16 items from 2014
The 5th edition of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland kicks off today, and among the 20 films featured in the competition (it truly is a buffet made up of the newest crop of American independent filmmakers) we find the international premiere for Travis Gutiérrez Senger’s Desert Cathedral.
With a score composed by Saunder Jurriaans and Danni Bensi (Two Gates of Sleep, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Simon Killer) overlapping with actual, true-life recordings from the film’s subject, what we find here below in our exclusive first look at the festival teaser is a real estate developer (played by Lee Tergesen) who mysteriously disappears into the Southwestern desert in 1992 and who leaves behind a series of VHS tapes. Along with mixed drink recipe details for a Harvey Wallbanger, what we have here in the ubiquity-infused, auditorily jarring, bone-chilling handsomely looking hybrid, about a man who lost his way both factually and figuratively. »
- Eric Lavallee
The fresh-faced Stacy Martin bent over backwards (among other positions) to humanize "Young Joe," a companion to Charlotte Gainsbourg's character, in Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." While this year's only two-part sex parable isn't earning much love in the way of awards buzz, the model-turned-actress made enough of an impression to catch filmmakers' eyes. Her latest projection pairs her with a leading man that will inevitably catapult her to the mainstream. That's the magic of Robert Pattinson. Screen Daily reports that Martin has joined the cast of "The Childhood of a Leader," the directorial debut of "Simon Killer" and "Clouds of Sils Maria" actor Brady Corbet. She'll costar alongside the previously cast Pattinson, Tim Roth and Berenice Bejo in the drama that's set to shoot this Janaury in Budapest. According to the announcement, "The Childhood of a Leader" is “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century. »
- Matt Patches
If you've been keeping an ear to the ground, you know that actor turned filmmaker Brady Corbet has been one worth keeping an eye on. He's already co-written two films, and starred in the resulting movies ("Simon Killer," "The Sleepwalker"), and now he's going behind the camera to direct his first feature. "The Childhood Of A Leader," co-written with 'Sleepwalker' scribe Mona Fastvold, already lined up Robert Pattinson, Tim Roth, and Berenice Bejo to star, and now has added another fast rising talent, as well a a surprising name to score the movie. "Nymphomaniac" star Stacy Martin has joined the ambitious film, which follows a young American living in France in 1918 who encounters what is described as "the birth of a terrifying ego" in a movie that's said to be “a chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century.” In a bit of genius move, Corbet has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
First announced a couple of years ago, development on a film version of literary and TV perennial The Little House On The Prairie hasn't moved quickly. But gingham may be about to come back in style after all. The peculiar news this morning is that Sean Durkin, director of the indie psychological thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene and producer of Simon Killer, is in talks to open the doors.Most of us encountered the TV adaptation of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s semi-autobiographical children’s classic book series on Channel 4 Sunday mornings, as it chronicled the gentle adventures of Ingalls family on the 19th century American frontier. We were introduced to Charles and Caroline Ingalls and their three daughters, Mary, Laura and Carrie.The word you're looking for is "wholesome", but there's something interesting afoot with the new movie that nobody's quite telling us yet. Before Durkin, the Little House »
Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This October, we put the spotlight on an indie personality who moonlights as a film critic/writer for the likes of The Village Voice and Filmmaker Magazine and who saw his feature film debut land in 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s Narrative Feature competition. Toplined by John Gallagher Jr. (Short Term 12) and Kate Lyn Sheil (Listen Up Philip) with supporting players in the shape of David Call (Gabriel), Katie Paxton and Louisa Krause (Bluebird), The Heart Machine (October 24th limited release/VOD FilmBuff) is according to the glowing remarks made in the trades with Variety calling it “thoroughly modern without being ostentatious” and THR dissecting it as “a thoughtful, emotionally tricky debut”. This month we profile Zachary Wigon — be sure to check out his top ten films of all time.
Eric Lavallee: During your childhood… »
- Eric Lavallee
Juliette Binoche was originally cast in the part, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The film, which focuses on the early years of a post-World War I ruler, is the directorial debut of actor Brady Corbet (“Simon Killer”) and co-stars Robert Pattinson and Tim Roth.
Bejo was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar for her breakout role in 2011’s “The Artist,” won the Cannes actress award for 2013’s “The Past” and reteamed with her husband-director, Michel Hazanavicius, in the 2014 war picture “The Search.”
Corbet co-wrote the script with Mona Fastvold. “The Childhood of a Leader” will begin shooting in November in Budapest.
- Ramin Setoodeh
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Borderline Films, the production company behind Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Simon Killer, is now looking to give their fans an opportunity to contribute to their newest feature, James White. Filmmakers Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond (who makes his directorial debut on this film) are reaching out via Kickstarter to help secure post-production editing costs and music rights. James White is in good company, as the banner's previous films have played the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival, and have been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards, four Gotham Awards, and won Best Director at Sundance (Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene). In addition to the behind-the-scenes names that are becoming quite familiar on the festival circuit, the pictures features Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, and Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi in front of the camera as well. »
- Dave Trumbore
Director: Andrew Renzi
Writer: Andrew Renzi
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Padding his directing resume with a stellar pair of dramatic shorts in the Sundance preemed The Fort (2012) and Karaoke! (2013), Andrew Renzi’s feature debut Franny (a Sundance Writers’ Lab project) happens to have plenty of added value with Richard Gere in the lead, Simon Killer dp Joe Anderson and Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans on the technical side.
