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Brady Corbet On His Directorial Debut ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ And The Problem With Movies Today

21 July 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

First-time directors who swing for the fences with bold debut films can strike out hard, but actor-turned-director Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader” is connecting in a big way.

The period drama premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where Corbet took home the awards for Best Debut Feature and Best Director, and is being released Friday through IFC FilmsSundance Selects label. Corbet co-wrote the screenplay for the film with his partner Mona Fastvold.

Read More: ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Review: Brady Corbet’s Directorial Debut Is An Enthralling Mind-f*ck

A dark, post-World War I tale about the seven-year-old son of an American diplomat in France, the film’s largely European cast includes Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”), Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”) and Stacy Martin (“Nymphomaniac”). Robert Pattinson has a small but deceptively important role in the movie, which focuses on the young, manipulative »

- Graham Winfrey

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Exclusive: Robert Pattinson Talks The Tragedy Of Pontius Pilate In Clip From ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’

21 July 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For his feature length directorial debut, Brady Corbet — who already showed himself to be a potent storyteller, writing “Simon Killer” and “The Sleepwalker” — hasn’t held back on the ambition with “The Childhood Of A Leader.” The film’s bold approach certainly captured the attention of many, with the picture earning Best Debut and Best […]

The post Exclusive: Robert Pattinson Talks The Tragedy Of Pontius Pilate In Clip From ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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The Dewey System: How to Make Friends the ‘Casual’ Way

5 July 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Editor’s Note: This post is presented in support of Hulu’s original comedy series “Casual.” Watch new episodes on Tuesdays, streaming only on Hulu.

Cities can be scary places to make new friends. It can be hard enough just navigating between boroughs or through traffic, let alone forming bonds with people you may only have time to see once a week. Sure, texts and tweets help connect people in the modern world, but — similar to romantic relationships — you don’t want to come off as overbearing, clingy or “too” interested. So how do you solidify those friendships without alienating your would-be friends?

Let “Casual’s” Alex and his family of students teach you.

Played by Tommy Dewey on Hulu’s hit comedy, Alex has a way with people that’s hard to emulate, but not impossible. Below, we’ve collected a list of his techniques for meeting and sustaining relationships. »

- Ben Travers

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The Dewey System: How to Make Friends the ‘Casual’ Way

5 July 2016 9:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s Note: This post is presented in support of Hulu’s original comedy series “Casual.” Watch new episodes on Tuesdays, streaming only on Hulu.

Cities can be scary places to make new friends. It can be hard enough just navigating between boroughs or through traffic, let alone forming bonds with people you may only have time to see once a week. Sure, texts and tweets help connect people in the modern world, but — similar to romantic relationships — you don’t want to come off as overbearing, clingy or “too” interested. So how do you solidify those friendships without alienating your would-be friends?

Let “Casual’s” Alex and his family of students teach you.

Played by Tommy Dewey on Hulu’s hit comedy, Alex has a way with people that’s hard to emulate, but not impossible. Below, we’ve collected a list of his techniques for meeting and sustaining relationships. »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Childhood of a Leader’ Trailer: Brady Corbet Makes His Directorial Debut

30 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Over the past few years, actor Brady Corbet has been a part of some great films. We saw the actor in Simon KillerForce Majeure (which Fox Searchlight is remaking), Martha Marcy May Marlene, and a few other notable titles. Now he is stepping behind the camera with The Childhood of a Leader. Corbet’s directorial debut stars Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Bérénice Bejo (The Past), […]

The post ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ Trailer: Brady Corbet Makes His Directorial Debut appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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New to Streaming: ‘Everybody Wants Some!!,’ ‘Fantastic Planet,’ ‘The Fundamentals of Caring,’ and More

24 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Aferim! (Radu Jude)

Leave it to a Romanian director to make a movie that best expresses the dangers of the dyed-in-the-wool mindset of modern America. Culled partly from historical documents, Aferim! is a twisted history lesson whose messages transcend its insular time period of 19th-century Romania. Its story concerns Constable Costandin (Teodor Corban) and his son, Ionita (Mihai Comanoiu), who chase after a wanted Gypsy slave »

- The Film Stage

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‘Difficult People’ Season 2 Trailer Features Nathan Lane Being Bullied & A Lin-Manuel Miranda Cameo

23 June 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With only two weeks away from the Season 2 premiere of “Difficult People,” Hulu released a brand new trailer filled with even more crazy wackiness from best friend duo, Julie and Billy.

