October 3, 2008

‘Before the Rains’ Continues Redlands Cinema Series

REDLANDS - The fall foreign film series of the Redlands Cinema Classic series continues with "Before the Rains," Oct. 14 and 16; "The Counterfeiters," Oct. 28 and 30; and "Romulus, My Father," Nov. 11 and 13 at the Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14.

The series of foreign, art and specialty films is presented by the Margaret Clark Art Education Endowment Fund of the Redlands Art Association and the Krikorian Redlands Cinema 14.

Tickets for each film are $10 for adults, $6 for students with ID. Tickets are available at the Redlands Art Association Gallery, 215 E. State St., Redlands, (909) 792-8435, and at Krikorian Cinema 14, 340 N. Eureka St., Redlands, (909) 792-7909.

All proceeds of the film series benefit art education programs in Redlands.

'Before the Rains'

"Before the Rains" is a film from India directed by Santosh Sivan ("The Terrorist") of the Merchant/Ivory group, written by Cathy Rabin and based on the film "Red Roofs" by Danny Verete.

It is in Malayan and English with English subtitles.

Run time is one hour, 38 minutes.

"Before the Rains" is rated PG-13 for violent content and a scene of sexuality.

Screenings are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

The film, set in southern India in 1937, centers on British plantation owner Henry Moores (Linus Roache), his wife (Jennifer Ehle) and young son. He depends on his Indian assistant and friend T.K (Rahul Bose) not only to help run the plantation but to cover for him when he becomes involved in an adulterous affair with his also-married Indian housekeeper Sajani (Nandita Das). The storm that follows, literally, with the monsoons and the rage of her violent husband makes for an epic-like melodrama of cross cultures, interracial relationships with exquisite photography of the majestic Hills of Munnar.

'The Counterfeiters'

"The Counterfeiters" ("Die Falscher"), a film from Austria and Germany, won an Oscar in 2008 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Directed and written by Stefan Ruzowitsky, the film is in German with English subtitles.

Run time is one hour, 38 minutes. It is rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.

Screenings are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

Based on a true story, "The Devil's Workshop,' a memoir by Adolf Burger, "The Counterfeiters" centers on what was known as "Operation Bernhard," one of the secret projects by the Nazis to attempt to flood the Allied economies, i.e. the United Kingdom and United States, with counterfeit money and therefore collapse their economies.

This scheme forced artists, printers, forgers and financiers who were imprisoned in the concentration camps to do so in exchange for their lives and better living conditions. How they deal with this moral dilemma is compelling.

"The Counterfeiters" stars Karl Markovics, August Diehl, David Striesow, Martin Brambach and August Zirner.

'Romulus, My Father'

"Romulus, My Father" is a film from Australia directed by Richard Roxburgh and based on the memoir of Romanian-German philosopher Raimond Gaita.

It is in English and Romanian with English subtitles.

Run time is one hour, 44 minutes.

Rating is R for profanity,sexual situations, brief nudity.

Screenings are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

"Romulus, My Father" is set in a small town in Australia in the 1950s. The opening scene is beautiful in its simplicity as the camera captures the quiet yet gentle ruggedness of Romulus (Eric Bana, "The Other Boleyn Girl") as he shares with his 9-year-old son Raimond (Kodi Smith-McPhee) his mystical resuscitation of some bees. This establishes the storyline of a hard-working immigrant, a single parent raising his son whose mother Christina (Franka Potente "The Bourne Identity") has deserted them.

Bana's performance is outstanding as he depicts this man's fortitude, generosity and patience with his wife who keeps flitting in and out of their lives. Her infidelity is overlooked by both son and father with their inexplicable love for her.

This is Roxburgh's debut feature film as a director. This film won many awards in Australia, including best film, best lead actor and best supporting actor and a nomination for best director.

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