Tag: SXSW 2015
Hal Hartley's trilogy is finally complete with the release of Ned Rifle. Ned Rifle continues the story of an immensely dysfunctional family, Ned (played by Liam Aiken), the son has turned eighteen and is out of witness protection and has revenge on the brain. His goal? To find his father, Henry (played by Thomas Jay Ryan), and kill him. Cinelinx had the chance to discuss the film with Hal Hartley and one of the film's stars, Aubrey Plaza.
SXSW has passed but it was my first year and I had the time of my life. I know festivals can be pretty intimidating though, especially if it's your first time going to a large one like SXSW. In order to help you out, I wrote a mini guide to the festival if you happen to go next year. Keep in mind though, this is for the movie weekend as I didn't go to the music weekend.
Ex Machina was without argument the hottest premiere at SXSW 2015. The line around Paramount circled back and forth and began wrapping the adjacent building. When Director Alex Garland and stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson hit the stage to present the film, the rally cries violently approved. And the energy wasn't all for nothing, Ex Machina proved exceptionally seductive cinema. I was fortunate enough to attend the Ex Machina roundtable, with Alex Garland, and Oscar Isaac in attendance, to work out some of the big ideas and questions the film provokes.
All non cinelinx labeled Q's, asked by other Film Journalists. And all non-cinelinx answers Paraphrased.
Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary duology intervenes on the repression of the perpetrators and survivors of the Indonesian Genocide. The leaders who led the massacre of over a million people remain in power and discomforting regularity to this day. The Act Of Killing honed in close on the perpetrators and pushed them to reenact their atrocities in an absurd musical display. The Look Of Silence gives voice to the victims and situates them in a ruthless dialogue with those dissillusioned leaders. In our discussion, Oppenheimer illustrates his approach to staging both historic interventions.
Fresno is writer Karey Dornetto and director Jamie Babbit's first film collaboration and hopefully not the last. It is a crime comedy that tells the dysfunctional story of two sisters Shannon (played by Judy Greer) a registered sex offender fresh out of rehab and her bright and shiny yet unintentionally enabling sister Martha (played by Natasha Lyonne). When an accidental death occurs the sisters are stuck trying to figure out how to get rid of it or suffer the consequences. Cinelinx sat down with both Babbit and Dornetto to discuss the film.
Unexpected is writer/director Kris Swanberg's third film. It tells the tale of a Chicago high school teacher, Samantha (played by Cobie Smulders) who becomes pregnant around the same time as one of her students and a relationship forms. Cinelinx sat down with the Swanberg at SXSW to discuss the film and the new way that Swanberg decided to create it.
There is no silence in this film. When tense confrontations come to a close, a grinding ambience of humming insects fills the void. Or, indeed a literal quiet does come so the mind fills the space with the cries of the victims who loom over Indonesia awaiting the miasma to fade and a confession to dissipate the plumes. Where, in The Act Of Killing you had to fight the fever dream to find the depths of the horror, The Look Of Silence positions you on the other side of the fumes.