7 items from 2013
Our Nicholas Bell consider it among his top 5 best at Tiff this year and both Variety (will thrill to this sweet, spirited return to form) and THR (boards the rollercoaster of early adolescence with infectious results) come to the same consensus in Venice claiming that Together and Lilya 4-ever director Lukas Moodysson is back in great form and the Magnolia Pictures took notice (and so did 24 other territories who picked up the rights from TrustNordisk) – picking up the North American rights to the punk fueled coming-of-ager. Magnolia will release We Are The Best! in 2014.
Gist: VI ÄR BÄST! is about Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. Three 12-13-year-old girls who roam the streets. Who are brave and tough and strong and weak and confused and weird. Who have to take care of themselves way too early. Who heat fish fingers in the toaster when mom is at the pub. Who start »
- Eric Lavallee
Devil’s Knot, a docudrama about the tangled and still-loaded West Memphis Three case, directed by Atom Egoyan, is for the most part a tense and absorbing movie. It’s the intelligent, detail-jammed, well-executed version of what we used to call “a TV movie” — a phrase you can’t really use anymore, since it once connoted a certain second-rate, connect-the-dots Madame Tussauds biopic quality that’s become irrelevant in the age of HBO. (There was never a “TV movie” like Behind the Candelabra or Recount.) Yet that term also summoned up the basic, childlike voyeuristic appeal of seeing interesting actors »
- Owen Gleiberman
★★☆☆☆ Based on a true case of human trafficking in the Us, Megan Griffiths' Eden (2012) is a decidedly low-key circumvention on the usual gritty, unforgiving exposés of the sex industry. Set in a small rural town back in 1994, naive teenager Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) works in her parents' bric-a-brac store, occasionally sneaking out-back to share a smoke with her rebellious friend, Abbie (Tracey Fairaway). The pair are intent on exploring their burgeoning sexuality, with Abbie coaxing Hyun to join her for an evening of underage drinking and harmless flirting. Here, Hyun Jae catches the eye of a young fireman who offers to give her a lift.
However, the next thing Hyun Jae experiences is a chloroform hangover and the view from inside the trunk of a Chevrolet - all before being hauled off to a soulless warehouse in the middle of nowhere where she, like many, will be held hostage »
- CineVue UK
Alexandros Avranas both wrote and directed this Venezia 70 entry and after the wife abuse of Die Frau des Polizisten and the necrophilia of Child of God the competition moves onto child suicide and other dark and disturbing subjects.
The setting is contemporary Athens, though there are none of its wonderful sights to behold. Here, we are in a grey and anonymous apartment building that could be in almost any city in Europe. In fact, the film rarely ventures out of the apartment and when it does, we’d rather have stayed at home. One factor that keeps it firmly anchored in Greece is the theme of unemployment and welfare benefits. However, the current economic climate and its effects on your typical Athenian household is not what this film is about.
The opening scene is in the family apartment. It’s unclear who’s who at this point, but it appears »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Lore is director Cate Shortland’s long-awaited follow-up to Somersault, her acclaimed 2004 drama and feature film debut that was also an international breakthrough for stars Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. A UK/Australia/Germany co-production, the new film is similarly concerned with a young female protagonist. Following the defeat of the Nazis, teenager Lore must guide herself and her destitute siblings through Germany in the dying days of the Second World War. Her parents having been arrested by Allied Forces for their Nazi ties, Lore has assimilated many of their anti-Semitic values, and must come to terms with the horrors of Hitler’s rule now coming to light for the German population.
Ahead of its recent Glasgow Film Festival showing prior to the film’s theatrical release in the UK, I spoke to one of Lore‘s producers, Paul Welsh, about the film’s interesting, lengthy production process, its influences, »
- Josh Slater-Williams
With Anchor Bay Films’ psychological rape/revenge feature Girls Against Boys opening theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on February 1st, we conducted a lengthy interview with the flick’s acclaimed writer and director, Austin Chick.
Girls Against Boys (review here), which lands on Blu-ray and DVD on February 26th, stars Danielle Panabaker (2009’s Friday the 13th ), Nicole Laliberte (“Dexter”), Liam Aiken (Road to Perdition), Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), and Andrew Howard (2010’s I Spit On Your Grave) in a film which revolves around the character of Shae (Panabaker), a naïve New York college student, who, after being tormented by several men in a matter of days, reaches her breaking point and is drawn into co-worker Lu’s (Laliberte) twisted plan for revenge.
Filmmaker Chick chatted with us at length regarding the production. Dig in!
Dread Central: In ways the film seems the offspring of Baise-moi and Fight Club, although with a more languid, »
- Sean Decker
We Are The Best!
Director/Writer: Lukas Moodysson
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We qualify 2013 as a definite “it” year for output of auteur-driven graphic novel adaptations and first on our countdown we find this Swedish item (expect a more fitting international title). Most recently known for his lesser items such as the experimental Container and existentialism inside a world romance in Mammoth, this adaptation, Moodysson’s 7th feature film could be considered a throwback, yet nifty counter-film when measured up against his more nihilistic beginnings in Fucking Åmål, Lilya 4-ever, and the fierce, A Hole in My Heart. If Moodysson manages to add a punk/alternative soundtrack, then this coming-of-ager should be sought out. »
- Eric Lavallee
7 items from 2013
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