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Why Sundance Goers, and Audiences at Every Festival, Should Embrace World Cinema Over Popular Main…

17 February 2017 12:35 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Why Sundance Goers, and Audiences at Every Festival, Should Embrace World Cinema Over Popular Main-Slate Titles“God’s Own Country”

Eager to brave the extreme amounts of snow piling on every sidewalk and road in Park City, scores of freezing, malnourished, and often overworked film journalists and industry professionals line up hours in advance in order to secure a satisfying seat to that star-studded, Oscar-friendly, English-language stunner people have been raving about at every party or bus top around town. It’s understandable, they are desperate to become conquerors and be the first to plant their flag on the year’s big discovery. Trendsetting is a currency that in film criticism, like in many other occupations, is vital to acquire a certain level of recognition and validation.

However, even though being able to predict the future and to see the merits of a film before the crowd has sunk their »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Berlin Review: ‘My Happy Family’ is a Stirring and Gorgeously Naturalistic Drama

17 February 2017 5:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Nature abhors a vacuum, and so too does human curiosity. Anyone seeking to throw the world around them into chaos should do something unexpected and dramatic, and then refuse to answer for their reasoning. Into the silence where an explanation ought to exist, people will begin to pour their own inferences, composed either of wild theories, projections of their own insecurities, or secrets they assume are now common knowledge. In the end, thanks to the means by which humanity seeks to make sense of the unexplained, a single change for an unspoken reason is often just the beginning of a near cataclysm of life-altering changes for anyone in the immediate area.

In My Happy Family, the stirring and gorgeously naturalistic drama by directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, a woman discovers just how much chaos a single decision can cause. Manana (Ia Shugliashvili) is a school teacher who lives with her husband, »

- Brian Roan

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New Directors/New Films 2017 Line-Up Includes ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ and More

15 February 2017 9:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the best festivals during the first half of the year is The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films, which kicks off its 46th year this March, running from the 15th to the 26th. With last year’s line-up including some of the year’s best films, including Cameraperson, The Fits, Kaili Blues, Neon Bull, Weiner, and more, we can expect many more discoveries this year.

Opening with Patti Cake$ and closing with Person to Person, in between will be one of our favorite films from Sundance as the centerpiece, Beach Rats. Also among the line-up is a handful of other festival favorites, including The Dreamed Path, The Giant, Menashe, and Lady Macbeth.

“Authenticity is an elusive thing these days, and without it we risk ruin. This is particularly true in cinema,” says Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief »

- Jordan Raup

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2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

15 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announces their complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 15 – 26. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.

The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.” Other standouts include “Menashe,” “My Happy Family,” “Quest” and “The Wound.”

Read More: The Sundance Rebel: »

- Kate Erbland

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New Directors/New Films 2017: ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Person to Person’ Lead Slate

15 February 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Directors/New Films, the annual New York festival of work by emerging filmmakers presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, has set a 2017 lineup of 29 features and nine shorts that includes Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$,” Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” and Dustin Guy Defa’s “Person to Person” in prominent slots.


Sundance Film Review: ‘Patti Cake$’

All three films premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. “Patti Cake$,” about a Jersey girl’s quest to become a rapper, will open the festival, while ensemble comedy “Person to Person” — with a cast that includes Abbi Jacobson and Michael Cera — will close it. Brooklyn-set sexual-awakening tale “Beach Rats” screens as the centerpiece.

“Patti Cakes$” turned heads at Sundance when it emerged from the festival with a $9.5 million distribution deal with Fox Searchlight, while new indie label Neon nabbed “Beach Rats. »

- Gordon Cox

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Film Acquisitions Rundown: Sony Picks Up Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Rally Car’ and More

10 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

-Sony Pictures is acquiring the worldwide rights to “Greyhound,” the World War II drama written by Tom Hanks, Deadline reports. Hanks will also star in the film, which will be directed by Aaron Schneider (“Get Low”), and produce with his Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

In the film, Hanks plays George Krause, the commander of a Navy destroyer called the Greyhound. Sony acquired the rights to the film at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.

