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Cannes: Acid unveils 2015 showcase

23 April 2015 3:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others set for international premiere in the selection.

France’s Association for the Diffusion of Independent Cinema (Acid) has unveiled the line-up for its 22nd Cannes showcase, running May 14-23.

The initiative aimed at giving greater visibility to up and coming, indie filmmakers will screen nine works – five of them first features and six of them without a distributor.

They include Us filmmaker Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others, which premiered at SXSW earlier this year.

An adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen’s novel about a family who come to terms with the recent loss of a baby through the arrival of a pregnant, teenager stepdaughter in their care, it is Wang’s second film after the much-praised In the Family.

Paris-based Ed Distribution has just acquired the film for France.

Launched in 1993, Acid’s Cannes showcase has put the spotlight on more than 200 works on the Croisette including early works »

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SXSW Film Review: ‘The Grief of Others’

20 March 2015 11:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If writer-director Patrick Wang hadn’t already made a fine, little-seen drama a few years ago called “In the Family,” the title would have been just as well suited to his sophomore feature, “The Grief of Others,” a delicate, elliptically structured portrait of six wounded souls coping with the aftermath of tragedy. More experimental in form and wobbly in execution than its predecessor, this searching adaptation of Leah Hager Cohen’s 2011 novel nonetheless evokes a family’s fragile inner life in ineffably moving fashion, capturing how distant and isolated parents and children can feel from one another even when living under the same roof. Commercial prospects are as modest as the work itself, but festivals will line up to pay their respects.

It takes a while for the viewer to grasp the significance of the dreamlike prologue, tinted with red and seemingly shot from the perspective of a hospital patient »

- Justin Chang

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Grief of Others, The | SXSW Review - SXSW Film 2015

20 March 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Adapted by writer-director Patrick Wang from Leah Hager Cohen's 2011 novel, The Grief of Others touches on several of the same themes as Wang's feature-length debut, In the Family. Though staying clear of gender issues this time around, Wang uses The Grief of Others as a vessel to further contemplate the [de]construction of family following a traumatic moment. For the most part, Wang maintains a cold and stoic distance from his subjects, as if approaching filmmaking by way of psychology. An astutely profound rendering of human behavior, Wang frames most of the scenes in static wide-shots, permitting us to observe the Ryries via a clinically disconnected perspective. »

- Don Simpson

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SXSW Review: Patrick Wang's 'The Grief of Others' is a Poignant Follow-up to 'In the Family'

16 March 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writer-director Patrick Wang's 2011 debut "In the Family" was a sprawling, astute look at a southern gay man coping with his partner's sudden death and attempting to care for his young child. Its measured approach and extensive running time limited its commercial appeal, but over the course of many months and the accumulation of critical acclaim, the movie became a definite sleeper hit. For his follow-up, "The Grief of Others," Wang adapts Leah Hager Cohen's 2011 novel into another quietly engaging look at family bonds troubled by unexpected death. While not as uniformly engaging as Wang's debut, the new movie once again showcases the filmmaker's tender, exacting technique, offering further confirmation of his emerging talent. Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Sundance Bible Wang's latest drama focuses on the turmoil facing the Ryries family in the immediate aftermath of tragedy. Married couple Ricky (Wendy Moniz) and John (Trevor St. John) cope with death of their. »

- Eric Kohn

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SXSW: 13 Buzziest Movies at This Year’s Film Festival

13 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to  before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.

1. “Trainwreck

The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey

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'Empire' Episode 8 Recap: The Lyons, The Snitch, and the Boardroom

25 February 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The week’s Empire was all about family, starting with the flashback to Cookie saying goodbye to her young sons before being sentenced to jail, and ending with dramatic implications for every member of the Lyon family.

Last Week: 'Empire' Episode 7 Recap: Winners, Losers, and Truth Bombs

Here’s a look at the drama that "The Lyon’s Roar" brought to Empire’s central clan.


It was a ground-breaking episode for the middle Lyon son. After meeting openly gay filmmaker Ryan Morgan (Eka Darville), Jamal was inspired to come out publicly at the White Party, changing the lyrics to one of Lucious’ famous songs and singing "this the kind of song that makes a man love a man." The party crowd and Lyon family all loved it...everyone except Lucious of course.


Jamal also shared an adorable moment bonding with his new daughter Lola over the Lyons’ love of music and singing "The Lion Sleeps »

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SXSW Reveals Features and Episodics Lineups; New Judd Apatow and Alex Gibney Make the Cut

3 February 2015 11:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hot off the heels of this year's edition of the Sundance Film Festival coming to a close comes the full features lineup for the next major independent film festival, South by Southwest (SXSW).  The 2015 slate consists of a whopping 145 features, 100 of which will be making their world premieres. Highlights include "6 Years," Hannah Fidell's follow-up to "A Teacher," which sees her reuniting with that film's breakout star, Lindsay Burdge; "The Grief of Others," from writer/director Patrick Wang, who impressed with his last outing, "In the Family"; the latest Alex Gibney documentary "Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine"; Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "Lost River," which was panned at last year's Cannes Film Festival; Paul Feigs' new comedy "Spy," which reunites him with his "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat" star Melissa McCarthy; and a work in progress screening of Judd Apatow's Amy Schumer-fronted »

- Nigel M Smith and Liz Shannon Miller

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Actresses Deneuve and Stewart Make 'French Oscar' History

30 January 2015 10:51 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart, Catherine Deneuve make César Award history (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria,' with Juliette Binoche) Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve are two 2015 César Award nominees making history. The French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts announced the nominations on Jan. 28, 2015; the César Awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 20, 2015, at Paris' Théâtre du Châtelet. Kristen Stewart is in the running in the Best Supporting Actress category for Clouds of Sils Maria / Sils Maria. Catherine Deneuve has been shortlisted as Best Actress for In the Courtyard / Dans la cour. So, how are Stewart and Deneuve making César history? Well, let's begin with "the expected one": Deneuve. Catherine Deneuve One of the biggest film icons ever, Catherine Deneuve is one of those relatively rare international film superstars who has never bothered with – or needed – a Hollywood career. Deneuve, who turned 71 last October 22, has been »

- Steve Montgomery

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