It’s Friday, and we’ve got all the new releases hitting theaters in the US this weekend right here on Three Minute Weekend – this weekend for March 27 2015
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It’s Friday, and we’ve got all the new releases hitting theaters in the US this weekend right here on Three Minute Weekend – this weekend for March 27 2015
Don’t forget to check out TMW every Friday for all the newest releases!
Boston’s Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film held it’s 21st annual Trudy Awards Sunday night at Cambridge’s historic Brattle Theater. As always, the show was lots of fun, and you get to see a lot about how the society works in the eclectic range of nominees, though as hosts Michael Colford, chairman of the society, and Ivy Moylan, a Chlotrudis board member and co-manager of the Brattle Theater, pointed out there were a lot of Oscar crossovers this year, which is unusual for the historically independent-thinking group.
The group’s signature award, the Buried Treasure, which goes to a film which made less than $500K in it’s initial release in the US, went to the animated documentary Rocks In My Pockets, and writer/director/animator Signe Baumane was on hand to collect the award; Ms. Baumane was attending to recieve the societies’ Visionary award for her work on that film, so it was no doubt doubly gratifying to also receive the highest honor that Chlotrudis bestows on a film as well. As the hosts told the audience, Rocks won that honor by just one vote, which tells you just how close the voting was among the membership.
Boyhood took best film overall, an award it couldn’t manage to snag at the Oscars or the Independent Spirit awards. In fact, the only major award shared among the three award shows was Supporting Actor, which Whiplash‘s JK Simmons also took the Trudy award for, giving him a trifeca in the category this year.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
Tom Hardy for Locke
Anne Dorval for Mommy
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
JK Simmons for Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Agata Kulesza for Ida
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hirokazu Kore-eda for Like Father, Like Son
Finding Vivian Maier
Rocks in My Pockets
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Marco Bittner Rosser for Only Lovers Left Alive
Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal for Ida
Sandra Adair for Boyhood
BEST USE OF MUSIC IN A FILM
Mica Levi for Under the Skin
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
We Are The Best!, screenplay by Lukas Moodyson, based on the comic book by Coco Moodysson
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (tie)
The Grand Budapest Hotel, screenplay by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, AND Ida, screenplay by Pawel Pawilkowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz
You know something? I’m in my fifties now, also a foodie, and I’ve never been to a REAL delicatessen. Sure I’ve been to places calling themselves a deli, but a true Jewish deli? Never.
Deli Man, the fun and delightful new documentary from filmmaker Erik Greenberg Anjou, makes me realize just what I’ve been missing.
As a foodie, I’ve known about the famous New York delis over the years – Katz’s is practically a film legend thanks to “When Harry Met Sally” – but I never really knew or understood the culture of the deli.
Enter Ziggy Gruber.
Ziggy is the propriator of “Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen” in Houston, Texas. Texas? REALLY?
Yes, really. And Ziggy is the modern day version of some of those old stereotyped characters who have appeared throughout the years in films as deli owners, a combination of chef, salesman, and careful businessman. And he truly loves what he does, thanks to the love of food instilled in him by his grandparents. He was on his way to being a top young chef in London when he decided that someone had to preserve the old deli way of life, the old ways that his beloved grandfather was a part of. And he set out to do just that. Gruber has become one of the most respected and loved men in the business today.
Told mostly through Gruber’s story, Deli Man is the story of how delis have managed to hang on as thriving businesses throughout the years. Down from around 2000 in their heyday to about 150 true delis left today in the US (and Canada), interspersed throughout Gruber’s personal deli ways is the history of how the deli became a part of America and its culture, with plenty of stories along the way including famous patrons like Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel, and Larry King, plus others behind some of New York’s best known delis – and there’s also a look at attempts to ensure the future of the neighborhood deli by an ingenious new generation of deli men (and women) in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills (!), and even Toronto.
Along the way, you’ll wish you had a traditional deli in your neighborhood, where you can pick up a decent pastrami sandwich, or a fresh blintz, and you’ll also find out about the people behind the business, and what makes them tick. And why people who, once they’ve been to a deli, always go back for more. Quite simply, it’s LOVE. Love of the people, of the food, of the atmosphere, and of culture. And who doesn’t need a little love in their lives these days? I know I sure do. And Deli Man will give it to you. With a pickle spear on the side.
My Score – B+
On the web: http://delimanmovie.com
The 7th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival hits New York this weekend. This festival, which has editions in over a dozen cities around the US each year (including Boston, my home turf), spotlights films that deal with disabilities of all shapes and sizes. And this year’s NYC lineup has a number of real gems this year…
There are a variety of venues all over the city, so be sure to check out their official website for more info. They can be found at http://newyork.reelabilities.org/
The full lineup – features and shorts – is as follows: descriptions come from the official website.
Autistic Like Me: A Father’s Perspective
Charles Jones / USA / English / 82 min
Autistic Like Me examines the lives of fathers and male caregivers raising children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dispelling the archaic notion of “big boys don’t cry”, Autistic Like Me uniquely chronicles the emotional struggle of a group of fathers as they open up to one another about the fear, disappointment and, ultimately, the acceptance of a very different parenting experience than they had envisioned.
Jeff Bemiss / USA / English / 16 min
James Colburn was born with Fragile X Syndrome. At 26, he is a child at heart who finds joy in small things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him.
Harvey Burrell, Tripp Clemens / USA / English / 72 min
Four best friends drive across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals who, like them, have with physical disabilities, and live to tell the story in a documentary film. Their cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active—from rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes. The quartet goes rock climbing with people who are blind, play soccer with quadriplegics, and swim with athletes with muscular dystrophy… to name a just few. Through their journey, they learn that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field.
Lou Howe / USA / English / 87 min
Rory Culkin delivers an electrifying performance as Gabriel, a vulnerable and confused teenager longing for stability and happiness amidst an ongoing struggle with mental illness. Convinced that reuniting with his old girlfriend holds the answer to all his troubles, Gabriel risks it all in a desperate and increasingly obsessive pursuit, testing the limits of his compassionate family as his inner demons begin to close in around him. First-time writer-director Lou Howe’s portrait of a young man at the breaking point of his psychological battle is a powerful debut that will resonate long after its haunting final moments.
Joshua Tate / USA / English / 14 min
A young woman with Down Syndrome grapples with her identity and her potential as a mother after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. Starring Lauren Potter (Glee).
Soulaima El Khaldi / Netherlands / Dutch / 15 min
When 10-year-old Tristan wants his dad to become the trainer of his soccer team, the club won’t allow it because his father is deaf. Tristan decides to prove them wrong.
Jon Imber’s Left Hand
Richard Kane / USA / English / 63 min
Jon Imber’s Left Hand traces this artist’s life and adaptations due to ALS, switching from painting with his right hand to his left, then to both as the degenerative condition worsens. Adversity only makes him more determined: and he creates more than 100 portraits in three month. The film first encounters Imber in his studio with his partner analyzing his self-portrait and talking about the terror to come. The painting becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey, living into his dying through his art. A monster hit at last years’ Independent Film Festival of Boston.
Stefan Hillebrand, Oliver Paulus / Switzerland / Germany / German / 95 min
After incurring a spinal cord injury after a snowboarding accident, Valentin is forced by his father to participate in a theatre project for people with disabilities. In his resistance to the idea, Valentin has only one ray of hope – Mira, a beautiful caretaker. But there’s a problem: she’s going steady with a local slime-ball named Marc. Out of frustration about himself and the world, Valentin decides to rob the gas station where Marc works. His housemates, Lukas and Titus, are all for it and offer their help. It is the beginning of a man-to-man friendship and an adventurous plan that may or may not be successful. TC Sayz “I caught this a couple months ago at the Goethe Institute screening in Boston and it’s a fun and hilarious film, with moments that will break your heart. HIGHLY recommended!”
LOGIN 2 LIFE
Daniel Moshel / USA / English / 86 min
Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars. Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.
Jean-Pierre Améris / France / French / 95 min
Based on real-life events that took place in the late nineteenth century, Marie’s Story follows the story of a deaf and blind fourteen-year-old girl who can’t communicate with the outside world. Despite the advice of a doctor who believes she is “dumb,” Marie’s father, a humble artisan, cannot bring himself to commit her to an asylum. Out of despair, he takes her to the Larnay Institute near Poitiers where nuns take care of young deaf women. Her Mother Superior’s skepticism notwithstanding, Sister Marguerite, a young nun, takes Marie under her wing and does everything she can to bring her to open up to her surroundings.
Pedro Amorim / Portugal / Portuguese / 6 min
An ordinary workday in the life of a stevedore, who executes his job with surprising grace and simplicity — but when Sunday comes, an altogether different man emerges.
Mimi and Dona
Sophie Sartain / USA / English / 66 min
What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared for Dona, her daughter who has an intellectual disability, for 64 years, it means facing the inevitable: she will not outlive her daughter and must find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – some 4.6 million Americans, 75% of whom live at home with family – and details the ripple effects of Dona’s disability on three generations of a Texas family.
