Screens That's a wrap 

The low-down on this week's premieres

Is it such a shock that film companies across the board didn't dare go head-to-head with the force and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith? With 28 years of sci-fi history behind it and a large enough fan base to start its own Rebel Alliance, the final entry in George Lucas' saga guarantees no other major-studio film will be opening this week, making way for Anakin's fall from grace. And remember, Sith opens on Thursday, not Friday, for those of you who haven't purchased pre-sale tickets to avoid the lines. Fools!

According to officials from the Santikos Theater Empire, two independent films will be opening at the Bijou on Friday. One of these is Travellers and Magicians, the first film ever to be shot in Bhutan. Where is Bhutan? you ask. It's a country in the eastern Himalayans. Travellers and Magicians is about a young government officer named Dondup (Tsewang Dondup) whose dream it is to travel to America. Along the way he meets a Buddhist monk (Sonam Kinga) and a humble apple picker (Ap Dochu) and hears the tale of a Tashi (Lhakpa Dorji), a sorcerer, who, like Dondup, is disinterested in his current surroundings. Before going to see Travellers, brush up on your Dzongkha, the modern Bhutanese language derived from Old Tibetan. Although there are subtitles, you might want to follow along without reading, just for fun.

The other independent film opening this week is Walk on Water, an Israeli picture that follows Eyal (Lior Ashkenazi), a homophobic hit man in his pursuit of a Nazi war criminal `see "A Nazi hunter finds himself" in this issue of the Current`. The film was nominated for eight awards last year by the Israeli Film Academy, garnering two of them for Best Sound and Best Music. Its soundtrack includes The Boss Bruce Springsteen's hit "Tunnel of Love."

Kiko Martinez



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