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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“I don’t really believe in guilty pleasures. I like to subscribe to Susan Sontag’s thought of no highs and lows. I think dismissing popular culture and popular films can be really dangerous because they may seem innocuous, but some are works of art and even when they’re not they can say so much about the culture that they’re reflecting. This also gets into the idea of canon. What is good and isn’t good? Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. Specifically, who writes these canons? Mainly, straight white guys — which basically rigs the system. So, if you have a knowledge of female filmmakers, queer filmmakers, African or Asian filmmakers, some people won’t give them the same culture capital. They’ll say, “Oh, that’s nice niche knowledge.” No, it’s not. You’re just seeing it through the prism of something white and male. Like Shonda Rhimes’ ‘Scandal.’ I love that show, but is it a guilty pleasure because it’s a soap on TV? No. I think it has incredible writing, incredible thought and characters, so we should take it seriously. That’s a long-winded answer to say, “Yes, I love Titanic.” I was 10 years old when it came out and my mom took me to see it three times. I was so obsessed with it. A big thanks to my mom who’ll never get those nine hours of her life back.”
~ Toronto Int’l Programmer and Critic Kiva Reardon

“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”