Another “Girl” at the Michigan, a “Strange” documentary and more
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On Friday, 4 new films open up this week in our fair city and tonight the Jewish Film Festival wraps up at the Michigan Theater. And maybe, just maybe, President Obama will stop by the Michigan Theater to see “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl on A Train” or the Door’s documentary “When You’re Strange” before he heads back to Washington after the U of M graduation ceremony on Saturday!
Next Wednesday, May 5 at 7 there will be a special showing of a Sundance Film Festival feature film “One Too Many Mornings.” You will get the full Sundance treatment when you come to the screening at the Michigan Theater because the director, Michael Mohan — as well as writer/producer Anthony Deptula, cinematographer Elisa Christian and featured actress Tina Kapousis — will appear at the screening. “One Too Many Mornings” is about Peter, who has just run away from his girlfriend of 5 years, seeking solace in an estranged friend from high school. It is a coming of age comedy about how running away from your problems frequently means you run smack headfirst into someone else’s.
And don’t forget about the other girl at the Michigan Theater, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” “If you ignore ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ (from the global bestseller by the late Stieg Larsson) because it's in Swedish with English subtitles, you probably deserve the remake Hollywood will surely screw up,” says Rolling Stone.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” might be the most appealing horror remake to date because veteran actor Jackie Earle Haley plays Freddy Krueger. I just hope music video director Samuel Bayer (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”) ends up being as talented as former music video auteurs Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze. As you might expect, a disfigured serial killer stalks a group of young people in their dreams, forcing them to remain awake as the only alternative to death.
A great film fest wraps tonight
The 9th annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival ends today with the screening of 3 films at the Michigan Theater. At 1:30 see “Hello Goodbye,” about a successful French doctor and his wife who decide to embrace their Jewish heritage and move to Tel Aviv — starring Fanny Ardant and GÃ©rard Depardieu. At 5:00 another French language film, “Bon-Papa, A Man Under German Occupation,” will feature the filmmaker LeÃ¯la FÃ©rault, whose meditative documentary explores the mystery of her non-Jewish paternal grandfather and the strange family silence surrounding his activity in Vichy, France, during World War II. The festival ends at 8:00 with “Hey! Hey! It’s Esther Blueburger.” This acclaimed coming-of-age film stars Toni Collette and Keisha Castle-Hughes in a charming film anyone who has ever grown up can relate to. See you at the movies!
Russ Collins is executive director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Tune in to the audio version of “Cinema Chat” on WEMU radio (89.1-FM) each Thursday at 7:40 a.m. and 5:40 p.m., or listen to it online at WEMU's website.