Bertrand Tavernier Movie 'Mildly Booed,' U.S. National Debt & Cesar Chavez Documentaries

I.O.U.S.A. Patrick Creadon

Alonso F. Mayo and Bill Brummel's Viva la Causa and Patrick Creadon's I.O.U.S.A. will be screened in the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 19, '10, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Viva la Causa tells the story of a small group of abused California farm workers who, led by Cesar Chavez, put themselves on the line after launching a strike and a national boycott against the multimillion-dollar California grape industry. Mayo and Brummel will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

I.O.U.S.A. follows former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker on his “Fiscal Wake-Up Tour,” while examining the United States' skyrocketing national debt and what needs to be done to take care of the problem. Creadon and co-producer Christine O'Malley will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening.

The 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series continues through June 9, showcasing feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award nominations, “as well as other important and innovative films considered by the Academy that year.”

All films will be screened at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All seating is unreserved. The filmmakers will be present at screenings whenever possible.

The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking is available through the entrance on Homewood Avenue (one block north of Fountain Avenue). For additional information, visit www.oscars.org or call (310) 247-3600.

Melanie Thierry, Florence Thomassin, The Princess of Montpensier
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, The Princess of Montpensier
Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier: Florence Thomassin, Mélanie Thierry (top); Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (bottom)

Bertrand Tavernier's La princesse de Montpensier / The Princess of Montpensier is in the running for the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The period drama set during the reign of Charles IX, when followers of different Christian sects (Catholics and Protestants) were at one another's throats, stars Mélanie Thierry, Gaspard Ulliel, Lambert Wilson, and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.

According to the film's notes, Tavernier decided to adapt Madame de la Fayette's 17th-century novel because he wanted to make a “love story that was both lyrical and epic in nature,” adding that after filming In the Electric Mist in the United States he felt “the visceral urge to dive into a profoundly French project.”

Below is a snippet from Kirk Honeycutt's review in The Hollywood Reporter:

“With this film, Tavernier pokes a real hole in costumed romance. Everything feels all too real here. There is little room for grand gestures or noble sentiments. Combat is nasty and obscene. A wife cheating on her husband is sordid. And when a man truly loves and respects a young woman, that love is not returned.

“Despite this – or perhaps because of it – The Princess of Montpensier is one of the finest costume dramas in a long while.”

Not everyone appreciated Tavernier's effort, however.

“The only film that got mildly booed [at the press screening] was the pretty awful La princesse de Montpensier,” writes Sasha Stone at Awards Daily. “The Tavernier film was a difficult sit, despite the much-commented upon beauty of the cast. It is a limp romance novel at best with some nudity.”

Photos: StudioCanal

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