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Indie-size movies open in February

January 22nd, 2003

A heap of acclaimed smaller and foreign films open in February and for all of you unaware of these titles and release dates, here's a quick preview.

First up is The Quiet American, with Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser, that gets a wider release on February 7 after a limited run in November. Caine was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor and the film is quite excellent.

February 14 will see a batch of newbees, starting with the much analyzed, and loathed, Gus Van Sant/Matt Damon drama, Gerry. The film caused somewhat of a stir at the 2002 Sundance festival as either being a piece of mysterious art or pretentious crap. Then there's Chi-Hwa-Seon, a South Korean film that won awards at last year's Cannes Film Festival and features the life of one of Asia's most famous painters throughout the 19th century, Chosun Dynasty.

Also opening on Feb. 14 is Amandla! A Revolution in Four Parts Harmony. The documentary focuses on South American tribal music and was filmed over the course of several years.

Till Human Voices Wake Us debuts on February 21 and stars Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) as a psychiatrist visiting his hometown and having memories reawakened by a beautiful woman (Helen Bonham Carter). Dutch film Open Hearts also opens on Feb. 21 and is possibly going to be the official selection for a Foreign Language Film at the Oscars for the Danish. Also on board to open are The Navigators, Dischord and He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, with Audrey Tautou (Amelie).

John Malkovich's director debut, The Dancer Upstairs, will open on Wednesday, February 26. The film, based on Nicholas Shakespeare's real-life accounts, follows the search for the leader of a Marxist guerrilla group on 1980s, Peru, a group known as the Shining Path. Oscar-nominated Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls) stars. The film was showcased at last year's Sundance fest. And last but not least is David Cronenberg's Spider, starring Ralph Fiennes. Based on the excellent Patrick McGrath novel, the film looks to open on February 28 as planned. (Movies are always subject to change. Please check local listings. All films will open in limited release until further notice.)

Matthew Dalton

Source: Information on all films can be found at the IMDb