For some, Joshua Oppenheimer‘s film The Act of Killing failing to win the Oscar for Best Documentary was the biggest travesty of awards season. The fascinating, frightening look inside the minds of the men responsible for the mass slaughter of hundreds of thousands in Indonesia was one of the most jaw-dropping films of the year. Not only because of its subject matter, but because the filmmaker actually got the film made at all. In the end, it definitely felt like there was more to this story. Now the director is returning to the subject, from a different angle.
A companion piece called The Look of Silence is about to hit the fall festival circuit and Drafthouse Films and Participant Media just picked up the U.S. rights. The film, set for 2015 release, will tell the same story as The Act of Killing from the opposite side of the violence — that is, from the perspective of the victims who not only live with the horror, but are forced to live near the people who committed the killings.
Read more about The Look of Silence, executive produced by Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and André Singer, and see the poster below. Read More »
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On the same day photos of the brand new, refurbished Alamo Drafthouse in Austin Texas surfaced, there’s more good news for the company. After years of trying, the Alamo Drafthouse is finally coming to Los Angeles, CA.
CEO Tim League had looked at multiple locations over the past few years, but the new theater will be in the growing downtown area. Specifically, it’ll be part of a complex called the Bloc on the corner of 7th and Flower Streets with an aim to open in 2015. Read more about the Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles below. Read More »
We’ve loved the direction that Drafthouse Films has taken in bringing the film Borgman to audiences. The trailer was terrific, and the key poster art is also great. The poster gets right to some of the important ideas in the film in a way that is enticing and mysterious without being blatantly overt. A conversation with Drafthouse led to the idea of doing a breakdown of the design process for that key art, which was created by artist Brandon Schaefer.
Initially we were going to set up an interview with Schaefer. Before that happened, however, he wrote up a description of his own design process. And, frankly, it is a lot better than any interview might have been. So what follows is essentially a guest post by Schaefer, in which he gives a full account of the process of creating the Borgman poster art. Read More »
Borgman is a strange and unsettling film that is absolutely worth watching, and now you can see the opening sequence for free. Drafthouse Films has dropped the first five minutes of the movie online in advance of the film’s NYC opening tomorrow. If you’re the sort that will be drawn in by situations that are odd, and tantalizingly unexplained, then what follows after the jump is five of the best minutes you’ll have today. Read More »
Cheap Thrills is one of my favorite films of the year so far — a simple, tightly contained and very vicious punch to the gut. Now we’d like to show you a clip from the making-of documentary that is on the new Blu-ray release. The film stars Pat Healy and Ethan Embry as two not-quite-friends who are down on their luck. Potential financial salvation arrives in the form of a couple, played by Sara Paxton and David Koechner, who are celebrating a birthday with a night on the town. But their night on the town isn’t like yours — they’re willing to pay ever-larger sums of money to see Healy and Embry do crazy things, all in the name of entertainment.
One of those crazy things (well, several of them, really) is beyond crazy — it goes into the realm of totally insane. Below, you can see a clip of how the sequence, and the prop associated with it, was put together. What follows is both a spoiler for the film, and not for the squeamish. Read More »
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Ari Folman‘s film The Congress is a strange and dazzling wonder in which Robin Wright (played by Robin Wright) sells her likeness to a movie studio. She gives up the rights to her name, image, and voice, and in return is given some measure of security for her family. The film tells this story through an unusual framework in which the transforming “reality” of Robin’s life — and the ways in which it is sold to an audience — is eventually envisioned through wildly imaginative animation. After playing festivals last year, the film will be released later this year in the US by Drafthouse, and we have the first US Congress trailer below. Keep an eye out for animated Tom Cruise.
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While we’ve seen footage from Michel Gondry‘s new film Mood Indigo over the past year, here’s a proper US trailer. This hits now because the film finally lands in US theaters this summer from Drafthouse Films. The movie adapts the novel by Boris Vian, with Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris starring in a love story that appears to have all the visual and emotional hallmarks of Gondry’s storytelling. Most of this trailer skips right over a big explanation of the plot, favoring instead a long montage of Gondry’s imagery. And we wouldn’t have it any other way, frankly. Check out the new Mood Indigo trailer below. Read More »
Why would a man want to remove his fully-functional, healthy penis? That’s the focus of an exclusive clip we’re proud to premiere from Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math‘s new film, The Final Member. The documentary, which expands in theaters Friday, is about the world’s only penis museum and the struggle to acquire a human specimen. Two men are in the race to have their penis be the first human penis in the museum and one, an American who has named his member “Elmo,” wants to donate it before he dies.
The film is endlessly surprising and entertaining as it explores this incredible story. Now, Drafthouse Pictures, which is distributing the film, has let /Film debut an exclusive clip. In this sequence, the reason for wanting to remove a live penis is discussed. The clip, visually, is 100% safe for work, but you might want to put in your headphones. Read More »
There are some wizards cutting trailers for Drafthouse Films, and this new Borgman trailer is quite good, and very chilling. The film is something of an enigma: a man fleeing a strange persecution turns up on the doorstep of a bourgeois family, and soon ingratiates himself into the family’s life, if not without a few difficulties along the way.
The story that follows is like the bastard child of Luis Buñuel and Michael Haneke, with the influence of Dogtooth by Yorgos Lanthimos — an unusual, unsettling, and violent demolition of accepted social politics. This trailer captures the film’s spirit; watch below. Read More »