March/April 2003

Aki Kaurismaki, Todd Haynes and Douglas Sirk, James Fotopoulos, Jia Zhangke, the Dardenne Brothers' The Son, Maurice Pialat, the 28th annual grosses gloss, Sundance 2003 coverage, plus the readers' poll

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THE SON
By Philip Lopate
Once again, the Dardenne Brothers delve deep into blue collar Belgian life and come up with a heartwrenching exploration of loss and redemption.

SUSAN SARANDON
By Alissa Quart
She’s an outspoken feminist and the thinking man’s sex symbol, a nurturing voluptuary and a tough-minded progressive. A salute to the talent and commitment of the Film Society’s 2003 Gala honoree, in love and in war.

AKI KAURISMÄKI
By Jonathan Romney
With the release of the Oscar-nominated Man Without a Past, it’s time for a serious look at this deadpan comic visionary, Finland’s number-one movie export, and champion of the underdog and other house pets.

JAMES FOTOPOULOS
By Edward E. Crouse
Opaque and cryptic, his micro-budget feature films are exercises in minimalist transgression. Does this prolific underground filmmaker deserve his cult following?

HAYNES & SIRK
By James Harvey
Critics everywhere seem to agree: Far From Heaven was the best film of 2002. But how well did Todd Haynes understand Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, the film that inspired him?

GROSSES GLOSS
By Jeffrey Spaulding
2002’s Big Fat Box-Office numbers in perspective.

JIA ZHANGKE
By Michael Berry
An exclusive interview with one of the most exciting new voices in world cinema, the director of mainland Chinese masterpieces Unknown Pleasures and Platform.

DEPARTMENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

OPENING SHOTS
News, Off the Shelf by Graham Leggat, Guilty Pleasures: Janeane Garofalo, Distributor Wanted: Perdita Durango by Chris Chang, and more

OBIT
Maurice Pialat by Frédéric Bonnaud

2002 READERS POLL
Your top 20 films of 2002

STORYBOARD
“The Frozen Archive,” by Paul Allman

SOUND & VISION
James Bond soundtracks by John Caps & Oliver Boberg by Chris Chang

FIRST LOOK
Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Bright Future by Shigehiko Hasumi

CRITICS CHOICE
Eight critics rate 25 new releases

DISCOVERY
Zeki Demirkubuz by Olaf Möller

FESTIVALS
Sundance by Amy Taubin, Gavin Smith, and Rachel Rosen

REVIEW
The Secret Lives of Dentists by F.X. Feeney, Lilya 4-Ever by Kristin Marriot Jones, Stevie by Alice Lovejoy, Chihwaseon by David James and Reviews-in-Brief

VIDI VIDI VIDI
I’ll Do Anything by Gavin Smith, Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne by Kent Jones, Ghost Ship by Chris Chang, Roger Dodger by Michael Koresky

FSLC SEEN
Who’s who at recent Film Society events

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