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Newport Beach Film Festival

March 30, 2000

Woman gives up glamorous life abroad, returns home to love of family and

friends

3:15 p.m.

"Ave Maria"

Mexico-Spain, 1999

Dir.: Eduardo Rossoff

Prod.: Andrea Kreuzhage, Eduardo Rossoff

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Cast: Damian Alcazar, Demian Bichir, Juan Diego Botto, Ana Ofelia

Murguia, Alfredo Sevilla, Tere Lopez Tarin, Ana Torrent

Running time: 102 minutes

Attended by director

Inspiring fable of faith, love and freedom, with hero in the tradition of

Joan of Arc.

5:30 p.m.

"Sweet Smell of Success"

United States, 1957

Dir.: Alexander Mackendrick

Prod.: James Hill II

Cast: Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Burt Lancaster

Running time: 96 minutes

Attended by Tony Curtis and other cast and crew members

Vicious, no-holds-barred portrait of Manhattan gossip columnists' world,

based on "Tell Me About It Tomorrow"

o7 Post-premiere gala

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Daily Grill, 957 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach

How much: Movie and gala, $30

Phone: (949) 644-2223

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7:45 p.m.

"Catfish and Black Bean Sauce"

United States, 1999

West Coast premiere

Dir.: Dhi Muoi Lo

Prod.: Chi Myoi Lo

Cast: Mary Alice, Kieu Chinh, Lauren Tom, Paul Winfield

Running Time: 107 minutes

Grand Prize for Best Feature Film and Audience Choice Award at 1999

Florida Film Festival and 32nd annual Worldfest Houston International

Film Festival

Theatrical release scheduled June 2.

10 p.m.

"Shi Ri"

Korea, 1999 U.S. premiere

Dir.: Kang, Jegyu

Prod.: Jackie Kwak, Kang Jegyu

Special agents of South Korea's top intelligence service investigate

death of arms smuggler

* ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

SHORT FILMS

10 a.m. to noon

"Dreamer"

"Coming to Light"

Noon to 2 p.m.

"The Asian Cinema Series"

"The Best of NYU"

Selection of award winners

"Sky Above, Heaven Below"

United States

Dir.: Chi Chi Chang

With a dream, you can fly

"Rosewater"

United States

Dir.: Kimi Takesue

Man struggles to cultivate beauty in surreal urban world

"The Water Ghost"

United States

Dir.: Elizabeth Sung

Mystical encounter with spirit trapped under waters of forbidden lake

"Ice Fishing"

United StatesDir.: Alexandra Kondracke

While dealing with his mother's attempts to find a husband, lonely boy

finds reality

"Secret Asian Man"

United States

Dir.: Mike Sakamoto

Fame, success and self-determination -- a street musician realizes

American dream

"Sound Asleep"

United States

Dir.: Pagan Harleman

Intimate portrait of love and loss

INDEPENDENTS

2 to 4 p.m.

o7 "Dances With Films"

If you're at all famous, take heed of Festival of the Unknowns' creed:

"No Stars! No Politics! No Sh*t!"; Q&A follows, hosted by Leslee Scallon

and Michael Trent f7

"Annie Paul"

United states

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