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Posted 04 February 2009 - 05:43 PM

The feature documentary NO SUBTITLES NECESSARY: LASZLO AND VILMOS will have its Chicago premiere at the GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER, Saturday, February 7; in Greece at the 11th THESSALONIKI DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL from March 13-22; at the HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL from March 22 – April 13; and the BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL which runs March 25 – April 4. Director James Chressanthis, ASC will present the film in Greece.

The feature documentary, which premiered as an official selection of the 61st Annual Cannes International Film Festival in May 2008, tracks a 50-year journey portraying the artistry and triumph of the great cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs, ASC and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. With film school equipment, they shoot the Soviet crackdown of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Beginning with their arrival in the United States as political refugees from Hungary in February 1957, they struggled in Hollywood, finally breaking into the mainstream with their pivotal contribution to the "American New Wave” with films like Easy Rider, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Five Easy Pieces, Paper Moon, Scarecrow, Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and the The Deer Hunter.

In December 2008, the film was awarded the BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD at the SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL following upon standing room only screenings at the 16th Plus Camerimage International Festival in Poland. In November, the film played to a standing room only sell-out crowd at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Actor-director Peter Fonda and director Richard Donner joined Zsigmond and Chressanthis for a lively question and answer session moderated by journalist Bob Fisher. The same night the film played to a packed theater at the Starz–Denver Film Festival. The film which just finished its run at the 2009 PALM SPRINGS INT’L FILM FESTIVAL is also screening at the 2009 SEDONA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL February 27 and March 1.

For more information on upcoming screenings, visit the corresponding websites:

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER – CHICAGO – February 7, 2009 at 7:30 PM
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director James Chressanthis, ASC presenting
164 N. State Street Chicago, IL
http://www.fletch.com/eventnsnps.html

SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Friday, February 27 at 9:45 PM, and Sunday, March 1 at 9:00 AM
Director James Chressanthis, ASC presenting
http://www.sedonafilmfestival.com/

THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
March 13-22, 2009 Screening Times TBD
Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director James Chressanthis, ASC presenting
English: http://www.filmfesti...t.aspx?page=759
Greek: http://www.filmfesti...a...GR&page=448

HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
22 March – 13 April 2009
Producer Kian Soleimapour presenting
Screening Times TBD
http://www.hkiff.org.hk/

BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
25 March – April 5, 2009 Screening Times TBD
http://www.bafici.gov.ar/

“I am very happy that this film will have a broader audience,” says producer/director James Chressanthis, who is also a cinematographer and a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). “It’s a terrific honor to be invited to screen at Camerimage, Santa Fe, Palm Springs, Hong Kong and Thessaloniki. The LACMA screening was a joy, 600 seats filled and people standing across the back to watch the film. There was also poetic justice in this film premiering at Cannes, Laszlo shot Easy Rider, an ultra low budget, counter culture film that was a favorite with critics and fans at Cannes in 1969. Since our Cannes premiere the film has been steadily gaining an audience, especially with young viewers. It was Easy Rider which finally opened doors for Laszlo in Hollywood and then in turn, launched the career of his artistic brother Vilmos Zsigmond. They became legends in their own time.”
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