Film Festivals Category

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With the celebration of 2013’s best in film already finalized during Sunday’s Oscar night, this year’s new films will now have a chance to capture the film industry’s attention. Today, the Tribeca Film Festival revealed its lineup of films vying for the spotlight in the World Narrative Feature Competition, the World Documentary Feature Competition, and Viewpoints section. Among the 46 films announced are a few titles starring rising young actors that we at Up and Comers will be no doubt be covering. These titles, in particular, are Aron Gaudet andRead More
whiplash
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has concluded with an awards ceremony tonight hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mulally, and it was opening night film “Whiplash” that walked away with the top prizes, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition category. Miles Teller stars in the Damien Chazelle drama as a driven drum student at odds with an abusive professor played by J.K. Simmons. This is the second year in a row that the same film won both the Grand Jury PrizeRead More
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The Sundance Film Festival is easily one of our favorite times of the year, and this is even before any of us have had the chance to attend for ourselves yet. But it’s exciting from afar for two reasons: It breathes some fresh air into an Oscar season that’s already plenty stale by the end of January, and it gives us a preview of what the upcoming year’s film slate looks like. It doesn’t hurt that every year we are always introduced to some fresh talent who will inevitably endRead More
whitebird
So much for being “one of those tiny indies that may never see the light of day”. It was announced today that Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard” starring Shailene Woodley will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and with the announcement, we’ve also got a new image from the film featuring our first look at Shiloh Fernandez. Woodley plays Kat, a teenager whose life is turned upside down following the disappearance of her mother (played by Eva Green). Araki compares the film to “American Beauty” in itsRead More
Boyd Holbrook in "Little Accidents"
“Little Accidents,” which Sarah Colangelo adapted and directed from her own Sundance-winning short film of the same name, explores the effect of coal mining on small communities. It was announced this morning to premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the out-of-competition Premieres category, and we’ve got the first photos of Boyd Holbrook, Elizabeth Banks and young “Mud” star Jacob Lofland in the film. Set in the aftermath of a tragic mining accident which claimed the lives of 12 miners, the film follows three intersecting stories, that of theRead More
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Chloe Moretz and Keira Knightley make for unlikely best friends in our first look at Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Laggies,” announced today to have its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month. The first photo, featuring Knightley driving Moretz somewhere, doesn’t give us much info, but we know that Knightley – taking over for Anne Hathaway – plays an almost-30-something who refuses to grow up. Reacting to her boyfriend’s (Mark Webber) proposal, she runs away from home, essentially, telling everyone she’s on a business trip but instead hiding out atRead More
iorigins
The Sundance Film Festival today announced their out-of-competition Premieres lineup, generally made up of the most high profile and star-studded new films to be screening for the first time in Utah. Among the highlights are “I Origins,” the latest from Brit Marling (is it really Sundance if Marling isn’t there?), Shailene Woodley’s follow-up to last year’s award-winning “The Spectacular Now,” Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard,” and Anna Kendrick in her third Sundance film this year, thriller “The Voices” with Ryan Reynolds (Kendrick also has Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas”Read More
Santa Barbara have their breakouts of the year and now so too have the Palm Springs Film Festival. “12 Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o will be receiving the festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award at its annual awards gala on Saturday, January 4th, 2014. Nyongo’ is being recognized for her heartbreaking portrayal of the slave Patsey, whose beauty and uncanny knack for picking cotton draws the wrong kind of attention from her masters in Steve McQueen’s brutal examination of slavery in America. Festival chairman Harold Matzner says in a statement: “SheRead More
virtuosos
The Santa Barbara Film Festival have chosen seven recipients for 2014’s Virtuosos Award. Part breakout, part performance, the award is given to “standout performers”, and this year’s recipients are: Daniel Bruhl for his role as driven Formula One driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s “Rush;” Brie Larson as a dedicated but troubled social worker in her first lead role “Short Term 12;” Oscar Isaac as a down on his luck folk music in 1960s New York in the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis;” Adele Exarchopoulos in French language coming of ageRead More
Dan Stevens  in "The Guest"
We’ve certainly never seen Matthew Crawley like this before. “Downton Abbey” alum Dan Stevens gets menacing to play a villain in indie thriller “The Guest,” announced today to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and we’ve got the first photos. Maika Monroe is also pictured in the first stills from Adam Wingard’s “You’re Next” follow-up. The film follows Stevens’ ex-marine character, who comes back from war a changed man, and who takes advantage of the hospitality of a family whose son recently died, terrorizing them.Read More