SXSW 2013 Feature Film lineup announced

This years SXSW feature film lineup includes 109 world premiers, 14 North American and 5 U.S. premiers plus an eclectic presentation of international documentaries.

The full list:

 

Stephen Finnigan’s Hawking, Tim McCanlies’ When Angels Sing, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Dan Mazer’s I Give It A Year, John Sayles’ Go For Sisters, Jacob Vaughn’s Milo, Penny Lane’sOur Nixon, Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Some Girl(s), Zak Knutson & Joey Figueroa’s MILIUS, Adam Rifkin’s Reality Show, Sini Anderson’s The Punk Singer, M. Blash’s The Wait, Bryan Poyser’s The Bounceback, Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine, and Michał Marczak’s Fuck for Forest PLUS too many to name here – take a look and explore the possibilities for yourself.

They join the previously announced, Opening Night film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Harmony Korine’s Spring BreakersEvil Dead, and Alex Winter’s Downloaded, among others.

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,191 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere.

 

Awful Nice
Director/Screenwriter: Todd Sklar, Screenwriter: Alex Rennie

Estranged brothers Jim and Dave must travel to Branson together when their father dies and leaves them the lake home. A series of hilarious mishaps and costly misadventures follow as they attempt to restore the house and rebuild their relationship.
Cast : Alex Rennie, James Pumphrey, Christopher Meloni, Brett Gelman, Keeley Hazell 
(World Premiere)

Burma
Director/Screenwriter: Carlos Puga

On the eve of an annual sibling reunion, a troubled young writer is sent reeling with the arrival of an unexpected guest.
Cast : Christopher Abbott, Gaby Hoffmann, Chris McCann, Dan Bittner, Emily Fleischer 
(World Premiere)

Improvement Club
Director/Screenwriter: Dayna Hanson

When their big gig falls through, a ragtag, avant-garde performance group with a political message struggles to find their audience—and the motivating force behind their work.
Cast : Magge Brown, Dave Proscia, Wade Madsen, Jessie Smith, Pol Rosenthal 
(World Premiere)

LICKS
Director/Screenwriter: Jonathan Singer-Vine, Screenwriter: Justin “Hongry” Robinson

The story of a young man, D, as he returns to his Oakland neighborhood after two years served in prison for a robbery gone wrong…
Cast : Stanley “Doe” Hunt, Koran Jenkins, Tatiana Monet, Devon Libran, Les “DJ Upgrade” Aderibigbe 
(World Premiere)

The Retrieval
Director/Screenwriter: Chris Eska

On the outskirts of the Civil War, a boy is sent north by a bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.
Cast : Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott, Keston John, Bill Oberst, Jr., Christine Horn, Alfonso Freeman 
(World Premiere)

Short Term 12
Director/Screenwriter: Destin Daniel Cretton

The film follows Grace, a young supervisor at a foster-care facility, as she looks after the teens in her charge and reckons with her own troubled past. An unsparingly authentic film, full of both heart and surprising humor.
Cast : Brie Larson, John Gallagher Jr., Kaitlyn Dever, Rami Malek, Keith Stanfield 
(World Premiere)

Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis

Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood.
Cast : Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello 
(World Premiere)

This Is Where We Live
Directors: Josh Barrett, Marc Menchaca, Screenwriter: Marc Menchaca

A struggling family’s dynamics are challenged and a unique friendship is born when a small-town Texas handyman becomes caregiver to their son with cerebral palsy.
Cast : Ron Hayden, CK McFarland, Marc Menchaca, Tobias Segal, Frankie Shaw 
(World Premiere)

 

12 O’Clock Boys
Director: Lotfy Nathan

Pug, a young boy growing up on a combative West Baltimore block, finds solace in a gang of illegal dirt bike riders known as The 12 O’Clock Boys.
(World Premiere)

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Directors: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade

A documentary about embracing your passions and becoming the person of your dreams, disguised as an inspiring biopic about pioneering filmmaker and poet James Broughton (1913-1999).
(World Premiere)

Hey Bartender
Director: Douglas Tirola

The story of the bartender in the era of the craft cocktail.
(World Premiere)

Los Wild Ones
Director: Elise Salomon

Wild Records is an indie label reminiscent of the early days of Sun Records. The label is based in LA and run by Reb Kennedy aka Mr. Wild Records and is comprised of young Latin musicians who write and perform 50s Rock n Roll.
(World Premiere)

The Short Game
Director: Josh Greenbaum

Each year, the world’s best 7 year-old golfers descend on Pinehurst, North Carolina to compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf. THE SHORT GAME follows eight of these very young athletes on their quest to become the sport’s next phenom.
(World Premiere)

Touba
Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

With unprecedented access and dynamic 16mm cinematography, Touba reveals a different face of Islam by chronicling Sufi Muslims’ annual pilgrimage to the city of Touba.
(World Premiere)

We Always Lie To Strangers
Directors: AJ Schnack, David Wilson

A story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, the remote Ozark Mountain town that is one of the biggest tourist destinations in America.
(World Premiere)

WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL
Director: Ben Nabors

William Kamkwamba builds a windmill from scrap to rescue his family from famine, transforming his life and launching him onto the world stage. His success leads to new opportunities and complex choices, distancing him from the life he once knew.
(World Premiere)

 

Evil Dead
Director/Screenwriter: Fede Alvarez, Screenwriter: Rodo Sayagues

Five friends, holed up in a remote cabin, discover a Book of the Dead that unwittingly summons up dormant demons which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left to fight for survival.
Cast : Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas, Elizabeth Blackmore 
(World Premiere)

Hawking (UK)
Director: Stephen Finnigan

A brief history of mine: a look at the life of Stephen Hawking
(World Premiere)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Director: Don Scardino, Story by Chad Kultgen & Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley. Screenplay by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley

As superstar Vegas magicians and former best friends Burt and Anton grow to secretly loathe each other, their long-time act implodes, allowing an ambitious rival street performer the big break he’s been waiting for.
Cast : Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, with Alan Arkin, James Gandolfini and Jim Carrey 
(World Premiere)

Spring Breakers
Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine

Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
Cast : James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, Gucci Mane 
(U.S. Premiere)

When Angels Sing
Director: Tim Mccanlies, Screenwriter: Lou Berney

Michael despises Christmas. Now Christmas is getting even.
Cast : Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Chandler Canterbury, Fionnula Flanagan, Lyle Lovett, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Eloise DeJoria, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson 
(World Premiere)

 

The Bounceback
Director: Bryan Poyser, Screenwriters: David Degrow Shotwell, Steven Walters, Bryan Poyser

An outrageous comedy about love and revenge in Austin, Texas.
Cast : Marshall Allman, Ashley Bell, Zach Cregger, Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David 
(World Premiere)

Coldwater
Director/Screenwriter: Vincent Grashaw, Screenwriter: Mark Penney

A teenage boy is sent to a juvenile reform facility in the wilderness. As we learn about the tragic events that sent him there, his struggle becomes one for survival with the inmates, the counselors, and with the retired war colonel in charge.
Cast : PJ Boudousqué, James C. Burns, Chris Petrovski, Octavius J. Johnson, Nicholas Bateman 
(World Premiere)

Drinking Buddies
Director/Screenwriter: Joe Swanberg

Weekend trips, office parties, late night conversations, drinking on the job, marriage pressure, biological clocks, holding eye contact a second too long… you know what makes the line between “friends” and “more than friends” really blurry? Beer.
Cast : Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston 
(World Premiere)

Go For Sisters
Director/Screenwriter: John Sayles

Bernice and Fontayne grew up so tight they could ‘go for sisters’. After twenty years apart, they are reunited when Bernice is assigned to be Fontayne’s parole officer- just when she needs help on the wrong side of the law.
Cast : Edward James Olmos, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross 
(North American Premiere)

