Sundance (more)

Νοέμβριος 30, 2007

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[Nothing is Private: η θέα από χαμηλά]

Το βλάσφημο ντεμπούτο του Allan Ball άλλαξε τίτλο (από Nothing is Private έγινε Towelhead), ελπίζω όχι και μοντάζ από ό,τι είδαμε στο Τορόντο. Μια ταινία που ξεκινά με το (διακριτικό) ξύρισμα του εφηβαίου μιας ανήλικης από τον πατριό της είναι too much για το αμερικανικό -και όχι μόνο-κοινό.

Επίσης, ο Amos Poe έχει εδώ ως σεναριογράφος τη νέα του δουλειά The Guitar. Εξαιρετικό και το The Visitor του Tom McCarthy και πάλι από Τορόντο.

PREMIERES

These are the titles, in addition to «In Bruges» and «CSNY Deja Vu»:

«Assassination of a High School President,» directed by Brett Simon and written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski, is a Catholic high school noir about a student journalist who uncovers a scandal. With Bruce Willis.

«Be Kind Rewind,» directed and written by Michel Gondry, is a flight of fancy that concerns a man whose magnetized body erases all the tapes in a friend’s videostore, whereupon they endeavor to remake lost films. Mos Def and Jack Black star in the New Line Cinema release.

«The Deal» (Canada), directed by Steven Schachter and written by William H. Macy and Schachter, is a romantic comedy about a suicidal vet Hollywood producer who cons a studio into making a big-budget pic without a script and starring a black action star newly converted to Judaism. Macy, Meg Ryan and LL Cool J star.

«Death in Love,» directed and written by Boaz Yakin, centers on a 40-year-old bachelor who tries to sort out his personal relationships in the shadow of his mother’s concentration camp experience.

«Diminished Capacity,» directed by Terry Kinney and written by Sherwood Kiraly, is a dysfunctional family comedy that depicts a road trip taken by a man who wants to sell an ultra-rare baseball card to finance his uncle’s waning years. Matthew Broderick, Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen star.

«The Escapist» (Ireland), directed by Rupert Wyatt and written by Wyatt and Daniel Hardy, is a dramatic caper about a lifer prisoner who hatches a clever escape with the help of some misfits so he can make peace with his ailing daughter. Brian Cox and Joseph Fienneshead the cast.

«The Great Buck Howard,» directed and written by Sean McGinly, is a road movie about a law school dropout who becomes personal assistant to a has-been magician trying to make a comeback. Produced by Tom Hanks, this Salt Lake City opening-night attraction stars Colin Hanks, John Malkovich and Emily Blunt.

«The Guitar,» directed by debuting helmer Amy Redford and written by New York indie stalwart Amos Poe, looks at a woman whose surfeit of bad news — she’s fired, dumped by her boyfriend and diagnosed with a terminal disease –spurs her to quickly pursue her dreams.

«Henry Poole Is Here,» directed by Pellington and written by Albert Torres, is a study of faith and survival that centers on a man whose final days, which he wants to spend alone, are interrupted by a neighbor’s discovery of a «miracle.»

«Incendiary» (U.K.), directed and written by Sharon Maguire («Bridget Jones’s Diary»), concerns the reactions of a young mother to a terrorist attack in London. Michelle Williams and McGregor star.

«The Merry Gentleman,» directed by first-time helmer Michael Keaton and written by Ron Lazzeretti, focuses on the unusual relationship between a woman who witnesses a murder and a depressed hitman.

«A Raisin in the Sun,» directed by Kenny Leon and adapted by Paris Qualles from the play by Lorraine Hansberry, is a filmed TV version of the recent Broadway revival starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald.

«Savage Grace,» directed by Tom Kalin («Swoon») and written by Howard A. Rodman, concerns the bizarre intimacy between a wealthy mother and her only child played out among the indolent rich in late ’60s Europe. Julianne Moore stars in theIFC release.

«Sleepwalking» (Canada/U.S.), directed by Bill Maher and written by Zac Stanford, concerns a young man jolted into responsibility when his abandoned niece is threatened with life in a foster home. Features Theron. An Overture Films release.

«Smart People,» directed by Noam Murro and written by Mark Jude Poirier, follows a self-involved lit professor who’s forced to examine his life when his brother unexpectedly turns up. Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Pagestar in the Miramax release.

