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Thursday, June 6

Culture Jam and a special SNEAK PREVIEW OF:

Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

The Roxie is pleased to present the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of Thomas Riedelsheimer's mind-blowing new documentary RIVERS AND TIDES, film which won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy knows that most of his pieces will not last long because of where he makes them (often in open fields or on beaches) and what he uses-ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone. Some of his works stand and remain in the landscape; others decay, melt or are blown away. His work's transitory nature, in fact, is a central part of the sculptor's creative efforts to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape that nourishes his vision. In this contemplative and beautifully insightful film, we see Goldsworthy as he works to understand that energetic flow, represented often by water, by wind or simply the passage of seasons. Both carefully composed and fluid, RIVERS AND TIDES keeps its focus on the artist's vision and work, giving us room to ponder our own relationship to the energy coursing through the natural world. The director worked with Andy Goldsworthy for over a year to shoot this remarkable film. What he found was a profound sense of breathless discovery and uncertainty in Goldsworthy's work, in contrast to the stability of conventional sculpture. There is risk in everything Goldsworthy does. He takes his fragile work right to the edge of its collapse, a very beautiful balance and a very dramatic edge within the film. RIVERS AND TIDES captures the essential unpredictability of working with nature and, like Goldsworthy's sculpture, grows into something beyond the simple making of an object. It touches the heart of what Goldsworthy does and who he is. It is a film that allows "you to see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to." 90 minutes. Germay. In English. 2001 Showtime: 8:30 ONLY!

"The hottest ticket in town. The movie is breathtaking!"
-- Jon Carroll, SF Chronicle

-- Plus --

Jill Sharpe's smart, witty documentary follows the exploits of pranksters and artists who express their anti-corporate frustration, not with the violence that has marred worldwide protests, but with a slyer and arguably more subversive approach - culture jamming. From the large-scale mischief of the infamous Billboard Liberation Front to the grassroots protests of Grrlly Self-Publishing and The Church of Stop Shopping, these politically charged social critics voice their outrage in outrageous ways. This intelligent and always entertaining film chronicles an important moment in the evolution of consumer society - when people started talking back to the ads that surround them. -- Elan Mastai, Vancouver Film Festiva. For more information, log onto culturejamthefilm.com Director: Jill Sharpe. Producers: Lynn Booth, Jill Sharpe. Canada. 2001. 58 minutes. Plus Craig Baldwin curated shorts: BRINGING IT TO YOU -- rtmArc; WORLD OF SURVIVAL -- Phil Patiris; SPECIAL REPORT -- Bryan Boyce. Runningtime for the entire program: 80 mins. Show times: : 7:00, and 10:15 ONLY.


Friday, June 7 - Thrusday, June 13

The City of Lost Souls
(a.k.a. Drifting Town)

After receiving international acclaim for his award-winning film AUDITION at the Rotterdam International Film Festival in 2000, director Takashi Miike made his most ambitious film to date, the breathtaking action picture, The City of Lost Souls. Japanese-Brazilian MARIO (Teah) and Chinese hairdresser KEI (Michele Reis) are lovers. Kei is about to be deported and is loaded onto a bus with a group of foreigners. In order to get her back, Mario launches into a major battle and manages to grab Kei using a helicopter normally used for sightseeing tours. It is only the beginning of their run to freedom! Kei and Mario need money for passports and bribes in order to stow away on a ship headed for a foreign country. Even though they're risking their lives, they plan to steal the money during a drug deal between the Chinese Mafia and Japanese Yakuza. In the fight that follows, Mario doesn't get any money, but manages to steal some cocaine, which he can sell. But now there's a bigger problem -- during the fight, Kei was captured by the Yakusa. In the climactic battle, Mario must fight harder than ever to save Kei and run to freedom. The film's main music theme is composed by Japanese rock band SADS (led by Kiyoharu from KUROYUME). The City of Lost Souls is based on the book by Seishu Hase, whose other best-selling crime novel, SLEEPLESS TOWN, was also made into a film. Once again, Director Miike plans to create an incredible story, the likes of which have never been seen -- an entertaining action movie of love and violence spanning the globe. Shooting took place in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Okinawa. Directed by Takashi Miike. Based on the novel by Seishu Hase. Written by Ichiro Ryu. Showtimes are Nightly at 7 and 9:15 with additional Sat., Sun, and Wed matinees at 2:00 & 4:30. NOTE: 9:30 ONLY on Monday June 10. No Show on Tuesday June 11. Due to circumstances beyond our control, director Takashi Miike WILL NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE. Sorry!

