8 items from 2013
If you have ever followed the media coverage of a search for a missing child, you know just how absurd things can get. Writer-director Mike Brune cleverly plays with that absurdity in developing the bizarro universe of Congratulations!. In this story, an 8-year-old boy disappears. His name is Paul Ryan Gray (Preston Kelly). Paul's parents (Rhoda Griffis and Robert Longstreet) are expectedly distraught and bewildered by their son's sudden disappearance. Thankfully, veteran Detective Dan Skok (John Curran) of the Missing Persons Bureau promptly arrives at the Gray household to lead the investigation. From years of experience, Skok and his crack investigative team know that the best way to find Paul is to fully immerse themselves into the situation, so they move into the Gray's house, making themselves at home there. The investigation continues for days...and weeks…and possibly even months...but Skok never gives up. Skok and his team »
- Don Simpson
Drinking Buddies, 2013.
Written and Directed by Joe Swanberg.
Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.
Drinking Buddies is a low-fi drama which satisfies without breaking any new ground in the oft-told stories of ‘complex relationships’. Where this film differs from other dramedys is in the improvisational dialogue and, moreover, the ability of the cast to make it all sound and feel authentic.
The film tells a simple story »
- Gary Collinson
AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs. AFI Fest, which redefines Hollywood today as a place where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, the American Independents section features work by U.S. filmmakers, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the blind submission process, Midnight’s selections tend toward the macabre and Cinema’s Legacy highlights restorations and classic films.
This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI Fest »
- Melissa Thompson
Festival top brass have announced the outstanding World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programmes.
The AFI Fest is scheduled to run from November 7-14 in Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The complete programme includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. Twenty-seven films are directed or co-directed by women as are 10 documentaries.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI Fest will offer free tickets to all screenings, however only the Cinepass Express will provide priority entry to all regular screenings. For the complete programme visit the official site.
World Cinema SelectionsBaby Blues Kasia Rosłaniec (Poland)Bethlehem Yuval Adler (Israel)Borgman Alex van Warmerdam (Neth-Bel-Den)Child’s Pose Călin Peter Netzer (Romania)Closed Curtain Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi (Iran)The Congress Ari Folman (Isr-Ger-Pol-Lux)An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-France-Slovenia)Exhibition Joanna Hogg (UK)Gabrielle Louise Archambault (Canada »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
The AFI Fest has unveiled the remainder of its lineup for the Nov. 7-14 event, encompassing 119 films representing 43 countries.
The fest, a program of the American Film Institute, will include the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs and include 83 features and 36 shorts. The lineup includes 27 films directed/co-directed by women, 10 documentaries and 14 films representing the work of 54 AFI alumni.
The films from AFI alums include “Breathe In” from writer-director Drake Doremus; “La Jaula de Oro” by producer-director-writer Diego Quemada-Diez; “We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place” from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and “Machsom” from director Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).
The fest will be held at the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, »
- Dave McNary
Set in the very near future where fuel prices are at an astronomical high and no-one can afford to drive any more, vegan schoolteacher Archie (Brune) is trying to invent an alternative engine that runs on wheatgrass, but when he accidentally cut himself he discovers that all his engine needs to work is blood… human blood. Resorting to ever more shocking and extreme behaviour to keep his blood car on the road, Archie draws the attention of the government and sex-crazed meat vendor Denise (Rowlett), much to the disgust of lovesick Lorraine (Chlumsky) who, until now, has been supplying him with the much-needed wheatgrass.
Another indie production, Blood Car was originally filmed in 2007 and only made it to UK shores some 5 years later – which typically is a bad sign when it comes to horror movies »
- Phil Wheat
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts' Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later's Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year.
Drinking Buddies follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. »
Stephenie Meyer's Austenland isn't the only festival-bound flick in the Twilight fold. Four Twilight castmates will have pictures debut at Sundance, and another will see her film hit SXSW later this spring. Here's a run-down. Sundance Film Festival Dakota Fanning (Jane - Volturi) Title: Very Good Girls Premiere date: Tuesday, Jan. 22 Co-stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard D ... Xavier Samuel (Riley Biers in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) Title: Two Mothers Premiere date: Friday, Jan. 18 Co-stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frechevile ... Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria in Eclipse) Title: Magic Magic Premiere date: Tuesday, Jan. 22 Co-stars: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Agustín Silva Synopsis: If Alicia could ... Anna Kendrick (Jessica Stanley) Title: Drinking Buddies Premiere date: Tba Co-stars: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, Ti West, Frank V. Ross, Mike Brune, Joe Swanberg ... Jack Huston (Royce King in Eclipse) Title: Kill Your Darlings Premiere date: Friday, Jan. »
8 items from 2013
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