February 4 - The Kids are All Right (United States) - This is one of the most
talked-about movie at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and the winner of
the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2010 Berlin International
Nic and Jules (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are married and share a cozy suburban Southern California home with their teenage children, Joni and Laser. Nic and Jules - or, when referred to jointly by Joni, "Moms" - gave birth to and raised their children, and built a family life for the four of them. As Joni prepares to leave for college, 15-year-old Laser presses her for a big favor. He wants Joni, now 18, to help him find their biological father; the two teenagers were conceived by artificial insemination.
Against her better judgment, Joni honors her brother's request and manages to make contact with "bio-dad" Paul (Mark Ruffalo), an easygoing restaurateur. The kids find themselves drawn to the confirmed bachelor's footloose style - especially in contrast to Nic, a principled doctor who has long established their house rules. Jules, who has been looking to start a new career in landscaping, also strikes up a rapport with Paul. As Paul comes into the lives of the forthright four, an unexpected new chapter begins for them as family ties are defined, re-defined, and then re-re-defined. (Rotten Tomatoes). English. 106 mins.
March 11 - I am Love (Italy) - Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the
man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a powerful industrial
Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. But Emma,
although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Antonio, a
talented chef and her son's friend and partner, makes her senses kindle.
It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with
the sensuous young man. This critically acclaimed film stars Tilda Swinton as Emma. (Internet Movie Database). Italian, Russian, English. 120 mins.
April 8 - Timecrimes (Spain) - Lauded short film director Vigalondo makes his feature debut with this
tense, unstoppable vision of science and natural law gone awry. A man
who accidentally travels back into the past and meets himself. A naked
girl in the midst of the forest. A mysterious stranger with his face
wrapped in a pink bandage. A disquieting mansion on the top of a hill.
All of them pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle where terror, drama
and suspense will lead to an unthinkable sort of crime. Who’s the
murdered? Who’s the victim? TIMECRIMES takes a bold, difficult premise
and brings the rarely-tread time travel framework to pulse-pounding but
intelligent new heights. (iTunes). Spanish. 92 mins.
May 6 -Mother (South Korea) - Hye-ja is a single mom to 27-year-old Do-joon. Her son is her raison d'etre. Though an
adult in years, Do-joon is naive and dependent on his mother, and a
constant source of anxiety, often behaving in ways that are foolish or
simply dangerous. Walking home alone one night down a nearly empty city
street, he encounters a young girl who he follows for a while before she
disappears into a dark alley. The next morning, she is found dead in an
abandoned building and Do-joon is accused of her murder. Thanks to an
inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force, Do-joon's case is
quickly closed, but his mother refuses to let this be the end of the
story. Trusting no one, Hye-ja's maternal instincts kick into
overdrive, and she sets out to find the girl's killer and prove her
son's innocence. (Official Site). Winner of 2010 Independent Spirit Awards for Best Foreign Film. Korean. 128 mins.