL NOT BE PRESS SCREENING ANY OF THESE FILMS. YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT THE PUBLICIST LISTED AFTER EACH FILM DESCRIPTION ABOVE FOR PRESS KITS, SCREENERS OR THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENING INFORMATION, AS WELL AS INTERVIEWS.
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TICKET REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323-461-9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. THURSDAY AT 6 PM IS THE ABSOLUTE
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THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screens Saturdays & Sundays at 2 PM & 3:30 PM exclusively at the Egyptian Theatre UNTIL NOV. 20th. After that it will screen only with historic tours. Screening & dates will be on our website. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.
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