September 23-26, 2010
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Celebrating its sixth year, this special weekend festival highlights some of the finest in world cinema and is presented in partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, DFW.com, and the Star-Telegram.
 
Christopher Kelly, film critic for DFW.com and the Star-Telegram, travels the festival circuit and selects films that received rave reviews. Tickets are $8.50; $6.50 for Modern members. Full festival passes are available for $65; $55 for Modern members; $50 for Reel People. Individual ticket sales begin two hours prior to each show. All pass holders must be seated 10 minutes before showtime or their seats will be released to the public. Members of Reel People at the Modern may purchase individual tickets in advance by calling 817.738.9215.
 
 
THE FILMS
 
Thursday, September 23
7 pm
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Following Half-Nelson and Sugar, writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck serve up another warmhearted, deeply humane effort, this time with a gentle comic twist. Based on the acclaimed novel by Ned Vizzini, It's Kind of a Funny Story follows a depressed teenager (Keir Gilchrist) puzzling his way through an adult psychiatric clinic. Featuring Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, Viola Davis, and in a revelatory, eloquent performance as a fellow patient, The Hangover's Zack Galifianakis.
101 minutes
 
 
Thursday, September 23
9 pm
How I Ended This Summer
On a remote island in northern Russia, a pair of meteorologists pass the days monitoring the weather and recording data. But when a tragic accident happens back home, an unpredictable and strange game of cat-and-mouse ensues between the men. Directed by Alexei Popogrebsky, this tense, slow-burning drama won prizes for its two lead actors and its shimmering cinematography at this year's Berlin Film Festival.
124 minutes; Russian, with English subtitles
 
 
Friday, September 24
6 pm
Last Train Home
Each New Year, millions of Chinese workers escape the city and undertake an arduous journey to their rural homes to spend the holiday with their families. Lixin Fan's astonishing, gorgeously observed documentary focuses one such family-the Zhangs-hoping to reunite with a daughter they haven't seen in 16 years. It's a one-of-a-kind portrait of tenacity, hope, and the human cost of a country becoming a global superpower.
85 minutes; Chinese, with English subtitles
 
 
Friday, September 24
8 pm
Fair Game
A highly placed CIA operative stands by helplessly as her cover is blown by the very government she serves. Based on the true story of Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts), a US CIA agent whose identity was revealed after her husband, former United States Ambassador Joseph Wilson (Sean Penn), began making public statements criticizing the Bush administration. This gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines melodrama, directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne trilogy), screens at the Modern nearly two months before its national release.
106 minutes
 
 
Friday, September 24
10 pm
Let Me In
The Modern Cinema's first "midnight movie," though we're showing it a little earlier in the evening! Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directs this remake of the Swedish horror sensation Let the Right One In, about a lonely young boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee, from The Road) who befriends the vampire next door (Chloe Moretz, from Kick Ass). It previews at the Modern one night after its US premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin.
115 minutes
 
 
Saturday, September 25
5 pm
Henri-George Clouzot's Inferno
Inferno was supposed to be the crowning achievement of famed French filmmaker Henri-George Clouzot (Diabolique, The Wages of Fear). Instead, the film became a literal hell, a chaos-plagued, out-of-control production that nearly killed Clouzot. In the tradition of Hearts of Darkness and Lost in La Mancha, Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea's documentary is a movie buff's delight: A behind-the-scenes look at a masterpiece that never was.
94 minutes; French, with English subtitles
 
 
Saturday, September 25
7 pm
Nowhere Boy
What was John Lennon like as a teenager? That's the question asked in Sam Taylor-Wood's new biopic, which finds the 15-year-old Lennon (Aaron Johnson) torn between the aunt who raised him (Kristin Scott Thomas), the mother who abandoned him as a boy (Anne-Marie Duff), and his dreams of rock-and-roll superstardom. A crowd favorite at the London, Sundance, and San Francisco Film Festivals, this is a stylish, impeccably acted trip down memory lane.
98 minutes
 
 
Sunday, September 26
2 pm
Made in Dagenham
Before Norma Rae and Erin Brockovich, there was Rita O'Grady (Sally Hawkins), a sewing machinist at the Ford Motor Factory in suburban London who led a spirited labor strike for equal pay in 1968. Directed by Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls), this buoyant crowd-pleaser arrives in Fort Worth just two weeks after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
113 minutes
 
 
Sunday, September 26
4 pm
Carlos
The movie event of the year: A three-part, five-and-a-half-hour portrait of the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal (Edgar Ramirez), directed with astonishing flair by Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours). This epic, pulse-pounding thriller (and the toast of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival) is destined to become a classic; don't miss what might be one of your few opportunities to see it on the big screen.
319 minutes; screened with two intermissions
 
 
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