"Japanese wunderkind (and strong contender for the Greatest Living Film Director title) Takashi Miike, working on a frequency transmitted between the avant-garde and action film bliss, concocts deranged, violent tales of cops, criminals, and killers that bear as much resemblance to Hollywood's thrill rides as spaghetti westerns do to the John Wayne oaters of yesteryear."
-- David Fear, SF Bay Guardian


Monday June 10 - Tuesday June 11 ...............7:00 PM ONLY

SUNDAY

SUNDAY, a powerful and moving drama-documentary tells the story of the events of January 30th, 1972 when British Paratroopers shot dead 14 unarmed civilians, and wounded a further 15, during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland. The film was produced to mark the 30th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" and aired in England and Ireland. The film was written by award-winning writer JIMMY McGOVERN (Hillsborough, Cracker), directed by CHARLES McDOUGALL (Hillsborough) and produced by GUB NEAL (Hillsborough, Cracker). The program, made with the full consultation and co-operation of the families affected by the tragedy, has been carefully researched over several years by an experienced factual production team. More than a hundred first-hand interviews have been conducted with British soldiers and officers, priests, politicians, medical experts and eyewitnesses as well as relatives. The drama-documentary examines the political context for "Bloody Sunday", as well as the impact of the first official Government Inquiry into the day itself, conducted by the then Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery, in 1972. Starring CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON, CIARAN McMENAMIN, OLIVER FORD DAVIES and BRID BRENNAN, the drama was filmed in Derry and Manchester, where the production team recreated Londonderry of the 1970s. The re-enactment of the march - in which more than 2,000 local people took part - took place in Derry itself in March 2001. Following the transmission of McGovern's multi award-winning drama-documentary Hillsborough, STEPHEN GARGAN and JIM KEYS, members of the Bloody Sunday Organizing Committee, invited him to Derry. McGovern was introduced to relatives of the dead, as well as those wounded on Bloody Sunday. Gaslight Productions was formed to research and develop the story. McGovern wrote the script based on interviews with the bereaved and wounded, and soldiers, as well as a wide cross-section of people involved on the day. A team of investigative journalists, led by Factual Producer Katy Jones, also conducted painstaking background research for the program, and corroborated the factual basis of the drama-documentary independently. Key scenes are based on evidence presented to the Widgery and Saville inquiries. Producer Stephen Gargan said, "We want to work with people in struggle. Societies are always in conflict, we want to make films that give voice to those in the margins. Films that challenge pre-conceived ideas. Films that can empower people and make a contribution towards a greater understanding of our respective situations. As an opening statement SUNDAY sets the tone for the type of films we want to make. There will always be a need to hear the 'other side.'" SUNDAY has been commissioned by Channel 4's Head of Drama, TESSA ROSS. It is produced by Sunday (NI) Productions Limited - a joint venture between Box TV and Derry-based Gaslight Productions. For morre info, log onto Sundayfilm.net. 2001. 90 mins. Showtimes: 7:00 pm ONLY.

"30 years later a new movie portrays the tragedy that changed British-Irish relations forever." - Jonathan Curiel, SF Chronicle


Tuesday, June 11
Jacqueline Bisset IN PERSON
before the 9:00 show of a sneak preview of:

The Sleepy Time Gal

With his first two films, The Hours and Times and Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (both of which played at the Sundance Film Festival), Chris Münch established himself as a gifted and perceptive writer/director with an assured style and a willingness to take risks with complex dialogue and composition. Münch brings a level of intelligence to independent cinema uniquely his own. The Sleepy Time Gal is yet another of his outstanding creative achievements and emanates wisdom and insight into life's desires and travails. Jacqueline Bisset gracefully delivers one of her most intricate performances to date as she portrays "The Sleepy Time Gal," a onetime radio DJ whose show brought happiness to countless people while she remained ever unfulfilled, despite many loves and successes.. The film lyrically unravels the events of her life, her children-an aimless son who wants nothing more than to distance himself from this magnetic but overbearing whirlwind of a mother and the illegitimate daughter she gave up for adoption who now seeks a chance to meet her biological mother-and the influence she has on them and others. Münch brings a level of sophistication to his characters rarely seen in young directors. Exploring the unquenched desire existing within anyone who has yearned for something more, he creates a solemn portrait of an enormously complex and brave woman and a life filled with immense pleasure and pain. - Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Christopher Münch. With Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl, Frankie R. Faison, Seymour Cassel, Amy Madigan. 2001. 107 mins. Ms. Bisset will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer your questions. ADVANCE TICKET AVAILABLE at the Roxie Box Office NOW! The box office opens one-half hour before the first show of the day. Showtime: 9:00 ONLY.

