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Exclusive: Zooey Deschanel Finds Anton Yelchin Down A Well In Clip From 'The Driftless Area'

Romance, crime, and ideas about time and interconnectedness, "The Driftless Area" stars Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel in this unique story about a young man, caught up in extraordinary circumstances. And today we have an exclusive look at the movie. Based on the novel by Tom Drury, and also featuring Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Ciarin Hinds, and Frank Langella, this neo-noir tale follows Pierre, who returns to his hometown, runs afoul of a local criminal, and unexpectedly falls head over heels for a mysterious young woman. Here's the official synopsis: “No one knows if Pierre fell for the wrong girl or was just unlucky in love.” Based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury, Zachary Sluser’s neo-noir, metaphysical romance centers on a budding love affair that causes a ripple effect in a quiet town. After his parents’ death, an affable bartender, Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin
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Review: The Driftless Area, A Metaphysical Marvel

We humans often like to think of ourselves as creatures of habit. It helps to compartmentalize our world, making order out of chaos. As someone who operates quite often from his head, habits are important. Writing movie reviews, attempting to express in words an experience which often goes far beyond such language, helps me as much as it excites me. There I am hurtling towards the chaos, ratcheting up the intensity on an imaginary dial, wrestling it into the calm arms of fate... my fate. But what if there was no chaos? What if that was just another way to compartmentalize something far more complex, nuanced, and ultimately quite simple. Like Anton Yelchin's quiet, soft gazed Pierre says in Zachary Sluser's debut feature The Driftless...

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The Driftless Area Trailer: Anton Yelchin Seeks Revenge For Zooey Deschanel

I'd never heard of The Driftless Area until about three minutes ago, but after watching this trailer (via Yahoo), I'm curious to see it. Anton Yelchin stars as a guy who meets the ghost of a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who was killed in a fire, and she convinces him to get revenge on the people who killed her. Not exactly your typical "boy meets girl" story, huh? I'm not a huge fan of Yelchin and Deschanel, and that premise sounds like a Nicholas Sparks fantasy filtered through a revenge lens, but as soon as I saw the supporting cast, that got my attention in a big way. John Hawkes, Frank Langella, Ciaran Hinds, Alia Shawkat, and Aubrey Plaza round out the cast.

The movie doesn't appear to be coming to theaters, but it'll hit VOD and DVD on April 26th.

No one knows if Pierre fell for the wrong girl
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Zooey Deschanel & Anton Yelchin in Full Trailer for 'The Driftless Area'

"The one who did this to you, he's gunna be made to pay." Sony has debuted a trailer for this direct-to-vod drama called The Driftless Area, which features an impressive cast but that's about it. Anton Yelchin stars along with Alia Shawkat (both of them play a punk rock band in A24's Green Room as well), plus the cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes and Ciarán Hinds. This story is described as "a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe". The trailer introduces this as some kind of ghost story, where Yelchin can see a girl killed in a fire, and he tries to figure out what happened. Now I see why this is skipping theaters. Here's the first official trailer for Zachary Sluser's The Driftless Area, originally from Yahoo: Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism,
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‘The Driftless Area’ Trailer Melds Magical Realism, Noir and Romance

It’s very hard to tell how much the first trailer for The Driftless Area gives away, but it sure seems like it gives up a doozy of a twist within the first thirty seconds about the main character of Stella (Zooey Deschanel). That said, it looks like there’s room for at least a dozen more curveballs in this strange blend of crime thriller, melodrama, and wistful romance.

Set in a small town, the story follows a melancholic bartender named Hunter (Anton Yelchin) who finds love when he returns to his family home after the death of his parents. But this love story doesn’t feel like the usual manic pixie dream girl romance that Deschanel’s been unfairly typecast in. A sense of profound loss hangs over the trailer, as Yelchin becomes tangled with a small-town criminal played by John Hawkes, and his crew of dangerous associates.

Directed by Zachary Sluser,
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Zooey Deschanel And Anton Yelchin Explore Life After Death In Trailer For The Driftless Area

Hoping to prove there’s still life – and love – after death, director Zachary Sluser (via Yahoo) has premiered the first trailer for atypical romance film The Driftless Area, bringing together Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and New Girl star Zooey Deschanel in key roles.

