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'New York Film Festival at Princeton' debuts

Wednesday, April 15-Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8 p.m. · various locations

The first "New York Film Festival at Princeton" will bring award-winning movies from last year's New York Film Festival to the University from Wednesday, April 15, through Saturday, May 9. All movies will start at 8 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The festival will kick off with the screening of Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" on Wednesday, April 15, at the Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St. The film features Oscar-nominee Mickey Rourke as the down-and-out professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson.

The student group Subtitles: The Princeton Film Society worked with New York Film Festival director Richard Peña to organize the event. Some movies will be followed by discussions with University professors and filmmakers about the films' social and cultural contexts.

Peña and Oscar-nominated director Ari Folman will speak at the showing of the acclaimed animated documentary "Waltz With Bashir" on Wednesday, April 29, at the Princeton Garden Theater. The documentary, nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2009 Academy Awards, is about an Israeli veteran of the 1982 Lebanon war. Faculty from the Department of Near Eastern Studies will introduce the film.

The other festival screenings are:

• "Wendy and Lucy" on Wednesday, April 22, at the Princeton Garden Theater. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, the film about a girl's search for her missing dog becomes a moving meditation on poverty in America.

• "24 City" on Saturday, April 25, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. The film is a bleak depiction of the dark side of industrialization by provocative Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke.

• "Happy-Go-Lucky" on Saturday, May 9, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St. This ebullient film asks the question, "Is happiness all it's cracked up to be?" The actress Sally Hawkins lights up the screen with her performance as Poppy, an eternal optimist confronted with the harsh realities people face.

The festival is supported by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board. For more information, visit Subtitles: The Princeton Film Society website.


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