Good Night
Director/Screenwriter: Sean H. A. Gallagher

Leigh’s 29th birthday party takes a sudden turn when she announces that the evening maybe the last time her friends see her alive. A night of questions, coping and debauchery immediately follow.
Cast : Adriene Mishler, Jonny Mars, Alex Karpovsky, Chris Doubek, Todd Berger 
(World Premiere)

Grow Up, Tony Phillips
Director/Screenwriter: Emily Hagins

A comedy about a Halloween-obsessed high school senior who doesn’t think childhood passions should have an expiration date.
Cast : Tony Vespe, AJ Bowen, Devin Bonnée, Katie Folger, Byron Brown 
(World Premiere)

Gus
Director/Screenwriter: Jessie Mccormack

Lizzie, married and longing for a child, can’t conceive. Her best friend, Andie, single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to have the baby for Lizzie, sparking a journey full of funny and painful obstacles for all involved.
Cast : Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Jon Dore, Michael Weston, Mimi Kennedy 
(World Premiere)

Holy Ghost People
Director: Mitchell Altieri, Screenwriters: Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Mitchell Altieri & Phil Flores

On the trail of her missing sister, Charlotte enlists the help of Wayne, an ex-Marine and alcoholic, to infiltrate the Church of One Accord – a community of snake-handlers who risk their lives seeking salvation in the Holy Ghost.
Cast : Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, Cameron Richardson, Roger Aaron Brown 
(World Premiere)

Hours
Director/Screenwriter: Eric Heisserer

Set mostly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hours is the story of a man who battles looters, the elements and exhaustion for two days in a hospital while his newborn daughter clings to life inside a ventilator powered only by a manual crank.
Cast : Paul Walker, Genesis Rodriguez 
(World Premiere)

I Give It A Year (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Dan Mazer

A brand new comedy from the writer of Borat and Bruno that lifts the veil on the realities of the first year of marriage.
Cast : Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Rafe Spall, Simon Baker, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant
(North American Premiere)

Kilimanjaro
Director/Screenwriter: Walter Strafford

Sick of his routine life, Doug sets out to climb Kilimanjaro.
Cast : Brian Geraghty, Alexia Rasmussen, Abigail Spencer, Chris Marquette, Bruce Altman 
(World Premiere)

Loves Her Gun
Director/Screenwriter: Geoff Marslett, Screenwriter: Lauren Modery

This romantic tragedy follows a young woman’s transition from flight to fight after she is the victim of street violence, but will the weapons that make her feel safe again create problems worse than the ones she is escaping?
Cast : Trieste Kelly Dunn, Francisco Barreiro, Ashley Rae Spillers, Melissa Hideko Bisagni, John Merriman 
(World Premiere)

Milo
Director/Screenwriter: Jacob Vaughan, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hayes

A man discovers that his chronic stomach problems are due to the fact that he has a demon baby living in his colon.
Cast : Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Stephen Root, Mary Kay Place 
(World Premiere)

Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Joss Whedon

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, Much Ado About Nothing.
Cast : Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese
(U.S. Premiere)

Reality Show
Director/Screenwriter: Adam Rifkin

A darkly comedic satire that follows TV producer Mickey Wagner and his amoral attempt to re-invent the reality genre. Mickey’s big idea is to pick a family and put them under all encompassing surveillance…without their knowledge.
Cast : Adam Rifkin, Scott Anderson, Kelly Menighan Hensley, Monika Tilling, Valerie Breiman 
(World Premiere)

Scenic Route
Directors: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz, Screenwriter: Kyle Killen

Stranded on an isolated desert road, two life-long friends fight for survival as their already strained relationship spirals into knife-wielding madness.
Cast : Josh Duhamel, Dan Fogler 
(World Premiere)

Some Girl(s)
Director: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer, Screenwriter: Neil LaBute

On the eve of his wedding, a successful writer travels around the country to meet up with ex-lovers in an attempt to make amends for his wrongdoings.
Cast : Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mía Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson 
(World Premiere)

Zero Charisma
Directors: Katie Graham, Andrew Matthews, Screenwriter: Andrew Matthews

An obsessive fantasy nerd gradually becomes unhinged when a charismatic hipster joins his role-playing game.
Cast : Sam Eidson, Garrett Graham, Brock England, Anne Gee Byrd, Cyndi Williams, Brian Losoya, Vincent Prendergast, Katie Folger, John Gholson, Dakin Matthews 
(World Premiere)

 

An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
Director: Al Reinert

Michael Morton’s wife Christine was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and he was convicted of the crime. Twenty-five years later, he tells the story of his journey from despair to exoneration.
(World Premiere)

Before You Know It
Director: PJ Raval

Three gay seniors navigate the adventures, challenges and surprises of life and love in their golden years.
(World Premiere)

Continental (USA, Canada)
Director: Malcolm Ingram

A stylish and thoughtful examination of the infamous Continental Baths NYC circa 1968-1976. Told by the people who were there.
(World Premiere)

Downloaded
Director: Alex Winter

A documentary that explores the rise and fall of Napster and the birth of the digital revolution. It’s about the teens that helped start this revolution, and the artists and industries who continue to be impacted by it.
(World Premiere)

Getting Back to Abnormal
Director: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler

A polarizing white politician becomes a lightning rod for racial strife in New Orleans.
(World Premiere)

Good Ol’ Freda
Director: Ryan White

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.
(World Premiere)

I Am Divine
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz

The story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, and how he became John Waters’ cinematic muse and an international drag icon.
(World Premiere)

Medora
Directors: Andrew Cohn, Davy Rothbart

In America’s basketball heartland, four resilient boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school team’s three-year losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction.
(World Premiere)

MILIUS
Directors: Zak Knutson, Joey Figueroa

The life story of ‘Zen Anarchist’ filmmaker John Milius, one of the most influential storytellers of his generation.
(World Premiere)

Mr. Angel
Director: Dan Hunt

Chronicles the extraordinary life of trans male porn pioneer and educator, Buck Angel. It’s a moving & provocative story of a man’s search for acceptance from his family and the world. An inspirational tale of an unlikely hero.
(World Premiere)

The Network (Australia, UK)
Director: Eva Orner

Set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most dangerous places on earth. Afghanistan.
(World Premiere)

The Other Shore
Director: Timothy Wheeler

The film tracks legendary swimmer Diana Nyad’s lifetime vision and four harrowing attempts to swim non-stop from Cuba to Florida. An abusive past collides with an obsessive present over a dangerous 60-hour feat never before accomplished.
(World Premiere)

Rewind This!
Director: Josh Johnson

Home video changed the world. The impact of the VHS tape was enormous. Rewind This! aims to trace the ripples of that impact.
(World Premiere)

Spark: A Burning Man Story
Directors: Steve Brown, Jessie Deeter

What happens when you allow yourself to act on your dreams? Spark takes us behind the curtain with organizers and participants of Burning Man, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth.
(World Premiere)

TINY: A Story About Living Small
Directors: Christopher Smith, Merete Mueller

One couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” smaller than the average parking space with no construction experience raises questions about sustainability and good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
(World Premiere)

Unhung Hero (Germany)
Director: Brian Spitz

After a failed marriage proposal because of his inadequate size, a young man adventures the world in search of answers so he will never come up short again.
(World Premiere)

We Cause Scenes
Director: Matt Adams

The extraordinary story of a group of twenty-somethings who seized the streets of New York, transforming the meaning of comedy, performance and art through forming “Improv Everywhere,” a prank collective ten years in the making.
(World Premiere)

 

