Screening with: Hotel Chevalier – Wes Anderson, US, 2007; 12m (Fox Searchlight)
Go Go Tales – Abel Ferrara, Italy/US, 2007; 96m
Useless – Jia Zhang-ke, Hong Kong, 2007; 80m
The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965 – Murray Lerner, US, 2007; 80m
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runninâ€™ Down a Dream – Peter Bogdanovich, US, 2007; 238m
SXSW and the New York Film Festival are our two favorite film events of the year, the first because it’s young, fun and genuinely indie, and the second because it’s not at all young (though it does offer Sylvia Miles holding court) and it’s so unabashedly about Serious Cinema. This year’s line-up is a strong one that’s notably heavy on Cannes holdovers like the Tarr film, the Sokurov and the Hou Hsiao-hsien. We’re surprised to see Haynes’ "I’m Not There" on the list, given that it’s also at Venice and Toronto, though we’re not complaining, and we half expected "There Will Be Blood" to show up, though perhaps it’s just not finished.
We’re most looking forward to…well, to be honest, still "The Darjeeling Limited," but also Guillermo del Toro protÃ©gÃ© Bayona’s Spanish horror film "The Orphanage" and De Palma’s "Redacted." De Palma!
+ The 45th New York Film Festival (Film Society of Lincoln Center)