Two years ago, Danny Boyle closed the BFI London Film Festival with a little movie you may've heard of - Slumdog Millionaire. Ring any bells?
The Playlist has the news that Boyle will be back in the wrap-up spot, this time with the James Franco vehicle 127 HOURS, the story of climber Aron Ralston who get stuck under a boulder and is forced into extreme measures to survive. Don't remember this story? Brush up on Ralston here (or avoid the spoilers...whatever).
The film hits US theaters November 5, but will land for its world premiere at TIFF; BFI London - with Boyle and Franco in attendance - will be its European preem.
Emails like this from filmmakers.
This one's from Nick Igea, who made ENCUENTRO, our 2010 Best World Cinema Short Film. It's even more awesome given his choppy English. Read on:
Just to let you know: A DVD will be edited in Spain with the 10 best Spanish short films of the year, and our short film will be included. The people in charge of it told me that the award wined in your festival was definitive for that. I thought you would like to know it
Thanks you very much for everything. I am very happy about that. It's the most important award I've ever wined
My best wishes,
My pleasure, Nick. My pleasure.
One of the best parts of programming a festival is the crack research you get to do on movies your average Joe audience member haven't heard a peep about yet. There's something fun about being ahead of the curve like that.
Which was the case back in February when I discovered that Galt Niederhoffer had adapted her own novel, THE ROMANTICS, into a crisp, windy independent film starring Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Candice Bergen, Elijah Wood...the list goes on.
Back then, I'd just finished the book, about a group of college friends who reunite on the occasion of two of them getting married. Set at a seaside estate (and all the posh that implies), the single night these friends spend together before the wedding drums up all kinds of complicated history - the stuff that makes us human and our relationships interesting.
The book's also got one of the best last scenes I've read in recent memory, so when I discovered the movie'd been made, I knew immediately it was one I would've welcomed to the festival had they been interested in screening with us.
Alas, that part of the plan didn't work out. (But I think we managed to have a pretty stellar festival regardless.)
But now, an official movie site has been launched, and Apple's got the trailer up and running. The film's looking at a September 10 limited release, and after checking out the trailer (I had some initial doubts about the casting, I'll admit), the next month can't go buy quickly enough.
An email from the BFI London Film Festival landed in my inbox last night - they've announced that NEVER LET ME GO will open their annual festivities on October 13. The European premiere of the film, it stars fresh face Carey Mulligan alongside Keira Knightley - you might also recognize Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins in the trailer, which you can watch here.
Based on the trailer, the film looks to have a dash of sci-fi wrapped up in some pretty complicated relationships - it was adapted from the novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. Amazon lists it under Psychological Thrillers, so...take that as you will. Right now, it's slated for a September 15 release date here in the states. It'll likely land in a few other festivals before then, and maybe make it's appearance in Indianapolis by October (if we're lucky).
Also in the news, Toronto's been touting their upcoming slate, with gala screenings including an opening with SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL (full disclosure - in typing that, I initially wrote "hokey." Which seems oddly appropriate); Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina; CASINO JACK, about schemer Jack Abramoff; and Ben Affleck's THE TOWN, his latest Boston-themed caper starring the under-utilized Rebecca Hall. IndieWire's got a great article with all the film's TIFF's announced to date. TIFF runs September 9 - 19.
Venice and New York have also announced some key slots in their line-ups, too. Julie Taymor re-imagined Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST, casting Helen Mirren in the lead (which, in the play is Prospero, a Duke...Mirren is Prospera. She what they did there?), and snagged a centerpiece spot at the New York Film Festival (IndieWire article). Look for that screening in early October, following an opening night of David Fincher's THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Meanwhile, Venice has placed Sofia Coppola's latest, SOMEWHERE, in competition - they've also got Black Swan, as well as Vincent Gallo's PROMISES WRITTEN IN WATER. The Italian festival runs September 1 - 11 - check out the whole line-up here.
