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The Film Society of Lincoln Center (Flag Day in the Us is today, June 14) announced on Monday that the World Premiere of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying - co-written with Darryl Ponicsan (Cinderella Liberty, The Last Detail), produced by Ginger Sledge, John Sloss, and Thomas Lee Wright, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne - is the Opening Night Gala selection of the New York Film Festival. Linklater's terrific Boyhood team of cinematographer Shane F Kelly, editor Sandra Adair, and costume designer Kari Perkins worked also on his latest.
Kent Jones: "Last Flag Flying is many things at once - infectiously funny, quietly shattering, celebratory, mournful, meditative, intimate, expansive, vastly entertaining, and …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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Casual admirers of Austin artist Lance Letscher, whose vibrant collages display above all a love of color and enjoyment of pop culture ephemera, may never intuit the pain seen in that work by those closest to him personally. Diving surprisingly deep into the roots of that hurt, Sandra Adair's The Secret Life of Lance Letscher offers empathy without draining the artist's overstuffed creations of their fun. Adair, best known as Richard Linklater's go-to editor (and a co-producer on Boyhood) makes a confident debut as director here, offering a doc with appeal even for art lovers who don't yet know this »
- John DeFore
A short, stressful, and utterly spellbinding debut that transforms the immigrant experience into the stuff of an early Polanski psychodrama, “Most Beautiful Island” was a worthy winner of the SXSW Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature, and might prove to be a breakthrough moment for a major new talent: Spanish actress Ana Asensio not only wrote, directed, and produced this fraught metropolitan thriller, she also appears in just about every frame.
It would be criminal to reveal too much about what happens to her character, a Manhattan immigrant who’s struggling to make a life for herself in the big city and in for the longest night of her life, but it’s thrilling to watch the anxiety of neo-realism as it slowly bleeds into something that resembles the suspense of the orgy sequence from “Eyes Wide Shut.” Creating a lucid sense of reality only so »
- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn, Kate Erbland and Steve Greene
Sandra Adair, best known for her work as editor on “The Before Trilogy” and “Boyhood,” is making her directorial debut with the premiere of her documentary “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.” The film bowed at this week’s SXSW Film Festival, still rolling on down in Austin, Texas.
Adair captures the painfully beautiful work of local Austin artist, Lance Letscher. According to the official synopsis of “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher”: “After 30 years of working in the visual arts, Letscher has proven himself to be a modern master of collage. While developing a new project for the legendary South Congress Books in Austin, Texas, Letscher reflects for the first time on camera about his chaotic rise from an art student at the University of Texas to the subject of renowned solo exhibitions all over the world. »
- Kerry Levielle
The South by Southwest Film Festival has a long history of spotlighting native and adopted Texan filmmakers. Yet one particularly noteworthy filmmaker with Texas roots has been long outstanding, and the festival’s 24th iteration will finally see an appearance from one of arthouse cinema’s biggest names, as Terrence Malick brings his Austin-set “Song to Song” to the festival’s March 10 opening night. Thematic appropriateness aside, it represents something of a coup for the once-scrappy fest to feature the auteur, whose last films bowed at Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes.
Yet Malick’s is hardly the only boldfaced name to be found in the lineup, and here are other features — among the 125 scheduled films, 84 of them world premieres — to watch.
Stars at Night
- Andrew Barker
Who would have thought that a ’90s ‘slacker’ independent filmmaker would make such a strong romantic statement? Well, it’s not all romance in the old sense. In what must be a project of love, Richard Linklater examines the ongoing love life of Jesse & Céline, in three movies spread across eighteen years. The conversations are as free- flowing as are the cameras roaming through European back streets. Thanks to the commitment of Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, the in-depth relationship seems real.
The ‘Before’ Trilogy
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1995, 2004, 2013 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 101, 80, 109 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 79.96
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- Glenn Erickson
After drawing attention to the festival’s annual Gaming Awards, organizers behind the South by Southwest Film Festival have posted the full, comprehensive lineup, revealing that the likes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Free Fire, the riotous ensemble thriller from Ben Wheatley, are among those films that will screen for critics and attendees.
Per SXSW 2017‘s website, this year’s showcase will host “84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 Us Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films, continuing our tradition of unearthing the emergent talent of tomorrow.” British auteur Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is a regular of the Texas festival, and will be rubbing shoulders with other favorites including Michael Winterbottom, Nacho Vigalondo, Michael Showalter.
SXSW 2017 begins on March 10th in Austin, Texas and you can get up to speed on everything the festival has to offer down below.
Narrative Feature Competition
- Michael Briers
7 items from 2017
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