Producer’s Committee Film Picks for March 2008 DVD & VHS SNOWCAKE (2006) Directed by Marc Evans @ 112 minutes.The film stars Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Emily Hampshire. Tagline: “sometimes stopping is the most important part of the journey.”An ex-convict on a road trip to Winnipeg picked up a female hitchhiker. There was a car accident and the girl was killed. Traumatized, he contacted the girl’s mother—who turned out to be a highly-functioning autistic woman. In the days that followed he learned to deal with his grief and had a sterling lesson in life. IN THIS WORLD (2002) Directed by Michael Winterbottom @ 88 minutes.The film stars Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, and Abdul Ahmad.Tagline: “the journey to freedom has no borders.” Two young Afghan refugees living in a camp in Peshawar want to escape, and they are assisted by a group of “people smugglers”. Their perilous journey led them along the “silk road”—through Pakistan , Iran , and Turkey , trying to get to London . The Theatrical feature, opening at the Grand Theater on February 22, 2008 will be: PERSEPOLIS (2007) Directed by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud @ 95 minutes.This is an animated film featuring the voices of Chiara Mastroiani, Catherine Deveuve, and Danielle Darrieux. It is the winner of The Jury Prize at Cannes in 2007. With this film we discover that animation has finally become an “adult genre”. This is a coming-of-age story of an outspoken Iranian teenager who moved to France to escape the political unrest in her country—only to discover that racism and unjust politics are prevalent in every country, and that her heart still belonged to her homeland.
TFC member, Mohsen Mirghanbari, was able to lead the discussion of this film at the Grand Theater, and will facilitate its discussion for the film club as well. IN THIS WORLD will screen at CSL on Friday, March 7, 2008, and SNOWCAKE will screen at CSL on Friday, March 14, 2008. NOTE: Chiko has checked at Stadium Video for us, and both films are available for rental, but SNOWCAKE is still “new” enough that it is not available at the reduced TFC rate.