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A pair of illicit lovers experience a memorable picnic afternoon after they hit a prostitute with their car in the odd new Romanian film Hooked. It’s a slight but realistic story told more or less in real time that’s unfortunately buried under a distracting and misguided experiment in subjective camera work. Lubi (Ioana Flora), a 40-ish math teacher and Mihai (Adrian Titieni) at first appear to be a typical bickering couple who set out for a picnic just to unwind after a stressful week. Encountering annoying window washers and daylight prostitutes at every corner, there’s considerable tension between the two that just gets worse when Lubi runs their car over a prostitute named Ana (Maria Dinulescu), apparently killing her. Mihai wants to notify the police but Lubi is worried about the scandal it will cause since she’s actually married to another man and talks him into »
The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival was a huge success! The Opening Night Gala was well-attended, and there were many A-list celebrities including Clint Eastwood, Anne Hathaway, etc.
But it's all about the quality of films! And last night, the festival honored films around the world.
The Festival, held from January 6-19, 2009, screened 208 films from 73 countries, including 50 of the 67 foreign entries for this year.s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs. increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the year.s film festival circuit.
This year.s Festival attendees selected Departures (Japan) directed by Yojiro Takita, as the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. A failed cellist connects with his inner undertaker, his rural hometown, and his newly deceased father in this tonally eccentric, lushly scored, moving drama. The film is on the Academy Awards® shortlist »
2 items from 2009
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