The Dryden theater located at 900 East Avenue shows important contemporary and classic films, for audiences who are looking for something off the beaten path. For more information, you can check out their website at dryden.eastmanhouse.org
On Thursday, July 22nd at 8pm, the Dryden theater will be screening German film Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998), an unbelievably entertaining albeit somewhat unusual thriller. This fast-paced film is only 81 minutes long but nonetheless memorable.
Franka Potente plays the titular Lola, a woman who has 20 minutes to deliver money to her boyfriend [who owes a crime boss a large amount of cash], before he decides to rob a supermarket. The film then shows her 20-minute journey three different times, showing how the decisions a person makes can alter their destiny. In this case, even the most subtlest of decisions can create a ripple effect, and significantly change the outcome. The film is well-directed and visually splendid, shot in a fast pace that emphasizes the urgency in the main character’s plight. A lot of other techniques are used to create the frenetic atmosphere of the film, including animation, black & white, quick-cutting, slow motion, etc. Prepare for an adrenaline rush.