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If you’re an adventurous moviegoer, then counterprogramming, as it’s known, is one of your best friends. It’s what allows you, right smack in the middle of the greasy-butter escape-tastic sequelitis summer season, to see movies like The Kids Are All Right or Beasts of the Southern Wild or Before Midnight or Midnight in Paris: movies for adults, movies that trade over-scaled fantasy for human-scale feeling, movies that get publicized as early awards players because they truly deserve to win awards. If that one screen at the way, way back of the megaplex wasn’t showing The Way, »
- Owen Gleiberman
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
Briefly: In a move that was certainly expected, but still wholly satisfying, Sony Pictures Classics has announced their purchase of all North American and UK rights to Richard Linklater's romantic sequel Before Midnight, the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. The press release says, "At Sundance 2013 with 'Before Midnight', we have further confirmation that Richard Linklater is a film master at the peak of his form." Not one person hasn't been talking about Before Midnight here at Sundance, and it's the favorite film for many attendees, including myself. Read my glowing review here where I think it may be the best romance of all time, and stay tuned for any release date info. »
- Ethan Anderton
Before Midnight, the third film from Richard Linklater about the alluring romance between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics after debuting at the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. The characters initially met on a train bound for Vienna in the 1995 film Before Sunrise, and the reunited nine years later in Paris in the 2004 film Before Sunset. In Before Midnight, the pair is in Greece, wrestling with life and love in their early 40s.
- Jeff Labrecque
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired director Richard Linklater's Before Midnight at the Sundance Film Festival. The drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is the third film centering on their beloved Jesse and Celine characters, following 1995's Before Sunrise and 2004's Before Sunset. Here's what the studio had to say about their acquisition in a statement.
""In 1991 we were in Sundance with Slacker and we witnessed the birth of a major American filmmaker. At Sundance 2013 with Before Midnight, we have further confirmation that Richard Linklater is a film master at the peak of his form. This one has it all as entertainment and as a work of cinematic art. It is a perfect movie made by not one but three auteurs, Rick, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. This movie will be incredibly successful around the world. And the acquisition is all the sweeter for our being back with Rick and producers Martin Shafer, »
5 items from 2013
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