Film Festivals

Episode 317 – Tribeca Film Festival 2016 (Day 3)

More news and coverage of Tribeca 2016.

Awol
AWOL
  • Director:
    Deb Shoval
  • Screenwriter:
    Deb Shoval, Karolina Waclawiak
  • Producer:
    L.A. Teodosio, Jessica Caldwell, Michel Merkt
  • Editor:
    Jeffrey Wolf
  • Cinematographer:
    Gal Deren, additional camera by Jessica Bennett
  • Composer:
    Gingger Shankar
  • Executive Producer:
    Jim Lande
  • Co-Executive Producer:
    Jan Miller Corran, Tracy Scott Nadler, Walter Wiacek
  • Co-Producer:
    Andrew Hauser
  • Associate Producer:
    Anthony Cirurgiao, Christopher K. Edwards, Lisa Rees Henderson, Meghan Wilbur, Brooke Devine, Mogul
  • Consulting Producer:
    Maryam Keshavarz, Jenni Olson, Rose Troche
  • Line Producer:
    Meghan-Michele German
  • Cast:
    Lola Kirke, Breeda Wool, Dale Soules, Ted Welch, Bill Sage, Britne Oldford, Libby George, Charlotte Maltby, Sadie Butler, Hannah Dillon
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Women Who Kill
  • Director:
    Ingrid Jungermann
  • Screenwriter:
    Ingrid Jungermann
  • Producer:
    Alex Scharfman
  • Editor:
    Ron Dulin
  • Cinematographer:
    Rob Leitzell
  • Executive Producer:
    Cliff Chenfeld, Craig Balsam, Jim Rosenthal, Rick Milenthal, Victor Zaraya, Stacie Passon, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen
  • Composer:
    Ivan Howard
  • Co-Producer:
    Lauren Brady, Eric LaFranchi
  • Production Designer:
    Olga Miasnikova
  • Costume Designer:
    Elizabeth Warn
  • Cast:
    Ingrid Jungermann, Ann Carr, Sheila Vand, Shannon O’Neill, Annette O’Toole, Grace Rex, Deborah Rush
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Live Cargo
  • Director:
    Logan Sandler
  • Screenwriter:
    Logan Sandler, Thymaya Payne
  • Producer:
    Thymaya Payne, Mortimer Canepa, René Bastian, Lauren Brady, Tina Preschitz, Randy Harris Hearst
  • Editor:
    Nick Ellsberg, Garret Price
  • Associate Producer:
    Jake Katofsky, Julia Hannafin
  • Cinematographer:
    Daniella Nowitz
  • Executive Producer:
    Valery Dorshimer, Scott Sandler, Ron Simons, Steven Sablotsky
  • Composer:
    Brooke Blair, Will Blair
  • Cast:
    Dree Hemingway, Keith Stanfield, Leonard Earl Howze, Sam Dillon, Robert Wisdom
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Here Alone
  • Director:
    Rod Blackhurst
  • Screenwriter:
    David Ebeltoft
  • Producer:
    Noah Lang, David Ebeltoft, Rod Blackhurst, Arun Kumar, Josh Murphy
  • Editor:
    Rod Blackhurst
  • Cinematographer:
    Adam McDaid
  • Executive Producer:
    Kevin Iwashina, Eric Schultz, Leigh Jones, Ian Keiser, Paul Ebeltoft, Gail Ebeltoft, Sinan Germirli, Paul Pathikal, Bradley J. Ross, Brendan Walsh, Anthony Gentile, John Gentile, Marc Bortz
  • Composer:
    Eric D. Johnson
  • Cast:
    Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West.
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Little Boxes
  • Director:
    Rob Meyer
  • Screenwriter:
    Annie J Howell
  • Producer:
    Jared Ian Goldman, Jordan Horowitz, Ken Keller, Caron Rudner
  • Editor:
    Marc Vives
  • Cinematographer:
    Thomas Richmond
  • Executive Producer:
    Cary Fukunaga, Wyatt Gatling, Marc H Simon, Gary Gilbert, Rose Troche
  • Composer:
    Kris Bowers
  • Cast:
    Melanie Lynskey, Nelsan Ellis, Armani Jackson, Oona Laurence, Janeane Garofalo, Christine Taylor
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Parents
  • Director:
    Christian Tafdrup
  • Screenwriter:
    Christian Tafdrup
  • Producer:
    Thomas Heinesen
  • Editor:
    Anne Østerud, Tanya Fallenius
  • Cinematographer:
    Maria von Hausswolff, DFF
  • Composer:
    Sune “Køter” Kølster
  • Production Designer:
    Jette Lehmann
  • Music Supervisor:
    Nis Bogvad
  • Sound Designer :
    Peter Schultz
  • Casting:
    Anja Philip
  • Cast:
    Søren Malling, Bodil Jørgensen, Elliott Crossett Hove, Miri-Ann Beuschel, Anton Honik
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Episode 316 – Tribeca Film Festival 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of our coverage of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.  In this podcast we review:

