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Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2011 at 6:20AM

Here's TOH's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy's Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE's Eric Kohn calls Divine.
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Here's TOH's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy's Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE's Eric Kohn calls Divine.

Less well-embraced are Robert Redford's The Conspirator (Caryn James defends it here), despite its fine cast, and a widely excoriated adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Details, trailers, images and reviews are below:

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The Princess of Montpensier, IFC (France)
Dir: Bertrand Tavernier; Cast: Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel | 76% Metacritic | 82% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, plus Gaspard Ulliel Interview.

The Conspirator, Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
Dir: Robert Redford; Cast: Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, James McAvoy, Alexis Bledel, Robin Wright | 54% Metacritic | 55% Tomatometer | C+ indieWIRE.

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The First Beautiful Thing, Palisades Tartan (Offical Italian Oscar Entry)
Dir: Paolo Virzi; Cast: Valerio Mastandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli, Claudia Pandolfi | 62% Metacritic | 83% Tomatometer | Official site.

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The Double Hour, Samuel Goldwyn Films (Italy/Luxembourg/Belgium)
Dir: Giuseppe Capotondi; Cast: Ksenia Rappoport, Filippo Timi, Antonia Truppo | 70% Metacritic | 86% Tomatometer | indieWIRE.

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Armadillo, Lorber Films (Denmark, Documentary)
Director: Janus Metz | TotalFilm says "there’s no denying the power of the images director Janus Metz Pedersen has captured." | 75% Metacritic | 88% Tomatometer | B+
Official site.

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A Screaming Man, Film Movement (France/Belgium/Chad)
Dir: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Cast: Emile Abossolo M'bo, Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Djeneba Kone, Hadje Fatime N'Goua | 73% Metacritic | 80% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, Eric Kohn calls this Cannes Jury Prize winner Divine.

Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Rocky Mountain Pictures
Dir: Paul Johansson; Cast: Taylor Schilling, Edi Gathegi, Michael O'Keefe, Paul Johansson | 22% Metacritic | 6% Tomatometer | indieWIRE.

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Independents, Video, Reviews, Weekend Preview, Spring, Lionsgate/Roadside, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.