The Fab Four
The opener, the closer, the French film, the Italian film.
According to Amy Ettinger, director of the Scottsdale International Film Festival, these movie types are the bread-and-butter in an international fest. Even audience members who loathe subtitles, Ettinger explains, will usually turn out for a French or Italian flick.
Ettinger would love to talk about 2009 selections like Uruguays Matar a Todos (Kill Them All) or Turkeys Three Monkeys (A very strong neo-noir) or, indeed, any of the Festivals nine contenders for the most recent Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. But shes a realist. So:
The festival opener, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 2: Serious Moonlight, starring Meg Ryan. Ettinger: Those who like her will continue to like her, and those whove been a little dubious will be surprised.
The closer, at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, October 6: The Boys Are Back, with Clive Owen. Ettinger: We like to go out on a light note.
The French film: Martin Provosts Seraphine. Ettinger: This is a best bet. If youre stymied by the schedule, this is a good place to start.
The Italian film: Gianni Di Gregorios Mid-August Lunch: Ettinger: Its a comedy. Its darling.
Oct. 2-6, 2009
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