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Director: Bill Purple
Screenwriter: Bill Purple & Robbie Pickering
Producer: Michelle Purple, Jessica Biel, Mike Landry, Carlos Velazquez, Chuck Pacheco
Editor: Tara Timpone
Associate Producer: Sam Warren, Ansley Seaver Marshall
Cinematographer: J Michael Muro
Executive Producer: Ross Dinerstein, Bill Purple, Greg Shockro, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Connolly, Rick Yorn, Rob Ortiz, Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey
Composer: Justin Timberlake
Co-Producer: Will Greenfield, Paulie Litt, Ryan Charles Griffin, Robbie Pickering
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser

do not resist Do Not Resist

Director: Craig Atkinson
Producer: Laura Hartrick
Editor: Craig Atkinson, Laura Hartrick
Cinematographer: Craig Atkinson
Executive Producer: David Menschel
Composer: Grayson Sanders
Additional Music: Michael Stearns
Title Design : Ion Furjanic
DI Colorist: Will Cox

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Director: Joseph Martin, Sam Blair
Producer: Alex Holder, Danielle Clark, Nicole Stott
Editor: Kim Gaster, Ben Stark
Cinematographer: Márton Vízkelety
Executive Producer: John Battsek
Composer: Philip Sheppard
Cast: Csanad Szegedi, Rabbi Boruch Oberlander, Anne Applebaum, Eva ‘Bobby’ Neumann, Katalin Molnár Szegediné

Dont look down Don’t Look Down

Director: Daniel Gordon
Producer: Johnny Webb, John Battsek, Iris Maor, Daniel Gordon
Editor: Andy R. Worboys
Cinematographer: Nick Bennett, Danny Rohrer
Executive Producer: Sam Anthony, Hugo Heppell, Garfield Kennedy
Composer: Tim Atack
Cast: Richard Branson, Per Lindstrand

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Director: Brent Hodge
Screenwriter: Brent Hodge
Producer: Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Ricketts, Brent Hodge
Editor: Brent Hodge, Korey Schaefer, Andrew Huculiak, Chris Kelly
Sound Supervisor: John Diemer
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Molly Hawkey, Angela Trimbur, Melissa Stetten, Jesse Thomas, Maria Blasucci

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Director: Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
Producer: Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
Editor: Paul Lovelace
Associate Producer: Brian S. Kang
Cinematographer: Jason Graham Howell, Frank Weiss
Executive Producer: Jon Stewart, Chris McShane
Composer: Katy Jarzebowski
Co-Producer: Jenn Durrett
Field Producer: Khalid Jabareen
Associate Field Producer: Hala Hindawi

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Episode 315 – Tribeca Film Festival 2016 (Day 1)

Join the Moviewallas “live” from the TriBeCa Film Festival 2016.  Our Day 1 coverage includes our take on:

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The First Monday in May

Director: Andrew Rossi
Producer: Fabiola Beracasa Beckman, Sylvana Ward Durrett, Dawn Ostroff
Cinematographer: Andrew Rossi & Bryan Sarkinen
Cast: Wong Kar Wai, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, Baz Luhrmann, Andre Leon Talley, Harold Koda, Thomas Campbell, Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon, Ricardo Tisci, Anna Wintour

the meddler

The Meddler

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Screenwriter: Lorene Scafaria
Producer: Joy Gorman Wettels
Editor: Kayla M. Emter
Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak
Executive Producer: Paul Green, Steve Golin, Shea Krammer, Susan Sarandon
Composer: Jonathan Sadoff
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch

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The Family Fang

Director: Jason Bateman
Screenwriter: David Lindsay-Abaire
Producer: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Jason Bateman, James Garavente
Editor: Robert Frazen
Cinematographer: Ken Seng
Executive Producer: Daniel Crown, Matt Salloway, Christina Papagjika, Caroline Jaczko, Anne O’Shea, Martina Lisec, Anton Lessine
Composer: Carter Burwell
Costume Designer: Amy Wescott
Cast: Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett, Jason Butler Harner, Kathryn Hahn

Mother

Mother (Ema)

Director: Kadri Kõusaar
Screenwriter: Leana Jalukse, Al Wallcat
Producer: Aet Laigu
Editor: Tambet Tasuja
Cinematographer: Jean-Noël Mustonen F.S.C.
Production Designer: Minna Hint
Costume Designer: Liisi Eelmaa
Make-up Artist: Maria Indermitte
Sound Designer: Horret Kuus
Cast: Tiina Mälberg, Jaan Pehk, Andres Tabun, Andres Noormets, Rea Lest, Jaak Prints, Siim Maaten

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Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Taika Waititi
Producer: Taika Waititi, Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders, Matt Noonan
Editor: Luke Haigh, Tom Eagles, Yana Gorskaya
Cinematographer: Lechlan Milne, ACS
Executive Producer: Sir James Wallace, Charlie McClellan
Composer: Luke Buda, Samuel Scott, Conrad Wedde
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Tioreore Ngatai- Melbourne, Oscar Kightley

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San Diego Asian Film Festival 2015 (SDAFF 2015) – The Real Jewel in San Diego’s Crown

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Just over a month has passed since the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival closed it’s curtains and I’m still gobsmacked by all of the incredible movies that were screened.  For it’s sweet sixteenth session, the festival run by the Pacific Arts Movement screened over 130 films from 20 countries and many to record sell-out crowds. All of the beautifully and carefully curated movies had one thing in common – they were thought provoking, poignant and showed off the talents of diverse Asian filmmakers from across the world whilst showing us many of the cultural threads and different lives in the countries that make up the rich tapestry of the continent of Asia.

