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The Cinema Lounge
The Cinema Lounge
The next meeting of the Cinema Lounge will be on Monday, August 16 at 7:00pm. The topic will be "the music behind the movies."
Adam's Rib Revisits Great Movie Quotes
By Adam Spector, DC Film Society Member
The 63rd Edinburgh International Film Festival
By James McCaskill, DC Film Society Member
"Alfred was the first character (played by James Cosmos) 64, and a sort of a liar. Has some denial in his life, mildly obsessed about death. I wanted to work on that. In Red Road Alfred is Jackie's dead husband's father. In Donkey he is her father. Nothing dramatically changed. Some things did not work in editing. Not the sort of thing you would say, 'Hey, let's change this around.' Changes were made because we needed the pace to be a certain way. All the characters see things differently and live in different universes--a lot like quantum physics really." The trilogy will be completed by Danish director Mikkel Norgaard whose film is due out in two years. And then a second set of characters with three new directors will follow.
A scene from Frontier Blues. Thanks to the Edinburgh International Film Festival for the photo.
Jalali continued, "We actually cast the donkey. (One of the characters has a pet donkey that goes everywhere with him.) We had someone arrange a site for us to see donkeys. It was like a dog show. Everyone proudly showed up with their donkey. Karimi, who plays the man with the pet donkey, was petrified of the donkey and kicked him many times. Throughout the film Hassan is followed by four kids who blindly follow the minstrel. In time he loses the plot. Fed up with everything, he takes out his anger on them. Mahmoud Kalten, who plays the chicken farmer Alam, illegally fished for sturgeon. Every night about 5:00pm he would head out to sea to international waters. He served 14 months in jail for illegal fishing. His brother was shot dead while fishing. We were always concerned about Mahmoud's safety. We had six stories originally and dropped two of them. They were shot but it was just too many story lines, too many static shorts. One story line dropped had an 8 year old son of a fisherman going to the shore and waiting for his dad's return. He would take the day's catch and race to the market with it. The scene repeated throughout the film. The clothing store owner is based on my uncle who is a clothier. Just like in the film, he has small stock, one of each item. Everyone walks around with ill fitting clothing. One continuing motif that did stay in has Alam carrying a cumbersome geranium plant to woo a girl." Jalali said, "The geranium was decorating his uncle's clothing store but brought in no customers so it was given to Alam for the girl. We damaged one and could not find the other one. Had to go to Tehran to get more geranium plants. The film was screened in New York and San Francisco. In New York the audience wanted to know why there are so few women in the film. The story is about men, without women men are screwed. Hassan's mother went to Paris." Frontier Town made my Must See list as the film successfully uses the landscape and non-professional actors to show the monotony and isolation that unite the men. It is easy to see why Hassan's mother left for Paris shortly after his birth and why Alam finds it difficult to find a wife.
Synopsis of Excellent Films
At the award ceremony, Edinburgh International Film Festival Artistic Director Hannah McGill said, "We have had a tremendous festival experience this year, and it is a particular pleasure to close with the world premiere as beautiful, idiosyncratic and moving as Third Star (Hattie Dalton, UK, 2010)."
It was indeed a tremendous festival and one that McGill and all the programmers can rightfully take pride in.
We Need to Hear From YOU
We are always looking for film-related material for the Storyboard. Our enthusiastic and well-traveled members have written about their trips to the Cannes Film Festival, London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, the Palm Springs Film Festival, the Reykjavik Film Festival, the Munich Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival. We also heard about what it's like being an extra in the movies. Have you gone to an interesting film festival? Have a favorite place to see movies that we aren't covering in the Calendar of Events? Seen a movie that blew you away? Read a film-related book? Gone to a film seminar? Interviewed a director? Taken notes at a Q&A? Read an article about something that didn't make our local news media? Send your contributions to Storyboard and share your stories with the membership. And we sincerely thank all our contributors for this issue of Storyboard.
Calendar of Events
Crystal Screen Outdoor Films
Crystal City's outdoor film series shows Star Trek movies on 11 Monday nights in June, July and August. On August 2 is Star Trek: Insurrection (1998); on August 9 is Star Trek: Nemesis (2002); and on August 16 is Star Trek (2009). Films begin at sundown at 18th and Bell Streets in Crystal City. See the website for more information.
NoMa Summer Screen
"The Future is Now" is the theme of this year's NoMa Summer film festival. On August 4 is Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001).
U Street Movie Series
Music is the theme of this outdoor film series. Films are shown at sunset at the Harrison Recreation Center, 1330 V Street, NW. On August 10 is The Soloist (Joe Wright, 2009). One more in September.
Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
"I [Heart] the 90's" is the theme of this year's Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, running from late May through early September. The films are shown Fridays at dusk in Gateway Park at Lee Highway near Key Bridge. Bring blankets. On August 6 is Romeo and Juliet (1996); on August 13 is Airheads (1994); on August 20 is The Wedding Singer (1998); and on August 27 is The Birdcage (1996). See the website for more information.
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