The Next Oscar Winner?

Posted September 26, 2011 by KRISTIAN LIN in Calendar

If the Lone Star International Film Festival is like Fort Worth’s version of Sundance, Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema: Great Movies You Haven’t Heard of … Yet is like our version of Toronto’s film festival, an advance look at prestigious Oscar contenders rather than unknown talent. The annual fest put together by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram film critic opens with 50/50 (see: review on page 146), but there’s much more to be seen this weekend at the Modern.


BIGTICKETThe country of Romania has given us a string of magnificent realist masterpieces, so fans of the Romanian New Wave will be psyched to see Bogdan George Apetri’s Outbound, about a woman on a one-day release from prison to attend her mother’s funeral. From a nearby part of the world comes The Forgiveness of Blood, a study of Albanian family feuds by Joshua Marston, the American indie filmmaker best known for Maria Full of Grace.

Shakespeare fans will flock to Coriolanus, a political thriller adapted from one of the Bard’s lesser-known works by star Ralph Fiennes, making his directing debut. Foodies won’t want to miss El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Gereon Wetzel’s documentary about renowned chef Ferran Adrià and his creative process. The weekend closes with Like Crazy, a festival-circuit favorite from Drake Doremus (whose Spooner played at the first Lone Star Festival). Judging by previous Modern Cinema fests, we should be hearing more about a few of these films in December, when people are making their lists of the year’s best movies.


Modern Cinema: Great Movies You Haven’t Heard of … Yet runs Fri-Sun at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $7-10. Call 817-738-9215.


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