This is a recap of the coverage that we live tweeted and recorded on Facebook during the festival

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Some of Moviewallas favorites:

MISS INDIA AMERICA

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Directed by: Ravi Kapoor

Screenwriter:Ravi Kapoor and Meera Simhan

MISS INDIA AMERICA kicked off the festival and tells a story about Lily Prasad (Tiya Sirdar) who is a winner, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Fresh off her valedictorian speech, Lily intends to continue living her storybook life according to “The Plan,” her meticulously-crafted scrapbook that ropes in her less-than-willing high school boyfriend Karim (Kunal Sharma). But when Karim is caught flirting with the reigning Miss India National, Lily is livid and takes aim at the crown to win Karim back, restore “The Plan” forever, and reaffirm her endless magnificence. Lily is appalled though when she finds that the path to glory is challenged by not just a drop-dead beauty of a nemesis (played by New Girl’s Hannah Simone), but also the internal nausea of having to win despite all consequences.

This is a smart and funny movie that transcends race and tells a story which is applicable to any nerdy girl who is threatened by the thought of losing her boyfriend to a model!  Most importantly  it is a feel good tale that reminds us that we are who we are, and deep inside there is a model waiting to get out in all of us.  Sassy and clever dialogue elevates the movie that crosses somewhere between Clueless and Legally Blonde, I can’t wait to see what this talented writing team brings us next

WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE

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Directed by: Hyo-jin Kang

Yeon-woo (played by Uhm Jung-Hwa, Dancing Queen, SDAFF ’12) has the complete bourgeoisie starter package. A slick new BMW. A mixed martial arts personal trainer. Rare red steaks and French wine for breakfast. And she is head legal counsel to the biggest, sleaziest company in town.

But if we know anything about Korean rom-coms, it’s that sudden shocking comas are attracted to the rich and bitchy as much as grizzly bears are attracted to salmon wearing nightgowns of honey.

An automobile accident lands Yeon-woo in heaven, but even death can’t keep her spirit down. Korean angels cut her a deal. Teleport down into the chores, credit limits, and complications of a shabby housewife for one month. Then she will be allowed to return to the glitz, glamour, and unscrupulousness of her old life.

There have been many movies that explore what it’s like to walk in another person’s shoes or bodyswap  and most often these fit squarely in the comedy genre e.g. Freaky Friday, Heaven Can Wait and most recently The Change-Up.  However, there are few movies that elegantly explore the emotion that goes with waking up as somebody else with a life that isn’t yours and is everything you didn’t want.  Welcome to the WONDERFUL NIGHTMARE; this is a deep and thoughtful look at what happens when a woman who seems to have it all wakes up in a life that she truly never desired and doesn’t want to be a part of.  This is a delightful movie that will have you laughing whilst reflecting on what it means to be human and what’s really important in life.

THE BEAUTY INSIDE

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Directed by: Jong-Yeol Baek

Screenwriters:Seon-jeong Kim, Jeong-ye Park and Kyung-hee Noh

Woo-Jin wakes up every morning with a different body. At first, it was a shock. Now, years later, he’s used to looking in the mirror and discovering a stranger. With only the companionship of a supportive mother and a highly-entertained best friend, Woo-Jin’s been forced into anonymity, working as a furniture designer taking orders from online clients he never has to meet. Falling in love is of course off limits. That is, until he meets E-Soo, a furniture saleswoman who makes him never want to fall asleep again.

From there, THE BEAUTY INSIDE becomes a most unusual romance, the kind that pushes its protagonists into the ultimate tests of love: can Woo-Jin be in a relationship with somebody who doesn’t recognize him? Can E-Soo feel security from a man who starts every day as a stranger? With all the magic of a good fantasy, THE BEAUTY INSIDE has the audience seeing the romantic comedy anew, much as E-Soo and Woo-Jin treat every one of their encounters like a rediscovery.

THE BEAUTY INSIDE is one of the most unique movies that explores the true nature of who you are and how this changes if you physically don’t recognize who you are in the mirror.  Stunningly shot with elegant dialogue, this film will leave you feeling like love truly can conquer all.  The most impressive thing about the movie is it’s female lead Hyo-ju Han who effortlessly captures our hero’s heart.

IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG

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Directed by: Emily Ting

Screenwriter: Emily Ting

Josh struggles with his lucrative job in finance, his practical-minded girlfriend, and his desire to become a novelist. Ruby, content with her job designing toys, imagines what she could be doing had she pursued her love of fashion design. Both are young American expats who happen to be on the same Hong Kong street when Ruby gets lost and Josh decides to help her find her way.

Soon though, their serendipitous meeting and stroll through the city leads to the kind of expat fantasy that seems to allow for limitless possibilities – even infidelity. Together, they begin to see their desires come within reach, however stymied by impracticality and fear of the unknown.

IT’S ALREADY TOMORROW IN HONG KONG elegantly and wistfully captures what happens when a spark is ignited between two people with an ocean separating them and the questions that arise when we find ourselves in a situation that we shouldn’t be in.  The chemistry between real life couple Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg as Ruby and Josh is electric and we find ourselves rooting for this would-be couple who have more than distance to potentially contend with.  Moviewallas caught a screening of this during LA Film Festival earlier in the year but the movie was so good that we couldn’t help ourselves watching a second time.

MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART

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Director: Zhangke Jia

Screen-writer: Zhangke Jia

At first, the latest from filmmaker Zhangke Jia appears deceptively simple, a step back perhaps, crude even. Why would the director of THE WORLD and STILL LIFE and most recently, the brutally unsparing Cannes winner A TOUCH OF SIN, want to make what seems a visually unkempt and thematically shallow love story. A girl in small-town China has to choose between the affections of her ambitious, pushy, city boss and her aggravatingly shy, local coworker. You wonder if the great Zhangke Jia has finally wandered into a genre – the romantic triangle – that is outside his grasp.

And then you spend the rest of the film realizing how wrong you were to doubt him in the first place. Because it is only after awhile that the ambitions of the movie become evident. And when they do, you sit back in awe. As this film jumps from the initial story set in 1999, to 2014, and then giddily to 2025! And here is why this film needs to be sought out by cinephiles, because even as the movie sprints 15 years ahead with each leap, it also literally opens up, with a widening aspect ratio. The screen widens with the passage of time!  And this was one of the most joyous surprises I witnessed in a cinema hall all year. And the widening is unqualified, as the film opens up thematically (it only lulled you at the start into thinking that this was a romantic melodrama), geographically (from rural China to Shanghai to Australia) and the scope of its reach (easily commenting on the big themes as the film progresses). The film also smartly avoids the rigors of traditional epic storytelling in which the very same characters are examined through a lifetime. Instead MOUNTAINS MIGHT DEPART concentrates, in the moment, on a specific character(s) during each time period. Yes, these characters are related, but the film has no interest in looping back to re-examine each of the original players from the first act.

The visionary filmmakers often tend to put all their cards on the table at once, aiming to dazzle you upfront, but they sometimes have a hard time sustaining that through the last act when things whimper to an end. I am more impressed by films which calculatedly build their fort and become increasingly more breathless on their way to the conclusion. MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART takes off in its last act, when it bravely somersaults into an unconventional (if not transgressive, for some) relationship between two new characters. How many filmmakers possess the bandwidth to grasp for so much.

In watching sons deal with the footprints of their fathers, and in its formal structure, this is like a smarter version of Derek Cianfrance’s THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. But no matter how you cut it, this is the work of a master.

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It’s been another superb Los Angeles Film Festival this year.  If you have been keeping up with the Podcast coverage, you will have some sense of the quality of the material showcased this year.  Here are few photos from the cast and crew Q and A’s.

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Las Malas Lenguas (Sweet and Vicious)

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My Love, Don’t Cross That River

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JJ Abrams with the cast and crew of Infinitely Polar Bear

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The Overnight

Episode 280.3 – 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Part 3

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We wrap up our coverage of the 2015 LA Film Festival with a 3rd Podcast:

AYANDA

Ayanda and the Mechanic

(2015 , 112 min.)

Directed by: Sara Blecher
Screenwriter: Trish Malone
Producers: Terry Pheto, Busi Sizani, Robbie Thorpe
Cinematographer: Jonathan Kovel
Editor: Nicholas Costaras
Music: Tiago Correia-Paulo
Cast: Fulu Moguvhani, OC Ukeje, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Venessa Cooke

In a vibrant and diverse Johannesburg community, 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda has a knack for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love.” Eight years after her father’s death, she is determined to revive his prized garage, which is in deep debt and in danger of being sold. Director Sara Blecher’s sophomore work crackles with infectious energy and style, capturing a vividly contemporary view of a South Africa where cooperation trumps xenophobia. This one-of-a-kind film melds gorgeous still-frame montages inspired by the possibilities of a modern African aesthetic and documentary-like techniques to explore its core theme: how do we let go of the things and people we love?

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Madar-e Ghalb Atomi

(2014 , 97 min.)

