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10 items from 2017


Indie Cinemas Face Challenging Future Together

17 January 2017 1:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Begun as a small exhibitor gathering at the Sundance Film Festival, the Art House Convergence has long since come into its own as a mecca for indie cinema operators.

Some 620 delegates are expected Jan. 16-19 at the 10th annual Art House Convergence in Midway, Utah, for panel sessions, networking, and film screenings before the Park City behemoth gets under way nearby. That’s a big change from 2008’s first Art House Convergence, which drew 25 attendees.

The growth, which surpassed its founder’s expectations, speaks volumes about the commitment of independent-cinema operators in a challenging business climate.

“Over the past decade, it’s grown far beyond what I ever imagined, and while it’s still a very intimate group compared with a CinemaCon, it’s a testament to the sheer passion [for arthouse cinema] of everyone involved,” says founding director Russ Collins.

As with multiplex operators, art-house cinemas must compete for audience attention at »

- Iain Blair

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Arthouse Audit: Audiences Skip Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

15 January 2017 10:18 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This year’s award season continues to yield a robust specialized bounty. The Oscar contenders are led by “La La Land” (Lionsgate) and “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox). The public, particularly older audiences, are coming out in big numbers for films that launched in limited release.

That doesn’t extend to new limited openings, with nearly all top distributors holding back until the awards noise dies down. Still, a few are venturing out with smaller less heralded films in New York (along with a plethora of Video on Demand releases). This week sees three of note, led by a very surprising total for “World’s Apart” (Cinema Libre), an under-the-radar 2015 Greek economic crisis drama.

Check out our Award Season video interviews. 

(All figures for three-day weekend through Sunday January 15.)

Opening

Worlds Apart (Cinema Libre)

$14,000 gross at 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $14,000

This Greek film, which tells three loosely related »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Why ‘Lion’ Stands to Gain the Most Oscar Momentum From the DGA Nominations

12 January 2017 2:09 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Directors Guild of America nominations confirm what we already know: There are four frontrunners for the Best Picture and Director Oscars. Two are critically hailed, small-scale dramas, Kenneth Lonergan‘s “Manchester By the Sea” and Barry Jenkins‘ “Moonlight;” two are movies of scale and scope, Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi drama “Arrival” and Damien Chazelle’s retro musical romance “La La Land.”

Read More: 2016 Directors Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Lion,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ and More

The surprise was the fifth DGA slot went to Garth Davis for “Lion,” one of two DGA nominations he received. The Australian commercials director who collaborated with Jane Campion on lauded series “Top of the Lake” also landed the less-significant nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Filmmaker. So did Nate Parker, who can derive some small consolation from the recognition of his peers for his excellent rookie effort, “Birth of a Nation, »

- Anne Thompson

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Why ‘Lion’ Stands to Gain the Most Oscar Momentum From the DGA Nominations

12 January 2017 2:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Directors Guild of America nominations confirm what we already know: There are four frontrunners for the Best Picture and Director Oscars. Two are critically hailed, small-scale dramas, Kenneth Lonergan‘s “Manchester By the Sea” and Barry Jenkins‘ “Moonlight;” two are movies of scale and scope, Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi drama “Arrival” and Damien Chazelle’s retro musical romance “La La Land.”

Read More: 2016 Directors Guild of America Awards Nominations: ‘Lion,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘The Edge of Seventeen’ and More

The surprise was the fifth DGA slot went to Garth Davis for “Lion,” one of two DGA nominations he received. The Australian commercials director who collaborated with Jane Campion on lauded series “Top of the Lake” also landed the less-significant nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Filmmaker. So did Nate Parker, who can derive some small consolation from the recognition of his peers for his excellent rookie effort, “Birth of a Nation, »

- Anne Thompson

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Something Wild (1961)

10 January 2017 12:33 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Something Wild

Blu-ray

The Criterion Collection 850

1961 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen 1:37 flat Academy / 113 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 17, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Carroll Baker, Ralph Meeker, Mildred Dunnock, Jean Stapleton, Martin Kosleck, Charles Watts, Clifton James, Doris Roberts, Anita Cooper, Tanya Lopert.

Cinematography: Eugen Schüfftan

Film Editor: Carl Lerner

Original Music: Aaron Copland

Written by Jack Garfein and Alex Karmel from his novel Mary Ann

Produced by George Justin

Directed by Jack Garfein

 

After writing up an earlier Mod disc release of the 1961 movie Something Wild, I received a brief but welcome email note from its director:

“Dear Glenn Erickson,

Thank you for your profound appreciation of Something Wild.

If possible, I would appreciate if you could send

me a copy of your review by email.

Sincerely yours, Jack Garfein

Somewhere back East (or in London), the Actors Studio legend Jack Garfein had found favor with the review. Although »

- Glenn Erickson

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Arthouse Audit: Awards Contenders Thrive on Golden Globe Weekend

8 January 2017 10:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The arthouse world is thriving, with multiple awards contenders amassing the best pre-Oscar nomination numbers in recent memory. (This weekend’s limited openers are also available on VOD.)

