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A WOMAN IN BERLIN

July 29, 2009

A WOMAN IN BERLIN PRESS NINA HOSS


A WOMAN IN BERLIN, now playing at the Angelika in New York and set for October 2nd in Dallas, Plano and Houston, was recently featured on NPR as “…bringing new attention to an issue long considered a taboo in German society…” . A New York Times Critics’ Pick, A WOMAN IN BERLIN stars Award Winner Nina Hoss (YELLA) in this account of life in 1945 during the Red Army invasion of Berlin, based on the formerly anonymous writings of journalist and photographer Marta Hillers.

As detailed in NPR’s piece, the film, in conjunction with a university study on German rape victims, gives a long belated voice to the 2 million women who’ve held their silence for over 50 years. A timely examination of sexual violence and war, A WOMAN IN BERLIN is a “…sprawling, difficult, powerful film” (New York Times).

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MAD MEN at the Angelika Dallas

July 28, 2009

Mad Men AMC Watch Party Angelika

Starting August 16th at 9:00pm, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas will host free MAD MEN watch parties every Sunday night! This Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA TV Award-winning series from AMC follows the men and women of the Madison Avenue advertising era. With incredible period costumes and set design, this outstanding drama is not to be missed on the big screen.

To celebrate, the Angelika’s in-theater bar is serving up Mad Men themed cocktails at every watch party, featuring:

Mad Men Martini
Scotch & Soda
Gin & Tonic
Scotch on the Rocks

Seating starts at 8:30pm, show at 9:00pm. Admission is free, all cocktails $7.50.

Hugh Dancy to Visit the Angelika NYC: Jul 29

July 24, 2009

Adam Hugh Dancy Angelika Appearance

Emmy nominee Hugh Dancy will visit the Angelika in New York City on Wednesday, July 29th following the 7:00pm show of his latest film, ADAM. He will take questions from the audience along with ADAM director Max Mayer. Dancy, of BLACK HAWK DOWN, KING ARTHUR and THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, among other films, plays Adam, a young man with a severe case of Asperger’s syndrome.

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BRÃ?NO opens at the Village East Cinema/Angelika Dallas, Houston

July 10, 2009

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With an unprecedented number of publicity stunts, photo shoots, press reactions and close to 100,000 RSVPs on Facebook to “vatch mein Movie”, BRÃ?NO, in a variety of unusual outfits, takes the country by storm today. The incredibly provocotive and controversial film opened with a midnight show this morning at the Village East Cinema (the Angelika’s sister theater).  Sacha Baron Cohen/Brüno appearances are rumored around NYC theaters today and advance tickets are available for tonight’s shows here.

The film has been both embraced and criticized by the gay community, called by some a timely dissection of homophobia, by others a reinforcement of stereotypes. Love it or hate it, BRÃ?NO, sparking controversy and debate in all his spandex glory, is a must see for 2009.

NY Times Praise for THE HURT LOCKER

June 26, 2009

HURT LOCKER

AO. Scott is calling it “…the best nondocumentary American feature made yet about the war in Iraq“. THE HURT LOCKER, playing at the Angelika Dallas starting 07/10 and the Angelika Houston starting 7/24, comes from POINT BREAK director Kathryn Bigelow.

Winner of four awards at the 2008 Venice Film Festival, the film follows a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner â?? THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES), who takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict. He surprises his two subordinates, (played by Anthony Mackie â?? WE ARE MARSHALL and Brian Geraghty – JARHEAD), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.

Director James Toback at the Village East Cinema – Friday

TYSON


Come for the 8pm showing of TYSON, stay for a close & personal Q&A with writer/director and Oscar nominee James Toback (BUGSY)! Click here for Advance Tickets

TYSON is acclaimed indie director James Toback’s stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Through a mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs, Toback allows Tyson to reveal himself with eloquence and a pervasive vulnerability. The film ranges from Tysonâ??s earliest memories of growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn through his entry into the world of boxing, to his rollercoaster ride in the funhouse of worldwide fame and fortunes won and lost.

Director Interview: Chai Vasarhelyi

June 17, 2009

Chai VasarhelyiWe caught up with award-winning director Chai Vasarhelyi to discuss her newest film, documenting the extraordinary life and work of international super star Youssou N’dour.

Chai will host Q&A sessions at the Village East Cinema following shows on Friday & Saturday (details & advance tickets).

Q: WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO MAKE THE FILM?
A:
I wanted to make a film about Africa that would challenge the way in which the continent is currently portrayed in the media.  Africa is not just about poverty, disease and war.  It is a beautiful place with an incredibly vast and diverse history.  I felt that music would be the best place for me to start and, while I did not know a lot about Youssou’s music or the West African musical tradition, I was completely taken by him – as a musician and as a moral leader.  He is an incredibly captivating and driven performer, with a voice like an angel, who represents to millions of Africans the possibility of living successfully by one’s convictions. Sharing a tolerant side of Islam also became one of my most important motivations.

Q: WHAT IS THE CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF YOUSSOU IN THE UNITED STATES?
A: Youssou is extraordinarily famous everywhere in the world, but less well known in America. He wrote and performed the official anthem of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, however here in the US most people know him through his collaborations with other artists such as Peter Gabriel with the song â??In Your Eyes.â?Â  He is probably the most famous musician people haven’t heard of.  To the African Diaspora this film represents a very intimate look into the personal life of an icon – to those who are discovering him for the first time, I hope this is a moving story that complements the power of his music.

