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AFI/AFM 2007.4: Sigur Ros and Coen Bros

AFI/AFM 2007.4: Sigur Ros and Coen Bros

Things are staying busy in L.A., with a variety of meetings and screenings and events. This trip has become our last major push for SXSW programming, before our deadlines and the chaos of the 11th hour programming. So, we’re doing our thing to make it a successful trip. On Sunday afternoon, Lya and I checked out the new music documentary, Sigur Ros: Heima, about the Icelandic band Sigur Ros. The enigmatic rock group is showcased throughout their native country and I think the film is crafted in a very original manner. You actually get a sense of how Icelandic geography, politics, culture, and history shaped them and their music. The relationship between the band and their homeland, is beautiful to watch (especially given the cinematic landscape that is Iceland). Not sure if the film will appeal to non-fans of their music, but I was hooked. The doc will be released on DVD, November 20. Here are some pics I took throughout the day:

(After the screening of Sigur Ros: Heima, here’s the director Dean de Blois, right, and AFI Fest programmer Natalie McMenemy during the Q&A.)

(Woodstock and Philadelphia Film Festival programmer, Michael Lerman, in the lobby of the Arclight right before we go to see Pop Skull. We didn’t really like it.)

(Confessions of a Superhero director Matt Ogens, left, and producer Charlie Gruet after the AFI Fest screening of their doc. The SXSW 2007 premiere is opening this month in theaters nationwide.)

On Sunday night, be sheer coincidence, Miramax hosted the (non AFI Fest) L.A. premiere of the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece, No Country For Old Men. I was able to attend the premiere party, which happened to be at our hotel anyway. Once I walked into the party, I realized I was definitely in Hollywood. The guests in attendance included: No Country stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, and Josh Brolin. Plus: the Coens, filmmakers Edgar Wright and Curtis Hanson, actress Penelope Cruz, director Jason Reitman, actress Gina Gershon, and many more. Here are some pics:

(Myself and actor Josh Brolin, sharing a laugh as we chatted about our Austin event two weeks ago. Photo by Mark Rabinowitz.)

(Rabbi Report blogger Mark Rabinowitz, left, hangs with Miramax publicist Nicolette Aizenberg, at Sunday’s party.)

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