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Full house for Filmfest begins with pair of Julies

Stewart OksenhornAspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN A pair of acclaimed Julies – actress Julie Christie and director Julie Taymor – will get top billing at Aspen Filmfest. Aspen Film’s 29th annual Filmfest is set for Sept. 25-30, with screenings in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Christie, the British actress who earned a best actress Academy Award for the 1965 film “Darling,” will be honored with Aspen Film’s Independent By Nature Award. Christie’s film appearances include “Shampoo,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” and “Finding Neverland.” This year, she starred in “Away From Her,” playing a woman afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Past honorees include Michael Douglas, Rob Reiner, Bob Rafelson and Anjelica Huston.

Taymor will attend Filmfest to present her new film, “Across the Universe,” and also will be honored at the festival. “Across the Universe” is a musical drama set in the 1960s and inspired by the Beatles song of the same name. The film stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. Taymor’s previous film credit was 2002’s “Frida,” a biopic of artist Frida Kahlo. On Broadway, she earned two Tony Awards, including one for best director, for “The Lion King.”Additional highlights of Aspen Filmfest 2007 are one of the first U.S. screenings of the remake of the 1972 mystery “Sleuth”; and screenings of the drama “Save Me,” and a new wildlife documentary by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. “Sleuth,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Jude Law and Michael Caine. Law reprises the role Caine played in director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s acclaimed original, while Caine takes over the role portrayed by Laurence Olivier. The film features a screenplay by Harold Pinter, adapted from the Anthony Shaffer play.

“Save Me” features three Aspen filmmakers – actress Judith Light, co-producer Herb Hamsher and writer Robert Desiderio, all of whom are scheduled to attend – in the story of an addicted man forced into a Christian ministry to face his problems.The Jouberts are known for their work in National Geographic. The couple has been nominated as Explorers in Residence with the society.

The full program for Aspen Filmfest 2007 will be announced after Labor Day. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 17. For further information on Aspen Film, go to http://www.aspenfilm.org.Stewart Oksenhorn’s e-mail address is stewart@aspentimes.com