April 2011 - Posts

"Tomorrow" Takes Tribeca Audience Award

Michael Collins' doc "Give Up Tomorrow" won the Heineken Audience Award at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Collins takes home a $25,000 cash prize for his film, which details the story of culinary student Paco Larrañaga, who, at 19 years old in 1997, was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu in the Philippines. "In 1999 Paco Larrañaga was first sentenced ...
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TRIBECA FUTURES | Kivu Ruhorahoza: The First Rwandan Filmmaker

Why He's On Our Radar: The first feature film from a Rwandan filmmaker--ever--Kivu Ruhorahoza's "Grey Matter" won a warm response at the Tribeca Film Festival, winning both a special jury mention and a best actor prize for star Ramadhan “Shami” Bizimana. The film follows Balthazar (Bizimana), a young African filmmaker on the brink of directing his first project, "The Cycle of the Cockroach." When potential funders for the film insist ...
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TRIBECA REVIEW | Festival Winner "She Monkeys" Puts Sexual Competition in Closeup

Swedish director Lisa Aschan's "She Monkeys" is a patient study of young female desire. The plot has a simple trajectory: Two teen girls shift from friends to competitors while vying for the top spot of an equestrian acrobatics team. The subtext runs deeper, however, as the coming-of-age story adopts a bleak Darwinian perspective. While her views on developing femininity break no new ground, Aschan maintains a solid grasp on the ...
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iPOP | This Week On the Scene: Glitzy Premieres, Film Festivals & More

Despite the Tribeca Film Festival hogging much of the spotlight, a number of other worthy events took place over this past week, keeping iPOP full of fun activity. Manhattan played host to two big screenings: Mark Ruffalo's feature directorial debut "Sympathy for Delicious," and Kenneth Branagh's Marvel summer blockbuster "Thor." Over in Illinois, the 13th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival kicked off with Robbie Pickering's SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner ...
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iPOP | This Week on the Scene: Tribeca Edition

The 10th Tribeca Film Festival rocked Manhattan this week, keeping iPOP busy. Among the events iPOP covered: Stars, including Will Ferrell and Eva Mendes, stopped by the Apple Store in SoHO for Apple and indieWIRE's Meet the Tribeca Filmmaker series. Tribeca directors gathered for brunch at the City Hall Restaurant. "Last Night" and "The Carrier" premiered to packed houses. Ethan Hawke and Frank Whaley took to the field at the ...
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A Sell Out Day: Spurlock Takes NYers to the "Greatest" Movie Premiere Ever in (formerly) Altoona, PA

This was certainly not like most premieres indieWIRE has covered, but then again, it is not the sort of thing that comes around often. Morgan Spurlock's "POM Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" officially had its East Coast premiere in Altoona, PA Wednesday, April 27. And the daylong spectacle was pure Morgan and in keeping with his latest film's mantra - everyone (or any city in this case) has ...
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REVIEW | A Natural Museum In 3-D: Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

In recent years, Werner Herzog's sly observations on the ways the universe in wondrously strange documentaries such as "Grizzly Man" and "Encounters at the End of the World" have taken on cult status apart from his existing place in the history of German cinema. Viral videos contain uncanny imitations of the filmmaker's distinct Bavarian accent reading every children's classic from "Where's Waldo?" to "Curious George." The reality is that Herzog ...
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iW Daily Recap | 4 Stories Not to Miss for Friday

indieWIRE Recaps is a daily column that curates indie news and stories from around the film world. If you’d like to suggest an article, you can find us at editors@indiewire.com The Royal Wedding shatters online streaming records Trying not to mention the Royal Wedding would be like trying to avoid a giant, Alexander McQueen-dressed elephant in the room. One of the biggest news events of the year has broken all ...
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"Weekend" and "Tournée" Bookend 3rd Annual BAMcinemaFest

BAMcinématek has released the lineup for the third annual BAMcinemaFest. The festival will open with the New York premiere of Andrew Haigh’s "Weekend" and close with the New York premiere of Mathieu Amalric’s "Tournée." Additional highlights include 17 more New York premieres, the world premiere of Charlie Ahearn’s "Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer" and a new 35mm print of Bryan Forbes’ "Whistle Down the Wind." The festival runs Jun 16-26 in ...
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"Thor" Rocks the Big Apple

"Thor" director Kenneth Branagh and the man himself, Chris Hemsworth, at a special screening of the Marvel superhero blockbuster last night, hosted by The Cinema Society and Acura. The star studded screening near Union Square was followed by a party fit for a God on the 18th floor of The Standard. Guests included: Howard & Beth Stern, Debra Winger, Susan Sarandon, Valentino & Giancarlo Giammetti, Marisa Tomei, Courtney Love, Amar’e ...
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Mendes & Tadjedin Talk "Last Night" in SoHo

"Last Night" director Massy Tadjedin (left) and actress Eva Mendes (right) dropped by the Apple Store in SoHo last night to take part in Apple and indieWIRE's Meet the Tribeca Filmmaker chat series. "You have to be ready to fight to the death to be seen in something different," said Mendes on how she avoids stereotypical Latina roles.
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TRIBECA REVIEW | "Revenge of the Electric Car" is a Happy Ending that Doesn't Ask Too Many Questions

Has Chris Paine sold out? That question lingers throughout "Revenge of the Electric Car," the director's celebratory follow-up to his mournful 2006 exposé "Who Killed the Electric Car?" The first movie focused on the untimely death of the General Motors EV-1 model, a sleek vehicle that carried the hope of a world without gasoline. The message took the form of a gripping drama because Paine had plenty of villains, from ...
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SXSW Winner "Natural Selection" Drops Down in Ebertfest

Following its Grand Jury Prize win at SXSW, Robbie Pickering's "Natural Selection" kicked off the 13th Annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois. The film's star Rachael Harris (left) joined Ebert, his wife Chaz Ebert and Pickering (right) at the event. The festival wraps on May 1st. [Photo courtesy of Ebertfest]
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TRIBECA FUTURES | "L'amour fou" Director Pierre Thoretton Tackles Fashion, Love and Money

Age: 43 Hometown: Noyon, France Why He's On Our Radar: He directed the moving Yves Saint Laurent tribute "L'amour fou," which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and is currently playing in the Spotlight section at the Tribeca Film Festival. Thoretton documents the 52-year relationship between Laurent and his business/life partner Pierre Bergé, by interviewing Bergé as he decides to auction off their joint art collection following Laurent's ...
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SF360: Stone not Cold in Castro Conversation

Oliver Stone came to the San Francisco International Film Festival last night to accept his Founder's Directing Award, and, in a sense, the results were unsurprising: One of our most wide-ranging, politically engaged directors provided one of the most wide-ranging, politically engaged festival evenings in recent memory. This sharp, succinct, hugely knowledgeable director offered a whole lot of razored insights along with candid commentary. After a career-highlights clip reel, Stone ...
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