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Elijah Wood has been on my interview list for a while. While some people may be wondering where Elijah has been hiding recently, those people are silly, sheltered cinema fans who haven’t been enjoying his recent genre turns in films like Maniac, Grand Piano, Cooties, and his most recent film, Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows. Elijah wasn’t the only one though, as Vigalondo has been on my list as well with movies like Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial, and The ABCs Of Death to boast. This year’s South by Southwest festival was just an ongoing geekout for the horror movie lover slowly consuming my soul, and this interview continued my obvious nerding.
Open Windows tells the story of Nick Chambers (Wood), the runner of a fan website dedicated to actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). After winning a contest to have dinner with Jill, Nick finds out via a mysterious webcam »
- Matt Donato
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
Anchor Bay Films has acquired the rights to Howard J Ford and Jon Ford’s zombie »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Cinedigm has acquired Us rights from CAA to Nacho Vigalondo’s thriller Open Windows starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey. The film premiered at SXSW and will open theatrically in early autumn.Anchor Bay Films has acquired the rights to Howard J Ford and Jon Ford’s zombie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Deadline reports that Cinedigm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Timecrimes director's first English-language film, and they're planning a release in either late summer or early fall of this year.
In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with the trailer and plot crunch below!
Elijah Wood stars as a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), and as the winner of an online contest, he gets the rare chance to have dinner with her. However, when dinner plans are cancelled, someone named Chord says he can make up for it.
Chord gives Nick (Elijah Wood) the tools to spy on Jill from his computer in a way that no fan could ever dream of. »
- John Squires
The film, which has its world premiere last month at South by Southwest, is directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Cinedigm is planning a theatrical release in late summer or early fall.
Wood stars as the winner of an online contest chosen to have dinner with the hottest actress on earth. When she cancels, he recevies a phone call from a guy who offers to give him the tools to spy on the actress from his computer for the rest of the night.
Justin Chang gave the film a positive review for Variety.
The deal was negotiated by Kristin Harris for Cinedigm with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
- Dave McNary
After last year’s notable SXSW fest pick-ups in Short Term 12 and Our Nixon, Cinedigm is taking a trip into genre-land item with Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows. Starring the James Stewart of horror-thriller genre in Elijah Wood in a keyboard unfriendly voyeuristic tale that turns into a real life Rear Window, this also features Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience). Deadline reports that Cinedigm will release the film during the late summer or early fall with what we imagine would be a showing at genre fests such as Montreal’s Fantasia Film Fest.
Gist: Wood stars as Nick, who wins an online contest to have dinner with the hottest actress on earth Jill (Grey). When she cancels, he gets a call from a guy named Chord who offers to make it up to Nick by giving him the tools to spy on Jill from his computer for the rest of the night. »
- Eric Lavallee
Nacho Vigalondo - who gave us Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial - now has Open Windows on the way. The thriller, starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, made its premiere at SXSW last month and today we're learning the film has found a distributor. According to Deadline, Cinedigm will release the film in late summer/early fall.
- Ryan Turek
Cinedigm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Open Windows,” Nacho Vigalondo's thriller starring Elijah Wood as a fan of a movie star, played by Sasha Grey. The movie, which premiered at South by Southwest in March, takes place entirely on a computer screen. “‘Open Windows” is a 100-minute selfie of Elijah Wood,” Vigalondo joked to TheWrap at the time. “You have to see it.” The Spanish filmmaker first connected with Wood at Fantastic Fest, another Austin, Tex.-based film festival. Also read: From Frodo to Indie Horror Master: Why Elijah Wood Is Feeling Optimistic About the Film Biz Wood, »
- Lucas Shaw
Cinedigm is on a roll lately, with recent acquisitions including "Antboy," "Remote Area Medical," and "Night Moves." And now, to add another genre to this list consisting of family films, documentaries, and drama-thrillers, the company just nabbed U.S. distribution rights to Nacho Vigalondo's "Open Windows," a 21st century "Rear Window" styled thriller-chiller. The film had its world premiere earlier this month at SXSW. The plot revolves around Nick (Elijah Wood), who, thanks to an online contest, wins a dinner with Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) tonight, an actress he admires. Then he gets drawn into a strange kidnapping scenario in which, instead of meeting the actress, he's forced to give her commands from his computer screen at the behest of an unseen menace. The entire story takes place within the confines of the screen. “Nacho is one of the most innovative and visionary filmmakers working today. And his talents »
- Taylor Lindsay
Working a film festival, selfies and internet privacy. These were just a few things that writer/director Nacho Vigalondo and actors Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey chatted about regarding their latest film, Open Windows, shot partially in Austin.
The movie premiered at SXSW (my review), and I was beyond eager to hear firsthand what went into the making of this film. Check out what they had to say about what drew them to the idea, as well as the technological hurdles they had to overcome.
Slackerwood: Congratulations on the premiere of your film here at SXSW. How does it feel to bring it back to Austin?
