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By 이다영

Published : Jan. 14, 2011 - 18:44

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I Am Love (Italy)
Opening Jan. 20

Drama. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. The polished rooms of a Milanese villa ignite with anxious activity as a wealthy industrial family, the Recchis, prepare to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch. It is an occasion designed to ensconce family traditions -- the handsome grandson, Edoardo, introduces his new girlfriend; his sister presents another piece of her artwork to her grandfather; and the grandfather, knowing this is his last birthday, names the successor to his empire. As the refined familial machinations unfold, the woman of the house, Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton), skates along the tight seams of the family, exuding elegance and uncertain turbulence. Change is like a fog at sea that quickly consumes the land.

Magic Journey to Africa (Spain)
Opening Jan. 20

Drama. Directed by Jordi Llompart. A 10-year-old girl from Barcelona encounters a young bushman who inspires her to learn more about Africa in this educational -- and visually dazzling -- fantasy adventure. With a young Himba boy named Mel (Raymond Mvula) as her guide and a winged horse to carry her across the land, young Jana (Eva Gerretsen) discovers the beauty of the Namib Desert while learning about the remarkable creatures that inhabit it. Later, Mel introduces Jana to the Guardian of the Stories and the Spirit of the Fire, and teaches her about such timeless African traditions as the Tree of Ancestors. In the wake of an illuminating encounter with a young girl named Galla who helps to heal plants, Jana befriends a fairy who teaches her the true power of imagination. 

Gulliver’s Travels (U.S.)
Opening Jan. 27

Comedy. Directed by Rob Letterman. Jack Black stars in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels” with this fantasy-filled comedic production. This take on the timeless tale revolves around a shipwrecked mailroom clerk (Jack Black) who discovers an island in the heart of the Bermuda Triangle where he is the biggest occupant in comparison to its tiny inhabitants. Rob Letterman of “Shark Tale” directs from a script by "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"’s Nick Stoller and Joe Stillman.

Love and Other Drugs (U.S.)
Opened Jan. 13

Comedy. Romance. Directed by Edward Zwick. Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who will not let anyone -- or anything -- tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.

Invisible 2: Chasing The Ghost Sound (Korea)
Opened Jan. 13.

Horror. Directed by Yoo Joon-seok. Guem-ja (Jeong Eui-soon) lives alone after losing her husband and sister in a fatal car accident. At home, she hears the sound of ghosts talking all the time, and as no one believes what she’s going through, she asks a TV documentary crew to investigate her house. Even with a sound specialist, however, the TV crew fails to catch any unusual sound. Frustrated and tired of arguing with Geum-ja, the crew decide to withdraw the project and moves out of her place. When the team is just about to head out, though, they finally hear something they’ve never heard before.