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Celebrating its thirtieth year back in January, the success of Sundance is perhaps most impressively illustrated in its ability to cross the Atlantic for the third year running, bringing Sundance London to our shores once more next month.
This morning Sundance London announced there were screening a series of films from the Sundance Collection, details of which can be found here. Showing films which were discovered at the festival, and those films including the early work of Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino among others, is testament to the importance of the festival – both for audiences and directors.
Every year it’s easy to mark out the filmmakers who have gone above and beyond their peers in bringing some of the finest work to the festival, but it’s not always quite so easy to see who among them will continue to tell greater and greater stories. This year, for example, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Continued from yesterday’s countdown….
20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)
19. Janicza Bravo (Gregory Goes Boom)
11. Sydney Freeland (Drunktown’s Finest)
After working as a graphic artist and designer for the past decade, Peter Sattler makes a remarkable screenwriting and directorial debut with Camp X-Ray. Even with some dubious reservations after the announcement of Kristen Stewart being cast as a Guantanamo Bay guard, the role isn’t an ungainly fit, and Sattler has created a genuinely moving and captivating feature. Stewart’s name will attract a whole audience of people potentially unaware of the controversial subject matter, making this an excellent conversation starter. But beyond all that, Sattler gets an amazing performance from Peyman Mooadi, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Read Sound on Sight’s review of The Double.
Journalist Evan Ratliff (CEO, Atavist), Chet Kanojia (CEO, Aereo), Bob Moczydlowsky (head of music, Twitter), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Hitrecord On TV) discuss the new frontier of creative collaboration driven by social media.
Read our Sundance review of Infinitely Polar Bear
Ten unacquired Sundance 2014 films we hope to see someday. »
- Lane Scarberry
Following the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we rounded up a list of all the films that had been picked up for distribution after premiering at the festival. Now three more films have been acquired, likely for release later this year. THR reports Sony Pictures Classics has acquire Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo while Gravitas Ventures and Millennium Entertainment have picked up the 80s love letter Ping Pong Summer. And finally, The Wrap reports Well Go USA, which picked up Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, has landed themselves another bloody horror film with the intense, violent Japanese flick Killers. Here's the brief Sundance synopses of all three films from the festival: Infinitely Polar Bear (Director & Screenwriter: Maya Forbes) — A manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. »
- Ethan Anderton
Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Caitlin Coder, Jordan M. Smith, Nicholas Bell and I had the pleasure of uncovering/discovering a new batch of filmmaker talents (here is last year’s list). Here are our Top 20 New Voices countdown:
#20. Tessa Louise-Salome (Mr. Leos Carax)
Described as a work in progress, documentarian Tessa Louise-Salome continues her fascination with Leos Carax in this debut. A look at the mysterious and alluring director, we are guided through his scant but magnificent filmography with snippets and clips, while she interviews several cast members of his works, including Denis Lavant and Kylie Minogue, as well as Harmony Korine, who had cast Carax in his 2007 film, Mister Lonely. While we never quite get to learn anything more about the man known as Leos Carax, it’s a welcome substitute for the aficionados and fans that wish he would work more frequently. »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Turns out no-one will be 'taken' as such in the upcoming sequel. Star Liam Neeson spoke with UK radio and TV host Jonathan Ross and said the upcoming film has a "really, really good story". The catch? No kidnapping.
"They called me up and I said I’ll do it… but only as long as nobody gets taken" he says, and added that there's a big new fist on the formula. The film aims to begin production later this year. [Source: Bleeding Cool]
Paramount has announced a Christmas Day release this year for the upcoming sequel to the 2010 comedy "Hot Tub Time Machine". Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke reprise their roles in the follow-up, Adam Scott will play a new character taking over for the absent John Cusack. [Source: THR]
Sony Pictures Classics has finalised a deal for North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, »
- Garth Franklin
Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear . Also written by Forbes, the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. Infinitely Polar Bear is produced by Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features, in association with Bad Robot and Kgb Media. Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer produced the film with Executive Producers J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Noah Millman, Mark Ruffalo, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Danny Rifkin, Tom Valerio and Richard Rifkin. Set in the late '70s, an eccentric mess of a »
Sony Pictures Classics (Spc) has finalised its deal for North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut Infinitely Polar Bear following the recent world premiere in Sundance.
