The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack. Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise Kingdom. Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award. Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively. Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations. The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.
The new trailer for Russian-born, Colorado-raised writer/director Julia Loktev‘s eerie travel tale The Loneliest Planet has just been released. The film, which was well-received at festivals last year, stars art-house veteran Gael Garcia Bernal as well as Hani Furstenberg as an engaged couple who spend a summer backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. Of course, the couple’s idyllic trip is marred by “an incident” that threatens to change the course of their relationship and much of what they know (it’s probably not intestinal in nature, but I think we’ve all been there).
The film covers surprisingly well-worn ground: loosely inspired by Ernest Hemingway‘s 1936 short story The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, (going on level deeper, Inception-style: the short-story was inspired by an actual incident in pre-World War II Africa), the tale is a framework for Loktev’s film along with another short-story based on the same material by Tim Bissell called Expensive Trips Nowhere. (Hemingway’s story was also turned into a 1947 film starring Gregory Peck, The Macomber Affair). Hit the jump for more on this new take on the material as well as the trailer.
Gael García Bernal is setting a course to The Loneliest Planet. Deadline reports that the actor has signed on to star in the indie thriller written and directed by Julia Loktev. Per Deadline, “A young couple backpacks through the Caucasus Mountains in the Republic of Georgia. When they hire a local guide to make through the isolated wilderness, their relationship is tested in ways they never anticipated.” Wait…the couple’s relationship with the guide or the couple’s relationship with each other? I don’t suppose it really matters until cannibalism comes into play. I’m not saying there’s cannibalism in the movie, but that’s how all relationships in the isolated wilderness are tested.
Bernal will next be seen starring with Kate Hudson and Kathy Bates in the comedy Earthbound. Loktev’s most recent film was the 2006 award-winning thriller Day Night Day Night.