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Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)

Oscilloscope Makes First Streaming Agreement with Amazon (Exclusive)
Oscilloscope has reached its first agreement with Amazon to stream 20 titles through the Prime Instant Video service.

The pact also makes Amazon the exclusive streaming subscription home for four of the indie distributor’s titles: “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors,” “The Human Scale” and dirt-bike documentary “12 O’Clock Boys.”

Other Oscilloscope titles that will become available through Amazon include the documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front,” the comedy “It’s a Disaster,” the documentary “After Tiller,” the Spike Jonze-Lance Bangs documentary “Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak” and Michel Gondry’s “The Thorn in the Heart.”

Oscilloscope said, “Amazon is a major force within the digital video space and is a big supporter of independent cinema and we greatly value the association with them and see this as the start to our exciting work together.
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Watch: First U.S. Trailer For Michel Gondry’s Fantastical Romance Film ‘Mood Indigo,’ Plus New Poster

Real talk: Michel Gondry’s career is fascinating and also a mess that’s all over the place. And depending on who you are this is either a plus or minus. On one hand, the French filmmaker has been called a visionary on the level of Spike Jonze, but there’s an argument to be made Gondry's great films are far and few between. A lot of them have plenty of cool concepts in them and not all of them work (“Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” easily being his best). Gondry also has some clunkers like “The Green Hornet,” and even “Be Kind Rewind” is super uneven (though it has a lot of good stuff too). But fantastical, wacky and quirky is really only just one reading of Gondry’s career and doesn’t take in the full picture. Gondry’s also very big in the documentary field,
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Michel Gondry Discusses His Affinity For Noam Chomsky And the Relationship Between His New Documentary And Music Videos

Michel Gondry Discusses His Affinity For Noam Chomsky And the Relationship Between His New Documentary And Music Videos
Michel Gondry is no stranger to experimentation. In the past five years, he has made a big studio adaptation of "The Green Hornet," a documentary about his aunt called "The Thorn in the Heart," the real time story of some Queens high schoolers on the bus "The We and the I," and the fantasy drama "Mood Indigo." Even so, his latest completed project is unique: Solely consisting of a conversation between the filmmaker and noted linguist Noam Chomsky, "Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?" relies on Gondry's hand drawn animations and voiceover to explore Chomsky's rich theories of language. The movie, which closes the Doc NYC festival this week, will be released by IFC Films on Friday. Gondry spoke to Indiewire about his experience with the project and how it compares to both his recent work as well as his earlier music videos. In the movie, you state a
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Check Out These New Character Posters For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

While recent efforts like the documentary "The Thorn In The Heart," the superhero blockbuster "The Green Hornet," and indie "The We And The I" have all allowed Michel Gondry to take some detours, it's been a while since we've seen a movie that's, well, Gondry-esque. But it looks like the filmmaker is firmly back in his wheelhouse with "Mood Indigo," which debuted a gorgeous trailer about a month ago. And with its spring release overseas gearing up, some fresh promo material has arrived. New character posters have dropped for the movie, centering on leads Audrey Tautou, Omar Sy and Gad Elmaleh. Based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel, "L'Ecume des jours," the film tells the tale of Colin (played by Romain Duris), the wealthy inventor of an olfactory musical instrument. He marries Chloe (Tautou), but unfortunately she falls ill during their honeymoon thanks to a water lily that enters her lung,
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Watch: Gorgeous First Trailer For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' With Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou & Omar Sy

While he was responsible for one of the best films of the '00s with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," it's been a while since we really fell for something by Michel Gondry. Follow-up "The Science Of Sleep" had its charms, as did documentary "The Thorn In The Heart," but his major films like "Be Kind Rewind," "The Green Hornet" and "The We & the I" have swung between being cripplingly uneven and borderline unwatchable. But we're always hopeful for a return to form, and it looks like it might have arrived in the shape of his return to French-language cinema for "Mood Indigo," the first trailer for which has just arrived. Featuring an all-star cast of Romain Duris ("The Beat That My Heart Skipped"), Audrey Tautou ("Amelie"), Gad Elmaleh ("Midnight In Paris") and Omar Sy ("The Intouchables"), the adaptation of Boris Vian's 1947 novel...
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First Official & Wonderfully Strange Images From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Starring Audrey Tautou & Romain Duris

It has been a while since Michel Gondry fans got a film from the director that was, well, Michel Gondry-esque. His last three features have been a documentary ("The Thorn In The Heart"), a mainstream superhero flick ("Green Hornet") and a lo-fi indie ("The We And The I"), the latter two of which found his whimsical flourishes mostly pushed to the sidelines. But as the plethora of set pics from his latest endeavor "Mood Indigo" have revealed, this will be full on Gondry with strange props galore, and now the first official images from the movie give an even closer look at the oddball world he's creating.

