SPECIAL SCREENINGS PREMIERES
The Agronomist Dir: Jonathan Demme ^ The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist.
Alexandra’s Project Dir: Rolf de Heer; Cast: Helen Buday, Gary Sweet ^ A husband comes home to find a videotape of his wife. What starts as an arousing birthday gift becomes a video ransom note as he realizes his wife is held hostage at gunpoint.
Big Enough Dir: Jan Krawitz ^ In this intimate portrait, several dwarfs who were filmed 20 years ago allow the camera into their lives once again.
Blind Horizon Dir: Michael Haussman; Cast: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Amy Smart, Sam Shephard ^ Suffering from a gunshot wound and amnesia, a man begins to realize he may be part of an assassination plot.
Bush’s Brain Dir: Michael Shoob, Joseph Mealey ^ A behind-the-scenes look at the controversial career of George W. Bush’s trusted strategist, Karl Rove.
Chisholm ’72 Dir: Shola Lynch ^ A documentary chronicling the presidential bid of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
Code 46 Dir: Michael Winterbottom; Cast: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton ^ A love story set in an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints.
Cosmopolitan Dir: Nisha Ganatra; Cast: Roshan Seth, Carol Kane, Madhur Jaffrey ^ After his wife and daughter leave him, a first generation Indian-American man turns to the pages of a popular women’s magazine to help him woo his next door neighbor.
Dogville Dir: Lars von Trier; Cast: Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Paul Bettany ^ A woman on the run seeks refuge in a bizarre American mountain town.
Double Dare Dir: Amanda Micheli ^ When they meet, two stuntwomen from opposite ends of the world find a way to survive Hollywood together.
Duck You Sucker Dir: Sergio Leone; Cast: James Coburn, Rod Steiger ^ In this Western classic, Juan, the leader of a bandit family, meets Sean Mallory, an IRA explosives expert on the run from the British.
The End Dir: Kirby Dick ^ Following the families of five patients in a hospice program, this is a profound and moving chronicle of the end of life.
Falling Angels Dir: Scott Smith; Cast: Miranda Richardson, Katherine Isabelle, Callum Keith Rennie, Mark McKinney ^ A family comes to terms with themselves in the middle of unexpected tragedy during the 1960s.
Farmingville Dir: Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini ^ A documentary exploring the attempted murder of two day laborers working in Farmingville, NY.
Hair High Dir; Bill Plympton; Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Ed Begley Jr, Craig Bierko, David Carradine, Beverly D’Angelo ^ An animated gothic high school comedy about two lovers and their fateful prom night.
Intermission Dir: John Crowley; Cast: Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Kelly Macdonald The end of a relationship triggers a tidal wave of chaos for a group of friends, exploring the path between breaking up and making up.
Jersey Girl Dir: Kevin Smith; Cast: Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, George Carlin ^ A single parent learns how to become a good father when he’s forced to move back in with his own dad.
Killer Diller Dir: Tricia Brock; Cast: Will Lee Scott, Lucas Black, Fred Willard, Niki J. Crawford, Taj Mahal ^ A guitar-playing car thief winds up in a Baptist halfway house, where he discovers an autistic child prodigy with a knack for playing blues piano.
Love Me If You Dare Dir: Yann Samuell; Cast: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibaut Verhaeghe, Josephine Lebas-Joly ^ Childhood friends spend their lives daring one another over various adventures. As they grow older, their relationship changes and the dares become much more romantic.
Mail Order Bride Dir: Hucko Botko; Cast: Andrew Gurland, Eugenia Yuan, Adrian Martinez, Sam Lisenco ^ A documentary filmmaker and a security guard battle for the affection of a Vietnamese mail order bride after she arrives in Manhattan.
The Mother Dir: Roger Michell; Cast: Anne Reid, Peter Vaughan, Anna Wilson-Jones, Daniel Craig, Danira Govich ^ An older woman finds love with a much younger man, who happens to be her adult daughter’s married lover.
Napoleon Dynamite Dir: Jared Hess; Cast: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell ^ Napoleon Dynamite is a teen stuck in rural Idaho who navigates adolescence in moonboots.
The New Americans Exec. Prod: Steve James ^ This multi-part miniseries follows the lives of a series of new immigrants as they struggle to adapt to the United States.
Reconstruction Dir: Chistoffer Boe; Cast: Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Maria Bonnevie, Krister Henriksson, Nicolas Bro ^ A young man who thought himself already in love is drawn into a mind-blowing parallel universe when he is captured by a deep and stimulating affair.
Slasher Dir; John Landis ^ A documentary on a shady used car salesman, one who convinces customers to buy vehicles that others have deemed unfit for sale.
Small Ball: A Little League Story Dir: Andrew Kolker, Louis Alvarez ^ Filmmakers follow a little league team all the way to the World Series.
Stander Dir: Bronwen Hughes; Cast: Thomas Jane, Deborah Kara Unger ^ An amazing true story about Andre Stander, a South African cop that unexpectedly became a successful bank robber.
Straight Into Darkness Dir: Jeff Burr; Cast: Scott MacDonald, Ryan Francis, David Warner ^ Two U.S. soldiers go AWOL in Europe during WWII, only to stumble upon a nightmarish army of children.
Super Size Me Dir: Morgan Spurlock ^ Why are Americans so fat? One filmmaker explores the obesity epidemic in this look at our hunger for fast food, while he embarks on a fast food-only diet for 30 days.
When Ocean Meets Sky Dir: Crayton Robey ^ A look at Fire Island Pines, as it turns 50, and its legacy as a haven for gay and lesbian tourists around the world.
Young Adam Dir: David Mackenzie; Cast: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan, Emily Mortimer ^ A drifter and a married couple discover a dead body that may mean more than they ever expected.
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Posted on February 10, 2004 in Festivals by Film Threat Staff
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