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      NEW IN THEATERS
THE BROTHERS BLOOM
With the success of his 2005 debut, the modern-day noir Brick, many wondered what writer-director Rian Johnson would do as a follow up. Staying in the crime genre, Johnson's The Brothers Bloom is a stylish caper that follows two brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody) who after a life as top-notch grifters are ready to hang it up, but not before one last job. An eccentric New Jersey heiress (Rachel Weisz) is the mark, but when one of the brothers starts to fall for her things get complicated. With an ode to Felini and Wes Anderson, as well as beautifully lensing by Steve Yedlin, Nick Dawson, in writing this week's Director Interviews, calls the film QUOTE HERE.

O'HORTEN
Known for his off-beat character studies that range from the Bukowski adaptation, Factotum, to the substantially poignant Kitchen Stories, Norwegian filmmaker Brent Hamer's latest film follows a retired train driver (Baard Owe) who struggles to adjust to a life not controlled by timetables. Eventually he meets the inspiring Trygve (Espen Skjønberg), who gets him to embrace his golden years through a "never say never" attitude. Owe gives a touching performance while Hamer examines the humor of aging.

      RECENT BLOGS

This week on the blog, Scott Macaulay checks out Spike Jonze's newly launched Where The Wild Things Are blog (pictured left), and highlights current projects by Nelson George and David Lynch.

To read more posts from our blog, click here.

      UPCOMING AT IFP
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ENVISION Global Forum Now Under Way May 14-15, DGA Theater, NYC After kicking off this morning with opening remarks by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and an address by Christy Turlington Burns, CARE Advocate for Maternal Health/Contributing Editor at Marie Claire Magazine, the two-day forum on the impact of global issue documentaries continues with a screening of Rough Aunties followed by a panel on African voices in docs, a special performance by Sarah Jones, and a case study of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Friday will open with a conversation with Jonathan Demme, followed by a screening of The Glass House and a panel on the financing of social issue docs – "The Issue Is Money." Tickets available at the door only; full schedule here. Link: http://www.envisionfilm.org/

      NEWEST WEB ARTICLE
RIAN JOHNSON, THE BROTHERS BLOOM
By Nick Dawson

When his first film, Brick, was released in 2005, Rian Johnson became an overnight sensation; but, as is so often the case, that "overnight" success took many years of work to achieve. It took Johnson fully nine years to make his first feature, during time which he kept himself afloat making promos for kids' TV shows and instructional videos for deaf children, as well as working as an editor. Johnson's new film, The Brothers Bloom, adds another entry to the con movie canon as it tells the tale of swindling siblings Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrien Brody). read more

      FESTIVAL DEADLINES

MAY
Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival
Submission Deadline: May 15
Festival Dates: Sept. 20-23

Mill Valley Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 15, June 15 (Final)
Festival Dates: Oct. 8-18

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 22
Festival Dates: Oct. 16-25

Woodstock Film Festival
Submission Deadline: May 25, June 22 (Final)
Festival Dates: Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

JUNE
Savannah Film Festival
Submission Deadline: June 15
Festival Dates: Oct. 31 - Nov. 7

Find more festival deadlines, click here. And get the latest news and notes on the fest circuit at Festival Ambassador.

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