Nacho Vigalondo: It's amazing, but I prefer to come here [to this festival and others] without a movie because I enjoy movies -- I love watching them. I love other people's movies more than mine. I enjoy making my films, but I don't enjoy watching my own films. »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
Choosing to begin Open Windows with teaser footage from a melodramatic action flick, writer-director Nacho Vigalondo hints at the stilted acting and ridiculous narrative twists that we can expect from his third feature. Completely abandoning the unbridled naturalism that made his first two features -- Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial -- so unique in their respective time travel and alien invasion genres, Vigalondo opts to throw plausibility and realism out the [open] window. Vigalondo skillfully tells the majority of the film by way of Nick's desktop, thus allowing him to squeeze layers of narrative action into the frame. Vigalondo utilizes the multitude of photos, videos and pop-ups as a means to manipulate and distract the audience, blurring the storyline with red herrings galore. Then, once the relentless barrage of plot twists and identity reversals commence, the plot disintegrates into an incoherent and entirely implausible mess. Open Windows is basically just a game for »
- Don Simpson
A fiendishly inventive thriller built around an audacious if unsustainable gimmick, “Open Windows” elevates Hitchcockian suspense to jittery new levels of mayhem and paranoia. Essentially conceived as a technologically sophisticated mash-up of “Rear Window” and “Rope,” this latest mind-bender from Spanish genre trickster Nacho Vigalondo (“Timecrimes,” “Extraterrestrial”) unfolds entirely in one carefully manipulated “shot,” with the camera glued to the lead character’s computer screen, employing desktop videos, images and pop-ups to tell its lurid tale of celebrity obsession, stalking, hacking, surveillance, blackmail and murder. Barely maintaining coherence if not plausibility, the compulsively watchable result should enjoy a vigorous fest and VOD life; fitting as it might be to stream it on your laptop, its complex visual layers and blink-and-you-miss-’em plot turns are best suited to the bigscreen.
- Justin Chang
How close are you to your phone right now? Maybe it's in your pocket, or your purse. And what about your laptop? Best to keep those things on you at all times, right? You might think so, but Nacho Vigalondo's latest film Open Windows could leave you wanting to lock those devices in your closet.
I say this (somewhat) ironically as someone who always has her phone in her hand. I know my way around my own personal electronic devices, but I don't expect someone else to. This is where Vigalondo's writing got me: from the start, we're watching Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) prepare for a date with his celebrity crush, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). He's won a contest online and has flown to Austin to meet her. But we're not just watching as an audience -- we're watching as if we're Nick's laptop camera, observing his every move »
- Marcelena Mayhorn
Nacho Vigalondo's films usually premiere at Fantastic Fest. After festival hits Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial, his latest premiered at South by Southwest. Stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey joined Vigalondo on the streets of Austin before and after the premiere of Open Windows. Wood stars as Nick Chambers, a fan of actress Jill Goddard (Grey).
Nick thinks he’s won a date with Jill, but while watching a Q&A with her online, the voice of Chord (Neil Maskell) tells him the date has been cancelled by Jill. As Chord hacks into the video feed from Jill’s phone, we see the events of the night unfold on Nick’s computer screen, with different windows tracking him, Jill and other characters live.
The next day I had a chance to discuss Open Windows with the write [Continued ...] »
Variety film critics Justin Chang and Andrew Barker circle back to discuss this year’s SXSW Film Festival, which recently wrapped in Austin.
Justin Chang: Well, Andrew, another SXSW has passed us by — although it’s not entirely accurate to say “another,” in my case, since this was my first time attending this gargantuan three-headed hydra of a media conference, which draws thousands of film, music, digital and BBQ aficionados to Austin every March. In all honesty I can’t say it was the most auspicious introduction, and for reasons that have little to do with any of the movies I saw over the past week. It’s scarcely the festival’s fault that one man’s reckless, foolish actions ended up killing three people and injuring 22 others, but the presence of real-life tragedy couldn’t help but cast a lingering pall over the proceedings — one that no amount of »
- Justin Chang and Andrew Barker
Welcome to shaky cam 2.0. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo doesn’t have a character running around “Open Windows” with a camera in his hand, but he does have one in the midst of a Skype-type call, another with an active iPhone camera, an abundance of security camera perspectives and more. Think you’ve seen those point-of-views before? Perhaps, but not just via a laptop screen. Nick (Elijah Wood) runs JillGoddard-Caught.com, a website that offers an endless stream of photos of Hollywood starlet, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Under the impression he’s won a fan contest and will get to have dinner with Jill, Nick flies to Austin, Texas to meet her while she tours [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo is criminally underappreciated in the States, dating back to his brilliantly circuitous 2007 debut Timecrimes. Hopefully that wrong rights itself with Open Windows, a film that manages to take place entirely within the screen of a consumer laptop. Elijah Wood stars as Nick, a sweet-cheeked fanboy who, through an online contest, wins a date with current It Girl Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey.) But she cancels. Instead, Nick gets a phone call from a fed-up admin for her website, who remotely connects Nick’s laptop to Jill’s cellphone, offering a bit of peep-show revenge as a consolation prize. This means […] »
- Steve Macfarlane
Nacho Vigalondo, the man who brought us the mind-fucktastic Timecrimes (07), is back with the mystery thriller Open Windows, a film that twists, turns, and shocks, setting countless narrative precedents along the way (here is Peter's review). One flagrant innovation is Vigalondo's achievement in telling a story that exists entirely within the space of laptop computer screens and mobile devices. With a stellar cast including the tone perfect Elijah Wood and sometimes actor, Sasha Grey, in a performance that begs for further roles in the fiction film industry, Open Windows is a rare marvel that further proves director Nacho Vigalondo is one of today's most unique and far-out storytellers.Twitch: Can you talk a bit about the genesis of the project?Nacho Vigalondo: The idea came from outside....
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