FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: JUNE 7, 2000
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS THE SECOND ANNUAL
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HITCHCOCK INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR SERIES
FEATURING THE REELSHORT.COM NEW DIRECTORS
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
June 23 27, 2000
Hollywood Now in its second year, the American Cinematheque
Universal Studios Hitchcock International Director Series featuring the
reelshort.com New Directors Short Film Showcase, June 23 27, 2000. The
series was founded in 1999 to commemorate what would have been the 100th
birthday of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, by bringing together both
established directors as well as new directors from different parts of the
world for a weeklong forum on filmmaking at the Egyptian Theatre. This year,
the series honors the work of acclaimed directors Ann Hui (Hong Kong), Otar
Iosseliani (Georgia), Miguel Littín (Chile), and Gianni Amelio (Italy), who
will all appear in person with their films. Each evening is dedicated to the
presentation of a film followed by an in-person discussion with the
This years program breaks new ground in supporting filmmakers around the
world with the addition of a short film competition on reelshort.com, an
online exhibition platform for emerging filmmakers. With reelshort.com on
board this year the spotlight on new directors focuses on short films that
have won prizes at prestigious International Short Film Festivals.
Participating directors include: Esen Isik (Switzerland), Audrey O'Reilly
(Ireland), Anna Luiza Azevedo (Brazil) and Ben van Lieshout (Netherlands),
with the fifth, yet unannounced director, will be the winner of a
reelshort.com on line contest. Everyone is invited to cast a vote at
http://www.reelshort.com (through June 12) and stay tuned for webcasts on
reelshort.com as well.
The series will also be highlighted by a free panel discussion on Sunday,
June 25th, in which all filmmakers will share their views on New Technology
vs. Traditional Filmmaking. Immediately following will be a toast to all the
filmmakers sponsored by Champagne Mumm.
All films are in their original language with English Subtitles.
In association with these events, the American Cinematheque has assembled a
distinguished honorary host committee of American directors, which include:
Kathryn Bigelow, Joe Dante, Taylor Hackford, Randa Haines, Curtis Hanson,
Arthur Hiller, Ron Howard, Mimi Leder, Jonathan Mostow, Rob Reiner, Martin
Scorsese, Tom Shadyac and Steven Spielberg.
Commenting on the event, Universal Pictures Chairman Stacey Snider said, I m delighted that this.
year we have the opportunity to maximize our involvement with this important
series by bringing on board our newest partners at reelshort.com.
One of the key benefits of our partnership with Universal is the
opportunity to help our filmmakers gain wider and faster access to both
industry leaders and online and offline audiences, stated Jeremy Bernard,
CEO/Founder of reelshort.com. We are excited to be part of the Universal
Studios Hitchcock International Director Series and to work with two
well-respected organizations that share our dedication to recognizing and
facilitating exposure for fresh, talented filmmaking.
Barbara Smith, American Cinematheque Director, said, We are grateful to
Universal Studios for creating this yearly forum, which truly embraces
filmmaking globally and celebrates the best of international cinema. We
welcome the participation of reelshort.com, and are delighted that Los
Angeles audiences and the Hollywood community will again be able to view a
diverse range of films and meet these talented filmmakers.
Friday, June 23 - 8:00 PM
Chilean director Miguel Littín will appear in Person with the Los Angeles
Premiere of TIERRA DEL FUEGO, 2000, 103 min, RAI Corporation. At the end of
the nineteenth century, a beggar faces his destiny and reflects on the rise
and fall of his life as the owner 40 years earlier of the coast of Tierra
Del Fuego. With the great Italian actress Ornella Muti and Jorge Perugorria.
This film opens theatrically in Chile on June 24th. Followed by a discussion
with Miguel Littín.
One of Latin America's most respected film directors, Chile's Miguel
Littín was twice Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film with LETTERS
FROM MARUSIA (1975) and ALSINO AND THE CONDOR (1982). A high profile figure
in Chile, Miguel Littín was blacklisted by the Pinochet regime and after a
long exile in Mexico, is again making films in Chile. His most recent film,
TIERRA DEL FUEGO, premieres this year at the Cannes Film Festival.
