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In the indie film "You Won't Miss Me" (in select theaters today), Stella Schnabel -- the daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Julian Schnabel ("Basquiat," "Before Night Falls," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly") -- tackles her first true film role, playing 23-year-old New York City misfit Shelly Brown. Fresh out of a psychiatric hospital, Shelly is in search of acceptance in any shape or form she can find it, and is willing to do pretty much anything to achieve that goal. It's a daring role for an untested actress, but Schnabel pulls it off with empathy, charisma and the talented direction of longtime pal Ry-Russo Young.
I had the opportunity to chat with Russo-Young, who was here in New York, and a very under-the-weather Schnabel, who called in to the interview just a wee bit late from Los Angeles, where she's currently filming Oren Moverman's "Rampart." The two old friends »
- Tom DiChiara
In "You Won't Miss Me," Stella Schnabel -- daughter of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Before Night Falls" director Julian Schnabel -- plays Shelly Brown, a 23-year-old trying to find work, love and herself in New York City. That's a tall order for any twenty-something living in the Big Apple, but it's an even stiffer proposition for someone who's recently been released from a psychiatric hospital... which Shelly has. Check out an exclusive clip from the film below.
"You Won't Miss Me" is directed by Ry Russo-Young, features a bevy of notable New York artists and musicians, and is a mix of scripted film and cinéma vérité. It opens in limited release today (December 10).
Are you excited to see "You Won't Miss Me"? Share your thoughts in the comments!
- Tom DiChiara
Despite over-saturation, a refusal/inability to use the film medium to its full potential, and the generally low-aiming nature of the mumbly micro-indie, it seems the genre is here to stay. Entering the ring is the SXSW-approved "You Won't Miss Me," directed by New York-based filmmaker Ry Russo Young. Stella Schnabel, daughter of Julian ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), plays her first role not under her father's eye as the troubled protagonist Shelly. The movie commences with a meeting with her psychiatrist, and it slowly trickles out that she is being released from a mental facility despite her reluctance to… »
It took three films for the artist Julian Schnabel to convince the world that he was more than a plate-smashing dauber with a celluloid hobby. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was a genuinely visionary work, brilliantly contriving a way to see through the eyes of its disabled hero. It was far too good to suggest a fluke – yet it seems from Schnabel's follow-up Miral that everything he had learnt about film-making he's now forgotten at a stroke. »
American artist-turned film-maker Julian Schnabel’s latest film, Miral, is on a far grander scale than the intimate The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, dealing with the political hot bed of peace in the Middle East.
Jewish American Schnabel takes the Palestinian stance on this, in an almost pious and worthy fashion that quietly simmers with American liberal indignation. But he can be supported by the fact his story is based on the real-life experiences of Palestinian author and screenwriter Rula Jerbeal that may well echo many from the region, but are intriguingly adapted and retold.
The film-makers concentrate on individual stories, reducing the general political message to a very personal one through the eyes of four generations of women from the 1940s to 1990s. It’s undoubtedly a highly attractive and touching piece of cinema, even if the film is rather uneven at times, regardless of the non-linear timeline. »
Julian Schnabel – whose The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was so outstanding – has got himself into a terrible muddle with his movie Miral, based on a novel by Palestinian writer Rula Jebreal. The movie is unable to tell the heroine's story in a clear and compelling way; instead it gets first entangled in the (tiresome) story of the Jerusalem children's home where Miral was brought up, which was founded by a quite different character, Hind Husseini, played by Hiam Abbass. The focus is fatally divided from the outset and Freida Pinto looks uneasy and miscast as Miral herself.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Hollywood-Elsewhere and Awards Daily: Jeff Wells and Sasha Stone post the latest edition of their podcast “Oscar Poker,” and their guests this week are box office analyst Phil Contrino and our very own Scott Feinberg. The quartet discuss possibilities for the “tenth slot” in the best picture race; the tight race for best actress and the wide open race for best supporting actress; and the prospects for performances that have not been widely seen but have passionate supporters, like Tilda Swinton in “I Am Love,” who Sasha and Scott believe should be talking up her explicit sex scenes in the film in order to court attention (as has been done already by the folks behind “Blue Valentine”).