ELENA (Brazil)
Director: Petra Costa

Elena moves to NY with the dream of becoming a movie actress. She leaves behind Petra, her 7-year-old sister. Years later, her sister Petra goes to NY to look for Elena.
(North American Premiere)

euphonia
Director/Screenwriter: Danny Madden

listen.
Cast : Will Madden, Maria Decotis 
(World Premiere)

Everyone’s Going to Die (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Jones

A modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone. A story where porn hotlines rub shoulders with sexy beavers on rollerskates; where the past is laid to rest, two lives are changed and nobody, finally, is going to die.
Cast : Nora Tschirner, Rob Knighton, Kellie Shirley, Madeline Duggan 
(World Premiere)

Fuck for Forest (Poland)
Director: Michał Marczak, Screenwriter: Michał Marczak, Łukasz Grudziński

Have sex. Save the world.
(North American Premiere)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (Switzerland)
Director: Sophie Huber

An iconic actor and passionate musician in his intimate moments, with film clips from some of his 250 films and his own heart-breaking renditions of American folk songs.
(U.S. Premiere)

Kelly + Victor (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Kieran Evans, Screenwriter: Adapted For Screen By Niall Griffiths

Adapted by Kieran Evans from the acclaimed novel by Niall Griffiths, and shot in Liverpool. Kelly + Victor is a raw compelling passionate love story set against the backdrop of a highly cinematic Liverpool, to a searing soundtrack.
Cast : Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Julian Morris, Stephen Walters, William Ruane, Claire Keelan 
(North American Premiere)

Lunarcy! (Canada)
Director: Simon Ennis

Director Simon Ennis introduces us to an unforgettable group of characters who all share one thing in common: an obsession with the Moon.
(U.S. Premiere)

Maidentrip
Director: Jillian Schlesinger

An intimate coming-of-age adventure set against the epic backdrop of the open sea, Maidentrip explores life through the eyes of 14-year-old Laura Dekker on her quest to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
(World Premiere)

Maladies
Director/Screenwriter: Carter

A comedic look at the life of a former actor turned writer struggling to cope with reality, his work and interpersonal relationships.
Cast : James Franco, Catherine Keener, Fallon Goodson, David Strathairn, Alan Cumming 
(North American Premiere)

Our Nixon
Director: Penny Lane

Recently discovered Super 8 home movies filmed by three of Richard Nixon’s closest aides – and fellow Watergate conspirators – offer an intimate and complex new glimpse into his presidency in this all-archival documentary.
(North American Premiere)

Sake-Bomb (USA, Japan)
Director: Junya Sakino, Screenwriter: Jeff Mizushima

A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.
Cast : Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes, Josh Brodis, Samantha Quan 
(World Premiere)

Snap
Directors: Youssef Delara, Victor Teran, Screenwriter: Victor Teran

A stylish psychological thriller set against the underground dubstep DJ scene that takes the audience on a dark and terrifying journey into the depths of the psychopathic mind as it threatens to explode into horrific violence.
Cast : Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed, Thomas Dekker, Scott Bakula, Jason Priestley 
(World Premiere)

These Birds Walk
Directors: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq

The film documents the resilience of a 6-year-old Pakistani runaway as he tackles one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place?

The Wait
Director/Screenwriter: M. Blash

An enigmatic phone call from a psychic, catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected.
Cast : Jena Malone, Chloë Sevigny, Luke Grimes, Josh Hamilton, Devon Gearhart 
(World Premiere)

White Reindeer
Director/Screenwriter: Zach Clark

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia.
Cast : Anna Margaret Hollyman, Laura Lemar-Goldsborough, Lydia Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Christopher Doubek 
(World Premiere)

Yellow
Director/Screenwriter: Nick Cassavetes, Screenwriter: Heather Wahlquist

A young substitute teacher escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities, in this wildly inventive and visually dazzling head-trip from director Nick Cassavetes.
Cast : Heather Wahlquist, Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta
(U.S. Premiere)

 

All the Labor
Director: Doug Hawes-Davis

Intimate performances and behind-the-scenes footage convey the life, labor and brotherhood of the distinctive purveyors of original American music, The Gourds, as they defy genres, expectations, and career clichés over two decades of musical joy.
(World Premiere)

Artifact
Director: Bartholomew Cubbins

Telling harsh truths about the modern music business, Artifact gives intimate access to singer/actor Jared Leto and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they battle their label in a brutal lawsuit and record their album This Is War.

A Band Called Death
Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was a band called Death.

Born in Chicago
Director: John Anderson

Passed down from musician to musician, the Chicago blues transcended the color lines of the 1960s as young, white Chicago musicians apprenticed themselves to legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.
(World Premiere)

Broadway Idiot
Director: Doug Hamilton

Punk Rock meets Broadway – WTF!?! Go behind the curtain with Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he ventures into the strange new world of Broadway. Will Billie Joe – or Broadway – ever be the same?
(World Premiere)

Brothers Hypnotic
Director: Reuben Atlas

Eight brothers, extraordinary brass musicians from Chicago’s South Side, test their brotherhood and their father’s legacy against mounting mainstream success.
(World Premiere)

¡Cuatro!
Director: Tim Wheeler

The film takes you inside the world of Green Day, chronicling the conceptualizing and recording of their current musical trilogy (Green Day ¡Uno! Green Day ¡Dos! Green Day ¡Tré!) and featuring intimate live performances that took place along the way.

Finding the Funk
Director/Screenwriter: Nelson George

A look at Funk’s past, present and enduring influence on contemporary music.
(World Premiere)

Good Vibrations (UK, Ireland)
Directors: Lisa Barros D’sa, Glenn Leyburn, Screenwriters: Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson

A chronicle of Terri Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene.
Cast : Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Michael Colgan, Karl Johnson, Liam Cunningham 
(North American Premiere)

The Punk Singer
Director: Sini Anderson

What happened to Kathleen Hanna? The Punk Singer – a feature-length documentary about the musician (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre) and feminist icon – tells the story of where she’s been, and where she is now.
(World Premiere)

Reincarnated
Director: Andy Capper

The film follows Snoop Dogg on an intimate, spiritual journey, depicting the life and times of a conflicted modern icon striving for light in a world of darkness.
(North American Premiere)

Twenty Feet from Stardom
Director: Morgan Neville

The untold story of the backup singer in popular music. It is a celebration of the voices from the edge, which brought shape and style to the soundtracks of our lives.

 

And Who Taught You To Drive? (Germany)
Director: Andrea Thiele

An American in Tokyo, a Korean in Bavaria, and a German in Mumbai: Prepare for a real culture clash when you have to pass your driving test again in another country … A real life comedy.
(North American Premiere)

Diario a Tres Voces / Three Voices (Mexico)
Director: Otilia Portillo Padua

We are always told that love lasts forever like in children’s fairy tales, but the reality is that people change and relationships expire.
(North American Premiere)

Dog Flesh / Carne de Perro (Chile)
Director/Screenwriter: Fernando Guzzoni

The life of Alejandro, a solitary, fragile and unpredictable man, who is crushed by the hostility of his mysterious past.
Cast : Alejandro Goic
(North American Premiere)

The Fifth Season (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
Directors/Screenwriters: Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth

In a village, a mysterious calamity strikes: spring doesn’t come.
Cast : Aurélia Poirier, Django Schrevens, Sam Louwyck, Gill Vancompernolle

Museum Hours (Austria, USA)
Director/Screenwriter: Jem Cohen

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an adrift visitor from abroad, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world.
Cast : Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits 
(U.S. Premiere)

The Punk Syndrome (Finland)
Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, J-P Passi

Meet Finland’s most kick-ass punk rock band with a handicap: Toni, Sami, Pertti and Kari. The film follows the band’s journey from rehearsals to success, showing the love and hate between the guys.

Sofia’s Last Ambulance (Bulgaria)
Director: Ilian Metev

Sofia, Bulgaria. In a city where only 13 ambulances struggle to serve several million people, three paramedics face Kafkaesque situations.

Zayiat (Turkey)
Director/Screenwriter: Halil Deniz Tortum, Screenwriter: Steeve Roso

A man falls into the Bosphorus on a snowy night. His son, Mete half-heartedly searches for him in wintered Istanbul.
Cast : Ulas Tuna Astepe, Sergulen Onan Dervisoglu, Zeynep Olcer, Burak Cevik, Selim Can Bilgin
(North American Premiere)

 

The Act of Killing (Denmark)
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

In a country where killers are celebrated as heroes, the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to dramatize their role in genocide.

A Teacher
Director/Screenwriter: Hannah Fidell

A popular high school teacher in Austin, Texas has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.
Cast : Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Julie Dell Phillips, Jonny Mars, Chris Doubek

Before Midnight
Director/Screenwriter: Richard Linklater, Screenwriters: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

We meet Celine and Jesse nine years after their last rendezvous. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story.
Cast : Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Jennifer Prior, Charlotte Prior

Computer Chess
Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski

An artificially intelligent comedy from the director of Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation.
Cast : Wiley Wiggins, Patrick Riester, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Myles Paige 

Don Jon’s Addiction
Director/Screenwriter: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jon (Gordon-Levitt) loves his family, friends, church and porn. Spending hours online, Jon’s ideas of a perfect woman collide with Barbara’s (Johansson) ideas of a perfect man. They struggle to see past their wants and needs in this romantic comedy.
Cast : Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza

First Cousin Once Removed
Director: Alan Berliner

A heartfelt and intimate portrait of poet Edwin Honig’s final years with Alzheimer’s disease.

Imagine (Poland, Portugal, France)
Director/Screenwriter: Andrzej Jakimowski

Ian, a special instructor for the visually impaired, has been hired by a Lisbon school to help blind children and young adults. However, his unusual teaching methods are not only challenging, but also dangerous…
Cast : Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara, Melchior Derouet, Francis Frappat

Mud
Director/Screenwriter: Jeff Nichols

Two boys find a fugitive hiding out on an island in the Mississippi and form a pact to help him reunite with his lover and escape.
Cast : Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon

Pit Stop
Director/Screenwriter: Yen Tan, Screenwriter: David Lowery

Two men. A small town. A love that isn’t quite out of reach.
Cast : Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Richard C. Jones

Prince Avalanche
Director/Screenwriter: David Gordon Green

Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.
Cast : Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

Upstream Color
Director/Screenwriter: Shane Carruth

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.
Cast : Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins, Kathy Carruth

Bates Motel: Story to Screen with Carlton Cuse

Combining the SXSW Film Festival and Conference in one, attendees will get an exclusive first look at the pilot of Bates Motel, the thrilling new series from A&E. Following the screening, Executive Producer Carlton Cuse (Lost) will sit down with A&E Marketing EVP Guy Slattery for an inside look and Q&A on the process for bringing this contemporary prequel to life.
Cast : Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nicola Peltz 
(World Premiere)

Burning Love
Director: Ken Marino, Screenwriter: Erica Oyama

Season 2 follows Damaged Darlin’ and Dental Hygenist, Julie Gristlewhite, as she searches for love amongst 16 eligible bachelors in the second installment of the popular web series that parodies reality dating shows.
Cast : June Diane Raphael, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Jerry O’Connell, Michael Cera, Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Adam Scott, Joe Lo Truglio 
(World Premiere)

No More Road Trips?
Director: Rick Prelinger

A dream ride through 20th-century America made entirely from home movies, asks whether we’ve reached the end of the open road. The soundtrack for this fully participatory film is made fresh daily by audiences at each screening.
(World Premiere)

Sound City
Director: Dave Grohl

Through interviews with musicians and producers who worked at recording studio, Sound City, and the writing and recording of new music, we observe the human element of making music and the art of analog recording.

This Ain’t No Mouse Music!
Directors: Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

Roots music icon Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) takes us on a hip-shaking stomp from Texas to New Orleans, Cajun country to Appalachia, searching for the musical soul of America.
(World Premiere)

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard (Sweden, Denmark, Norway)
Director: Simon Klose

The inside story of three hacktivists who became cult heroes for the internet generation and persecuted criminals to the media industry for running the worlds largest file sharing site.
(North American Premiere)

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The Narrative Feature Competition includes Awful Nice, directed by Todd Sklar; Burma, by Carlos Puga; Improvement Club, by Dayna Hanson; LICKS, by Jonathan Singer-Vine; The Retrieval, by Chris Eska; Short Term 12, by Destin Daniel Cretton; Swim Little Fish Swim, by Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis; and This Is Where We Live, by Josh Barrett & Marc Menchaca.

The Documentary Feature Competition includes 12 O’Clock Boys, directed by Lotfy Nathan; Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton, by Stephen Silha & Eric Slade; Hey Bartender, by Douglas Tirola; Los Wild Ones, by Elise Salomon; The Short Game, by Josh Greenbaum; Touba, by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi; We Always Lie to Strangers, by AJ Schnack & David Wilson; and William and the Windmill, by Ben Nabors.

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Boston critics award top honors to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Lincoln’

The Boston Society of Film Criticsawarded best film gongs to Zero Dark Thirtyand Kathryn Bigelow for directing. Best actor and supporting actress went to Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field in Lincoln.

Best documentary and best new filmmaker was awarded to David France for How to Survive a Plague, which documents the AIDS crisis in the gay community.

The full list:

Best Picture – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Actress – Emmanuelle Riva for Amour



Best Supporting Actor – Ezra Miller forPerks of Being a Wallflower



Best Supporting Actress – Sally Field for Lincoln

Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Screenplay – Tony Kushner for Lincoln

Best Cinematography – Mihai Malaimare Jr for The Master

Best Documentary – How to Survive a Plague

Best Foreign-Language Film – TBD

Best Animated Film – Frankenweenie

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer) – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor for Zero Dark Thirty

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy) – David France forHow to Survive a Plague

Best Ensemble Cast – Seven Psychopaths



Best Use of Music in a Film – Moonrise Kingdom

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2013 Sundance Film Festival line up announced

The first selection for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions were announced for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27.

Included in the U.S. Documentary Competition is 99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film, from filmmakers Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read and Nina Kristic, of which myself and scores of Occupy supporters and observers contributed to.

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Afternoon Delight / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jill Soloway) — In this sexy, dark comedy, a lost L.A. housewife puts her idyllic hipster life in jeopardy when she tries to rescue a stripper by taking her in as a live-in nanny. Cast: Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch.

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: David Lowery) — The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met. Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine.

Austenland / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Jerusha Hess, Screenwriters: Jerusha Hess, Shannon Hale) — Thirtysomething, single Jane is obsessed with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice. On a trip to an English resort, her fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman become more real than she ever imagined. Cast: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Bret McKenzie, Jennifer Coolidge, Georgia King, James Callis.

C.O.G. / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Kyle Patrick Alvarez) — In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.Cast: Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, Troian Bellisario.

Concussion / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Stacie Passon) — After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can’t do it anymore. Her life just can’t be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. Cast: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, Laila Robins.

Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Francesca Gregorini) — Emanuel, a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious, new neighbor, who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Jessica Biel, Alfred Molina, Frances O’Connor, Jimmi Simpson, Aneurin Barnard.

Fruitvale / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Ryan Coogler) — The true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008. Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray.

In a World… / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lake Bell) — An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation. Cast: Lake Bell, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Fred Melamed.