The latest clip features all kinds of wild scenes including the besties yelling at their new intern, forcing Nathan Lane to put his hand down the toilet, Fred Armisen doing the nay nay and a Lin-Manuel Miranda cameo.

Read More: Binge or Bust? Why Streaming Networks Release Shows Like ‘Difficult People’ and ‘Community’ Weekly

Hailing from Julie Klausner, who stars alongside Billy Eichner, the second season will see best friends Julie and Billy continue to search for fame, to diminishing returns. Billy will seek a boyfriend, while Julie tries her best to avoid a deeper commitment to Arthur and not become her mother.

The comedy is executive produced by Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Tony Hernandez of Jax Media and showrunner Scott King. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Difficult People’ Season 2 Trailer Features Nathan Lane Being Bullied & A Lin-Manuel Miranda Cameo

23 June 2016 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

With only two weeks away from the Season 2 premiere of “Difficult People,” Hulu released a brand new trailer filled with even more crazy wackiness from best friend duo, Julie and Billy.

The latest clip features all kinds of wild scenes including the besties yelling at their new intern, forcing Nathan Lane to put his hand down the toilet, Fred Armisen doing the nay nay and a Lin-Manuel Miranda cameo.

Read More: Binge or Bust? Why Streaming Networks Release Shows Like ‘Difficult People’ and ‘Community’ Weekly

Hailing from Julie Klausner, who stars alongside Billy Eichner, the second season will see best friends Julie and Billy continue to search for fame, to diminishing returns. Billy will seek a boyfriend, while Julie tries her best to avoid a deeper commitment to Arthur and not become her mother.

The comedy is executive produced by Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Tony Hernandez of Jax Media and showrunner Scott King. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Trainspotting,’ ‘Simon Killer,’ ‘The Loneliest Planet’ & More Indies Headed to Hulu in July — See Our Curated List

22 June 2016 3:55 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A great many shows and movies are coming to Hulu next month, some more notable than others. To skip the chaff and go straight to the wheat, allow us to collate and curate a selection of the most notable titles available to stream in July:

“48 Hours” and “Another 48 Hours”

“The Aviator”

Berberian Sound Studio

Broadway Danny Rose

The Brothers Bloom

“Devil’s Pass”

Dirty Wars

“Dirty Work”

“‘Don’t Look Now”

Escape From Alcatraz

Finding Neverland

Fish Tank

“Flashdance”

Gimme the Loot

“Glory”

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

“Hackers”

“Hunger”

The Hunt for Red October

“In the Loop”

“Jimmy P”

Liberal Arts

Like Someone in Love

The Loneliest Planet

Lonesome Jim

“Manderlay”

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Mommie Dearest

“Phoenix”

“Rosemary’s Baby”

Read More: ‘Transparent’ Ratings Lag Behind Rivals on Netflix & Hulu

“Sightseers”

Simon Killer »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

22 June 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Reed Morano, known for her breakout film “Meadowland,” is in negotiations to direct the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” according to Deadline reports. 

Shortly after the news was announced, the helmer expressed her joy about being part of the series, tweeting: “Lizzie and I are so excited.”

!!! Thanks, Nicole!! Lizzie & I are so excited… https://t.co/XK1Fl0V2QO

Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) June 22, 2016

Read More: Reed Morano on ‘Meadowland,’ Working with Olivia Wilde and Motherhood Discrimination

The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel of the same name and is adapted for television by Bruce Miller.

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will go »

- Liz Calvario

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

22 June 2016 11:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Reed Morano, known for her breakout film “Meadowland,” is in negotiations to direct the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” according to Deadline reports. 

Shortly after the news was announced, the helmer expressed her joy about being part of the series, tweeting: “Lizzie and I are so excited.”

