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Stinking Heaven | Review

10 December 2015 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Place on Earth: Silver’s Period Commune Channels Cinema-Verite

While his 2014 title Uncertain Terms still awaits theatrical release as it makes the rounds of the festival circuit after premiering last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the increasingly prolific Nathan Silver unveils his fifth feature. Stinking Heaven represents a change of pace stylistically and dramatically within Silver’s preferred parameters examining human beings tossed vicariously into strained living situations, where they often wear each other down to an inevitable breaking point. A period piece set within the confines of a well-meaning commune in early 90s suburban New Jersey, the grainy look and feel of Silver’s film lends it a vintage realism that aligns it with the cinema-verite styling of documentary filmmaker Allan King, whose films like Warrendale and A Married Couple focused, unobtrusively, on isolated groups or units of people in similar fashion.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Review: Stinking Heaven, Everything Rotten Is Good

8 December 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We all live by rules. Whether they are personal choices to undertake or those put upon us by work or family, we live by them. But sometimes those rules can destroy us.Nathan Silver's fifth feature, Stinking Heaven, takes place in suburban New Jersey, circa 1990. Lucy (Deragh Campbell) and Jim (Keith Poulson) are a young married couple who have structured their home as a community for sober living, themselves addicts on the mend. We enter the home amidst a celebration: the wedding of Betty (Eleonore Hendricks) and Kevin (Henri Douvry), surely a bright new beacon in this house for the healing power of love. But when Betty's old flame Ann (Hannah Gross) shows up, it sends the house into a tumult not everyone will come...

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Daily | Costa, Rowlands, Kiarostami

23 November 2015 11:33 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup: A conversation about films by—and recommended by—Pedro Costa; the work of Gena Rowlands, film by film; Nelson George on Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman's documentary about Ousmane Sembene; an appreciation of Satyajit Ray; Aki Kaurismäki Day at DC's; interviews with Abbas Kiarostami and Sean Baker; a new book on Dario Argento's Suspiria; a call to save Anne Carlisle and Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky; fashion by Kenneth Anger; Illeana Douglas on Robert De Niro; and Francesca Coppola's Jonny Come Lately, featuring Deragh Campbell, Kentucker Audley and Evan Louison, has premiered online at Filmmaker (18'43"). » - David Hudson »

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Short Film Premiere: Francesca Coppola’s Jonny Come Lately

20 November 2015 7:00 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

“What can be said of a connection that seems to border on captivity? Where does the line between violence & intimacy exist?” That’s how Francesca Coppola introduces her sophomore short film, Jonny Come Lately, further described as focusing on “a fragile, complicated, volatile union between two lovers.” The film features Deragh Campbell, Kentucker Audley and Evan Louison, it was shot on 16mm, and it premieres online today via Filmmaker and courtesy of 1985. Last year, Coppola wrote about her film on the occasion of its Kickstarter launch. Here, she describes what the film means to her and, hopefully, for you: […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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AFI Fest 2015: Mediterranea, James White & Krisha Among New Auteurs and American Independents Films Lineup

15 October 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A pair of sections that we’ve been covering almost since its inception, the American Film Institute (AFI) announced their selections for the New Auteurs and American Independents line-ups and we’ve got a noteworthy, eyebrow-raising sampling of award-winning items from the Cannes played hellish immigration drama Mediterranea from Jonas Carpignano to Sundance (Josh Mond’s James White) to SXSW (Trey Edward ShultsKrisha) winners. Since Park City days, our Nicholas Bell has reviewed a good chunk of these titles, but we’ll still likely have a couple of more reviews once the festival begins. Here are the selections and jury members.

New Auteurs Selections (11 Titles)

From Afar – When a middle-aged man is assaulted and robbed by a young criminal, an unlikely relationship develops. Dir Lorenzo Vigas. Scr Lorenzo Vigas. Cast Alfredo Castro and Luis Silva. Venezuela/Mexico. U.S. Premiere

DisorderMatthias Schoenaerts plays an ex-soldier who becomes locked »

- Eric Lavallee

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Toronto announces Canadian line-up

5 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres for Patricia Rozema, Guy Édoin and Stephen Dunn are among the selection scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

”The festival is excited to showcase these distinctively Canadian voices,” said Tiff senior programmer Steve Gravestock.

“From compelling documentaries on pressing social issues and complex, affecting dramas to political satires, we are proud to share the impressive range and talent of Canada’s directors.”

“This year’s filmmakers represent the depth and diversity of Canadian storytelling,” said the festival’s film programmes manager Magali Simard.