Spc negotiated the deal with ICM Partners. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes’ directorial debut "Infinitely Polar Bear" which recently premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Forbes, the film stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Set in late 1970s Cambridge, "Infinitely Polar Bear," based on Forbes' childhood, tells the story of a mentally unstable father (Ruffalo) trying to win back his wife (Zaldana) by taking responsibility for the couple's two young daughters."We are excited and pleased to be bringing Maya Forbes' accomplished, deeply moving and joyous autobiographical story to the public," Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. "I am thrilled!” said Forbes. "Sony Pictures Classics consistently releases the movies I want to see. The film connected deeply with audiences at Sundance and I think Michael, Tom and Dylan have a terrific plan to expand on that experience. »
- Paula Bernstein
Sony Pictures Classics has snagged all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' warmly received at its 2014 Sundance premiere. Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana and set in the late 1970s, the film centers on an eccentric mess of a father (Ruffalo) as he tries to win back his wife by taking responsibility for their two young daughters. The spirited girls don’t make the overwhelming task any easier. Variety wrote, "Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most appealing performances in writer-director Maya Forbes' irresistible feature debut," and Indiewire calls the film "a forceful and heartfelt debut." "Infinitely Polar Bear" is produced by Paper Street Films and Park Pictures Features, in association with Bad Robot and Kgb Media. Release date forthcoming. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The film, which stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, premiered at Sundance to mostly positive reactions. The autobiographical family dramedy has commercial potential if sold effectively, with a campaign centered around Ruffalo’s strong performance.
Sony Classics, which also acquired Sundance prize winner “Whiplash,” as well as Ira Sachs’ “Love Is Strange,” bought rights to “Polar Bear” in Germany, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia and the U.K.
“Sony Pictures Classics consistently releases the movies I want to see,” Forbes said in a statement. “The film connected deeply with audiences at Sundance and I think (Sony Classics has) a terrific plan to expand on that experience. »
- Andrew Stewart
Sony Pictures Classics is closing in on a deal to acquire Maya Forbes’ drama “Infinitely Polar Bear,” which stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, an individual familiar with the negotiations has told TheWrap. A representative for Sony Classics did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Also read: Sundance: ‘Meh’ Movies Mean Mark Ruffalo Dramedy ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ May Be Festival’s Biggest Deal Ruffalo plays a bipolar father who is left to care for his two young daughters, played by Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide. A veteran writer for both film and television, Forbes made her directorial debut with “Infinitely Polar Bear, »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Title: Infinitely Polar Bear Director: Maya Forbes Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, Ashley Aufderheide In the present day, social disorders and other mental health problems are seen through a different lens than they were in the past. Infinitely Polar Bear tells the story of Cameron Stuart (Mark Ruffalo), a husband and father of two in 1978 Boston diagnosed as manic depressive and bipolar. After a breakdown, Cameron slowly eases back into normal life, trying to keep his impulses and emotions in check. His wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana) tells him that she has the opportunity to get her Mba at Columbia, which will lead to her being able to [ Read More ]
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Written and directed by Maya Forbes
Based on the childhood of writer/director Maya Forbes, Infinitely Polar Bear is a highly sentimental movie but also sincere. It stays away from manipulative tactics and meticulously illustrates how challenging it is to care for family members who are self-destructive. It may go directly for the heartstrings but most won’t mind them being pulled with such talent and passionate writing at hand.
