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Cold Weather, Tiny Furniture, Valhalla Rising, and Lovers of Hate at BAMcinemeFEST!

Posted on Friday, June 11th, 2010 by IFC Films News

Tags: BAM, Cold Weather, Festivals, LOVERS OF HATE, News, Tiny Furniture, VALHALLA RISING

This weekend four celebrated IFC Films will be making a splash in Brooklyn, at BAM’s terrific summer festival BAMcinemaFEST!

Tiny Furniture

Fri, Jun 11, 2010, 6:50pm
BAM Rose Cinemas
Directed by Lena Dunham
With Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, David Call, Alex Karpovsky

“While Ms. Dunham’s film may reflect the quandaries of a 23-year-old, there is nothing juvenile about its execution. Tiny Furniture brings to mind Larry David’s ability to take his own tics and add humor and stakes to make them matter to others.” —The New York Times

US, 2010, 98 min
NY Premiere!

Lena Dunham writes, directs, and stars in this SXSW Jury Award winner that concerns Aura, who returns home from her Midwest liberal arts college to her artist family’s Tribeca loft with nothing to show but a film studies degree, a failed relationship, and a total lack of direction. Taking a job as a hostess at a restaurant, she falls into relationships with two self-centered men while struggling to define herself. Dunham’s razor-sharp dialogue drips with caustic wit, perfectly calibrated to both cut and provoke laughter in this incisive examination of post-college ennui and self-actualization, meticulously shot by Jody Lee Lipes.

Valhalla Rising

Sat, Jun 12, 2010, 9pm
BAM Rose Cinemas
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
With Mads Mikkelson, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis

Denmark / UK, 2009, 100 min
NY Premiere!

“Gestures are deliberate and stylized, as though from a Japanese Noh play. The gorgeous primitive scenery seems straight out of a Terrence Malick movie, and the powerful, brooding music is even better, perhaps the best thing in it.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Refn (Bronson, Pusher Trilogy), subject of a recent BAMcinématek retrospective, strikes again with this bone-crushingly brutal and stylized Viking epic set in 1000 AD. Mads Mikkelsen stars as One Eye, a mute warrior who joins a band of Vikings on a crusade to Jerusalem to conquer the Holy Land. Their doomed journey turns out to be a voyage into the very heart of darkness. Refn, a poet of violence, writes this gut-punchingly gory, hypnotically beautiful tale in the blood of his characters and backs it with a thundering drone metal soundtrack.

Lovers of Hate

Thu, Jun 17, 2010, 6:50pm
BAM Rose Cinemas
Directed by Bryan Poyser
With Chris Doubek, Alex Karpovsky, Heather Kafka, Morgan Coy, Adam Donaghey, Chris Ohlson

US, 2010, 90 min
NY Premiere!

“Does a superb job of tapping into a lot of our worst nightmares with some dark, intelligent comedy, and then completely screws us over by making it relatable and believable.” —Cinematical

In the dog house with his wife, sleeping in his car, and working as a census taker, 30-something Rudy (a hilariously deadpan Chris Doubek) sees his life go from bad to worse when his brother (Alex Karpovsky), the author of a successful Harry Potter knockoff, rolls into town and vies for his ex. Bryan Poyser’s dark comedy mines the rich terrain of sibling rivalry with a flurry of caustic one-liners. Yet it’s the film’s melancholic undercurrent—an evocation of the bitterness engendered by a lifetime of small failures and petty jealousies—that imbues Lovers of Hate with an unexpected resonance.

Cold Weather

Sat, Jun 12, 2010, 6:15pm
Thu, Jun 17, 2010, 9:30pm
BAM Rose Cinemas
Directed by Aaron Katz
With Cris Lankenau, Trieste Kelly Dunn

US, 2010, 96 min
NY Premiere!

“An impressive experiment in genre in more ways than one: a pulp fiction of troublesome dames and distinctly costumed villains, wedded to conversational comedy, while also a subtle exploration of friendship… Nobody does unspoken tension and unforced sensuality quite like Aaron Katz.” —LA Weekly

When his life in Chicago implodes, forensic science graduate Doug gives up his pursuit of science and returns to Portland, Oregon to work in an ice factory, read Sherlock Holmes novels, spend time with his sister, and generally mope around. Yet, just as director Aaron Katz lures the viewer into expecting another study of 20-something ennui, he turns the plot on its head when Doug’s ex-girlfriend mysteriously disappears. With sublimely lyrical visuals by cinematographer Andrew Reed, Katz (Dance Party, USA) ratchets up the suspense while playfully riffing on the standard mystery genre tropes, casting Doug’s sister as the Watson character and reimagining that relationship as an exploration of familial communication.

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