“By presenting the strong perspectives of the best and brightest in the film industry from across the country, we share with audiences the unique ways Canadians view the world.”

The films will compete for the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, while the City Of Toronto Award For Best Canadian First Feature Film is also up for grabs.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Daily | Lists, Histories, Interviews

29 June 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Stinking Heaven Actors Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell

27 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Filmmaker‘s Taylor Hess recently attended and reported on the U.S. in Progress series at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival. While there, she spoke to a number of female directors, producers and actresses. Below, her conversation with Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell, who both appear in Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven. Filmmaker: I Used To be Darker was your first film together, and Deragh, your first time acting? Campbell: Right, I’m not trained. My college degree is in writing and my background is publishing and writing. In a lot of ways I look at acting as another way of interacting with material and […] »

- Taylor Hess

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Daily | Seventh Art, Film Parlato

26 April 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The new 24th issue of The Seventh Art features a video interview with Matt Porterfield, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell, the director and stars of I Used to Be Darker and a video essay on Ann Hui's Boat People. Also in today's roundup: The Paris Review on Better Call Saul and Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s Tales of Hoffmann, Criterion's Michael Koresky on Yasujiro Ozu's Walk Cheerfully, That Night’s Wife and Dragnet Girl, Salon on Elia Kazan's America America, the best of Carl Theodor Dreyer, David Thomson on Marlon Brando, news of forthcoming work by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Marco Bellocchio and more. » - David Hudson »

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Rotterdam 2015: 'Stinking Heaven' review

4 February 2015 1:25 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Writer and director Nathan Silver again seeks to explore the dynamics of communal living just as he did in Exit Elena (2012) to Uncertain Terms (2014). In the latter film, pregnant teens take refuge in the home of Carla (Cindy Silver), who plays a maternal, educator role in their lives and aims to protect them from external anxiety. His fifth feature Stinking Heaven (2015), which received its world premiere at Iffr, focuses on the home of Jim (Keith Poulson) and his wife Lucy (Deragh Campbell) in 1990s suburban New Jersey, who have created a commune for sober living, welcoming any recovering addict to live with them peacefully.

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Daily | Rotterdam 2015 | Nathan Silver’s Stinking Heaven

31 January 2015 5:26 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"A sober-living safe house is neither safe nor sober in Stinking Heaven, the fifth feature (and fourth in 3 years) from director Nathan Silver," writes Jesse Knight at Movie Mezzanine. "In New Jersey circa 1990, a young married couple, Jim (Keith Poulson, Listen Up Philip) and Lucy (Deragh Campbell, I Used to Be Darker) run a commune providing refuge for recovering drug addicts of any age who pass the time making and selling bathtub kombucha ('fermented healthy drink')…. It’s Short Term 12 by way of the Marquis de Sade." We're collecting a first round of strong reviews for the film that also features Eleonore Hendricks, Henri Douvry and Hannah Gross. » - David Hudson »

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Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Stinking Heaven’

30 January 2015 1:31 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A certain pungency of feeling — as implied by that uninviting but ultimately appropriate title — steams from the surface of “Stinking Heaven,” Nathan Silver’s fifth and most furiously combative feature. Employing unleashed improvisation and a rough-and-ready video aesthetic to convey turbulent interpersonal conflict at a Garden State commune for recovering addicts, this prickly, perceptive miniature arguably reps a tougher arthouse proposition than Silver’s previous shoestring character studies. Those who stick out its short-and-sour duration, however, will note a deepening timbre in Silver’s already distinctive storytelling voice, as he deftly balances curdled comedy with candid humanism. With his 2014 standout “Uncertain Terms” having secured U.S. distribution only this week, “Heaven” hopefully won’t be kept waiting.

The theme of irregular communal households — and the makeshift families that fill them — is already a consistent one in Silver’s work: The helmer appears fascinated by the dysfunctional dynamics that draw and »

- Guy Lodge

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Rotterdam 2015 Review: In Stinking Heaven Everything Rotten Is Good

25 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

We all live by rules. Whether they are personal choices to undertake or those put upon us by work or family, we live by them. But sometimes those rules can destroy us.Nathan Silver's fifth feature, Stinking Heaven, takes place in suburban New Jersey, circa 1990. Lucy (Deragh Campbell) and Jim (Keith Poulson) are a young married couple who have structured their home as a community for sober living, themselves addicts on the mend. We enter the home amidst a celebration: the wedding of Betty (Eleonore Hendricks) and Kevin (Henri Douvry), surely a bright new beacon in this house for the healing power of love. But when Betty's old flame Ann (Hannah Gross) shows up, it sends the house into a tumult not everyone will come...

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