DAILY NEWS: European Film Award Nominees, Raindance Winners, and iW Buzz for the Week
by Eugene Hernandez and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> EFA Sets Nominations for 2002 European Film Awards
(indieWIRE: 11.08.02) — Nominations have been announced for the 2002 European
Film Awards, presented by the European Film Academy. The ceremony, to be held this year in Rome and hosted by Mel Smith & Asia Argento, will take place on December 7th. A complete list of nominees is currently available at
Nominated in the category of best European Film for 2002 are “8 Femmes” from
France, “Bend It Like Beckham” from the UK, “Bloody Sunday” from the UK/Ireland, “Hable con Ella” (Talk to Her) from Spain, “Lilja 4-Ever” from Sweden, “Mies Vailla Amenneisyytta” (The Man Without a Past) from Finland/Germany/France, “The Magdalene Sisters” from the UK, and “The Pianist” from France/Poland/Germany/UK.
Nominated this year for best European director are Pedro Almodovar for
“Hable Con Ella” (Talk to Her), Marco Bellocchio for “L’Ora di Religione“
(My Mother’s Smile), Andreas Dresen for “Halbe Treppe” (Grill Point),
Aki Kaurismaki for “Mies Vailla Menneisyytta” (The Man Without a Past),
Mike Leigh for “All or Nothing,” Ken Loach for “Sweet Sixteen,” Roman Polanski for “The Pianist,” and Alexander Sokurov for “Russkij Kovcheg” (Russian Ark).
Nominations were also announced in all other categories, including best
actor, actress, screenwriter, cinematographer, discovery, short film,
documentary and non-European film. [Eugene Hernandez]
GET THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES @ indieWIRE.com
>> Raindance Jury Honors “Getting My Brother Laid,” “Mr. In-Between”
(indieWIRE: 11.08.02) — German director Sven Taddicken‘s “Getting My
Brother Laid” captured the jury prize for best feature in the official
selection at the 10th Raindance Film Festival in London. The film tells the
story of a 14-year-old girl who wants to lose her virginity and the
relationship she has with her older, mentally handicapped brother.
Raindance, which ran October 23 – November 1, awarded the best U.K.
feature prize to Paul Sarossy‘s “Mr. In-Between.” Sarossy, the Canadian
cinematographer and long-time collaborator of Atom Egoyan, makes his
directorial debut with this adaptation of a novel by Neil Cross about a
hitman and his sadistic boss.
Other awards went to Robert Bradbrook‘s “Home Road Movies” (official
selection short), Amanda Rudman‘s “Shadow Man” (U.K. Short), Vincent
Lannoo‘s “Strass” (digital cinema), and Viesturs Kairis‘ “Leaving By the Way” (debut feature). The jury also gave an honorable mention in the debut
feature category to David C. Thomas‘ “MC5 — A True Testimonial.”
“The standard of entries this year has been absolutely incredible,” said
fest director Elliot Grove in a prepared statement. “We have had more
submissions than ever before — over 3000 in total — and choosing the
winning films has been a tough job for everyone involved.” Jurors included
Kristian Levring (director of “The Intended“), Nick Moran (star of “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels“), Sam Nichols (Momentum Pictures), and Mark Betz (lecturer at Kings College London). [Wendy Mitchell]
>> indieWIRE: BUZZ for Friday, November 8
indieWIRE presents its weekly column focusing on recent items on the radar
in the indie film community.
Rick Sands has been promoted at Miramax. He was the chairman of worldwide distribution and is now the company’s chief operating officer. Sands has
been with Miramax for 12 years.
KING OF COMEDY: He may not have indie cred, but Eddie Griffin has a new deal
with Miramax. Miramax announced that it has acquired Griffin’s
“Dysfunktional Family,” a concert film directed by George Gallo. Griffin is
known for his work in “Undercover Brother,” “John Q,” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.” The distributor plans to open the film in February 2003. The
flick features a stand-up performance along with interviews with Griffin’s
family members in Kansas City, including his uncles Bucky and Curtis. David
Permut of Permut Productions, Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Films, and Griffin are producing. Miramax’s Bob Osher, Arianna Bocco, and Michelle Krumm brought the project to Miramax, with Osher and Bocco negotiating the deal.
