Posts Tagged ‘David Michod’

Sundance 2010: Winners and Losers

January 31, 2010

Last night the Sundance Jury handed out its prizes and audience awards. The big winners were the hill people noir Winter’s Bone and Obselidia, a romance which was only lacking a stamp reading “Sundance-approved.” More eyes will turn to the backrooms, where lucrative deals were being cut. Focus Features picked up Lisa Cholodeniko’s The Kids Are All Right, with Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as a lesbian couple. Lionsgate agreed to distribute Buried, where Ryan Reynolds struggles to escape a coffin armed only with his cellphone (and some great reception). Harvey Weinstein worked his silver-tongued magic and went home with the rights to The Tillman Story (formerly I’m Pat _________ Tillman) and Blue Valentine, which created Oscar talk for its leads Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Other buzz films included the Interwebs documentary Catfish and Banksy’s debut Exit Through the Gift Shop. Anyway, we’ve got some envelopes to open …

Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Dramatic Film

Winter’s Bone. A clear favorite among critics, Debra Granik’s adaptation of a novel by Daniel Woodrell is a chilling thriller set in the Ozarks. A teenager (Jennifer Lawrence) goes in search for her father, who skips jail after a bust for running a meth lab. Big trouble awaits. “My advice? Discover this one now.” said Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir. It’s been picked up for distribution by Roadside Attractions.

Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary

Restrepo. The documentary follows humpy journalist Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) as he spends a year with the 173rd Airborne’s Second Platoon. The unit has been assigned to the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. “I’ve never seen combat footage like Junger and [co-director Tim] Hetherington get in Restrepo,” wrote Noel Murray in The Onion. “It’s raw, relentless, and made all the more unsettling by the fact that the soldiers can’t see who’s shooting at them.” National Geographic have the broadcast rights.

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Sundance 2010 Preview: International Dramatic Competition

January 12, 2010

The enclave of American independent cinema is also a welcome haven for waifs and strays from around the world. Almost all the films in this year’s international competition have a scrappy air about them, whether it’s Greenland making its first foray into feature production or an award-winning performance from an actor with Down’s Syndrome. Other films of note include a punk take on Poland’s last quarter century, an Argentine pissing match that gets out of control, and Chris Morris’s eagerly anticipated Four Lions.

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All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham)

Where’s this from then? Poland. It’s about the country’s changing political fortunes, as seen through a young punk band.
I love a good musical. Well, this looks like it’s heavy on the interpersonal relationships. The four members of the band cross class lines. A pair of brothers are the sons of a navy man, while another is a member of the country’s upper class.
Wonder who the Pete Shelley of the group is. Any Nazis? There might be a few swastikas, but only in the ironic sense.
See also: DiG!

Animal Kingdom

Strewth, mate! You’ve obviously heard that this is from Australia.
Any sharks on the barbie? You might not recognize this part of down under if all you know about Australia is Kylie and Mental as Anything. It’s about a Melbourne teen torn between his family’s criminal involvement and the straight and narrow. Detective Guy Pearce reaches out to help him.
Mike from Neighbours! And one of our best actors, having given sterling performances in L.A. Confidential, Memento, and even Bedtime Stories.
See also: How to Recognize Your Saints

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Trailerama: Animal Kingdom

December 17, 2009

After his mother overdoses, teenager James Frecheville falls under the care of the extended criminal brood. Will he enter the family business? The trailer’s use of Air Supply suggests writer/director David Michod is taking an ironic look at the Melbourne underworld. Full marks for Guy Pearce’s ‘tache, too.