The Very Best Of TV/Film (November 2009)

What’s Cooking?, The Red Shoes, and more!

Join Lesbian Cinema Arts for What’s Cooking?. That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What’s Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households. Immerse your- self in this delightful comedy and join in the fun with a star-studded cast that includes Julia Marguilies, Joan Chen, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgewick, Mercedes Ruehl and Lainie Kazan.

On Nov. 15 the Queens Museum of Art hosts Cinemarosa, Queens only Queer Film series as they present Milongeando: Rioplatense Festival of Shorts. This special screening program focuses on a selection of shorts from Argentina and Uruguay produced independently in the last five years. In partnership with the local social group Mateando, and in collaboration with DIVERSA, Gay LesbianTrans Film Festival of Argentina, Cinemarosa brings for the first time to New York City the visions and works of a new generation of filmmakers from the Southern Cone. There will be a panel discussion with members of Mateando, and a Q&A session with attending film representatives from Argentina and Uruguay.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s masterpiece The Red Shoes (1948), in the stunning new 35mm Technicolor restoration that was a highlight of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, will run at Film Forum through Nov. 19. Under the authoritarian rule of charismatic ballet impressario Boris Lermontov, his proteges realize the full promise of their talents, but at a price: utter devotion to their art and complete loyalty to Lermontov himself. Under his near-obsessive guidance, young ballerina Victoria Page is poised for superstardom, but earns Lermontov’s scorn when she falls in love with Julian Craster, composer of "The Red Shoes," the ballet Lermontov is staging to showcase her talents. Vicky leaves the company and marries Craster, but still finds herself in the eternal battle between Life and Art.

If you love to be scared don’t miss the New York City Horror Festival starting Nov. 19 at Tribeca Cinemas. America’s largest and most recognized genre film festival focusing solely on Horror and Science Fiction, each year the NYCHFF celebrates both the horror classics we grew up with and the new horror films & filmmakers who created them.The NYCHFF fills the city with special screenings, parties, celebrity guests and free giveaways. Established in 2001 the NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe.

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