By Admin | December 4, 2003

“Bright Young Things” (U.S. premiere) ^ An adaptation of classic novelist Evelyn Waugh’s “Vile Bodies” which captures the sex, scandal, and celebrity of the early 1930s. Aspiring author Adam is torn between trying to marry his sweetheart and his wild Party-loving friends, who are the toast of their decadent generation. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Stephen Fry ^ CAST: Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, Fenella Woolgar, Peter O’Toole, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent
“The Butterfly Effect” (world premiere) ^ A taut thriller centering around a young man struggling to come to terms with his personal demons. In his attempts to exorcise his past, he learns that in trying to change history, everything he knows, is thrown into chaos. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITERS: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress ^ CAST: Ashton Kutcher, Eric Stolz, Amy Smart
“Dear Frankie” (world premiere) ^ Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth, Lizzie invents a make-believe parent who is away adventuring on the high seas. ^ DIRECTOR: Shona Auberbach ^ WRITER: Andrea Gibb ^ CAST: Emily Mortimer, Gerard Butler, Jack McElhone
“The Dreamers” (U.S. premiere) ^ The tumultuous political landscape of 1968 Paris is the backdrop, as three young cineastes are drawn together through their passion for film. ^ DIRECTOR: Bernardo Bertolucci ^ WRITER: Gilbert Adair (from his novel) ^ CAST: Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel, Robin Renucci
“Employee of the Month” (world premiere) ^ David Walsh has the perfect life — until he loses his dream home, job, and fiance in 24 hours. His low-life pal Jack throws gas on the fire as David’s life explodes with lies and betrayals. ^ DIRECTOR: Mitch Rouse ^ WRITERS: Mitch Rouse, Jay Leggett ^ CAST: Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn, Christina Applegate
“Eulogy” (world premiere) ^ A young girl finds herself amidst a comical frenzy when three generations of a dysfunctional family reunite for her grandfather’s funeral. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Michael Clancy ^ CAST: Hank Azaria, Jesse Bradford, Zooey Deschanel, Glenne Headly, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Kelly Preston, Ray Romano, Rip Torn, Debra Winger
“Gett’n the Man’s Foot Outta Your Asssss!” (U.S. Premiere) ^ Mario Van Peebles’ critical but loving ode to his father’s pioneering film career which led him to turn his back on both Hollywood and his family. ^ DIRECTOR: Mario Van Peebles ^ WRITERS: Dennis Haggerty, Mario Van Peebles ^ CAST: Mario Van Peebles, Cleo Khlio Thomas, T.K. Carter, Ossie Davis, Nia Long
“Iron Jawed Angels” (world premiere) ^ Based on the true story of the young militant women who created a radical campaign to support suffrage, leading to the 23rd Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote. ^ DIRECTOR: Katja Von Garnier ^ WRITERS: Sally Robinson, Eugenia Bostwick-Singer, Raymond Singer, Jennifer Friedes ^ CAST: Hilary Swank, Frances O’Connor, Julia Ormond, Anjelica Huston, Molly Parker, Bob Gunton, Patrick Dempsey, Laura Fraser, Brooke Smith, Vera Farmiga, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, Joseph Adams
“Love In Thoughts” (world premiere) ^ Four high school students in 1920s Berlin, who are out to get the most happiness, the greatest love, reach the pinnacle of life. What began as a summer outing and drunken bohemian party turns deadly serious as the weekend progresses. ^ DIRECTOR: Achim von Borries ^ WRITERS: Hendrik Handloegten, Achim von Borries ^ CAST: Daniel Bruhl, August Diehl, Anna Maria Muehe, Jana Pallaske, Thure Lindhardt
“The Machinist” (world premiere) ^ Trever Rznik, a machinist, is suffering from no ordinary insomnia. Investigating the strange occurrences turning his world into a sleepless nightmare, the more he learns, the less he wants to know. ^ DIRECTOR: Brad Anderson ^ WRITER: Scott Alan Kosar ^ CAST: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
“Marie and Bruce” (world premiere) ^ “Marie and Bruce” presents one day in the life of an urban couple. It just happens to be the day that Marie decides to leave Bruce. ^ DIRECTOR: Tom Cairns; WRITERS: Wallace Shawn, Tom Cairns ^ CAST: Julianne Moore, Matthew Broderick, Bob Balaban, Julie Hagerty, Griffin Dunne
“The Motorcycle Diaries” (world premiere) ^ Based on the 1954 journals of the Che Guevara and his traveling companion Alberto Granado, the film documents the change of young Guevara from student vagabond to aspiring revolutionary leader. ^ DIRECTOR: Walter Salles ^ WRITER: Jose Rivera ^ CAST: Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Ulises Dumont, Facundo Espinosa
“Never Die Alone” (world premiere) ^ Based on the 1974 novel of gangster and pulp novelist Donald Goines, who used his personal experiences to pen several books before his death. When a young gangleader dies, the reporter who witnessed his death investigates the case by using the victim’s journals. ^ DIRECTOR: Ernest Dickerson ^ WRITERS: James Gibson, Donald Goines ^ CAST: Jennifer Sky, David Arquette, DMX
“Redemption” (world premiere) ^ The true account of the founder and leader of the L.A. gang The Crips who seeks redemption with the help of a novelist. ^ DIRECTOR: Vondie Curtis Hall ^ CAST: Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield
“The Saddest Music in the World” (U.S. premiere) ^ At the height of the Great Depression, a beer baroness stages a contest in Winnipeg, Canada, to determine which country can create the saddest music in the world. ^ DIRECTOR: Guy Maddin ^ WRITERS: Kazuro Ishiguro, Guy Maddin, George Toles ^ CAST: Mark McKinney, Isabella Rossellini, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox, Ross McMillan

“Saved” (world premiere) ^ A coming-of-age tale laced with dark comedy. Made an outcast in her small, Baptist high school because of her pregnancy, a young girl finds the courage to rise above her restrictive surroundings. ^ DIRECTOR: Brian Dannelly ^ WRITERS: Brian Dannelly, Michael Urban ^ CAST: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit, Mary-Louise Parker

“Sky Blue” (North American premiere) ^ A futuristic animated feature of the war and love which threatens to tear humanity apart. With civilization destroyed by war, conflict erupts when one man seeks to create a new utopia whilst regaining the heart of a woman lost to his mortal enemy. ^ DIRECTORS & WRITERS: Moon-saeng Kim, Sunmin Park (English version)

“Tiptoes” (U.S. premiere) ^ A sexually charged story of loyalty, love and difference, set against the backdrop of the annual Little People of America convention. ^ DIRECTOR: Matthew Bright ^ WRITER: Bill Weiner ^ CAST: Gary Oldman, Kate Beckinsale, Matthew McConaughey, Patricia Arquette

“Touch of Pink” (world premiere) ^ Alim’s imaginary friend, the ghost of Cary Grant, coaches him in the role of straight, upper-class English lad when his shrewd, conservative Mom visits. ^ DIRECTOR & WRITER: Ian Iqbal Rashid ^ CAST: Jimi Mistry, Kyle MacLachlan, Kristen Holden-Ried, Suleka Mathew

“Trauma” (world premiere) ^ A man’s sense of reality spins out of control after the supposed death of his wife. ^ DIRECTOR: Marc Evans; WRITER: Richard Smith ^ CAST: Colin Firth, Mena Suvari, Brenda Fricker

“Zatoichi” ^ The adventures of a blind masseur/swordsman. ^ DIRECTOR: Takeshi Kitano ^ CAST: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ogusu, Yui Natsukawa, Guadalcanal Taka

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