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Working as fast as I can through the first wave of Oscar charts. I realize 'fast as I can' this year is snail-paced but you have to agree that this year has been a slow-starter anyway. Not that things haven't started now. Cannes is in full swing and in addition to the awards speculation for the Palme D'Or, Cannes prompts film sales, too, and thus distributor shuffling. Stephen Frears Philomena (currently in post) was picked up by the Weinstein Company and given that they had a full slate already -- especially for Best Actress since they're also representing Streep & Kidman in August and Grace -- it must have been more than Judi Dench that prompted the high priced sale. I've added it to the previously completed charts because it's just one of those projects that felt right to me when I first heard about it. Isn't it about time for »
- NATHANIEL R
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
There’s something very familiar about David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. The writer-director himself might twitch few ears in recognition, after his most recent work, the largely unheralded duo of Lullaby and St. Nick, but in the bones of his latest, which played as part of Critic’s Week here, is the genetics of familiar art. There is almost certainly a major nod here to Badlands, as well as Thieves Like Us, and more generally speaking, Lowery seems intent on re-exploring the essence of that particular period of outlaw movies.
Saints begins with a shoot-out, involving Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara,) who are subsequently hauled away. Muldoon is arrested, but the pregnant Guthrie is let go, to live in a comfortable house in a small Texan town called Meridian looked after by the excellent Keith Carradine. We’re not »
- Simon Gallagher
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
Paris — David Lowery’s Sundance-preemed “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” toplining Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as outlaw lovers, will fly the lone American flag at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week sidebar, whose Euro-heavy lineup was unveiled on Monday in Paris.
Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson told Variety that he and his committee chose to give the Texas-set Western a special screening rather than a competition slot to shine a spotlight on the pic. “We want to play ‘Saints’ over the weekend so that people who can only see a couple of films get a chance to catch this one.”
The positioning of “Saints” may also be due to the fact that it’s Lowery’s third feature (after “St. Nick” and “Lullaby”) — the sidebar’s competition roster is dedicated to first and second films.
The 10-pic sidebar will kick off May 16 with a special screening of »
- Elsa Keslassy
I'm saving my beloved category Costume Design for its own post. For now let's talk Cinematography, Production Design, Editing and Visual Effects. At the Oscars Life of Pi is up for all of these categories. It can pick up all of those statues if it can fend off viable threats from Skyfall, Anna Karenina, Argo and The Avengers respectively. Is it likely to? I'd say no but it's a safe bet that it won't go home empty-handed come Oscar night. If Anne Hathaway can use her Golden Globe as "a weapon against self-doubt" than orphaned Pi can surely use an Oscar as blunt heavy object to fend off that tiger. (Life of Pi isn't up for all four of those prizes at The Film Experience's own awards but then no film is.)
We're definitely living in some kind of golden age of cinematography. There are so many great DPs »
- NATHANIEL R
Ava DuVernay made an impact on 2012 with her film Middle of Nowhere as did her lead actress Emayatzy Corinealdi and today a new short film from DuVernay has premiered as part of the Miu Miu Women's Tales collection, this being the fifth installment in what is described as a "celebration of the transformative power of feminine bonds, and a symbolic story of life change." The title of the short is The Door and it's described by DuVernay as follows: "In the film, characters arrive at the door of a friend in need, bringing something of themselves... Eventually, we witness our heroine ready to walk through the door on her own. The door in the film represents a pathway to who we are." The short features Gabrielle Union, Alfre Woodard, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Adepero Oduye (Pariah) and singer-songwriter Goapele and some great music. The first song, "Turn Your Lights On" by Emantive »
- Brad Brevet
Imagine if Terrence Malick’s 1973 classic Badlands ended not with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek’s characters executed and imprisoned, respectively, but instead with him imprisoned and her not only walking free but pregnant with his child. That’s basically the starting point for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, the first feature from longtime shorts director David Lowery, which premiered at this year’s Sundance. And the Malick comparison isn’t made just because of the overlapping subject matter – Lowery clearly takes visual cues from the master. This is a gorgeous-looking, accomplished debut.
Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck play Ruth and Bob, a Bonnie-and-Clyde-style duo of criminals/lovers. When they’re cornered by the law, Ruth shoots an officer, and Bob takes all the blame in order to protect her. He goes to jail, while she walks free. Five years later, Ruth is living a quiet life with their daughter, »
- Dan Schindel
South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook makes his English language debut about a creepy dysfunctional family in a gothic old house from a screenplay by Wentworth Miller. Brilliantly edited, featuring some lavish visual sequences and a unique sound design are only a few of the more obvious assets of Stoker, which, as many seem to have a problem with, is hardly an exercise in subtlety. But fans of the enigmatic director’s previous works, including his inimitable Revenge trilogy, should feel right at home in this effort, which does for the Addams Family what his last film Thirst did for Therese Raquin. And Nicole Kidman is put to excellent use as a creepy/clingy matriarch.
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- Nicholas Bell
Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale and Steve Hoover’s Blood Brother were the big winners at the 2013 edition of the Sundance Film Festival – both picked up the Audience awards and Grand Jury Prizes in their respective categories. Here’s the complete list of 2013 Sundance Film Festival Award winners:
World Cinema Jury Prize, Dramatic: “Jiseul,” directed by Muel O
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award: “The Square,” directed by Jehane Noujaim
Directing Award, Dramatic: Jill Solloway, “Afternoon Delight”
Directing Award, »
- Eric Lavallee
Now that Sundance is over, you might be wondering how the Austin and Texas films fared. Here's the latest update, plus some links to local coverage (and at the end, fun videos!). I hope we'll see a few of these in Austin in March (or in Dallas in April).
Before Midnight was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for North America and UK distribution. This is the third movie in Austin filmmaker Richard Linklater's series with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Elizabeth revisited the original Before Sunrise recently for Lone Star Cinema.Andrew Bujalski's black-and-white film about man vs. computer in the 80s, Computer Chess, won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance. This award is given to a film that has a science or technology-related theme, or that has main characters who are scientists or engineers. In addition, AMC/Sundance Channel bought the international broadcast rights. »
- Jette Kernion
Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, Next and other special awards of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at Sundance.org/Festival.
Here's what John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, had to say about this year's festival. "
"The films at our Festival this year truly reflect the unbridled passion, immense talent and diverse stories coming from the independent filmmaking community. I am confident that the awards presented this evening will fuel those films with special promise and that audiences will continue to champion the films they have discovered here."
Keri Putnam, Executive Director of the Sundance Institute, also released a statement.
"The lively dialogue and genuine excitement sparked by the films over the past 10 days is sure to resonate as they further reach »
Last night the 2013 Sundance Award Ceremony kicked off with a fancy night of food, drinks, and people giving teary eyed speeches. The Ceremony itself was hosted by Sundance favorite, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose film and directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction premiered earlier this week.
One of the night’s biggest surprises, was Special Audience Award for Sound Design for Shane Carruth’s (Primer) newest Sundance submission Upstream Color. It was a film that severely polarized legions of audiences and critics this year, so much so that I believe the jury felt the need to make the award up in order to make note of it.
The other big surprise winners were the U.S. Documentary Blood Brother, which won both the Audience and the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the U.S. Dramatic Film Fruitvale which also won both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize. Essentially, this means that »
- Ty Cooper
Yesterday at Park City, the awards were handed out with one of the hotly buzzed titles of the festival taking two major prizes.
The intense drama Fruitvale won both the Audience Award and U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, which reminds of when Precious won both in 2009, a year before it went on to become a Best Picture Oscar nominee.
The Ryan Coogler‘s film tells the story of the hours leading up to New Year’s Day in 2009, when the 22-year-old Oscar Grant was pulled off a rowdy Bart train at the Fruitvale station and was shot in the back, dying from his wounds.
The former chairman of 20th Century Fox, Tom Rothman said when presenting the prize:
This will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium.