Release Date: Filming began around October, so this could technically be ready for Cannes, »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Mona Fastvold
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
American indie meets Fjord sensibilities from a video/short filmmaker who was an unknown up until the mention of a collaboration with Brady Corbet on his forthcoming directorial debut, The Childhood of a Leader. Unsurprisingly, the forthy, crispy cold, moody Bergmanesque drama with plenty of unresolve played like another Corbet-starring anti-Sundance vehicle in Simon Killer. We’re looking forward to our repeat viewing.
Gist: Written by Fastvold and Corbet, we find a young attractive couple renovating their Le Corbusier-like estate in the woods…Their lives are soon dismantled upon the arrival of unexpected guests. The Sleepwalker pokes at genre expectations and narrative contrivance in an effort to reveal something altogether more disturbing. »
- Eric Lavallee
Trevor Hogg chats with Addison Timlin about her transformation from a young Gypsy on the theatrical stage to a girlfriend on the big screen who has to deal with Satanic mayhem....
“I grew up doing theatre in New York when I was a kid,” recalls Addison Timlin who is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I did a musical called Gypsy which Sam Mendes [American Beauty] directed and that’s when I fell in love with playing a character who was quite a departure from me. It was something I felt a lot more passionate about and attachment to creatively.” The Oscar winning British director consistently travels between the worlds of theatre and film. “I had great understanding of how Sam worked and had a great relationship with him; he guided me into playing a young and vulnerable Gypsy pushed aside. Sam held my hand through that in way which was nurturing and kind. »
Rising composers Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans have started to make quite a name for themselves, tuning up recent indie hits “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Simon Killer." And in keeping with their knack of lending an eerie, edgy texture to stories off the conventional path, they've once again conjured up something unique for an upcoming thriller. Bensi and Jurriaans are the team behind the score for "Prisoners" director Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal in the dual lead role. The film, about a professor who tries to find out the identity behind his doppelganger, is given an extra offbeat air thanks to the composers' work, which we described as an "atonal A-game of discordant cellos and oblique half notes that would make Jonny Greenwood proud, and keeps the movie tilted on its discomfiting axis." And below, you can get a taste of their work with three exclusive tracks from the soundtrack, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cinematographer Joe Anderson spoke to us about filming Toby Halbrooks' short "Dig" and Ben Cotner and Ryan White's "The Case Against 8." "Dig" shows the perspective of a young girl who watches her father dig a hole in their backyard while "The Case Against 8" is a documentary about the trial that lead to the appeal of Proposition 8. Anderson previously worked on 2012 Sundance entry "Simon Killer" and short "Karaoke!." What camera and lens did you use? For "Dig," we shot with the Arri Alexa and old Cooke Speed Pancros. For "The Case Against 8" we shot with the Sony F3 and the Canon 30-105 along with the Sony Ex-3. What was the most difficult shot in your movie, and how did you pull it off? Regarding Dig: Imagine shooting with four children in the Texas summer heat! Every single shot we pulled off was a miracle. Luckily the »
- Eric Eidelstein
Last year the Masters of Cinema series made a somewhat controversial move when they announced that a pair of contemporary films from two up-and-coming independent American filmmakers were being added to the collection. Antonio Campos' Simon Killer and Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess would be sharing shelf space with revered auteurs like Fellini, Lang and Welles under the collective "Masters of Cinema" banner. While this is not the first time "new" films have been included - Johnnie To' Mad Detective and Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Tokyo Sonata were among the very first titles released on Blu-ray - it was difficult to argue that either Campos or Bujalski had yet established themselves nationally or internationally, nor were their films likely to be particularly well-known or appreciated, if at all.While...
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“Martha Marcy May Marlene” producer and Borderline Films principal Josh Mond is in the midst of shooting his directorial debut “James White,” TheWrap has learned. The indie drama stars Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and the City”), Ron Livingston (“Office Space”), Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi (“Need for Speed”), David Call (“Tiny Furniture”) and newcomer Mackenzie Leigh. “James White” stars Abbott as a troubled young man coming of age in the face of momentous family challenges. Also Read: ‘Simon Killer’ Review: An American (Creep) in Paris Mond, who wrote the script, is producing with his Borderline Films partners Antonio Campos and Sean Durkin. »
- Jeff Sneider
Glenn here with my yearly tradition of counting down 2013's best movie posters. I've done this for the last however many years at my own blog crowning such gorgeous designs as An Over-Simplification of Her Beauty, Here I Am, The Runaways, and Antichrist. but this year we've shipped it on over to The Film Experience. I've gotten a bit of a reputation as "the poster guy" due to being one of the only people online who seemed to look at poster art in details and with any sort of critical eye. Thankfully that's not so much the case anymore with more and more websites starting features and writing lists dedicated to key art. For once I was ahead of the curve!
This year's list was remarkably easy to compile. Perhaps it goes hand in hand with being a good year for film in general, but 2013 was an excellent year for the art of movie posters. »
- Glenn Dunks
16 items from 2014
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