OLD JOY
2007, Kino International, 76 min, USA, Dir: Kelly Reichardt

Two old friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), reunite for a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountains east of Portland, Oregon. For Mark, the weekend outing offers a respite from the pressure of his imminent fatherhood; for Kurt, it is part of a long series of carefree adventures. As the hours progress and the landscape evolves, the two seekers move through a range of subtle emotions, enacting a pilgrimage of mutual confusion, sudden insight and spiritual battle. "A must-see" -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times; "Exquisite... achingly beautiful." -Robert Koehler, Variety


WENDY AND LUCY
2008, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 80 min, Dir: Kelly Reichardt

Acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt’s (RIVER OF GRASS) subtle storytelling technique uses a formal minimalist style to weave together a unique emotional and political road film. Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (BLUE VALENTINE, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) stars as Wendy Carol, who is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and to start a new life with her dog Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. WENDY AND LUCY addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times. With Wally Dalton, Larry Fessenden, Will Oldham, John Robinson and Will Patton.


FUNNY LADY
1975, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

Barbra Streisand’s continuation of the life of Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice (begun in the award-winning FUNNY GIRL), features songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (CABARET, CHICAGO) and Peter Matz, and fine direction by Herbert Ross (THE TURNING POINT). Streisand is terrific as the star who falls for Billy Rose (James Caan) while trying to purge herself of her love for Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Co-starring Roddy McDowell and Ben Vereen. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Cinematography (James Wong Howe – brought on to the project due to his history of filming iconic starlets, including Clara Bow), Best Costume Design, Best Original Song and Best Original Score.


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