Starting off the list of nominees, The Kite Runner, based on the acclaimed novel, will play on Wednesday night. Directed by Marc Forster of Finding Neverland fame, The Kite Runner follows two friends from their childhood in volatile Kabul to their adult lives, when one returns to a Taliban-addled Afghanistan.
On Thursday, see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about former French Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby’s life following a paralyzing stroke. Director Julian Schnabel won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director Award for the movie’s cross-examination of Bauby’s former jet-setting life with his inanimate body’s active imagination and interior monologue.
Showing Friday, Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution tells the story of a woman during the Japanese occupation of Shanghai during WWII. Saturday is the double feature with the last two nominations being shown on the same bill.
First is Persepolis, a black and white animated film directed by Marjene Satrapi, which details Satrapi as a Persian teenager during the Islamic Revolution (and is based on her graphic novels of the same time). Afterwards is 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, directed by Cristian Mungiu, which finds two college students seeking a black market abortion in a crumbling eastern European country.
Some of the screenings will be introduced by the films’ directors, and there will be a Saturday afternoon roundtable discussion at the Egyptian Theatre with Forster, Schnabel, Lee, Satrapi and Mungiu.
The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, and the Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. For more information, visit www.americancinematheque.com.