No Ordinary Hero – The SuperDeafy Movie
Troy Kotsur / USA / English / 78 min
Based on the internationally known SuperDeafy character, No Ordinary Hero (featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin) is the evolution story of a hero in this family drama. While Tony Kane, a deaf actor who plays a superhero on television, looks beyond his cape to influence a deaf boy, Jacob Lang, to redefine what “being normal” means, he also finds inspiration to transform himself. Jacob is being bullied at school and is constantly misunderstood by his father. When Tony and Jacob’s paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves.
Joanna Rudnick / USA / English / 30 min
Photographer Rick Guidotti left the fashion world along with its restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty and re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows.
Alice Elliot / USA / English / 2 min
A man enters a pool area, gets out of his wheelchair, and goes for a swim.
Reel Encounters 2015
ReelAbilities is proud to showcase a remarkable line-up of short films from around the world. The films will be shown in various compilations, or paired with full length films.
Included films are: Coaching Colburn, Guest Room , Hear This!, Midfield, Q Film, Rolling Romance, Super, The Gift, The Hyperglot, The Kiss .
Various Directors / 90 min
A compilation of short films about relationships, love and life…
Including: Guest Room, The Gift, The Hyperglot, The Kiss, Rolling Romance
Riding My Way Back
Robin Fryday, Peter Rosenbaum / USA / English / 29 min
When Staff Sergeant Aaron Heliker returned from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, third-degree burns and nerve damage, he was introduced to the unlikeliest of saviors: a horse named Fredand.
David Conley / USA / English / 28 min
Orson and Janice, two twenty-somethings with muscular dystrophy, go on a date after meeting on an online dating site.
Samara Hersch / Australia / English / 6 min
A mockumentary in which a supermarket manager saves the business when he discovers his employees with disabilities have super powers.
The Astronaut’s Secret
Zach Jankovic / USA / English / 30 min
In 1996, Michael ‘Rich’ Clifford performed the first American spacewalk while docked to the Russian Mir Space Station. Fifteen years later Rich Clifford reveals that he had Parkinson’s disease while performing that spacewalk.
The Case of the Three Sided Dream
Adam Kahan / USA / English / 88 min
Blind from infancy, and paralyzed by a stroke at adulthood, jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s reality was underpinned by an understanding of the world around him, which was rooted primarily in sound. Through communicating sonically with his surroundings, Kirk developed a unique ability to see in music, as everyday items were re-imagined as instruments and each seemingly insignificant noise revealed its own rhythm and cadence. It was in dreams that Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s most brilliant visions—such as playing multiple horns at once—would often be granted.
Nils Tavernier / France / Belguim / French / 95 min
At 17 years old, Julien has a great sense of humor, bags of charm, and cerebral palsy. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him in the Ironman race in Nice, France, a triathlon in which his father has previously competed. Doing the race alone is an incredible challenge, but completing it together with Julien would be nearly impossible. Still, his father agrees and the two set out to train for and compete in one of the most intense races on earth. Beyond the sporting exploit, this is the story of one family’s exemplary journey, and a moving portrait of the love between a father and his son.
Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey / Australia / English / 16 min
Grace is forced to face her own sexuality and the strain on her marriage when her son Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, asks to lose his virginity for his birthday.
Michael Urie / USA / Various / 25 min
Jake speaks many languages but when it comes to the language of love he has a lot to learn.
Charlie Swinbourne / UK / English / 7 min
When a couple on a first date strikes up a conversation with the couple on the next table, they find themselves witnessing a very unusual kiss….
The Special Need
Carlo Zoratti / Italy/Germany/Austria/France / Italian/German / 84 min
29 year old Enea really wants to have sex. As Italy doesn’t offer any legal solution for the desires of a person with autism, Enea decides to set out on a journey to Northern Europe with his friends Carlo and Alex. What begins as a search for physical love ends up posing new questions and new, unexpected answers.
It’s Friday again, and time to check out all the new releases for the weekend of March 6 2015!
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It’s that time of year again, folks! For the next eight weeks, film lovers in Metro Boston will be on an amazing trio, the ultimate film fan celluloid high also known as the Spring 2015 Film Festival season!
Kicking off tonight with the all-doc Salem Film Fest in Salem (of course), the next eight weeks are about to be filled with incredible films of all kinds. The nice thing about the spring festival season is that no matter where you live in MetroBoston or what kinds of films you enjoy, there’s something you will probably like not that far from you. Between now and May 11, there are EIGHT annual Festivals and regular film series to choose from. For us, it’s both a blessing and a curse – a blessing because we get to see so many great films, a curse because it’s so busy and our transportation is limited.
So here we go – here’s the lineup of festivals about to dazzle the Metro Boston Area:
March 5-12, 2015
Salem Film Fest
CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Salem Visitors Center, Salem
As usual, we are on the ground for the next several days in Salem, and this year, we’re actually able to co-sponsor two films, which is fantastic. Now in it’s 8th year, this all-documentary festival always has something for everyone. Two films which screened here last year, Maidentrip and Rich Hill, made my 2014 Baker’s Dozen list.
March 19-22, 2015
Irish Film Festival
Somerville Theater, Somerville
Small, homey, and always feeling like there’s a touch of the Irish all around you, the Irish Film Festival has been home to many great films, both narratives and docs, over the years. I always keep my mouth shut at this festival, though – I don’t have the beautiful Irish brogue that many audience members have…have to keep a low profile…heh heh heh…
March 19-April 25 2015
Boston Turkish Film Festival
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Boston Turkish Film Festival is now in it’s 14th year, and runs a full weekend schedule three weekends in a row. Plus you just can’t beat the Remis Auditorium at MFA for this kind of show…it’s awesome.
March 22- May 11 2015
Belmont World Film Series
West Newton Cinema, West Newton – the film series’ usual venue, StudioCinema in Belmont, is presently closed due to technical issues
BWF runs a different film each week, alternating between Sunday and Monday evenings. They gather a unique mix of world cinema to screen and it’s always worth the wait.
March 25-29 2015
Boston Underground Film Festival
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge
If subversive, outlandish, or crazy is your thing, then BUFF is your destination – BUFF has consistently pushed the cutting edge when it comes to current cinema, and the last several years has been home to the Boston area premieres of such films as I Declare War, John Dies At The End, Big Ass Spider, The Congress, Manborg, and the critically acclaimed Blue Ruin. This year should be no exception; they are planning to announce their schedule for this year early next week (still hoping for Turbo Kid, guys..come on come through for me, ok?) . And they have the COOLEST event associated with a local film festival, hands down – Cereal And Cartoons, showcasing vintage cartoons from the past and free cold cereal on the Saturday morning of the festival…it’s awesome!
April 2-12 2015
Boston LGBT Film Festival
Bright Family Screening Room/Remis Auditorum @ MFA/Brattle Theatre
Last year was our first year being able to cover LGBT in person and they always have a terrific lineup of LGBT friendly programming. One of the BEST films we saw last year (and possibly of all time) had it’s world premiere at LGBT last year, the just-released Boy Meets Girl – trust me, keep an eye out for this film, it has Awards potential and could be a major sleeper as it spreads across the country…
April 9-19 2015
Boston International Film Festival
AMC Boston Common, Boston
BIFF is unique in the MetroBoston festival scene in that they program “series” screenings – some have a feature and a short, others all shorts, and they only show each series once during the festival.
April 22-29 2015
Independent Film Festival Of Boston
Somerville Theatre, Somerville; Brattle Theatre, Cambridge; Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline; additional venues possible
This is THE big festival in the spring, and the capper on the season – IFFB is our local version of SXSW, with amazing quality films, tons of special guests, and often some of the biggest titles from the January fest season – you can bet that if it was hot at Sundance, chances are good it will be at IFFB.
As you can see, that’s a TON of quality festivals out there…and that’s just Metro Boston proper. The spring season is also home to one other film festival that is just outside of our coverage area:
March 19-22, 2015
Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Chilmark Community Center, Chilmark
MV’s primary festival each year, it usually pulls in it’s share of big name titles and super guests as well.
Stay tuned to eCinemaBoston all season, as we provide extensive coverage of all the major festivals – this year, we’ll be having both blog coverage AND video coverage as well, our first year for this. And of course, the “Boston Springs A Fethival” edition of our long-running Subject:CINEMA podcast will be coming along in early May with coverage of EVERYTHING!! So don’t miss a minute of it – check eCinemaBoston regularly during Boston Springs a Fehtival season!
The 8th annual Salem Film Fest launches this evening, and we’ll have a complete rundown of films and events every day throughout the fest, as well as first person reports and such as the weekend goes on.