It's an exciting time in the festival cycle, the fall - sure, January's got Sundance, but as the industry gears up for Academy voting and awards season at the box office, festivals certainly reap the benefits.
Then you've found the place. Here is a list of unbiased, 3rd party reviews of many of the films at this year's festival. So don't just take our word about the wonderful movies we have this year. Read all the glowing reviews at the following sites.The Film Yap Indianapolis Business Journal Nuvo
Want to know all bout the Film Festival but find reading to be boring and tedious?
Well then, watch this clip where our own Executive Director Kelli Mirgeaux chats about the festival with the fine folks at Indy Style TV.
We're looking for a few good men (and women!) who fancy themselves shutterbugs. Are you looking to build your portfolio and check out the hottest film festival in the Midwest?
We'd love to give you the chance to hone your skills and help us capture the 2010 Indy Film Fest for posterity - from Opening Night to our day of Best Of screenings on July 25, we want the whole thing documented. And we need your help to do it.
If you're interested in being a volunteer photographer with the Indy Film Fest, fill out our Media Form (put Photographer in the "media outlet" field) and we'll be in touch. You bring the camera and the eye for framing a shot and we'll provide the all-access pass you need to get the best angles possible.
Any questions? Drop a note to info AT indyfilmfest DOT org
And we'll see you on the other side of the lens.
The gears have totally shifted into motion over here at Indy Film Fest HQ, and it's super exciting to see all the buzz that the recent announcements are generating.
Are you following us on Twitter? That scene is a blast these days - ticket giveaways, daily featured films and some great filmmakers and film fans to follow.
What's even better is seeing the city and film audiences get as stoked about what we're up to as we are. Just today, I discovered this little post from filmmaker Jill Carter - sounds like she's looking forward to getting back to Indy for screenings of her short film Ninety-one.
We're working on getting the events posted on all the local and regional events calendars, but looks like the folks at HelloIndianapolis.com beat us to it - thanks for the great write up! And they're right - the All Access Pass IS the best way to go - unlimited movies, the best parties, and always being on the right side of the red carpet!
Finally, check out the coverage we snagged at Indianapolis ORG Magazine - they call out the events around town adding an international flair to the Circle City. Why thank you, that's exactly what we try to do! Magazine highlights PAULISTA, a stellar Brazilian film about three lives intersecting in a single apartment building.
We'll keep you posted on all the buzz we discover - are you talking about the fest? Let us know!
Is there really a better way to put it? This year's list of over 100 films is quirky. Goofy. Experimental. Sentimental. Innovative. Evocative. Basically, they hit the bullseye.
Whether you like your film home grown or imported from a far; whether you're looking for something that'll make you laugh or make you think - whatever you like in your movies, we've got it this year. It's a line-up that's as diverse as it is approachable and as impressive as it is intimate.
Check out the whole thing online now. Here's a quick breakdown:
112 total films, including special events like The Wildest Dream on Tuesday, July 20. Natasha Richardson's last film, it's the story of the mountain climbers who try to tame Mt. Everest.
21 different countries featured in this year's festival films, including Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, Nepal, Switzerland and Belguim.
Dozens of films featured in festivals like Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, Slamdance, Nashville, Seattle, Sarasota and more - all brought to your back door right here in Indianapolis. It's our pleasure, really.
Over 50 films making their Midwest Premiere, having never been seen before in this region. That's right - find them right here in Indy, July 15 - 25.
3 World Premieres - the first time these amazing movies have screened for any audience anywhere, including Everyone Says I Look Just Like Her, a film by Ryan Balas.
Watch this space for even more of what's featured at the 2010 Indy Film Fest, like the captivating family drama from Finland, Twisted Roots, or the best way to spend an hour this summer, with our shorts program One Hour, Ten Films.
We'll be blogging from now through the festival, giving you yet one more way to get closer to the festival than ever before. It may be a board member or a festival volunteer or even just a member of our audience who've got a thing or two to say - whomever chimes in, chances are you'll enjoy the read.