"Jacqueline Bisset gives a candid and complex performance in a film that in the end conveys the irreducible weight of a singular life." -- Village Voice


Friday June 14 - Thursday, June 20

The Sleepy Time Gal

With his first two films, The Hours and Times and Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (both of which played at the Sundance Film Festival), Chris Münch established himself as a gifted and perceptive writer/director with an assured style and a willingness to take risks with complex dialogue and composition. Münch brings a level of intelligence to independent cinema uniquely his own. The Sleepy Time Gal is yet another of his outstanding creative achievements and emanates wisdom and insight into life's desires and travails. Jacqueline Bisset gracefully delivers one of her most intricate performances to date as she portrays "The Sleepy Time Gal," a onetime radio DJ whose show brought happiness to countless people while she remained ever unfulfilled, despite many loves and successes.. The film lyrically unravels the events of her life, her children-an aimless son who wants nothing more than to distance himself from this magnetic but overbearing whirlwind of a mother and the illegitimate daughter she gave up for adoption who now seeks a chance to meet her biological mother-and the influence she has on them and others. Münch brings a level of sophistication to his characters rarely seen in young directors. Exploring the unquenched desire existing within anyone who has yearned for something more, he creates a solemn portrait of an enormously complex and brave woman and a life filled with immense pleasure and pain. - Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Christopher Münch. With Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl, Frankie R. Faison, Seymour Cassel, Amy Madigan. 2001. 107 mins. Showtimes are nightly at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 with additional Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 & 4:00.

"Eloquent and moving. Jacqueline Bisset gives an exquisitely rich, unsentimental performance. ''Sleepy Time Gal'' exerts a gentle but definite narrative pull, with a style that immerses us so fully in every scene that they seem absolutely flooded with life. " -- Caryn James, New York Times
"Jacqueline Bisset gives a candid and complex performance in a film that in the end conveys the irreducible weight of a singular life." -- Village Voice
"It's the rare film that succeeds in capturing a personal reflection prior before going gently into the night." -- David Fear, SF BAY GUARDIAN
"What makes the film compelling is the mood it instills in the audience,. Its rhythms and currents sink into a viewer's consciousness and linger in the mind. "
-- SF Chronicle
"Terrific!. Munch, Bisset, and cinematographer Rob Sweeney have fashioned something remarkably sincere and accomplished... It's (Bisset's) multifaceted performance, tinged with a faded glamour beftting both the character and the actor, that lingers in the mind... a reminder of her conciderable talent."
-- Nicole Keeter, TIME OUT
"SLEEPY TIME shows another side of Bisset. Actress finds inspiration in indie film role" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle


Friday June 21 - Tuesday, June 25

Roxie Double Bill
Murderous Maids plus The Sleepy Time Gal

Almost seventy years on, the case of the Papin sisters, the servants who murdered and mutilated their mistress and her daughter in pre-second World War Le Mans, remains an enigma. The most extreme crime committed by women against women on record, little wonder that itÊs provided fertile ground for successive generations of feminists, historians, sociologists and artists. This, however, is the definitive screen version: at once a stunning dramatization of the events leading up to the tragedy, and a compelling interrogation of the class-issues which are generally believed to have contributed to the incident. Rendered in a succession of harshly beautiful images, Murderous Maids is propelled by a star-making performance from Sylvie Testud as Christine, the "dominant" sister: grim-faced, implacable, her whole body clenched with resentment at the countless petty indignities she must endure. For director and co-writer Jean-Pierre Denis it marks a return to cinema after an absence of more than a decade and his intelligence is apparent in every frame as he documents the symbiotic relationship between the sisters with a cool, ascetic precision, all the more horrifying for its lack of excess." ­ Edinburgh Film Festival catalogue. Directed by Jean-Pierre Denis. Sceenplay by Jean-Pierre Denis & Michèle Halberstadt. Based on the book "L'affaire Papin" by Paulette Houdyer. With Sylvie Testud, Isabelle Renauld, François Levanthal, Dominique Labourier, Jean-Gabriel Nordmann, Marie Donnio. Official Website. 94 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Showtimes: Nightly at 8:00 and 10:00. Additional Sat. and Sun matinees at 4:00.