Saturday, June 24 - 8:00 PM
Italian director Gianni Amelio will appear in-person with LAMERICA, 1994,
125 min, New Yorker Films. The movie that won Gianni Amelio honors as best
director at the 1994 Venice Film Festival, LAMERICA tells the story of two
Italian racketeers going to post communist Albania to set up a fictitious
company and pocket the money. Looking for a stooge, they discover the real
Albania, an echo of post WW II Italy. Followed by a discussion with Gianni
Directing since the early 1970's, Italian Gianni Amelio received
international attention in the 1990's with OPEN DOORS (1989), STOLEN
CHILDREN (1991), and his epic-scale LAMERICA (1994). Commenting on his
filmmaking, the Village Voice said, "Amelio's earnest, architectonic,
Antonioni-esque pictures" are in the tradition of the Italian political
cinema. Gianni Amelio is one of the strongest voices of contemporary Italian
Sunday, June 25, 2000
The Sunday, June 25th program begins at 2:00 PM with the reelshort.com SHORT
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SHOWCASE featuring all of the directors in person. The films in the showcase
are a selection of the best of several 2000 International Short Film
Festivals. From the Clermont Ferrand Festival (France) comes Turkish-born
filmmaker Esen Isik's Grand Prize winner "Stolen Father" (Switerland, 24
min), the story of a 5-year-old boy in Instanbul who witnesses his fathers
abduction by the secret police. To cope with the trauma of his missing
parent, he develops a fantasy that he is hiding his father in the cellar of
the familys home. Now his family must move away Clermont Ferrand Festival
(France) Audience Award Winner Audrey O'Reilly's "In Loving Memory"
(Ireland, 11 min) is based on a true love story set between this world and
the next, told by OReillys grand uncle to her mother. The film is a
portrait of a woman who finds a unique way of dealing with her husbands
death. Honor Bright, a feature script OReilly co-wrote, won the Miramax
Script Award. Anna Luiza Azevedo's "3 Minutos" (Brazil, 6 min), a Cannes
Film Festival 2000 selection, is about three minutes, the time it takes to
leave a message, to pass a baton, to run 1.600 meters, to boil an egg the
time it takes to make a decision that can change your life Actress Lisa
Gertum Becker will appear in person with director Azevedo. Best Documentary
Award Winner from the Tampere Short Film Festival (Finland), is Ben van
Lieshout's "De Zone" (Netherlands, 18 min), an austerely visual film that
reveals a typically Dutch phenomenon, de afwerkplek, roughly translated as
come place. The camera shoots from behind the windshield of a car, on the
isolated streets where prostitutes and customers find one another. Van
Lieshout is also the director of THE STOWAWAY (1998) and BUTTERFLY (1995).
The film won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival of
Drama in Greece and the prize for Best Short Film at the International Short
Film Festival in Uppsala, Sweden. Our fifth director will be the winner of
the reelshort.com on line contest. Check www.reelshort.com website to find
out who the lucky winner is! Plus, other earlier films from our directors.
A discussion with all the directors will follow the program .
Following from 4:00 6:00 PM is a Panel Discussion with all of the
filmmakers. The topic of the panel is Perspectives on the Future: New
Technology vs. Traditional Filmmaking. The directors Gianni Amelio, Ana
Luiza Azevedo, Ann Hui, Esen Isik, Otar Iosseliani, Miguel Littín, Ben van
Lieshout, Audrey O'Reilly will share their views on filmmaking and how new
technology may change their approach to cinema. Free admission. The panel
will be followed by a champagne reception sponsored by Champagne Mumm
immediately following the panel.
Monday, June 26 - 8:00 PM
Director Otar Iosseliani will join us in person to present FAREWELL, HOME
SWEET HOME (ADIEU, PLANCHER DES VACHES), 1999 , 118 min, Pierre Grise
Productions. A surreal comedy set in an idealized, contemporary Paris is
Otar Iosseliani's most recent film. Iosseliani himself plays the charming
alcoholic, fooling around with electric trains while his wife entertains her
friends with a gigantic stork perched on her shoulder,
and his teenage son eagerly experiences city life. A stunning poetic film.
Followed by a discussion with Otar Iosseliani.
Born in Georgia, and living in France since the early 1990's, Otar
Iosseliani studied music and mathematics before becoming a filmmaker.