Deadline New York: Mike Fleming confirms reports that producer Scott Rudin — whose 2010 credits includes “The Social Network,” “True Grit,” and “The Way Back” — will receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2011 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, »
- Mary Skawinski
As it heads into the holiday moviegoing season with Tangled and its franchise hopeful Tron, Walt Disney Studios is shifting pieces of its domestic PR department.
Joe Quenqua and Julie Fontaine are getting new titles and added responsibilities, taking on domestic media strategy for all titles and overseeing campaigns with N.Y.- and L.A.-based broadcast, print and online publicists.
Quenqua becomes vp of publicity and will manage the New York office for the Walt Disney Studios and will retain his responsibilities overseeing worldwide publicity and communications for Disney Theatrical Group.
Fontaine, as vp of domestic publicity, will be based on the West Coast and takes on not only domestic publicity but film festival and awards campaigns. She joined Disney in 2009 from Miramax, were she worked on campaigns for The Queen and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The two will report to Disney's senior vp of global publicity Michelle Sewell, »
Lorber Films has secured U.S. rights to Belgian director/actor Lucas Belvaux's French thriller "Rapt" and scheduled a theatrical release that starts in New York next July. Starring is Yvan Attal ("Munich," "My Wife is an Actress") as a kidnapped millionaire being held for ransom. Also in the cast are Anne Consigny ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"), André Marcon ("The Page Turner") and veteran Françoise Fabian ("Belle de Jour"). The film first screened in the U.S. at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema series. »
As demonstrated by our recent holiday indie film preview, there will be nearly a hundred films opening in theaters before the end of the year, with many of them aspiring for Oscar gold. But in a tradition that's getting to be as commonplace as end-of-the-year gift-giving, there are a handful of movies that seemed destined to compete during awards season that won't be seeing the inside of your local theater until next year. Internal studio strife, endless tinkering or simply bad early reviews have contributed to why these five particular pieces of Oscar bait will be sitting on the sidelines instead of jockeying for awards attention.
Since the awards season success of "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Oscar prognosticators had been anticipating the arrival of Julian Schnabel's latest film with the idea that the director would once again bring a true artistic sensibility to journalist Rula Jebreal »
- Stephen Saito
I was hoping I could get through my interview with Julian Schnabel without him asking what I thought of his movie. Schnabel's film-making career has been on a steady upward trajectory since he made Basquiat in 1996, and his last feature, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, received near-universal acclaim, including a best director Oscar nomination. Not bad for a painter who treats film-making as a mere sideline.
His latest film, Miral, chronicles the lives of several generations of Palestinian women, in particular an orphan who is drawn towards violent activism as she comes of age during the first intifada in the late 1980s. Played by Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto, Miral is based on writer Rula Jebreal; the movie is adapted from her book of the same name. »
- Steve Rose
.Slumdog Millionaire. star Freida Pinto had to celebrate her 26th birthday in London without beau Dev Patel by her side.he attended the premiere of her new film Miral at the BFI London Film Festival, but Patel, who co-starred with her in Danny Boyle.s Oscar-winning film, was away filming in India. .I.m here until tomorrow, so there.s no way I can celebrate my birthday in India, and that.s where Dev is filming,. the Mirror quoted Pinto as saying. .But my family are here so I.m going to just celebrate with them a bit later,. she added. Miral, directed by The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.s Julian Schnabel, is based on Rula Jebreal.s semi-autobiographical novel, about her life growing up amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Jerusalem. »
"Miral", the new film from "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" director Julian Schnabel, has been pushed back from December 3rd to some time in March next year by its U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company reports The Playlist.
Adapted from Rula Jebreal's novel, the drama revolves around a real orphanage in Jerusalem set up by a Palestinian woman (Hiam Abbass). Freida Pinto, Willem Dafoe, Yasmine Elmasri, Alexander Siddig and Vanessa Redgrave also star.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival this year and received generally negative reviews. As a result, Schnabel has reportedly done some major editing to the picture.
Part of the reason is that The Weinstein Company can only afford to back one contender for this year's Oscar race and its "The King's Speech" already has that title after rave reviews and numerous festival awards already. »
- Garth Franklin
Seeing as how the film was a notable disappointment at this year’s Venice Film Festival, The Playlist‘s report, which states that the release of Julian Schnabel‘s Miral has been delayed until 2011, doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Schnabel had previously received an Oscar nomination for directing The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, so expectations were understandably high for his next narrative feature.