«Towelhead» (formerly known as «Nothing Is Private»), the feature directorial debut of writer Alan Ball («American Beauty,» «Six Feet Under»), charts an Arab-American girl’s tricky journey through adolescence and early sexuality in Texas. Warner Independent release stars Aaron Eckhart, Bello, Toni Collette and Summer Bishil.

«Transsiberian» (Spain), directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Will Conroy, is a revival of the classic train murder mystery genre set aboard a journey from China to Moscow. Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Kingsley star.

«U2 3D,» directed by Catherine Owens and Pellington, is a 3-D concert pic of U2’s «Vertigo» tour shot at seven different shows.

«The Visitor,» directed and written by Tom McCarthy, explores the growing connection between a college professor and an immigrant couple he discovers occupying his Manhattan apartment. An Overture Films release.

«What Just Happened?,» directed by Barry Levinson and written by Art Linson, is an inside-Hollywood comedy about a producer trying to keep sane while beset by his difficult director, star, executive, agent and second wife. De Niro, Willis, Penn, Catherine Keener, Stanley Tucci and John Turturro star.

«The Year of Getting to Know Us,» directed and written by Patrick Sisam, is a dysfunctional family comedy about a commitment-phobe whose sick father helps him make sense of his own childhood. Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu and Sharon Stonestar.

«The Yellow Handkerchief,» directed by Udayan Prasad and written by Eric Dignam, concerns a former con’s encounter with two disillusioned young folk on the road in Louisiana. Bello and Hurtstar.

SPECTRUM Dramatic Section

«August,» directed by Austin Chick and written by Howard A. Rodman, concerns a dot-com entrepreneur coping with the market collapse of August 2001.

«Baghead,» directed and written by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, is a comedy exploring the relationship dynamics of a group of desperate actor friends.

«Birds of America,» directed by Craig Lucas and written by Elyse Friedman, focuses on the gathering of three neurotic siblings at the family manse. Matthew Perry, Ginnifer Goodwin and Ben Foster star.

«Blind Date,» directed by Stanley Tucci and written by Tucci and David Schechter, is a remake of the Dutch film by the late Theo van Gogh about a married couple who have suffered a tragedy and can relate to one another only as different characters via personal ads. With Tucci and Patricia Clarkson.

«Bottle Shock,» directed by Randall Miller and written by Jody Savin and Miller, centers on the world of California winemaking and the infamous «Judgment of Paris» blind wine tasting event of 1976.

«Chronic Town,» directed by Tom Hines and written by Michael Kamsky, is a dark comedy about a substance-abusing taxi driver during an Alaskan winter.

«Goliath,» directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner and written by the former, looks at a man who hopes to find salvation by locating his missing cat after his entire life has collapsed around him.

«A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy,» directed and written by Dennis Dortch, is an art film comprised of six vignettes about sexuality and relationships among blacks in L.A.

«Love Comes Lately» (Germany/Austria), directed and written by Jan Schutte based on Isaac Bashevis Singer stories, concerns the active love life of an 80-year-old man.

«Momma’s Man,» written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, is an offbeat portrait of a man whose attitudes toward his wife and child change after being forced to stay with his parents.

«Quid Pro Quo,» directed and written by Carlos Brooks, is an unusual look at a paraplegic radio reporter who becomes interested in a mysterious woman while researching a story about able-bodied people who secretly yearn to be paralyzed.

«Red,» directed by TrygveDiesen and written by Stephen Susco, is a genre piece about a man who seeks justice after three teens shoot his dog.

SPECTRUM Documentary Spotlight

 «Anvil! The True Story of Anvil,» directed by Sacha Gervasi, is a mockumentary-like true account of fiftysomething Canadian heavy-metal practitioners Robb Reiner and Lips who, after a desultory European tour with their band Anvil, decide to record a 13th album in a final attempt to fulfill their boyhead dreams of stardom.

«The Black List,» directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and written by Elvis Mitchell, follows journo Mitchell as he interviews numerous black leaders from different fields to take the temperature of black America today.

«Kicking It,» directed and written by Susan Koch, depicts an assortment of homeless people whose lives are changed by participating in the Homeless World Cup soccer match in South Africa.

