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Picture this: Our film picks for CMJ



The music gets most of the attention at CMJ, but the annual event is officially deemed a “music marathon and film festival” for a reason.

Each  year, programmers pack an impressive array of movies from around the globe into the four-day event. We’re most intrigued by the following films, drawn from a 2010 roster that includes selections from France, Germany, Taiwan and elsewhere:

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“The Promise: Darkness on the Edge of Town” (USA)

It’s hard to conceive how anyone could be anything but thrilled by the opportunity to check out this behind-the-scenes look, featuring never-before-seen footage, at the recording of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s seminal “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

“One Day” (Taiwan)

This aurally unsettling, magical realist drama tells the story of a woman who comes to believe that a soldier she encounters on a ferry might be the man of her dreams — from the future. There will be a post-screening Q&A with director Hou Chi-Jan.

"Love & Other Drugs” (USA)

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the story of a romance between a pharmaceutical salesman and a free spirit. The highest profile movie at CMJ intrigues because of its unlikely director: Edward Zwick, best known for mounting epics such as “Glory.”

“Kinshasa Symphony” (Germany)

It’s hard to believe there could be an orchestra left in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo, but there is. This documentary tells its story and that of the troubled nation’s bustling capital city.

“Gainsbourg and His Girls” (France)

This documentary looks at the late, wildly popular French musician Serge Gainsbourg from the points of view of some of the women he most effected, including Brigitte Bardot and Vanessa Paradis.


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