DAILY NEWS: New Directors Lineup; BAFTA Winners
with articles by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> 22 Features Set for Annual New Directors/New Films Showcase in New York
(indieWIRE/02.25.02) — New York cinephiles know that Spring is just around
the corner when the lineup for New Director/New Films is unveiled. The 31st
annual series, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The
Department of Film and Media at the Museum of Modern Art, kicks off on March 22nd and runs through April 7th at MoMA.
Patricia Cardosa‘s HBO film, “Real Women Have Curves,” will open the festival, along with Jeong Jae-eun‘s South Korean entry, “Take Care of My
Cat.” Cardosa’s “Real Women” won the dramatic audience award at Sundance,
while actors America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros were honored with a special jury award. Sundance documentary grand jury prize winner “Daughter from
Danang,” directed by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco is also on tap for the fest, as are dramatic competition entries “Paradox Lake,” directed by
Przemyslaw Reut and a slightly trimmed down version of “The Slaughter Rule,” directed by filmmaking twins Alex and Andrew Smith.
All but four films have secured distribution deals, so undoubtedly
acquisitions execs will be settling in for the press and industry screenings
that begin at MoMA in early March. Among the movies that have already found
a home are French entry, “My Wife Is An Actress,” directed by Yvan Attal,
acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, Zacharias Kunuck‘s Cannes award-winner “The Fast Runner Atanarjuat,” which has a home at Lot 47, “Kira’s Reason — A Love Story,” directed by Ole Christian Madsen, set up at First Look, and Dover Kosashvili‘s “Late Marriage,” which was acquired by Magnolia Pictures.
The festival is programmed by a committee of six, comprised of three people
from the Film Society (Joanne Koch, Marian Masone, and Richard Pena) and three from MoMA (Mary Lea Bandy, Jytte Jensen, and Laurence Kardish).
Discussing the lineup with indieWIRE on Friday, committee member Marian
Masone explained that the group is charged with finding films from
filmmakers who are new to local audiences.
“We are looking for filmmakers who have made wonderful films or show great
promise,” Masone explained, “We are looking for that spark in their work
that says this is a person that we are going to be seeing more of.”
Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodovar, Theo Angelopoulos, Terrence Davies, Atom
Egoyan, Marleen Gorris, Peter Greenaway, Lasse Hallström, Chen Kaige, Spike
Lee, Rick Linklater, Sally Potter, Arturo Ripstein, John Sayles, Stephen
Spielberg, and Wim Wenders, are among the filmmakers who were showcased at
New Directors/New Films early in their careers. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> “Ring” Rounds Up Top BAFTA Awards
(indieWIRE: 02.25.02) — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has
weighed in with its choices for the best films of the year. “The Lord of the
Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” was the big winner in London last night,
taking five awards, including the prize for best film. Robert Altman‘s
latest film, “Gosford Park,” won the award for best British film.
The Carl Foreman Award, honoring a first feature film, went to director Joel
Hopkins and writer/producer Nicola Usborne for “Jump Tomorrow.” In other awards, Guillaume Laurant & Jean Pierre-Jeunet won the BAFTA for best original screenplay and Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman won the adapted screenplay prize for “Shrek.” The BAFTA for best foreign language film went to “Amores Perros,” the award for best editing went to Mary Sweeney for “Mulholland Drive,” and the best
cinematography prize went to Roger Deakins for “The Man Who Wasn’t There.”
The BAFTA for short film went to Janey de Nordwal, Brian Percival, and Julie Rutherford for “About a Girl,” while the award for short animation went to Suzie Templeton for “Dog.” [Eugene Hernandez]