By Indiewire | Indiewire February 21, 2002 at 2:00AM
DAILY NEWS: Thinking in Italian; NY Underground Fest Slate
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> THINKFilm Nabs Italy's "Kiss"
(indieWIRE: 02.21.02) -- THINKFilm has acquired the Italian film "L'Ultimo
Bacio" (The Last Kiss) -- the film shared the World Cinema Audience Award at
last month's Sundance Film Festival. The movie, which won five of Italy's
Donatellos, is a romantic comedy starring Stefano Accorsi, Giovana
Mezzogiorno and Stefania Sandrelli.
"'The Last Kiss' is a smart, funny, and thoroughly winning comedy with a
host of incisive things to say about men, women, and their choices,"
commented THINKFilm Head of Distribution Mark Urman in a prepared statement. "Gabriele Muccino has made one of the most exciting, energetic and stylish films to emerge from Italy in some time."
THINKFilm plans to release the movie this summer. Among the other films that
THINKFilm will release during the first half of this year are Laurent
Cantet's award-winning "Time Out," Bart Freundlich's "World Traveler," and Peter Care's "The Dangerous Live of Altar Boys," all three of which were presented at Sundance. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> NYUFF Unveils a Lineup of World Premieres, Politics and Music
(indieWIRE/02.21.02) -- Noting an emphasis on the political, the New York
Underground Film Festival unveiled its program of features, documentaries,
and shorts screening at the Anthology Film Archives. The ninth annual event
will open on March 6th with Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley's Rotterdam world premiere, "Horns and Halos." A festival statement describes the film as recalling "Maysles' 'Salesman' in its analysis of American-style idealism and desperation."
The opening film is part of what organizers describe as "this year's crop
of work [displaying] a political turn." According to festival director Ed
Halter in an event release, "We've been receiving more politically-charged
films over the past couple of years." Political material in this year's
festival ranges from feature-length docs to eccentric shorts satirizing
current events. Closing the fest Tuesday, March 12th is the world premiere
of Brooklyn filmmaker Xan Price's digital feature, "Nitwit" described by
organizers as "a strange and otherworldly tale of space aliens, mutant
noses and cartoon-colorful bodily fluids."
Additionally, NYUFF will present five world premieres, the most in the
event's history, including Joey Garfield's hip-hop doc, "Breath Control: The
History of the Human Beatbox"; Doris Wishman's sex-ploit, "Dildo Heaven";
"Cul de Sac: A Suburban War Story" by Garrett Scott; "Christabel," an abstract feature by James Fotopoulos; the trailer-park romance digital feature, "In
Our Garden" by Guiseppe Andrews and the Dutch/Swedish documentary on the
Dutch rockers, The Ex.
The program this year also features four U.S. premieres, nine New York
premieres and over 100 shorts. Also, Cine-Phonic returns to NYUFF this year
with five nights of live acts and performance at downtown Manhattan venues
Mercury Lounge, CB's Gallery and Tonic. [Brian Brooks]
[For more information, visit: http://www.nyuff.com]