«The Linguists,» directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller and Jeremy Newberger and written by Miller, concerns two linguists who travel the world documenting languages on the verge of extinction.

«Made in America,» directed by Stacy Peralta and written by Peralta and Sam George, is a comprehensive history of the Crips and Bloods street gangs of South Los Angeles.

«Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?» (France), directed by Morgan Spurlock and written by Jeremy Chilnick and Spurlock depicts the filmmaker’s search for the elusive terrorist.

«Young@ Heart» (U.K.), directed by Stephen Walker, follows a senior citizens’ choir that performs tunes by classic and contempo pop musicians.

NEW FRONTIER

«Casting a Glance,» directed and written by James Benning, is an experimental look at the Spiral Jetty, Robert Smithson’s enormous sculpture that has evolved over 30 years in conjunction with the ebb and flow of the Great Salt Lake.

«Eat, for This Is My Body» (France/Haiti), directed and written by Michelange Quay, is a meditation on racial conquest and liberation in Haiti. With Sylvie Testud.

«Fear(s) of the Dark» (France), directed by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Callou, Romain Slocombe, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti and Jerry Kramsky, is an animated feature comprising six works by graphic artists and cartoonists addressing their phobias and nightmares.

«Half-Life,» directed and written by Jennifer Phang, concerns a family confronting hidden issues against the backdrop of impending global cataclysms.

«Reversion,» directed and written by Mia Trachinger, is about a woman genetically stripped of morality who tries to continue her romance with a man.

«Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, Parts 4 and 5» is a collection of the most recent shorts by artist Yang Fudong, which focus on seven thinkers in the ancient Chinese Wei and Jin dynasties.

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT

«Adventures of Power,» directed and written by Ari Gold, is a comedy about the struggles of a small-town dreamer to become the world’s great air drummer.

«The Broken,» directed and written by Sean Ellis, is a horror item that commences when a woman on a London street sees herself driving by in her own car.

«Donkey Punch» (U.K.), directed by Olly Blackburn and written by Blackburn and David Bloom, concerns the fallout among several young adults on a yacht in the Mediterranean after one of them dies in a freak accident.

«Funny Games,» directed and written by Michael Haneke, is the Austrian filmmaker’s American remake of his own 1997 shocker. Naomi Watts stars in the Warner Independent release.

«George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead,» directed and written by Romero, follows students making an indie horror film who suddenly find themselves trapped with real zombies.

«Hell Ride,» directed and written by Larry Bishop, is a biker revenge pic presented by Quentin Tarantino that pays homage to ’60s AIP chopper mellers.

«Otto; or, Up With Dead People» (Germany/Canada), directed and written by Bruce LaBruce, follows a lonely gay zombie searching for love and meaning in contempo Berlin.

«Timecrimes» (Spain), directed and written by Nacho Vigalondo, is a sci-fier about a man who meets himself when he travels back in time, precipitating a terrible crime.


Καλή (φεστιβαλική) χρονιά: Sundance line-up

Νοέμβριος 29, 2007

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[Choke: πήγα να πνιγώ νυχτιάτικα καθότι βλέπω πολύ mainstream. Kαι να μη ξεχάσω οι Μπλε Βλεφαρίδες είναι στο World Cinema Competition του Sundance. Και το Βιολί του Φρανσίσκο Βάργκας που βγαίνει σήμερα στις αίθουσες κέρδισε πέρσι το βραβείο στις Ημέρες Ανεξαρτησίας. Αχ κύριε Δανίκα,τα διαβάζετε αυτά; σιγά, κανένας έλληνας κριτικός δεν ασχολείται. Ο El Greco να’ ναι καλά που «είναι διεθνής και φαίνεται»!!!!]

DRAMATIC COMPETITION 

“American Son,” directed by Neil Abramson (“Without Air”) and written by Eric Schmid, concerns a Marine’s four-day leave and his attempt at a romance before being sent into active duty. With Nick Cannon, Tom Sizemore and Chi McBride.

“Anywhere, U.S.A.,” directed by and starring Anthony (Chusy) Haney-Jardine and written by Haney-Jardine and Jennifer Macdonald, is an experimental, three-part feature about manners, prejudice and family dynamics.

 “Ballast,” directed and written by Lance Hammer, offers a lyrical look at the effect of a tragedy on an impoverished family in the Mississippi Delta.

