Saturday, December 8, 2007

NEWS FLASH: Watch Channing Tatum's 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' at Jakarta International Film Festival

Channing Tatum's indie film 'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' will be shown at the 9th Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) which runs from December 7 - 16, 2007.

JiFFest is one of South East Asia’s most exciting film festivals. In the past 3 years, it has grown and developed into a thriving festival, with a record audience of 63,000 last year. This year, JiFFest will show more than 200 films from over 30 countries in the following movie theaters: Djakarta XXI, Kineforum, Goethe Institut, Erasmus Huis, and the new Blitz Megaplex in Grand Indonesia.

Most JiFFest films are temporarily imported into the country only for the festival. After the screenings end, the films will be shipped out of the country, and you may never see them again. So this could be your only chance to see Chan in this film!

If you haven't had the opportunity to see Channing's critically-acclaimed performance as Antonio in 'Saints', you can read the review below from Kabar Magazine to see what you're missing:

“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” is the directorial debut of writer, punk-rock musician, former Calvin Klein underwear model and New York hipster, Dito Montiel. The film is based upon his memoir of the same title, about growing up in a tough New York neighbourhood and the friends he left behind. A coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York, during the 1980s. Think “Kids” meets “The Basketball Diaries”.

What makes the life of one Dito Montiel an interesting story to put on the silver screen? Well, for starters how the story was filmed is magnificently raw, dirty, no-hold-bars, anything goes, the kind of film-making and storytelling that only a handful of directors have achieved, Spike Lee being one of them.

The film is based around two narratives, the first focusing on the young Dito making his way through the poverty stricken Astoria district of New York in the 1980s, while the second has an older Dito (played by the under-appreciated Robert Downey Jr.) returning to his old stomping ground years later, coming to terms with his past and what he has left behind. This was the real thing, an evocation of life in the run-down Astoria district, told with matter-of-fact naiveté; of open-mic nights, of the transvestite Marilyns and Mansfields doing their business across the street, of trying to get laid with the girl from around the corner, of watching your best friend Antonio kill a boy with a single blow of a baseball bat. And of encountering people who, without seeming to at the time, looked after you and kept you safe from harm, your guardian saints, even while their own lives crashed and burned.

“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” won a special award for its ensemble of actors at last year’s Sundance festival, and it’s easy to see why. Shia LaBeouf gives the performance of his young career as young Dito, a sensitive, damaged kid growing up on an old neighbourhood located in Queens, New York. Chazz Palminteri and Dianne Wiest are terrific as Dito’s parents, and Channing Tatum all but steals the movie as Antonio, his violent and doomed best friend...

'A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints' is showing at JiFFest 2007 at the following dates, times, and location:

Dates and Times:
December 10, 2007 - 19:00
December 11, 2007 - 21:30

Djakarta Theatre XXI Studio 1
Address : Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 9 Jakarta Pusat.
Phone : +62-21-3156725

Source: Kabar Magazine

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