Día 5: lo que está causando buzz
Buzz is a curious thing – and sometimes it can make or break a film’s festival outcome. Antoine Fuqua apparently listened to the mixed audience feedback and announced that he’s re-shooting the end of BROOKLYN’S FINEST (starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes) – pretty unusual for a film in the “Premieres” category. Then there’s the kind of bad buzz that can happen to a star when they forget to leave their Hollywood bullshit back home, as when 20-some ticket-holders who had waited patiently in line for close to an hour (and trust me it’s not THAT warm here) to see THE WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, got turned away at the door because Robin William’s unticketed entourage literally took up a quarter of the theater. And then there’s the star-making kind of buzz, and this year – at least so far – those accolades are going to young actress Carey Mulligan, described as Audrey Hepburn for her performance in AN EDUCATION (a favorite in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition) and as Annette Bening in THE GREATEST (U.S. Dramatic Competition.)
Panel con Steven Soderbergh
But what festivals are really good for – especially Sundance – is getting movies seen that might never have an outlet otherwise. And so this morning I traded my ticket to see the gay Jim Carrey-Ewan McGregor movie, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS (it’s Jim Carrey, we know it’ll open back home) to attend the IFC-Steven Soderbergh panel. This is interesting because there are fewer and fewer venues for truly independent films – with everything dictated by opening weekend box-office. As an alternative, IFC is starting to place select films in small theatrical release and at the same time airing them on cable with pay-per-view “on demand” – beginning with CHE. “I’ve never had a problem with simultaneous release,” says Soderbergh. “If you want to make independent movies you have to change the way you expect revenue to come in. I’m a big fan of a dollar is a dollar, wherever it comes from, and I would love to see the financial structure of the film industry change. You need to let go of this fantasy that your movie needs to be seen in hundreds of theaters. There are just too many great movies that never get seen, and we need to explore new ways of changing that.”
The day ended with the delightful ADVENTURELAND screening and party, but unlike the night before, this ‘private’dinner was in a dark, loud, overcrowded space and though Kirsten Stewart sat right behind me and said hello when our chairs bumped, a photo just wasn’t gonna happen. And so it goes. More pictures tomorrow…
El cast y director de Adventureland.
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