DAILY NEWS: Berlin's Forum, Solondz Avoids Limelight
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> The Socially Aware and Unconventional Set to Screen in Berlin Forum
(indieWIRE: 01.24.02) -- A collection of "aesthetically unconventional work"
from 27 countries will make up the the Berlin Film Festival's 32nd
International Forum of New Cinema, organizers announced yesterday. In
keeping with past years, the Forum roster for 2002 will consist of visually
unconventional and socially aware films with a subjective point of view.
57 films will screen in the section, including legendary doc director Jean
Rouch's "La Vache Merveilleuse," Yale Strom's "L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin," "Andrzej Wajda's "I Remember," Thomas Harris' Sundance 2002 entry "That's My Face," Catherine Martin's "Marriages" and acclaimed video artist James Benning's "Sogobi." The 52nd Berlin International Film Festival runs February 6-17. [Brian Brooks]
>> Solondz Not Ready for His Close-Up
(indieWIRE: 01.24.02) -- Todd Solondz raised his hand in front of his face
as paparazzi gathered around his table on Tuesday night and began shooting
his picture. Wincing at the flashing lights, the director lowered his head
as "Storytelling" star Selma Blair -- seated to his left -- smiled for the
cameras. On Todd's right, producer Ted Hope mimicked Solondz'
hand-in-front-of-the-face gesture in solidarity as producer Christine Vachon
looked on. The scene played out at the party at Man Ray following the New
York premiere of Solondz' new film, which Fine Line will release on Friday.
Moments after the encounter, Solondz talked with indieWIRE about his
aversion to cameras. Uncomfortable with the media's fixation on his
image and averse to being recognized even in his own neighborhood, the
director has decided that while he will agree to be photographed, his
face cannot be visible in any of the pictures. (Solondz gave in when
the New York Times threatened to run a file photo, but he posed without
his trademark glasses.) His decision does not seems less a publicity
stunt and more a sincere reaction to some hurtful comments from the press.
In an IFC Rant interview, Solondz told Anthony Kaufman, "I have been
attacked. It's not paranoia. People have called me all sorts of horrible things." [Eugene Hernandez]