Q: WHAT INITIAL REACTIONS ARE YOU RECEIVING TO THE FILM?
A: The film has been very well received at film festivals throughout the world and has won several audience awards.  The audience response has been overwhelmingly positive.  Itâ??s so interesting to see the way these very different people (from Telluride to Abu Dhabi) respond to this personal story.  Music fans who know Youssouâ??s music naturally seek out the film.  Many also find him an inspiration because of his activism and his strong religious convictions while others simply thank me for â??making a film with such a positive story about Africa.â?? But African American and Muslim-American audiences often come up after screenings and tell me how much they identify with Youssouâ??s personal story.  I made this film with the hope of sharing Youssouâ??s story with a wider audience that may not already be familiar with his music. It has been a very hopeful experience, watching others discover Youssouâ??s inspiring story for themselves often walking away with a renewed hope about the Westâ??s relationship to the Muslim world. I made this film with the hope that it may contribute to a dialogue about Islam and the west; itâ??s truly gratifying to see audiences responding and discussing the issues addressed in the film. Ultimately, Youssouâ??s story is a compelling example of how each of us has the power to change the world.

Q: HOW DID YOU CONNECT WITH YOUSSOU?
A: I met Youssou at Carnegie Hall and pitched him the idea, he seemed interested without saying â??yes.â?? After some time, I was able to get permission form everyone involved, except Youssou, because he was so hard to pin down – he travels constantly.  Several months after meeting him in New York, I flew to Senegal and, through a former body guard, I followed him to an outdoor concert near the border of Mauritania – after which he gave his â??yesâ?? and we set a date to start filming. I suppose he responded to my determination; the lengths at which I would go to reach him.  He then knew I was committed and I believe he also understood how important it was to try to share his story with an international audience.

Q: WHAT NEW EXPERIENCES DID YOU HAVE WHEN MAKING THE FILM?
A: This film presented new experiences every day, it was an extraordinary journey.  I was the only woman on tour with 25 Muslim musicians over the course of two Ramadans – something I would never have seen my self doing before I got involved in the film.  I traveled with Youssou across West Africa, Morocco, Egypt, throughout Europe and much of the United States. I visited the most celebrated concert halls in the world, and I was surrounded everyday by world class musicians. I was also welcomed into Youssouâ??s family and allowed to experience the inside of Senegalâ??s most sacred Muslim practices.

Q: HOW DO YOUSSOUâ??S FRIENDS AND FAMILY RESPOND TO THE CONTROVERSY OF HIS MUSIC?
A: His family was quite surprised  and ultimately concerned by the reaction.  Up to the release of his album Egypt in 2004, every one of his albums have sold extremely well in Senegal. To get a real sense of the stakes you have to understand that Youssou is one of Senegal, if not Africaâ??s most beloved musicians. To have his audience at home turn against was very dramatic and quite serious.

Q: WHAT LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE WHEN MAKING THE FILM?
A: I traveled with a very small crew – myself, I did audio and cinematography.  Keeping up with Youssouâ??s energy and traveling around the world felt like an extreme sport. One day we would be in an extremely hot desert location with no running water, the next day we would be in Washington, DC testifying before Congress. It was both exhausting and exhilarating.  It was hard to film Youssou and watch him go through such a challenging personal turning point in his life. It was very powerful.

Q: WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING ABROAD?
A: I was an American traveling through Europe during the war in Iraq and I was very aware of how I was seen in many people’s eyes. In Senegal, a mostly Muslim country, I did not feel the same tension; I was completely welcomed and always treated respectfully.  Iâ??m not religious nor am I a Muslim, but I was very comfortable there. The Senegalese Muslim community very much wanted to share in the filmâ??s message of a tolerant Islam.  They even allowed us to film in the Mosque in the holy city of Touba – something that had never been done to that extent.  They understood that I was there to try to learn and tell their story – the film is my attempt to share what I learned and to create a more diverse portrait of Islam.

Anvil Rocks the Village East Cinema

June 4, 2009

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On a rainy Wednesday night, following a special screening of their hit film ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Robb Reiner and G5 played a live set in the ornate main auditorium to a sold out crowd which included Chris Martin of Coldplay and model Helena Christensen. The 20 minute set included “This is Thirteen”, “666” and “Metal on Metal”. Lips exclaimed to an overjoyed crowd that the Village East “is the weirdest place we’ve ever played”.

Located 10 blocks north of sister theater, the Angelika Film Center, the Village East Cinema is proud to offer an eclectic mix of mainstream and art programming as well as special events like ANVIL.

Anvil to play the Village East Cinema – Wednesday!

June 2, 2009

ANVIL the story of ANVIL

Steve â??Lipsâ? Kudlow and Robb Reiner and their heavy metal band, Anvil, released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982â??s Metal on Metal. The album influenced an entire generation of rock bands, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who went on to sell millions of records. Anvil, on the other hand, took a different path — straight to obscurity. Now they’re back with their wildly popular film: ANVIL! To celebrate, Anvil will play a LIVE set at the Village East Cinema following the 10:00pm show on Wednesay, June 3rd.

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