Our EU Film Festival concludes with two distinctive new films. Making its Los Angeles premiere, Sundance Special Jury Prize winning short “Peacock” tells the true story of the birth of one of the Czech Republic's most influential writers. Hungarian feature LIZA, THE FOX-FAIRY is a distinctive blend of black comedy and fairy tale about a young woman whose obsession with Japanese romance novels reaches supernatural levels. Evening begins with a reception in the lobby.
When Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), is wounded in a mob war, son Michael (Al Pacino) takes over the family "business." Followed by the Oscar-winning sequel flashing between late 1950s Las Vegas and Sicily and New York in the 1900s.
This Human Rights Watch screening profiles painter Sun Mu, a former North Korean propaganda artist who defected to the south in the 1990s, and now satirizes the repressive regime of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. A panel discussion follows with the documentary's producer-editor Mariana Blanco and director of animation Ryan Wehner.
Our tribute to cinematographer Douglas Slocombe includes these two classic Ealing comedies. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) gets close to his mother's estranged family (all played by Alec Guinness) to bump them off for a dukedom. Then, a bank clerk (Alec Guinness) and a foundry owner concoct a nearly perfect plot to steal a fortune in gold bullion.
Director Alfred Hitchcock and star Cary Grant team for this suspense-filled double bill. First, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, with one of Grant's greatest performances as a womanizing executive mistaken for an elusive government operative. Then in TO CATCH A THIEF, he plays a retired cat burglar falling in love with party girl Grace Kelly.
This double feature includes two of director Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films. In REAR WINDOW, James Stewart is an ace photographer stuck in a wheelchair who thinks he might have witnessed a murder. In PSYCHO, Anthony Perkins runs the Bates Motel, where embezzler Janet Leigh checks in for a little rest - and a shower.