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  • Night House, The: David Bruckner’s Supernatural Thriller, Starring Rebecca Hall

    Searchlight is acquiring the worldwide distribution rights to The Night House, a supernatural thriller that premiered to strong reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Fest. Directed by David Bruckner and starring Rebecca Hall, the deal is valued at roughly $12 million. If you want to know more about Sundance and Independent Cinema, please read my […]

    Sundance Film Fest 2020: What Kind of Market? What Players

    Will Sundance 2020, which starts January 23, offer a repeat of last year’s explosive market, when a record four films sold for more than $13 million apiece, totaling $56 million? All four films were either critical and/or commercial disappointments. New Line’s Blinded by the Light and Amazon’s Late Night, The Report and Brittany Runs a […]

    Nest, The: Sean Durkin’s New Family Drama

    Almost a decade after “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin returns to the 2020 Sundance Film with the family drama The Nest, starring Jude Law as an 1980s-era businessman.

    Kajillionaire: Miranda July’s New Indie

    Quintessential indie filmmaker Miranda July has not been to the Sundance Film Fest since 2011. Her new film, “Kajillionaire,” teams Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez and Richard Jenkins in a story about grifters, who introduce a new member to their team.     Share this:

    Bad Hair: Justin Simien’s Horror Film

    Anticipated follow-up films include one from Miranda July, who has not been to Sundance since 2011. Her “Kajillionaire” teams Evan Rachel Wood, Debra Winger, Gina Rodriguez and Richard Jenkins in a story about grifters who introduce a new member to their team. Almost a decade after “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” Sean Durkin returns with the […]

    SXSW Film Fest 2020: Rich Program

    The 27th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature a romantic caper starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani, a documentary about the Beastie Boys directed by Spike Jonze, a “hidden camera” comedy headlined by Tiffany Haddish and an autobiographical studio vehicle from Pete Davidson.

    Cannes Film Fest 2019: La Belle Epoque, starring Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, and Fanny Ardant

    Nicolas Bedos’ La Belle Epoque is starring Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Dora Tillier, Fanny Ardant, and Pierre Arditi.

    Sundance Film Fest 2020: Diversity and Inclusion in Line Up

    This year, of the 65 directors in Sundance’s four competition categories, 46% are women, 38% are people of color, and 12% identify as LGBTQ.

    Darker Than Midnight: Italian Sebastiano Riso’s Tale of a Runnaway

    Darker Than Midnight After showcasing “Salvo” last year, Critics’ Week will again sample Italy’s new generation of filmmakers with Sebastiano Riso’s “Darker Than Midnight,” a drama about a 14-year-old. After running away from home, the boy takes refuge in a park in Catania, where he starts living among the marginalized. Gente de bien Latin America […]

    Cannes Film Fest 2017: Ranking the 20 Competition Films, From Strongest to Weakest

    Overall, the lineup was mediocre, with very few highlights, possibly only one masterpiece, and many average features.

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