Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above: Ryan Kwanten in Red Hill (see Deals after the jump).
Opening / Expanding. Why not try something different and head to the art house for the last weekend of the month? Among the limited releases that are opening or expanding:
- Centurion. The latest from Neil Marshall (The Descent) is a bracingly violent adventure. See Scott Weinberg's review.
- Mesrine: Killer Instinct. The first part of an epic that explores the brutal life of a French gangster in the 60s and 70s.
- Daniel y Ana. The close relationship between a young woman, about to be married, and her teenage brother is put to the test when both are kidnapped.
- Change of Plans. A summer dinner party reveals secret affairs of the heart in a comedy by Daniele Thompson.
- Get Low. Robert Duvall gives an extraordinary performance as a recluse come to settle affairs with his very unusual funeral plans; Bill Murray is an accommodating funeral home owner; with Lucas Black and Sissy Spacek. Expands onto 570 screens. Check Scott Weinberg's review.
Deals. Business picked up in the last week, starting with the documentary Rachel, which was acquired by Women Make Movies. Directed by Simone Bitton, the film investigates the death of a peace activist in the Gaza Strip in 2003; it's sparked controversy on the festival circuit. It will play a special week-long engagement in New York from October 8-14, according to indieWIRE; no other release plans have been announced yet.
Just a week later, look for the 'politically-charged' doc I Want Your Money to try and stir things up on the election trail, per indieWIRE. Freestyle Releasing is the responsible distributor; in view of a "plethora of left wing documentaries," they aim to "offer the public the other point of view." Good luck, folks! Ray Griff directed; reportedly the film contrasts Presidents Reagan and Obama, mixing interviews and "comedic animation."
A few weeks later, Australian thriller Red Hill will hit theaters, courtesy of Strand Releasing. Ryan Kwanten (who plays a hot-headed character on TV's 'love it or hate it' True Blood), stars as a new member of a small police force in a small town. Trouble, evidently, quickly begins brewing. Between now and its theatrical release, the film will play selected festivals; indieWIRE has the list.
December will see the long-awaited release of Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things, as noted by our own Peter Hall earlier this week. More details are supplied by indieWIRE, where it's noted that Jarecki bought back the rights to the film from The Weinstein Company in March, and has now set up a deal with Magnolia Pictures. Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella star in a love story / mystery "inspired" by real-life incidents in the 1980s, in which a wealthy husband was suspected of murder after his wife disappeared. All Good Things is the feature debut for documentarian Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans).
A title that generated some mixed buzz coming out of Cannes, Biutiful, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), has been acquired by Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment, Christopher Campbell informed us. Javier Bardem stars in the dark drama. Our friends at indieWIRE note that a December release is planned, smack dab in the middle of awards season.