!!! Thanks, Nicole!! Lizzie & I are so excited… https://t.co/XK1Fl0V2QO

Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) June 22, 2016

Read More: Reed Morano on ‘Meadowland,’ Working with Olivia Wilde and Motherhood Discrimination

The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel of the same name and is adapted for television by Bruce Miller.

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will go »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Transparent’ Ratings Lag Behind Rivals on Netflix & Hulu

21 June 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Amazon Studios is all the rage in the arthouse world of late, with high-profile films like Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” soon to be released. A new Variety report suggests that the studio’s success hasn’t fully translated on the television end of the spectrum, as “Transparent” — a critical favorite and multiple Emmy winner credited with bringing transgender issues to wider cultural attention — is lagging in terms of actual viewership.

Read More: Transgender Characters on TV: How the Roles Have Grown & Why It’s Important

Numbers provided to Variety by Symphony Advanced Media show that the show’s second season averaged a 0.68 rating among adults aged 18 to 49 between September 21 and May 2; Netflix’s “Fuller House” averaged an 11.3, for comparison, while more similar series like “Master of “None” (3.28) and Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” (0.88) outperformed “Transparent” as well. Amazon’s highest-rated original series, »

- Michael Nordine

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‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Review: Brady Corbet’s Directorial Debut Is An Enthralling Mind-f*ck

14 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A 27-year-old dude from Scottsdale, Arizona, Brady Corbet has somehow become the go-to guy for major European auteurs in need of a young American who can pick up what they’re putting down. We may never fully understand how he parlayed a one-episode cameo on “The King of Queens” and a recurring appearance in the fifth season of “24” into a series of brilliant collaborations with titans of international cinema like Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”) and Lars von Trier (“Melancholia”), but it’s clear why Corbet might have a special appreciation for how public figures are often seen through the lens of their beginnings. With his unusually accomplished directorial debut “Childhood of a Leader,” Corbet delivers a strange and startling film that reflects the unique trajectory of his career, as well as the influence of the iconoclastic directors with whom he’s already worked.

The first strains of Scott Walker’s panicky score slice into the soundtrack like Penderecki having a heart attack, the strings cutting into archival footage of World War I troops marching in formation. The opening titles are draped in terror, and they steel audiences for an ominous origin story on par with the horrors presaged by “Max” or “The Omen.” And on that promise, Corbet delivers — albeit it in his own elliptical, psychically tormented, and increasingly hypnotic way.

The Childhood of a Leader” tells the story of a young American boy (Tom Sweet) coming of age in a snowbound pocket of rural France circa 1918. His young yet severe mother (“The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo) is fed up with her son from the start, and takes out most of her frustration on the various employees who rear the boy for her by proxy. The child’s father (Liam Cunningham, who “Game of Thrones” fans will better recognize by the name of Davos Seaworth), is an assistant on President Wilson’s staff, and is often away in Versailles working on the peace treaty that would ultimately end the war. On the rare evenings during which he returns home, the boy’s father is sometimes accompanied by a widower politician played by Robert Pattinson (a glorified cameo during which he willfully melts into the musty furnishings of Corbet’s sets).

The film seldom ventures outside of the boy’s house, pushing deeper and deeper into the opaque void of its protagonist’s malleable young mind. Corbet’s doggedly anti-dramatic script (co-written by his partner, Mona Fastvold) stakes the boy’s future on a debate between nature vs. nurture in which neither side ever seems to earn a clear advantage. Sweet, whose character is outwardly defined by a blank expression and a head of flowing blond hair (he’s often confused for a girl), delivers a tense performance that often feels modeled after his director’s seething turns in “Simon Killer” and “Funny Games.” You almost never know what the kid is thinking, but it’s telling that his moments of paranoid anxiety are by far his most visceral — an early nightmare sequence suggests that Corbet has a natural talent for eerie visual abstractions.

