If you're bummed by the prospect of more dreary pirates and superheroes at the multiplexes in the coming weeks, take heart. Sundance Madison has released its latest Screening Room schedule, and the foreign and indie flicks on it will get you through the first part of the summer.
Here's the lineup:
May 20-26: Certified Copy
My number-one movie crush Juliette Binoche stars with William Shemell in writer-director Abbas Kiarostami's romance, set in Tuscany.
May 27-June 2: Potiche
My other number-one movie crush Catherine Deneuve is featured, with fellow French film legend Gérard Depardieu, in this comedy by Franois Ozon (8 Women, Swimming Pool) about labor unrest in 1970s France. It's wonderful to watch these old pros together again.
June 3-9: I Am
In this documentary, director Tom Shadyac (The Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty) gets spiritual and looks for answers as he talks to Noam Chomsky, Desmond Tutu, and people like that.
June 10-16: The First Beautiful Thing
Italian writer-director Paolo Virzì's drama examines relations between a dying mother and her son.
June 17-23: 13 Assassins
Kji Yakusho stars in this violent Japanese film about a band of samurai charged with killing a debased lord.
June 24-30: Bill Cunningham: New York
This acclaimed documentary zooms in on the photographer behind those great Sunday New York Times fashion features in which disparate New Yorkers are photographed wearing the same thing, or similar things.
June 24-30: Winter in Wartime
A young boy hides an English pilot from the Germans in this World War II drama, which was a hit in the Netherlands.
July 1-7: In a Better World
This Danish film, which won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year, is about a doctor who divides his time between his small hometown and an African refugee camp.
July 8-14: The Music Never Stopped
When a brain tumor leaves his son (Lou Taylor Pucci) unable to form new memories, a father (J.K. Simmons) uses music to connect. This drama is based on an Oliver Sacks essay.