Mark Ruffalo plays Cam, who falls in love with Maggie (Zoe Saldana) and has two beautiful daughters with her. The fairy tale ends when his manic depression rears its ugly head. His erratic mental condition leaves the family bankrupt and confused as to how to watch over him. Maggie is pained to take on all of his responsibilities and struggles to support the girls. Ruffalo portrays a mess of a well-meaning man, »
- Lane Scarberry
Scott Foundas: They say dogs come to resemble their owners (or vice versa), but if you hang around a film festival long enough, do you start to resemble the movies? That thought crossed my mind on Sundance’s final Sunday, when, as I was leaving a screening at the Eccles Theater, a volunteer enthusiastically congratulated me on my lead performance in the festival’s big award winner, “Whiplash,” which took both the audience award and the grand jury prize in this year’s U.S. dramatic competition. Of course, it’s flattering to be mistaken for Miles Teller, who’s a very good actor (in addition to being nine years my junior), but I couldn’t help wondering if something more mysterious was afoot.
Maybe that’s because, just the day before, I had caught up with another of this year’s Sundance breakouts, “I Origins,” in which the »
- Scott Foundas, Peter Debruge and Justin Chang
Filled with feeling but also a little too lighthearted for its own good, Infinitely Polar Bear does much to make you like it, but maybe a harsher perspective would have helped. Playing a manic-depressive father who has to care for his two young girls, Mark Ruffalo mostly cuts through standard disease-of-the-week platitudes. But writer-director Maya Forbes’s gentle drama frustratingly stays on the surface of the issues that engage it. »
With an impressive list of credits already to his name including "The Messenger" and "Arlington Road," cinematographer Bobby Bukowski comes to Sundance with another acclaimed film and discusses the many challenges of pulling off "Infinitely Polar Bear," a family drama directed by Maya Forbes and starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, in which a bipolar father struggles with taking care of his daughters. Which camera and lens did you use? Alexa. Angenieux Optimo Lightweight zooms. What was the most difficult shot on your movie, and how did you pull it off? Pretty much the entire shoot was a challenge. I had a small crew and very few days in which to shoot this film. That all translates to not enough time or resources to set up. As a result, night interiors are lit with carefully selected practical lights. As for daylight interiors, I asked the production designer to supply dark »
- Ziyad Saadi
Mark Ruffalo, Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide in Infinitely Polar Bear Photo: Claire Folger Mental health issues have featured in several of the films at Sundance this year. The title of Infinitely Polar Bear is a play on the word bipolar - the illness that its central character Cameron grapples with throughout the runtime. Perhaps surprisingly, this is a romantic comedy, written and directed by Maya Forbes, who based the story on her own experience of living with her manic depressive dad.
Mark Ruffalo plays Cameron, a man from a posh Bostonian family, who is married and madly in love with his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) in the home they share with kids Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith (Ashley Aufderheide). The film clues us into his illness through a charming home video montage as one of the children matter-of-factly explains her dad's bipolar diagnosis and her mum's decision to love him anyway. »
- Amber Wilkinson
Plowing through the boy-meets-girl-makes-family exposition before the opening credits are through, the super-8 home movie that opens Maya Forbes' directorial debut, "Infinitely Polar Bear," sets the tone for her highly personal if slightly romanticized portrait of familial love and mental illness. As the glowing faces of a particularly handsome couple (Marc Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana) and their pair of adorable young girls (Imogen Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide) flicker across the screen, the voice-over of the elder daughter informs us that the rugged paterfamilias we're looking at is a diagnosed manic-depressive. Drawing from the wellspring of her own life, Forbes' agile tone allows the film to indulge in heartbreak and humor with equal measure. For the Stuart family, order and disorder are defined according to the erratic barometer that is Cam's mental state on any given day. It's a good day when he takes his daughters foraging for mushrooms in »
- Emma Myers
Remember when people used to dump on Silver Linings Playbook for reducing mental illness to cutesy romcom obstacles? That! Only this time the drubbing is fully earned. A disclaimer before we begin: I am preternaturally disposed to enjoy Mark Ruffalo's Ruffalosity in any of its varieties or sizes so I queued up for Infinitely Polar Bear, despite my gut instincts warning me away. (One must always be weary of star vehicles at indie festivals because a famous face alone can win a movie a prized festival slot. If a movie made by unknowns and starring unknowns gets into a festival there's generally more reason to hope that it got there on pure merit.) [more...] »
- NATHANIEL R
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