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Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< January 7 - 10, 2009 >>>

Golden Globe Foreign-Language Nominee Series:


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 honored to host 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 January 10 at 1:00 PM. For more information visit: and

Schedule at a Glance


Der+Baader+Meinhof+Komplex+13.jpg (148569 bytes)Wednesday January 7 – 7:30 PM

THE BAADER-MEINHOF COMPLEX (DER BAADER-MEINHOF KOMPLEX) 2008, Germany, 149 minutes. Dir. Uli Edel. The film, the official German Oscar entry, sparked controversy across Europe when it was first screened.   This high-paced thriller traces the history of the Red Army Faction (RAF), a movement that is believed to have killed more than 30 public figures in an attempt to crush West German capitalism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Moritz Bleibtreu (RUN LOLA RUN) stars as Andreas Baader alongside Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS) as Ulrike Meinhof, who together are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment (and tainted with a Nazi-ridden past). The one man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force Horst Herold, played by Bruno Ganz (DOWNFALL, WINGS OF DESIRE). While he proceeds in his relentless pursuit of the young terrorists, he knows he's only dealing with the tip of the iceberg. Discussion following with director Uli Edel and writer/producer Bernd Eichinger.

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Thursday, January 8 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

Everlastingmoments2.jpg (10275 bytes)EVERLASTING MOMENTS (MARIA LARSSONS EVIGA ÖGONBLICK), 2008, IFC Films, SWEDEN/DENMARK, 131 min. Dir. Jan Troell. Maria (Maria Heiskanen) is a young, working-class woman who happens upon a camera she wins in a lottery in 1907 Sweden. With the help of an older storeowner, she begins to photograph her world, and newfound skill thrusts her on a journey that changes her entire life. The camera lens enables Maria to see the world through new eyes; it also becomes a threat to her nearly alcoholic womanizer of a husband, just as it brings the charming photographer "Piff Paff Puff" into her life. "Swedish master Jan Troell (The Emigrants (1971), for which he was nominated for Academy Awards® for both best direction and best adapted screenplay ) has always had a deep understanding of historical currents and how individuals confront them. His heroes have been either drifters, buffeted about by historical currents, or dreamers who found themselves ahead of the cultural curve, railing against their time and, in some cases, nature itself. Set in the early days of the last century, Everlasting Moments has the same epic scope as his previous work, encompassing everything from socialist and evangelical movements to industrialization and urbanization. But it also operates on a far more intimate, human scale. Based on the life of his wife's grandmother, the film is a profoundly personal look at cultural shifts through the history of one family." (Toronto Film Festival) "Production details transport the viewer back a century with utter credibility, and the camerawork makes every second an intense pleasure." - Todd McCarthy, Variety

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waltz-with-bashir.jpg (32758 bytes)WALTZ WITH BASHIR, 2008, Sony Pictures Classics, 90 min. This mesmerizing and gripping "animated documentary" is a hand-drawn chronicle of director-writer-producer Ari Folman’s repressed memories of war. It begins one night at a bar, when an old friend tells Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early 1980s. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he begins to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world in order to rediscover his past, his identity, and the consequences of so much violence on his psyche. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to offer up surreal images. Winner of six Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, including Best Film and Best Director. "It's a provocative, strange and arresting film, whose unusual blend of style and substance should reach a large worldwide audience." - Andrew O’Hehir,

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Friday, January 9 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: SOLD OUT

ive_loved_you_so_long.jpg (30736 bytes)I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME), 2008, France, Sony Pictures Classics, 115 min. Dir. Philippe Claudel. Juliette (Kristin Scott Thomas) has been estranged from her French family for 15 years while in prison for a domestic crime. At her return, her younger sister Léa (Elsa Zylberstein) takes her into the home she shares with her husband Luc, his father, and their adopted Vietnamese daughters. As their lives begin to readjust to each other, Juliette’s family struggles to trust her again. A highly nuanced character study and Philippe Claudel’s directorial debut, I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG is a film about the strength of women and their capacity to shine forth, reconstruct themselves and be reborn. "Rarely do head and heart coalesce to such sublime effect in film." - Maggie Lee, The Hollywood Reporter.

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227498.jpg (145431 bytes)GOMORRAH (GOMORRA), 2008, Italy, IFC Films, 137 min. Dir. Matteo Garrone. An epic, mesmerizing tour-de-force based on Robert Saviano’s explosive best-selling mafia exposé. As five seemingly unrelated stories unfold, Italy’s infamous Camorra crime family is revealed as the common force brutally dominating over Naples and the lives of its inhabitants. Filmed with gritty realism, it gives an honest and frank depiction of the cycle of crime, refreshingly devoid of sensationalism. A box-office smash in Italy, GOMORRAH was a critical sensation at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize. It has also won five European Film Awards including Best Film and is the official Italian Oscar® selection. With Salvatore Cantalupo. "[Matteo Garrone] tells all this with an unfussy style, with a documentarist’s eye for the authentic, both for people or places, and a dramatist’s urge for the tragic and the universal."- Dave Calhoun, Time Out. Director Philippe Claudel will introduce I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG and Matteo Gorrone will introduce GOMORRAH.

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