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Taking a Worldly View

January 20, 2002

HIGH ANTICIPATION

Atanarjuat--the Fast Runner. Inuit-language epic from Canada chronicles family rivalries amid festering evil on the frozen tundra. 2001 Cannes Camera d'Or winner. (Lot 47) (June)

8 Women. Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Danielle Darrieux and Isabelle Huppert are just half of the glamorous French stars assembled by writer-director Francois Ozon as suspects in this comic murder-mystery. (USA Films) (Fall)

The Lady and the Duke. Eric Rohmer's French-language historical drama centers on the friendship between an Englishwoman and the Duke of Orleans in revolution-era France. (Sony Pictures Classics) (May 10)

Monsoon Wedding. The arranged marriage of a young Indian woman in modern-day New Delhi has comic and dramatic consequence in Mira Nair's affectionate, poignant family tale. (USA Films) (Feb. 15)

Pinocchio. Roberto Benigni, the star, writer and director of "Life Is Beautiful," has a go at Carlo Collodi's classic fairy tale. (Miramax) (Dec. 20)

The Son's Room. Nanni Moretti's film was the Palme d'Or winner at Cannes 2001. It looks at an Italian middle-class family visited by a tragic accident. (Miramax) (Jan. 25)

Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother, Too). Two teenagers and a beautiful older woman hit the road for a coming-of-age adventure. Director and co-writer Alfonso Cuaron's Mexican hit won screenplay honors at the Venice Film Festival. (IFC) (March 15)

CURIOSITY FACTOR

All About Lily Chou-Chou. Cyber-songstress soothes the spirits of some Japanese teenagers. Directed by Sunji Iwai. (Cowboy Pictures) (Release TBA)

Beijing Bicycle. Delivery boy becomes attached to his silver bike. Directed by Wang Xiaoshuai. (Sony Classics) (Jan. 25)

Cinema Paradiso. Director Giuseppe Tornatore's cut adds a half-hour of footage to the Italian favorite. (Miramax) (May 17)

Girls Can't Swim. Two teenage French girls grow up during an eventful summer. Directed by Anne-Sophie Birot. (Wellspring Media) (April 5)

Les Destinees. The love between a minister and a young woman in France is tested by social disapproval, World War I and economic upheaval. Directed by Oliver Assayas. (Wellspring Media) (March 15)

Mostly Martha. Restaurant chef finds her meticulous ways disrupted by an 8-year-old niece, among others. This German entry was written and directed by Sandra Nettelbeck. (Paramount Classics) (Fall)

Nine Queens. The story of two small-time swindlers presented with an unusual opportunity spans 24 hours in Buenos Aires. (Sony Pictures Classics) (April 12)

Pauline and Paulette. A simple-minded woman in a Flemish village seeks comfort from her indifferent sister. Directed by Lieven Debrauwer. (Sony Classics) (March 15)

Quitting. Fact-based drama about a leading Chinese actor's fall from grace. Directed by Zhang Yang. (Sony Classics) (Aug. 9)

A Savage Soul. Laetitia Casta anchors the decades-spanning story of an ambitious French serving girl's rise to respectability under patron John Malkovich. Directed by Raoul Ruiz. (Paramount Classics) (Fall)

Time Out. "Human Resources" director Laurent Cantet's French-language psychological drama stars stage actor Aurelien Recoing. (ThinkFilm) (April 5)

The Warrior. Indian warlord pursues reluctant enforcer into the Himalayas in Cannes' Jury Prize winner. Directed by Asif Kapadia. (Miramax) (July 26)

Zu Warriors. Producer-director-writer Tsui Hark ("Once Upon a Time in China") teams with martial arts director Yuen Wo-Ping ("The Matrix," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and star Zhang Ziyi for this Hong Kong action yarn. (Miramax) (Second quarter)

Also: "Fleeing by Night" ... "Happy Times" ... "Hush!" ... "Kung Fu Soccer" ... "Lan Yu" ... "Secret Ballot" ... "Shiri" ... "Warm Water Under a Red Bridge."

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