Read More: Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold Talk Moody Sundance Discovery ‘The Sleepwalker

He also has a natural talent for the strain of winking, comically exaggerated gravitas that makes it tempting to suspect that hyper-severe auteurs like Haneke and von Trier are actually just taking the piss. Ostentatiously divided into five sections (an overture, three ‘Tantrums,’ and a coda), and refusing to speak the boy’s name until late in the film (so that viewers might tie themselves into knots trying to work out which fascist leader the kid will grow up to become), “The Childhood of a Leader” pits the intensity of its context against the banality of its incident.

The first two Tantrums are all portent and no plot; the most exciting thing that happens is when the boy paws at the breast of his pretty young French tutor (“Nymphomaniac” ingenue Stacy Martin). There’s much talk of language skills, and fluency becomes its own kind of power, but how that factors into Corbet’s grand design is no better explicated than the fact that Sweet’s character is exclusively raised by hired help, or the tidbit that his dad had been hoping for a daughter. And yet, the raw anxiety of Corbet’s vision only grows more palpable as Sweet retreats further from our understanding; by the time the film reveals itself to be more of a mind-fuck than a historical drama, you’re too rattled to feel tricked.

On one hand, the indelibly disorienting final scene feels like a hit from behind; on the other, it feels as though the film has been building to it from the start. Either way, “The Childhood of a Leader” leaves behind a squall of unanswered questions that linger in the mind long after it squelches to a finish. Is this a story about the merits of Freudian psychology, or its limitations? Is it about the making of a monster, or is its distance meant to mock the thinking that sociopaths can be so easily explained? Early in the first Tantrum, Pattinson’s character lifts a quote that novelist John Fowles would ultimately coin in regards to the Holocaust: “That was the tragedy. Not that one man has the courage to be evil, but that so many have not the courage to be good.” Other than Corbet’s promise, that sentiment may be the film’s one clear takeaway: Whether born or raised, leaders are only as powerful as the people who neglect to stop them.

Grade: B+

The Childhood of a Leader” plays at BAMcinemaFest on June 23rd. It opens in theaters and on VOD on July 22nd.

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- David Ehrlich

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12 Must-See Films at BAMCinemaFest 2016

13 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This month, Brooklyn plays home to the annual BAMCinemaFest, featuring both some tried and true festival favorites (imagine if Sundance just happened to take place in New York City in the summer) and some brand-new standouts. Here’s the best of what’s on offer, as curated and culled by the IndieWire film team.

Little Men” New York City-centric filmmaker Ira Sachs has long used his keen observational eye to track the worlds of the city’s adult denizens with features like “Love is Strange” and “Keep the Lights On,” but he’s going for a younger set of stars (and troubles) in his moving new feature, “Little Men.” The new film debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where it pulled plenty of heartstrings (including mine) with its gentle, deeply human story of two seemingly different young teens (Theo Taplitz as the worldly Jake, Michael Barbieri as the more rough and tumble Tony) who quickly bond when one of them moves into the other’s Brooklyn neighborhood. Jake and Tony become fast friends, but their relationship is threatened by drama brewing between their parents, as Jake’s parents own the small store that Tony’s mom operates below the family’s apartment.When Jake’s parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) are bothered by looming money troubles, they turn to Tony’s mom (Paulina García) and ask her to pay a higher rent, a seemingly reasonable query that has heart-breaking consequences for both families and both boys. It’s a small story that hits hard, thanks to wonderful performances and the kind of emotion that’s hard to fake. – Kate Erbland “Kate Plays Christine

It’s usually easy enough to find common themes cropping up at various film festivals, but few people could have anticipated that this year’s Sundance would play home to two stories about Christine Chubbuck, a tragic tale that had been previously unknown by most of the population (the other Chubbuck story to crop up at Sundance was Antonio Campos’ closely observed narrative “Christine,” a winner in its own right). In 1974, Chubbuck — a television reporter for a local Sarasota, Florida TV station — killed herself live on air after a series of disappointing events and a lifetime of mental unhappiness. Robert Greene’s “Kate Plays Christine” takes an ambitious angle on Chubbuck’s story, mixing fact and fiction to present a story of an actress (Kate Lyn Sheil) grappling with her preparations to play Chubbuck in a narrative feature that doesn’t exist. Sheil is tasked with playing a mostly real version of herself, a heightened version of herself as the story winds on and even Chubbuck in a series of re-enactments. The concept is complex, but it pays off, and “Kate Plays Christine” is easily one of the year’s most ambitious and fascinating documentaries. – Ke

