The point we wish Alicia Van Couvering had delved deeper into in her Filmmaker Magazine feature on the movement that may or may not be known as mumblecore?
â€œIf itâ€™s going to be called a movement,â€ says Swanberg, â€œitâ€™s important to stress that itâ€™s not exclusive.â€ Adds Duplass, â€œItâ€™s not like Dogme 95 or something, with a leader and rules.â€ In fact, while Rohal, Russo-Young and Tully might have worked as actors in Swanberg and Katzâ€™s naturalistic films, so far their own directing styles are all very different. For instance, says Swanberg, â€œRyâ€™s movie Orphans is small, itâ€™s about young people, but itâ€™s very stylized and totally her own vision. Todd Rohal definitely has his own vision. Ti West [The Roost] is doing horrorâ€¦.Every festival some new cool person appears.â€
So why does everyone insist on forcing this into a film movement? The filmmakers being looped into it really don’t have that much in common stylistically; that they (for the most part) use DV and collaborate with each other is more a means to making a film on the cheap and free from outside control than evidence of a movement.
"I think we’re overdoing theatrical docs," he said. "There are too many of them around, and the quality of them is slipping."
of the documentaries released on the bigscreen today, he said, aren’t
good enough to merit even a commission for television.
pointed out that although the quantity of theatrical docs has
mushroomed since "Touching the Void," the lone B.O. successes in the
U.K. have been "March of the Penguins" and "An Inconvenient Truth."
"I’m just not sure if the appetite is there," he said.
A trailer for Peter Chan‘s "The Warlords" is here (link via Twitch). Jet Li, Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro… and yet, these pricey Chinese historical epics are beginning to totally blend together for us.
Back at Variety, Alison James reports that Ian Curtis biopic "Control" will open the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight sidebar â€” the film will mark music video hotness Anton Corbijn‘s directorial debut. At the party, James writes, "Bono and members of New Order and Depeche Mode will be among guests — and may even perform."
+ WHAT I MEANT TO SAY (Filmmaker Magazine)
+ Southern Death Cult (Sight & Sound)
+ Harsh lesson for Hot Docs delegates (Variety)
+ Peter Chan’s The Warlords Trailer leaked Online (Twitch)
+ The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Brothers Quay (Premiere)
+ Cannes plans Curtis bash (Variety)