The ImaginAsian Theater in Manhattan is currently showing "Zinda," yet another of Bollywood’s unofficial remakes. "Zinda" concerns a man who’s mysteriously imprisoned without explanation for 14 years, then just as enigmatically turned loose to find his captor. As Sukanya Verma puts it in a Rediff review:
Considering it seems to have been given the full Bollywood musical treatment, we might have to haul ourselves uptown this weekend.
The BAFTA nominations were announced this morning: the Best Film nods are a rather uninteresting array of the same titles getting acclaim everywhere else: "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "The Constant Gardener," "Crash" and "Good Night, and Good Luck." Better:
THE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
A COCK & BULL STORY – Andrew Eaton/Michael Winterbottom/Martin Hardy
THE CONSTANT GARDENER – Simon Channing Williams/Fernando Meirelles/Jeffrey Caine
FESTIVAL – Christopher Young/Annie Griffin
PRIDE & PREJUDICE – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Deborah Moggach
WALLACE & GROMIT: THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT – Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker
The Hong Kong Film Critics Society picked Johnny To‘s "Election" for best film and best direction over the past weekend, while the Online Film Critics Society gave the same honors to "A History of Violence."
BBC reports that the Berlin Film Festival jury will consist of Indian director Yash Chopra, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Matthew Barney, South Korean actress Lee Young Ae (of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"), Dutch director Marleen Gorris (of "Antonia’s Line"), German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl and Hollywood producer Fred Roos, along with Charlotte Rampling, who, as announced last month, will head the panel.
And Sundance starts today…Manohla Dargis writes a frustrated love/hate ode to the festival in the New York Times, while the acquisitions game
has already kicked off often continues to bubble along long after the festival’s over: indieWIRE‘s Eugene Hernandez reports that the Duplass brothers‘ Independent Spirit Award nominee and Sundance favorite from last year, "The Puffy Chair," has finally gotten a distribution deal from Roadside Attractions and Netflix, while our own IFC Films has acquired CÃ©dric Klapisch‘s sequel to his 2002 "L’Auberge Espagnole," "Russian Dolls," along with Caveh Zahedi‘s Gotham Award-winning "I Am A Sex Addict."
+ Zinda (ImaginAsian Theater)
+ Zinda: Dutt shines in a very dark film (Rediff)
+ THIS YEAR’S NOMINATIONS (BAFTA official site)
+ Hong Kong Film Critics Society 2005 Awards (Alternative Film Guide)
+ A History of Violence and David Cronenberg Capture Top Honors In 9th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards (Official site)
+ Berlin festival judges revealed (BBC)
+ Sundance, for Indies, Soft Kiss Before Dying (NY Times)
+ Roadside & Netflix Get "The Puffy Chair" From Sundance ’05; IFC Films Nabs Two (indieWIRE)
Addendum: "Russian Dolls" and "I Am A Sex Addict" aren’t Sundance acquisitions, just timed in a Sundancey manner.