Movie City Indie Archive for August, 2012

Michael Cimino Introduces HEAVEN’S GATE in Venice [pic only]


“My first reaction was: ‘I don’t want to revisit Heaven’s Gate‘. I’ve had enough rejection for 33 years. Being infamous is not fun. It becomes a weird occupation in and of itself.Because of the digital technology that did not exist at the time, I was able to make editorial changes, colour changes…. Seeing it through the digital equipment, it was like a new movie.” A professional flash photo, from Agence France Presse, with quotes (like the above) that sound translated and re-translated, is here.

[Via Le Monde.]

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Clint Eastwood addresses the empty chair (11’15”)

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TIFF12 Trailering THE ACT OF KILLING, presented by Herzog & Morris (3’08’)

Killers are invited to act out their memories of murder in Indonesia: “In this chilling and provocative documentary, executive-produced by Errol Morris and Werner Herzog (who said he’d “not seen a film as powerful and frightening in at least a decade”), a collection of unrepentant, genocidal thugs are given the chance to re-enact some of their many crimes—in lurid Hollywood style. When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black-market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people. Anwar boasts of killing hundreds with his own hands, but he’s lived in his country as a hero ever since, never forced by history to accept that he had perpetrated crimes against humanity. When approached to make a film about their role in the genocide, Anwar and his friends eagerly comply—but their idea of being in a movie is not to provide reflective testimony but to dance their way through musical numbers, twist arms in film noir gangster scenes, and gallop across the prairies as yodeling cowboys. A surreal cinematic journey, THE ACT OF KILLING presents a gripping conflict between moral imagination and moral catastrophe.”

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Neil Armstrong Interviewed in March, 2012 (video)

In March, Neil Armstrong gave one of his few interviews to Alex Malley, head of the Certified Practicing Accountants of Australia. The complete interview is here.



And: Armstrong responds to conspiracy theories.

These small pieces were chopped by The Daily Beast, source of the embeds.

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TIFF12 Trailering: Klip (MNSFW)

“Serbia!” “Jasna is a beautiful girl in her mid-teens, leading a crude life in postwar Serbia. With a terminally ill father and dispirited mother, she is disillusioned and angry with everyone and everything, including herself. Having a huge crush on a boy from school, she goes on a spree of sex, drugs and partying, constantly filming with her mobile phone. Still, in that very harsh environment – love and tenderness emerge. Starring Isidora Simijonovic, Vukašin Jasnic, Sanja Mikitišin, Jovo Makisc and Monja Savic.”

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TIFF12 Trailering: BOY EATING THE BIRD’S FOOD

So what’s up in Greek filmmaking? This. “A 22-year-old boy in Athens has no job, no money, no girlfriend and no food to eat. He has only a canary bird and a beautiful singing voice. When he finds himself without a home, he must seek shelter for his bird. Starring Yiannis Papadopoulos.”
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Teasing McAdams-Rapace-DePalma’s PASSION (1’05”)

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“Let me try and be as direct as I possibly can with you on this. There was no relationship to repair. I didn’t intend for Harvey to buy and release The Immigrant – I thought it was a terrible idea. And I didn’t think he would want the film, and I didn’t think he would like the film. He bought the film without me knowing! He bought it from the equity people who raised the money for me in the States. And I told them it was a terrible idea, but I had no say over the matter. So they sold it to him without my say-so, and with me thinking it was a terrible idea. I was completely correct, but I couldn’t do anything about it. It was not my preference, it was not my choice, I did not want that to happen, I have no relationship with Harvey. So, it’s not like I repaired some relationship, then he screwed me again, and I’m an idiot for trusting him twice! Like I say, you try to distance yourself as much as possible from the immediate response to a movie. With The Immigrant I had final cut. So he knew he couldn’t make me change it. But he applied all the pressure he could, including shelving the film.”
James Gray

“I’m an unusual producer because I control the destiny of a lot of the films I’ve done. Most of them are in perfect states of restoration and preservation and distribution, and I aim to keep them in distribution. HanWay Films, which is my sales company, has a 500-film catalogue, which is looked after and tended like a garden. I’m still looking after my films in the catalogue and trying to get other people to look after their films, which we represent intellectually, to try to keep them alive. A film has to be run through a projector to be alive, unfortunately, and those electric shadows are few and far between now. It’s very hard to go and see films in a movie house. I was always involved with the sales and marketing of my films, right up from The Shout onwards. I’ve had good periods, but I also had a best period because the film business was in its best period then. You couldn’t make The Last Emperor today. You couldn’t make The Sheltering Sky today. You couldn’t make those films anymore as independent films. There are neither the resources nor the vision within the studios to go to them and say, “I want to make a film about China with no stars in it.”Then, twenty years ago, I thought, “OK, I’m going to sell my own films but I don’t want to make it my own sales company.” I wanted it to be for me but I wanted to make it open for every other producer, so they don’t feel that they make a film but I get the focus. So, it’s a company that is my business and I’m involved with running it in a certain way, but I’m not seen as a competitor with other people that use it. It’s used by lots of different producers apart from me. When I want to use it, however, it’s there for me and I suppose I’m planning to continue making all my films to be sold by HanWay. I don’t have to, but I do because it’s in my building and the marketing’s here, and I can do it like that. Often, it sounds like I’m being easy about things, but it’s much more difficult than it sounds. It’s just that I’ve been at it for a long time and there’s lots of fat and security around my business. I know how to make films, but it’s not easy—it’s become a very exacting life.”
~ Producer Jeremy Thomas