Bruno Dumont’s harrowing Camille Claudel 1915, opening this week at Gene Siskel Film Center, stars Juliette Binoche in a spellbinding performance as the French sculptor who was the young lover of Auguste Rodin but spent her last 30 years in a series of asylums. We also recommend The Rocket, a swell family film about a Laotian boy who tries to prove himself in a cloud-seeding rocket contest, and Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary about the San Antonio inventor with no painting or drawing experience who set out to reproduce Johannes Vermeer’s canvas, The Music Lesson.
Check out the new issue for reviews of: Detroit Unleaded, a romantic comedy set among Arab-Americans in the title town; In No Great Hurry, a documentary profile of the gifted street photographer Saul Leiter; My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns, an Iranian documentary about a fellow in Shiraz who’s been making amateur movies for 35 years; Parviz, the story of a 50-year-old loser cast out of his father’s apartment; Robocop, a remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic; Vampire Academy, a screen adaptation of the lead book from Richelle Mead’s best-selling young adult series; and Winter’s Tale, a romantic fantasy with Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, and Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey).
Best bets for repertory: Spike Jonze’s Adaptation (2002), next Thursday at University of Chicago Doc Films; Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca (1942), with a sweetheart sing-along, Saturday afternoon at Music Box; Michael Roemer’s Nothing But a Man (1964), Friday and Tuesday at Gene Siskel Film Center; King Vidor’s Our Daily Bread (1934), Saturday afternoon at Block Museum of Art; Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride (1987), Friday at Music Box; Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), Wednesday at Northbrook Public Library; Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001), Sunday at Doc Films; and Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), Saturday and Thursday at Film Center.
Special events this week include Games on Stage, a presentation by Israeli video game artist Eddo Stern at U. of C.’s Logan Center for the Arts; Hump! Film Festival, a collection of amateur porn presented by Dan Savage; and Pictures and Sounds, WHPK and the U. of C.’s Film Studies Center’s annual combo of experimental shorts and local music acts.