Kill Your Darlings / U.S.A. (Director: John Krokidas, Screenwriters: Austin Bunn, John Krokidas) — An untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of an entire generation – their Beat revolution. Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHann, Ben Foster, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Elizabeth Olsen.

The Lifeguard / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Liz W. Garcia) — A former valedictorian quits her reporter job in New York and returns to the place she last felt happy: her childhood home in Connecticut. She gets work as a lifeguard and starts a dangerous relationship with a troubled teenager. Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, David Lambert.

May in the Summer / U.S.A., Qatar, Jordan (Director and screenwriter: Cherien Dabis) — A bride-to-be is forced to reevaluate her life when she reunites with her family in Jordan and finds herself confronted with the aftermath of her parents’ divorce. Cast: Cherien Dabis, Hiam Abbass, Bill Pullman, Alia Shawkat, Nadine Malouf, Alexander SiddigDAY ONE FILM

Mother of George / U.S.A. (Director: Andrew Dosunmu, Screenwriter: Darci Picoult) — A story about a woman willing to do anything and risk everything for her marriage. Cast: Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, Bukky Ajayi.

The Spectacular Now / U.S.A. (Director: James Ponsoldt, Screenwriters: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber) — Sutter is a high school senior who lives for the moment; Aimee is the introvert he attempts to “save.” As their relationship deepens, the lines between right and wrong, friendship and love, and “saving” and corrupting become inextricably blurred. Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler.

Touchy Feely / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Lynn Shelton) — A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother’s foundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his “healing touch.” Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais.

Toy’s House / U.S.A. (Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Screenwriter: Chris Galletta) — Three unhappy teenage boys flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. Or at least that’s the plan. Cast: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie.

Upstream Color / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shane Carruth) — A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. Cast: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins.

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
The world premieres of 16 American documentary films.

99% – The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film / U.S.A. (Directors: Audrey Ewell, Aaron Aites, Lucian Read, Nina Kristic) — The Occupy movement erupted in September 2011, propelling economic inequality into the spotlight. In an unprecedented collaboration, filmmakers across America tell its story, digging into big picture issues as organizers, analysts, participants and critics reveal how it happened and why.

After Tiller / U.S.A. (Directors: Martha Shane, Lana Wilson) — Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, only four doctors in the country provide late-term abortions. With unprecedented access, After Tiller goes inside the lives of these physicians working at the center of the storm.

American Promise / U.S.A. (Directors: Joe Brewster, Michèle Stephenson) — This intimate documentary follows the 12-year journey of two African-American families pursuing the promise of opportunity through the education of their sons.

Blackfish / U.S.A. (Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite) — Notorious killer whale Tilikum is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top killer whale trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of keeping such intelligent and sentient creatures in captivity.

Blood Brother / U.S.A. (Director: Steve Hoover) — Rocky went to India as a disillusioned tourist. When he met a group of children with HIV, he decided to stay. He never could have imagined the obstacles he would face, or the love he would find.

Citizen Koch / U.S.A. (Directors: Carl Deal, Tia Lessin) — Wisconsin – birthplace of the Republican Party, government unions, “cheeseheads” and Paul Ryan – becomes a test market in the campaign to buy Democracy, and ground zero in the battle for the future of the GOP.

Cutie and the Boxer / U.S.A. (Director: Zachary Heinzerling) — This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband’s assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own.

Dirty Wars / U.S.A. (Director: Richard Rowley) — Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill chases down the truth behind America’s covert wars.

Gideon’s Army / U.S.A. (Director: Dawn Porter) — Gideon’s Army follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

God Loves Uganda / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ross Williams) — A powerful exploration of the evangelical campaign to infuse African culture with values imported from America’s Christian Right. The film follows American and Ugandan religious leaders fighting “sexual immorality” and missionaries trying to convince Ugandans to follow biblical law.

The Good Life / U.S.A. (Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix Fine) — Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns fight to save their only son from Progeria, a rare and fatal disease for which there is no treatment or cure. In less than a decade, their work has led to significant advances.

Inequality for All / U.S.A. (Director: Jacob Kornbluth) — In this timely and entertaining documentary, noted economic-policy expert Robert Reich distills the topic of widening income inequality, and addresses the question of what effects this increasing gap has on our economy and our democracy.

Manhunt / U.S.A., United Kingdom (Director: Greg Barker) — This espionage tale goes inside the CIA’s long conflict against Al Qaeda, as revealed by the remarkable women and men whose secret war against Osama bin Laden started nearly a decade before most of us even knew his name.

Narco Cultura / U.S.A. (Director: Shaul Schwarz) — An examination of Mexican drug cartels’ influence in pop culture on both sides of the border as experienced by an LA narcocorrido singer dreaming of stardom and a Juarez crime scene investigator on the front line of Mexico’s Drug War.

Twenty Feet From Stardom / U.S.A. (Director: Morgan Neville) — Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead – until now. DAY ONE FILM

Valentine Road / U.S.A. (Director: Marta Cunningham) — In 2008, eighth-grader Brandon McInerney shot classmate Larry King at point blank range. Unraveling this tragedy from point of impact, the film reveals the heartbreaking circumstances that led to the shocking crime as well as its startling aftermath.

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Twelve films from emerging filmmaking talents offer fresh perspectives and inventive styles.

Circles / Serbia, Germany, France, Croatia, Slovenia (Director: Srdan Golubovic, Screenwriters: Srdjan Koljevic, Melina Pota Koljevic) — Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act. Twenty years later, all of them will confront the past through their own crises. Will they overcome guilt, frustration and their urge for revenge? Will they do the right thing, at all costs? Cast: Aleksandar Bercek, Leon Lucev, Nebojsa Glogovac, Hristina Popovic, Nikola Rakocevic, Vuk Kostic. World Premiere

Crystal Fairy / Chile (Director and screenwriter: Sebastián Silva) — Jamie invites a stranger to join a road trip to Chile. The woman’s free and esoteric nature clashes with Jamie’s acidic, self-absorbed personality as they head into the desert for a Mescaline-fueled psychedelic trip. Cast: Michael Cera, Gabby Hoffmann, Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, Agustín Silva. World Premiere.DAY ONE FILM

The Future / Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Alicia Scherson) — When their parents die, Bianca starts to smoke and Tomas is still a virgin. The orphans explore the dangerous streets of adulthood until Bianca finds Maciste, a retired Mr. Universe, and enters his dark mansion in search of a future. Cast: Manuela Martelli, Rutger Hauer, Luigi Ciardo, Nicolas Vaporidis, Alessandro Giallocosta. World Premiere

Houston / Germany (Director and screenwriter: Bastian Günther) — Clemens Trunschka is a corporate headhunter and an alcoholic. Drinking increasingly isolates him from his life and leads him away from reality. While searching for a CEO candidate in Houston, his addiction submerges him into his own darkness.Cast: Ulrich Tukur, Garret Dillahunt, Wolfram Koch, Jenny Schily, Jason Douglas, Jens Münchow. World Premiere

Jiseul / South Korea (Director and screenwriter: Muel O) — In 1948, as the Korean government ordered the Communists’ eviction to Jeju Island, the military invaded a calm and peaceful village. Townsfolk took sanctuary in a cave and debated moving to a higher mountain. Cast: Min-chul SUNG, Jung-won YANG, Young-soon OH, Soon-dong PARK, Suk-bum MOON, Kyung-sub JANG. International Premiere

Lasting / Poland, Spain (Director and screenwriter: Jacek Borcuch) — An emotional love story about two Polish students who fall in love with each other while working summer jobs in Spain. An unexpected nightmare interrupts their carefree time in the heavenly landscape and throws their lives into chaos. Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Angela Molina. World Premiere

Metro Manila / United Kingdom, Philippines (Director: Sean Ellis, Screenwriters: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers) — Seeking a better life, Oscar and his family move from the poverty-stricken rice fields to the big city of Manila, where they fall victim to various inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Cast: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega. World Premiere

Shopping / New Zealand (Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland, Screenwriters: Louis Sutherland, Mark Albiston) — New Zealand, 1981: Seduced by a charismatic career criminal, teenager Willie must choose where his loyalty lies – with a family of shoplifters or his own blood.Cast: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman, Alistair BrowningWorld Premiere

Soldate Jeannette / Austria (Director: Daniel Hoesl) — Fanni has had enough of money and leaves to buy a tent. Anna has had enough of pigs and leaves a needle in the hay. Cars crash and money burns to shape their mutual journey toward a rising liberty. Cast: Johanna Orsini-Rosenberg, Christina Reichsthaler, Josef Kleindienst, Aurelia Burckhardt, Julia Schranz, Ines Rössl. World Premiere

There Will Come a Day / Italy, France (Director: Giorgio Diritti, Screenwriters: Giorgio Diritti, Fredo Valla, Tania Pedroni) — Painful issues push Augusta, a young Italian woman, to doubt the certainties on which she has built her existence. On a small boat in the immensity of the Amazon rain forest, she faces the adventure of searching for herself. Cast: Jasmine Trinca, Anne Alvaro, Pia Engleberth. World Premiere

Wajma (An Afghan Love Story) / Afghanistan (Director and screenwriter: Barmak Akram) — A young man in Kabul seduces a girl. When she tells him she’s pregnant, he questions having taken her virginity. Then her father arrives, and a timeless, archaic violence erupts – possibly leading to a crime, and even a sacrifice. Cast: Wajma Bahar, Mustafa Abdulsatar, Haji Gul, Breshna Bahar. World Premiere

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love / Indonesia (Director and screenwriter: Mouly Surya) — Mouly Surya’s film explores the odds of love and deception among the blind, the deaf and the unlucky sighted people at a high school for the visually impaired. Cast: Nicholas Saputra, Ayushita Nugraha, Karina Salim, Anggun Priambodo, Lupita Jennifer. World Premiere

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Twelve documentaries by some of the most courageous and extraordinary filmmakers working today.

Fallen City / China (Director: Qi Zhao) — Fallen City spans four years to reveal how three families who survived the 2008 Sichuan earthquake to embark on a journey searching for hope, purpose, identity, and to rebuild their lives in a new China torn between tradition and modernity.North American Premiere

Fire in the Blood / India (Director: Dylan Mohan Gray) — In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Western governments and pharmaceutical companies blocked low-cost antiretroviral drugs from reaching AIDS-stricken Africa, causing 10 million or more unnecessary deaths. An improbable group of people decided to fight back. North American Premiere

Google and the World Brain / Spain, United Kingdom (Director: Ben Lewis) — In the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet, Google has been scanning the world’s books for 10 years. They said the intention was to build a giant digital library, but that involved scanning millions of copyrighted works.World Premiere

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear / Georgia, Germany (Director: Tinatin Gurchiani) — A film director casting a 15-23-year-old protagonist visits villages and cities to meet people who answer her call. She follows those who prove to be interesting enough through various dramatic and funny situations. North American Premiere

The Moo Man / United Kingdom (Directors: Andy Heathcote, Heike Bachelier) — A year in the life of heroic farmer Steve, scene stealing Ida (queen of the herd), and a supporting cast of 55 cows. When Ida falls ill, Steve’s optimism is challenged and their whole way of life is at stake. World Premiere

Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer / Russian Federation, United Kingdom (Directors: Mike Lerner, Maxim Pozdorovkin) — Three young women face seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. But who is really on trial: the three young artists or the society they live in? World Premiere

A River Changes Course / Cambodia, U.S.A. (Director: Kalyanee Mam) — Three young Cambodians struggle to overcome the crushing effects of deforestation, overfishing, and overwhelming debt in this devastatingly beautiful story of a country reeling from the tragedies of war and rushing to keep pace with a rapidly expanding world. World Premiere

Salma / United Kingdom, India (Director: Kim Longinotto) — When Salma, a young girl in South India, reached puberty, her parents locked her away. Millions of girls all over the world share the same fate. Twenty-five years later, Salma has fought her way back to the outside world. World Premiere

The Square (El Midan) / Egypt, U.S.A. (Director: Jehane Noujaim) — What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? How far will five revolutionaries go in defending their beliefs in the fight for their nation? World Premiere

The Stuart Hall Project / United Kingdom (Director: John Akomfrah) — Antinuclear campaigner, New Left activist and founding father of Cultural Studies, this documentary interweaves 70 years of Stuart Hall’s film, radio and television appearances, and material from his private archive to document a memorable life and construct a portrait of Britain’s foremost radical intellectual.World Premiere

The Summit / Ireland, United Kingdom (Director: Nick Ryan) — Twenty-four climbers converged at the last stop before summiting the most dangerous mountain on Earth. Forty-eight hours later, 11 had been killed or simply vanished. Had one, Ger McDonnell, stuck to the climbers’ code, he might still be alive. International Premiere

Who is Dayani Cristal? / United Kingdom (Director: Marc Silver) — An anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for its identity leads us across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

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Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity proves the films selected in this section will inform a “greater” next wave in American cinema.

Blue Caprice / U.S.A. (Director: Alexandre Moors, Screenwriters: R.F.I Porto, Alexandre Moors) — An abandoned boy is lured to America and drawn into the shadow of a dangerous father figure in this film inspired by the real life events that led to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, Cassandra Freeman, Leo Fitzpatrick.

Computer Chess / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Bujalski) — An existential comedy about the brilliant men who taught machines to play chess – back when the machines seemed clumsy and we seemed smart. Cast: Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary, Wiley Wiggins.

Escape from Tomorrow / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Randy Moore) — A postmodern, surreal voyage into the bowels of “family” entertainment; an epic battle begins when an unemployed, middle-aged father loses his sanity during a close encounter with two teenage girls on holiday. Cast: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, Katelynn Rodriguez, Annet Mahendru, Danielle Safady, Alison Lees-Taylor.

I Used to Be Darker / U.S.A. (Director: Matthew Porterfield, Screenwriters: Amy Belk, Matthew Porterfield) — A runaway seeks refuge with her aunt and uncle in Baltimore, only to find their marriage ending and her cousin in crisis. In the days that follow, the family struggles to let go while searching for things to sustain them. Cast: Deragh Campbell, Hannah Gross, Kim Taylor, Ned Oldham, Geoff Grace, Nick Petr.

It Felt Like Love / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Eliza Hittman) — On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a 14-year-old girl’s sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older guy and tests the boundaries between obsession and love. Cast: Gina Piersanti, Giovanna Salimeni, Ronen Rubinstein, Jesse Cordasco, Nick Rosen, Case Prime.

Milkshake / U.S.A. (Director: David Andalman, Screenwriters: David Andalman, Mariko Munro) — In mid-1990’s America, we follow the tragic sex life of Jolie Jolson, a wannabe thug (and great-great-grandson of legendary vaudevillian Al Jolson) in suburban DC as he strives to become something he can never be – black. Cast: Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps, Georgia Ford, Eshan Bay, Leo Fitzpatrick, Danny Burstein.

Newlyweeds / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Shaka King) — A Brooklyn repo man and his globetrotting girlfriend forge an unlikely romance. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this dark coming-of-age comedy about dependency. Cast: Amari Cheatom, Trae Harris, Tone Tank, Colman Domingo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Adrian Martinez.

