15 items from 2011
If there’s a theme to 2011’s crop of films featuring lesbian/bi women, it’s that this was a very good year for emerging voices. First time and younger filmmakers made a mark in huge ways this year, providing everything from spellbinding documentaries (No Look Pass), heart-wrenching drama (Pariah, Break My Fall, Circumstance), and fresh comedy (Jamie and Jessie are Not Together, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same). Pair that with the quality coming from established filmmakers like Celine Sciamma (Tomboy), and you have a year marked by the presence of strong, unique voices.
Nowhere is that strength of vision more prominent than in the year’s dramas. Well-meaning (but tired) melodramas were drowned out by clear-eyed, nuanced filmmaking, most evident in Pariah, the story of a young African-American woman struggling with her identity, and Circumstance, which features the romance between two teenaged girls in Iran.
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- Danielle Riendeau
It's kind of a quiet DVD week with the exception of a few late summer movies making their way to home video. Probably the biggest release of the week is J.J. Abrams' Super 8, which was one of the best reviewed movies of the summer, along with a few not so well-received flicks: Conan the Barbarian and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Some of the notable smaller films hitting stores today include The Devil's Double starring Dominic Cooper, French holocaust drama Sarah's Key, and Bruce McDonald's Trigger. Sports and documentary fans may want to check out the Espn Films Collection Vol. 1, while fans of good movies might be interested in Criterion re-issues of 12 Angry Men and Wes Anderson's Rushmore not to mention ¡Three Amigos! on Blu. What will you be buying or renting this week? Check out the full list of releases after the jump. »
Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: DVD $24.95
Studio: Wolfe Video
Wright and Molly Parker (TV’s Deadwood) portray two female rockers who reunite 10 years after their friendship — and band — has fallen apart. Coming together for a benefit concert following their long estrangement, the two begin with a dinner, followed by the gig, and finally the after-party, all with the hope of recapturing their once-magical connection.
Trigger was first seen at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was selected as one of the fest’s Top Ten films. »
If there's one thing you want to happen in Trigger, it's for Kat and Vic to end up happily ever after. That can be as a couple (preferably) or as friends, but you just want them to be Ok with one another. (Well, maybe you'll want a little more.)
Tracy Wright (in her last film before she passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2010), plays Vic, a recovering drug addict who reunites with her ex-bandmate Kat (Deadwood's Molly Parker) for a tribute show in their honor. The two couldn't be more different: Vic is low-key where Kat is high-strung. Vic wants to stay under the radar while Kat craves attention. Their meeting at a restaurant for dinner has them picking at each other instantly. They're like ex-lovers, but you never know if it went that far.
Vic is a lesbian, and is hit on by an old friend at the tribute party. »
- Trish Bendix
Patricia Rozema's 1995 film When Night is Falling followed the story of Camille, a "straight" woman who is trying to find happiness in the things that are going right for her. But when her dog dies and she meets an alluring circus performer at the laundromat, things begin to shift, and she can't tell if it's for better or for worse.
Whatever came of the actors and director behind the '90s circus-lesbian flick? We'll tell you!
Pascale Bussières as Camille, a professor at a religious university who falls for another woman
The redheaded French Canadian beauty has starred in several films in her home country, including another gay-themed film, Set Me Free (1999) and one called Replay, in which she was obsessed with her best friend. In more recent years, she's appeared on French TV shows Belle-Baie and Mirador, while continuing to make films. (She's starred in two that came out this year already. »
- Trish Bendix
Variety reports that director Bruce McDonald is set to helm the supernatural thriller, 'Dark Highway.' It's a change of pace for the Canadian born director who is often attached to either low-budget films or television series. The film is described as: "Story follows a man being chased who is trying to get to a certain place in one day. He doesn't know whether the situation is real or his imagination." Sounds wacky and befitting of the director if you're familiar with some of his other works. 2008 saw the release of his low-budget zombie film, 'Pontypool.' As opposed to having buckets of blood and violence, the film focused on the way a small-town radio station staff reacted to words themselves becoming infected, causing a sort of mental breakdown. With an estimated budget of only $1.5 million, the film managed an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The director's other work includes films, »
Molly Parker had a life changing experience making the film Trigger with long-time friend Tracey Wright. Not only was it a home coming, working again with director Bruce McDonald on Daniel McIvor.s script, it was unexpectedly emotional. Wright was dying of cancer. Trigger.s about two middle aged former rock stars who have a turbulent relationship, coming together after years apart for a special benefit performance. The film was finished just before Wright passed away. Monsters and Critics spoke with Parker M&C: There.s a shared history between these women. What.s the relationship like when we meet them? Parker: These women haven.t seen each other in 12 . 15 years. That.s said they grew up together. They were each »
- Anne Brodie
Brent Corrigan, Judas Kiss Gay and lesbian movies Judas Kiss, Trigger, Mangus!, Leading Ladies and Suicide Room have been acquired by Wolfe Releasing. Those five titles will be released on DVD and VOD this fall. In Judas Kiss, a filmmaker returns to his alma mater, where he gets the chance to reshape his future. In the cast: Charlie David, Sean Paul Lockhart (aka gay adult star Brent Corrigan), and Richard Harmon. Directed by J. T. Tepnapa, from a screenplay by Tepnapa and Carlos Pedraza. Featuring Molly Parker, Tracy Wright, Don McKellar, and Sarah Polley, Trigger chronicles the ups and downs in the friendship of two female rockers. Bruce McDonald directed from a screenplay by Daniel MacIvor. Writer-director Ash Christian's comedy Mangus! tells the story of a young man, Mangus (Ryan Boggus), whose major goal in life is to play Jesus in a school production of "Jesus Christ Spectacular." Also »
- Andre Soares
The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) kicks off this Wednesday, and has a number of impressive films in its line-up. The festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston. The festival, complete with over 110 film screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.