The fest officially launches at 5 PM with the official Salem Film Fest Kickoff Reception at Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel. Filmmakers will be present, and you can hobnob with VIPs and fellow Fest patrons and see what each other plans to check out. This event is open to the public – admission is free.
Then, at 7:30 PM, the Fest officially gets underway with the opening night film, Stray Dog, with filmmaker Debra Granik in attendance. Here’s the official writeup from the Fest website:
Ron “Stray Dog” Hall lives in Southern Missouri, where he owns and operates the At Ease RV Park. After seven years of living with four small dogs as his only companions, he is adjusting to life with his wife, Alicia, who is newly arrived from Mexico. Anchored by his small dogs and big bikes, Stray Dog seeks to strike a balance between his commitment to his family, neighbors, biker brotherhood, and fellow veterans. With Stray Dog as our guide, we experience the restlessness of ex-warriors as he tries to make peace with what he can’t change and weathers the incomprehension of those who have never been to war. As part of the legacy of fighting in the Vietnam War, he wrestles with the everlasting puzzle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness.
The film got raves when it premiered last summer at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and has been collecting raves from nearly every festival it has played.
Stray Dog plays at 7:30 PM at the Morse Auditorium at the Peabody Essex Museum. across the street from CinemaSalem, which is located in the Museum Place Mall.
All features are accompanied by one of a dozen spotlights of local Salem merchants and craftspeople as part of the Salem Sketches series – these are delightful and really give you an insight into the local crowd.
Tomorrow, the Fest kicks into high gear with a half-dozen films, and we’ll have the rundown for you tomorrow morning!
Official Fest site: http://salemfilmfest.com/2015
PNRNetworks and eCinemaBoston are pleased to announce that we are teaming with the 8th annual Salem Film Fest to co-sponsor two films coming to this exciting and growing all-documentary festival.
MUGSHOT (co-sponsored with Zingerplatz Pictures) takes a look at the history of the mugshot, and how a tool once limited to law enforcement has become a cultural icon, especially where today’s celebrity culture takes hold.
WHO TOOK JOHNNY (co-sponsored with the Salem Waterfront Hotel) is an examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton.
Festival Writeup http://salemfilmfest.com/2015/films/who-took-johnny/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/whotookjohnny
Both films are showing Saturday afternoon, March 7, 2015. Mugshot will play at the PEM Bartlett Gallery at 2 PM; Who Took Johnny will play at CinemaSalem at 2:10 PM.
eCinemaBoston webmasters and co-hosts of the long-running podcast Subject:CINEMA TC Kirkham and Kim Brown will be on the ground at the 8th annual Salem Film Fest from Thursday through Saturday, talking to film fans, handing out flyers, cards, and assorted goodies, taking pictures and video, and generally enjoying a LOT of great documentaries that the whole world will soon get to see as well. They hope to see you there – if you see them, be sure to go up and say Hi!
The Oscar season hype is over, and we’ve got a TON of new films opening for you this weekend – check them out and see what catches your fancy!
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The Palm Beach International Film Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with a stellar lineup of films running from March 26 through April 2. PBIFF is one of the fastest rising film festivals in the US thanks to it’s eclectic lineup of films, shorts, and special features.
The festival opens with “Welcome To Me”, starring Kristen Wiig as a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who wins the lottery and starts her own talk show, directed by Shira Piven, and will close with the latest film from director Noah Baumbach, “While We’re Young“, starring Amanda Seyfried, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.
The festival will also fete Boyhood‘s often unsung star Ellar Coltrane as this year’s “Shooting Star”, given to young performers on the rise.
Here’s the complete press release, with the more or less complete lineup – a few more additions may be coming in the near future – keep up on it at http://pbifilmfest.org!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20th PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
UNVEILS 2015 LINE-UP
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U.S. PREMIERE OF SHIRA PIVEN’S “WELCOME TO ME” OPENS FEST;
CLOSES WITH NOAH BAUMBACH’S “WHILE WE’RE YOUNG”
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BOYHOOD’S ELLAR COLTRANE TO RECEIVE SHOOTING STAR AWARD;
OTHER NOTABLE APPEARANCES TO INCLUDE TOM ARNOLD, SHIRA PIVEN, GEORGE McCRAE AND MORE
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FEST TO FEATURE A NOAH BAUMBACH RETROSPECTIVE
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Festival Presents 12 World and 15 U.S. Premiere Features
BOCA RATON, FL – The Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) announced its highly anticipated film line-up for the 20th edition, March 26 – April 2, 2015, featuring 12 World Premieres and 15 U.S. Premieres. PBIFF (www.pbifilmfest.org) will present features, documentaries and short films from the U.S. and around the world, including Bulgaria, Venezuela, France, England, Israel, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Australia, Canada, Cuba, The Netherlands and Germany, to name just a few, and will play host to filmmakers, producers and actors to represent and discuss their films.
“For our 20th year, we have gone all out to dazzle and surprise our audiences like they’ve never seen before,” comments Randi Emerman, President and CEO of PBIFF. “The year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival has a sparkling array of fantastic movies and a list of visiting filmmakers and talent that will bring the best of the world to the shores of South Florida. We are thrilled to welcome old and new friends such as Shira Piven, who’s shown three films at the festival; Ellar Coltrane, who has taken the industry by storm with his incredible performance spanning over 12 years in Boyhood; Tom Arnold, who will attend with his film Any Day; and a nod to the late Michael Clarke Duncan whose last film, The Challenger, will make its World Premiere, to name just a few. And the best part, is there’s more to come!”
Opening Night kicks off with Welcome To Me, directed by longtime PBIFF friend, Shira Piven and starring Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Linda Cardellini. A woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (Wiig) becomes an overnight celebrity after a huge lottery jackpot allows her to launch her own off-the-wall talk show. In “Welcome to Me,” director Shira Piven explores what happens when a commonly held fantasy comes true for a complicated person, and a story of good luck evolves into a compelling and darkly humorous drama. Director Piven will attend. Opening Night festivities will take place Thursday, March 26 at Muvico Parisian 20, followed by a party at Revolution.
The fest will close on Thursday, April 2, with While We’re Young, directed by Noah Baumbach, starring Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver and Charles Grodin. Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition, and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. While We’re Young is an openly funny cross-generational comedy of manners about aging, ambition and success, as well as a moving portrait of a marriage tested by the invading forces of youth. No film has better captured the weird, upended logic of urban sophisticates: the older ones embracing their iPads and Netflix, the young ones craving vinyl records and vintage VHS tapes. Powered by Stiller and Driver’s note-perfect lead performances and loose, comic turns by Watts and Seyfried, While We’re Young is a complete pleasure to watch. The film, released by A24, will open in NY & LA on March 27, Nationwide April 10. The screening will take place at Cinemark Palace 20, followed by the “It’s a Wrap” party at Yoko San, Asian Sake Lounge in downtown Boca Raton.
PBIFF will present some exciting activities this year, including these highlights:
On Saturday, March 28, PBIFF will honor Ellar Coltrane, star of Richard Linklater’s Academy Award-nominated film, Boyhood, with the Shooting Star Award, in recognition of his emerging talent.
On Saturday, March 28, PBIFF will present a special screening of The Record Man, which chronicles the beginnings of Henry Stone and TK Records. West Palm Beach native George McCrae, who wrote the hit song “Rock Your Baby,” (made famous by KC & The Sunshine Band) will attend and receive the key to the city from the West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, along with a proclamation. Jimmy Bo Horne, one of the TK artists, and also from West Palm Beach, will perform following the screening.
Growing Up Baumbach: A Tribute to Noah Baumbach’s 20 Years in Film – A celebration of Noah Baumbach’s 20 years in film highlighting his work that spans over three decades and are somewhat reflective of his own life experiences, covering the High School years (Squid and the Whale), the end of College (Kicking and Screaming), the Confusion of Finding Yourself in your late 20’s (Frances Ha) and lastly, finally becoming an adult (While We’re Young).
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark – On Monday, March 30, at 6:30 pm at Muvico Parisian 20, will be a special presentation of a documentary about this musical legend, with candid accounts of actual happenings in and around his fairy tale life. Cole’s twin daughters, Timolin and Casey Cole, will attend, followed by a reception.
The Jewish Experience – this ever-popular Jewish/Israeli-centric program presents the most current and cutting-edge films of this genre. The Jewish Experience hits it out of the park with a line-up of films that include two World Premieres and five US Premieres, an official Oscar submission (Bulgarian Rhapsody), and an OPHIR nominee (Israel’s equivalent to the Academy Awards) for Best Film (Is That You?).
The ever-popular Weekend of Shorts will be screened at Muvico Parisian 20.
Voices of Local Films & Student Showcase of Films will screen at Downtown at the Gardens Cobb Theatre on Sunday, March 29 at 4pm.
On Saturday, March 28, at 10 and 11 am respectively, PBIFF will present two seminars at the host hotel, Hyatt Place Delray:
• A Parent’s Guide to Hollywood, Presented by Bill Unger, The Artists Asylum, Inc.
