Fall 2005 film previews




Capote (United Artists): Truman Capote (the
brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman) develops an intense bond
with the accused killer at the heart of his true-crime
book In Cold Blood. Catherine Keener is a standout as
a very funny, very gay Harper Lee of To Kill a
fame. (Sept. 30)

Côte d’Azur (Strand): Previewed in the
print edition. (Sept. 9)

Flightplan (Touchstone/Imagine): Jodie Foster
plays a widowed mom taking her daughter from Berlin to New
York. In mid flight the child disappears, and everyone
insists to the increasingly panicked Foster that the
little girl was never aboard. (Sept. 23)

Forty Shades of Blue (Vitagraph): Out filmmaker
Ira Sachs (The Delta) returns to his hometown
of Memphis for this drama about a music producer
(award-worthy Rip Torn), his young Russian wife, and his
estranged adult son. (Sept. 28 NYC; nationally Oct.)

HellBent (Here): West Hollywood’s annual
carnival is always scary (Is my headdress slipping off?),
but out writer-director Paul Etheredge-Ouzts makes it
really terrifying in this queer horror flick. (Sept.


Before the Fall (Picture This): In a Nazi
academy in 1942, Friedrich (Max Riemelt) is unmoved by
Hitler but desperate to escape his poor background.
Boxing is his ticket, and Friedrich makes the most of
it until he bonds with “sensitive” poet
Albrecht, who can’t remain silent in the face of
atrocities. (Oct. 7 NYC)

Domino (New Line): Keira Knightley turns it on
as the real-life Domino Harvey, a Ford model turned badass
bounty hunter. Another tough chick to watch for this
fall: dome-headed Natalie Portman as a freedom fighter
in V for Vendetta. (Oct. 14)

Dorian Blues (TLA): Writer-director Tennyson
Bardwell spins a sweet tale of a boy (Michael McMillian) who
worries that he’s gay and turns to his jock
older brother for help. (Oct. 14 NYC)

The Dying Gaul (Strand): In Craig Lucas’s
directorial debut, Hollywood wants to buy Peter
Sarsgaard’s wrenching, personal screenplay
about the death of his lover from AIDS. But could
Sarsgaard change the lover from a man to a woman? Campbell
Scott is the exec who sleeps with Sarsgaard while
ignoring his wife, Patricia Clarkson. (Oct. 28)

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque
(Leisure Time): The cofounder of the Cinémathèque
Française, one of the world’s first film
archives, Langlois was probably at least bisexual.
This documentary shows the vital role he played in saving
classic films and turning Paris into a movie
lovers’ paradise. (Oct. 25 NYC)

The Last Day (Strand): Gorgeous Gaspard Ulliel
(A Very Long Engagement) plays 19-year-old
Simon, who picks up a girl on the train. They share a bed,
but it never occurs to him to make a move. Things grow tense
when Simon introduces the girl to his best pal, the
handsome lighthouse attendant. (Fall)

Separate Lies (Fox Searchlight): Oscar-winning
writer Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) dissects
the upper class with this drama about a husband (Tom
Wilkinson) torn between protecting his wife (Emily Watson)
and exposing what he imagines is her affair with
Rupert Everett. (Oct. 7)

Strangers With Candy (Warner Independent):
Jerri Blank, 46-year-old ex-con and former addict, decides
to finish high school in this prequel to the cult TV
series. The cast includes Stephen Colbert of The
Daily Show,
Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica
Parker, Allison Janney, and, of course, Amy Sedaris as
Jerri. (Oct. 21 NYC, L.A.)

Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family
(ThinkFilm): Just your typical boy-meets-boy-meets-girl
documentary. One boy is Sam, who says he’s the
son of a Mafia hit man. The other boy is Steven, who
gets an offer he can’t refuse (or doesn’t want
to) when Sam suggests bringing a girl into the mix.
Enter Samantha and, eventually, a baby that changes
everything. (Oct.)

Unveiled (Wolfe): Director Angelina Maccarone
tells the beautiful, utterly original story of a lesbian
(Jasmin Tabatabai) fleeing Iran because of
persecution. She takes on the identity of a male
refugee and gets into Germany disguised as a
man—where she works at a sauerkraut factory and
draws the attention of another woman. (Oct.)

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