10 Days of Sundance Archive for January, 2009

Sundance Review: Daddy Longlegs

By Kim Voynar Daddy Longlegs, written and directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, and ostensibly from memories of their own experiences with their father when they were growing up, reminded me a lot of another Sundance film from a couple years ago, Azazel Jacobs’ simultaneously irritating and enchantingMomma’s Man. Both movies are filmed in a verite style…

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Sundance: It's a Wrap (views)

In the year of its 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival coincided with the inauguration of a new president who offers hope to a country beaten down by war and a tough economic climate; it’s the first time in my own adult life I’ve ever cared enough about the inauguration to block out time on…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – Carey Mulligan (content)

Carey Mulligan was this year’s IT Girl at Sundance, with her debut as a lead in An Education helping that film to the Sundance Audience Award and her performance in The Greatest, opposite Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, showing that she can keep up with the industry’s big guns. The video interview, with a cameo…

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Arthouse Nabs Art & Copy in Ninth Sundance Sale

By Gregg Goldstein In the ninth (and probably last) sale during Sundance, Arthouse Films nabbed worldwide rights to Doug Pray’s history-of-advertising documentary Art & Copy. The deal, announced in the wee hours of Sunday morning, is said to be in the low six figures. Its fate – and how high those low six figures were…

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OnePiece: Marina Zenovich and Theo Morgan on optimism

Marina Zenovich, director of Independent’s Day and Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired, was a 2009 Sundance juror. With her, Theo Morgan.

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DP/30 @ Sundance – How A Waldo Salt Winning Script Gets Written (news)

44 seconds of insight.

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Sundance Winners Press Release (content)

We Live in Public, Push, Rough Aunties and The Maid (La Nana) Earn Top Jury Prizes; Audience Favorites Feature Afghan Star, An Education, The Cove and Push January 24, 2009 Park City, UT–The jury and audience award-winners of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight at the Festival’s closing Awards Ceremony hosted by actor…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – The Greatest (content)

Susan Sarandon, Pierce Brosnan, and writer/director Shana Feste sit down to chat about their Sundance premiere, The Greatest. The interview after the jump…

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Short Takes and Reviews– Sundance 2009

Adam Kim Voynar My immediate reaction to this was to roll my eyes and inwardly groan at the set-up that this film was going to be about a magical differently-abled person who shows a “normal” person some wonderful and mysterious things about life through his different perspective, thus teaching her important life lessons she couldn’t…

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Sundance Sales Chart 2009

Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Brooklyn’s Finest Prem WM/ CAA 2:1 Gere, Cheadle, Hawke, Snipes, Barkin and “Training Day” director doing what they’ve done best: cop drama With all these surefire elements, why does it need a Sundance rampup to sell? 1/16, 6:15p. Eccles Spread Prem CAA/ End…

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A list of the top picks from Sundance 2009

Edited by Kim Voynar TITLES A V G Moon 8 (James Rocchi) – – 8 10 10 – 8 (Scott Weinberg) 5 44 8.8 Humpday 9 9 7.5 9 9 9 – — 6 52.5 8.75 In the Loop 9 – 8.5 – – – – – 2 17.5 8.75 The Girlfriend Experiece 9 9…

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Sundance Sales Chart Day Ten

by Gregg Goldstein Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire DrComp Cin 2:1 Standing O for audacious portrait of abused girl; vivid performances by Mo’Nique and wacky supporting cast (Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz). A TWC/BET partnership one of several possibilities; hoped-for…

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Review: Adam (views)

Adam opens with a female voiceover talking about how her favorite book when she was growing up was The Little Prince (you know, the book about the pilot who crashes in the desert and meets a little prince from a tiny distant planet who teaches him all sorts of interesting and meaningful things), and how…

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Spread closes at near $4m

By Gregg Goldstein In the biggest sale of this year’s Sundance fest, the Ashton Kutcher sex dramedy, Spread, sold US and Australian rights to Overture’s sister company Anchor Bay and Canadian rights to TVA in a deal totaling just under four million dollars. It’s a rare case of the top Sundance sale coming just before…

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Moon waxes Theatrical With Sony

In what could be viewed as a victory for a film potentially headed to DVD shelves – or a film’s failure to find outside distribution – Sony Pictures Classics will handle the theatrical release of Duncan Jones’ sci-fi psychological thriller “Moon.” The film arrived at its Friday night Sundance premiere with all rights pre-purchased by…

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DP/30 @ Sundance – Black Dynamite (content)

The co-writers and, respectively, director (Scott Saunders) and star (Michael Jai White) of Black Dynamite. take some time off from kicking ass for a chat. The video interview is after the jump…

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Sundance Sales Chart – Day Nine

by Gregg Goldstein Film Section Sales Co Odds Pros Cons First Screening Today’s Top Five Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire DrComp Cin 2:1 Standing O for audacious portrait of abused girl; vivid performances by Mo’Nique and wacky supporting cast (Mariah Carey, Sherry Shepherd, Lenny Kravitz). A TWC/BET partnership one of several possibilities; expected…

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Short Take: 211: Anna (views)

211: Anna, a documentary by Italian directors Paolo Serbandini and Giovanna Massimetti, has an interesting subject but unfortunately fails to shed much new light on the life and death of its subject, murdered Russian political journalist Anna Politkovskaya. I first became familiar with Politkovskaya through Eric Bergkraut‘s 2005 documentary Coca: The Dove from Chechnya, which…

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OnePiece: talking future with Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Mike Plante

Lucille Hadzihalilovic was one of five winners of the NHK award, helping her get her new film Evolution made. She directed Innocence (2004) and co-produced and edited Gaspar Noe’s I Stand Alone. [Below the fold, Mike Plante on keys to getting work done.]

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Short Take: The Vicious Kind (views)

Lee Krieger‘s second feature, The Vicious Kind, is a tale of forgiveness and redemption told through the character of Caleb Sinclaire (Adam Scott), an intensely unpleasant construction worker whose bitterness and misogyny masks a deeply wounded man whose outward anger acts as a shield against the world.

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Quote Unquotesee all »

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt