Movie City Indie Archive for October, 2009

Yes… feeding squirrel-like kitten with chopsticks

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Good days? Bad days? Good days.



Week later, two million views, still a classic.

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Charles and Ray Eames' Polaroid SX-70 promo film



Technology arrives…

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Out of the box: Richard Kelly's 1996 The Goodbye Place

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VIFF 2009 trailers: Sexuality and Subtitles



Vancouver’s fest trailers are always pretty swell.

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Picturing Chicago International Film Festival 45 award ceremonies

The Chicago International Film Festival’s 45th edition runs through Thursday, but juried awards were handed out Saturday night at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East Hotel. In the International Feature Film Competition, three prizes went to Tina Mabry’s Mississippi Damned, a Gold Hugo for Best Film, a Gold Plaque for Best Supporting Acress to Jossie Harris Thacker and another GP for Mabry’s screenplay. Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank took a Silver Hugo Special Jury Award for “esthetic boldness” along with a GP for Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor. Vincere took Silver Hugos for Marco Bellocchio as Best Director, Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Best Actress and Filippo Timi for Best Actor, along with a Gold Plaque for Best Cinematography, Daniele Cipri. Hipsters took a Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction. Only a handful of winners were present: the Mississippi Damned crew was happy to be there. New Directors and Short Film nods listed in the festival press release after the jump, along with video (below) of Martin Landau accepting an Achievement Award in the Chicago hotel where North by Northwest was shot. [Ray Pride.]
John Russell Taylor's 39th Chicago International Film Festival


This is critic John Russell Taylor’s 39th consecutive CIFF, he says.


David Robinson

David Robinson served on the documentary jury.

Bruce Webb, director, The Be All And End ALL

Bruce Webb directed competition entry The Be All And End All.

Martin Landau

Martin Landau says the film industry has changed in 50 years.

Bisset signs

A scrum of autograph hunters outside the hotel sought a signature from jury president Jacqueline Bissett.


Remarks

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An hour of Hitchcock on the "Tomorrow" show



The wavy rainbows when the VHS recorder was restarted after commercial are a nice throwback as well. The other embeds are below on a single page. Via @Ebertchicago. And here’s sixteen or so hours for your iPod: the complete recordings of the Hitchcock-Truffaut interviews.

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Für Falcon: A fictional, non-hoax balloon ride gone wrong



Roger Michel’s beautifully edited opening scene of Enduring Love, dubbed in German, but it still looks swell.

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Trailering Edge of Darkness

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Oscar's got 65 foreign-language contenders

Sez the Academy:
Albania, “Alive!,” Artan Minarolli, director;
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos,” Juan Jose Campanella, director;
Armenia, “Autumn of the Magician,” Rouben Kevorkov and Vaheh Kevorkov, directors;
Australia, “Samson & Delilah,” Warwick Thornton, director;
Austria, “For a Moment Freedom,” Arash T. Riahi, director;
Bangladesh, “Beyond the Circle,” Golam Rabbany Biplob, director;
Belgium, “The Misfortunates,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
Bolivia, “Zona Sur,” Juan Carlos Valdivia, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Nightguards,” Namik Kabil, director;
Brazil, “Time of Fear,” Sergio Rezende, director;
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner,” Stephan Komandarev, director;
oscahs2010.jpgCanada, “I Killed My Mother,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “Dawson, Isla 10,” Miguel Littin, director;
China, “Forever Enthralled,” Chen Kaige, director;
Colombia, “The Wind Journeys,” Ciro Guerra, director;
Croatia, “Donkey,” Antonio Nuic, director;
Cuba, “Fallen Gods,” Ernesto Daranas, director;
Czech Republic, “Protektor,” Marek Najbrt, director;
Denmark, “Terribly Happy,” Henrik Ruben Genz, director;

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#chaosreigns: IFC embraces viral goofing for Antichrist

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IFC’s circulating the link to Peter Debruge’s The Satanic Mr. Fox mashup: a warning that there’s footage from the thus-far most notorious scene from Antichrist. (But not involving human mutilation.) Here’s the YouTube link.

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John Woo at U.S. premiere of Red Cliff at Chicago International Film Festival

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John Woo screened


Woo was late to a pre-premiere reception; journalists traded Hong Kong gangster film scenarios for the director’s non-appearance.

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Tsangari: With my next film, White Knuckles, it comes with a budget — it’s going to be a huge new world for me. As always when I enter into a new thing, don’t you wonder how it’s going to be and how much of yourself you are going to have to sacrifice? The ballet of all of this. I’m already imaging the choreography — not of the camera, but the choreography of actually bringing it to life. It is as fascinating as the shooting itself. I find the producing as exciting as the directing. The one informs the other. There is this producer-director hat that I constantly wear. I’ve been thinking about these early auteurs, like Howard Hawks and John Ford and Preston Sturges—all of these guys basically were hired by the studio, and I doubt they had final cut, and somehow they had films that now we can say they had their signatures.  There are different ways of being creative within the parameters and limitations of production. The only thing you cannot negotiate is stupidity.
Filmmaker: And unfortunately, there is an abundance of that in the world.
Tsangari: This is the only big risk: stupidity. Everything else is completely worked out in the end.
~ Chevalier‘s Rachel Athina Tsangari

“The middle-range movies that I was doing have largely either stopped being made, or they’ve moved to television, now that television is a go-to medium for directors who can’t get work in theatricals, because there are so few theatricals being made. But also with the new miniseries concept, you can tell a long story in detail without having to cram it all into 90 minutes. You don’t have to cut the characters and take out the secondary people. You can actually put them all on a big canvas. And it is a big canvas, because people have bigger screens now, so there’s no aesthetic difference between the way you shoot a movie and the way you shoot a TV show.

“Which is all for the good. But what’s happened in the interim is that theatrical movies being a spectacle business are now either giant blockbuster movies that run three hours—even superhero movies run three hours, they used to run like 58 minutes!—and the others, which are dysfunctional family independent movies or the slob comedy or the kiddie movie, and those are all low-budget. So the middle ground of movies that were about things, they’re just gone. Or else they’re on HBO. Like the Bryan Cranston LBJ movie, which years ago would’ve been made for theaters.

“You’ve got people like Paul Schrader and Walter Hill who can’t get their movies theatrically distributed because there’s no market for it. So they end up going to VOD, and VOD is a model from which no one makes any money, because most of the time, as soon as they get on the site, they’re pirated. So the whole model of the system right now is completely broken. And whether or not anybody’s going to try to fix, or if it even can be fixed, I don’t know. But it’s certainly not the same business that I got into in the ’70s.”
~ Joe Dante

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