Directed by: Ali Ahmadzadeh
Screenwriter: Ali Ahmadzadeh, Mani Baghbani
Producers: Amir Seyedzadeh
Cinematographer: Ashkan Ashkani
Editor: Ali Ahmadzadeh, Ehsan Vaseghi
Music: Sahand Mehdizadeh
Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti, Pegah Ahangarani, Mehrdad Sedighiyan, Reza Behboudi, Ehsan Amani, Mohammad Reza Golzar

Sometime around the witching hour, Arineh and Nobahar stumble out of a party giddy and spaced out. Donning brightly dyed hair covered just enough by their headscarves, the young women drive around Tehran, picking up their hipster buddy Kami along the way. In a moment of carefree distraction, they get into a car accident that pivots their night into a bizarre series of events, and the possibility of a parallel world. Symbolically lush with sharp dialogue about pop culture, the Western gaze and politics, Ali Ahmadzade’s sophomore directorial feat establishes him as a blazing new independent voice in Iranian cinema.

BABUSHKAS

The Babushkas of Chernobyl

(2015 , 72 min.)

Directed by: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart
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Producers: Holly Morris, Anne Bogart
Cinematographer: Japhet Weeks
Editor: Richard Howard, Mary Manhardt, Michael Taylor
Music: Rob Teehan
Cast: Valentyna Sochenok, Hanna Zavorotnya, Maria Shovkuta


For nearly 30 years a community of unlikely heroines have lived in Chernobyl’s post-nuclear disaster “dead zone.” Stylish and stubborn, these fascinating women have survived, and even thrived, on some of the most toxic land on Earth. They are the last survivors of a community who refused to leave their ancestral homes after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. But the babushkas aren’t the only risk-takers: scientists, bureaucrats and even young men called “Stalkers” (who break in illegally to pursue their video game-inspired fantasies) explore the dystopian Zone and seek out its radioactive grandmas. First-time filmmakers Anne Bogart and Holly Morris’ portrait of a community tells a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s own destiny and the subjective nature of risk.

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No Más Bebés

(2015 , 79 min.)

Directed by: Renee Tajima-Peña
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Producers: Virginia Espino, Renee Tajima-Peña
Cinematographer: Claudio Rocha
Editor: Johanna Demetrakas
Music: Bronwen Jones, Quetzal
Cast: Maria Hurtado, Consuelo Hermosillo, Antonia Hernandez, Bernard Rosenfeld

In 1960s and 70s Los Angeles, Mexican immigrant women allege they were coercively sterilized without their consent at LAC + USC Medical Center. Archival footage of the booming Chicano rights movement is juxtaposed with interviews in a long abandoned hospital. Interwoven are opinions from both sides of the landmark case Madrigal v. Quilligan. The women who brought the case to trial are represented by a young and fearless lawyer, Antonia Hernandez. Academy Award®-nominated director Renee Tajima-Peña (Who Killed Vincent Chin) saved this important case from becoming a forgotten footnote, facilitating a measure of closure and raising a timely topic amid the ongoing battles over reproductive rights and discriminatory practices.

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In a Perfect World…

(2014 , 76 min.)

Directed by: Daphne McWilliams
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Producers: Daphne McWilliams, Samuel D. Pollard, Brennan Rees, Mary Burns DeFuria
Cinematographer: Henry Adebonojo, Ana Dantas, Francis Augustine, Xavier Rodriguez
Editor: James Codoyannis
Music: Kathryn Bostic
Cast: John Cuevas, Eddie Cuevas, Damon Dash, Kevin Keenan, Ned Martin, Patrice McLeod, Chase Myles, Jason Lampkin, Craig Williams

Entering adulthood, Chase begins to feel the impact of his father’s inconsistent presence in his life. Curious about how boys negotiate the absence of their fathers and the kinds of relationships they forge with their mothers, Chase’s mother turns the camera on him. Daphne McWilliams’ directorial debut takes an astounding risk by grounding her sociological inquiry in the most vulnerable of all subjects: her teenage son, Chase. Revelatory, intimate interviews in this breakout documentary are structured with such grace and skill, they carry a transcendent universal perspective.

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Episode 280.2 – 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Part 2

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It’s Day 2 of the LA Film Fest and we Podcast on:

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My Love, Don’t Cross That River

(2014 , 86 min.)

Directed by: Mo-Young Jin
Screenwriter: Mo-Young Jin
Producers: Kyungsoo Han
Cast: Byong-man Jo, Gye-Yeul Kang

Known in Korea as “the 100-year-old lovebirds,” 89-year-old Kang Kye-Yeol and 98-year-old Cho Byeong-man have been married for 76 years. Living in a rural, sleepy corner of the Gangwon province like characters from a fairy tale, they wear matching traditional Korean garments, play fight in the snow and hold hands while sleeping. Shot over 15 months by veteran documentary filmmaker Jin Mo-Young, the film chronicles the couple’s last days together as they sense their love and lives drawing to a close, providing a rare glimpse into an intimate marriage that has more than endured the test of time. This remarkable film broke Korean box office records, becoming the biggest Korean indie film of all time.

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Las Malas Lenguas (Sweet and Vicious)

(2014 , 88 min. )

Directed by: Juan Paulo Laserna
Screenwriter: Juan Paulo Laserna, Juan Camilo Brigard
Producers: Juan Paulo Laserna
Cinematographer: Oscar Robles
Editor: Jared Simon
Music: Juan Manuel Vasquez, Santiago Amezquita
Cast:  Sara Montoya, Pedro Mejia, Matilde de los Milagros Londoño, Felix Antequera, Maryuri Sanchez

Manuela is the daughter of wealthy parents, their family a part of the Colombian elite. She appears to have every advantage in life but she’s completely unhappy and living a multitude of lies. She yearns to escape the patriarchal city but when she discovers she’s pregnant, her life and dreams begin to unravel. Can she regain control or is her life out of her hands?

