Documentarian Brigitte Cornand first met the now 97-year-old artist Louise Bourgeois in 1994 and over the next dozen years collaborated on a trio of videos. Now, Film at REDCAT will screen "Chere Louise," the first installment in the trilogy, on Monday with Cornand attending this L.A. premiere. www.redcatorg
Film Forum opener
The Los Angeles Film Forum opens its 2009 season Sunday at the Egyptian with "Brakhage With Brakhage: Marilyn Brakhage Introducing Films by Stan Brakhage." Among the avant-garde great's films to be shown are 1970's "The Machine of Eden" and 1974's "He was born. He suffered. He died." www.lafilmforum.wordpress.com
On Saturday, the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre hosts the "Golden Globe Foreign Language Nominees Seminar" presented with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. The round-table discussion will feature filmmakers Philippe Claudel, Uli Edel, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone and Jan Troell. The nominated films are also screening at the Aero through Friday.
The Aero will also pay tribute to actor-writer-director Dennis Hopper, who made his film debut 54 years ago in "Rebel Without a Cause" and is still going strong. Hopper will attend the Saturday screening of "Elegy." On tap for Sunday evening is a screening of 1971's "The Last Movie," his controversial follow-up to "Easy Rider," and the director's cut of his 1990 thriller "Backtrack," with Jodie Foster and Dean Stockwell.
With Los Angeles Opera's production of Mozart's beloved comic opera "The Magic Flute" currently at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Egyptian on Tuesday is presenting Ingmar Bergman's 1974 film version, which was shot for Swedish television. L.A. Opera Music Director James Conlon will be on hand to introduce the film. www.americancinematheque.com
Also set for Tuesday at the Silent Movie Theatre is "Juvenile Mindrot: Inappropriate and Disturbing Kids' Cartoons." Animation historian Jerry Beck will present a series of classic cartoons originally made for kids but no longer considered appropriate for youngsters. www.silentmovietheatre.com