Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
A batch of new posters have landed online. Briefly:
- A new poster for director Joe Wright’s (Hanna) adaptation of Anna Karenina. The visually stirring period pic stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Johnson. The film opens on November 9th.
- Two Spanish posters for The Impossible, the English-language debut of director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), have gone online. The film centers on the events surrounding the Tsunami of 2004 and stars Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. The film opens on
- An international poster for the stop-motion animated film ParaNorman, featuring the voices of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck and Anna Kendrick. The film opens on August 17th.
- The first poster for the Sundance drama Hello I Must Be Going. The film stars Melanie Lynskey as a recent divorcee who retreats to the Connecticut home of her parents and begins an affair. The film opens in limited release on September 7th.
Hit the jump to check out the posters.
Like I did last year, I had a great time at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s tough to complain about weather conditions or getting around when you have the privilege to watch and discover new movies all day. Even better, plenty of Sundance 2012 films turned out to be pretty damn good. For me, there weren’t any quite as excellent as Martha Marcy May Marlene or Project Nim from last year, but those movies set an incredibly high bar. Many of my peers felt they saw something truly special with Beasts of the Southern Wild and I can understand the love even if it didn’t hit me with as much emotional impact. Most of my peers also loved Liberal Arts and Sleepwalk With Me, and I’m sorry I missed those. But all in all, the festival ran as smoothly as last year, the volunteers (especially those in the press tent) were awesome, and it’s always a joy to hang out with people from other movie websites.
Hit the jump for my festival scorecard where you can see an organized list of my ratings for the movies I saw (although I highly encourage you to read the full review rather than just glance at a letter). While this is my wrap-up, Steve will be posting his Sundance interviews throughout the week so keep an eye out for those.
There must be some guy or gal who works at a major film festival and is blissfully unaware of movies that embody almost every indie cliché you can think of. I’m not sure how that happens. I’m not sure how a programmer can sit through hundreds of movies, do it year after year, and not notice the presence of a cloying score, well-worn tropes, contrived dialogue, flat-footed attempts at quirkiness, superficial relationships, and all of it done under an inoffensive and totally forgettable approach. No matter how it happens, it happens, and that’s why a film like Hello I Must Be Going ruins 95 minutes of my day.
I had a blast at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and I can’t wait to go again next year. Today, Sundance announced their In-Competition line-ups for 2012 and already I’m trying to plan out how I’m going to see all of them (which is impossible, but it’s nice to dream). The U.S. Dramatic Competition features For Ellen, Nobody Walks, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, and more. There are also some interesting-sounding films in the U.S. Documentary Competition including Finding North, The Invisible War, and The Other Dream Team.
Hit the jump to check out the full press release, which includes the in-competition line-ups for U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, and World Cinema Documentary Competition. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.