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Satire On America's Obsession With Fame

Thursday, November 9-----In the satirical film sensation BORAT currently in theaters, America's obsession with fame and financial success is skewered to great effect. That is also the theme of the US/UK co-production TRUST ME, which has its World Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday. The film, written and directed by actor-turned-director Andrew Kazamia, is a smart and funny look at the entertainment industry, politics and America's mania for celebrity. Risi...

What's Happening: Thursday Highlights

Wednesday, November 8-----The momentum is building as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival moves into its final weekend here in Fort Lauderdale, before taking the show on the road to Key West next week. Thursday is full of highlights from a number of debut directors and international cinema greats. THURSDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS MAN RAY Mel Stuart, who will receive a Tribute on Saturday evening for his career achievement over 40 years, will present his Emmy-winning documentary on the singu...

Television Comedian Makes His Feature Debut

Wednesday, November 7----He's best known as the rolly-polly manager of the neurotic Larry David in the hit HBO series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, but Jeff Garlin has had a long career as a stand-up comic who has written, produced, directed and performed his own stand-up act. Garlin now tries his hand at feature films with his directorial debut I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH. The film is a filmed version of his critically acclaimed solo show that follows the rotund Garlin as he negotiates love, c...


Wednesday, November 8----While Swedish film continues to be overshadowed by the dour poetics of its most famous filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, a new film from the country is an unexpected comedy of manners. EVERY OTHER WEEK is the result of the contributions of four directors, who mostly have a background in television commercials and music videos. With segments by Felix Herngren, Mans Herngren, Hannes Holm and Hans Ingemanssson, the film was born as an experiment, to see if it ws possible for fou...

What's Happening: Wednesday Highlights At FLIFF

Tuesday, November 7---Wednesday is shaping up to be another very full day at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, with an intriguing mix of American indie films and world cinema highlights. WEDNESDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS NOBELITY There is no higher accolade than the Nobel Prize. In the fascinating documentary NOBELITY, American director Turk Pipkin interviews a who's who of Nobel Prize winners, providing a stunning look at the world's most complex social, political and economic problems ...


A Director's Final Masterpiece

Tuesday, November 6----When Argentinian director Fabian Bielinsky died suddenly this past June at the age of 47, the international cinema world mourned the loss of one of its more blazing contemporary talents. The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will present the director's final work, a metaphysical thriller with strong spiritual overtones with the evocative title of THE AURA. Bielinsky started shooting films at the tender age of 13. He later attended the National Cinematographic...


Tuesday, November 7----Stories set in the South have a gothic tradition. Think William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Harper Lee. This Southern gothic tradition is carried on by the Florida-based film THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES, adapted by director Ido Mizrahy from the autobiographical novella by Aaron Louis Tordini. Set in the 1960s in America's oldest city, Saint Augustine on Florida's Atlantic coast, the film features an eccentric cast of characters centered around an unusual eight-year-old...

Focus On World Cinema

Monday, November 6-----The focus is on world cinema, as the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival enters its final week of international and independent offerings. Films from around the world make up a considerable share of the premieres at the Festival, and offer South Florida audiences the unique opportunity to see films that may never open commercially. The range of international films on tap for Monday alone is impressive. The program begins with the Florida premiere of the Dutch fi...