Multiple recent releases are scoring well in wider breaks. December platform launches “Hidden Figures,” “La La Land,” and “Manchester By the Sea” are all in the Top Ten, while laggard “A Monster Calls” also expanded, to far lesser results. (Check later analysis of how these films have sprung from initial platforms to wider runs in Top Ten Takeaways).

Several holiday openers have yet to widen. Sony Pictures Classics’ Oscar Foreign Language contender “Toni Erdmann” fell only a bit in its three initial runs, while Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” (Warner Bros.) is flailing in four theaters in advance of its wide national break this Friday.

International Release:

Railroad Tigers (Well Go USA/China) – $(est.) 110,000 in 42 theaters

Week Two

Twentieth Century Women »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Hell or High Water; Julieta; Chi-Raq; Black Orpheus; Miss Sharon Jones! – review

8 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Mackenzie’s heist thriller is comfortingly familiar, while Pedro Almodóvar and Spike Lee are both back on song

There are many reasons to recommend Hell or High Water (StudioCanal, 15) at this or any time of year, but in the dank, shivery no-man’s-land of early January, the sheer, sticky heat of David Mackenzie’s western-infused heist thriller makes it a positive shot in the arm. The still, steaming mugginess of a west Texas afternoon veritably wafts off the screen; cars skid and characters lope across the burnt landscape at a kind of urgent half-speed, which does nothing to diminish the copper-wire tension and conductivity of Taylor Sheridan’s nifty script.

Scotsman Mackenzie, having truly found form with his rough-and-tumble prison drama Starred Up, now taps into a vein of terse, elemental, morally mousetrapped American storytelling practised by everyone from Steinbeck to the Coen brothers. There’s nothing twisty or unfamiliar in this curt, »

- Guy Lodge

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Awards Voters Should Dig Deeper to Reward Performances Outside of Mainstream

6 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, a colleague was gushing — as was pretty much everyone, this critic included — about Isabelle Huppert’s ice-cool, high-wire tour de force as a rape victim with a very unusual psychology in Paul Verhoeven’s comeback feature “Elle.”

“She should win the Oscar in a walk,” she asserted, before adding a predictable caveat. “Shame awards voters won’t touch that performance with a 50-foot-pole.”

Seven months later, my colleague might not be feeling so pessimistic. Despite being housed in a chilly, controversial, French-language film, Huppert has emerged as the surprise dark horse of the season so far, bulldozing through the major critics’ awards and landing a Golden Globe nomination.

Whether she scores her first-ever Oscar nomination in a competitive category remains to be seen, but she’s very much in the conversation. That’s unprecedented territory for Huppert, despite the Frenchwoman’s reputation »

- Guy Lodge

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Isabelle Huppert, Dany Boon, Romain Duris, Omar Sy Take Center Stage at 19th UniFrance Paris Rendez-Vous

3 January 2017 9:10 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Dany Boon’s “R.A.I.D. Special Unit,” Romain Duris-starrer “The Confession,” and Omar Sy’s “Two Is a Family” will screen at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous With French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.

The 2017 edition, which runs Jan. 12-16 at Paris’ Intercontinental Hotel, acts as a sales platform for France’s more commercial movies, many of which will hit theaters in the first part of 2017. The Paris Rendez-Vous also features some notable debuts and arthouse standouts, and highlights trends, talents and challenges in Europe’s biggest movie industry-cum-arthouse-crossover export hub.

Here are 10 things you should know about this year’s edition:

1. Boon, Sy, Reno, And Duris

Boon directs the Pathe-sold “R.A.I.D,” where he plays a misogynistic elite police operative paired with a klutzy female recruit (Alice Pol). 2014’s “Superchondriac,” Boon’s latest movie as a director, earned about $36 million in France, »

- John Hopewell

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‘La La Land’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Thrive at the New Years’ Box Office

1 January 2017 10:45 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two films that have received some of the season’s best reviews — Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” and Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” — opened in New York and Los Angeles last Wednesday. However, the weekend’s real arthouse story lies with “La La Land,” which is on a trajectory to earn more than $100 million by the end of its run.

Read More: Box Office 2017 Opens With ‘Sing’ Making a Run at ‘Rogue One

The post-Christmas release ploy platform has become routine every year for a film or two, with their distributors hoping the absence of other new films and stellar elements, particularly in relation to awards hopes, elevate their initial numbers.

Opening

 

20th Century Women (A24) – Metacritic: 82; Festivals include: New York 2016

$112,705 in four theaters; PTA (per theater average): $28,176; Cumulative: $180,081

Mike Mills’ study of late 1970s Santa Barbara counterculture and some strong female characters led by Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig »

- Tom Brueggemann

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