“Choke,” directed and written by Clark Gregg, is a raw mother-son comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk (“Fight Club”).

“Downloading Nancy,” directed by Johan Renck and written by Pamela Cuming and Lee Ross, is a very dark study of a terminally unhappy woman’s tortured love affair. Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell and Amy Brenneman star.

“Frozen River,” directed and written by Courtney Hunt, stars Melissa Leo as a woman on New York’s Mohawk Reservation who takes up illegal-immigrant smuggling to survive.

“Good Dick,” directed and written by Marianna Palka, stars Palka as a vulnerable young woman drawn into a relationship with a videostore clerk.

“The Last Word,” directed and written by Geoff Haley, is an irreverent romantic comedy centering on a reclusive writer-for-hire of suicide notes. Winona Ryder, Wes Bentley and Ray Romano star in the ThinkFilm release.

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh,” directed and written by Rawson Thurber (“Dodgeball”), is an adaptation of Michael Chabon’s first novel concerning sexual exploration and a tense father-son relationship. Jon Foster, Peter Sarsgaard, Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte star.

“North Starr,” directed and written by Matthew Stanton, concerns a Houston man who, after witnessing his best friend’s murder, moves to a backward rural town.

“Phoebe in Wonderland,” directed and written by Daniel Barnz, is an unusual coming-of-age tale about a girl (Elle Fanning) who takes her dysfunctional family on an unexpected journey. Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott star.

“Pretty Bird,” directed and written by Paul Schneider, is an archetypal American story about three entrepreneurs whose partnership goes awry in nasty ways. Billy Crudup, Paul Giamatti, Kristen Wiig and David Hornsby star.

“Sleep Dealer,” directed by Alex Rivera and written by Rivera and David Riker, is a social commentary-infused sci-fier about three strangers who attempt to break through future technological barriers to connect in a world of closed borders and virtual labor.

“Sugar,” directed and written by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, features Algenis Perez Soto as a Dominican baseball star recruited to play in the U.S. minor leagues.

“Sunshine Cleaning,” directed by Christine Jeffs and written by Megan Holley, stars Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as sisters who try to climb out of poverty by working in biohazard removal and crime scene clean-up. Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin and Clifton Collins Jr. star.

“The Wackness,” directed and written by Jonathan Levine, is a comedy about a teen drug dealer (Josh Peck) who falls for the daughter of his drug-taking shrink (Ben Kingsley).Famke Janssen, Olivia Thirlby, Mary Kate Olsen and Method Man also star.

DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

“An American Soldier,” directed and written by Edet Belzberg, looks at one of the U.S. Army’s top recruiters.

“American Teen,” directed and written by Nanette Burstein, is an irreverent, frank account of four Indiana high school seniors.

“Bigger, Faster, Stronger,” directed by Christopher Bell and written by Bell, Alexander Buono and Tamsin Rawady, follows three brothers (including the filmmaker) who use steroids.

“Fields of Fuel,” directed and written by Josh Tickell, follows Tickell as he takes on “big oil, big government and big soy” while proselytizing for energy alternatives.

“Flow: For Love of Water,” directed by Irena Salina, confronts the possibility that Earth’s supply of this essential liquid is dwindling.

“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson,” directed by Alex Gibney, looks at the late author’s prime period of 1965-75 via previously unavailable home movies, audio recordings and unpublished manuscripts.

“The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo” is directed and written by Lisa F. Jackson, who traveled to the Congo war zones to record the testimony of rape survivors.

“I.O.U.S.A.,” directed by Patrick Creadon, is an examination of the United States’ precarious financial condition that also advances ideas to avoid national economic disaster.

“Nerakhoon” (The Betrayal), directed and written by Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath, is the culmination of a 20-year project to portray the struggle of the latter’s family to survive the impact of U.S. foreign policy in Laos and to understand his father’s involvement in the war.

“The Order of Myths,” directed and written by Margaret Brown, concerns the 2007 Mardi Gras in Mobile, Ala., where the event remains segregated.

“Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” directed and written by Steven Sebring, is a 12-year project that offers an intimate portrait of the poet-musician.

“Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” directed and written by Marina Zenovich, focuses on the director’s decision to flee his legal problems in the U.S.

