PRODUCERS’ PICKS FOR MAY 2012

Producers’ Film Picks for May 2012

DVD

MOTHER (2009)

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho @ 129 minutes.

The film stars Kim Hya-Ja, and Won Bin.

Synopsis: Mother is a devoted single parent to her simple-minded 27 year old son. One night he was seen stalking a school girl, who was found dead the next morning. An apathetic police force and judicial system resulted in a speedy conviction. So the Mother conducted her own personal investigation, hoping to clear her son’s name.

Joe Morgenstern: “An absolutely phenomenal film. This is filmmaking of a high order.”

Tagline: She will stop at nothing.

MARY AND MAX (2008)

Written and directed by Adam Elliot @ 92 minutes.

This is a Claymation “clayography” animated feature using the Voice talents of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries.

Synopsis: The hilarious and moving story of the pen-pal relationship between an 8 year old girl in Australia, and a 44 year old man with Asperger’s Syndrome who lives in NYC.

Los Angeles Times: “Remarkable, poignant, and heartbreaking.”

This film was the official Opening Night Selection at Sundance in 2009.

THEATRICAL FEATURE

KID WITH A BIKE (2011)

Directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne @ 87 minutes

The film stars Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, and Jeremie Renier.

Synopsis: Abandoned by his father a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness the town’s hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.

Joe Morgenstern: “The Dardenne gift for shattering simplicity still seems akin to magic.”

This film was the winner of the Gran Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

SCREENINGS:

MOTHER will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, May 4, 2012.

MARY AND MAX will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, May 11, 2012.

KID WITH THE BIKE will open at the Grand Cinema on Friday, April 20, 2012.

DIRECTIONS:

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

The Grand Cinema is located in Tacoma at 606 South Fawcett Avenue, in the Merlino Art Center building, on the corner of 6th and Fawcett.

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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