DAILY NEWS: Rudolph at Sundance; Almodovar Wins; Doc Project in Texas
by Eugene Hernandez & Maya Churi
>> Rudolph’s “Trixie” Added to Sundance Lineup; Sugarman Film Drops Out
(indieWIRE/12.10.99) — The Sundance Film Festival confirmed today that Alan
Rudolph‘s new film, “Trixie,” has been added to the premiere lineup for the
2000 Festival. The movie, which was produced by Robert Altman, will replace
Sarah Sugarman‘s “Untitled Wales,” which will not be ready in time to screen
at the Festival.
“Trixie” stars Emily Watson, Dermot Mulroney, Nick Nolte, Nathan Lane,
and Lesley Ann Warren. It is a Sony Pictures Classics release.
>>Almodovar’s “All About My Mother” Atop European Film Winners
(indieWIRE/12.10.99) — This past weekend the European Film Academy presented
the 1999 European Film Awards in Berlin’s Schiller Theater. This year’s big
Best European Film — “All About My Mother” by Pedro Almodonar.
Best Actor — Ralph Fiennes for his role in “Sunshine.”
Best Actress — Cecilia Roth for her role in “All About My Mother.”
Best Screenwriter — Istvn Szab and Israel Horovitz for “Sunshine.”
Best Cinematographer — Lajos Koltai for “Sunshine” and “La leggenda del
pianista sull oceano.”
European Achievement in World Cinema — Antonio Banderas and Roman
Lifetime Achievement Award — Ennio Morricone.
European Discover Award (Fassbinder Award) — Tim Roth for The War Zone.
Best Documentary Award (Prix Arte) — “Buena Vista Social Club” by Wim
European Critics Award (Prix Fipresci) — “Adieu Plancher des Vaches” by
Screen International Award (for a non-European film) — “The Straight
Story” by David Lynch.
Best Short Film — “Benvenuto in San Salvario” by Enrico Verra.
People’s Choice Awards — Best Director: Pedro Almodovar for “All About
My Mother”; Best Actor: Sean Connery for “Entrapment” and Best Actress:
Catherine Zeta Jones for “Entrapment. [Maya Churi]
>> The Documentary Film Project To Continue Free Documentary Screenings
(indieWIRE/12.10.99) — The Documentary Film Project and AMC Theatres has
announced that they will continue to present free screenings of documentaries
at their theatre in San Antonio, Texas. The Film Project, established this
year, is the first film society in Texas to focus only on documentary
filmmaking and will be co-sponsored by AMC Theatres. Lucila Vasquez,
the founding director of the project (and documentary filmmaker), said
of the deal, “AMC Theatres gave us an incredible opportunity to screen
documentaries once a month. We have shown works by award-winning
filmmakers from Austin and San Antonio but we are also scouting for
documentaries from filmmakers around the country. Films which haven’t
the opportunity to find distribution.” Some of the films that have
played at the screenings are: “Roam Sweet Home” by Ellen Spiro and Ray
Santiesteban’s “Passin’ It On & Nuyorican Poets Cafe.”
A sister organization to the Documentary Film Project is Generation
Docs, a film society developed for high school filmmakers. Through the
free showcase the students have the opportunity to screen their docs and
animated films on the big screen. Generation Docs was formed in an
effort to jumpstart the filmmaking careers of local teens.
For more information on The Documentary Film Project call 210.533.5681
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org [Maya Churi]