This romantic comedy, directed by first-timer Vlatka Vorkapić, is set in the world of bull fighting. Animal-rights activist Sonja (Judita Franković) is caught up in the battle to pass a bill making bullfighting illegal. Her work raises a red flag with a big-time fight organizer, who sends his insurance-agent son (Goran Bogdan) to deal with the woman. A Croatian box office hit, SONJA AND THE BULL is a sexy and sweet look at tradition, differences and how opposites really do attract. In Croatian with English subtitles.
Dir: Michael Almereyda
Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video Stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke) is the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, who employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. Among the all-star supporting cast is Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
Dir: Joss Whedon
Director Joss Whedon gives Shakespeare's classic comedy a contemporary spin in this new adaptation, which was shot in B/W in just 12 days while remaining faithful to the original text. The story of sparring lovers Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. “More than most adaptations, this is a film true to Shakespeare's practice of employing all means at hand to keep the crowd entertained.” – John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter