WINTER'S BONE wins big at 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony

While Debra Granik's WINTER'S BONE was a bridesmaid at the Academy Awards, it was the big winner last night at the 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards. With a 50% success rate, WINTER'S BONE picked up four Trudies out of its eight nominations including the top prizes, Best Movie and Best Director as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Cinematography.  It's the first time the same film took the top two prizes since Michael Haneke's CACHE did the trick at the 13th Awards, and the first woman to take the Best Director prize since Sofia Coppola scored with LOST IN TRANSLATION back at the 10th annual Awards Ceremony. (She took Best Movie that year as well.)  Joon-ho Bong's MOTHER took two awards, Best Original Screenplay, and in perhaps the biggest upset, Best Actress for Hye-ja Kim. | Read more »

Filmmaker Larry Fessenden Announced as First Guest Honoree at 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards Ceremony!

Larry FessendenOn Sunday March 20th, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film will honor the independent film polymath, Larry Fessenden, during its 17th Annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony at the historic Brattle Theatre. Mr. Fessenden will be in attendance to accept his special award from Chlotrudis to celebrate his extensive and varied body of work. The show begins at 5 pm, and tickets are $20 ($15 for Chlotrudis and Brattle members), and can be purchased online at the Brattle’s website. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM ANNOUNCES 2010 NOMINATIONS – WINTER’S BONE COMES UP BIG

It was a big weekend for Chlotrudis as nominations for the 17th annual Chlotrudis Awards were finalized by the nominating committee. Leading the pack is Debra Granik’s stunning WINTER’S BONE, with 8 nominations, including Best Movie, Best Director and Best Actress. Five other films received 4 or more nominations, including fellow Best Movie nominees THE KING’S SPEECH, starring Colin Firth & Geoffrey Rush; Quebecois wunderkind Xavier Dolan’s I KILLED MY MOTHER; JACK GOES BOATING, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut; and MOTHER, the latest from Korea’s Joon-ho Bong. Rounding out the category is the Peruvian ghost story, UNDERTOW. In all, 40 films received nominations; 20 countries were represented, with US films making up just over 30%. There were other multiple nominees, among them three-timers ANIMAL KINGDOM, FISH TANK and RABBIT HOLE. | Read more »

A DREAMY YEAR-END LIST, AS ‘IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE’ HEADS CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY’S TOP 100 FILMS OF THE DECADE (ish)

For its annual year-end Top Film category, the CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM (CSIF) this year has compiled a list of the top 100 films of the decade among its 100+ membership. Being the opinionated contrarians that we are, however, we decided to include 2000 in the mix - call it a baker's decade! Topping the list was Wong Kar Wai's masterful film, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. A dozen directors scored 2 or more on the list with Michael Haneke winning that prize (#4 CACHE, #8 THE PIANO TEACHER and #58 THE WHITE RIBBON). Almost half of the films were from outside the US, with the highest ranked US film being #6 THERE WILL BE BLOOD. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Society to Pick their Top Films of the Decade

Can you believe we're a decade into the new Century already?  Ten years ago, as part of the coming of the new millennium, Chlotrudis members selected their 200 for 2000 -- the Society's picks for the best 200 films of the 1900s.  Now it's 2010, and we're going to update that list by adding our top films from the last decade. Chlotrudis members are encouraged to send in their personal Top 50 films released between 2000 and 2010, ranked in order. Shortly after the New Year, we will post the combined list here.

In the meantime, what do you think the top film will be? Feel free to make your guesses in the comments section. Any film released between 2000 and 2010 is eligible!

Chlotrudis Society Needs Your Help!

The Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film began its 12th year as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization this summer, and we’re busier than ever! As a non-profit, membership-driven organization, we are committed to teaching audiences to view films actively and to increase awareness about independent, international and documentary film through our Annual Awards Program and Ceremony, special screening series at partner theaters, partnerships with film festivals, and our online news and reviews. We are in the midst of our Annual Fund drive and we are asking for your help to insure that we are able to provide members with some exciting programs and events over the coming year. | Read more »

CHLOTRUDIS SOCIETY FOR INDEPENDENT FILM at the BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: ARMY OF CRIME

Army of CrimeThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film (CSIF) is pleased to be part of the 22nd annual Boston Jewish Film Festival, one of New England’s longest-lived and most acclaimed film festivals. Chlotrudis will be a Community Partner for the screening of ARMY OF CRIME (L’ARMEE DU CRIME) on Saturday November 6th, at the Musuem of Fine Arts in Boston. Set in 1943, ARMY OF CRIME depicts a legendary chapter in the story of the French resistance during World War II. | Read more »

TIFF 2010 Day 6

SUBMARINE UK 5 cats Wow, is this a director to follow, Richard Ayoade! I love his sense of humor, quick wit, his playful and fresh visual style. Also, this was the funniest Q&A of the festival (impressive, considering Drydon & Coogan were in the mix). Oliver Tate, the star of his own Woody Allen film, is trying to negotiate the hell that is school, to get Jordana, the girl of his dreams to notice him, and to keep him mom from breaking up the family by running away with her old ex whose moved in next door and is now a new age guru type. The director struck gold in his casting - Oliver and Jordana are spot-on, and have endearing chemistry. | Read more »

TIFF 2010 Day 5

OUR DAY WILL COME France 3 cats A sullen redheaded teen meets up with an even odder redheaded man and they spin their shared perceptions/delusions of persecution into a fevered roadtrip, seeking the Isle of Dreams - Ireland, land of redheads. Directorial debut of Costa Gravas' son, Romain, who has done several music videos including M.I.A's controversial Born Free, in which redheads also played a key role (the vid being a precursor and inspiration of sorts for the film). | Read more »

Ask Paprika!

Paprika SteenAs reported a couple of weeks ago, APPLAUSE, the Danish star-vehicle for Paprika Steen is being released in the States at the end of the year.  Chlotrudis is teaming with World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation to get the word out about this film and the brilliant performance by Chlotrudis Award-honoree Paprika Steen.  To show her appreciation to her fans and independent film enthusiasts, Paprika will personally answer questions from fans and those who might be interested from all around the world.  Go to the official Applause Twitter, Read more »