Read More: Shia Labeouf, Rooney Mara and More: 10 Hot Projects at Berlin’s European Film Market

-Lionsgate has acquired U.S. rights to action film “Rally Car,” starring Keanu Reeves. The film will be directed by Olivier Megaton (“Taken 2, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Netflix Scoops Global Rights to Sundance pic ‘My Happy Family’ (Exclusive)

10 February 2017 4:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix has acquired global rights to Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ “My Happy Family,” a Georgian drama that premiered at Sundance in the world dramatic section, and is playing at Berlin.

Alexandre Mallet-Guy’s Paris-based Memento Distribution has acquired French rights to the film, which is repped by Memento Films Intl.

Marking Ekvtimishvili and Gross’ follow-up to their critically-acclaimed feature debut “In Bloom,” “My Happy Family” tells the tale of a middle-aged woman who leaves her husband and breaks free from tradition to live on her own.

“We were very touched by this subtle and tender portrait of a 50-year old woman on a quest to freedom who decides to embark on a new life. The film also lets us to discover Georgia, a country that is little known,” Mallet-Guy told Variety. Memento Distribution aims at releasing the film in France before the summer.

The movie is produced Augenschein Filmproduktion. »

- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough

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Emerald City Photo Preview: Meet the Good Witch

8 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Wizard is a loser, and he's losing control.

On Emerald City Season 1 Episode 7, the Wizard decides to launch an attack on a small village to show just how powerful he really is. But we all know better, and soon so will everyone else. At least we think so.

For some reason West is still on his side, but how long will that last? 

Dorothy. Lucas and Sylvie finally meet Glinda, but it's unclear from these photos how it all turns out.

Meanwhile, it seems that Langwidere is sending Jack on a journey, but to where?

Check out the photos for "They Came First" and tell us what you think!

Emerald City airs Friday, February 10 at 9/8c on NBC! If you need to catch up, you can watch Emerald City online right here via TV Fanatic!



1. Happy Family - Emerald City Season 1 Episode 7 It's a dangerous time for Dorothy and »

- Lisa Babick

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Sundance ’17: It’s a Wrap!

8 February 2017 5:32 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Sundance is over and the prizes are won. People have dispersed to their homes and the realities that await them there.

This was a Sundance like no other I can remember, and I have attended every single one since 1986! The cold was extreme; and the political engagement and disgust was extreme. Not only did we have the Inauguration the first day, but the Women’s March the second day had probably 6,000 people marching and on that day the first of many deplorable executive orders (this one against women of the world and their control over their own bodies) began flying off the desk of our current president, who has continued to issue at least one every day, each one more despicable than the previous. Politics and women took center stage.

Chelsea Handler leads the women’s march in Park City, Utah. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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- Sydney Levine

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Sundance 2017. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

1 February 2017 6:59 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A Ghost StoryBelow you will find our favorite films of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Awardstop Picksjosh Cabritai.Call Me By Your NameII.A Ghost StoryIII.Beatriz at Dinner, Dayveon, DinaGolden ExitsKuro, Person to PersonLAWRENCE N Garciai.Call Me By Your NameII.Golden Exits, My Happy FamilyIII.Beatriz at Dinner, Dina, The Big SickLandline, Long Strange TripCORRESPONDENCESBy Josh Cabrita and Lawrence N Garcia#1 Josh Cabrita on William Oldroyd's Lady Macbeth, Dustin Guy Defa's Person to Person | Read#2 Lawrence N Garcia on Travis Wilkerson's Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, Gillian Robespierre's Landline, Damien Power's Killing Ground, Taylor Sheridan's Wind River | Read#3 Josh Cabrita on Bryan Fogel's Icarus, Dee Rees' Mudbound, David Lowery's A Ghost Story | Read#4 Lawrence N Garcia on Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, Matthew Heineman's City of Ghosts, »

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2017 Sundance Film Festival Movies

31 January 2017 7:41 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Generally speaking, this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a very healthy marketplace that guaranteed many of its highlights will make it to audiences beyond the festival circuit soon. From heavy hitters like “The Big Sick” and “Mudbound” to discoveries like “Thoroughbred,” there was plenty of buyer interest spread throughout the lineup. As usual, though, plenty of worthy titles ended the festival with uncertain futures.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Here are a few memorable ones that deserve distribution.