Director Juan Paulo Laserna’s feature debut tells an understated cautionary tale pitched in an almost heightened reality with a notably stylized cinematic language.  Lead actress Sara Montoya delivers a breakout performance in a multilayered story rife with sharp and penetrating observations of the complicated world of the Colombian elite.

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The Girl in the Book

(2014 , 88 min. )

Directed by: Marya Cohn
Screenwriter: Marya Cohn
Producers: Gina Resnick, Kyle Heller
Cinematographer: Trevor Forrest
Editor: Jessica Brunetto
Music: Fall on Your Sword, Will Bates
Cast: Emily Van Camp, Michael Nyqvist, David Call, Michael Cristofer, Talia Balsam, Ana Mulvoy-Ten


29-year-old assistant editor and aspiring writer Alice Harvey is funny, smart and emotionally self-destructive. Climbing the ranks at a notable publishing company, she struggles to write her own story, forever stymied by memories of her youthful relationship with her dad’s best friend, Milan.
 
After 15 years Milan and Alice’s paths cross once again, forcing them to confront events that have long gone unaddressed. Artfully intertwining scenes from Alice’s budding teen years and her unsettled adult life, Marya Cohn’s assured directorial debut explores the residual effects that past actions have on present realities in the story of a young woman seeking to reclaim her body, her voice and ultimately her power.

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl

(2015 , 101 min. )

Directed by: Marielle Heller
Screenwriter: Marielle Heller
Producers: Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit
Cinematographer: Brandon Trost
Editor: Marie-Helene Dozo, Koen Timmerman
Music: Nate Heller
Cast:  Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, Christopher Meloni

Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe Rutherford. What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment.
 
Set in 1976 San Francisco, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl begins at the crossroads of the fading hippie movement and the dawn of punk rock. News commentary of the Patty Hearst trial echoes in the background, as Minnie’s young expressive eyes soak in a drug-laden city in transition— where teenage rebellion and adult responsibility clash in characters lost and longing. Minnie’s hard-partying mother and absent father have left her rudderless. She first finds solace in Monroe’s seductive smile, and then on the backstreets of the city by the bay. Animation serves a refuge from the confusing and unstable world around her. Minnie emerges defiant — taking command of her sexuality and drawing on her newfound creative talents to reveal truths in the kind of intimate and vivid detail that can only be found in the pages of a teenage girl’s diary.

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Flock of Dudes

(2015 , 104 min. )

Directed by: Bob Castrone
Screenwriter: Bob Castrone, Jason Zumwalt, Brian Levin
Producers: Mark Manuel, Aaron Kaufman, Ted O’Neal, Brian Levin
Cinematographer: Yaron Levy
Editor: Lawrence Jordan
Music: Jonathan Zalben
Cast: Chris D’Elia, Hannah Simone, Bryan Greenberg, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, Skylar Astin

Adam and his friends have the perfect set up:all night house parties, elaborate drinking games, and random hook-ups. The problem is, Adam and his friends are in their thirties. After yet another round of shenanigans, including getting evicted and discovering his ex-girlfriend is now dating a hot actor, Adam decides he needs to break up with his friends if he wants to grow up as a man.
 
Director Bob Castrone’s debut boasts an ensemble cast with impeccable comedic flow and the genuine rapport necessary for a story about co-dependent friends. One man’s journey to transcend his juvenile ways turns out to be as ridiculous and fun as expected, especially when it’s balanced with welcome moments of romance and reflection.

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The Overnight

(2015 , 80 min. )

Directed by: Patrick Brice
Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
Producers: Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott
Cinematographer: John Guleserian
Editor: Christopher Donlon
Music: Julian Wass
Cast:  Adam Scott, Judith Godrèche, Jason Schwartzman, Taylor Schilling

Alex, Emily, and their son RJ have recently moved to Los Angeles’ Eastside and are desperate to find their first new friends. After a chance meeting with an eccentric yet friendly father at the neighborhood park, they gladly agree to join family pizza night at his home. But as it gets late and the kids go to bed, the family “play date” becomes increasingly more revealing and unorthodox as the couples begin to open up. With exhilarating openness and gut-busting humor, writer/director Patrick Brice delves into the sexual frustration and insecurity that many married couples face. Showcasing a memorable ensemble cast including Jason Schwartzman, Adam Scott, and Taylor Schilling, The Overnight tells a complex story of overcoming self-doubt and connecting with our deepest desires.

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Episode 280.1 – 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival – Part 1

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Welcome to Part 1 of our update from the 2015 LA Film Festival.  In this Podcast we discuss:

SHUT_IN

Shut In

(2015 , 90 min.)

Directed by: Adam Schindler
Screenwriter: David White, TJ Cimfel
Producers: Steven Schneider, Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman, Erik Olsen
Cinematographer: Eric Leach
Editor: Adam Schindler, Brian Netto
Music: Frederik Wiedmann
Cast:  Beth Riesgraf, Martin Starr, Rory Culkin, Jack Kesy

Anna and her older brother share co-dependent lives in their time-worn childhood home. But when her brother passes away, Anna must face her crippling agoraphobia to save herself from a trio of criminals who invade her home. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues as the intruders discover the house is not what it first appeared to be. LA Film Fest veterans Adam Schindler and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within) return to the Festival with a home invasion narrative that explores the detrimental effects of anxiety and trauma and twists it into something truly unexpected.

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Caught

(2015 , 83 min. )

Directed by: Maggie Kiley
Screenwriter: Marcy Holland
Producers: Jennifer Westin
Cinematographer: Martim Vian
Editor: Vincent Oresman
Music: Matthew Pucket
Cast: Anna Camp, Stefanie Scott, Amelia Rose Blaire, Sam Page

Allie is a dimpled American teen – friendly, hardworking and involved in a secret relationship with a hot older man. Unfortunately, her clandestine beau is married. Even worse, he’s married to Sabrina, a beautiful but wild-eyed suburban housewife who will do literally anything to keep her marriage intact – including kidnapping Allie at knifepoint and keeping her tied to a chair in the attic of her gorgeously decorated home.
 
Bold and delicious like female-driven, teeth-gnashing dramas of yore – but with more blood and bone – Caught is an exciting departure for director Maggie Kiley, who escalates the tension while ratcheting up the madness. Marital truths and schoolgirl crushes are rarely given this kind of treatment, where camp crashes gleefully into serious suspense.

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It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

Cantonese, English

(2015 , 79 min. )

Directed by: Emily Ting
Screenwriter: Emily Ting
Producers: Sophia Shek, Emily Ting
Cinematographer: Josh Silfen
Editor: Danielle Wang
Music: Timo Chen
Cast: Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg

In this sparkling romance, Ruby, a Chinese American toy designer from LA, visits Hong Kong for the first time on business. Finding herself stranded, she meets Josh, an American expat who shows her the city. Meandering through nighttime streets pulsing with energy and possibility, they fall into a winding and carefree conversation, buoyed by an undeniable attraction.  As effervescent as a perfect first date, Emily Ting’s charming directorial debut takes full advantage of the chemistry of its leads, the playfulness of their exchanges, and the magical landscape that is Hong Kong at night.

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A Beautiful Now

(2015 , 98 min.)

Directed by: Daniela Amavia
Screenwriter: Daniela Amavia
Producers: Keith Kjarval, Lynn Kressel, Daniela Amavia
Cinematographer: Pat Scola
Editor: Valdis Oskarsdottir, Adam H Mack
Music: Johnny Jewel
Cast: Abigail Spencer, Cheyenne Jackson, Collette Wolfe, Elena Satine, Sonja Kinski, Patrick Heusinger

Romy barricades herself in a bathroom with a handgun and a bottle of champagne on the eve of her birthday. She embodies the easy glamor of a ballet dancer, and is beloved by her friends – but still, she feels alone. Teetering between reality and fantasy over the course of one night, Daniela Amavia’s directorial debut is grounded in a nuanced screenplay about finding beauty even when dreams have spiraled into despair. Supported by an ensemble cast who authentically inhabit the competing neuroses and affection of a group of friends in a moment of crisis, Abigail Spencer’s impassioned performance as Romy lifts the spirit, even as it breaks the heart.

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Puerto Ricans in Paris

(2014)

Directed by: Ian Edelman
Screenwriter: Neel Shah, Ian Edelman
Producers: Joseph Zolfo
Cinematographer: Damian Acevedo
Editor: Justin Krohn
Music: Jonathan Sadoff
Cast: Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Alice Taglioni, Miriam Shor, Frédéric Anscombre, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson


Puerto Rican brothers–in-law Eddie and Luis just happen to be NYC’s two best counterfeit detectives. When the latest, must-have “It Bag” from celebrated Parisian fashion designer Colette’s new collection has been stolen, they head to Paris in hopes of cracking the case and collecting a handsome fee.  With clashing sleuthing styles and personality traits, the comedic duo infuses a bit of color into the City of Lights. This hilarious new caper features the incomparable Luis Guzman and co-star Edgar Garcia alongside Rosie Perez and Rosario Dawson.

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What Lola Wants

(2015 , 77 min. )

Directed by: Rupert Glasson
Screenwriter: Rupert Glasson
Producers: Monnie Wills, Ayisha Davies
Cinematographer: Eric Leach
Editor: Rupert Glasson
Music: John Gray
Cast:  Sophie Lowe, Beau Knapp, Robert Taylor, Dale Dickey, Charles S. Dutton

17-year-old Lola Franklin, untamed and irrepressible, fools the world into believing she has been kidnapped when in fact she has run away to escape her Hollywood royalty parents. She convinces a charming thief named Marlo to teach her the art of pickpocketing, and soon they tear up the New Mexico countryside like a hyper-stylized ode to Bonnie and Clyde. 
 
