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This year’s London Indian Film Festival boasts an incredible selection of film viewing over the next week. Not sure what to choose? Here are a few bite sized mini-reviews to whet your appetite.
Last year I had the pleasure of screening the Liff 2016 presentation of the Bengali film Cinemawala, which presented a fictional view of the decline of the traditional Indian cinema hall in the face of changing technology and an ever growing market in pirated films. This year, Liff 2017 presents the documentary The Cinema Travellers, directed by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya, which touches on a similar theme: the decline of travelling film projectors and their operators, again in face of a changing technological landscape.
The film made a stunning debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and has gone on to screen to enthusiastic and appreciate audiences »
- Katherine Matthews
The first teaser trailer for the Korean horror film The Mimic has just come out. The creature feature stars Yum Jung-ah (A Tale of Two Sisters), Park Hyuk-kwon and Shin Rin-ah, and is directed by Huh Jung (Hide and Seek).
The movie is about a family affected by the unknown titular creature that mimics human voice to enchant people. Yum Jung-ah plays Hee-yeon, a mother who has lost her child. She comes across a young girl in the forest, and takes her in. Soon, the girl starts to mimic Hee-yeon’s lost child, other strange things begin happening around them, and it looks like the film is creeping towards a potentially tragic finale.
The story has been inspired by the South Korean urban legend of the Jangsan Tiger, or Jangsanbum, named for the Jangsan Mountain near Busan. The man-eating creature with sharp teeth and beautiful white fur »
- Arnav Sinha
Europe’s Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham again this year for the third year in the row. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (Liff), Birmingham Indian Film Festival will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best showcasing 11 Independent Films, 2 Music Documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas!
Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff & Biff Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year’s selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world’s greatest film festivals.”
The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham, »
- Stacey Yount
Every year, Kcet hosts its annual Fine Cut Festival of Films, a celebration of shorts and short filmmakers. In 2017, the Southern California public television station received over 3,000 global submissions from around the globe. Now, that number is down to 48 shorts that will be part of the “Fine Cut” broadcasts, beginning Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Pt on Kcet in Southern California and LinkTV across the country.
One of the film’s featured as part of this year’s program is “Hum,” which follows the story of a kitchen-cleaning robot who dreams of life beyond the walls of a grimy workspace. It’s a dialogue-free tale of technology, nature and hope. The “Hum” creative team was headed up by director Tom Teller, who is currently a student at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Teller received the Jack Larson Southern California Student Filmmaker Award on behalf of »
- Indiewire Staff
As we told you the renowned London Indian Film Festival is back for another year with a new and exciting selection of fabulous cutting-edge films that reaffirm the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’. With films that range from subjects covering stories of gangsters, comedy themes, horror elements, thrillers, immigration and diaspora issues, environment, economics, religion, politics, and the lives of Indian royalty this year’s festival that runs from 22-29 June is not to be missed.
Check out this totally cool trailer (created by Parag Sankhe) to get an idea for what is in store for you! It has some amazing clips of the films that you must see!
The Black Prince opens the festival on 22nd June at the BFI Southbank with the red carpet premiere of the historical epic. The screening will also include a Q and A with the cast and director. Directed by Kavi Raz, »
- Stacey Yount
Fifteen years ago, Swimfan came to the big screen. Made for $10 million, Swimfan grossed $34 million worldwide. This tale of a swimmer (Jesse Bradford) who engages the wrong girl (Erika Christensen) in a one night stand, was essentially Fatal Attraction for the teen set. And, as hyperbolic as this may sound, it was also the best film of 2002. Even if it doesn't make IMDb's most underrated list for the Aughts.
Okay, so it came nowhere near an Academy Award nomination. Hell, it didn't even pick up an MTV Movie Awards nod. Does anybody believe that the best picture winner for any given year is really The best picture? If we ignore that idea altogether, then it is plausible Swimfan was indeed the best overall film released all throughout 2002. It may not have done the biggest box office, barely anyone remembers it now, but what it did in a cerebral sense, and with its visceral imagery, »
Some of the best horror/thrillers in the world come out of South Korea, and it looks like another unsettling movie is on the horizon in the form of director Jung Huh’s (Hide and Seek) creature-feature Mimic. The first official still from the movie has arrived online for our viewing pleasure, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting:
Not much to see here, but it becomes quite creepy once one reads an official synopsis for the film:
“Hee-yeon moves to her hometown near Mt. Jang, wishing her mother-in-law remembers how she lost Hee-yeon’s longing son, Jun-suh. One day, near a cave at Mt. Jang, Hee-yeon meets a girl in tatter and reminds of Jun-suh. Feeling sympathy, Hee-yeon decides to spare a bed until she finds a girl’s parents. Gradually, the girl mimics Hee-yeon’s daughter, Jun-hee’s name, voice, and look; eventually, calling Hee-yeon, mom. As the girl enters the house, »
- Jordan Jones
Stars: Rachel Dipillo, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Samuel Larsen, James Landry Hébert, Sandy Valles, Alex Shaffer, Michael Filipowich, Joey Abril, Juliana A. Morgan | Written by Darrell Wheat, Kyle Arrington | Directed by Darrell Wheat
Originally titled Recovery (which makes sense given that a key plot point in the film involves recovering a phone), Hide and Seek is one of those movies that made a splash online when first announced and then seemigly died a death – sneaking out onto DVD and VOD this week without any fanfare. Which, given how mundane this film is, may be the best possible outcome for the movie… For without the negativity of reviews, Darrell Wheat’s modern-day slasher movie may just find an audience.
