Werner Herzog Braves Antarctica, Colin Firth Meets Oscar Wilde

by Anna Robinson
Encounters at the End of the World Werner Herzog Antarctica'Encounters at the End of the World': Werner Herzog braves 'Antarctica.'

Werner Herzog in Antarctica and dwindling water supplies: Academy showcases 'Encounters at the End of the World' and 'Flow: For Love of Water'

Werner Herzog's Academy Award-nominated Encounters at the End of the World and Irena Salina's Flow: For Love of Water will be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, Oct. 21, '09, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Directed by Herzog and produced by Henry Kaiser, Encounters at the End of the World shows how human beings interact with the harsh environment of Antarctica.

Flow: For Love of Water deals with the dire consequences of increased privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply.

Werner Herzog, Irena Salina, and Flow: For Love of Water producer Steven Starr will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening of their respective films.

'Contemporary Documentaries'

The 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series is a showcase for feature-length and short documentaries drawn from the 2008 Academy Award nominations, including the winners, as well as other films considered by the Academy that year.

Except for the IMAX presentations on Dec. 9, all films will be screened on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater, located at the Academy's Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study. Doors open at 6 p.m. All seating is unreserved.

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

Marion Cotillard The Last Flight / Le dernier volMarion Cotillard in 'The Last Flight / Le dernier vol.'

30th American Film Market in Santa Monica

The 30th American Film Market (AFM) to be held in Santa Monica between Nov. 4-11, 09, will showcase 445 films in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, to an expected 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries.

Movies making their world and/or market premieres include:

  • Get Low (K5 International).
    Cast: Bill Murray. Sissy Spacek. Robert Duvall.
  • Unthinkable (Sierra Pictures).
    Cast: Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Harry Brown (HanWay Films).
    Cast: Michael Caine. Emily Mortimer.
  • Within The Whirlwind (Telepool GmbH).
    Dir.: Marleen Gorris.
    Cast: Emily Watson.
  • Coach (Lightning Entertainment).
    Cast: Hugh Dancy. Liane Balaban. Mamie Gummer.
  • Mother and Child (WestEnd Films).
    Cast: Naomi Watts. Annette Bening. Samuel L. Jackson. Kerry Washington.
  • The Last Flight (Gaumont).
    Cast: Marion Cotillard. Guillaume Canet.
  • Snowmen (MPower Pictures).
    Cast: Ray Liotta. Christopher Lloyd. Bobby Coleman. Doug E. Doug.
  • Storm Warriors (Universe Films).
    Cast: Aaron Kwok. Ekin Cheng. Nicholas Tse. Charlene Choi. Simon Yam.
  • The Meaning of the 21st Century (Worldwide Film Entertainment).
    Narrator: Michael Douglas.
Dorian Gray Colin Firth Ben Barnes'Dorian Gray': Colin Firth seductively mentors Ben Barnes.

Among the 311 films set to make their market premieres are:

  • Chloe (StudioCanal).
    Dir.: Atom Egoyan.
    Cast: Julianne Moore. Amanda Seyfried. Liam Neeson. Max Thieriot. Nina Dobrev.
  • Down for Life (Odin's Eye Entertainment).
    Cast: Danny Glover. Snoop Dogg. Elizabeth Peña. Jessica Romero. Kate Del Castillo.
  • Creation (HanWay Films).
    Dir.: Jon Amiel.
    Cast: Jennifer Connelly. Paul Bettany. Jeremy Northam. Toby Jones.
  • Dorian Gray (Ealing Studios International).
    Cast: Colin Firth. Fiona Shaw. Rebecca Hall. Ben Barnes.
  • Glorious 39 (The Works International).
    Cast: Romola Garai. Bill Nighy. Julie Christie. Christopher Lee.
  • Life During Wartime (Fortissimo Film Sales).
    Dir.: Todd Solondz.
    Cast: Ally Sheedy. Paul Reubens. Charlotte Rampling. Allison Janney.
  • Love and Other Impossible Pursuits (Essential Entertainment).
    Dir.: Don Roos.
    Cast: Natalie Portman. Lisa Kudrow. Scott Cohen. Charlie Tahan.
  • Mama I Want to Sing! (Vision Films / Vision Music).
    Cast: Ciara. Billy Zane. Lynn Whitfield.
  • Mao's Last Dancer (Celluloid Dreams).
    Dir.: Bruce Beresford.
    Cast: Kyle MacLachlan. Joan Chen. Chi Cao. Bruce Greenwood.
  • Saint John of Las Vegas (E1 Entertainment).
    Cast: Steve Buscemi. Romany Malco. Peter Dinklage. Sarah Silverman.

For a complete list of American Film Market entries and their screening schedule, visit TheFilmCatalogue.com. Available in nine languages, the site lists more than 4,000 recent motion pictures and projects. The site operates year-round and includes market line-ups at EFM, Filmart and Cannes.

The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs from around the world.  For more information, visit www.ifta-online.org.


Image from the Werner Herzog documentary Encounters at the End of the World: Discovery Films.

Colin Firth and Ben Barnes Dorian Gray image: Ealing Studios International.

Marion Cotillard The Last Flight image: Gaumont.

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