The stars will be out (as always), on film and in the flesh, for Filmfest
September 10, 2002
Robert Redford, Martin Scorsese, Marisa Tomei and Buster Keaton will all make appearances at Aspen Filmfest 2002. Dustin Hoffman will show two of his many faces at Filmfest. And Sydney Pollack will actually show up in the flesh for the fest.
The full program for Filmfest 2002 was posted Monday on Filmfest’s Web site, http://www.aspenfilm.org. The program for the festival, which runs Sept. 25-29 with screenings in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, includes a vintage Robert Redford in 1972’s “Jeremiah Johnson”; Martin Scorsese’s epic tutorial “My Voyage to Italy”; Marisa Tomei in the New York romantic dark comedy “Just a Kiss”; and the 1928 Buster Keaton comedy “Steamboat Bill, Jr.”
Dustin Hoffman appears in two films: the new drama “Moonlight Mile,” in which he plays the father-in-law-to-be of a man whose fiancee has died; and “Tootsie,” the 1982 comedy in which he plays a struggling actor whose career takes off when he impersonates a woman.
Sydney Pollack, who directed Hoffman in “Tootsie,” will appear as himself in Aspen. Pollack will be honored with Filmfest’s Independent By Nature Award on Sept. 27 at the Wheeler Opera House. The event will include a conversation with Pollack and a clips reel of his movies, which include “Out of Africa,” “The Way We Were,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “The Firm.” A retrospective of Pollack’s films will include screenings of “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They,” “Jeremiah Johnson” and “Tootsie.”
Other new features being screened include “Rabbit Proof Fence,” a hit on the festival circuit about a young, Depression-era Australian Aboriginal woman taken from her family; “Frida,” starring Salma Hayek as the eccentric Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; and the Russian film “Cuckoo,” set toward the end of World War II.
For fans of Aspen Filmfest’s traditional Surprise Film, there is an unfortunate surprise: There is no Surprise Film this year.
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The New Voices segment, however, is packed with six films by directors making their first feature-length movies. “Real Women Have Curves” is a Latina-themed light drama by Patricia Cardoso. Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller, contributes “Personal Velocity,” a film based in her short stories that stars Kyra Sedgwick and Parker Posey. “Personal Velocity” earned the Grand Jury and Best Cinematography prizes at the Sundance Film Festival.
Other selections in the New Voices category are Reza Khatibi’s “Seven Days in Teheran,” about a filmmaker returning to Iran to document Iranian life; “Showboy,” about Christian Taylor’s transformation from TV writer to Vegas dancer; “The Way Home (Jibuero),” a South Korean film about a 7-year-old spending a summer with his mute grandmother; Richard W. Bean’s “Tattoo, A Love Story,” starring Megan Edwards as an uptight schoolteacher who finds her life falling apart; and “Just a Kiss,” directed by Fisher Stevens.
The True Stories segment includes four documentaries: “Spellbound,” about the participants in a national spelling bee; “O.T.: Our Town,” about a South-central Los Angeles high school putting on its first theater production, of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”; Aviva Slesin’s “Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII”; and “Tribute,” about the phenomenon of tribute bands.
Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” will be screened, with live musical accompaniment by the Asylum Street Spankers from Austin, Texas.
In the children-oriented Screenplay! program is “Minoes,” a Dutch film about a newspaper reporter about to lose his job ? until he meets the subject of a most fascinating story.
The seminar Knowledge and Power: Noticing What You Know about Film will be led by Sylvia Swift, a film scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
Filmfest tickets will go on sale Sept. 18.