Starring Audrey TautouOmar Sy, Gad Elmaleh, Charlotte Lebon, Alain Chabat, Aissa Maiga, Philipe Torrenton and Natacha Regnier, the film is based on Boris Vian's 1947 novel, "L'Ecume des jours," and tells the tale of Colin (Duris), the wealthy inventor of an olfactory musical instrument,
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First Trailer For Michel Gondry's The We And The I

For a while it seemed like we all knew what to expect from Michel Gondry, the visually inventive director behind Human Nature, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep. He made visually lush, narratively oddball stories, often scripted by Charlie Kaufman, and seemed to take dreams and fantasies and treat them like dead-serious parts of real life. But then he made the low-key Be Kind Rewind, a flawed film but a charming little story about a neighborhood coming together through filmmaking. Then he made the even tinier The Thorn in the Heart, a documentary about his aunt. By the time he signed on to Sony's superhero effort The Green Hornet, it seemed clear Gondry was following no compass but his own-- and your mileage may vary, but I find that way more interesting than him trying to repeat Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind over and
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Love Always, Carolyn

Chicago International Film Festival 2011

Love Always, Carolyn

Directed by: Malin Korkeasalo and Maria Ramstrom

Cast: Carolyn Cassady, John Allen Cassady, Cathy Cassady Sylvia

Running Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Rating: Nr

Release Date: Tbd

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Plot: This film follows the exploits of Carolyn Cassady, husband of Neal Cassady and lover of Jack Kerouac.

Who’S It For? Fans of the Beat movement will undoubtedly be intrigued, but this film is also a beautiful example of what it means to be a woman, a mother, and a wife. Fans of female-driven films should take note of Carolyn Cassady’s story.

Overall

Love Always, Carolyn has the same sensibility as Grey Gardens in the sense that I was never sure if I wanted to laugh or if I wanted to cry. Then again, a well-made movie is capable of doing both and never
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This week's new films

Somewhere (15)

(Sofia Coppola, 2010, Us) Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius. 98 mins

Let's see: a poor little lost girl; a distant, powerful father figure; artsy observations on wealth and fame – Coppola's hardly hurling herself out of her comfort zone. But there's just enough to make it work, with Dorff's disengaged movie star struggling to bond with his daughter, get a life and check out of Hotel California. It's an almost structureless essay on how celebrity is wasted on the famous.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG)

(Michael Apted, 2010, Us) Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes. 113 mins

The seafaring odyssey was always the series' most cinematic proposition, and if you can get over the stagey acting and religious homilies, it's a solid kids' adventure.

The Tourist (12A)

(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2010, Us/Fra) Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany. 103 mins

With its handsome leads, Venetian locations and wrong-man intrigues,
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This week's new films

Of Gods And Men (15)

(Xavier Beauvois, 2010, Fra) Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale. 122 mins.

The spiritualism is far from abstract in this powerful, resonant drama, based on a story of French Cistercian monks in 1990s north Africa. When their harmonious village life is threatened by violent Islamic fundamentalists, they're given a real test of faith. Should they stay or go? Do they belong there anyway? Are they ready for martydom?

Megamind (PG)

(Tom McGrath, 2010, Us) Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey. 96 mins.

Smart, polished animation with Ferrell's blue meanie vanquishing his nemesis, but then wanting to be good.

Monsters (12A)

(Gareth Edwards, 2010, UK/Us) Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able. 94 mins.

Low-budget sci-fi plus indie date movie equals alternative credentials, as a couple trek through a futuristic Mexico infested with aliens and metaphors.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)

(Jalmari Helander, 2010, Fin) Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen. 83 mins.

This deadpan Finnish treat reimagines Santa as an evil child-snatcher.
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The Thorn in the Heart (L’épine dans le coeur)

The Thorn in the Heart (L’épine dans le coeur)

Directed by: Michel Gondry

Cast: Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry, Michel Gondry

Running Time: 1 hr 25 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: May 28, 2010

Plot: Gondry makes a very personal film about his Aunt Suzette and cousin, Jean-Yves. Though ostensibly about her years as a teacher in small schools in the French countryside, the relationship between mother and son steals the focus of the film.

Who’S It For? Fans of Michel Gondry who would like to know more about him and where he gets his unique world view.

Expectations: I love Gondry’s films and music videos, he has such a unique style, but I wasn’t sure how that would transfer to a documentary.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Suzette Gondry as herself: Michel’s aunt is a lovely woman who seems very personable and fun. She doesn’t seem like the focus of a documentary though.
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Mk2

Infusing last year's Cannes with such unique films as Greece's Dogtooth, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and the biking in the birthday suit comedy The Misfortunates, the all encompassing heavyweight French unit MK2 is on one of those odd winning streaks – managing to find/rep films that are celebrated at not only the major heavyweight film fests, but the “second tier” noteworthy fests as well – such as the Rotterdams and the Locarnos of this world we brought about Alamar (To the Sea) and Nothing Personal. - Infusing last year's Cannes with such unique films as Greece's Dogtooth, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and the biking in the birthday suit comedy The Misfortunates, the all encompassing heavyweight French unit MK2 is on one of those odd winning streaks – managing to find/rep films that are celebrated at not only the major heavyweight film fests, but the “second tier” noteworthy fests
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Mk2

