Producer’s Film Picks for September 2012

As the Tacoma Film Club fleshes out its ninth year, the theme picked for the films this month is: “Chaos will reign as governments collapse.”



Directed by Roland Joffe @ 141 minutes.

The films stars Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, and Spalding Gray.

Synopsis: He was a reporter for the NY Times who had won a Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting on the war in Cambodia–but the friend who made it possible was a half a world away and his life was now in danger.

Tagline: Every so often, there is a film that is destined to be talked about and remembered for years to come.

This film won three Oscars: Best Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing–and it was nominated for four more.


Directed by Phillip Noyce @ 101 minutes

The film stars Brendan Fraser, Michael Caine, Do Thi Hai Yen, Rade Serbedzija.

Synopsis: Saigon, 1952, where three people are caught in the chaotic grips of the Vietnamese war of liberation from the French colonial powers–a prophetic story of love, betrayal, murder, and the origins of the American war in Vietnam.

Based on the novel by Graham Greene.

Tagline: In war, the most powerful weapon is seduction.

Michael Caine was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role.



Directed by Benoit Jacquot @ 100 minutes.

The films stars Lea Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen, and Xavier Beauvois.

Synopsis: This is a film that captures the passions, debachery, court intrigues, and ultimately the chaos that engulfed the court of Marie Antoinette in those final days before the full-scale outbreak of Revolution.

Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas


FAREWELL, MY QUEEN opened at the Grand Cinema on Friday, August 24, 2012, and is now playing in its second week. See it as soon as you can.

THE KILLING FIELDS will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, September 7, 2012.

THE QUIET AMERICAN will screen at 924 Broadway on Friday, September 14, 2012.

The TFC Discussion night, where all three films will be discussed, is on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.


924 Broadway is in the historic Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Look for our large banner hanging over the door out front.

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


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