Today on indieWIRE, James Schamus made a big reveal, Kevin Smith dropped the trailer for “Red State,” Eric Kohn hated on “The Devil’s Double” and much more.
Terence Davies, Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy All Lined Up for San Sebastian International Film Fest
Terence Davies, Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Wang Xiaoshuai are among the directors lined up to screen their new works at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the event said today, unveiling some of this year’s Official Selection. More here.
Interview with ‘Haywire’ & ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Poster Designer Neil Kellerhouse
You may not know the name Neil Kellerhouse, but you definitely know his work. He’s the graphic designer behind the posters for “The Social Network,” “I’m Still Here,” “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and more recently “Haywire” (which you can read more about here) among many others. He’s also done work for The Criterion Collection, Pixar, and gets regular calls to work with directors like Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher. Go here for The Playlist’s interview with the artist.
Profanity Ridden & Disturbing Trailer for Kevin Smith’s “Red State”
If you’re a Kevin Smith fan (or just curious to see him dabble in another genre), you’ll no doubt be curious to check out the just-released trailer for the satirical horror pic “Red State.” What unfolds in the two-and-a-half-minute spot is chilling to the bone and full of profanity. It opens with Melissa Leo coercing three boys to sleep with her, only to drug them, kidnap them and lock them up in cages. Next thing you know, they find themselves in a Church where a crazed Michael Parks preaches about doing away with sinners. A whole lot of mayhem ensues.
Aki Kaurismaki’s Acclaimed “Le Havre” Heads To Janus Films
Janus Films has acquired North American rights to Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre,” which premiered to rave reviews in competition at Cannes earlier this year. More here.
Gorgeous Teaser for TIFF Entry “The Hunter”
Rookie director and established author Julia Leigh is blowing up this year. Her feature directorial debut “Sleeping Beauty” got mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but got people talking and is sure to keep people talking when it hits theaters on October 28 courtesy of Sundance Selects. Yesterday it was announced that the film adaptation of her 2001 psychological novel “The Hunter,” will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Go here for the film’s just-released teaser.
“El Bulli” Director Gereon Wetzel Finds the Core of the World’s Greatest Restaurant
Say El Bulli and those in the culinary know may conjure up images of “molecular gastronomy,” impossible reservations and a foodie paradise. Situated in an idyllic cove along Catalan, Spain’s Costa Brava region, El Bulli boasts three Michelin stars and was named top restaurant in the world by “S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants” from 2007 – 2009. The creative process that goes into El Bulli’s annual reinvention gets the spotlight in director Gereon Wetzel’s marvelous doc, “El Bulli: Cooking in Progress.” The verite-style film observes the annual quest to remain at the forefront of culinary invention, in which Adrià and his team seek to outdo their previous menu with the help of high-tech equipment, bizarre N2O cartridges, cameras, chopping blocks and knives that help them create mushroom juice, sweet-potato meringue, freeze-dried peppermint or foamed beetroot. Go here for our interview with the film’s director.
Eric Kohn Kind of Loathes “The Devil’s Double”
“It’s hard to believe that “The Devil’s Double” doesn’t intend to be a put-on. Despite a real-life basis of its plot, Lee Tamahori’s fierce depiction of hedonistic Saddaam Hussein spawn Uday Hussein relegates the character to a farcical cartoon.” — Read full review here.
Why James Schamus Believes There’s a Business in Very Low-Budget Features
In May, Focus launched the first annual Story Camp. Conceived by Focus CEO James Schamus, Story Camp is designed to bring something rarely seen to Focus’ development slate: Filmmakers with projects budgeted under $1 million. There’s no application process or specific qualifications; participation is by invitation only. Go here for our First Person with Schamus to learn more.
From the iW Vaults | James Schamus Takes a “Ride with the Devil”
This month indieWIRE turns 15. In honor of our decade and a half in the game we’ve dug through our vaults to uncover some old goodies. Every day this month check back on indieWIRE for some old classics. Today, we’ll step back to 1999 when Ray Pride interviewed James Schamus about Ang Lee’s “Ride with the Devil,” which he wrote and produced.