Pit Stop / U.S.A. (Director: Yen Tan, Screenwriters: Yen Tan, David Lowery) — Two working-class gay men in a small Texas town and a love that isn’t quite out of reach. Cast: Bill Heck, Marcus DeAnda, Amy Seimetz, John Merriman, Alfredo Maduro, Corby Sullivan.

A Teacher / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Hannah Fidell) — A popular young teacher in a wealthy suburban Texas high school has an affair with one of her students. Her life begins to unravel as the relationship comes to an end.Cast: Lindsay Burdge, Will Brittain, Jennifer Prediger, Jonny Mars, Julie Phillips, Chris Dubeck.

This is Martin Bonner / U.S.A.(Director and screenwriter: Chad Hartigan) — Martin Bonner has just moved to Reno for a new job in prison rehabilitation. Starting over at age 58, he struggles to adapt until an unlikely friendship with an ex-con blossoms, helping him confront the problems he left behind. Cast: Paul Eenhoorn, Richmond Arquette, Sam Buchanan, Robert Longstreet, Demetrius Grosse.

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AFI Fest 2012 announces special screenings, presentations and conversations

AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the events and screenings in its Presentations and Conversations programs, an additional screening and some of the guests who are expected to attend this year’s festival. AFI FEST, which annually presents the best of world cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 1 through 8 at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
PRESENTATIONS:

This variety of special screening events offers audiences a unique festival experience.

SUNSET BOULEVARD: DIR Billy Wilder
With restoration services by Technicolor, be among the first to experience one of Hollywood’s most beloved films as it was originally intended. A fitting release to continue Paramount’s centennial celebration, Billy Wilder’s seminal classic continues to enthrall audiences with its bizarre and tragic tale of Hollywood’s dark side.
Saturday, November 3, 3:00 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

LEVI’S® “SHOW US THE WAY” SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
The Levi’s® brand in partnership with AFI FEST and AFI CONSERVATORY are pleased to showcase the finalists in the “Show Us The Way” short film competition for up-and-coming filmmakers. The contest called on prospective filmmakers to submit actionable story treatments for the chance to produce a five-minute short film about a better tomorrow. The finalists of the six films are: Michele Atkins, Alexandra Brodsky, Andrea Giacomini, Jason Harper, the team of Kelly McCrillis and Bill Moldt, and Chris Olness.
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 p.m., Chinese 6

DIRECTOR LESLIE ZEMECKIS IN CONVERSATION 
A panel conversation followed by a screening of the new documentaryBOUND BY FLESH.

BOUND BY FLESH tells the story of two sisters who, as well as being America’s sweethearts in the ‘30s and ‘40s and the biggest celebrities of their day, were also Siamese Twins. Here for the first time is the story of their life, a rich history of carnival and circus life, covering early American entertainment from vaudeville, burlesque, sideshows and Hollywood.
Friday, November 2, 1:30 p.m., Chinese 3

POLITICS AND THE POWER OF MUSIC 
A conversation with musician and director Ariana Delawari and producer Yasmine Delawari followed by a screening of their film WE CAME HOME(U.S. Premiere).

The story of Afghanistan through Afghan-American artist, Ariana Delawari, who spends ten years traveling between Los Angeles and Afghanistan, documenting her father’s homeland through photographs, film and music. When her father is arrested by the very government he’s worked so hard to build, Ariana must decide what to do when war and corruption threaten her father’s life.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Egyptian
CONVERSATIONS:

This section gives the audience an opportunity to get up close and personal with actors and directors as they candidly discuss their craft.

YOUNG HOLLYWOOD ROUNDTABLE
The Los Angeles Times returns with its very popular Young Hollywood Roundtable. Amy Kaufman sits down with four acclaimed young talents – Bella Heathcote (NOT FADE AWAY), Logan Lerman (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), Aubrey Plaza (PARKS AND RECREATION, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SMASHED) – for a lively, intimate discussion about life behind the scenes, the art of acting and the upcoming award season.
Friday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Chinese 6

A SESSION WITH THE TALENT BEHIND THE SESSIONS
The Hollywood Reporter peels back the curtain, talking with director/screenwriter Ben Lewin and John Hawkes from one of this year’s awards season contenders, THE SESSIONS. Moderated by THR awards columnist/blogger Scott Feinberg.
Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m., Cinema Lounge, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

SPOTLIGHT 
Entertainment Weekly puts a spotlight on Jack Black and his most recent film, BERNIE.

Date, time and location to be announced later this week
ADDITIONAL SCREENING:

FINAL CUT – LADIES & GENTLEMEN: DIR Pálfi György
Pálfi György’s “recycled film” is the tale of the ultimate man and the ultimate woman. What are their distinguishing marks? He is charming like Marcello Mastroianni in LA DOLCE VITA. But he’s also strapping like Brad Pitt in FIGHT CLUB. He is boyish like Leonardo DiCaprio in TITANIC and devastating like Clark Gable. He is decisive like Sean Connery as James Bond, but also a bit awkward, like Chaplin in MODERN TIMES. And what about the ultimate woman? She is certainly unpredictable and instinctive like Lollobrigida, but she’s also graceful and knows how to behave, like Audrey Hepburn. She’s girlish, like Audrey Tautou, but cool and distant like Greta Garbo. She is funny and familiar like Julia Roberts, but her smile is like Ava Gardner’s. She is divine, like Sophia Loren, and ethereal, like Liv Tyler. The celluloid heroes and heroines of more than 450 movies show us what happens when He meets Her.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m., Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Wednesday, November 7, 9:45 p.m., Egyptian
FESTIVAL GUESTS:

Galas and Special Screenings guests will be announced each day of the festival.

Filmmakers expected to attend AFI FEST Regular Screenings include Tobias Lindholm (A HIJACKING), Nikolaj Arcel (A ROYAL AFFAIR), Jane Adams (ALL THE LIGHT IN THE SKY), Joel Potrykus (APE), Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL), Cristian Mungiu (BEYOND THE HILLS), João Canijo (BLOOD OF MY BLOOD), Maja Miloš (CLIP), Rebecca Thomas (ELECTRICK CHILDREN), Raúl Fuentes (EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME), Antonio Mendez Esparza (HERE AND THERE), Adrián García Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL), Zach Weintraub (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING), Don Coscarelli and Paul Giamatti (JOHN DIES AT THE END), Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg (KON-TIKI), Umut Dag (KUMA), Suzanne Clément and Melvil Poupaud (LAURENCE ANYWAYS), Drew Denny (THE MOST FUN I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON), David Tosh Gitonga (NAIROBI HALF LIFE), Jan-Ole Gerster (OH BOY), Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet (ONLY THE YOUNG), Joachim Lafosse (OUR CHILDREN), Mike Ott (PEARBLOSSOM HWY), Kim Ki-duk (PIETA), Antonio Campos and Brady Corbet (SIMON KILLER), Bob Byington and Nick Offerman (SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME), Olivier Assayas (SOMETHING IN THE AIR), Sean Baker (STARLET), Alain Gomis and Saül Williams (TEY), Bill and Turner Ross (TCHOUPITOULAS), Kim Nguyen (WAR WITCH), Jack Plotnick (WRONG) and Eran Riklis and Stephen Dorff (ZAYTOUN), among others.

For the fourth consecutive year, AFI FEST continues its unprecedented offer of free tickets to all screenings. Registration for ticket access is now open at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Tickets are also available in-person at the AFI FEST AT&T Box Office at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Festival attendees can avoid rush lines and gain priority entry to all regular screenings, including the Young Americans, New Auteurs, World Cinema, Midnight, Breakthrough, Guest Artistic Director and Shorts sections without a ticket by purchasing the new Cinepass Express.

