Around (part of) the world in 7 days: Sundance films go cross-contintental this week
Because it’s on a Monday this year, which means you’ve been dressing up in costume every night since Friday, this might just be the longest Halloween weekend ever. It’s not over yet, but if you’re partied out, or just out of fake blood, stay in and cozy up to the Halloween episode of my “My So Called Life.” Angela falls for the Jordan Catalano of the 50s, who’s ghost still haunts the school gym, and (spoiler) her parents get so turned on by their costumes (he’s a pirate, she’s Rapunzel) that they decide to stay in and role play instead of going to the neighbor’s party.
Once the clock strikes November, though, we ditch all things Halloween with EVERLASTING MOMENTS (2008), by Swedish director Jan Troell, who worked with Nordic heavy-hitters like Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman, who he directed in some of her finest films, including THE EMIGRANTS (1971) and THE NEW LAND (1972). Then we venture south to France with Claude Chabrol’s A GIRL CUT IN TWO (2007). Chabrol, who died just last year, was a critic at the famed Cahiers du Cinema in the 50s and is credited with starting the nouvelle vague. He’s best known for LE BOUCHER (1970), STORY OF WOMEN (1988) LA CEREMONIE (1995) and MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT (2000).
Then we head to Australia with OSCAR AND LUCINDA (1997), starring Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarin Hinds and Tom Wilkinson. Next, Werner Herzog takes us deep into the woods with GRIZZLY MAN (2005) and we jump between 60s Ohio and 80s New York in A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (2004), starring Colin Farrell and based on the book by Michael Cunningam, who won the Pulitzer Prize for The Hours.
We finish up the week with BRIEF INTERVIEWS WITH HIDEOUS MEN (2009), directed by John Krasinski from “The Office.” Then Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe star in a game of high stakes kidnapping in THE CLEARING (2004) and (back to France one more time) Geoffrey Rush plays the Marquis de Sade in QUILLS (2000), which also stars Kate Winslet, who does his laundry (and much more) as well as Michael Caine and Joaquin Phoenix.