An­other fine bou­quet from Marti

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Fresh from his be­lated tri­umph at this year’s Os­cars, it tran­spires that Martin Scors­ese has been en­gaged in “a se­cret ex­per­i­ment in film-mak­ing” – a nine-minute movie called The Key to Reserva/ La Clava Reserva. It’s art­fully formed as an en­ter­tain­ing mockdocumentary in which a dead­pan Scors­ese play­fully sends up his im­age as film buff and his­to­rian, while ex­plain­ing how he shot a homage to Al­fred Hitch­cock’s 1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much.

Si­mon Baker plays the hero of the film-within-the film, which is set at a con­cert hall and fea­tures Kelli O’Hara as a femme fa­tale mod­elled on Hitch­cock’s blonde hero­ines. It opens on a pas­tiche of the stylish credit se­quences de­signed by Saul Bass and is ac­com­pa­nied by Bernard Herrmann’s sub­lime score for Hitch­cock’s North By North­west. And it ends on an­other ob­vi­ous but amus­ing Hitch­cock ref­er­ence.

This res­o­nant and witty film, which also fea­tures Scors­ese’s reg­u­lar ed­i­tor Thelma Schoon­maker (who edited it, bril­liantly as ever), is now avail­able to view free of charge on­line – be­cause, in fact, it’s a com­mer­cial for Freix­enet’s brand of Carta Ne­vada Reserva cava (the Span­ish sparkling wine). Check it out at www. scors­ese­film­freix­enet.com

Garage, Once rake in the awards

Lenny Abra­ham­son’s Garage con­tin­ues to col­lect awards on the in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val cir­cuit. A week af­ter Pat Shortt was voted best ac­tor at the Monte Carlo fes­ti­val, Garage has taken the prize for best film at the Turin fes­ti­val, where Palme d’Or-win­ning Ital­ian film-maker Nanni Moretti is the new artis­tic di­rec­tor. The award comes with a cash prize of ¤25,000. The au­di­ence award at Turin went to Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Craig Gillespie for his de­light­ful US com­edy, Lars and the Real Girl, which stars Ryan Gosling.

Mean­while, John Car­ney’s Once has re­ceived yet an­other awards nom­i­na­tion, this time as best for­eign film at the an­nual In­de­pen­dent Spirit awards in the US. The other nom­i­nees are Perse­po­lis, The Band’s Visit, Lady Chat­ter­ley and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.

Four films re­ceived four nom­i­na­tions each: Juno, The Sav­ages and The Div­ing Bell and the But­ter­fly, all of which will be re­leased here in early spring, and Todd Haynes’s Bob Dylan movie, I’m Not There, which opens here ex­clu­sively at the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute on De­cem­ber 21st.

U2 in 3D

Shown in­com­plete as a work in progress in Cannes this year, Catherine Owens and Mark Pelling­ton’s con­cert film U2 3D will be screened in full at next month’s Sun­dance fes­ti­val in the US. Ru­pert Wy­att’s prison break movie, The Es­capist, which stars Joseph Fi­ennes, Brian Cox and Damian Lewis, and was shot in Ire­land ear­lier this year, will have its world pre­miere at Sun­dance.

The fes­ti­val will close with CSNY Déjà Vu, which fol­lows Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young on their Free­dom of Speech tour to ex­plore their po­lit­i­cal and mu­si­cal con­nec­tions with au­di­ences, and to com­pare the Viet­nam era, when the band started out, to the present po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the Iraq war. Neil Young di­rected the doc­u­men­tary un­der his pseu­do­nym, Bernard Shakey.

As al­ready an­nounced, the open­ing film at Sun­dance will be Martin McDon­agh’s In Bruges, star­ring Bren­dan Glee­son, Colin Farrell and Ralph Fi­ennes.

De Dublin­ers on fil­lum

Bren­dan Glee­son takes on the role of in­ter­viewer at the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute, Dublin, next Tues­day at 7pm, when he will en­gage Ron­nie Drew, Bar­ney McKenna and John Shee­han, all orig­i­nal mem­bers of the Dublin­ers, in con­ver­sa­tion af­ter a screen­ing of O’Donoghue’s Opera.

Made in 1965, this mock opera ran into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties and re­mained un­fin­ished un­til film­maker Tom Hayes ac­quired the out­takes and Se Merry Doyle over­saw its painstak­ing restora­tion in 1998. The event is an Ir­ish Film Ar­chive pre­sen­ta­tion.

The Dublin­ers were among the first Ir­ish acts to ap­pear on Top of the Pops, when they made the UK top 10 in 1967 with their hu­mor­ously raunchy sin­gle, Seven Drunken Nights. www.irish­film.ie

We’re off to hear the Wizard

Here’s a sea­sonal event not to be missed. The Wizard of Oz will have five spe­cial screen­ings at the He­lix in Dublin from De­cem­ber 19th to 22nd, when the orig­i­nal score will be per­formed live by the RTÉ Con­cert Orches­tra un­der the ba­ton of con­duc­tor John Wil­son. www.the­he­lix.ie

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