The opening night film of the festival is Being Elmo directed by Constance Marks will open the 9th annual festival on April 27th at the Somerville Theatre. This marks the first time the festival will open with a documentary. The film follows Kevin Clash, from humble upbringings as he follows his dream to become a puppeteer and one day work with his idol, Jim Henson, to the present day »
- Kristen Coates
The Independent Film Festival of Boston  recently released their full line-up and it's a doozy. Sundance favorites such as The Future  and Submarine  will be there, along with awesome documentaries like Being Elmo  (With Elmo In Attendance!!!) and Page One: A Year Inside the New York Times . I'm looking forward to films I wasn't able to catch at Sundance and SXSW, such as the legal documentary Hot Coffee, the heartbreaking How to Die in Oregon, and the new fascinating Conan O'Brien film. Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins  also looks like it will rock the house. The full line-up is below. The festival is April 27th through May 4th, and it's one of my favorite movie events of the year. If you live anywhere in New England, I invite you to come and check it out. You can follow IFFBoston on Facebook for updates  or buy your passes now ! Narrative Features 13 Assassins »
- David Chen
The nominees for the 31st Annual Genie Awards, Canada’s answer to the Oscars, were unveiled at simultaneous press conferences in Montreal and Toronto yeseterday. After being snubbed by the major Hollywood awards, only receiving 1 nomination and win for Paul Giamatti at the Golden Globes, Barney’s Version has been highly recognized by Canadian audiences. This is no surprise as its source material is a novel from beloved Canadian treasure Mordecai Richler and the film was partially shot in Montreal. Barney’s VersionIncendies leads the pack with 11 nominations including Best Motion Picture and populating most of the acting categories including one for Paul Giamatti for a Performace by an Actor in a Leading Role and Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Dustin Hoffman. Following closely is the other Canadian darling this year, Incendies , which garnered 10 nominations such as Adapted Screenplay (Denis Villeneuve) and Performance by an Actress »
- Alan L
Barney's Version, starring Paul Giamatti, has been nominated in 11 categories in Canada's premiere film awards ceremony the Genie Awards. The tale of the unrestrained, precocious Barney also features Minnie Driver, Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman.
Among the eleven nominations, the film has receieved nods in the Best Motion Picture category with Giamatti up for the Best Leading Actor gong. Based upon Canadian novelist Mordecai Richler's final novel of the same name, the film has been a praise magnet for critics and audiences in equal measures.
Barney's Version is trailed by Incendies, which has picked up ten nominations. The intense drama follows twins Jean and Simon (Mélissa Désormeaux and Maxim Gaudette respectively), as their dying mother asks them to travel to her homeland in the middle-east so that they might better understand their heritage.
Highlights of the nominations for the 31st Genie Awards...
10½ (dir. Martin Dubreuil)
Les Amours imaginaires (dir. »
Yesterday, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (Acct) announced the nominees for the 31rst Genie Awards, Canada's own Oscars.
Best Motion picture:
* 10 1/2
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
* Robert Naylor in 10 1/2
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
* Martin Dubreuil in 10 1/2
Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Best Actress In a Supporting Role:
* Anne-Élizabeth Bossé in Les amours imaginaires
* Terra Hazelton in Fubar 2
Best Adapted Screenplay:
* Michael Konyves »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Anh Khoi Do)
Lubna Azabal, Incendies Denis Villeneuve's Incendies won the award for Best Canadian Film from the Toronto Film Critics Association earlier this evening. It was Villeneuve's second consecutive win, following his victory last year for Polytechnique. Canada's entry for the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, Incendies is based on Wajdi Mouawad’s play about Quebec siblings who, after traveling to the Middle East, uncover their dying mother’s disturbing past. Two days ago, Incendies was named the top Canadian film of 2010 by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Director Bruce McDonald, whose Trigger was also up for the Best Canadian Film award, was honored with a special citation for his four 2010 releases: the aforementioned Trigger, Movie Is Broken, Hard Core Logo 2, and the documentary Music from the Big House. Source: Toronto Star »
- Andre Soares
David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the big winner at the Vancouver Film Critics' Circle winning three trophies including Best Film, Best Director for Fincher, and Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.
In the Canadian film categories, "Incendies" won Best Canadian Film, Best Director for Denis Villeneuve, and Best Actress for Lubna Azabal. I'm glad that Delphine Chaneac won Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film for "Splice." (Check out my interview with Delphine Chaneac for "Splice" right here)
Here's the complete list of winners (bolded) and nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):
Colin Firth, The King.s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter.s Bone
Best Supporting Actor
15 items from 2011
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