Producers’ Committee Film Picks for May 2011

The cinematic and literary theme for this month will be strong women, in all their guises.


POTICHE (2010) 

Directed by Francois Ozon @ 103 minutes.

The film stars Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Jeremie Renier, and Judith Godreche.

Synopsis: When her arrogant husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife takes control of the family business, and proves to be a very successful CEO. Things become complicated when her ex-lover, now a union leader, arrives to negotiate with her.

Tagline: The trophy is coming off the shelf.

“Sophisticated and quick-witted.”–The New York Times.

“A glittering showcase for Catherine Deneuve.”–Time.



Directed by James Lapine @ 107 minutes.

The film stars Judy Davis, Hugh Grant, Julian Sands, Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, and Emma Thompson. Synopsis: A smart sassy comedy set in 1830’s France, where a very determined, lusty, dynamic young woman sets her romantic cap for the composer Frederic Chopin.

Tagline: “A celebration of romantic love.” and “He is about to fall in love with the most scandalous woman of his time.”

“A terrific movie.”–Liz Smith, NEWSDAY.

“Two thumbs up.”–Siskel and Ebert.

THE PIANO (1993)

Directed by Jane Campion @ 121 minutes.

The film stars Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, and Anna Paquin.

Synopsis: A mute woman, along with her young daughter and prized piano, are sent to 1850’s New Zealand for an “arranged marriage” to a wealthy landowner. He is a harsh man and he sells her piano to a neighbor, who offers to sell it back to her for the price of some piano lessons; but it soon becomes clear he wants more than music tutoring.

This film won the Palm de Or at Cannes, and three Oscars; Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay.


IMPROMPTU (1991) will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, May 6, 2011.

THE PIANO (1993) will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, May 13, 2011.

POTICHE (2010) will screen at the Grand Cinema and will open on Friday, April 22, 2011.


924 Broadway is in the Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater in the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District.

The Grand Cinema is located at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, at 6th and Fawcett, in the Merlino Art Center Building.


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