Screenings of this year’s films will be held at Muvico Parisian 20 and IMAX at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Cobb Downtown at the Gardens and Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton.
Passes are on sale now! Platinum passes are available for $450, which include priority admission for one to the Opening Night Film and Party, Spotlight Screening and party, a private VIP Party with filmmakers and visiting dignitaries, all regular festival screenings and seminars, and the Closing Night Film and It’s A Wrap event; Premiere passes are available for $225, which provide admission to the Opening and Closing night films and parties and Filmmaker Awards, Private VIP Party, as well as all regular festival screenings; Gold passes are available for $175, which provide admission to all regular festival screenings, parties and seminars, along with the Closing Night Film and It’s A Wrap Party. Individual tickets for special events are also available. As always, individual screening tickets will be available and will cost no more than a regular movie ticket. They can be purchased at the respective theaters’ box office during the festival.
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20TH PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
10% My Child, Israel
Directed by Uri Bar-on
Cast: Udi Persi, Yali Friedman, Vered Feldman, Gur Bentwich, Edan Alterman
Franny is seven. Her mother’s new boyfriend is 26-year-old Nico. In order to be with mom, Nico has to win over the little girl’s heart. He wants to be a filmmaker but couldn’t even finish his graduation film. The first time they meet, Franny finds Nico in mom’s bed. Now Nico and Franny need to find a way to get along, love each other, and hate each other. Mostly, they do all three in the same frame.
45 Minutes to Ramallah, Germany – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Ali Samadi Ahadi
Cast: Karim Saleh, Navid Akhavan, Julie Engelbrecht
Rafik is a Palestinian who’s left his home and family in Eastern Jerusalem. He agrees to return for his brother Jamal’s wedding. When their father suddenly dies, the brothers are forced to smuggle his remains across the border to his birthplace in Ramallah. Usually it takes 45 minutes to drive from Jerusalem to Ramallah. But when their car gets stolen – with the dead body in the trunk – this alleged short trip turns into a turbulent adventure.
Any Day, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Rustam Branaman
Cast: Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria, Tom Arnold, Shane Black
Vian, a 40-year-old boxer and alcoholic, is found guilty of manslaughter. After release from prison he begins to rebuild his life with the reluctant help of his sister, Bethley. His search for a job looks hopeless until he meets Roland, the quirky owner of a pizza place. Good fortune strikes again when he meets Jolene, who gives into his advances with help from Bethley’s son, Jimmy, who has his own problems in the form of school bullies.
Anywhere Else, Germany
Directed by Ester Amrami
Cast: Neta Riskin, Golo Euler, Hana Laslo, Hana Rieber, Dovaleh Reiser, Romi Abulafia
Imagine you left your home to move far away. You got carried away by a wind of change and became untrue to yourself. You reinvented yourself and felt free. But pressure arises within you…a slight longing soon becomes a gaping hole. The feeling is distinct, almost tangible, but words fail you. You return to where everything began, your home, yet the terrible void remains and you begin to wonder: was it always part of me?
Arlo & Julie, USA
Directed by Steve Mims
Cast: Ashley Spillers, Alex Dobrenko, Mallory Culbert, Hugo Vargas-Zesati, Chris Doubek
A neurotic couple’s obsession with a mysterious puzzle comically unravels their world, disconnecting them from reality and jeopardizing their fragile relationship.
Beatriz’s War, Australia/Timor-Leste – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Bety Reis
Cast: Irim Tolentino, Jose da Costa, Augusta Soares, Osme Gonsalves, Gaspar Sarmento
East Timor’s first feature film is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. The setting is Portuguese Timor during the Indonesian occupation of the small colony. Beatriz’s young husband disappears during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces. 16 years later she is troubled by his return. Is this mysterious stranger her husband, an impostor, or a spirit?
Directed by Evangelos Giovanis
Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Jane Seymour, Keith Carradine, Mike Starr, Vinessa Shaw, Mike Doyle, Ethan Embry, George Giovanis
Fatally ill, Garvey (Malcolm McDowell) thinks he has figured out how to die alone. But when his beloved wife Evelyn (Jane Seymour) goes missing on their anniversary, he must live to save her. A star-studded cast in a dark comedy that will leave you breathless.
Bulgarian Rhapsody, Bulgaria – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Ivan Nitchey
Cast: Kristyan Makarov, Tatyana Lolova, Moni Moshonov, Angela Nedyalkova, Dimitar Rachkov
It’s the summer of 1943. 17-year-old Moni and Giogio meet Shelly on a short trip across the border in Greece. But the boys, Jews from “Greater Bulgaria,” must adhere to the racist laws of Germany, their national’s ally in war. The fate of the three teens mirrors the lives of the Balkan Jews during World War II, challenged to survive the horrors of that period, filled with fear and hope. Bulgaria’s submission to the 2015 Academy Awards.
Directed by Marty Madden
Cast: Gary Cole, Lusia Struss, Erik Scott Smith, Zoe Perry, Dani Fish, Ali Stroker, Tim Monsion
A reluctant faith healer tries to escape his past by working as a ranch hand for a widower and his daughter. He becomes a part of their family and falls in love with the local girl who helps out at the ranch, giving him hope that he may have finally found a new home. But his dreams are shattered when his predatory evangelist mother tracks him down, stopping at nothing to get him back on the revival circuit.
Cut Bank, Canada
Directed by Matt Shakman
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton, John Malkovich, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt
Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth) dreams about escaping small town life in Cut Bank, Montana, “the coldest spot in the nation,” with his vivacious girlfriend Cassandra (Teresa Palmer). When Dwayne witnesses an awful crime, he tries to leverage a bad situation into a scheme to get rich quickly but he finds that fate and an unruly accomplice are working against him. Thrust into the middle of a police investigation spearheaded by the local sheriff (John Malkovich), everything goes from bad to worse in this all-American thriller. Directed by Matt Shakman and also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Oliver Platt.
Dawn, UK/Germany/Israel/Switzerland – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Romed Wyder
Cast: Joel Basman, Liron Levo, Moris Cohen, Sami Heuberger, Sarah Adler, Jason Isaacs
Palestine 1947, under British mandate. Zionists are fighting for a Jewish state. A member of the armed Jewish underground is sentenced to death by British authorities. In return, his comrades kidnap a British officer. If the British hang their friend at dawn, one of them will shoot the officer. In the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, “Dawn” sheds a new light on a key moment in history that mirrors the current political disputes.
Flow, Spain – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by David Martinez
Cast: Juan del Santo
Walter Mann is about to fulfill the dream of his life — to star in his own play. But something unexpected will blow up his plans. This is the story of a man who suffers an interior fight where darkness and light are the rivals — a trip where, finally, one side must prevail. “Flow” describes the bitterness in human beings, the thorny and delicate subject of forgiveness, and reconciliation with oneself and with life.
Frances Ha, USA
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Michael Esper, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen
Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but she¹s not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances Ha is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption. (IFC Films)
Haven, Israel – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Amikam Kovner
Cast: Nevo Kimchi, Lana Ettinger, Oshri Cohen, Rotem Zisman Cohen Nevo Kimchi, Lana Ettinger, Oshri Cohen, Rotem Zisman Cohen
2006, the Second Lebanon War. Like many who live in the north of Israel, Motti and Keren, a young religious couple, seek refuge to the south. Yali and Boaz, a young bourgeois couple from Tel Aviv, invite them to stay in their apartment. This seemingly simple act of courtesy brings undesired results as conflicts and painful reminders begin to arise. A beautifully intense character study in human emotions.
In Silence, Slovakia
Directed by Zdeněk Jiróský
Cast: Judit Bárdos, Ján Gallovic, Kristína Svarinská, Ján Ctvrtník
The music of Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninov is used to convey the brutality and reality of Nazi rule in Slovakia. The film fluidly moves between the real, remembered, and imagined. “In Silence” underscores the transformational power of music to illuminate even the darkest days. Emotionally immersive and aesthetically satisfying, “In Silence” is a poetic journey, mapping out fragments of the destinies of four Jewish musicians.
Directed by Philippe Barassat
Cast: Jérémie Elkaïm
After losing his job, Aldo, a young male nurse, finds his calling as a sexual assistant for the disabled. This will transform them, and him, in unimagined and delightful ways. One of the festival’s most provocative films, “Indesirables” tackles taboos and breaks new ground – occasionally shocking, yet tasteful – and is best appreciated by open-minded, mature audiences.
Is That You?, Israel
Directed by Dani Menkin
Cast: Alon Aboutboul, Naruna Kaplan de Macedo, Suzanne Sadler, Rani Blair
Ronnie, a 60-year-old Israeli film projectionist, has been fired from his job. He travels to America in a search for Rachel, the love of his youth. Ronnie enlists his brother to help with the search. On the road, Ronnie finds Myla, a documentary film student, who’s making a movie about regrets. Ronnie is the perfect character for Myla’s story and, in return for following his search, Myla is helping him find his way.
