USA Film Fest to Screen Catch a Fire, Queen & Little Children

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This month, USA Film Festival/Dallas will present screenings of three of this year’s most critically-acclaimed films.

CATCH A FIRE

With special guests director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and other guests of the film in attendance; a Q&A session will follow the film. Starring Tim Robbins, Derek Luke and Bonnie Henna, director Phillip Noyce brings the riveting true story of real-life hero Patrick Chamusso, a black South African family man living in that country’s early 1980s apartheid system. The Festival will screen the film in Dallas on Sunday, October 15, 2006.

THE QUEEN

With star Michael Sheen (who portrays Tony Blair) in attendance; a Q&A session will follow the film. Acclaimed director Stephen Frears’ (The Grifters, Dirty Pretty Things) last film, Mrs. Henderson Presents, garnered an Academy Award nomination for Judi Dench, and it seems likely that his new film The Queen will do the same for the venerable Helen Mirren. The film focuses on the interaction and struggle between HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair following the death of Diana and their attempts to reach a compromise on behalf of the Royal family’s wish for privacy and the British people’s desire for a more public mourning. The Festival will screen the film in Dallas on Monday, October 16, 2006.

LITTLE CHILDREN

From director Todd Field (In the Bedroom) and featuring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly, the film centers around the intersecting lives of a group of young married couples. Powerful, funny and scathing in its depiction of modern society, parenting and human desire, Field’s unflinching film marks a mature and worthy second feature. The Festival will screen the film in Dallas on Wednesday, October 18, 2006.

The USA Film Festival presents monthly screenings with filmmaker guests in attendance as part of its year-round schedule of programs and events.