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Editor's Note
Cannes: Leos Carax's Holy Motors is fantastic -- a crazy meditation on the changing role of cinema in our lives that's both deeply sad and wonderfully inventive, the latter quality serving as the film's own counterargument. Most of the hardcore cineastes here really love it, although a few don't, and there's a contingent of people still scratching their heads about it. As narratively strange as the film can be, I found its emotional throughlines completely clear. At the end of the movie, Carax channels Pixar; one friend loved the movie but hated that scene. For me, it was just a witty capper. Andrew Dominick's Killing Them Softly is also very good. The idea of using a small-time crime venture as a metaphor for American capitalism is not new, but it's always effective, and Dominick really shovels the politics on, overlaying much of the movie with white noise from the 2008 election. If you want to know what the post-Obama age feels like, this movie is it. Maybe it's the beachside setting, but Jacques Audiard's Rust and Bone, which is also very strong, has the shambling feel of a '70s West Coast relationship movie. There's a bit of a Hal Ashby vibe, or maybe Ivan Passer's Cutter's Way, here, even though the crime subplot sits way in the background. I'd write more, but I'm running out the door to see On the Road. More on the blog...

See you next week.

Scott Macaulay

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FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE THIS WEEK: SPOTLIGHT ON DOCUMENTARIES Friday May 25th marks the final submission deadline for Spotlight on Documentaries - the doc strand of IFP's Project Forum of Independent Film Week, one of the most desirable forums in North America for buyers to vet new U.S. docs prior to public exposure. Sixty doc projects will be presented to accredited industry professionals from the U.S. and abroad during four days of one-on-one pitch meetings, pitch presentation screenings, festival programmer roundtables and social events. Be sure to seize this opportunity if you have a project relevant for submission this year. Recent alums of Spotlight on Documentaries include Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman's Academy Award-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Oscilloscope Pictures, P.O.V. ), Lauren Greenfield's The Queen of Versailles (Magnolia Pictures, Bravo); Bess Kargman's First Position (Sundance Selects); Marie Losier's The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye (Adopt Films), Rebecca Richman Cohen's War Don Don (HBO Documentary Films), David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's Girl Model (P.O.V.; First Run Features), and Angelo Guglielmo's The Woman Who Wasn't There (Investigation Discovery). For more information go here.
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Editor's Note
Hammer to Nail Review
Moonrise Kingdom
Oslo, August 31st
Mighty Fine
Brandon Harris, Redlegs
Final Submission Deadline This Week: Spotlight On Documentaries
Fest Deadlines
Hammer To Nail
OSLO, AUGUST 31ST By Nelson Kim

Joachim Trier's follow-up to his much-loved 2006 debut, Reprise, begins with an audio montage of voices sharing their memories of the titular city: "I remember taking the first dip in the Oslo fjord on the first of May." "I don't remember Oslo as such, its people I remember." "We moved to the city. We felt extremely mature.'" On the screen, stationary shots of empty city streets are followed by home movies--children at play, friends enjoying each other's company--then back to the streets as they fill with daytime bustle. Meanwhile, the voices continue: "I remember hours on trams, buses, the metro, walking along endless roads to some mythical party where you never knew whether you were invited or not." "I remember how free I felt the first time I came to Oslo. Then I realized how small Oslo is." "The scent of salt on her skin." "We had so much time on our hands." "I remember having a best friend." "Wonder what he's doing now?".
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MOONRISE KINGDOM In Wes Anderson's highly anticipated Moonrise Kingdom, two 12-year-olds fall in love at a camp in New England and decide to run away together. Uproar ensues among their community as parents, camp counselors and local authorities try to track them down. The film recently premiered at Cannes to glowing reviews and in typical Anderson fashion, features a stellar ensemble cast including Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and newcomers Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman.
OSLO, AUGUST 31ST Joachim Trier's sophomore film, Oslo, August 31st, focuses on Anders (Anders Danielsen Lie), a recovering drug addict who decides to leave his rehab clinic for a day to reunite with friends and family. What ensues is a wayward odyssey through the city of Oslo, which could potentially lead him to his salvation or send him completely off the edge. After debuting with 2006's Reprise, Trier follows up with a less kinetic but equally impactful film that serves as a hauntingly beautiful ode to the Norwegian capital. Oslo, August 31st features an incredible performance by Danielsen Lie and exquisite cinematography by Jakob Ihre. (Read Byron Camacho's review here.)
MIGHTY FINE In Debbie Goodstein's Mighty Fine, Joe Fine (Chazz Palminteri), an over-zealous father, decides to move his family from Brooklyn to New Orleans. Joe quickly discovers that his ambition surpasses his means to provide for his family and, in addition to his increasingly abusive behavior, threatens to tear them apart forever. Based on Goodstein's childhood experiences, the film also stars Andie MacDowell, Jodelle Ferland and Rainey Qualley.
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For his micro-budget debut feature Redlegs, which resides comfortably alongside work by Aaron Katz (Quiet City) or Bradley Rust Gray (The Exploding Girl) both tonally and dramatically, Filmmaker magazine contributing editor Brandon Harris (with whom I share this column) returned to his hometown of Cincinnati with three actors and a tiny crew hoping to dramatize the moment when childhood camaraderie dissolves in the face of adult realities and overdue reckonings. Very loosely modeled after John Cassavetes' Husbands, the film trails three young men -- brooding ex-actor Marco (Nathan Ramos), sensitive Willie (Evan Louison), and aggressively obnoxious parking-lot owner Aaron (Andrew Katz) -- over the course of a long, aimless weekend as they bitch, argue, get high, and wander through town. Read more

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