With Los Angeles being the film capital of the world, you'd think every film that's worth seeing would be shown there at some point. Not so, says the L.A. Film Critics Association. They've polled their members and put together a mini-fest of "The Films That Got Away," movies they consider to be excellent that for some reason were never shown commercially in the United States. The films will screen Oct. 19-24 in conjunction with American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

Here's what's on tap:
  • Oct. 19: Mary (2005), a big winner at the Venice Film Festival, stars Matthew Modine as a Mel Gibson-like actor/director who's just made a film about Jesus and Mary Magdalene ... with himself as Jesus. Mary was directed by maverick filmmaker Abel Ferrara. Modine and editor Langdon Page will be on hand for a post-screening discussion.
  • Oct. 21: Elsewhere (2001) sounds like a fascinating nature and anthropology documentary: Twelve 20-minute segments, each filmed in a different remote part of the world, giving us a view of cultures and places we've never seen. (Do the math, though: twelve segments, 20 minutes each ... that's four hours.) The filmmaker is Austrian documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter.
  • Oct. 24: Come and Go (Vai e Vem) (2003) was the last film by Portuguese writer/director/actor Joao Cesar Monteiro before his death at age 70. It's a surreal comedy in which Monteiro plays an old man with lots of time on his hands, ruminating about sex, religion, race, and everything else.
All four features are unavailable on DVD and have never been publicly screened in L.A. before.
categories Cinematical