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Spotlight Boards Jason Schwartzman Comedy ‘7 Chinese Brothers’ – Cannes

18 May 2015 2:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Spotlight Pictures has added 7 Chinese Brothers to its Cannes sales slate. The comedy from writer-director Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me) debuted at SXSW in March and will have a U.S. day-and-date release through Screen Media Films in August. Jason Schwartzman, Tunde Adebimpe, Eleanore Pienta, Stephen Root and Olympia Dukakis star. Producers are Seana Flanagan, Molly Christie Benson, and Nancy Schafer with executive producer Christos V… »

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SXSW Film Review: ‘7 Chinese Brothers’

23 March 2015 5:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

To call “7 Chinese Brothers” featherweight would be an injustice to feathers. Only completist admirers of Jason Schwartzman’s misfit gallery need trouble with this perilously thin tale of a guy who runs through a couple of low-end jobs and … well, that’s about it, actually. Proving once again that “quirky” alone isn’t enough, Bob Byington’s tiny character study will be making a quick transition to modest download sales.

Schwartzman’s Larry lives along with his primarily sleep-focused pug (the actor’s own dog, Arrow Schwartzman) in Austin, where he spends most of his time seeking liquid and pill-form escape from presumed life complaints the film can’t be bothered to elucidate. When he’s caught imbibing one day at the restaurant where he works, he’s fired, which barely ruffles Larry’s perpetually underwhelmed demeanor.

Discovering that his ratty automobile requires servicing, Larry impulsively applies for a job at Quick Lube, »

- Dennis Harvey

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SXSW Review: ‘7 Chinese Brothers’ Starring Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis & TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe

18 March 2015 12:42 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Lest the title of “7 Chinese Brothers” inspire visions of the next ensemble crime drama from Johnnie To, the film in question is a quietly acerbic, absurdist oddity featuring Jason Schwartzman and his bulldog Arrow. The two are co-stars and compatriots driving around Austin, Texas in a filthy car having one-sided conversations while the rest of the world belittles and bypasses them both. This could change, but Schwartzman’s character Larry might need more than the film’s brisk 76-minute runtime to convince him of such a possibility. Directing by Bob Byington (“Somebody Up There Likes Me”), the film is a symbiotic roll calls of the current independent film scene: Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), Stephen Root, Jennifer Prediger and Alex Ross Perry all show up in supporting and cameo roles. In terms of tone, the picture shares the briefest of crossovers with Perry’s “Listen Up Philip,” casting Schwartzman in a role defined by selfish rage. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Watch: Five Clips from SXSW Entry '7 Chinese Brothers', Starring Jason Schwartzman

11 March 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

If one were to head on over to my most anticipated films of SXSW list, one would see the inclusion of Bob Byington's latest film 7 Chinese Brothers, which stars Jason Schwartzman. I did not wholly love Byington's previous film Somebody Up There Likes Me, but I saw a lot of promise there and was eager to see what he had next. The man has a very unique comic voice, which I think deserves to be noticed. That said, if you'd like further introduction, I have five clips from the movie (h/t The Playlist) for you all to watch. Considering the film is only 75 minutes long, I will not be watching them as they could possibly take up a significant portion of the runtime. But for those of you who do not know what this film is, which may be a good portion of you, give them a watch below. »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: Jason Schwartzman Talks to Dogs in Exclusive 'Seven Chinese Brothers' SXSW Clips and Poster

11 March 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: SXSW Review: Bob Byington's Moving and Surreal 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' Is His Most Accessible Film to Date If you've ever wanted to watch a movie in which Jason Schwartzman confides in, yells at and gets lost with his dog, "Seven Chinese Brothers" is definitely for you. "Seven Chinese Brothers," set for a SXSW premiere next week, stars Schwartzman as Larry, a down-on-his-luck sad-sack balancing a lot: His affinity for booze, his affection for his boss (Eleanore Pienta), his irritation with his grandmother (Olympia Dukakis) and, most importantly, his dedication to his dog (Arrow, Schwartzman's real-life french bulldog). The loose and funny slice-of-life comes from director Bob Byington, whose recent credits include "Harmony and Me" and "Somebody Up There Likes Me." In the three exclusive clips of the film posted below, Larry gets lost on the road, goes for a walk and admits a »

- David Canfield

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SXSW 2015 Guides: Austin and Texas Features

11 March 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The number of features and documentaries with Austin and/or Texas connections at SXSW Film Festival, which takes place from March 13-21, is staggering this year. As in the past, many familiar local filmmakers and cast have multiple movies with which they're associated. Here's this year's slate:


Manglehorn (pictured at top) -- During my interview with director David Gordon Green at Dallas Iff last year, he described this film starring Al Pacino as an urban movie "looking through the face of characters, three wandering souls looking for their place on a magical journey. Melancholy but full of hope and life and love." (screening times)

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7 Chinese Brothers -- Written and directed by Bob Byington (Somebody Up There Likes Me), this film features Jason Schwartzman as despondent and drunk Larry, whose only true companion is his French bulldog, as he pines for his Quick-Lube boss Lupe (Eleanore Pienta »

- Debbie Cerda

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Films of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival

10 March 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival is starting up this Friday, and I could not be more excited. This is my fourth year of attending the fest, and each year brings about a couple of films I love. What is also great about SXSW is, unlike Toronto or Cannes, there is plenty of room for discovery. Many films are making their world premieres here from lesser known filmmakers. SXSW also brings together an eclectic assortment of genres for the program, from indie dramas to horror films to science-fiction to you name it. I think going to those aforementioned festivals and just seeing "prestige pictures" continuously could get a bit boring. Sure, SXSW has a higher risk for a terrible movie, but the risk is exciting. Consequently, making a most anticipated list for a festival offering a lot of discoveries seems like a contradiction. But, of course, if you look through the program, »

- Mike Shutt

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