Welcome to Indie Roundup, your guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above: Enter the Void, The Square, Ondine, The Last Station.
Deals. IFC Films grabbed U.S. rights to Gasper Noé's Enter the Void, according to indieWIRE. The film, Noé's first feature-length work since his Irreversible generated considerable controversy seven years ago, debuted at Cannes last year, where it was called both an "exceptional work" (Manohla Dargis, New York Times) and "an endurance test" (Eugene Hernandez, indieWIRE). Nathaniel Brown and Paz de la Huerta star as siblings, one a dying drug dealer and the other a nightclub singer. Enter the Void will have its U.S. premiere at Sundance.
The Square generated great word of mouth when it debuted at SXSW last year, and now it's been picked up by Apparition, indieWIRE reports. Our own William Goss wrote: "When something this tight and this taut and this relentlessly compelling arrives, it deserves attention all its own." Nash Edgerton directed the film noir; his terrific short film Spider will play before theatrical screenings of The Square, a great idea. (I saw Spider at the Marfa Film Festival in 2008, where it was an obvious audience hit.) Look for The Square and Spider to hit theaters on April 9.
Neil Jordan's Ondine has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, according to Movieline. Colin Farrell stars as a fisherman who catches a mythical sea nymph (Alicia Bachleda) and a small Irish town is changed forever. A sex scene from the movie has been cut in order to secure a PG-13 rating, says The Wrap. Distribution plans have not yet been announced.
After the jump: making Lemonade, plus The Last Station scores.
Online / On Demand Viewing. In the spirit of the Sundance season, the iTunes Movie Store is hosting "Sundance Successes," a special section where you can rent or buy past Sundance titles like Sin Nombre and The Order of Myths. In the spirit of creative thinking, Lemonade is offered for free at Hulu; the doc looks at 16 advertising professionals who "lost their jobs and found their calling." Call it the flip side -- the downsized version? -- of Up in the Air.
Indie Weekend Box Office. Over the four-day weekend, The Last Station emerged triumphant at the box office, per figures compiled by Box Office Mojo. The film grossed an average of $31,364 at three theaters. Cinematical's Eugene Novikov saw it at Telluride last fall: "The Last Station appeared to reduce much of the audience here to tears, but at best I could take it or leave it. For the most part, it is frustrating, and disappointingly gutless."
Crazy Heart expanded a bit more, into 47 theaters, and saw returns average $18,263 at 47 theaters in its fifth week of release. Jeff Bridges' Golden Globe award-winning performance may help bump that; he certainly makes the film worth catching.
Andrea Arnold's drama Fish Tank opened at two theaters and averaged a very healthy $16,310. Cinematical's Todd Gilchrist saw it at AFI Fest and wrote: "Katie Jarvis plays Mia, an embittered, hostile 15-year old who comes home one day to discover that her party-girl mom Joanne (Kierston Wareing) has a new boyfriend named Connor (Michael Fassbender). ... Arnold has really created one of the absolute best coming-of-age stories I've seen in several years, because it accurately observes that sometimes just being able to survive is triumph enough, even if all of your hopes and dreams don't come true."
Another debuting title, Malcolm Venville's drama 44 Inch Chest, earned $5,817 at one theater in Los Angeles. The cast includes John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Tom Wilkinson, and Joanne Whalley.