Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale made audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival weep with the true story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART Station police in 2009. At last night’s awards ceremony, Coogler’s debut feature was awarded with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which made it the first film to win in both categories since 2009′s Precious. The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for $2 million after a heated bidding war, and I would expect a release sometime later this year. Click here for my review.
Other winners included This Is Martin Bonner for “Best of NEXT” (voters must have connected with a movie where nothing happens), best screenwriting for Lake Bell for In a World… (click here for my review), and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for their tremendous performances in The Spectacular Now. Hit the jump for the full list of winners.
On the heels of multiple successful festival runs for their short films, Australian stuntman-turned-director Nash Edgerton and his brother Joel (who co-wrote and stars in the film) finally ventured into feature filmmaking with The Square, a stylish and twist-filled film noir about an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder. Escaping the monotony of a loveless marriage, Raymond (David Roberts) becomes entangled in an affair with the beautiful and troubled Carla (Claire van der Boom) but Ray’s moral limits are tested when Carla presents him with the proceeds of her controlling husband’s latest crime.
We sat down this week with Nash and Joel at a round table interview for The Square. The brothers talked to us about why they used their 2007 short, The Spider, to introduce their new feature film, how they work together creatively, and why they chose to avoid the stylized staginess of classic film noir. They also discussed their upcoming projects including Joel’s lead role in Universal’s prequel to the horror classic, The Thing, which is currently in production.
We sat down with Nash and Joel Edgerton today at a roundtable interview for their new movie, The Square, a stylish twist-filled film noir which centers on an adulterous couple whose scheming leads to arson, blackmail and murder. While we’ll have the full transcript online soon, with Joel Edgerton starring in the prequel to the John Carpenter classic, The Thing (which is being directed by Matthijs van Heijningen), we got an update on that project as well as what else the brothers are doing. Hit the jump for what they had to say: