It’s time for our favorite film festival of the year: Film Columbia held at the single-screen Crandell Theater in Chatham, NY.  I wrote about our 2009 visit here.

This year, we’ve snagged tickets for:

A Dangerous Method, starring my new obsession Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, Fish Tank).  A psycho-sexual thriller about the woman who comes between Jung and Freud starring Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Kira Knightly?  Front row, please.

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene, about a young woman who joins a cult, then leaves the cult and attempts to re-acclimate to ‘normal life’ at the home of her sister.  Stars the Olsen twins’ little sister Elizabeth (“Lizzie”), who gave the breakout performance of this year’s Sundance.  Hugh Dancy (husband to Clare Danes) and Sarah Paulson (tell me you didn’t love
(Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) also star.

And The Kid with a Bike, the Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival about an abandoned boy who sets out to find both his father and his bike.  A hairdresser he meets along the way helps him find, if not actually recover, both.

Other highlights include Corioloanus (Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut), Melancholia (Lars Von Trier’s best work yet?), The Artist (homage to silent film era’s Chaplin, Keaton, Griffith, et al), Anonymous (local screenwriter John Orloff raises the Shakespeare authorship question in this cloak-and-dagger story) and We Need to Talk About Kevin (Tilda Swinton = can do no wrong).

We didn’t get tickets to the “Saturday Night Sneak” in time; it’s now sold out.  Last year’s “Sneak” was Black Swan.  I have a suspicion it’s going to be The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which I’ve been dying to see, but having watched the original Swedish version over the weekend, am not entirely confident even the great David Fincher can improve upon it.  See it, but be warned: it’s extremely violent.

Tickets to Film Columbia 2011 here.

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