Sterritt **** The culturally astute Watkins used nonprofessional actors for this 1976 portrait of the troubled artist who painted "The Scream" and other works. A masterly biopic. In Norwegian with subtitles.
Director: Ivo Trajkov. With Saso Kekenovski, Maja Stankovska, Verica Nedeska. (93 min.)
Sterritt *** An old politician recalls his childhood at an indoctrination camp in Yugoslavia after World War II, run under Stalinist principles. This unusual Macedonian release is engrossing if not always nimbly directed. In English and Macedonian with subtitles.
Director: Chris Terrio. With Glenn Close, Jesse Bradford, Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden. (93 min.)
Sterritt **** A young actor, a middle-aged actress, a snoopy journalist, a rising photographer, and her possibly gay fiancé are among the diverse characters of this psychological comedy-drama, which unfolds in New York in a 24-hour period. There's much subtle beauty in the last movie completed by Merchant Ivory Productions before Merchant's untimely death.
Director: Park Chan-Wook. With Lee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun. (110 min.)
Sterritt *** Friendship vies with hostility among Korean soldiers of the north and south at the peninsula's demilitarized zone during a tense period. Suspenseful and psychologically rich. In English and Korean with subtitles.
Director: Miranda July. With Miranda July, John Hawkes, Ellen Geer, Hector Elias. (90 min.)
Sterritt *** In her first movie, performance artist July plays a performance artist with a sudden crush on a young shoe salesman. Many other characters also weave in and out of the story, which is sometimes sweet and ingenious, extremely explicit about adolescent sex. and occasionally too clever for its own good. A mixed package, but often fun to watch.