Hide and Seek opens on a creepy family who, it turns out, have a girl trapped in a trunk in the basement! From what I can gather in the all-too-brief intro, is that »
- Phil Wheat
After receiving over 3,000 submissions since December 2016, the 18th annual Fine Cut Festival of Films has selected its group of winners. This year’s finalists were selected from a juror made up of industry professionals, including critic Pete Hammond, Ida Executive Director Simon Kilmurry, actress Linda Cardellini, producer John Ptak, producer Effie T. Brown, IndieWire staff writer Steve Greene, director Javier Fuentes-Leon and filmmakers Corinne Marrinan and Chris Tashima.
The winners were as follows:
Student Filmmaker Award
“Door to Freedom”
Writer/Director: Jeremias Bayerl
Logline: What if the deepest issue of the refugee crisis is packed into the moral of a bedtime story? A drama, in which a boy has to escape from war and overcome several barriers in order to reach his goal, a wooden door, his only chance to freedom. A paradox world that is truly sad, finally revealing a bizarre surprise.
Viewers Choice Award
Director: Bucher Almzain
Writer: J. Scott Sibley, »
- Zack Sharf
Company sells controlling interest to Vine and Falcon to fund growth of original and existing IP; ‘Matrix’ exploitation on the table.
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group (Vreg) is to develop a complementary business to its studio co-financing activities that will enable the company to initiate its own properties across multiple platforms.
The move comes as Vine Alternative Investments and Falcon Investment Advisors have taken a “controlling interest” and pledged ongoing commitment to Vreg’s Australian parent company Village Roadshow Limited, which remains a “significant” shareholder.
The move will enable Vreg to initiate and produce a broader range of content – the vision encompasses film, TV and digital at this stage – while remaining committed to the studio co-financing and co-producing business, where partners have included Warner Bros in the main, and Sony Pictures.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“My Little Brother,” the first Korean-language title picked up for local distribution by Walt Disney, will be handled in other markets by Contents Panda, the international sales arm of Next Entertainment World.
Previously known as “Yes, Family,” the family drama is directed by multihyphenate script editor-turned-director Ma Dae-yun. The story revolves around three siblings who encounter their previously unknown youngest brother. Opening in Korea on Feb. 15, the picture made a total of $302,000.
Contents Panda is also giving launches at FilMart to two new genre titles: “Villainess,” a mystery actioner by “Confession of Murder” director Jung Byung-gil; and horror “the Mimic,” by “Hide and Seek” director Huh Jung.
Currently in production, “Villainess” is the story of a woman raised as a killer and stars Kim Ok-vin as the title character. Set for a summer release in Korea, ”The Mimic” is currently in post-production. “Mimic” tells the story of a mysterious creature »
- Sonia Kil
The red-haired, freckle-faced Archie Andrews hasn’t been in such demand since the sweet days of “Sugar, Sugar,” but one unlikely gig is in danger of melting away: A rights battle could be keeping the cartoon group’s 1968 song “Hide And Seek” from a spot on Netflix’s The Get Down. While Archie’s live-action iteration on the CW’s Riverdale has his own musical ambitions, the character’s old cartoon band seems to have lost a gig, for now anyway, on the Netflix hip-hop… »
Chinese director Zhao Xiang makes his feature debut on the title.
Sao Paulo-based distributor Swen Group has picked up international rights to Zhao Xiang’s Stonehead, which is receiving its world premiere in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section.
The film, which is Zhao’s feature debut, is set in a remote village in China where only children and old people are left, as most of the adults have gone to work in the big cities. Ten-year-old Stonehead is one of the ‘left behind’ village boys who longs to see his parents.
The sale to Swen Group was arranged by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. While Swen’s »
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