DAILY NEWS: NY Film Critics Picks; SF Film Series and Artisan/Lampoon Deal
with articles by Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> “Mulholland Drive,” “In the Bedroom” and “In the Mood For Love” Honored by New York Film Critics Circle
(indieWIRE: 12.14.01) — David Lynch‘s surreal feature “Mulholland Drive“
has entered the race for year-end honors following its Best Picture award
from the New York Film Critics Circle yesterday; the Miramax release “In the Bedroom” was honored in three categories and Robert Altman won Best Director for USA Films‘ “Gosford Park.”
This is the first major win for Lynch in the U.S. following his win earlier
this year for Best Director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, a prize he
shared with the Coen Brothers‘ “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” “Moulin Rouge,” which won the award for Best Picture last week from the National Board of Review, failed to make the honors list with the New York Film Critics.
“In the Bedroom” scored The Best Actor prize for Tom Wilkinson and Best
Actress award for Sissy Spacek. Director Todd Field also won the Best First
Film nod which adds to the film’s mounting critical acclaim following last
week’s National Board of Review honors including the organization’s number
two pick for Best Film after “Rouge.” The National Board of Review also gave
“In the Bedroom” the Best Director prize, in addition to the Best Screenplay
award for Field and Rob Festinger.
Other Circle multiple winners include awards for Wong Kar-wai‘s “In the Mood
for Love,” receiving a Best Cinematographer prize for Christopher Doyle and
Pin Bing Lee and the award for Best Foreign Film.
In addition to the Best Director nod for Robert Altman, Helen Mirren won the
Best Supporting Actress award for “Gosford Park.” The film also won the Best
Screenplay for writer Julian Fellowes, based on an idea from Altman and Bob
Balaban. Best Supporting Actor went to Steve Buscemi for his role in Terry
Zwigoff‘s “Ghost World.”
French New Waver Agnes Varda won the Best Non-Fiction award for her film
“The Gleaners and I.” “Lola” and “Bay of Angels,” by Varda’s late husband Jacques Demy, received the Film Critics Special Award. The Winstar releases were recognized “for their charm [keeping] alive Demy’s vision of movies
intersecting life,” according to a release from the Circle. Also rounding out yesterday’s honors, veteran indie favorite Richard Linklater‘s “Waking Life” won Best Animated Film.
Recipients of this year’s New York Film Critics Circle honors will receive
their awards at the Circle’s annual dinner banquet at the Russian Tea Room
on January 6th. In recent years, the dinner had been held at Windows on the
World atop the World Trade Center.
The New York Film Critics Circle consists of 39 film critics from the city’s
major publications and is the oldest group of its kind, established in 1939.
John Anderson, the film critic from Newsday served as this year’s Chairman. [Brian Brooks]
>> San Francisco Series Highlights “New Dimensions in Cinema”
(indieWIRE: 12.14.01) — A new series, presented by the San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), will bring a collection of new, cutting-edge film work to San Francisco under the
title, The Seventh Art: New Dimensions in Cinema. Launching on January 10
with 1982’s “Tron,” with director Steven Lisberger in attendance, the series
will unveil another film and filmmaker the second Thursday of every month.
Other highlights include the unveiling of Mike Figgis‘ latest DV
split-screen narrative “Hotel,” Lynn Hershman-Leeson‘s latest
psychosexual-technological exploration “Teknolust” (screening first at
Sundance 2002), and a special program devoted to “scratch cinema,” films
that mix celluloid with live music and turntablism.
The mission of the series is to “reveal the various ways in which cinema is
constantly being stretched, resulting in new hybrids or oddities that then
create more widespread trends,” commented Benjamin Weil, SFMOMA curator.
“Often these films go overlooked for years before they get rediscovered.
They are found to be important sources of inspiration for forthcoming
generations of artists and cinematographers alike.” According to a release,
all the films were chosen because their creators pushed the envelope of the
film medium. [Anthony Kaufman]
For more information, see the SFFS website: http://www.sffs.org
>> Artisan Partners with National Lampoon for “Van Wilder”
(indieWIRE: 12.14.01) — Artisan Pictures, the mini-major distributor (“Book
of Shadows: Blair Witch 2,” “Chuck and Buck“), will partner with National
Lampoon for its release of Walt Becker‘s “Van Wilder,” now titled “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder,” for a March 2002 wide release.
Artisan plans to tap into National Lampoon’s fan base and archives to help
market the picture, including rare footage, comedy sketches, and radio
programming from the famous comedy group’s heyday.
The college-set comedy stars Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid and was written by Brent Goldberg and David Wagner, writers of the comedy short “Saving Ryan’s Privates.” [Anthony Kaufman]