GREENLIT: Well, at least Kevin Spacey has more cred than Ben Affleck…
Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions is launching a new website,
TriggerStreet.com, to serve the filmmaker and screenwriter community. Any
screenwriter can submit their script to the site, provided they read and
review two other scripts. The site, launching Sunday, also plans to host an
Internet-only film festival of short films. Shorts will be judged by the
public, and then celeb jurors such as Tim Burton, Ed Norton, Cameron Crowe, Curtis Hanson, and Sean Penn will sort through the finalists. Hoping to distance themselves from Affleck and Matt Damon‘s Project Greenlight site, organizers point out that any number of films from TriggerStreet could go into production (although there are no promises that any certain number
will). The site is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, with partners including
Yahoo! and RealNetworks.
A WILD AND CRAZY OSCARS: Steve Martin has signed on to host the 75th Academy Awards, telecast producer Gil Cates announced. Martin also hosted the broadcast in its 73rd year in 2001. “I’m very pleased to be hosting the
Oscars again, because fear and nausea always make me lose weight,” Martin
joked in a prepared statement. Mark your calendars to spend time on the
couch on March 23.
SHORT ATTENTION: The Sundance Channel continues its Shorts from the
Underground series throughout November. Tonight brings films about politics
(war, feminism, and gay rights) from Jem Cohen, Jim Hubbard, Jack Waters, and Elizabeth Surbin. November 15 will be dedicated to haunted cinema (dreams, memory, and the occult) by Kenneth Anger, Jennifer Reeves, Louise Bourque, James Fotopoulos, and Joel Schlemowitz. November 22 will feature animated shorts by Robert Breer, Donna Cameron, Janie Geiser, Larry Jordan, Caroline Avery, and Jim Trainor. For more information, visit www.sundancechannel.com.
GETTING DIRTY: Romola Garai has been tapped to play the female lead,
opposite Diego Luna, in “Havana Nights: Dirty Dancing 2.” Garai has appeared in “I Capture the Castle,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” HBO‘s “The Last of the Blonde Bombshells,” plus the BBC TV shows “Daniel Deronda,” “Perfect,” and “Attachments” (the latter being a particular fave of Buzz). The film, inspired by the cheesy Catskills original but set in 1959 Cuba, will begin
production in February and will be released November 21, 2003. Artisan and
Miramax are co-financing and co-producing. Music supervisor Bud Carr (“The Doors,” “Born on the Fourth of July“) and choreographer John
O’Connell (“Moulin Rouge“) are also on board.
ON A ROLL: Student filmmakers, November could be your lucky month. Every day
until November 30, Kodak’s website for student auteurs
(www.kodak.com/go/student) is celebrating its first birthday by giving away
one 400-foot roll of 16mm film each day. Winners are chosen randomly from
submissions from new members of the site or current members who update their
LEADING MEN OF STYLE: If you’ve got a sharped-dressed movie buff on your
Christmas list, then indieWIRE can suggest a gift: Assouline Publishing‘s
“Dressing in the Dark: Lessons in Men’s Style From the Movies.” Marion
Maneker‘s book combines practical fashion advice with classic film stills
(Clooney and Pitt in “Ocean’s 11,” Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief,” Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider“) and some unexpected surprises (Sammy Davis Jr. on the runway, Sean Penn‘s hat fashions from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High“). The tome offers such revelations as: “The Captain America” chopper has gotten more attention, but it’s [Peter] Fonda’s grace and thoughtfulness in ‘Easy Rider’ that made his leather jacket acceptable, even admirable, clothing.”
“Nobody’s sure what indie means anymore. Disney owns Miramax, so can you
call Miramax films independent? The studios have decided that people like
the word indie so they start making ‘indie films,’ but that negates what
makes film indie. Now it means ‘cool’ rather than ‘independent.'”
— Variety business analyst Meredith Amdur, in the New York Times Magazine.
Next week in indieWIRE, Erica Abeel reviews “The Way Home,” Brandon Judell
reviews “Ararat,” and Erin Torneo talks with cinematographer Ellen Kuras.