DAILY NEWS: German Films in New York and indieWIRE Buzz
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
“Nowhere in Africa” Acquired by Zeitgeist and Among Films in MoMA’s Kino 2002
(indieWIRE: 10.25.02) — Caroline Link‘s “Nowhere in Africa” (Nirgendwo In Afrika), one of a group of new German Films that will screen next month at
Kino 2002, the Museum of Modern Art‘s annual celebration of German cinema, has
been acquired by Zeitgeist. The film, which screened at a number of top world
festivals, including Karlovy Vary and Toronto, and the upcoming AFI Fest Los Angeles, won the audience award at last weekend’s Hamptons International Film Festival. It will be released in March of next year, Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman told indieWIRE yesterday. Notably, the film has also been tapped as this year’s German submission for Foreign Language Oscar
Arthouses are currently booming with new German films, with “Mostly Martha,”
“Heaven,” “Das Experiment,” and “Invincible” on screen in the United States. Supporters from the Export-Union of German Cinema are hoping that the series will give a boost to some of the other pictures playing in the program
(which was organized by Larry Kardish, MoMA’s senior curator of the Department of Film and Media).
Heinrich Broeler‘s “The Manns — Novel of a Century” (Die Manns — Ein
Jahrhundertroman) will open the series. The more than five hour TV mini
series looks at the life of author Thomas Mann. Also on tap is “Absolut Warhola,” Stanislaw Mucha‘s doc about artist Andy Warhol‘s distant German relatives. Another highlight is sure to be Andreas Dresen‘s “Grill Point” (Halbe Treppe), winner of the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.
Also set to screen during the Kino 2002 series are Maria Speth‘s “The Days
Between” (In den Tag hinein), Iain Dilthey‘s “I’ll Wait on You Hand and
Foot” (Ich werde dich auf Handen tragen), Dominik Graf‘s “A Map of the Heart” (Der Felsen), Sven Taddicken‘s “Getting My Brother Laid” (Mein Bruder der Vampir), Thomas Schadt‘s “Berlin Symphony” (Berlin — Sinfonie einer Grosstadt), Urs Eggers‘ “Epstein’s Night” (Epstein’s Nacht), Robert Fischer‘s “Fassbinder in Hollywood,” Gerd Conradt‘s “Starbuck — Holger Meins,” Walter Ruttman‘s “Berlin, Symphony of a Great City” (Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt), Ulrich Kohler‘s “Bungalow,” and Michael Herbig‘s “Manitou’s Shoe” (Der Schuh des Manitou). [Eugene Hernandez]
[The Kino 2002 series will run November 8 – 17. For more info,
indieWIRE: Buzz for Friday, October 25
indieWIRE presents its weekly column focusing on recent items on the radar
in the indie film community.
Upstart distributor Newmarket Films has hired two more employees. Bill
Thompson, formerly of Lot 47 has joined the company, while Rob Schwartz, who worked with Newmarket president Bob Berney at IFC Films as the company’s VP of marketing and distribution, has also joined the distributor.
Kevin Hyman has joined Focus Features as the outfit’s executive vice
president of physical production. Hyman will report to Focus president of production
Glenn Williamson. Hyman is joining Focus from Miramax Films, where he served in the same role.
Liz Ogilvie is on board as the new program manager of DocuClub, New York’s documentary screening and support organization. She recently served as the
Managing Editor of FILMMAKER Magazine.
UA BASH: The American Museum of the Moving Image‘s film series Hollywood
Independents: A History of United Artists concludes on Sunday. But don’t
miss tomorrow’s panel discussion about UA’s past, present, and future with
company president Bingham Ray, author and former studio exec Steven Bach, and film historian Tino Balio. Screenings Saturday and Sunday include Bergman‘s “Persona,” Woody Allen‘s “Interiors,” Wilder‘s “The Apartment,” Bertolucci‘s “Last Tango in Paris,” and Mankiewicz‘s “The Barefoot Contessa.” For more
information, visit www.ammi.org.
DINNER IN THE HAMPTONS: Saturday night at the Hamptons International Film
Festival saw the North American premiere of Liliana Cavani‘s “Ripley’s
Game.” Film star Lena Heady, who last attended the fest with “Aberdeen,” was among the select group at famed eatery Nick & Toni’s for the dinner hosted by Fine Line. Superstar publicist Peggy Siegal, who is well-known for her eclectic guest lists, helped organize the soiree. Seated at the same table with
indieWIRE, for example, were Tom Noonan, (“What Happened Was“), fest
programmer Rajendra Roy and Luann, a former Italian TV personality now known as the Countess de Lesseps. The Countess told the table how she charmed media mogul turned Italian prime-minister Silvio Berlusconi to secure her TV gig. She was in town with Kim Heirston, the well-known New York art advisor and dealer who has the enviable job of collecting art for billionaires. Aaaahhhhhh, the
FLICKER ATTACK: L.A.’s American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre will present the second annual “Flicker: Attack of the 50 Foot Reels” on November
5 at 7:30 p.m. Twenty five filmmakers will each show a short film shot on
Super 8mm and edited entirely in camera. Even the filmmakers will be viewing the
shorts for the first time. Flick handles the processing and transfer.
Participating filmmakers include Flicker founder Norwood Cheek, Peyton Reed, Mark Lyon, John Schultz & Sarah Whalen, David Palmer, Ross Breitenbach, Chris Wagganer, and Tiffany Sims. For more information, visit www.flickerla.com.
IT’S A BOY: Congrats to two pairs of proud parents. Artisan Entertainment‘s
Patrick Gunn and his wife, writer Laura Kriska, along with actor/director
Tim Blake Nelson and his wife, Lisa, an actor, all welcomed baby boys this
“The movies he’s made already, I love them so much. That helped me trust him
taking risks and saying he’s going to do the right thing with my performance. He ain’t gonna hang me out to dry.”
— Adam Sandler, talking about his work with Paul Thomas Anderson on “Punch Drunk Love,” on the Charlie Rose Show
COMING SOON: Next week in indieWIRE: Matthew Ross profiles independent film
producer Scott Macaulay, Guy Cimbalo reports from RESFEST 2002, Brian Brooks
wraps up the 2002 Hamptons International Film Festival, and Kate Schultz
interviews Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco, directors of the documentary
“Daughter from Danang.” [Compiled by the indieWIRE staff]