“Suited”

This eye-opening documentary focuses on Brooklyn-based tailoring company Bindle & Keep, which designs clothes for transgender and gender fluid clients. Produced by Lena Dunham and her “Girls” producer Jenni Konner, the HBO Documentary looks at fashion through the eyes of several people across the gender identity spectrum, including a transitioning teen in need of a suit for his Bar Mitzvah and a transgender man buying a tuxedo for his wedding. The film has a deep personal connection to Dunham, whose gender nonconforming sister Grace has been a vocal activist within the transgender community. “Suited” is the first solo-directing effort from Jason Benjamin, who previously co-directed the 2002 documentary “Carnival Roots,” about Trinidad & Tobago’s annual music festival. – Graham Winfrey

Wiener-Dog

Todd Solondz’s first directorial effort since 2011’s “Dark Horse” is literally about an animal this time. “Wiener-Dog” follows a dachshund that goes from one strange owner to the next, serving as a central character in four stories that bring out the pointlessness of human existence. The offbeat comedy’s stellar cast includes Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Julie Delpy and “Girls’” Zosia Mamet. Amazon nabbed all domestic media rights to the film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, while IFC Films is handling the theatrical release. Financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and produced by Christine Vachon’s Killer Films, the film marked Solondz’s first movie to play at Sundance since 1995’s “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” – Gw

Last Night at the Alamo

Eagle Pennell has become lost to film history, despite making two of the most important films of the modern indie era. His 1978 film “The Whole Shootin’ Match” inspired Robert Redford to start Sundance and his 1984 classic “Last Night at the Alamo” has been championed by Tarantino and Linklater, who along with IFC Films and SXSW founder Louis Black is responsible for the restoration that will be playing at Bam. “Alamo,” which tells the story of a cowboy’s last ditch effort to save a local watering hole, is credited for having given birth to the Austin film scene and for laying the groundwork for the rebirth of the American indie that came later in the decade. Pennell’s career was cut short by alcoholism, but “Alamo” stands tribute to his incredible talent, pioneering spirit and the influence he’s had on so many great filmmakers. – Chris O’Falt

Read More: Indie Legend Who Inspired Sundance, ‘Reservoir Dogs’ And More Will Have Classic Films Restored

“Author: The J.T. LeRoy Story”

J.T. Leroy was an literary and pop culture sensation, until it was revealed that the HIV-positive, ex-male-prostitute teenage author was actually the creation of a 40 year old mother by the name Laura Albert.  Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary, starring Albert and featuring her recorded phone calls from the hoax, is the best yarn of 2016. You will not believe the twist-and-turns of the behind the scenes story of how Albert pulled off the hoax and cultivated close relationships (with her sister-in-law posing at Jt) with celebrities like filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Smashing Pumpkins’ Bill Corgan, both of whom play key supporting roles in this stranger-than-fiction film. Trust us, “Author” will be one of the most entertaining films you see this summer. – Co

Dark Night

Loosely based on the 2012 shooting in Aurora, Colorado during a multiplex screening of “The Dark Knight,” Tim Sutton’s elegantly designed “Dark Night” contains a fascinating, enigmatic agenda. In its opening moments, Maica Armata’s mournful score plays out as we watch a traumatized face lit up by the red-blue glow of a nearby police car. Mirroring the media image of tragedy divorced from the lives affected by it, the ensuing movie fills in those details. Like Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant,” Sutton’s ambitious project dissects the moments surrounding the infamous event with a perceptive eye that avoids passing judgement. While some viewers may find this disaffected approach infuriating — the divisive Sundance reaction suggested as much — there’s no doubting the topicality of Sutton’s technique, which delves into the malaise of daily lives that surrounds every horrific event of this type with a keen eye. It may not change the gun control debate, but it adds a gorgeous and provocative footnote to the conversation. – Eric Kohn

