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indieWIRE This Week: Tribeca, Our New Columns and Cannes

indieWIRE This Week: Tribeca, Our New Columns and Cannes

THIS WEEK IN NEWS: The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival got underway on Wednesday, a slew of new iW columns were unveiled and Cannes announced their new lineup.

TRIBECA: Wednesday saw the kickoff of 2010’s Tribeca Film Festival, with the world premiere of “Shrek Forever After.” For the past week, in anticipation of the festival, indieWIRE has been posting interviews with directors whose works are screening in the festival’s many categories. Directors competing in the World Narrative Feature Competition include France’s Kim Chapiron (“Dog Pound”), American Lee Isaac Chung (“Lucky Life”) , Italy’s Ferzan Ozpetek (“Loose Cannons”) and Ireland’s Paul Fraser (“My Brothers”). For the World Documentary Feature Competition, directors include Jeff and Michael Zimbalist (“The Two Escobars”) who hail from the States, Finland’s Mika Ronkainen (“Freetime Machos”) and England’s Clio Barnard (“The Arbor”). Tribeca Directors In Their Own Words offers the full list of interviews.

In addition, in “In (More) Talk of Change as Tribeca Fest Gets Underway,” Eugene Hernandez delves into the ways Tribeca is trying to redefine itself.

Though Tribeca’s only two nights out of the gate, iW’s film critic Eric Kohn has already dished on two films that premiered early in the festival. While Kohn generally favored the documentary “The Two Escobars,” he wasn’t so kind to Oliver Dahan’s follow up to “La Vie en Rose,” “My Own Love Song,” bashing the film as an off-key trainwreck. Ouch.

NEW COLUMNS: Over the past several weeks, indieWIRE’s been going through quite the change, by unveiling a series of new weekly columns, highlighting news in the independent film world.

First up is the In the Works column, which takes a weekly look at upcoming films, in addition to projects in production. This week iW talked to makers of the acclaimed documentaries “Jesus Camp” and “12th and Delaware,” about their new project “Detroit Hustles Harder,” and profiled a number of other features in the works.

In Big Screen, the week’s new theatrical releases are highlighted, along with their general critical consensus, compiled via criticWIRE. Of this week’s new releases Kim Ji-woon’s Korean western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” scored the highest rating with a solid B+.

On the other end of the spectrum, Small Screen showcases what’s new on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD. New releases this include the Criterion Collection edition of Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” and the DVD release of Claire Denis’ acclaimed “35 Shots of Rum.”

Lastly FUTURES profiles up and coming actors/directors/writers/producers, and how they each got their start. Last week’s subject was “The Adults in the Room” director Andy Blubaugh, while this week “Children of Invention”‘s producer Mynette Louie made the cut.

CANNES: The 63rd Cannes Film Festival, which launches next month, unveiled its much anticipated lineup last week. Directors premiering new works include Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Jean Luc Godard, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Though these names are familiar among cineastes, the other competing directors remain unfamiliar to mainstream moviegoers, as Eugene Hernandez explores in Cannes Roster Reveals Great Divide. Concurrent with the festival, the annual Director’s Fortnight (May 13-23) announced the twenty four feature films on its slate. On the shorts front, Cannes will play host to nine films competing for the Short Film Palme d’Or, while the Cinefoundation sidebar will screen 13 student short films.

For the rest of this week’s news be sure to check out the links below…


UPDATE: First Timers & ‘Feel Good Films’ on Critics’ Week Roster
‘Who will be the new Wong Kar wai, Jacques Audiard, Andrea Arnold or Alejando Gonzalez-Inarritu?’ lured a promo for the lineup announcement for this year’s Critics’ Week sidebar at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Sundance Opener “HOWL” Heads To Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Academy Award winning documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s first narrative feature “HOWL.”

“Brand New Life” & “The Oath” Triumph at Sarasota Film Festival
“We are deeply passionate about the truly exceptional films at this year’s festival, and the artistic vision of this incredible group of filmmakers,” said Artistic Director Tom Hall in a statement.

“Dry Land”, “Waste Land” Win Big Money at Dallas Fest
“‘The Dallas Film Society Honors’ event was created to provide an exciting and glamorous event honoring our filmmakers to match the presentation and reverence shown them and their films throughout the festival,” said Dallas Film Society Executive Director Tanya Foster in a statement.

French Hit “Heartbreaker” Set at IFC
The film will have its North American premiere tonight at the COLCOA (City of Lights City of Angels) French film series in Los Angeles and will then have its East Coast premiere later this week at the Tribeca Film Festival.

“Winter’s Bone,” “Flag” Top Florida Fest Winners
Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Winter’s Bone” led the narrative jury winners, while Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein’s “How To Hold a Flag” led in the documentary jury category. Audiences opted for two different films, with Cruz Angeles’s “Don’t Let Me Drown” and Marshall Curry’s “Racing Dreams” winning the narrative and doc audience awards, respectively.

Box Office: Banksy Movie Boasts Strong Opening Numbers In Non-Traditional Release (UPDATED)
Today Sloss told indieWIRE that they are “obviously thrilled” with what resulted this weekend. “We had very little P&A to work with in buying traditional awareness,” he said. “We did not have a ‘money’ New York Times review. So I think this is close to unprecedented to make this kind of film work with very limited resources.”

Financial Crisis Doc Rounds Out SPC Roster in Cannes
The company boarded the Ferguson’s project more than eighteen months ago, and is his follow-up to the acclaimed “No End in Sight.” “Inside Job” will join the company’s “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger” by Woody Allen and “Tamara Drew” by Stephen Frears.”


Summer Preview: The 25 Must-See Films
A lot of great films are going to come and go this summer and even if they are destined for meager grosses, they might still deserve moviegoer attention. It just might be hard for some to find that attention, given the plethora of “Sex and the City 2” and “Iron Man 2” ads blocking the view.

Aspen Shorts: Finding God and Other Revelations from Aspen Shortsfest 2010
“This year the variety and quality were high enough that we decided to add a night – and two programs – to showcase this bounty of new talent,” reported George Eldred, Program Director for Aspen Film, who added that there were a record 86 films in competition.

Replicating a Nightmare: “Pornography” Director David Kittredge
The film depicts a gay porn star’s mysterious disappearance, which becomes an obsession for both a writer and another adult film star, leading them into dark supernatural corners. In his review for Reverse Shot, Michael Koresky described it as “a male-oriented reboot of ‘Mulholland Drive.”

“Putty Hill” Comes Out on Top at Atlanta Fest
It began last Thursday with the Opening Night screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Freedom Riders,” presented at the impressive Carter Center. At the reception before the film, which world premiered at Sundance earlier this year, ATLFF Executive Director Gabe Wardell introduced “special guests” who were in attendance – none other than a number of the courageous Freedom Riders featured in the film – to sing a couple of songs famously sung during the course of their protests for civil rights.

“Persian Cats” Director Bahman Ghobadi: “I didn’t pick the topic, the topic picked me”
“I’m very much interested in music specifically and wanted to make a film about it, but not in an atmosphere of censorship,” Ghobadi told indieWIRE in New York this week. “In this case, I didn’t pick the topic, the topic picked me.”

Filmmaker Interview: Jonathan Hock Goes to Cuba Tell a Comeback Story in “The Lost Son of Havana”
The biggest challenge was just getting into Cuba legally. The U.S. officials denied our request, as did the Cubans. So, after trying to find a way in for a year and a half, we finally came across an American amateur baseball team with a license to bring 20 players legally into Cuba for a goodwill game against retired Cuban players.

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