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Red Road is the first of three installments in the Advance Party series, a concept conceived by Danish filmmakers Lone Scherfig and Anders Thomas Jensen which demands three directors each make a film featuring the same set of characters. Here, debutant Andrea Arnold, a British Oscar-winning shorts director, concocts a dark, tense thriller set in a downtrodden part of Glasgow, Scotland. Jackie (Kate Dickie), a reclusive CCTV operator, spots ex-con Clyde (Tony Curran), a man from her troubled, mysterious past, and is compelled to obsessively follow him, starting a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Intelligent, engrossing and brilliantly acted, Arnold¢s film won the Jury Prize at Cannes last year, and has since wowed festival crowds worldwide.

After 1993¢s Smoking/Non Smoking, Alain Resnais once again brings an Alan Ayckbourne play to the big screen, although this time transposing the action to Paris and gives the material a distinctly French twist. The film follows the loosely connected lives of six Parisians, all in search of love and fulfillment, but none able to find it. Given that he is almost 85 years old, it is inevitable that Resnais (who won Best Director for the film at Venice) tackles the theme of mortality, though never head on. A very human comedy of manners, Private Fears in Public Places is funny as well as profoundly poignant, and boasts resonant, moving performances from the ensemble cast, many of them Resnais regulars.

The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that Al Gore will host the fest's opening night gala on April 25, which will also feature seven SOS short films. SOS (Save Our Selves) is the organisation set up by Gore and Kevin Wall (the worldwide executive producer of the Live 8 concerts) to "trigger a mass-scale movement to combat our climate crisis," and which is organizing Live Earth concerts around the globe on 07/07/07. The seven shorts which will be shown are part of the SOS Short Films Program. The program has commissioned 60 prominent filmmakers, from documentarians to animators, to create thought-provoking films on global warming which will be shown at the Live Earth concerts in July. The participating filmmakers announced so far are Aardman Animation (Wallace and Gromit), Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), Abel Ferrera (King of New York), Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast), Kevin MacDonald (Last King of Scotland), and Ari Sandel (West Bank Story). More names will be announced in the near future.


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Late last year, Lionsgate had a great idea: unleash 8 of their recent horror aquisitions theatrically in a one-weekend marathon, the After Dark Horrorfest, giving the features a chance to unspool on screens across America for a limited time. Not only was the novel approach a flashy event, but it was also a way to use paying customers as a test audience to guage crowd response. The winner? The Abandoned, which was gifted with nation wide theatrical just recently, and garnered some good reviews...

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Writer-director Jake Kasdan comes from a filmmaking family: his father is Hollywood heavyweight Lawrence Kasdan, director of Body Heat (1981), The Big Chill (1983) and Grand Canyon (1991), and his younger brother Jonathan has just written and directed his first film, In the Land of Women. Jake's own debut came in 1998, when he wrote and directed the quirky private detective movie Zero Effect, which he followed up in 2002 with Orange County. In between, Kasdan directed several episodes of two high-quality but short-lived Judd Apatow-produced TV series, Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, and also helmed the pilot for a TV version of Zero Effect...

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