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Chicago – In receiving the official Badasss Award at the 2015 Chicago International Movies & Music Fest (CIMMFest), legendary rock documentary maker Julien Temple simply said, “Badass is not a phrase we use in England. I’ve never been called a badass, I prefer ‘enfant terriblé,’ with a hope toward ‘monstre sacré.’”
And so it goes with one of the most prolific and influential rock documentarians in cinema history, with the whole evolution of the music form contained in his associations with The Kinks, the Clash (through Joe Strummer), the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols. What began as a student obsession with the discovery of the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, fueled a lifelong pursuit of rock documentary truth, feature film adventure and music video stylings. Julien Temple has provided the sights and the sounds.
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Though Bruce McDonald's marital comedy "The Husband" premiered only months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, the prolific Canadian director is already prepared to unveil his newest film at Sundance. "Hellions" takes a page from classic horror, as Dora (Chloe Rose) endures a treacherous and seemingly-endless Halloween night. To those relatively unfamiliar with McDonald's work, "Hellions" might seem like a radical departure. Yet for this idiosyncratic filmmaker, shaking things up is practically mandatory. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? On Halloween night, a teenage girl gets terrorized by some demonic kids. Now what's it Really about? Choices. Death. Life. Madness. Beauty. Pumpkins. Tell us briefly about yourself. I am the Commander of the Northern Tribes. My idol is Joe Strummer. My fortune and well-being are because of the beautiful and talented women in my life. Biggest challenge in completing this film? »
- David Canfield
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)
The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.
The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.
Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon »
- Josh Slater-Williams
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