A Stray

Musa Syeed’s tender look at a Somali refugee community in Minneapolis puts a human face on the immigration crisis through the exploits of Adan (Barkhad Abdirahman), a young man adrift in his solitary world. Kicked out by his mother and unwelcome at the local mosque where he tries to crash, Adan meets his only source of companionship in a stray dog he finds wandering the streets. Alternating between social outings and job prospects, Adan’s struggles never strain credibility, even when an FBI agent tries to wrestle control of his situation to turn him into a spy. Shot with near-documentary realism, Syed’s insightful portrait of his forlorn character’s life recalls the earlier films of Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop”), which also capture an oft-ignored side of modern America. With immigration stories all too frequently coopted for political fuel, “A Stray” provides a refreshingly intimate alternative, which should appeal to audiences curious about the bigger picture — or those who can relate to it. – Ek

Goat

After making a blistering impression at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Andrew Neel’s fraternity psychodrama “Goat” comes to Bam with great acclaim and sky high anticipation. Starring breakout Ben Schnetzer and Nick Jonas, the film centers around a 19-year-old college student who pledges the same fraternity as his older brother, only to realize the world of hazing and endless parties is darker than he could ever imagine. In lesser hands, “Goat” would be a one-note takedown of hedonistic bro culture, but Neel’s slick direction brings you to the core of animalistic behavior and forces you to weigh the clashing egos of masculinity. By cutting underneath the layers of machismo, Neel creates a drama of insecurities buried beneath the war between predator and prey. It’s an intense and intelligent study of a world the movies have always been obsessed with. – Zack Sharf

Read More: Sundance: How Robert Greene and Kate Lyn Sheil Made the Festival’s Most Fascinating Documentary

The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet has been one of the most reliable supporting actors in films like “Funny Games,” “Force Majeure,” “Clouds of Sils Maria” and more, and he even broke through as a lead in the great indie “Simon Killer,” but it turns out Corbet’s real skills are behind the camera. In his directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader,” the actor creates an unnerving period psychodrama that evokes shades of “The Omen” by way of Hitchcock. Set in Europe after Wwi, the movie follows a young boy as he develops a terrifying ego after witnessing the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. Cast members Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo deliver reliably strong turns, but it’s Corbet’s impressive control that makes the film a tightly-wound skin-crawler. His ambition is alive in every frame and detail, resulting in a commanding debut that announces him as a major filmmaker to watch. – Zs

The Love Witch

Meet your new obsession: A spellbinding homage to old pulp paperbacks and the Technicolor melodramas of the 1960s, Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” is a throwback that’s told with the kind of perverse conviction and studied expertise that would make Quentin Tarantino blush. Shot in velvety 35mm, the film follows a beautiful, sociopathic, love-starved young witch named Elaine (Samantha Robinson, absolutely unforgettable in a demented breakthrough performance) as she blows into a coastal Californian town in desperate search of a replacement for her dead husband. Sex, death, Satanic rituals, God-level costume design, and cinema’s greatest tampon joke ensue, as Biller spins an arch but hyper-sincere story about the true price of patriarchy. – David Ehrlich

Morris From America

Coming-of-age movies are a dime a dozen (and the going rate is even cheaper at Sundance), but Chad Hartigan’s absurdly charming follow-up to “This Is Martin Bonner” puts a fresh spin on a tired genre. Played by lovable newcomer Markees Christmas, Morris is a 13-year-old New Yorker who’s forced to move to the suburbs of Germany when his widower dad (a note-perfect Craig Robinson) accepts a job as the coach of a Heidelberg soccer team. It’s tough being a teen, but Morris — as the only black kid in a foreign town that still has one foot stuck in the old world — has it way harder than most. But there’s a whole lot of joy here, as Hartigan’s sweet and sensitive fish out of water story leverages a handful of killer performances into a great little movie about becoming your own man. – De

BAMCinemaFest 2016 runs from June 15 – 26.