Infusing last year's Cannes with such unique films as Greece's Dogtooth, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno and the biking in the birthday suit comedy The Misfortunates, the all encompassing heavyweight French unit MK2 is on one of those odd winning streaks – managing to find/rep films that are celebrated at not only the major heavyweight film fests, but the “second tier” noteworthy fests as well – such as the Rotterdams and the Locarnos of this world we brought about Alamar (To the Sea) and Nothing Personal. This year they present films from distinguished auteurs in Kiarostami (see Binoche in still above) and Zhang-ke, but anyone who follows the site knows how much we look forward in seeing Abdellatif Kechiche's next feature – headed to and to be celebrated in, Venice. P.S: MK2 reps can invite me to see the first images of the biopic set way before our time. Black Venus
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Michel Gondry Talks The Thorn In The Heart

With Michel Gondry's documentary The Thorn In The Heart ready to hit screens the quirky director is on the road talking about one of his more unusual works. Regular Twitch contributor Diva Velez caught up with him in New York City.

The Lady Miz Diva:  What was the inspiration that caused you to say, 'I think my aunt would make a great subject for a documentary?'

 

Michel Gondry:  It's my son, actually.  He told me when she came here in 2004, when I was shooting Eternal Sunshine {of the Spotless Mind - 2004} she started to tell him her stories and he said, "Dad, you have to make a movie about Suzette."  So, I obeyed my son.

 

 

Lmd:  Has Suzette seen the completed film?

 

Mg:  Suzette, of course.  She was very sad in the beginning, especially when she saw the title because she immediately realised I was using all
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Film: Review:The Thorn In The Heart

Quirky French director Michel Gondry largely eschews his usual clever camera tricks and crafty artificiality in the documentary The Thorn In The Heart. The movie features a few Gondry-esque touches—toy trains to illustrate a change of location, a mix of different types of film and video, “behind the scenes” footage immediately prior to an interview, and so on—but for the most part, Gondry keeps the movie simple and on-task. The Thorn In The Heart is intended to document the life of Gondry’s aged aunt Suzette, and that’s exactly what it does. Why Suzette Gondry? From an ...
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SXSW 2010 Review: The Thorn In The Heart

Rating: 6.5/10

Director: Michel Gondry

Starring: Suzette Gondry, Jean-Yves Gondry

Upon watching the first scene in Michel Gondry’s family documentary The Thorn In The Heart unfold, I started to get a sinking feeling and sneaking suspicion that this film might wind up being an exercise in tedium– and in French no less. In the scene, the subject of the film, Michel’s Aunt Suzette laughs uncontrollably trying to get through a story she finds hilarious but those watching will most likely find it nonsensical. In fact, even her family who sit around her at the dinner table seem to have trouble getting through it.

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SXSW 2010 Interview: Writer/Director Michel Gondry (The Thorn In The Heart)

Innovative filmmaker Michel Gondry has a new documentary entitled The Thorn In The Heart which centers around his Aunt Suzette and her relationship with her son as well as her career as a school teacher in the French countryside. Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michel and a few other journalists to talk about the film.

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The Thorn In The Heart

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In addition to Seth Rogen's version of The Green Hornet, innovative director Michel Gondry has another film being released, The Thorn In The Heart (L’Epine dans le Coeur), a documentary which further propels his filmography into the realm of the unvisted with a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean—Yves. Michel examines Suzette’s years as a schoolteacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary, new family stories are unearthed and Michel uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. It had its world premiere screening at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and will be released April 2nd in select theaters.
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#SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania

#SXSW : Gondry Goes Animated with Daniel Clowes' Megalomania
Michael Gondry is a marvel--and I would have loved a longer chat than this flip-cam quickie, which skates across his SXSW doc A Thorn in My Heart, about his school teacher aunt Suzette, who the family used to visit deep in the country in the summer. He wanted partly to capture a vanishing world. Gondry also talked about making his video Open Your Heart and working with Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz in The Green Hornet, which he first wanted to make 13 years ago. Gondry was just starting to talk about his new animated feature Megalomania, a futuristic teen rebel adventure written by Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) as an alternative to the skuttled big-budget Master of Space and Time that never got off the ground ...
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2010 SXSW Lineup Announced

The South by Southwest Film Festival unveiled its lineup for this year's fest, which will take place in Austin, Texas March 12-20. Out of the 119 titles shown this year some of the highlights will be the opening night film, fanboy fav Kick-Ass, as well as Mark and Jay Duplass’s Cyrus, Steven Soderbergh’s And Everything Is Going Fine, Michel Gondry’s The Thorn in the Heart and Bernard Rose’s Mr. Nice (pictured). The full list of films are below. Headliners Cyrus Directors and Screenwriters: Jay and Mark Duplass With John’s social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life – her son. Written and directed...
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