The story makes for an absorbing drama that builds in intensity, heading toward the ultimate outburst with a grim sense of inevitability". -- SF Chronicle

- plus -

The Sleepy Time Gal

With his first two films, The Hours and Times and Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (both of which played at the Sundance Film Festival), Chris Münch established himself as a gifted and perceptive writer/director with an assured style and a willingness to take risks with complex dialogue and composition. Münch brings a level of intelligence to independent cinema uniquely his own. The Sleepy Time Gal is yet another of his outstanding creative achievements and emanates wisdom and insight into life's desires and travails. Jacqueline Bisset gracefully delivers one of her most intricate performances to date as she portrays "The Sleepy Time Gal," a onetime radio DJ whose show brought happiness to countless people while she remained ever unfulfilled, despite many loves and successes.. The film lyrically unravels the events of her life, her children-an aimless son who wants nothing more than to distance himself from this magnetic but overbearing whirlwind of a mother and the illegitimate daughter she gave up for adoption who now seeks a chance to meet her biological mother-and the influence she has on them and others. Münch brings a level of sophistication to his characters rarely seen in young directors. Exploring the unquenched desire existing within anyone who has yearned for something more, he creates a solemn portrait of an enormously complex and brave woman and a life filled with immense pleasure and pain. - Trevor Groth, Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Christopher Münch. With Jacqueline Bisset, Martha Plimpton, Nick Stahl, Frankie R. Faison, Seymour Cassel, Amy Madigan. 2001. 107 mins. Showtimes are nightly at 6:00 only. Additional Sat and Sun matinees at 2:00.

"Eloquent and moving. Jacqueline Bisset gives an exquisitely rich, unsentimental performance. ''Sleepy Time Gal'' exerts a gentle but definite narrative pull, with a style that immerses us so fully in every scene that they seem absolutely flooded with life. " -- Caryn James, New York Times
"Jacqueline Bisset gives a candid and complex performance in a film that in the end conveys the irreducible weight of a singular life." -- Village Voice
"It's the rare film that succeeds in capturing a personal reflection prior before going gently into the night." -- David Fear, SF BAY GUARDIAN
"What makes the film compelling is the mood it instills in the audience,. Its rhythms and currents sink into a viewer's consciousness and linger in the mind. "
-- SF Chronicle
"Terrific!. Munch, Bisset, and cinematographer Rob Sweeney have fashioned something remarkably sincere and accomplished... It's (Bisset's) multifaceted performance, tinged with a faded glamour beftting both the character and the actor, that lingers in the mind... a reminder of her conciderable talent."
-- Nicole Keeter, TIME OUT
"SLEEPY TIME shows another side of Bisset. Actress finds inspiration in indie film role" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle


Engagement Extended!
Wednesday, June 26 - Tuesday July 16

Rivers and Tides
Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time

The Roxie is pleased to present the U.S. THEATRICAL PREMIERE of Thomas Riedelsheimer's mind-blowing new documentary RIVERS AND TIDES, film which won the Golden Gate Award Grand Prize for Best Documentary at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. Renowned Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy knows that most of his pieces will not last long because of where he makes them (often in open fields or on beaches) and what he uses-ice, driftwood, bracken, leaves, stone. Some of his works stand and remain in the landscape; others decay, melt or are blown away. His work's transitory nature, in fact, is a central part of the sculptor's creative efforts to understand the energy that flows through him and through the natural landscape that nourishes his vision. In this contemplative and beautifully insightful film, we see Goldsworthy as he works to understand that energetic flow, represented often by water, by wind or simply the passage of seasons. Both carefully composed and fluid, RIVERS AND TIDES keeps its focus on the artist's vision and work, giving us room to ponder our own relationship to the energy coursing through the natural world. The director worked with Andy Goldsworthy for over a year to shoot this remarkable film. What he found was a profound sense of breathless discovery and uncertainty in Goldsworthy's work, in contrast to the stability of conventional sculpture. There is risk in everything Goldsworthy does. He takes his fragile work right to the edge of its collapse, a very beautiful balance and a very dramatic edge within the film. RIVERS AND TIDES captures the essential unpredictability of working with nature and, like Goldsworthy's sculpture, grows into something beyond the simple making of an object. It touches the heart of what Goldsworthy does and who he is. It is a film that allows "you to see something you never saw before, that was always there but you were blind to." 90 minutes. Germay. In English. 2001 Showtimes: Nightly at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00; Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday matinees at 2:00 and 4:00. ADDITIONAL MATINEES Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th at 2:00 and 4:00. Advance tickets are NOT available. For ticket purchases, log onto info.

"Fascinating" -- Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle
"The hottest ticket in town. The movie is breathtaking!"
-- Jon Carroll, SF Chronicle"
"Truly Great". -- Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle
"Hypnotically dazzling!" -- David Fear, SF Bay Guardian
"A beautiful, meditative piece." -- Jeffrey M. Anderson, SF Examiner

Andy Goldsworthy's representative in the United States is the Haines Gallery


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