7 items from 2014
A superb sense of space and a respectful appreciation for incongruity are major selling points for “Paradiso,” Omar A. Razzak’s low-budget docu about Madrid’s last porn cinema. It’s rare enough to find such a leftover in the Internet age, yet even more unusual is the manager at the Sala X Duque de Alba, a guy who decorates the lobby with auteurist posters and buys ties for his regulars at Christmas. Having earned the trust of his subjects, Razzak sets up his observational camera to favor off-center (in many ways) framings, creating a winning if slight crowdpleaser for Hispanophone showcases.
It takes some time to work out what kinds of movies are being shown at the Duque de Alba, since the camera never enters the screening room. From the lobby, decorated with posters for films like “Slumdog Millionaire,” “All About My Mother” and “Man on the Moon,” audiences »
- Jay Weissberg
Sony Pictures Classics honchos Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have been feted up one side and down the other lately. The duo celebrated 20 years of Spc in 2012 and have received awards from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Gotham Awards as of late. Tonight they will receive the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence Award as the love keeps pouring in. Given that we recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fox Searchlight — another crucial entity in the indie film space — it seemed like we were over due for a similar appreciation of Sony Classics' 22 years of output. The interesting thing, though, is that unlike Searchlight, there isn't necessarily anything outwardly identifiable about Sony Classics films as, well, "Sony Classics films." They all have a strong whiff of good taste but they don't have the heavy marketing footprint of some of the studio's contemporaries. Barker and Bernard's cinephile passion is always evident, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley
Italo-French actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Saint Laurent”), Spanish stars Candela Pena (“All About My Mother”), Lluis Homar (“Bad Education”), Marisa Paredes and Australian-born rock singer Nadeah Miranda have joined the cast of Italo helmer Cristina Comencini’s “Latin Lover,” which Italy’s Rai Trade is pre-selling internationally at Cannes.
Rai Trade is also selling Critics’ Week entry drag queen drama “Darker Than Midnight” by Italy’s Sebastiano Riso.
Comencini, whose “Don’t Tell” was nommed for a foreign-language Oscar in 2005, started shooting “Lover” last week in Italy’s Apulia region. Pic is an Almodovarian comedy that turns on a group of women who convene from different parts of the world for the commemoration of a famous dead actor, known for being an epitomal Italian stud, played by Sicilian thesp Francesco Scianna (“Baaria”).
- Nick Vivarelli
A Woman Under The Influence 40th Anniversary Screening In Los Angeles
By Todd Garbarini
Probably the best known film of the late film director John Cassavetes’ career, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a screening at the Landmark Theatre at 10850 West Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA 90064 on Wednesday, May28th at 7:00 pm. The film’s star, actress Gena Rowlands, is scheduled to appear in person.
From the press release:
An Evening with
Star Gena Rowlands!
Director John Cassavetes'
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Wednesday, May 28 at 7:00pm
at The Landmark
A Woman Under the Influence received two Oscar© nominations in 1974—best actress Gena Rowlands and best director John Cassavetes. The film tells the story of a wife and mother whose unstable behavior leads her husband (Peter Falk) to commit her to a mental institution. At the time of its release, »
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If you're lucky enough to be spending time with your mother this Sunday and want nothing more than to watch some great films together, then Indiewire has you covered. Here are 10 mommy-centric indies sure to deepen your bond this Mother's Day. "All About My Mother," dir. Pedro Almodovar (1999) Maybe not a film you’d exactly call heartwarming, "All About My Mother" is still an important movie to watch this Mother’s Day. Director Pedro Almodovar had the following to say about the film, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. His dedication was, "To all actresses who have played actresses, to all women who act, to men who act and become women, to all the people who want to be mothers. To my mother." The film stars Manuela, a nurse who loses her son in a car accident. Following his death she goes to Barcelona to seek the boy's father, »
London — International sales and production outfit Picture Tree Intl. has secured the global distribution rights to hit screwball comedy “Fack Ju Goehte” (Suck Me Shakespeer).
“Fack Ju Goehte” was Germany’s most popular movie last year, with more than six million tickets sold, and a box office gross of more than $60 million.
Pti will present this blockbuster, directed by Bora Dagtekin (“Turkish for Beginners”) and starring Elyas M’Barek (“The Wave,” “The Physician”) and Karoline Herfurth (“The Reader,” “We Are the Night”), to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin, which runs (Feb. 6-14).
The fast-paced film tells the story of Zeki Mueller (M’Barek), an ex-con and substitute teacher who uses unorthodox yet effective methods to bring an unruly class back on track. Zeki’s highly entertaining encounters with his prim and proper fellow teacher Lisi Schnabelstedt (Herfurth) recently earned the film a spot on the pre-selection list for the German Film Awards. »
- Leo Barraclough
What a great start to the year. We’ve got hot stars, big hit TV shows, an indie horror flick that you really must see, an Oscar winner, and two from a legend. Pick your favorites to start 2014. Here’s how I’d rank ‘em…
Photo credit: eOne
Jim Mickle’s Sundance hit is a dark, twisted gem, a film that plays more like a Gothic thriller than a modern horror flick. It’s a wonderful reimagining of the Mexican 2010 film that recasts the Parker clan as a family on the edge of collapse after the matriarch dies in a storm. Struggling to keep their family together, they face the inevitable decay of their disgusting traditions. Mickle takes a giant leap forward with this genre hit, finding a visual sense that has propelled him to the front of the list of young horror directors. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
7 items from 2014
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