7 items from 2016
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this week, and with it, the rest of a very busy fall festival season. In preparation for the Canadian festival, we’ll be rolling out a series of previews to point you in the direction of all the movies you have to see (or at least, all the movies you have to start anticipating right now). Next up, a batch of features we’ve already seen — and can heartily recommend to an eager Tiff audience.
This year’s Cannes Film festival featured director Jeff Nichols’ latest historical drama “Loving.” Our own Eric Kohn’s review of the film highlights the performances and Nichols’ screenplay: “Nichols sets the stage for a soft-spoken narrative in which his actors’ faces tell the story. As Richard, Edgerton’s ideally cast to play a low key character less invested in grand statements than maintaining his private life. »
- Indiewire Staff
Amazon Studios is backing the indie drama and is partnering with Bleecker Street on the film’s release. The movie will get a platform release, expanding its theatrical footprint gradually. It will debut on Dec. 28, which allows it to qualify for awards. That’s a busy time of year, one that will also see the launches of Oscar contenders such as “Toni Erdmann,” an acclaimed German comedy, and “Patriot’s Day,” a drama about the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Paterson” centers on a bus driver (Adam Driver of “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), following him on his daily routine, as he ferries passengers around the city of Paterson, N.J. All the while, the driver, who is also named Paterson, channels his observations into poetry, scratching out his writing in a notebook that he carries. »
- Brent Lang
Legendary American independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has been a frequent visitor to the Cannes Film Festival ever since winning the Camera d’Or for Stranger Than Paradise in 1984. He took the Grand Jury prize in 2005 for Broken Flowers but has never managed to nab the Big One. His latest film, Paterson, which premiered last week in competition here, is the story of a bus driver (played by Adam Driver) named Paterson who lives in Paterson NJ, walks his wife’s bulldog, Marvin, and writes poems in his spare time. We sat down with the great silver-haired Son of Lee Marvin to talk hip-hop, Tilda Swinton, and the poetry of everyday things.
Some critics have called this your most personal film. How do would you respond to a statement like that?
I don’t know. With our last film, Only Lovers Left Alive, everyone said “Aha! His most personal film!” I don’t know. »
- Rory O'Connor
Early word is in from Cannes, and Jim Jarmusch's new film "Paterson" has quickly has risen to everybody's must-see list for the fall (please Amazon, don't make us wait longer than that). Indiewire talked with the film's cinematographer Frederick Elmes ("Broken Flowers," "Blue Velvet") to discuss his collaboration with the great auteur. What we got was not only wonderful insight to how he created the look of "Paterson," but a sneak peak into Jarmusch's process of capturing all the subtle, textured detail that gives his films their essence and soul. Read More: Cannes Review - Adam Driver Stars in Jim Jarmusch's 'Paterson,' His Most Intimate Film "After I finished shooting 'Paterson,' friends would ask what the film was about and I start to explain, 'It's about a bus driver who lives in Paterson, his name is Paterson, he's a poet,' and then I'd struggle and end up saying, »
- Chris O'Falt
On Tuesday, noted arthouse director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai) admitted he's never watched any of the Star Wars movies and doesn't plan on starting now. "I’ve never seen any Stars Wars films," he told Variety at the Cannes Film Festival. "I don’t know if it’s just a stubborn punk rock thing, where I intend to go to my grave having never seen Star Wars. I’ve never seen Gone with the Wind either." Call Jarmusch pretentious if you must, but he's far from the first high-profile individual to publicly fess up to their ignorance of the widely-beloved franchise (specifically, Episodes IV-vi). Below are 14 others who have been brave enough to do the same. Before we get to the list, a few clarifications are in order first: 1. The list is concerned with those who haven't seen Episode IV/the original trilogy (1977-1983). So, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Small exchanges and lengthy pauses are hallmarks of Jim Jarmusch movies, but few have the profound mixture of warmth and melancholy found in "Paterson." Carried by an appropriately low-key Adam Driver and Jarmusch's casual genius for capturing offhand remarks, "Paterson" is his most absorbing character study since "Broken Flowers" -- and far more grounded in real life. There's no context necessary to recognize it as his most personal work. Read More: Every Review, News Item and Interview From Indiewire's Cannes 2016 Coverage The master text fueling "Paterson" is the poetry of William Carlos Williams, himself a resident of Paterson, New Jersey, where Driver's character — also named Paterson — resides. Going through the motions of his quiet routine as a bus driver (on the Paterson route, natch), he enjoys domestic bliss with his pregnant wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) and their surly pug Marvin, whose passive reaction shots provide comic »
- Eric Kohn
It seemed to me she had been in the business forever, though I only met her when Ficg (Guadalajara Film Festival) began its market maybe 10 years ago. Cineplex itself is 23 years old, having begun in 1993 in a partnership with the well-known buyers rep and producer Andre Boissier.
Twenty-three years ago, Colombia screened very few arthouse movies. Cineplex and other indie distributors introduced smaller films from Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and North America. Now Colombia’s international coproductions are extending viewer’s perspectives even further. Indies captured 5.9% of the market in 2007, compared with a relatively paltry 3.6% in 2003. Local and foreign independent films now share 20% of the market.
About a decade ago, the country had 250 screens and now it has 935. In 2005 there were 15M people going to the cinema per year. Now it’s 58M. In local currency, there was a 71% increase in box office from 2011 to 2015.
Colombia has seen notable growth thanks in part to the construction of more shopping malls. Mexican exhibition giant Cinépolis opened its first megaplex in Colombia in 2008.
Cineplex is one of the leading distributors of independent films in Colombia. In 23 years in the market, it has presented and average of 20 to 25 films a year, over 300 high quality films, selected from major festivals and film markets around the world.
Elba actually began her career in the pharmaceutical industry but later joined her husband and her brother-in-law in a new venture -- film distribution, something she knew nothing about. In Colombia, the films acquired by Cineplex go first into cinemas and progress to all windows including DVD, VOD and TV in all its forms (Pan TV, VOD, Svod, Cable, Free TV).
In 2000 Cineplex expanded its distribution to include Central America & Ecuador. Elba McAllister and her husband, Juan David McAllister, have brought in such directors as Wong Kar Wai, Susanne Bier, Mike Leigh, Lars von trier, Katherine Bigelow, Claude Chabrol, Agnieszka Holland and Ken Loach and others to Colombia and its neighbors.
Cineplex began forming alliances with other Latin American indies and prebuying pan-Latin rights to name some, “Satin Rouge,” “Evil”, ¨Reconstruction¨, “Broken Flowers”, “Brokeback Mountain”, ¨My Blueberry Nights¨ and most recently ¨Mustang¨.
Two recent stand-out films include “Mustang” and “Land and Shade” the Cannes 2015 Camera d’Or and Critics’ Week Winner sold by France’s Pyramide. Lead produced by Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue, (Diana Bustamente, currently the Director of Cartagena Film Festival as well) “Land and Shade” also won two prizes at Cannes Critics’ Week: the France 4 Visionary Award and Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Sacd Prize. Other new releases include Academy Award winners and contenders “Carol”, “Theeb” and “Brooklyn”.
Anne Marie De La Fuente in Variety quotes Elba as saying,
“Bringing art house films to Colombia and shifting moviegoers’ attention from Hollywood blockbusters requires close work with universities, embassies and cultural institutions and creating original grassroots campaigns. Whenever possible, Cineplex gets the directors and/ or actors to fly in to help promote their pictures.”
With Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” which Cineplex pre-bought for Latam, it organized marketing tie-ins with Levis, Universal Music (for the soundtrack) and a gay rights foundation. Marlboro sponsored the premiere in Bogota.
Additionally Cineplex helps Colombian filmmakers representing their films for Latin America and advising the world sales agent, depending their films to name a few, Ciro Guerra, William Vega, Oscar Ruiz, Dago Garcia among others.
Last year, Diana Salcedo (Elba´s daughter) joined the family business to strengthen the distribution in different platforms (theatrical, TV, VOD, Ott) for Colombian and Latin American films in different markets. Diana is bringing wide experience after working for a major Latin American Pay TV and Ott broadcaster.
“We believe in the potential of independent cinema with the participation of strategic partners that make marketing a global business. We want to make each of our friends, colleagues, competitors and customers a community that allows a film to reach its greatest potential. We believe humanity has a chance to think and act without borders and that its only limit is in its own desire to achieve the best result using innovation and partnership with strategic partners that will be part of each project.”
“We’ve brought in what we wanted: films that don’t need pretty faces, multimillion-dollar budgets, special effects or predictable endings. Marketing Independent cinema is our passion¨. »
- Sydney Levine
7 items from 2016
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