Well, this statement suggests that history may well be getting ready to repeat itself. »
- Nick Martin
Ryan Coolger's "Fruitvale" and Steve Hoover's "Blood Brother" dominated the 2013 Sundance Film Festival awards! "Fruitvale," the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year old Bay Area resident shot in the back by Oakland transportation police, won the Grand Jury Prize (dramatic). Meanwhile, "Blood Brother," a documentary by Steve Hoover about Rocky Braat who went to India as a disillusioned American tourist and became an ally of children living with HIV/AIDS, took home the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.
But what I'm very excited about is "Metro Manila" from BAFTA and Oscar-nominated director Sean Ellis. Shot in my homeland of the Philippines and using our dialect, Tagalog, entirely, "Metro Manila" is about Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his family who flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines in order to seek a brighter future in Manila.
Here's the full list of winners of 2013 Sundance Film Festival:
Grand Jury Prize, »
Both American films won audience awards and grand jury prizes Saturday at the Sundance Awards.
"Fruitvale" is based on the true story of Oscar Grant, who was 22 years old when he was shot and killed in a public transit station in Oakland, Calif. First-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler wrote and directed the dramatic narrative.
"This project was about humanity, about human beings and how we treat each other; how we treat the people that we love the most, and how we treat the people that we don't know," the 26-year-old said as he accepted the final prize of the night. "To get this award means that it had a profound impact on the audience that saw it, on the people that were responsible for picking it up. And this goes back to my home, »
Fruitvale became the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend, and a better son and friend. “It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that »
- Jeff Labrecque
Chicago – Joseph Gordon-Levitt presented the winners on Saturday evening, January 26, 2013 for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Past winners of the Grand Jury Prize for Drama include “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Winter’s Bone,” “Precious,” and “American Splendor.” This year’s winners are listed below.
Grand Jury Prize: “Fruitvale”
Cinematography: Bradford Young, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” & “Mother of George”
Audience Award: “Fruitvale”
Grand Jury Prize: “Blood Brother”
Directing: Zachary Heinzerling, “Cutie and the Boxer”
Editing: “Gideon’s Army”
Cinematography: “Dirty Wars”
Special Jury Award: “American Promise”
Special Jury Award: “Inequality For All”
Audience Award: “Blood Brother”
World Cinema Dramatic
Grand Jury Prize: “Jiseul”
Directing: Sebastian Silva, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
- Sasha Stone
Sundance Film Festival 2013 winners here Us Dramatic Grand Prize: Fruitvale Us Doc Grand Prize: Blood Brother Us Dramatic Director: Jill Soloway for Afternoon Delight Us Doc Director: Cutie and the Boxer Us Screenwriting Award: Lake Bell for Inner World Us Doc Editing: Gideon’s Army Us Dramatic Cinematography: Bradford Young for Ain’t Their Bodies Saints and Mother of George Us Doc Cinematography: Dirty Wars Us Dramatic Sound Design: Upstream Color Us Dramatic Acting: Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley The Spectacular Now Special Jury Prize Us Doc: Inequality for All and American Promise Audience Award Us Dramatic: Fruitvale by Ryan Coogler Audience Award Us Doc: Blood Brother by Steve Hoover Audience Award World Cinema Dramatic: Metro Manila Audience Award World Cinema Documentary: The Square Audience Award Best of Next: This Is Martin Bonner World Cinema Dramatic: Jiseul World Cinema Dramatic Director: Sebastian Silva for Crystal Fairy World Cinema Dramatic Screenwriting: »
- Andre Soares
Good news, and congrats to Andrew Dosunmu, Bradford Young, Danai Gurira, Ron Simons and company! All the details on the acquisition follow in the press release just received (although no specific release date is given yet); read Zeba's Sundance review of the film Here: Oscilloscope Acquires Critically-Acclaimed Sundance Competition Film "Mother of George" (New York, NY) January 26, 2013-Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired North American rights to Andrew Dosunmu's Mother Of George. The film made its world premiere this past week as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition in Sundance, to widespread critical acclaim and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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