Lifted from Tom Drury’s novel of the same name, the story orbits around Yelchin’s lonesome Pierre Hunter, a young man who falls head over heels for Deschanel’s Stella. Complications arise, though, particularly in the form of Stella’s dark past which leads Pierre on a crash course with John Hawkes’ seedy criminal.

Also starring Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Ciarin Hinds, and Frank Langella, perhaps the one thing that has us cautiously optimistic about Sluser’s adaptation is the way in which it blends together different genres. Your typical rom-com this is not, with elements dark comedy and even neo-noir spliced into the narrative.
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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Driftless Area' Starring Zooey Deschanel And Anton Yelchin

Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last spring, playing a couple of smaller festivals afterward, and then quietly disappearing from the radar, don't worry if you haven't heard about "The Driftless Area." But the picture has re-surfaced with the first trailer as it gears up to be released... on home video. Read More: Tribeca Review: 'The Driftless Area' Starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, & More Starring Zooey Deschanel, Anton Yelchin, Aubrey Plaza, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Ciarin Hinds, and Frank Langella, the film from Zachary Sluser, based on the book by Tom Drury, this is a romance that mixes neo-noir, magical realism and more into an ambitious mix of genres. Here's the synopsis: “No one knows if Pierre fell for the wrong girl or was just unlucky in love.” Based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury, Zachary Sluser’s neo-noir, metaphysical romance centers
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Aruba 2015 Review: In The Driftless Area Mysteries Of The Moment Abound

We humans often like to think of ourselves as creatures of habit. It helps compartmentalize our world, making order out of chaos. As someone who operates quite often from his head, habits are important. Writing movie reviews, attempting to express in words an experience which often goes quite beyond such language help me as much as it excites me. It is me hurtling towards the chaos, ratcheting up the intensity on an imaginary dial, wrestling it into the calm arms of fate... my fate. But what if there was no chaos? What if that was just another way to compartmentalize something far more complex, nuanced, and ultimately quite simple. Like Anton Yelchin's quiet, soft gazed Pierre says in Zachary Sluser's debut feature The Driftless Area......

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Zooey Deschanel in “The Driftless Area” at the Aruba International Film Festival: another spot for indie film

There’s no way around it folks…it’s truly festival season! Between the recently concluded Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival as well as the currently gearing up New York Film Festival, Oscar hopefuls are finding places to screen everywhere. Not all fests are designed to be Academy Award contender showcases though, with some meant to highlight independent film. The Sundance Film Festival is the cream of that crop (with some titles there developing into awards players), with the Tribeca Film Festival another of them. Next month though, a smaller fest is screening an interesting flick that I wanted to mention quickly. It’s the Aruba International Film Festival and the opening screening is The Driftless Area. I saw it back at Tribeca and enjoyed the work from Zooey Deschanel there, so I wanted to give it a moment in the sun. The film is an indie
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Aruba International Film Fest Announces 2015 Lineup

Anyone ready for a little fun in the sun with some great movies as well? If so the Aruba International Film Fest might be right up your alley. Taking place October 7-11, 2015, the Aiff lineup is no slouch. Highlights include Cannes Jury Prize winning The Lobster, Anurag Kashyap's Bombay Velvet, and the SXSW-premiering fest hit The Final Girls. Check out the full lineup below. Opening Night Film (Narrative)The Driftless Area / U.S. & Canada  (Director: Zachary Sluser, Screenwriters: Tom Drury, Zachary Sluser) Based on the novel of the same title by Tom Drury, Sluser's neo-noir, metaphysical romance centers on a budding love affair that causes a ripple effect in a quiet town.Cast: Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, John Hawkes, Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, Ciarán...

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'Driftless Area', 'Viaje' bookend Aruba fest

'Driftless Area', 'Viaje' bookend Aruba fest
Zachary Sluser’s mystery starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel will open and Paz Fábrega’s relationship drama from Costa Rica will close the Aruba International Film Festival, set to run from October 7-11.

Selections include Colombian Cannes prize-winner The Land And The Shade (La Tierra y La Sombra, pictured), The Lobster, Liz En Septiembre (Liz In September), La Granja (The Farm), Bombay Velvet and The Final Girls.

Top brass at the Caribbean showcase also announced on Wednesday their feature film and documentary competition programmes, short sections and Caribbean strand.