Kicking and Screaming, USA
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Cast: Josh Hamilton, Samuel Gould, Catherine Kellner, Jonathan Baumbach, John Lehr
Paralyzed by postgraduation ennui, a group of college friends remain on campus, patching together a community for themselves in order to deny the real-world futures awaiting them. Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Noah Baumbach’s hilarious and touching directorial debut was one of the highlights of the American independent film scene of the nineties. Stingingly funny and incisive, Baumbach’s breakthrough features endlessly quotable dialogue, delivered by a stellar ensemble cast. (Criterion)
Let’s Go, Germany
Directed by Michael Verhoeven
Cast: Alice Dwyer, Maxim Mehmet, Naomi Krauss, Katharina Nesytowa, Monika Manz
In 1968, 20-year-old Laura returns to Munich for her father’s funeral. Overcome with grief, Laura and her mother must face the family’s traumatic history. Having survived the Holocaust, Laura’s parents had started a new life in post-War Germany, but horrific experiences haunted them. In the face of another tragedy, will Laura come to understand her parent’s traumatic past? A biting commentary on post-War German society through the cinematic adaptation of the autobiographical novel by Laura Waco.
Living With the Dead, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Christine Vartoughian
Cast: Emily Jackson, Craig Kelly, Selenis Leyva, Chris Riggi
Max McLean, 18, can’t get out of bed. Since her boyfriend Adam killed himself, Max has been using sex and drugs to ignore the pain. One day she wakes up in the hospital after a nearly lethal dose of sleeping pills. Haunted by visions of Adam, Max runs away and meets a bizarre but endearing boy named Ish. He helps her find the strength to overcome her demons and free herself from the past.
Pitchipoi, France – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Charles Najman
Cast: Xavier Galais, Laurent Lacotte, Sabrina Seyvecou, Michele, Moretti, Denis Lavant
Julien Schulmann is a comedian. He’s just lost his father, a Polish Jew who survived the concentration camps. Before dying, Julien’s father had drawn up a will stipulating this his other son, Pierre, should be the one to spread his ashes over his homeland. The problem is, Pierre has been missing for two years. The family preference for Pierre opens a deep wound in Julien that gradually sheds light on an unspeakable secret…
Pretend We’re Kissing, Canada – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Matt Sadowski
Cast: Zoe Kravitz, Dov Tiefenbach, Tommie-Amber Pirie
Benny needs to get out of his head and start doing instead of thinking. It’s holding him back from growing up and finding love, and he’s made all too aware of it by his obnoxious agoraphobic hippie roommate. When he meets and falls for Jordan, a dorky girl hell-bent on fate and finding magical love, he realizes that he might be able to move forward in life…if he can only get out of his own way.
Route 30 Three!, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by John Putch
Cast: David Cowgill, Nathalie Boltt, Dan Poole, Ray Ficca, Alicia Fusting, Molly Lahr, Kevin M. Horton, Noah Applebaum, Katie Rayle, Lee Wilkof, Daniel Riordan, Raffy DiLibero, Ed Gotwalt
“James Bond” meets “Blazing Saddles.” The final chapter of the trilogy focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Rotten Egg, a camera that reveals the truth in every photo, and a man’s quest to become ‘less’ boring. Tork is visited by the CIA and a hidden past is revealed that changes the course of his life forever. A comedy that delivers a romantic and upbeat message about relationships and the truth behind every story.
Sidewalk Traffic, USA
Directed by Anthony L. Fisher
Cast: Johnny Hopkins, Erin Darke, Heather Matarazzo, Samm Levine, Dave Hill
Declan, a 30-year-old husband and new father, is squeezed out of a promotion. He finds himself wracked by internal crises, including career envy, bitterness over bad breaks, and the still-lingering fallout from the suicide of his former creative partner. Searching for salvation, Declan surrenders to the role of stay-at-home dad. He’s forced to face his demons while pushing strollers, changing diapers, and heating up bottles, all the while working to resurrect his dreams.
Soof, The Netherlands
Directed by Antoinette Beumer
Cast: Lies Visschedijk, Fedja van Huet, Dan Karaty, Chantal Jansen, Anneke Blok
Soof is reaching 40 and has everything she ever wanted — three children, a small catering business, a sweet husband Kasper, and a lovely home. One day, at a dinner, Soof meets Jim, a famous choreographer. There’s an immediate connection. For a moment she is noticed for who she is. But their relationship gets out of hand and Soof wonders if Kasper is still the attractive man she once fell for.
Split Gas, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Jacques Edeline
Cast: Oliver Mauldin, Jacques Edeline, Galen Howard, Peter Weidman, Mary Bogh
Jack, an easygoing grad student, posts on a campus bulletin board: ‘Driving to San Francisco for Spring Break. Anyone Want a Ride? Split Gas.’ The ad is answered by Oliver, a suicidal freshman, who secretly just wants a ride to the cliffs of Big Sur to jump off and kill himself. As they cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway, Jack makes it his mission to break Oliver out of his own head, while both attempt to conceal their ulterior motives for the trip.
Still, United Kingdom
Directed by Simon Blake
Cast: Aidan Gillen, Jonathan Slinger, Elodie Yung, Amanda Mealing, Clive Russell, Sonny Green, Kate Ashfield
Set in North London, “Still” is a gritty and atmospheric thriller about the violent disintegration of a man and father. Tom is stumbling blindly, his days thrown out of focus by the death of his teenage son a year earlier. A chance confrontation with a 15-year-old boy brings his life and responsibilities to the fore. A battle of wills between Tom and a gang of kids develops, as trivial and childish altercations begin to take a considerably sinister direction.
The Challenger, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Kent Moran
Cast: Kent Moran, Michael Clarke Duncan, S. Epatha Merkerson, Justin Hartley, F rank Watson, Stan Carp, Rob Morgan, Michael Rivera, Robert Pike Daniel, Ernie Sabella
Struggling Bronx auto mechanic Jaden Miller (Kent Moran) and his mother, lovingly portrayed by S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order), are evicted from their home. With the help of legendary trainer Duane Taylor (Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan), Miller soon finds that boxing may be their ticket to a better life. Earning the title ‘Bronx Boy,’ Miller becomes a local hero. An inspiring tale highlighted by Michael Clarke Duncan’s final role.
The Intruder, The Netherlands
Directed by Shariff Korver
Cast: Nasrdin Dchar, Walid Benmbarek, Rachid El Ghazaoui, Betty Schuurman, Simone Milsdochter
Samir was born in Holland, son of a Moroccan father and a Dutch mother. After graduating from the police academy, he now must prove himself, and does so by infiltrating a Moroccan drug family. But Samir is confronted with long suppressed feelings — he feels at home. The family turns out to be not as bad as he thought, while the police force isn’t as upright as he believed. Samir finds himself in a moral dilemma.
The Red Robin, USA
Directed by Michael Z. Wechsler
Cast: Judd Hirsch, Ryan O’Nan, C.S. Lee, Caroline Lagerfelt, Joseph Lyle Taylor, Jaime Ray Newman
Judd Hirsch plays a Nobel Prize-winning psychiatrist whose work with war refugees has brought him considerable fame. While doing PTSD-related work in war zones decades ago, he adopted three orphans who crossed his path. These now grown children, along with his biological son, have gathered in their childhood home to celebrate their dying father’s 75th birthday. The reunion doesn’t turn out quite as the doctor expected when adopted son Tommy accuses him of war crimes and mind control experiments.
The Road Within, USA
Directed by Gren Wells
Cast: Zoe Kravitz, Dev Patel, Kyra Sedgwick, Robert Patrick, Robert Sheehan
In this touching coming-of-age drama, a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome embarks on a road trip with his recently-deceased mother’s ashes. He’s joined by two other teenage residents from his behavioral clinic – a rebellious anorexic and an OCD patient. The unexpected but life-changing journey will take them all by surprise.
The Squid and the Whale, USA
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Cast: Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, William Baldwin
Based on the true childhood experiences of writer/director Noah Baumbach and his brother, “The Squid and the Whale” tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents’ divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. The film won the AFI Award for Movie of the Year in 2006 and received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The Well, USA
Directed by Tom Hammock
Cast: Haley Lu Richardson, Booboo Stewart, Michael Welch, Jon Gries, Rena Owen
Seventeen-year-old Kendal (Haley Lu Richardson) can barely recall when her Oregon valley was still lush. It’s been a decade since the last rainfall, and society at large has dried up and blown away. When a greedy water baron lays claim to what little of the precious resource remains underground, Kendal must decide whether to run and hide or bravely fight for what little she has left in this post-apocalyptic thriller.