“Secrecy,” directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, investigates the world of government secrecy.

“Slingshot Hip Hop,” directed by Jackie Reem Salloum, looks at Palestinian rappers.

“Traces of the Trade,” directed by Katrina Browne, co-directed by Alla Kovgan and Jude Ray, written by Browne and Kovgan, is a fresh look at personal history by descendants of the largest slave-trading family in America.

“Trouble the Water,” directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, incorporates the video diary of a young couple and family who struggled to survive post-Katrina despair and difficulty.

(Λ.Α)


10 Ημέρες Ανεξαρτησίας: Αυτό που μένει

Νοέμβριος 28, 2007

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Τα καλά: 

Περισσότερο από όλα: η συνοδεία του βωβού Every Night Dreams από τους Your Hand in Mine σε μια ιστορική πλέον συναυλία. 

Η ανταπόκριση του κόσμου στο αφιέρωμα στον Μίκιο Ναρούσε, ο κύριος Γιάννης Μπακογιανόπουλος παρών σχεδόν σε όλες τις προβολές.

Η απίστευτη υποδοχή του Continental, un film sans fusil (τα’ χασε και ο σκηνοθέτης) και η αγορά του από ελληνική εταιρεία διανομής. Θα ακολουθήσουν πιθανά και τα Cargo 200 και In Search of a Midnight Kiss.

Ο κόσμος που ξενυχτούσε ως τις 3 το πρωί στις μεταμεσονύχτιες προβολές, ειδικά στους Πολύ Μεγάλους Γιαπωνέζους. 

Τα συγχαρητήρια του Luciano Barisone, προγραμματιστή στο επίσημο διαγωνιστικό του φεστιβάλ Βενετίας, για το αφιέρωμα στη Yasmin Ahmad. Ήταν μια ανακάλυψη γι αυτόν μας είπε.

Η ανακάλυψη ότι ο Federicko Leon, ο ένας από τους δύο σκηνοθέτες του Estrellas, είναι ταυτόχρονα ο σημαντικότερος νέος θεατρικός συγραφέας της χώρας του. Δεν μας είπε τίποτε αλλά μας άφησε δώρο φεύγοντας ένα τόμο με τα έργα του.  

Η Yasmin Ahmad (ανεκπλήρωτος έρωτας) και ο LEE Chang-dong (ο Βούδας αυτοπροσώπως). 

Το πάρτι μας στο Sante, πρώτη φορά περάσαμε τόσο καλά (thank you Ηλία Φραγκούλη για το ισόγειο και Μαρίνα Γιώτη για τον πρώτο όροφο).

Το ζευγάρι  που με πλησίασε στο πάρτι λήξης και με ρώτησε αν περνάω καλά γιατί καθόμουνα μόνος και προσπαθούσα να ξεμεθύσω.  

Τα κείμενα διάφορων bloggers για το τμήμα, ακόμη και αν δεν συμφωνούμε σε όλα.

Το roof garden του Ηλέκτρα και το ξενοδοχείο-μπουτίκ Μινέρβα.

MVP του φεστιβάλ: Αλεξάνδρα Ζωιοπούλου. Μας έσωσε σε παρουσιάσεις και Q&A όταν η Νατάσα δεν προλάβαινε. 

και τα κακά:

Η digibeta του Green Fish που δεν έπαιξε, για ένα control freak όπως εγώ.

Το λάθος να βάλουμε είσοδο στην προβολή του Blank Generation.

Τα δηλητηριώδη και κυρίως χωρίς οποιαδήποτε βάση κείμενα του Δημήτρη Δανίκα, ευτυχώς είχα κάνει αντιοφικό ορό.

Η ανυπαρξία οποιασδήποτε έντυπης σοβαρής κριτικής για ό,τι κάνουμε (δεν τα κάνουμε όλα καλά).

(Λ.Α) 


Μετά το Live

Νοέμβριος 24, 2007

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Your Hand in Mine: Γιώργος και Μάνος, σε στιγμές ξεκούρασης.


Brillante

Νοέμβριος 24, 2007

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Με διαφορά ο πιο αγαπημένος μας καλεσμένος (Μπριγιάντε Μεντόζα).


Master and Commander #2

Νοέμβριος 24, 2007

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Master and Commander #1

Νοέμβριος 24, 2007

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