There are plenty of stories about domestic housewives who grow tired of their oppressive routines, but none quite like Marianna Palka’s vicious feminist satire “Bitch,” in which the writer-director-star plays a woman who assumes the identity of a wild dog. It’s a blunt metaphor, but Palka transforms the absurd premise into a chilling look at the destruction »

- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry

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Sundance 2017. Correspondences #8

29 January 2017 12:37 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

My Happy FamilyDear Josh,With a festival like Sundance, where critics and distributors alike are clamoring to find the next big thing, certain types of films are bound to get lost in the shuffle. Such is the case with Ramona Diaz’s fine, unassuming documentary Motherland. Centering on the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Metro Manila, one of the busiest maternity wards in the Philippines, the film has a wealth of fascinating material. A nurse tallies the number of women and children in the ward; a young mother learns of “Kangaroo Mother Care” (widely used because of a lack of incubators); a nurse attempts to convince various mothers to use an Iud; the ward doctor drones over the Pa system in a strict, motherly tone (the way one would speak to a summer camp group). There’s a great documentary to be made here, so it's somewhat frustrating that Motherland is merely quite good. »

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‘My Happy Family’ Is A Compassionate & Complex Look At Liberation [Sundance Review]

28 January 2017 1:04 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Manana lives elbow to elbow in her Tbilisi apartment with her husband, Soso; her two children, Lasha and Nino; her mother; her father; and Nino’s husband, Vakho. If she wants to get dressed for the day, she has to sneak into Nino’s room and quietly sort through the family wardrobe that everyone keeps their clothes in, and she has to be careful, or the wardrobe creaks and wakes up Nino. Peace and quiet are foreign concepts to her.

Continue reading ‘My Happy Family’ Is A Compassionate & Complex Look At Liberation [Sundance Review] at The Playlist. »

- Andrew Crump

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Sundance Films Reveal Their Casting Secrets: 26 Filmmakers Tell Us How They Did It — Sundance 2017

28 January 2017 12:59 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From working with non-professionals to writing roles for specific actors to hiring a top casting director, there is no one way to find a great cast for an independent film. IndieWire checked in with the Dramatic Competition and Next directors of Sundance 2017 to find out their secrets.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Gillian Robespierre, “Landline” Jenny Slate was attached from the beginning. I wrote the role of Donna in “Obvious Child” for Jenny, and when sitting down to write the next project it was a no-brainer to write another role for her. We then built the family around her with the help of two incredible casting directors, Doug Aibel and Stephanie Holbrook.

Zoe Lister-Jones, “Band Aid” Almost all the actors in the film were either friends or people I had personal connections to, so it was a relatively easy process. »

- Annakeara Stinson and Chris O'Falt

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Sundance 2017: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot This Year’s Acclaimed Films

25 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

IndieWire reached out to the filmmakers behind the feature-length narrative and documentary films premiering this week to find out what cameras they used and why they chose them. Here are their responses.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Sundance Bible – Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Dramatic Competition & Next

Cory Finley, “Thoroughbred

Arri Alexa Mini. Panavision G-Series lenses.

The Dp, Lyle Vincent, was very particular about getting a hold of both. They gave us flexibility in shooting and helped create the very precise, high-contrast, and slightly dreamy look we were going for.

Gillian Robespierre, “Landline

Arri Alexa with some vintage lenses

Landline” takes place in 1990’s Manhattan. My Dp Chris Teague and I talked a lot about what shooting a period movie from a recent period would look and feel like. Unfortunately, we were not able to shoot on film, and added a texture of LiveGrain during color »

- Annakeara Stinson and Chris O'Falt

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‘I Dream In Another Language’ Exclusive Clip: A Man Arrives In A Remote Mexican Village To Record an Ancient Language

24 January 2017 1:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is well under way and have already premiered films like Alex Ross Perry’s “Golden Exits,” David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” and more. The World Dramatic section has already premiered a few of his films, including Ernesto Contreras’ “I Dream In Another Lanuage,” about a linguist desperate to record a dying language. The young Martin (Fernando Álvarez Rebeil) lands in a remote Mexican village with the intention of recording an ancient dying language. He finds the last two speakers of the language — Evaristo (Eligio Meléndez) and Isauro (Manuel Poncelis) — but they refuse to speak to each because of a 50-year grudge. Now Martin and Evaristo’s granddaughter Lluvia (Fátima Molina) must work to convince the men to reconcile. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: 10 Surprises and Hidden Gems from the 2017 Sundance Lineup

