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DAILY NEWS: Von Trier at NYFF; Queer Short Prizes; Response to Festival Article

DAILY NEWS: Von Trier at NYFF; Queer Short Prizes; Response to Festival Article

DAILY NEWS: Von Trier at NYFF; Queer Short Prizes; Response to Festival Article

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

>> Von Trier’s “Dancer in the Dark” To Kick Off 38th NYFF

(indieWIRE/7.10.00) — Lars von Trier‘s new film, “Dancer in the Dark,”
will have its North American premiere on September 22, 2000 when it
opens the 38th New York Film Festival. The Fine Line Features release
will open domestically after the Festival.

Produced by Vibeke Windelov (producer of von Trier’s “The Kingdom II,”
Breaking the Waves” and “The Idiots“), the film won the Palme d’Or
at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. International musical artist Bjork
stars in a role which has already garnered her a Best Actress prize
at the Cannes Festival. While not a Dogme 95 film, the movie was
shot digitally — it features choregraphy by Michael Paterson,
with music and vocals by Bjork.

Set in rural America, this powerful film depicts the tragic story of
Selma (Bjork), an immigrant factory worker and single mom determined
to prevent her son from developing the degenerative eye disease that
also afflicts her. With total blindness setting in, Selma spends her
days working in a factory to raise the money for her son’s operation
and escapes through her daydreams of singing and dancing in large
Hollywood-style musical numbers. The film co-stars Catherine Deneuve
and David Morse.

[For more information on the film, visit:
and for more information on the 38th NYFF, visit]

>> Queer Short Movie Award Winners Unveiled at LA’s Outfest

(indieWIRE/7.10.00) — Declaring it the biggest event in gay and lesbian
online movie history with more that 60,000 viewers, PlanetOut and IFILM
unveiled the winners of the first Queer Short Movie Awards this weekend
at Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

The $10,000 grand prize will be split by two non-fiction stories — Tina
‘s “Closer,” which offers reenactments from the main subject’s life,
and Patrick Foery‘s “Family,” a look at the filmmaker as he comes out to
his father. Additionally, five first prizes of $1,000 will go to a winner
in each of the five award categories: “How to Fake an Orgasm” (Comedy)
directed by Dayna McLeod, “Jean” (Drama) directed by Anthony Fabian,
The Cucumber Chronicles” (Animation) directed by Bryan McHenry,
Constructions” (Documentary) directed by Kathryn Xian, and “A Seeker” (Experimental) directed by Kian Kuan.

“We’re thrilled that PlanetOut’s Online Cinema is making a significant
contribution to queer film, propelling new talent and offering a fresh
platform for gays and lesbians to express themselves,” explained PlanetOut
entertainment producer Jenni Olson in a prepared statement. “The high
caliber of work and diversity of content in the submissions for the
Queer Short Movie Awards is astounding. These filmmakers are complex
and innovative story tellers who manage to entertain and educate in
exciting ways.”

[All prize winners and finalists are available for viewing online at]

>> IN RESPONSE TO: In Praise of Small Jewels; The Rise of the “Regional” Film Festival

Dear IndieWIRE,

I would like to respond to the article by Sandy Mandelberger, “In Praise
of Small Jewels.”

In this article he advocates the value of small festivals and that the
sales agents or distributors make it impossible for these festivals to
exist because they ask screening fees.

Strangely enough Mandelberger forgets that part of those monies go back
to the producer who was the one in the first place to raise this money
to make this film and only thanks to him/her does the film exist and
can it be seen…do not mistreat the source of all festivals in the
world because without them, NO FILMS!

Claudia Landsberger
European Film Promotion

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