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- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich, Zack Sharf, Chris O'Falt and Graham Winfrey

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First Teaser for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘The Woman in the Silver Plate’ Starring Tahar Rahim and Mathieu Amalric

9 June 2016 10:12 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is on quite the roll: nine months after Journey to the Shore and four since Creepy premiered, both of which we highly recommend, we have a new teaser for his French-language debut, The Woman in the Silver Plate, which collects some of the country’s best actors — Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet (Belgian, albeit French-speaking), and Constance Rousseau (Simon Killer) — for (surprise!) an eerie tale involving the mystical and unknown.

Aside from a likely festival appearance, the thing’s still some ways off — a French theatrical release won’t be underway until late November, and there’s no U.S. distributor yet announced — but at least we have a teaser. However brief, it’s a cinematographic and formal beauty, perhaps early evidence that Kurosawa’s transition to a new language and continent hasn’t dulled the man’s intoxicating sense for capturing images.

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Watch: First Trailer For ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Starring Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo, Stacy Martin & More

17 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Actor Brady Corbet has proved he has unique stories to tell as the screenwriter behind “Simon Killer” and “The Sleepwalker,” making it clear he has a voice worth paying attention to. Now he’s gone to the next level, directing his debut feature film “The Childhood Of A Leader.” Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Simon Killer’ Loses That […]

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Exclusive: Soundtrack Preview Of Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans’ Score For ‘Last Days In The Desert’

10 May 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

What do Denis Villeneuve‘s “Enemy,” the HBO hit documentary “The Jinx,” Sean Durkin‘s “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” and Antonio Campos‘ “Simon Killer” all share in common? A score by composing duo Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans. And that’s just a slim slice of the pair’s extensive filmography, which has firmly established their reputation as two of the […]

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Antonio Campos to Direct ‘Omen’ Prequel; Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ Moves Forward

29 April 2016 12:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With three Sundance premieres under his belt, it may have only been a matter of time before Antonio Campos (Christine, Simon Killer, Afterschool) moved onto studio fare. It was less a matter of time that he’d direct a prequel to one of the most popular horror films in movie history, yet THR has word that 20th Century Fox seeks him for The First Omen, a movie who want to know a bit more about the possessed child named Damien.

Details on the project are a bit sparse, save for the involvement of screenwriter Ben Jacoby and, on the producing side, David S. Goyer‘s Phantom Four. Make of the suggestive title what you will — if you have any desire to think about this in any terms, I mean. The prospect of Campos’ static, long-shot aesthetic entering the big-studio reboot / remake realm is intriguing, certainly, but to what end, really? »

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'The Omen' has suddenly become the hottest property in horror

28 April 2016 12:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Omen may be 40 years old this year, but it's somehow become the hottest property in horror in 2016. In addition to A&E's sequel series Damien (which, truth be told, isn't garnering the kind of ratings the network probably hoped for), an Omen prequel movie is now in the works with indie darling Antonio Campos -- whose 2016 biopic Christine, about tragic Florida TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- attached to direct.  Fittingly titled The First Omen, the film is being produced by David Goyer for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind both the original film and its three less-successful sequels, including the made-for-tv stinker Omen IV: The Awakening. I actually rewatched The Omen fairly recently, and truth be told, I'd forgotten how hokey the thing is. The fact that it grossed boatloads of money in 1976 makes sense: it's broadly entertaining, »

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The Omen Prequel Is Happening at 20th Century Fox

28 April 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The problem with most prequels is that the original never intended to show you what happened before the events deemed worthy enough to depict in a movie. But that isn't stopping the brain trust at 20th Century Fox from moving forward on The First Omen, a precursor to the 1976 classic that introduced Damien to the world. Antonio Campos, who made waves with his Sundance hit Christine (not a Stephen King remake) is in talks to direct.

A grown-up Damien is at the center of a new A&E horror series that debuted earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox already blew it with their critically panned remake of The Omen in 2006. So they're taking this long-standing horror franchise in a totally new direction. This next movie is produced by David Goyer and Kevin Turen under their Phantom Four banner. There are no story details. The movie will tell what happened »

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