Contreras previously directed the feature film “Blue Eyelids,” which »

- Vikram Murthi

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Sundance Film Review: ‘My Happy Family’

23 January 2017 2:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“My Happy Family,” the somewhat attenuated second feature from helmers Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross (a real-life couple credited here as “Nana and Simon”), continues their exploration of Georgia’s distaff side with a low-key, slice-of-life look at a middle-aged woman who leaves her husband. With its vociferously arguing family members, multiple dinner table scenes, and camerawork by Dp Tudor Vladimir Panduru (who also shot Cristian Mungiu’s “Graduation”), it feels much closer to recent Romanian cinema than to such similarly-themed titles as Paul Mazursky’s “An Unmarried Woman.” Although the energy and freshness of the directors’ acclaimed debut “In Bloom” are not so much in evidence here, “Family” does offer an interesting perspective on a changing patriarchal society, which should serve this sociological drama well on the fest circuit and in niche European play.

When we first meet her, Manana (theater thesp and vocalist Ia Shugliashvili), a 52-year-old high school literature teacher, »

- Alissa Simon

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‘My Happy Family’ Review: A Wife and Mother Escapes Her Trap — Sundance 2017

22 January 2017 11:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It doesn’t take long to realize that the title of the Georgian drama “My Happy Family” is ironic. Directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Grob plunge into the restless lifestyle of 52-year-old Manana (Ia Shuvliashvili), the matriarch of a cramped and multigenerational household that includes her husband, grown children, parents and various in-laws who pull her from every angle. And it doesn’t take long for Mañana to realize that to escape the mayhem, much to the shock of everyone around her, she can simply move out.

The ease with which she embarks on this new stage, even as it baffles her entire community, speaks to the remarkable blend of comedy and sadness that characterizes this sophomore effort from the directors of “In Bloom.” It’s at once a celebration of individuality and its potential to unnerve those who resist it.

Manana’s life is defined by routine. She’s a pinball in her apartment, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Golden Exits’ Exclusive Soundtrack: Listen to Keegan DeWitt’s Score From Alex Ross Perry’s New Film

22 January 2017 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Sundance Film Festival has already begun, which means that Alex Ross Perry’s latest film “Golden Exits” will soon make its world premiere. The film follows two families in Brooklyn and the unraveling of their lives when a young girl from Australia spending time abroad upsets the delicate balance of their relationships. It stars Emily Browning (“God Help the Girl”), Adam Horovitz (“While We’re Young”), Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”), Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”), Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”) and Chloë Sevigny (“The Brown Bunny”). Listen to an exclusive track from Keegan DeWitt’s score from the film below.

Read More: ‘Golden Exits’ Teaser Trailer: Emily Browning Charms in Alex Ross Perry’s Sundance-Bound Drama

DeWitt has composed the scores for many films, including Perry’s two previous features “Queen of Earth” and “Listen Up Philip,” as well as Chad Hartigan’s “Morris From America,” Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine »

- Vikram Murthi

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Amazon Wins ‘The Big Sick’ Bidding War With $12 Million Buy — Sundance 2017

22 January 2017 6:48 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Amazon has won a fierce bidding war for filmmaker Michael Showalter’s “The Big Sick,” paying $12 million for the U.S. rights to the dramatic comedy. The bidding reached $10 million late on Friday night, with Amazon, Netflix, Fox Searchlight and Focus Features all in the hunt.

Michael Showalter’s Second Act: How the ‘The Big Sick’ Filmmaker Reinvented His Career — Sundance 2017

The film was one of the most anticipated movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. A dramatic comedy written by actor-writer Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon and based on their real-life courtship, the film stars Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, and Anupam Kher.

Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, “The Big Sick” centers on aspiring comedian Kumail and grad student Emily (Kazan), whose romance causes a rift with Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Emily then discovers she has a mysterious illness, leaving »

- Graham Winfrey

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