The Cinepass Express and other AFI FEST passes – which can include access to sold-out high-demand films and events – are on sale now atAFI.com/AFIFEST. The American Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational and cultural organization and passes are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Audi is the festival’s presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, the official airline of AFI; AT&T; the Coca-Cola Company; Creative America; Hewlett-Packard (HP); Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Levi’s; Stella Artois; New Amsterdam Vodka; American Film Market (AFM); and the Chinese Theatre, among many others.

Film stills are available for press use only and can be downloaded at:flickr.com/photos/afifestpublicity/collections.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America’s film heritage for future generations through the AFI Archive, comprised of rare footage from across the history of the moving image and the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards. Celebrating its 41st year in 2013, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the Institute’s almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI’s 100 Years…100 Moviestelevision events and movie reference lists have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the Institute’s annual year-end celebration of artistic excellence in cinema; AFI Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the U.S.; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, DC area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its AFI Conservatory, which has been consistently recognized as one of the world’s top film schools, boasting alumni including Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz KamiÅ„ski, Heidi Levitt, Matthew Libatique, David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Wally Pfister, Robert Richardson, Ed Zwick and so many more. AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling.

For more information about AFI, visit AFI.com or connect with AFI atfacebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitutetwitter.com/AmericanFilm andyoutube.com/AFI.

About AFI FEST presented by Audi 
The American Film Institute’s annual celebration of artistic excellence, AFI FEST presented by Audi brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema through the new works of film masters, moving image icons and breakthrough talents, and it is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. AFI FEST mixes nightly red carpet galas of Hollywood films with new auteur works from around the world, ensuring that an extraordinary array of foreign filmmaker voices is heard. Launching awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing audiences with the very best of global cinema, right in the center of the movie-making capital of the world.

Celebrating its 26th year as a program of the American Film Institute, the festival has paid tribute to numerous influential filmmakers and artists over the years, including Pedro Almodóvar and David Lynch as Guest Artistic Directors, and has screened scores of films that have produced Oscar®nominations and wins including, most recently, THE ARTIST and A SEPARATION.

AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi will take place November 1 through 8 in the heart of Hollywood. AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST at facebook.com/AFIFESTtwitter.com/AFIFESTand youtube.com/AFIFEST.

About Audi 
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. Audi was a top-performing luxury brand in Europe during 2011, and broke all-time company sales records in the U.S. Through 2016, AUDI AG will invest about $17 billion on new products and technologies. Visit audiusa.com or audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

About AFM
The business of independent motion picture production and distribution reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market, October 31-November 7, 2012. The global film industry converges in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making on films in every stage of development and production, as well as screenings, conferences, networking and parties.

With 8,000 industry leaders from more than 70 countries, 700 screenings and the industry’s largest Conference Series, AFM is the pivotal destination for independent filmmakers, directors, financiers, industry executives, producers, talent, writers, the international media and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry. The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance® (IFTA). VisitAmericanFilmMarket.com and IFTA-online.org for more information.

New York Film Festival’s 2012 line up

The 50th New York Film Festival has announced its main slate of 32 films which include features from Brian De Palma, Alain Resnais and Michael Haneke.

Ang Lee’s anticipated “Life of Pi” will open the festival while Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight” will close the event in September.

Opening Night Gala Selection

LIFE OF PI

Director: Ang Lee

Centerpiece Gala Selection
NOT FADE AWAY
Director: David Chase

Closing Night Gala Selection
FLIGHT
Director: Robert Zemeckis

AMOUR 
Director: Michael Haneke

ARAF – SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN 
Director: Yeşim Ustaoğlu

BARBARA 
Director: Christian Petzold

BEYOND THE HILLS (După dealuri) 
Director: Cristian Mungiu

BWAKAW 
Director: Jun Robles Lana

CAESAR MUST DIE (Cesare deve morire) 
Directors: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

CAMILLE REWINDS (Camille redouble) 
Director: Noémie Lvovsky

THE DEAD MAN AND BEING HAPPY (El muerto y ser feliz) 
Director: Javier Rebello

FILL THE VOID (Lemale et ha’halal)
Director: Rama Burshtein

FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED 
Director: Alan Berliner

FRANCES HA 
Director: Noah Baumbach

THE GATEKEEPERS (Shomerei Ha’saf) 
Director: Dror Moreh

GINGER AND ROSA 
Director: Sally Potter

HERE AND THERE (Aquí y Allá) 
Director: Antonio Mendez Esparza

HOLY MOTORS 
Director: Leos Carax

HYDE PARK ON HUDSON 
Director: Roger Michell

KINSHASA KIDS 
Director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg

THE LAST TIME I SAW MACAO (A Última Vez Que Vi Macau) 
Director: João Pedro Rodrigues

LEVIATHAN 
Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE 
Director: Abbas Kiarostami

LINES OF WELLINGTON (Linhas de Wellington) 
Director: Valeria Sarmiento

MEMORIES LOOK AT ME (Ji Yi Wang Zhe Wo) 
Director: Song Fang

NIGHT ACROSS THE STREET (La Noche de enfrente) 
Director: Raul Ruiz

NO 
Director: Pablo Larrain

OUR CHILDREN (À perdre la raison) 
Director: Joachim Lafosse

PASSION 
Director: Brian De Palma

SOMETHING IN THE AIR (Après Mai) 
Director: Olivier Assayas

TABU 
Director: Miguel Gomes

YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET (Vous n’avez encore rien vu) 
Director: Alain Resnais

The Hollywood Reporter

 

The New York Film Festival

Sept. 28 – Oct. 14

 

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites 176 new members

Invitations were sent out to 176 artists and executives for membership of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Those who accept will join almost 6000 industry members who get to vote in the annual Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Membership is not limited to actors and directors but covers industry writers, publicists, editors, cinematographers, documentary filmmakers, music and sound professionals.

Actor invites include:

Michelle Yeoh – “The Lady,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
Andy Serkis – “The Prestige,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids,” “The Back-Up Plan”
Matthew McConaughey – “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “A Time to Kill”
Diego Luna – “Milk,” “Y Tu Mamá También”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Jean Dujardin – “Les infidèls, “The Artist”
Richard E. Grant – “The Iron Lady,” “Withnail & I”
Lili Taylor – “Being Flynn,” “High Fidelity”

In Defense of Women Behind Film

French feminist group La Barbe set out to cause a media storm when it drew attention to the lack of women directorsin competition at this year Cannes Film Festival. In the US,Women In Film took up the baton with a Change petition that gained more than 2000 signatures from powerful film and media women such as Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler and Gillian Armstrong.

I’ve been forwarding the media message and presscoverage from film publications like IndieWire to social networks where the tone of conversation has been a tad expected with remarks about “stop whining,” quite astonishing and ignorant comments about how women just aren’t good enough to direct and that there’s absolutely no sexism involved in this male-centric business of moving pictures. All comments from men, naturally.

But I did receive one beacon of hope; a clear headed intelligent response from Hunter Todd of Houston’s World Fest, the longest running indie film fest in the world. Here’s what he had to say:

WorldFest has always had a special place for Femme Directors, and we always include them every year, from all over the world. This year, 35 female directors out of 155 films! Take that Cannes! Interestingly enough, we have no agenda about women directors, we only select our films because they are good! “Excellence is our only agenda” and 35 female directors were selected for screening and for Remi Awards. I does make one wonder about the selection process in other festivals if they cannot find one female director and we picked 35!”

The 46th WorldFest is 04/12-21, 2013

And that’s the message that every woman in film is advocating but seems to fall on deaf male ears – we don’t want to be special, we want a fair crack at the system.

Ginger Liu