The annual CineVegas film festival doesn’t resume at its longtime home, the Palms’ Brenden Theatres, until June.
But CineVegas returns to the Brenden Theatres year-round with a new screening series designed to bring independent and art-house releases — including the Cannes award-winner "Gomorrah" — to Las Vegas for two-week runs.
The series kicks off Friday, March 6, with "Two Lovers," at right, with Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled young man who moves back in with his parents (Isabella Rosselini, Moni Monoshov) in Brooklyn’s insular Brighton Beach neighborhood — and becomes caught between two women, a mysterious neighbor (Gwyneth Paltrow) and a businessman’s daughter (Vinessa Shaw). Director James Gray’s romantic debuted last May at the Cannes film festival at the Cannes Film Festival.
Next up, starting March 20: "Che," director Steven Soderbergh’s epic study of the Argentine doctor turned Cuban revolutionary, Ernesto "Che" Guevara (played by Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning "Traffic" star, Benicio Del Toro). The movie will be presented in two parts; a separate ticket will be required for each half.
The acclaimed Italian crime drama "Gomorrah" (which won the Grand Prix last year at Cannes) continues the series April 3, followed April 17 by "The Great Buck Howard," the closing-night attraction at last year’s CineVegas, which stars John Malkovich as a has-been magician and Colin Hanks as his hapless assistant.
The Brenden multiplex "has been a tremendous partner to the CineVegas film festival every June, and we are thrilled to have the chance to work with them throughout the year," states Trevor Groth, CineVegas’ artistic director, citing "such a demand to play these kinds of independent and art-house films in Las Vegas."
This is CineVegas’ second screening series; the first took place at downtown’s Neonopols multiplex. More information is available online at www.cinevegas.com.