The fifth annual festival sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority will screen more than 60 feature and short films,

Juried awards will cover International Features, DoxNfocus, Caribbean Spotlight Series, Aruba Flavor and International Shorts.
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Tribeca 2015 Interview: Zachary Sluser Talks The Driftless Area (Exclusive)

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Boldly indulging in matter-­of-­fact humor that questions the nature of fate in both provocative and approachable ways, as you struggle to garner control of your destiny from what may have always been a predetermined outcome, can be a harrowing experience for many people. But first-time feature film writer-director Zachary Sluser powerfully approached spiritual understanding, as well as how one person’s actions grippingly influence other people’s lives, in his new independent drama, ‘The Driftless Area.’ The filmmaker, who based the movie on Tom Drury’s novel of the same name, never passed judgment on the author’s characters, and always treated them with dignity, as they humanely explore how everyone’s actions inadvertently influence [ Read More ]

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The Driftless Area Review | Tribeca 2015

First-time feature writer-director Zachary Sluser clearly has something to say about metaphysics, the idea that we’re all connected and karma, but none of it makes much of an impression due to the extremely loose, bemusing and rather dull narrative in The Driftless Area. The movie opens with a scene between Pierre (Anton Yelchin) and Shane (John Hawkes). Pierre’s stranded on the side of the road and Shane’s nice enough to give him a lift, but eventually the two get into an argument and Shane gives Pierre the boot. However, instead of driving off and leaving Pierre in the dust, Shane accidentally drives his truck off the road, giving Pierre the opportunity to get back at him and take off with his bag of stolen cash. It’s an amusing opening that introduces two curious characters who inadvertently get into a madcap scuffle, but immediately after, the charm
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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #35: Stellar Cast Teams Up to Solve a Mystery in 'The Driftless Area'

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Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #35: Stellar Cast Teams Up to Solve a Mystery in 'The Driftless Area'
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers First-time feature director Zachary Sluser hit the jackpot with his new film "The Driftless Area," with a cast of star talent like Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel, and John Hawkes. The film is about a bartender named Pierre (Yelchin) who returns to his small hometown following his parents’ death. Back home, he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Stella (Deschanel), and is eventually thrown into a strange cat-and-mouse game with a criminal (Hawkes). The film also stars Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? "The Driftless Area" is a contemporary fable about the ways we struggle to control time and fate in a possibly predetermined universe. Now what's it Really about? Pierre Hunter (Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the.
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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart,
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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

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Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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Tribeca 2015 announces second wave

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Tribeca 2015 announces second wave
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil Labute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced the Spotlight section of 40 films comprising 23 narratives and 17 documentaries.

Twenty-four are world premieres, among them Monahan’s thriller Mojave, Labute’s Dirty Weekend and Henry Hobson’s zombie drama Maggie that Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions snapped up before Toronto before pulling the premiere.

Bogliano’s Here Comes The Devil follow-up Scherzo Diabolico plays in Midnight and is one of four world premieres in the five-strong genre strand.

Special Screenings include the world premiere of documentary Mary J. Blige – The London Sessions (pictured).

Work In Progress screenings include LoveTrue, the latest documentary from 2011 Best Documentary Feature Award winner Alma Har’el. Patrick Creadon, who directed 2011 entry Wordplay, will show a cut of All Work, All Play, which centres on the world of video game arena competitions.

“The Spotlight
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Fabula secures ten from Afm

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Fabula secures ten from Afm
Exclusive: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.

Fledgling Turkish distributor Fabula Films has finalised deals for ten films from the Afm, including Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film The Neon Demon from Gaumont and StudioCanal’s 3D animation Robinson.

After securing 20 films at Toronto the outfit has bolstered its slate with Stephen FrearsFlorence Foster Jenkins biopic, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, and awards contender Selma, both from Pathe.

The latter is set for a February 2015 release.

From StudioCanal, the company acquired English-language 3D animation Robinson, produced by nWave, Zac Efron drama We are Your Friends, and Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong drama starring Ben Foster.

Post-World War II drama Labyrinth of Lies was bought from Beta Cinema, while the new film by Patrice Leconte Do Not Disturb was picked up from Wild Bunch. The company also acquired Bankside’s crowdpleaser X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward teenage maths prodigy.

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile.
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