by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> New Almodovar Film Leading New York Film Festival
Pedro Almodovar's new film, "All About My Mother," will open the 1999 New
York Film Festival on September 24th, following its successful world
premiere at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. The movie, which stars Celia
Roth, Penelope Cruz, Marisa Paredes, and Antonia San Juan is the second
Almodovar film to open the NYC event -- "Women on the Verge of a Nervous
Breakdown" opened the Festival in 1988. Almodovar's "Live Flesh" closed the
event in 1997.
In a review published during the Cannes Film Festival, indieWIRE critic
Stephen Garrett hailed the film as "a subtly powerful and emotionally
rewarding story of a woman who loses her teenage son and finds new life in
the remnants of her past." Continuing, he added, "As a deeply felt, witty,
and surprisingly complex tribute to the Hollywood and South American
melodramas of the past and as a handsome addition to the mature work of his
own career, Almodovar's 'Mother' is a sweet, stirring accomplishment."
Sony Pictures Classics will release the film theatrically on November 19th.
Commenting on the selection in a prepared statement, New York Film Festival
selection committee chairman Richard Pena said, "I can think of few
directors whose work has matured as creatively and richly as Pedro
Almodovar. He has been a formidable presence at the New York Film Festival
throughout the years, and it is a pleasure to have him back." The 37th New
York Film Festival runs September 24 to October 10, 1999.
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>> Polish Brothers Celebrate "Twin Falls" Premiere in Manhattan
Double your pleasure, double your fun. Twenty-eight year old identical
twins Mark and Michael Polish joined the fashionable set Tuesday night for
the NYC premiere of their first feature, "Twin Falls Idaho." Co-written by
the duo, the film was directed by Michael Polish and the two star as the
leads in this deliberate and touching story of conjoined twins.
Exceptionally well-shot, with stand-out performances by the twins, "Twin
Falls" unspools quietly, revealing the tender, and at times difficult,
relationship between two brothers. Model Michele Hicks co-stars with the
Polish twins and she undoubtedly accounted for the fashion-focused crowd of
attendees, including Amber Valletta, Kirsty Hume, Donovan Leitch, and Anna
Sui -- director Joel Schumacher, and Split Screen's John Pierson also
dropped in to catch the crowded showing. A large line of paparazzi formed
inside the theater lobby and nearly 100 guests were turned away at the door
of the jammed theater on Broadway & 19th Street, before the showing began
about 15 minutes late.
After the screening, guests headed to the meat packing district for a
post-showing party at Hell. While the Polish boys held court in the back,
Sony's Michael Barker, Dylan Leiner, Carmelo Pirrone, and Barbara Sintes
mingled with guests nearby. Sony grabbed the movie at Sundance after
co-president Tom Bernard caught the first screening and brought in Barker
and Leiner to catch the next day's showing. The film, which also screened
at New York's New Director's/New Films Series this Spring, was produced by
Marshall Persinger, Rena Ronson, and Steven J. Wolfe.
Michael Polish gained attention for his recent short film, "Bajo Del
Perro," which is about Mexican boxing. He and his brother are of Latino
descent on their Mother's side, having grown up in the small Southern
California border town of El Centro. The director indicated that he and
Mark are about to hit the road for a press junket that will touch 12 cities
in 11 days. Laughing he added, "Our press tour is longer than our film
"Twin Falls Idaho" will debut in New York on July 30th, prior to a national
[indieWIRE will publish an interview with Mark and Michael Polish later