Directed by Suha Arraf
Cast: Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari, Cherien Dabis, Maria Zreik
Three unmarried aristocratic Christian sisters from Ramallah are unable to come to terms with the new reality of the mass migration of Palestine’s aristocracy. Locked away in their villa, clinging desperately to their former glory, their orphan niece Badia arrives. The sisters see it as their mission to preserve the family name by finding her an eligible aristocratic Christian man. Will dragging Badia to every church event result in them finding a good husband for her?
WAX: We Are the X, Italy
Directed by Lorenzo Corvino
Cast: Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Jacopo Maria Bicocchi, Davide Paganini, Jean-Marc Barr, Rutger Hauer, Andrea Sartoretti, Andrea Renzi, Lily Bloom, Mathieu Intikalau, Muriel Gandois, Claudia Gallo, Francesca Ritrovato
A troupe of reporters is given a video by a mysterious someone. The video is the chronicle of a week-long road trip on the French Riviera left by three 30-somethings, two men and a woman, who were involved in an accident before their assignment was completed. The three share the destiny of a doomed generation.
Welcome To Me, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Shira Piven
Cast: Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Wes Bentley, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Linda Cardellini
A woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (Kristen Wiig) becomes an overnight celebrity after a huge lottery jackpot allows her to launch her own off-the-wall talk show. In “Welcome to Me,” director Shira Piven explores what happens when a commonly held fantasy comes true for a complicated person, and a story of good luck evolves into a compelling and darkly humorous drama. (TIFF) This is Shira Piven’s third film at the PBIFF.
While We’re Young, USA
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Ben Stiller, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin
Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition, and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. (A24)
X + Y, United Kingdom
Directed by Morgan Matthews
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Sally Hawkins, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Jo Yang
A warm and inspirational drama featuring Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as a socially awkward teenage math prodigy who finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
You Must Be Joking, USA
Directed by Jake Wilson
Cast: Jake Wilson, Sas Goldberg, James Wolk, Vanessa Ray, Hannibal Buress
20-something New Yorker Barb Schwartz (Sas Goldberg) somehow ended up in a life that kinda… sucks. She has a paralegal job she hates, a drab studio apartment on Roosevelt Island, and an overbearing family who never lets her forget she’s still single. When she is reunited with her childhood BFF, ballet dancer Billy (Jake Wilson), she is inspired to turn her life around by revisiting her first love: comedy.
#ChicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator, USA
Directed by Joe Piscatella
From her bedroom in the Chicago suburbs, an American teenager uses social media to run the revolution in Syria. Armed with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and cellphone cameras, she helps her social network on the front lines as they face snipers and shelling in the streets to expose brutal human rights atrocities. As the revolution rages on, everyone must decide the most effective way to fight a dictator: social media or AK-47s.
120 Days, USA
Directed by Ted Roach
Featuring Miguel Cortes
120 Days puts a human face on the topic of illegal immigration. The Cortes family is living a happy life in North Carolina — working and paying taxes. Miguel’s car is pulled over one day, without cause, and a new law allowing police to check immigration status sends him to prison. He’s given four months to “self-deport,” faced with the heartbreaking prospect of leaving his wife and two daughters behind.
1913 Seeds of Confict, USA
Directed by Ben Loeterman
When did the Israeli-Arab conflict begin? 1913 Seeds of Conflict takes us to Ottoman Palestine, at a time when Jews, Muslims, and Christians mingle freely and gather at coffee houses to discuss their shared future. Local squabbles escalate into nationalist struggle on the eve of World War I, when a bloody incident outside the settlement of Rehovot leaves one Jew and one Arab dead, sowing the seeds of conflict.
Almost Friends, Israel
Directed by Nitzan Ofir
Two girls meet online. Samar (12) lives in Lod with her Israeli Arab mother and Palestinian father. Linor (11) lives in Tlamim, a religious Jewish village. They’re less than 42 miles apart, but a national, cultural, and ideological chasm separates them. An idea that started with innocent online correspondence, followed by face-to-face meetings, adds an exciting, stressful, and surprising new element to the girls’ lives. It engages them and their families in a deep, complex experience.
Althea, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Rex Miller
No player, not even the great Arthur Ashe, overcame more obstacles to become a champion than Althea Gibson. She was a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, a sharecropper’s daughter whose family migrated north in 1930. Althea was the first African-American to play at, and win, Wimbledon and the US Open. But even when she was #1 in the world she still could not afford her own apartment, and became constantly indebted to sponsors and benefactors.
An Apartment in Berlin, Germany
Directed by Alice Agneskirchner
Attracted by its cosmopolitan and international atmosphere, Berlin has become a magnet for young Israelis. Three of them are lovingly restoring the apartment of Simon and Rosa Adler, egg merchants who came to Berlin from Galicia over 100 years ago. Along with the filmmaker they examine their own complex connections to the history of Germany while turning the apartment into a space for discussion and encounters with both the present as well as the past.
Art House, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Don Freeman
Featuring Alistair Gordon
Do you consider your home a work of art? Just wait until you see these houses. Photographer and filmmaker Don Freeman explores the handmade homes created and lived in by 11 distinguished American artists, shedding light on a unique architectural typology characterized by a D.I.Y. aesthetic, the appropriation of building techniques from art practice, and a fierce spirit of individual expression that deserves deeper examination in this age of architectural standardization.
Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, USA/Israel
Directed by Wayne Kopping
A coming-of-age story which follows five Israeli high school graduates as they’re drafted into the army to defend their country. Just 18, away from their homes, family, and friends, they undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. This moving film illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance, and women’s rights.
Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, USA
Directed by William J. Saunders
Merle Haggard…Buck Owens…country superstars synonymous with the Bakersfield Sound, which emerged from this California farming community in the 50s. One of its founders, Billy Mize, was a talented, charismatic singer-songwriter who influenced the greats…yet didn’t become a household name himself. Why? Touring was incompatible with his only other love: family. But tragedy and hard living tore that family apart and a stroke took Billy’s voice. Would he find redemption in his later years?
Calamity Jane, Wild West Legend, France – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Gregory Monro
August 1901. On a train headed west, an old woman, lonesome and tired. She fought the Indians alongside Custer, witnessed the birth of Deadwood, and was close friends with Buffalo Bill. She was the terror of the plains, the outrage of the saloons, the oddest of her kind. But no one ever knew who she really was. Her name was Martha Canary. You know her as Calamity Jane.
Children of the Sex Trade, Australia – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Luigi Acquisto
Showing remarkable courage in the face of death threats, two young sisters in the Philippines help former Australian police and Special Forces officers rescue underage girls from Subic Bay’s sex bars. Michelle (16) and Marisol (19), both abused by foreign men as children, help spearhead a sting operation to rescue other young girls from a life of abuse and exploitation. A story of bravery and redemption.
Dancing Before the Enemy: How a Teenage Boy Fooled the Nazis and Lived, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Adam Bardach
Film producer Gene Gutowski (Repulsion, Cul-de-Sac, The Pianist) was 14 when first the Soviets, then the Nazis, invaded his hometown of Lwow, Poland. With a combination of chutzpah, street smarts, and an unflinching will to live, he spent the war flirting with danger as a teenage Jew hiding in plain sight. Witnessing firsthand the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi occupation, frequently cheating death himself and losing his entire family in the process, Gutowski’s story is ultimately one of hope.
Dream On, USA
Directed by Roger Weisberg
Is the American Dream still a reality? In an epic road trip, political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of America in 1831 came to define this as a place where anyone, of any background, could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Produced and directed by Roger Weisberg, whose 31 previous documentaries have won over 150 awards including Emmy, duPont, and Peabody awards, as well as two Oscar nominations.
East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem, Israel
Directed by Erez Miller, Henrique Cymerman
Can music bring peace to the world? In early 2013, David Broza, the Israeli singer-songwriter, set out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through song. During eight days and nights of joint creation in an East Jerusalem studio a hopeful message of equality and unity arises.
Energizing Our World, Costa Rica/The Netherlands/Spain/USA
Directed by Susan Sember
Energizing Our World features top industry leaders who have become strong advocates for a sustainable Earth. They seek new ways to capture the energy of the sun, wind, and water; they harness the historical roots of the early farmers to provide healthier food; they design apparel with natural fibers; and they build self-supporting communities. It is through their voices and stories that the audience is moved to join and contribute to the prospect and promise of a better world.
Flory’s Flame, USA
Directed by Curt Fissel
Flory Jagoda is a 90-year-old US National Heritage Fellow musician. The songs from her September 2013 Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress transport the viewer to the roots of Spanish Jewish life before the Inquisition, often considered the golden age for this community. After the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, Flory’s family carried on these traditions in the former Yugoslavia…eventually making it to America.
Forbidden Films, Germany
Directed by Felix Moeller
The Third Reich produced over 1200 feature films. Today, more than 70 years after the Nazi regime, 40 of these films remain banned from public screenings. Out of fear for their anti-Semitic and incendiary content, none of these films may be released on DVD or broadcast on television – they remain under lock and key, and can only be shown behind closed doors at scholarly events.
