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Paramus Fall 2013 Series!
11/25 - SOME VELVET MORNING
Misanthropic indie auteur Neil LaBute wades the treacherous waters of male/female relationships yet again with this story of a man named Fred (Stanley Tucci) who reappears in the life of young and beautiful Velvet (Alice Eve) unannounced following a four-year absence. Subsequently, the more Fred reveals about his reasons for leaving in the first place, the greater the tensions between he and Velvet grow until exploding into a thermonuclear game of he said/she said.
Director: Neil LaBute (our guest)
GUEST Director: NEIL LABUTE
HOST: PETER TRAVERS.
11/18 - PHILOMENA
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
Host: Richard Pena
11/11 - THE BOOK THIEF
Based on the beloved bestselling book,THE BOOK THIEF is the story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape - and even joy - from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves.
Based on The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Guest Director: Brian Percival
Host: Peter Travers
Inspired by a true story: In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two Sikh bodyguards, causing anti-Sikh riots to erupt throughout the country. A teacher travelling back from a field trip with her class of 10-year-old students struggles to protect Kush, the only Sikh student in the class, from the growing violence around him. Winner of the Best Short Film award at the Venice International Film Festival and Special Jury Prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Executive Producer: Astha Dhingra
Directed by: Shubhashish Bhutiani
11/4 - GO FOR SISTERS
Independent filmmaker John Sayles returns to crime thriller territory with his upcoming film "Go For Sisters." The film follows estranged friends Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) and Fontayne (Yolanda) as they take their rekindled relationship as parole officer to recently-released subject through the shifty Mexican border underworld of trafficking and murder in order to find Bernice's son. The two enlist the help of ex-LAPD detective Freddy Suarez in order to navigate through every seedy thread in the great crime tapestry of clues that stands between Bernice and her son. Sayles' latest addition to a steadily expanding filmography from "Lone Star" to "Passion Fish" is depicted through the most recent trailer as a dually emphasized relationship and crime tale of an unlikely reunion spiraling through an even more unlikely turn of events.
Edward James Olmos,
Director: Screenwriter-Editor: John Sayles
Edward James Olmos
Director of photography: Kat Westergaard
Production designer: Mara Spear
Music: Mason Daring
Guest: JOHN SAYLES
11/5 - NYFCS National Series LIVE FROM:
AMC EMPIRE 25,
234 W 42nd St,
NY, NY 10036.
8:00 PM ET
NEBRASKA – Guests: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
Host – Peter Travers
For more info: www.nyfilmcriticsseries.com
10/28 - THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN
The Broken Circle Breakdown is the new film by Felix van Groeningen. The film is based on the stage play with the same name by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, with which they filled all manner of theaters, church halls, public houses and cultural centres.
The Broken Circle Breakdown is van Groeningen’s fourth feature-length film after Steve+Sky (2004), With Friends Like These (2007) and The Misfortunates (2009). The latter gave Felix international recognition after it was selected in Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 2009). The film was the indigenous hit movie of the 2009/10 season (465,000 admissions) and won several awards and nominations, both nationally and internationally. The admission figures in France and the Netherlands were particularly noteworthy.
Felix Van Groeningen
Felix Van Groeningen
Guest: Director Felix Van Groeningen
Felix Van Groeningen
Host: Caryn James
10/21 - Dallas Buyers Club
In the fact-based drama, Spirit Award winner Matthew McConaughey portrays real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, an ordinary man who found himself in a life-or-death battle with the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies. In 1985, Ron was blindsided by being diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live. With the U.S. still internally divided over how to combat the virus and restricting medications, Ron grabbed hold of non-toxic alternative treatments from all over the world by means both legal and illegal. Seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling non-approved medicines and supplements, he established a "buyers club," which fellow HIV-positive people could join for access to his supplies. (c) Focus Features
10/14 - AFTERMATH
Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.
Director / Writer Władysław Pasikowski
Director of Photography Paweł Edelman
Music Jan Duszyński
Producer Dariusz Jabłoński
Producer Violetta Kamińska
Producer Izabela Wójcik
Józek Maciej Stuhr
Franek Ireneusz Czop
Guest: Director- Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Host: Dana Stevens (Slate, Charlie Rose)
10/7 - The Fifth Estate
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, "The Fifth Estate" reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.
Carice van Houten
Guest: Producer; Michael Sugar
Host: Alison Bailes