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Pythagoras, I think he said not eat white roosters, nibble on crumbs that have fallen on the floor, and don't insult the stars. If you live by those rules, and avoid beans, all should be well." Certainly the most idiosyncratic lines spoken at the jury deliberation meeting yesterday for our Cinema Eye Heterodox Award, which will be named next Tuesday at the event's ceremony at the Museum of the Moving Image. I'll have a blog post up before the awards discussing the various films and then, of course, we'll report on them as soon as they are live.Editor's Note "As for
This is a short newsletter as we're getting ready for Sundance. We'll be doing daily video and photography at the festival as well as our usual blog reports from myself, Jason Guerrasio, Alicia Van Couvering, Brandon Harris and James Ponsoldt. Jamie Stuart will be doing video and Henny Garfunkel portrait shots. Nick Dawson and Mary Anderson Casavant will have a number of Sundance preview pieces up as the festival launches. And all of this will be linked to in daily newsletters arriving throughout the festival. Since you're reading this you don't need to subscribe (you'll automatically get them), but you might want to tell your friends to sign up. I'll include in each newsletter copy that won't be on the web. For moment-to-moment reports, check out, as always, our Twitter feed. And if you're a filmmaker at Park City, drop me a line at editor.filmmakermagazine AT gmail.com and let us know how it's going for you. I'm always up for guest blog posts.
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IFP'S 2010 ADRIENNE SHELLY DIRECTOR'S GRANT AWARDED Writer/Director Lucy Mulloy has just been awarded IFP's annual Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant for her work on the upcoming feature Una Noche. Given in memory of actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, the competitive Grant provides $5,000 to a female director alumnus of IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs. Funding is generously provided by the Adrienne Shelly Foundation.
Una Noche is the kinetic story of Raul, forced to choose between facing his demons at home in Havana and braving the treacherous 90 miles of ocean that stand between him and his dream. The film is currently in post-production. Mulloy spent more than three years in Cuba writing, producing, and directing the film. The Adrienne Shelly Foundation's Andy Ostroy says "Una Noche brilliantly captures the grittiness of Cuba's poor and the despair of its dream-filled teens seeking a better life. It's powerful and haunting in its message and imagery, and it leaves you wanting more, which is what any truly great film should do."
The Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant is open to female directing alumni of the IFP's Narrative Labs program. Launched in 2005, IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs is the only program in the world supporting independent filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their first features. Applications for the 2011 Labs will be available later in January at http://labs.ifp.org.
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A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN Stellan Skarsgard stars in A Somewhat Gentle Man as Ulrik, a Norwegian ex-con back on the streets and his old gangster life. While his boss wants to give a little payback to whoever put Ulrik in the can, Ulrik would rather move quietly out of his old profession. Hans Peter Molland directs this dark comedy that includes a great performance by Skarsgard. Molland says why he was interested in the project in this week's Director Interviews. "One of the things that struck me was that it was very funny in a dry and witty sort of way about the predicaments that Ulrik is in," he says. "It deals with them in very real in human terms yet they are absurd." Read our interview with Molland below. BARNEY'S VERSION Based on Mordecai Richler's best-selling novel, Barney's Version, directed by Richard J. Lewis, spans three decades in Barney Panofsky's (Paul Giamatti) life. Accompanied by his father (Dustin Hoffman), Barney considers his three wives. His first wife Clara (,b>Rachelle Lefevre) is a bohemian free spirit who Barney lives with in Rome. His second wife (Minnie Driver) is a well-off and materialistic woman. His third wife, who he meets at his wedding to his second wife, is Miriam (Rosamund Pike), who just might be his true love. Barney's Version is a bittersweet romantic drama that has garnered Giamatti a Golden Globe nomination. This week on the blog, three of Michelangelo Antonioni's films are adapted for the London stage; "25 New Face" Cauleen Smith (pictured left) premieres new work at The Kitchen; filmmakers Inex Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin capture Kate Moss behind the scenes and Abel Ferrara is showcased at the Anthology Film Archives.
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HANS PETTER MOLLAND, A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN By Brandon Harris
In Hans Peter Moland's glumly humorous, sneakily moving Norwegian dramedy A Somewhat Gentle Man, a graying, ponytailed ex-con named Ulrik, played with droll aplomb by the always reliable Stellan Skarsgard, fumbles his way back into civilian life after twelve years in prison for manslaughter. He finds a job as a mechanic for a body shop owner (Bjorn Sundquist) who insists he be on time and stay away from the oddly alluring office secretary Merete (Jannike Kruse). After finding a room in the basement of an aging, horny matron (a terrific Jorun Kjellsby) who is the sister of Ulrik's former boss and petty crime running mate Jensen (Bjorn Floberg), Ulrik is given a pistol by Jensen in order to seek revenge against the man who testified against him twelve years ago. read more
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