by Brian Brooks, September 20, 2004

Returning once again with its mantra “Fiercely Independent,” the Woodstock Film Festival has unveiled plans for its fifth edition. Dylan Kidd’s “p.s.” will have its East Coast premiere in Woodstock, while Brad Anderson’s “The Machinist” will screen the first night in neighboring Rhinebeck. “p.s.,” which screened last week at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Laura Linney as a divorced thirty-something who finds gets embroiled in an affair with a younger man (Topher Grace). “The Machinist” is a psychological thriller starring Christian Bale who plays a man who has not slept in a year, spending his
waking moments in a nightmare of terror.

Other highlights on tap for this year’s Woodstock, which takes place in the famed Catskills town October 13-17 includes a roster of over 125 films, panels, seminars, concerts and special events. Included in the lineup is the East Coast
premiere of Prachya Pinkaew’s “Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior.” The feature centers on a Thai village, which suffers tragedy when the head of the town’s Buddha statue is stolen to win favor from a crime boss in Bangkok. Villagers then pin their hopes in a young orphan to retrieve their treasured Buddha.

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