Movie City Indie Archive for March, 2013

DVD Interview: Benh Zeitlin on Water

Benh Zeitlin and I talked about Beasts of the Southern Wild, water, humidity, Hushpuppy as superhero of her own life, walls of music, coming to film from music and animation, and the influence Emir Kusturica and Bob Fosse on June 11, 2012 at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago.

PRIDE: We can start on water. Discuss!

ZEITLIN: Shooting on the water or the water in Louisiana?

PRIDE: Water, big. It’s like New Orleans water makes it what it is. Water brings the life, water brings the death.

ZEITLIN: Yeah, yeah, absolutely. It’s a place, it’s so viscerally connected to the water. There’s a real humility that comes from this sort of feeling when you are there, that New Orleans is very close to death in this way. It’s a presence in a way that I have never experienced anywhere else before, and it is all about… Every time it rains, water has this reminder of what it can do, and that your existence is this precarious thing that can be taken anyway at any moment by the water. Then at the same time it’s also where all the best food comes from! It’s an endlessly fascinating relationship and when I started making this film, I saw this. You look at a map, and you see this place where the water and the land are sewn together, where there is no clear border. And I wanted to explore what was at the frontlines of that place. So I would drive as far as I could go out into the marsh on all these different roads, and at the end of one of these roads was the town that became the film.

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Teasing BLUE CAPRICE (0’34”)

Terence Davies Revealing Ealing (7’48”)

Co-Producer agnes b. Teams With SPRING BREAKERS For Merch

Plus, les inrocks calls the movie “Godard boosted by Red Bull.” French trailer below [Via agnès b, les inrocks, allocine.]

Postering TABU in Australia

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Chris Burden’s 1970s Late Night TV Commercials (8’47”)



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Trailering Gerwig-Baumbach’s FRANCES HA (1’55”)


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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.


One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump