Fantastic Fest

Friday, September 05, 2008

AICN/Fantastic Fest Present BURN AFTER READING Advance Screening Wednesday 9/10

The Coen Bros, fresh off their NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Best Picture/Director/Screenplay sweep at last year's Oscars, take a U-turn back toward LEBOWSKI territory with this new dark crime comedy/thriller. Ain't It Cool News and Fantastic Fest are excited about giving you this opportunity to see it first Wednesday Night 9/10 at 7:30pm at the Alamo South Lamar.

At the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Arlington, Virginia, analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) arrives for a top-secret meeting. Unfortunately for Cox, the secret is soon out: he is being ousted. Cox does not take the news particularly well and returns to his Georgetown home to work on his memoirs and his drinking, not necessarily in that order. His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) is dismayed, though not particularly surprised; she is already well into an illicit affair with Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), a married federal marshal, and sets about making plans to leave Cox for Harry.

Elsewhere in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, and seemingly worlds apart, Hardbodies Fitness Centers employee Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) can barely concentrate on her work. She is consumed with her life plan for extensive cosmetic surgery, and confides her mission to can-do colleague Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt). Linda is all but oblivious to the fact that the gym's manager Ted Treffon (Richard Jenkins) pines for her even as she arranges dates via the Internet with other men.

When a computer disc containing material for the CIA analyst's memoirs accidentally falls into the hands of Linda and Chad, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. As Ted frets, "No good can come of this," events spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, in a cascading series of darkly hilarious encounters.

To attend, email with the subject line "Feldheimer". Specify the number of guests you will be bringing (up to 2).

If you are a 2008 Fantastic Fest badgeholder, email with "Feldheimer" in the subject line. We will cross-reference emails with our sales list so please use the email you purchased your pass with. Fantastic Fest badgeholders will receive half the available admissions.

Emails we be accepted through Sunday night at midnight.

The randomly chosen guest list will be posted on Tuesday 9/9 at noon.

Don't miss out on the year-round perks of Fantastic Fest. 2009 VIP Badges go on sale September 20th. Don't be left out.

BURN AFTER READING Opens at the Alamo Ritz Friday September 12.


  • At 4:14 PM , Anonymous movie buff said...

    Brad Pitt can be so funny, as long as he's not taking himself too seriously... in any case, it's about time someone made good use of his habitually spastic arm movements


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