Three special events with in-person guests in January. Today at 7:30 PM is an In-Person Tribute to French Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet featuring a screening of Amelie, a runaway hit in France. The other events: Director Mark Pellington In Person with a Sneak Preview of The Mothman Prophecies (Mon., January 14) and Comedy Shorts! (Wednesday, January 23).
THREE SPECIAL FILM PROGRAMS WITH
IN-PERSON GUESTS IN JANUARY 2002
AMELIE Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet In Person (Wed., January 9 & Thurs., January 10)
Director Mark Pellington In Person with a Sneak Preview of THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (Mon., January 14)
COMEDY SHORTS! (Wednesday, January 23)
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian will present three special events with in-person guests in January.
On Wednesday, January 9th at 7:30 PM is an In-Person Tribute to French Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet featuring a screening of AMELIE, a runaway hit in France.
The tribute continues on Thursday January 10th at 7:30 PM with a double feature of his earlier and wildly imaginative films DELICATESSEN (1991) and THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (1995).
Jeunet will appear for post-screening discussions on both nights.
On Monday, January 14th at 7:00 PM cutting edge feature film and music-video director Mark Pellington will appear in-person for a Sneak Preview of his latest film, the psychological thriller, THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, followed by a screening of his earlier ARLINGTON ROAD.
Pellington won the 1992 MTV Award for Best Director (Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"), and is the creator of the award-winning "United States of Poetry" series. A discussion with Pellington will take place between films.
On Wednesday January 23rd at 7:30 PM is LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR: COMEDY SHORTS!
The program consists of seven new short comedies, and is followed by a post-screening discussion with several of the filmmakers.
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.
January Special Events at the Egyptian
A TRIBUTE TO JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET - Wednesday, January 9, 2002
The Wednesday, January 9th program begins at 7:30 PM with AMELIE, 2001, Miramax, 120 min. Already acclaimed as one of the most original and inventive films of 2001, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's latest is a marvelous poetic fantasy about a wide-eyed young Parisian waitress (played by the sensational Audrey Tautou) who manages to influence the destinies of all who meet her. Noted filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz DerniÃ¨re (LA HAINE) co-stars as Amelie's would-be boyfriend. Plus the ultra-rare short film, "Le Bunker De La Rafale" ("The Bunker Of The Last Gunshots"), (1981, 26 min.), directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Discussion following with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Thursday, January 10 - 7:30 PM
The Thursday January 10th program begins at 7:30 PM with DELICATESSEN, (1991, Miramax, 102 min. ) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Set in a surreal, post-apocalyptic world that's equal parts Terry Gilliam, Jan Svankmajer and Bozo the Clown, DELICATESSEN stars Dominique Pinon as rubber-faced acrobat Louison and Marie-Laure Dougnac as his myopic sweetheart Julie, trying to find love while they evade the murderous meat-cleaver of her father (Jean-Claude Dreyfus) and a tenement filled with cannibalistic neighbors! The visually elaborate apartment house set is also used as an amazing prop in the final sequences. Next on the same bill is THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (1995, Sony Classics, 112 min.) Jeunet and Caro's second feature is just as bizarre, sinister and wildly imaginative as DELICATESSEN, mixing elements of Dr. Caligari, Victor Hugo and Rube Goldberg into the story of a kind-hearted circus strongman (Ron Perlman) and his coquettish 7-year old side-kick (Judith Vittet) who attempt to stop a wicked scientist (Daniel Emilfork) from stealing the dreams of little children. Discussion between films with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Press Preview Tape Availability: Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children are both available at Rocketvideo and Videoactive, as well as commercial, area video stores. AMELIE is currently in theatres. Press preview tapes are not available.
THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES Sneak Preview! - Monday, January 14, 2002
The Monday January 14th program begins at 7:00 PM with a Double Feature. First up is a sneak preview of THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES (2002, 120 min., Screen Gems) directed by Mark Pellington who will appear in-person for a Special Sneak Preview of his upcoming feature, an eerie psychological thriller with supernatural overtones, starring Richard Gere as a Washington Post journalist whose life is forever altered by the inexplicable events in a small West Virginia town. Based on actual events, the film co-stars Laura Linney, Debra Messing and Alan Bates, and will be released by Screen Gems on February 22nd.
Next on the same bill is ARLINGTON ROAD, (1999, Screen Gems, 119 min.), also directed by Mark Pellington. An underrated and devastatingly relevant thriller about the climate of paranoia in the wake of domestic terrorism. Jeff Bridges, haunted by the violent death of his FBI agent wife, suspects new neighbors Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack of fomenting a plot to bomb a Washington, D.C. government agency and soon finds there's no waking from the nightmare. Discussion between films with director Mark Pellington. Press Preview Tape Availability: Arlington Road is available at commercial area video stores. THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES is not available for press preview in connection with this screening. Contact Joy Kopeloff at PMK (310/289-6200) for press screening information or to interview Pellington.
LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR: COMEDY SHORTS! - Wednesday, January 23, 2002
As Bennet Cerf once said, "Laugher IS the best medicine." We agree when things around us seem and are quite serious. As many writers, directors and patrons of comedy know, comedy is a difficult genre to pull off.
The Wednesday January 23rd program begins at 7:30 PM.
The following films will be screened, though not necessarily in the order listed below.
Eva Saks' "Needle in a Haystack" (7 min.) Charming, musical romantic comedy that will make you swoon for NYC and old musicals.
Stephanie Keating's "Petite Mort" (9 min.) A fifteen-year-old virgin, inspired by the Greek goddess Artemis, chooses her sexual destiny in this dark, deft comedy. James Dean's "Shrink" ( 16 min.) In this British smiler, neurotic Max seeks therapy when he meets his girlfriend's parents.
Donald Bull's "Dodgeball". (22 min.) A new employee climbs a ruthless company's rungs by facing a childhood fear many can relate to: Dodgeball!
Mitchell Rose's "Modern Daydreams: Unleashed, John Deere" (9 min.) Two of the four episodes of this series of Chaplinesque post-modern comedies involving classic music, love odes to a John Deere tractor and finding your inner-puppy.
Interpretive dancing afterwards encouraged! Johannes Kiefer's "Gregors' Greatest Invention" (11 min.) Gregor develops a brilliant invention to help his grandmother to walk.
Daniel Bernstein's "The Cutting Room" (16 min.) Unique, funny look at where some of our stock, genre characters from beloved films and literature have gone to spend their endless days. Featuring Todd Luiso of HIGH FIDELITY and Kate Hudson of ALMOST FAMOUS.
Steve Sullivan's "Heap of Trouble" (4 min.) Without giving away the humor of this baby, let us just say you will have a new song to sing as you leave the theatre.
God love the Welsh! Post-screening discussion with filmmakers Donald Bull ("Dodgeball"), Mitchell Rose ("Modern Daydreams") & Daniel Bernstein ("The Cutting Room").
Press Preview Tape Availability: These shorts will be available on tape at the Cinematheque offices.
All films are separate admission except those listed as Double Features which are one ticket price for both films.
There is a five minute break between films on double bills.
Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre
at the historic Egyptian
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
between Highland and Las Palmas in Hollywood