Havana Curveball, USA/Cuba
Directed by Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider
Mica is 13. An earnest kid, he takes to heart his Rabbi’s Bar Mitzvah requirement to help ‘heal the world.’ Imagining himself savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba. He knows they love baseball and have few resources — and that they saved his grandpa’s life. On a hunch, his filmmaker parents pick up their camera. Will the U.S. embargo of Cuba, and the complications of growing up, throw him a curveball?
Heart of the Shore, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Cliff Charles
In 2012 a storm named Sandy formed in the southern Caribbean and started on a wake of destruction, aided by the full moon. Sandy tore through the shores of New Jersey on October 29th. We follow the recovery of people living and working at the Jersey Shore as they battle Insurers, Mortgagors, and Governmental agencies. Their resilience and strength are tested as they learn that picking up the pieces after the storm is more difficult than surviving it.
In The Image: Palestinian Women Capture the Occupation, USA/Israel/Palestinian Territories
Directed by Judith Montell, Emmy Scharlatt
The Israeli human rights organization, B’Tselem, gave video cameras to several Palestinian women on the West Bank. We see their daily struggles as human beings attempting to find justice and happiness, as they endure tear gas and harassment while capturing video of daily human rights violations and settler violence. Their portraits are built from interviews and their own vérité footage, along with interviews of B’Tselem staff revealing this unique partnership between Israelis and Palestinians.
Little White Lie, USA
Directed by Lacey Schwartz
Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, New York, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity. One day she discovers that her biological father is actually a black man with whom her mother had an affair. What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? Lacey’s story is a legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.
Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Jonathan Gruber
At 90, Miriam Beerman is a survivor. This groundbreaking artist has overcome personal tragedy to inspire friends, family, peers, patrons, and students about how to remain defiant, creative and strong. Miriam has struggled with her artistic demons to create haunting images that evoke the suffering of generations of victims. The film is a memorable profile of an artist who has elevated her empathy for the plight of the world’s castoffs into powerful portrayals of dignity.
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark, United Kingdom
Directed by Jon Brewer
Nat King Cole was a “beacon of hope” to African-Americans in 1950s America. From director Jon Brewer, this searing and candid account of the musical legend’s “fairy tale” life of fame and fortune comes from private journals made available by his widow just preceding her death at 89. Features the last words of Maria Cole on the man she loved and the life they shared along with Cole family mementos, letters, and footage. Among the songs remastered by Capitol-EMI for the picture is “Magic Window,” an (amazing) unreleased track sung by Nat King Cole, discovered in the vaults of the Capitol building. Until now, there has been no access to Cole’s most personal records. Now the real story can be revealed.
Omo Child: The River and the Bush, USA
Directed by John Rowe
For many generations people in the Omo Valley of southwest Ethiopia believed some children are cursed, bringing disease, drought, and death to the tribe. The curse is called ‘mingi’ and these children are automatically killed. As a teen, Lale Labuko witnessed the horrors and decided one day he would put a stop to it. Filmed over a five year period, we follow Lale’s journey as he attempts to change an ancient practice. A devastatingly powerful film.
Personal Gold, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Tamara Christopherson
After the men’s cycling team was banned from the 2012 Summer Olympics during the Lance Armstrong drug scandal, four women cyclists became America’s medal hope in London. The underfunded women turned to support from a volunteer team including their husbands and an experiment using ‘Data not Drugs’ to attempt the impossible — win the first women’s track cycling medal in 20 years. A classic underdog story that truly touches the heart.
Pilchuck, A Dance with Fire, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by John Forsen
The Pilchuck Glass School outside Seattle started in 1971 during the peace movements, Flower Power, and the war in Vietnam. Founded by Dale Chihuly, this school is responsible for making the US Studio Glass movement what it is today. It’s an international institution now, bringing students from all over the world. This is the story of its beginnings and how it’s now made the Pacific Northwest the largest glass art center in the world.
Directed by Olivier Higgins, Mélanie Carrier
Mélanie and Olivier decided to cycle the North Shore of Québec, Canada to better understand the complex relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. This quest for identity would push them to travel deep inside themselves and to faraway lands. Their encounters include the surprising tale of an Aboriginal man in search of his ancestors in Normandy and the heartwrenching story of the sister of Corporal Marcel Lemay, who was killed during the 1900 Oka crisis.
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl, USA
Directed by Robin Greenspun
Meet Dana, a feisty, funny, and charming 25-year-old at a crossroads. But not the kind you might expect. She lives with a severe case of Crohn’s Disease that she battles every day. It is unrelenting and Dana is facing major life choices. In a testament to her tenacity, this amazing woman allows the viewer to enter her world, one which is not pretty. Full of humor and surprises at the strangest times, Dana’s adventures are truly inspiring.
Sheldon Leonard’s Wonderful Life, USA
Directed by Allan Holzman
Sheldon Leonard was television’s first great comedic storyteller. After a rocky start as a Broadway actor, radio writer, and performer, he ventured to Hollywood as a character actor. With the invention of television, he found his calling as producer/director of “Make Room For Daddy,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” and perhaps the greatest sitcom of all time, “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” He established the role of the writer/producer, which continues today as the driving force in TV production.
Shunned, Philippines/USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Janice Villarosa
Beneath the pageant smile, sexy outfits, and colorful exterior lies the transsexuals’ day-to-day pain of achieving the ultimate goal — to be happy with themselves and be accepted. “Shunned” is a no-holds-barred look into the lives of male-to-female transsexuals in the Philippines. We experience their struggles, battles with society, their love lives, and transitions –as they find out what it takes to be a woman.
Skydancers, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Fredric Lean
Get ready to soar! ‘Skydancers is a compelling and exciting peek into the lives of women in aerobatics, big dreams, and flying airplanes – but, most of all, a story of women who dare!
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, USA
Directed by Abby Ginzberg
Albie Sachs, a Jewish lawyer and anti-apartheid activist, spent six months in prison for his beliefs. He later was targeted by South African military intelligence, losing an arm in a car bomb attack. Yet, he believed that his ‘soft vengeance’ would bring freedom and democracy to South Africa. He helped draft the new Constitution and served as one of the first 11 judges on the new Constitutional Court, where he authored the decision upholding same sex marriage.
Swank Farm, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Judith Olney
After losing jobs in the post-9/11 recession, Jodi and Darrin Swank started new lives as passionate, pioneering, hydroponic farmers in Palm Beach County. Through hurricanes, near-bankruptcy, the challenges of Florida farming, and life in a trailer home with three growing children, they have emerged as major suppliers of fresh produce to area restaurants and hosts of legendary fundraising affairs – the legendary “Swank Table” events. A lesson in the rewards of giving back to the community.
The Lost Key – The Secrets of Jewish and Kabbalistic Sexuality Revealed, Venezuela
Directed by Ricardo Adler
After a traumatic divorce, Ricardo Adler sets out to discover how to achieve a fulfilling and lasting marriage. His search takes him to Rabbi Manis Friedman, who introduces him to Kabbalah´s ancient secrets to attain the highest form of intimacy. The film portrays the dramatic transformation of Ricardo’s new marriage, and the reactions of other couples to this revolutionary way to sexual connection. The Lost Key could inspire society to rediscover intimacy, one bedroom at a time.
The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, Israel
Directed by Shaul Betser, Asaf Galay
Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer was a charming enchanter both on the page and in his romantic life. Through poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage, we discover the unknown history of one of his most vital sources of creative inspiration: his translators. Dozens of women worked with him to open the doors to his singular Yiddish prose for the rest of the world to enjoy, and his relationships often blurred the lines between the professional and the intimate.
The Record Man, USA
Directed by Mark Moormann
KC and the Sunshine Band…the original Miami Sound…West Palm Beach’s own George McRae and his hit “Rock Your Baby”…the birth of Disco. What do they have in common? All emerged from Miami’s TK Records label and the studios of Henry Stone. From distributing records out of his ’48 Packard to running the largest independent label of the ‘70s, Henry’s story spans the dramatic arc of the record business from inception through the digital age.
Walking Man, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Joshua Salzberg
After a high school loses three students to suicide in seven weeks, Mark Norwine, a suicide prevention advocate, embarks on a 200 mile walk to educate about mental health and the roots of the suicide epidemic. Mark is joined by his 23-year-old son, Eric, who recently found out about his dad’s own suicide attempt. Long kept secrets about their own struggles with mental illness are revealed along the way in this vitally important film.
THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE
A Good Story, Germany
Directed by Martin-Christopher Bode
Cleaning Time, Israel – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Alamork Marsha
Directed by Attila Hartung
Pestipop 2002, Israel – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Nofar Volpo
Salomea’s Nose, Germany/USA
Directed by Susan Korda
I AM WOMAN
Born Again, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Francesca Mirabella
The Crossing, Italy/UK – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Nathalie Biancheri
I’ve Just Had a Dream, Spain – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Javier Navarro
Malibu, Germany – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Teresa Kuhn
Shifting Faults, USA
Directed by David Sowden
A Song for Manzanar, USA
Directed by Kazuko Golden, Matt Ohlson
PRIDE COMES OUT
Between The Sun and Me, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Nanako Fukui
Directed by Blake Pruitt
Directed by Stephan Kämpf & Andreas Kessler
Charlie, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Shawn Ryan
If You Could Only Be You, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Jared Kahn
Reveal, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Ryan Blitzer
Tom in America, USA
Directed by Flavio Alves
THE GOLDEN YEARS
Anything Is Possible: The Man, The Movement and The Legacy, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Rade Popovic
Simpler Times, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Steve Monarque
The Emissary, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Rudy Dobrev
The Here After, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Lauren DeFilippo
FACING THE CHALLENGE
Greater Goode, USA
Directed by Jordan Wall
Keep The Change, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Rachel Israel
Looking Out, Australia – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Tristan Artin
Natural Insemination, USA
Directed by Crosby Selander
SouthSouthWest, USA – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Madison Hamburg
The Council, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Rob Margolies
The Little Violinist, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Yang Wang
5 Ways to Die, Cyprus – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Daina Papadaki
Channeling Nora Ephron, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Kara Pellegrini-Bilof
Cops and Robbers, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Marco Ragozzino
Dating Eliza, UK – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Simon Allen
F the Moon, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Michael Dunne
I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!!, Canada
Directed by Charlie Tyrell
The Detectives of Noir Town, Australia
Directed by Andrew Chambers
The One and Only Eddie Duke, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Peter Ney
Hands on Me – Jaysin Voxx, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Carlos Hurtado
Heaven, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Daniel Feighery
Jet – Annie Minogue Band f/Mystic Bowie, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Devereaux Millburn
Patience – Line Kåsa, Norway – U.S. PREMIERE
Directed by Jonas Grimeland
Silver Girl – Vanada f/Oriana Sanders, USA/UK – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Min Reid
Tea Party, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Brian Zahm
When Girls Collide – Múm, Spain – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Javier Longobardo
VOICES OF LOCAL FILM
Good Health Hunting, USA
Directed by Brian Connors
Mama Needs A Ride, USA
Directed by Matt Florio
Pembroke Circle, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Directed by Max Rousseau
RoboCop Swede, USA
Directed by Jason Galotti
It’s HERE! TC and Kim put the final wrap on the 2014 Movie Year with their complete coverage of the 2015 Spirit Awards, The 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards, and of course, the BIG ONE – the 2015 Academy Awards!
We’ll talk about the winners, the losers, what worked, what didn’t, and more!
Before I get to the winner’s list, a few thoughts, if I may…
This was the first time in several years that I actually sat down and watched the live awards ceremony; the last time I watched, Steve Coogan was host, so I think that was 2012. And you know something? I am likely NEVER in my wildest dreams going to sit through that two and a half hour torture session again; OMG I’d rather be bound, gagged, and forced to watch the Coleman Francis trilogy over and over again than sit through what was quite possibly the WORST written awards show in history.
Remember these five names: Erik Weiner, Wayne Federman, Frank Sebastian, Benji Afalo, and Marika Sawyer. They were the “writers” who “wrote ” the “funny” material that the stars “read” when they walked out on the “stage”. Seriously, from the opening pre-taped sketch to the final bow, thank GOD for the acceptance speeches, the only thing in this show that were remotely funny. The “I’m a little bit Indie, I’m a little bit Studio” song at the beginning – I was sitting here almost praying for Donny and Marie to come out with guns ablazin’ and mow everyone down (ok ok, not really…but pies in the face would have had the same effect, putting it out of our misery..)…and who the HELL in the current audience of indie film fans even had a CLUE what that song was even about? Sure, us old farts get it, but today’s Millennials? No chance in HELL, “writers” And I use that term VERY LOOSELY. And the song bits were HORRIBLE – they made absolutely no sense. When Billy Crystal does his “Oscar, Oscar, Oscar” song, at least people can figure it out…
Other observations (Oh MAN do I miss the bile of our beloved (?) Nikki Finke on occasions like this…):
Did Julianne Moore turn her Christmas tree skirt into a dress? Yeesshhhhh…she looked like a walking pile of tinsel coming to the stage to pick up her Spirit for Still Alice. A Carson Kressley note, Julianne, dear…please Please PLEASE do NOT wear that dress to the Oscars tomorrow night…
Aubrey Plaza…apparently she has the same kind of fashion sense that’s only awarded once in a lifetime…and she stole THAT from actor Colin Baker’s mid-80s version of The Doctor…
Miles Teller…He looked so dapper in that tuxedo standing there introducing Whiplash with his co-star JK Simmons…but freeze frame the shot…and take a look at him…he just landed in the top spot to do one of two biopics…he can either play Rock Hudson (the resemblance was truly striking)….or he can play Rock Hudson playing Liberace…seriously, though Teller saved the show’s opening bit…if he hadn’t been there sort of in “Whiplash” mode, people would have been tuning out even before they finished that bit…and his reversal play on the films’ face slapping, berating co-host Fred Armisen for the short seasons of IFC’s hit Portlandia, was actually sorta funny…
Loved the hilarious “fuck you” to American Airlines…apparently someone forgot to tell Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson that they were a SPONSOR of this year’s show…then later, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller reading a “mea culpa” supposedly from Anderson, who apologized for insulting American…then blamed United for losing his luggage…to quote the legendary Slappy Squirrel (well, I think she’s legendary), “Now THAT’S Comedy!”…take note, “writers”…
I don’t mean this to be mean, so please don’t take it that way…Eller Coltrane needs to get out of the business. NOW. Not because he’s not any good, because he is…but the poor kid was so nervous and ill at ease, both on stage when introducing Boyhood and later, just sitting in the audience with the camera on him, it might be better if he waits a few years until the media spotlight dies down…I’ll bet if he smokes, he went through about three packs of Marlboros in just as many hours…he needs to spend more time with onscreen dad Ethan Hawke, who did a great job both presenting and also collecting director Richard Linklater’s Best Director’s statue, because the latter couldn’t be there…
The Inner Camera conversation piece was overlong but at least was funny when the stars started camping it up and playing around with it…JK Simmons and his wife were HILARIOUS, as were Michael Keaton and Andy Samberg…even if the bits were horrible and improvised badly.
I wonder how many FBI, CIA, and NSA agents have been assigned to detail in Los Angeles this weekend…you just KNOW they’re all waiting with drool for a down moment to reach in and try to grab and clamp down on Citizenfour producer/director Laura Poitras and film collaborator and principal journalist Glenn Greenwald before they try to leave the U.S. again (they’re both confirmed to be on travel “watch lists”)..and cheers to both of them for finding it in themselves to come back for the awards, because I don’t think, knowing I was being watched, that I would have the guts they have…and congrats on a much deserved win too…if you haven’t seen the film yet, DO SO NOW. RIGHT NOW. THISVERYDAMNMINUTE….
All in all, crazy bad show, crazy fun winners, and a pretty good crop too – the one big surprise to me was Ida winning best foreign film here (I think it’s a lock for Oscar) – I was sure this was a lock for Xavier Dolan’s Mommy – but I loved it even more when director Pawel Pawlikowski brought up most of his competitors in the category (he forgot the Philippines film Norte The End Of History) and then thanked them all for losing this year…ROTFL moment of the show…
Enough of my ramblings – we’ll have complete coverage on Subject:CINEMA’s 8th annual Oscar Weekend Special on Monday evening…and here’s the winners of the 30th Annual Spirit Awards:
BEST MALE LEAD
Michael Keaton, Birdman
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Ida (Poland), Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Nightcrawler, Director: Dan Gilroy;
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Justin Simien, Dear White People
Tom Cross, Whiplash
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Ensemble, Director and Casting Director)
LENSCRAFTERS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
The Kill Team, Director: Dan Krauss
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
KIEHL’S SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
H., Directors: Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia
Time for our weekly look at all the films hitting US Theatres this weekend, and it’s a busy weekend – three big films will battle it out to knock down American Sniper this weekend, plus a huge list of indie releases hit as well!
Check out Three Minute Weekend every Friday, from Subject:CINEMA and PNR Networks!
We talked briefly about Mexican actor Kristyan Ferrer on our Fethival of Film Fethivals show yesterday, because his latest film “600 Miles” is debuting at Berlinale later this month. He’s been acting for a number of years, but is poised to breakout in English-speaking countries thanks to that film. Now, his monster hit from last summer in Mexico is making it’s way to the states via Fox International, and as it spreads across the country, we’re betting more and more people will be climbing aboard his star-making train. A critical hit from all quarters, take a look at this and see what you think!