With heightened, poetic dialogue and vividly outsized characters, Sophie Lowe and Beau Knapp inhabit Lola and Marlo with a heartfelt sincerity that embodies their deliciously tragic, dangerous love made especially for the silver screen. Australian director Rupert Glasson’s stylish rendition of a contemporary American western is both cinematically accomplished and delightfully off-kilter.

 

 

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Episode 274 – 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival (Part 4)

In this episode of Moviewallas we wrap up our live coverage of TriBeCa 2015.

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Screenwriter: Tim Blake Nelson
Producer: Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Tim Blake Nelson, Christopher Scott, John Molli
Editor: Mako Kamitsuna
Cinematographer: Christina Voros
Executive Producer: Anthony J. Nicholson, Dennis Mykytyn, Houston King, Jonathan Gray
Composer: Jeff Danna
Co-Producer: Jessica Hong
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Corey Stoll, Gretchen Mol, Michael K. Williams

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 100 minutes
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USAMexico
Premiere: New York
CAST & CREDITS

Director: Matthew Heineman
Producer: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
Editor: Matthew Hamachek, Matthew Heineman, Bradley J. Ross, Pax Wassermann
Cinematographer: Matthew Heineman, Matt Porwoll
Executive Producer: Molly Thompson, David McKillop, Robert Debitetto
Composer: H. Scott Salinas, Jackson Greenberg

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 81 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Gregory Kohn
Screenwriter: Gregory Kohn
Producer: Jane Houle, Gregory Kohn, George Manatos, Mara Auster, Chris Mosson
Editor: George Manatos, William Lehman
Cinematographer: Chris Mosson
Executive Producer: Nancy Schafer
Composer: Matthew Cooper
Cast: Eléonore Hendricks, Kentucker Audley, Lindsay Burdge, Jason Shelton, John Anderson, Jason Selvig

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Episode 273 – 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival (Part 3)

Join us for the third installment of our daily Podcast updates from the 2015 TriBeCa Film Festival in New York!

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2014
Length: 103 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: US

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Andrew Niccol
Screenwriter: Andrew Niccol
Producer: Andrew Niccol, Nicolas Chartier, Zev Foreman, Mark Amin
Editor: Zach Staenberg, A.C.E.
Cinematographer: Amir Mokri
Executive Producer: Cami Winikoff, Tyler Boehm, Patrick Newall, Ted Gidlow
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz, Jake Abel, January Jones

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 104 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: David Holbrooke
Screenwriter: David Holbrooke
Producer: Stacey Reiss
Editor: Seth Bomse
Associate Producer: Julian Feller-Cohen, Amani Vance
Cinematographer: Adam Vardy, Richard Dallett, Jim Hurst, Bao Nguyen
Executive Producer: Scott Berrie, Tom Freston, Barbara and Andrew Gundlach, Marshall Sonenshine, Louis Venezia.
Composer: Graham Reynolds
Co-Producer: Sarah Holbrooke, Emily McAllister
Executive Producer for HBO: Sheila Nevins
Senior Producer for HBO: Nancy Abraham

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: Australia
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Michael Petroni
Screenwriter: Michael Petroni
Producer: Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard, Michael Petroni
Editor: Martin Connor, Luke Doola
Cinematographer: Stefan Duscio
Executive Producer: Compton Ross, Phil Hunt, David Evans
Cast: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 91 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Onur Tukel
Screenwriter: Onur Tukel
Producer: Melodie Sisk, Karl Jacob, Matt Grady, Greg Newman
Editor: Justin Kavoussi, Onur Tukel
Associate Producer: Max Heller, Alston Brown
Cinematographer: Jason Banker
Executive Producer: Onur Tukel, Clifford McCurdy
Composer: Michael Montes
Cast: Dylan Baker, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Max Casella, Jennifer Prediger, Onur Tukel, Karl Jacob

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2015
Length: 82 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Chris Modoono
Screenwriter: Chris Modoono, Gil Zabarsky
Producer: Paul Bernon, Sam Slater
Editor: Bryan Gaynor
Cinematographer: Tom Campbell
Executive Producer: Sev Ohanian
Composer: Cormac Bluestone
Cast: Gil Zabarsky , Kate Flannery, Kathleen Littlefield, Maddux Berry, Emily Wilson, Marc Evan Jackson

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FILM INFORMATION

Year: 2014
Length: 113 minutes
Language: English
Country: Italy
Premiere: US

CAST & CREDITS

Director: Saverio Costanzo
Screenwriter: Saverio Costanzo
Producer: Mario Gianani, Lorenzo Mieli
Editor: Francesca Calvelli
Cinematographer: Fabio Cianchetti
Executive Producer: Riccardo Neri, Louistisne, Olivia Sleiter, Christopher Marsh
Cast: Adam Driver, Alba Rohrwacher, Roberta Maxwell, Al Roffe, Geisha Otero

 

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