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<< January 9 - 12, 2008 >>>

Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee Series

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Meet all the directors in person at a Seminar with all the nominees that is part of this series is at the Egyptian Theatre!

Co-Presented With The Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

In early 1944, a number of movie stars went to 20th Century Fox Studios to see what a small group of foreign journalists, reporting from Hollywood back to their homelands, had found to be especially interesting and worthwhile during the turbulent preceding year. Lunch was served in the commissary, and all applauded when THE SONG OF BERNADETTE was declared best motion picture and Jennifer Jones and Paul Lukas took home the honors (in the form of scrolls) in the leading actress/actor categories. The journalists, all members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, decided that this would be a yearly event for the purpose of delivering an impartial view on motion pictures and their impact. In order not to be swayed and influenced by the powers in Hollywood--not even the Academy Award choices--it was important to them that they give their awards before the Oscars. The basic awards for motion picture, leading and supporting actors and actresses were supplemented with a director's award the second year, an award that became permanent. Since 1955, the Golden Globes have honored achievement in television as well as film. By 1962, the general public was invited to share in the celebration when KTTV in Los Angeles first televised the awards. The Golden Globes Awards, from the very first, were born out of a wish to create bridges between countries and cultures all around the globe and have, over the years, kept alive a feeling of celebration rather than competition.

We’re happy to be hosting this series of screenings devoted to the films and filmmakers nominated for the Golden Globe Best Foreign Language Film Awards. Five films will be spotlighted. Please also join us for the free Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominees Seminar, featuring all of the nominated filmmakers, at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 PM. For more information visit: and



Wednesday, January 9 – 7:30 PM

Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee:

THE KITE RUNNER (USA) 2007, 122 min., DreamWorks Pictures Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Paramount Classics Participant Productions Present a Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Parkes/Macdonald Production Distributed by Paramount Classics. Dir. Marc Forster. Based on one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, THE KITE RUNNER is a powerful tale of childhood friends, Amir and Hassan in a divided country on the verge of war. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies burst with the joy of an innocent kite fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will set a catastrophe in motion…. And an epic quest for redemption. Twenty years later, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Talban’s tyrannical rule, to face the dark secrets that still haunt him and to take a daring chance to try to set things right. "…a film of exhilarating, redemptive humanity, conveying an enduring sense of hope." – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post



Thursday, January 10 – 7:30 PM

Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee:

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY (FRANCE AND USA), 2007, 112 min., A Kennedy/Marshall Company and Jon Kilik Production; Miramax/Paramount Vantage. Director Julian Schnabel (BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award for his dramatization of the true story of bon vivant Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) who suffered a stroke that rendered him completely paralyzed with the exception of one eye, at the unlikely age of 42. With the real Bauby’s unapologetic sarcasm warding off any trace of sentimentality, the existence this privileged playboy took for granted… his women… his children… his 92-year old father (Max von Sydow)… his jet setting lifestyle is cross-examined by the active imagination inside the inanimate body in deftly delivered interior monologue by Amalric. With cinematography by Oscar Winner Janusz Kaminski. Scripted by Ronald Harwood. "…simultaneously uplifting and melancholy, suffused with an unexpected sense of possibility as much as the inevitable sense of loss..." -- Kenneth Turan, LA Times Director Julian Schnabel to introduce the screening.



Friday, January 11 – 7:30 PM

Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee:

"Lee is a true master, and his potently erotic and suspenseful Lust, Caution casts a spell you won't want to break," – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

LUST, CAUTION (TAIWAN), 2007, 157 min., Haishang Films; Focus Features. Academy Award winning director Ang Lee (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) returns with a startling erotic espionage thriller about the fate of an ordinary woman’s heart in 1942 Shanghai, in the throes of the WW II Japanese occupation of this Chinese city. Based on a short story by revered Chinese author Eileen Chang. With Tony Leung, Joan Chen, Tang Wei. Scripted by Wang Hui Ling and James Schamus. "One of the few honestly observant political films, totally devoid of retrospective feel-good propaganda, that I have seen in years, and its characters are thereby perceptively portrayed all the way through to the almost unbearably bitter end of the narrative." – Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer Ang Lee will not be in attendance as was previously announced.



Saturday, January 12 – 7:30 PM

Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominee:

PERSEPOLIS (FRANCE), 2007, 95 min., 247 Films; Sony Pictures Classics. Dirs. Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Payronnaud. Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels detailing her youth and developing feminist consciousness growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution come to life in this often comic, black and white animated film influenced by German Expressionism and Italian Neo-Realism! Rebellious, precocious Marjane discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden as bombs drop and her outspoken uncle is senselessly executed in war-ravaged Tehran. As a teen, her parents send her to live in Austria, away from religious and political tyranny, but eventually she returns home to her family, even though she must literally a figuratively live under the veil of fundamental extremism. When it gets to be more than she can bear, she makes the heartbreaking decision to leave her homeland to find freedom. "A fresh, moving, out of the gate masterpiece – a work of animation that manages to be artistically brilliant, politically rich, morally engaging and emotionally overwhelming." – James Rocchi, Voiced by Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve.

2007, 113 min. Mobra Films; IFC First Take. Dir. Cristian Mungiu. This controversial, emotionally charged Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner is the gripping journey of two college students (Anamaria Marinca and Laura Vasiliu) negotiating for an illegal abortion in Romania during the final days of the communist Ceausescu regime. Their descent into the black market, where everything from hot showers to breath mints are sold on the sly, turns into a nightmare of suspense and uncertainty as Gabita puts her life in the hands of a villainous black market abortionist (Vlad Ivanov). Co-director Marjane Satrapi to introduce the screening of PERSEPOLIS.



Saturday, January 12 – 1:00 PM



Discover the best of new foreign films with a panel discussion featuring the directors of the five foreign language nominees for the Golden Globe Award. Moderated by Screen International writer Mike Goodridge. For more information about the Golden Globe Awards see: and

Admission is FREE on a first come, first served basis. A limited amount of free parking is available is the lot on Las Palmas South of the theatre. Before you park, tell the attendent you are there for the Golden Globe event.