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Factory 25 just dropped us a line to let us know they've lined up Andrew Semans' Nancy, Please and Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets for distribution; and we've got the skinny, artwork, and trailers for both. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Factory 25 has acquired the Tribeca Film Festival film Nancy, Please, a twisted story of obsession and rage directed by Andrew Semans starring Eléonore Hendricks (Bad Fever, Daddy Longlegs and The Dish & the Spoon) and Will Rogers. Nancy, Please tells the story of Paul, a young, gifted, and aimless Yale University student who has just moved in with his girlfriend and is struggling to complete his dissertation before embarking on a career in academia. There’s just one snag: As Paul is unpacking his belongings, he discovers that he has left something behind, and only his obstinate and casually sinister former roommate, Nancy, can give it back to him. »
- Uncle Creepy
Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later?s Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year. Drinking Buddies follows the lives of Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) who work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris (Ron Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Anna Kendrick). And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. »
- Josh Abraham
Drinking Buddies is the quintessential indie drama in the worst way. Meandering and largely unscripted (for that “organic” feel, don’t you know), it features scenes heavy with long looks and few words and the awkwardness that’s inherent in putting actors in a room and letting them “discover” what their characters will say.
Writer/director Joe Swanberg has somewhat of a reputation for his slow, moody indie dramas. And while Drinking Buddies wasn’t as meandering and introspective as Silver Bullets (a waste of a movie), it did feel like a premise that hadn’t been completely thought out or followed through.
The problem with letting actors largely create dialogue and shape scenes, is that your film usually feels like a voyeuristic journey into a stranger’s living room. The conversations are, for the most part, pedantic and circular. Or worse, just casual nothing. All of this translated into »
- Amy Curtis
3 items from 2013
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