Considered in Europe to be one of the most important
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contemporary Soviet film directors, Otar Iosseliani is best known for THERE
LIVED A SINGING BLACKBIRD (1971) and AND THERE WAS LIGHT, the Golden Lion
winner at the 1989 Venice Film Festival. This year the Cannes Film Festival
honored him with a special screening of his unreleased first short film
Tuesday, June 27 - 8:00 PM
Director Ann Hui will join us in person to present SUMMER SNOW, 1994, 106
min., the sensation of the 1995 Berlin Festival, where it won the Best
Actress Award for Josephine Siao Fong-Fong. SUMMER SNOW is a family comedy
focusing on a woman contending with her senile father-in-law. "A strange
romance emerges and culminates, movingly and poetically." "Hui's mise en
scčne, alternatively funny and touching, does not have a single false
note." - Berenice Reynaud. Followed by a discussion with Ann Hui.
Born in Manchuria, Ann Hui grew up in Hong Kong, where she became the
assistant of director King Hu. She has been directing and producing since
the late 1970's and achieved international recognition with BOAT PEOPLE
(1982). With SUMMER SNOW (1994 ) Ann Hui has proven to be one of the masters
of contemporary Hong Kong cinema. ORDINARY HEROES (1999) is her last film to
All screenings will be held at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian
Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. A discussion with the filmmaker will
follow each screening.
Tickets for the Series are $7 per screening general admission ($5 American
Cinematheque members). The panel discussion is free. General admission
tickets are available to the public at the door or in advance during box
office hours. For more information call (323) 466-FILM or visit
The Universal Studios Hitchcock International Director Series was launched
in July 1999 in partnership with American Cinematheque in celebration of
Alfred Hitchcocks centennial, as an annual showcase for filmmakers around
the world. The 1999 series featured the work of such acknowledged directors
as Ken Loach (Britain); Idrissa Ouedraogo (Africa); Kinji Fukasaku (Japan);
Arturo Ripstein (Mexico) and Claire Denis (France).
Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque
(www.americancinematheque.com) is a non-profit, viewer-supported film
exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the
moving picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents film and video
programming which ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer
frontiers of the art form at the Egyptian Theatre. Exhibition of rare
works, special prints within series combined with fascinating post-screening
discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque
tradition that keeps audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema
reelshort.com is a privately held digital entertainment company based in
downtown New York City independent film capital of the world. The company
is focused on forging close relationships with new filmmakers and working
with them to reach new levels of creative and professional development.
reelshort.com has recently formed the first partnership with a major studio,
Universal Pictures, designed to encourage and develop innovative filmmaking
and build exposure for talented new filmmakers.
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company and a worldwide leader in motion pictures, television, home and
location based entertainment. Universal Studios is a unit of The Seagram
Company Ltd., a global entertainment and beverage company.
INTERVIEWS: All participating directors will be available for interviews
in-person during the film series. Please call to schedule.
PRESS KITS and BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS AND COLOR SLIDES ARE AVAILABLE UPON
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.
FILMS LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) IN OUR OFFICES. CALL TO
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THEM. LOCAL VIDEO STORES PROBABLY WONT HAVE
ANY OF THESE TITLES. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL MARGOT GERBER
323.461.2020, ext. 115 OR JASMINE ONG AT x-116. THANK YOU.
(the version released in the US (111 min.) is available on tape to watch
only at the Cinematheque offices as of 6/7/00). The print we will screen is
the Italian 125 min. version. We may get a video of the longer version .
Call for details). Photos for this film are available as digital files that
we can e-mail to you.
TIERRA DE FUEGO (color scannable art available as of 6/7/00)
FAREWELL HOME SWEET HOME (slides available)
SUMMER SNOW (no photos currently available)
SHORT FILMS (not available as of 6/7/00. Call for updates)
REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING ON
LETTERHEAD FROM THE MEDIA OUTLET THAT GAVE YOU YOUR ASSIGNMENT. FAX TO
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.
WE REGRET THAT WE CANNOT TAKE VERBAL REQUESTS.
YOUR NAME WILL THEN BE ON A LIST AT THE BOX OFFICE.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
Contacts: Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque, (323) 461-2020,
Iris Gelt, Manuela Tramontina, (818) 777-9775
Universal Studios, Lisa Lori Communications for Reelshort.com, (212)
Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press
passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at
323.461.2020, ext. 115.
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