One year after winning the audience award for best narrative feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Ali Selim's "Sweet Land" opens in Minnesota's twin cities Friday before hitting New York next weekend. Described as a "turn-of-the-century love story," the film stars Elizabeth Reaser, Tim Guinee, Ned Beatty and Alan Cumming, with Jeff Lipsky handling the film's release. It is based on a short story by Will Weaver and was filmed in Southern Minnesota.
The film, described as the story of a mail-order bride who arrives in Minnesota in 1920 to marry a young Norwegian farmer, "only to find her German heritage and lack of official immigration papers makes her an object of suspicion in the small town," will head to Boston (Nov 3), Los Angeles (Nov. 17), Chicago (Nov. 22), Portland (Dec. 22), and Cleveland (Dec. 22), as well as other U.S. cities across the country.
Also on tap this weekend is Amy Berg's provocative new documentary, "Deliver Us Evil" (see interview today in indieWIRE). The film has stirred national media attention because of on-screen allegations that U.S. Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony ignored a history of sexual molestations by a priest under his authority. The former father, Oliver O'Grady (now living in Ireland), discusses in detail his abuses and charges that church leaders failed to halt his actions. Berg also profiles a few of the men and women molested by O'Grady over a period of many years in various Northern California parishes.
Berg's "Deliver Us From Evil" won the Target Documentary Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival and was subsequently acquired by Lionsgate for a theatrical release.
Worth watching this weekend will be the performance of Douglas McGrath's "Infamous," unfortunately known as the other Truman Capote film (this one produced by Killer Films). Distributor Warner Independent Pictures bumped the film to a 2006 release in the wake of last year's success of Bennett Miller's "Capote," which is about the same period in the author's life: his writing of the acclaimed novel In Cold Blood. Toby Jones stars as Truman Capote in this version, alongside a stellar cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Sigourney Weaver, and Jeff Daniels.
The List for This Week
"Driving Lessons" (October 13), directed by Jeremy Brock. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics. Official website
"So Much So Fast" (October 13), directed by Steven Ascher & Jeanne Jordan. Distributor: Balcony Releasing. Official website
"Sweet Land" (October 13), directed by Ali Selim. Self-distributed. Official website