Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2013

Pride’s Friday 5

1. To The Wolf


Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes’ To The Wolf, showing in the “City-to-City: Athens” section, is a gem of crafted nonfiction shot in a secluded Greek village where two ragged families of shepherds battle, most members elderly, and all struggle to survive in intense poverty. Without being derivative, the film suggests a meeting of Béla Tarr and Theo Angelopoulos, as weathered and wind-sheared and sopping damp as work by those masters. (There is a wonderful tracking shot in through a flock of sheep on a road that could have gone on for minutes longer, and in fact once did, the directors told me.) The film has a physical austerity to match the fiscal austerity imposed upon the country’s most vulnerable of citizens. I wrote about To The Wolf for Filmmaker magazine from March’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. A not-rainy teaser is below.

2. 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Social and political moments with too many moving parts and participants are one of the great casualties of the withering of independent journalism around the world, and especially in this country. Read the full article »

Introducing TIFF’s “The Cronenberg Project” (1’11″40′)

The video begins just beyond 24 minutes in.

Teasing Snowflakes From THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (2’41”)

World-class smirk: “I’m cool. I’m measured.”

Trailering GRAVITY (2’23”)

“Lake Zurich, Illinois.”

“Hi, I’m Tom Pynchon”: Trailering “Bleeding Edge” (4’59”)

Trailering “Massive Attack Vs Adam Curtis” (3’35”)

NYC, September 28 – October 4, 2013. [Via Ted Hope.]

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield