DAILY NEWS: Ziggy's Back; and Cinema Tropical Plans
by Matthew Ross and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” Go Cowboy
(indieWIRE: 05.30.02) — ‘Look out you rock & rollers!’ as Cowboy Pictures announces the theatrical return of Pennebaker-Hegedus Films and RZO Music’s “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” The film, featuring superstar David Bowie in his gender non-specific manifestation, documents his last concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1973 along with footage from backstage and electrifying performances captured by celebrated filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker (“Don’t Look Back,” “Monterey Pop,” “Depeche Mode 101“). The visually and aurally enhanced prints of the film is slated to open July 10 at the Film Forum in New York followed by additional cities throughout the country.
“Riding with Cowboy once again,” gushed Pennebaker in a prepared release.
“Fantastic and with a film I’ve been wanting to let loose again for a long
time. Beautiful brand new 35 mm prints and an incredible sounding 5.1 re-
mix… I can hardly wait…” Rolling Stone named “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy
Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” as one of the greatest albums of all time,
and EMI will release an enhanced version of the album July 16 with an
additional twelve songs.
Bowie will also receive a retrospective at the Museum of Television and Radio
in New York and Los Angeles June 7 – September 15. “David Bowie: Sound +
Vision” will feature rarely seen performances, interviews, documentaries and
music videos in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of “Ziggy.” Based in
New York, Cowboy Pictures is a film distribution company specializing in
foreign films, documentaries and American indie features. [Brian Brooks]
>> “Bolivia” Goes Tropical
(indieWIRE: 05.30.02) — Cinema Tropical, the New York-based micro distributor
run by Monika Wagenberg and Carlos Gutierrez, has acquired U.S rights to Argentine director Adrian Caetano‘s film “Bolivia.” The film will open in
February 2003 at New York’s Film Forum.
The film tells the story of Freddy, an illegal Bolivian immigrant who leaves
his family behind in his native country to work in Buenos Aires. It takes
place in the restaurant where Freddy works as cook and meets and interacts
with the characters that will change the course of his life.
“I think that the subject of the film is the confrontation between people of
the same social class, workers that are about to lose their place in the
class they belong, and that are intolerant among each other,” said Caetano
in a prepared statement. “They are prisoners in a situation they cannot
“Bolivia” has played in a number of major world festivals and has won
several awards, including the young critics’ award at the 2001 Cannes
Critics Week; the FIPRESCI prize at the London Film Festival 2001, the Made in Spanish prize at the Festival de San Sebastian 2001, and the KNF Circle of Dutch Critics award at the 2001 Rotterdam Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Monika Wagenberg on behalf of Cinema Tropical and Matias
Mosteirin, the executive producer of the film. [Matthew Ross]
>> WEDNESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Memorial Holiday Box Office; Nashville Fest Plans and Miramax’ “Paper Clips”
(indieWIRE: 05.29.02) — Magnolia Pictures continued its success with the
release of Dover Kosashvili’s “Late Marriage” over the four-day Memorial Day
holiday weekend; The Nashville Independent Film Festival announced its program
featuring 200 films, documentaries, shorts, plus animated, experimental, and
retrospective works; And, Miramax Films has acquired worldwide theatrical and
home video rights to “Paper Clips”.”
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