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SNEAKS 2008 : Drama

Looking ahead, categorically

Laughs, chills, animation, musicals. There's plenty of action, high adventure, romance. Let the previews begin.

January 13, 2008

The Air I Breathe

Four stories based on a Chinese proverb interweave to depict life's emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. With Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Brendan Fraser, Julie Delpy and Emile Hirsch. Written by Jieho Lee and Bob DeRosa. Directed by Lee. ThinkFilm, Jan. 25.

Alexandra

Opera star Galina Vishnevskaya plays an elderly woman visiting her grandson, an army officer, at his base in Chechnya. Written and directed by Alexander Sokurov. Cinema Guild, April 11.

Alice's House

A middle-aged manicurist living on the outskirts of Sao Paolo, Brazil, with her taxi driver husband and three sons fantasizes about a better life when an old boyfriend shows up. With Carla Ribas and Vinicius Zinn. Directed by Chico Teixeira. Screenplay by Teixeira, Julio Pessoa, Sabina Anzuategui and Marcelo Gomes. In Portuguese with English subtitles. Vitagraph Films, Jan. 25.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, January 16, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 41 words Type of Material: Correction
Movie Sneaks: In Sunday Calendar's rundown of this year's movies, the Weinstein Co. drama "Boy A" was listed as "A Boy." Also, the listing for the comedy "College" called the main character a university freshman. He is a high school senior.

Appaloosa

A western about a new sheriff and his deputy squaring off against a powerful rancher. Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, Ed Harris and Tom Bower star. Directed by Harris. Written by Harris and Robert Knott, from the novel by Robert B. Parker. New Line Cinema, TBA.

Bab'aziz (The Prince Who Contemplates His Soul)

A blind dervish wanders the desert with his granddaughter seeking a dervish reunion, spinning tales to pass the time and encountering other travelers. With Paviz Shahinkhou and Maryam Hamid. Directed by Nacer Khemir. Written by Khemir with the participation of Tonino Guerra. In Arabic with English subtitles. Typecast Releasing, Feb. 22.

Battle in Seattle

Actor Stuart Townsend wrote and directed this dramatization of the five volatile days of protest that rocked the Northwest city during the 1999 World Trade Organization summit. With Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta. and Channing Tatum. ThinkFilm, May.

Beaufort

The final days of 2000 mark the end of a young Israeli army unit's withdrawal from an ancient fortress in south Lebanon. With Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, Eli Eltonyo, Itay Turgeman and Ohad Knoller. Directed and co-written by Joseph Cedar, based on a true story and Ron Leshem's novel. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Kino International, March 21.

Before I Forget

Jacques Nolot directs and stars as a gay gigolo who fears ending up back on the streets after his benefactor dies. In French with English subtitles. Strand Releasing, summer.

Blindness

A mysterious plague of sightlessness besets a city. Julianne Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal, Mark Ruffalo, Sandra Oh and Danny Glover star. Screenplay by Don McKellar, based on Nobel laureate Jose Saramago's novel. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Miramax Films, Aug. 8.

Bonneville

Jessica Lange stars as a newly widowed woman who embarks on a soul-searching road trip with her best friends (Kathy Bates, Joan Allen). With Tom Skerritt. Written by Daniel D. Davis. Directed by Christopher N. Rowley. SenArt Films, March 21.

A Boy

Paroled at 24, years after he killed a child (as a child himself), a young man struggles to make a fresh start. Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans and Katie Lyons star. Directed by John Crowley. Written by Mark O'Rowe based on Jonathan Trigell's novel. The Weinstein Co., TBA.

Brick Lane

A Bangladeshi woman forced into an arranged marriage in London awakens to the possibilities of life when she begins an affair. With Tannishtha Chatterjee, Satish Kaushik and Christopher Simpson. Directed by Sarah Gavron. Written by Laura Jones and Abi Morgan, based on a novel by Monica Ali. Sony Pictures Classics, April 4.

Brideshead Revisited

Between the World Wars, a young British man becomes infatuated with an aristocratic family and their lifestyle. Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon and Matthew Goode star. Written by Jeremy Brock and Andrew Davies, based on the novel by Evelyn Waugh. Directed by Julian Jarrold. Miramax Films, TBA.

Cassandra's Dream

Woody Allen writes and directs this story, set in present-day London, about two brothers whose lives become tragically intertwined. Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson, Sally Hawkins and Hayley Atwell star. The Weinstein Co., Friday.

Chop Shop

"Man Push Cart" director Ramin Bahrani returns with this tale of a street-hardened youth working in a Queens auto body repair shop to support himself and his sister. With Alejandro Polanco, Isamar Gonzales, Rob Sowulski, Carlos Zapata and Ahmad Razvi. Screenplay by Bahareh Azimi, Bahrani. Koch Lorber, spring.

City of Men

The violent, gang-infested favelas of Brazil are the setting for this follow-up to "City of God" in which two friends discover themselves on opposite sides of a gang war. With Douglas Silva and Darlan Cunha. Screenplay by Elena Soarez. Directed by Paulo Morelli. Miramax Films, Feb. 29.

The Counterfeiters

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