Miral also stars Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) in her first leading role, which was another cause for anticipation. The strong supporting cast, which includes Hiam Abbass (The Visitor), Willem Dafoe, and Vanessa Redgrave, certainly didn’t do anything to lower expectations.
Unfortunately, though, not enough people have gotten behind the film to convince The Weinstein Company that its December 3 release date should stick. Instead, with Miral being pushed back, Harvey Weinstein will be able to focus solely on one very legitimate Oscar contender: »
- Danny King
New movie Made In Dagenham dominated the annual Dinard British Film Festival in France over the weekend (09-10Oct10) - scooping two of the event's top prizes.
Made in Dagenham won the top honour at the festival in Dinard, France on Sunday, sharing the Golden Hitchcock with Treacle Jr, about a man who leaves his family to live on the streets.
We know Julian Schnabel as a painter (the plates) and as a film-maker (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). Now, with an old handmade Polaroid camera and a little help from his friends, he is making stunning photographs
Julian Schnabel is an American renaissance man. In the 80s, he attracted international media attention for his large-scale "plate paintings". He went on to become a notable film-maker and, in 2007, his film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about French editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, was nominated for four Oscars. Now, although he continues to paint and make films, he has found himself for a third time – as a photographer.
His accomplice in this – and he refers to it as if describing a venerable, trusty friend – is his Polaroid camera. It is one of only six in existence: a 20x24in 1970s handmade machine. It is huge, cumbersome, intended for studio photography and greedy for flash lighting. »
- Kate Kellaway
The Indian actress who starred in "Slumdog Millionaire" has moved from the slums of Mumbai to the squalid refugee camps of the West Bank in a new film: the story of a defiant Palestinian girl who wants to fight against Israel in a coming of age story with a Mideast twists."Miral," directed by award-winning artist Julian Schnabel and with cameos by Willem Dafoe and Vanessa Redgrave, stands apart for more than its star power.Due for U.S. release in December, it`s also likely to give Western audiences . some perhaps more used to movies depicting Arabs as violent Islamic militants . a compassionate view of the Palestinians.For Mumbai-raised Freida Pinto, 25, who became a star after Slumdog shot from obscurity to box-office success and eight Academy Awards, it was a chance for a different setting."Miral" sweeps across decades of the Mideast conflict. »
One day many years ago, maybe when I was in my late teens or early 20s, I took some mushrooms with friends, and then I went back home and they were playing "Lady in the Lake" on TV. That's when I decided that the first part of the movie should be shot in first-person perspective.
"Lady in the Lake" is a film that claimed to represent "a startling and daring new method of storytellng, a milestone in moviemaking" but is in actuality mainly a novelty (if a personal favorite of mine). The majority of it is shot from the point of view of the main character, private detective Philip Marlowe (played, when he appears on screen, by Robert Montgomery, who »
- Alison Willmore
Previously, Raffi posted his review of Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first of a two-part film series. This weekend I saw both films with plans to review the latter, but having seen both, it’s difficult to discuss them as two separate entities.
While the first film is a fast-paced gangster flick in the vein of Goodfellas, the latter is a wandering exploration of the criminal’s downfall. Basically, in classic screenplay structure – the first film ends at the plot’s midpoint. The result is that the films feel hatcheted in two with a roughly hewn book-ending device that ultimately dulls the tension of the second film’s climax.
Having said that, Mesrine is a deeply compelling look into the mind of a criminal genius that follows the notorious Jacques Mesrine from debonair gangster to deluded revolutionary.
Mesrine was a controversial figure to the people of France. As the marketing boasts: »
- Kristy Puchko
When Ramses caught a screening of Gareth Edwards’ low budget Monsters at Laff 2010 in June, he concluded, “If anything, the film proves that Gareth Edwards is a director with a lot of promise.” The man to nurture that promise? Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov!
According to Deadline, Bekmambetov will produce Edwards’ next feature, a science fiction film they describe as “an epic human story, set in a futuristic world without humanity.” Edwards is set to write and direct, with Jim Lemley (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) on board as producer. Monsters hit the Toronto Film Festival today, riding the buzz Edwards has garnered for assembling impressive visual effects on the cheap. To find out more about that film, hit the jump for the official synopsis.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Six years ago Nasa divered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, »
- Brendan Bettinger
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