Today on indieWIRE the overseas specialty market gets a hard look, Princess Di lives on in a controversial new documentary, “One Day” gets a new trailer and much more.
Taking the Temperature for Indies in the Specialty Marketplace
The specialty marketplace has been heating up in North America, in large part thanks to the huge per-theater-averages for Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Mike Mills’ “Beginners.” In a continuing feature on indieWIRE, the focus will turn to how a few independent films are faring around the world…
Yes, The Kids Are All Right (And Inspired, Too!)
Kids today are still making Super 8 shorts. The urge to remake “Raiders of the Lost Ark” continues to be irresistible to young men. And pencil drawings have not yet lost the battle to Flash in the realm of teenage-produced animation. A two-part screening of high school shorts at the Los Angeles Film Festival confirms that the output, hearts, and minds of teen filmmakers remain reassuringly familiar.
Controversial Princess Diana Doc Snags Buyers
Turns out that the hot TMZ-flavored mess of a documentary on Princess Diana’s death we caught at Cannes will make it to the public.
Sydney’s Golden Bear Winner, “A Separation”
Ashgar Farhadi’s Iranian drama “Nader and Simin, A Separation” won the top award, the Sydney Film Prize, at the just-wrapped Sydney Film Festival. The Golden Bear winner beat out high profile entries including Palme d’Or winner “The Tree of Life, “Sleeping Beauty,” “Take Shelter” and Miranda July’s Sundance fave “The Future.”
Getting Serious About American Slavery: Is it Possible?
Shadow and Act asks: Could a serious film about slavery in the U.S. be made? Of course there have been a few attempts in the past such as: “Beloved” (which was a massive box office flop), Charles Burnett’s “Nightjohn” (a truly excellent, but little seen made-for-TV movie) and the guiltiest of all guilty pleasures, “Mandingo”…
“Somewhere Between” Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton at LAFF
Women and Hollywood: Producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton who produced one of my favorite films ever—”Whale Rider”—steps behind the camera to direct a film for her daughter Ruby whom she adopted from China. The film is a beautiful valentine to a group of girls and their fierce parents stuggling to forge their own identities “Somewhere Between.”
The Films of Nicolas Roeg
ThePlaylist: You might say it’s a good month to be a fan of British cult filmmaker Nicolas Roeg. Just last week the Criterion Collection released the director’s 1985 oddball picture, “Insignificance” and this week, his landmark science-fiction film “The Man Who Fell To Earth” starring David Bowie, is being given a limited U.S. theatrical re-release to mark its 35th anniversary.
SF Film Society Unveils Plans for New “Supremely Stylish” Year Round Facility
The San Francisco Film Society and SF-based Japanese entertainment group New People unveiled plans for a “supremely stylish state-of-the art 143-seat theater” in the city’s Japantown neighborhood. SFSS, which organizes the annual San Francisco International Film Festival, said the announcement marks the first time in the organization’s 54-year history that it will be able to “offer its acclaimed exhibition, education and filmmaker services programs and events on a daily year-round basis.”
New Trailer for “One Day”
The Playlist posted the latest trailer for the romance “One Day,” based on the best-selling novel by David Nicholls and starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. Go here to watch.
First Look at Four Characters From Pixar’s Next
The Playlist: With “Cars 2” hitting theaters tomorrow, we expect a teaser trailer for Pixar‘s “Brave” to arrive any moment now, but until then yesterday’s poster and these character pics will have to do. Click here to see them.