TIFF2010, Day 3

I cannot believe it's only Day 3.  By the time you get to the end of this entry, you will understand why.

Day 2 started bright and early - I took a cab to the box office, getting there at 6:05.  And I was the 22ND person in line - gah!!  It was dark, and it felt like fall, which is okay by me.  As usual, I struck up conversations with folks around me, mostly newbies in the box office experience. I wound up getting all my tickets for that day, plus a couple more, including the last of my three must-haves, HEARTBEATS.  However, I still struck out on the Saturday line-up, which meant having to do this at least one more time.  After another 3 hours' sleep and my first breakfast at Fran's, I headed to Dundas Square for the day (all my films were at the AMC).   Here follows my impressions of my films, followed by bullet points of the day: | Read more »

Peruvian film UNDERTOW gets a U.S. theatrical release!

UndertowThe Film Collaborative has picked up the Peruvian film UNDERTOW for U.S. release.  Many Chlotrudis members will remember that UNDERTOW was the surprise hit of the Provincetown International Film Festival.  Everyone we talked to loved the film, and for so many reasons.  There is the gorgeously shot location, the emotionally powerful story that doesn't take the easy route, the fine acting, and the fact that the central secret of the film wasn't spoiled beforehand!  (Okay, the two incredibly handsome lead actors didn't hurt either... especially in Provincetown.)  Apparently non-Chlotrudis members loved the film as well because it tied for the HBO Audience Award for Best Narrative.  | Read more »

TIFF2010, Day 1

It's 9:30pm, and I'm about to turn into a pumpkin.  I opted not to do films today, even though I got in around noon, for two reasons: with so many changes since my last TIFF, I figured I'd need the time to adjust; and, honestly, nothing screamed out 'See me!'   Among the changes?  Different airline, different airport, different hotel, different box office location - these would be the big'uns.   Porter Airlines was a breeze, and the flight pretty smooth for a smaller plane.  Toronto City Airport is bam! | Read more »

APPLAUSE, starring Chlotrudis Honoree Paprika Steen Makes its way to the U.S.!

Paprika Steen in APPLAUSEThe Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film is excited to announce that World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation has picked up Danish film APPLAUSE for U.S. release in early December, and we are working with the distribution company to spread the word.  Chlotrudis members will want to see Paprika Steen's show-stopping, performance as a popular actress struggling to control her alcohol addiction. Members saw the film at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, and the raves for Steen herald a potential Chlotrudis Award nomination.  | Read more »

Chlotrudis Movie of the Week + Indie Film Round Up, August 6 - 12

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Life During WartimeThis week Chlotrudis recommends a couple of new indie releases playing in Boston. For those of you who like gritty, yet magical stories set on the streets of Dublin, KISSES is for you. Chlotrudis members caught this wonderful little film at the Provincetown International Film Festival way back in 2009! We're very happy to see it get a Boston release courtesy of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. Kylie and Dylan are two kids living in a bleak suburb of Dublin. After an altercation with a parent, the two run away and spend a frightening yet magical night in the big bad city. It's really a special film, so please overlook the fact that it's playing in the Screening Room and go see it! The other new release that's worth a look is LIFE DURING WARTIME, Todd Solondz sequel of sorts to the Chlotrudis Awards-winning HAPPINESS. Some time has passed since the startling conclusion of HAPPINESS, and the characters are all played by different actors, but even if the particulars of the first film are a bit fuzzy in your memory (as they were in mine) the feel and themes of these characters lives will quickly come back to you. LIFE DURING WARTIME is slightly more gentle than HAPPINESS, or perhaps, with over ten years distance, slightly more mature. Plus it's got some outstanding performances by Allison Janney, Shirley Henderson and delightfully amusing turns by a host of supporting actors like the ever-interesting Ally Sheedy and a fierce Charlotte Rampling. Check it out at the Kendall Square Cinema (or wait a week and catch it at the Coolidge!)

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Chlotrudis Thursday Night at the Movies + Indie Film Round-Up, July 30 - August 5

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DogtoothIt's back to the movie theatre this week! Chris will be hosting the Chlotrudis Thursday Night at the Movies! Join him on Thursday, August 5 for the 7:30pm screening of DOGTOOTH at the Museum of Fine Arts, part of their New Talent to Watch series. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, DOGTOOTH is a darkly funny look at three teenagers confined to their parents’ isolated country estate, kept under strict rule and regimen. Terrorized into submission by their father, the children spend their days learning an invented vocabulary and living in an absurdist, nightmarish experiment—until a trusted outsider, brought in to satisfy the son’s libidinal urges, starts bringing gifts for the teens. A hyper-stylized mixture of physical violence and verbal comedy, DOGTOOTH’s ruthless satire of middle-class mores heralds the arrival of an important new voice in world cinema. In Greek with English subtitles.

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Chlotrudis Movie of the Week + Indie Film Round-Up, July 23 - 29

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Winnebago ManFor this week, Gil is recommending WINNEBAGO MAN.  Amanda and Gil attended the IFFB-sponsored screening last week and really liked it.  For those not familiar with the premise of the documentary, the filmmaker searches for Jack Rebney, the commercial spokesman for a series of Winnebago commercials in Iowa in the 1980's.  During the commercial productions, Rebney would become frustrated and angrily curse at his crew in a very entertaining manner.  With the birth of YouTube, these outtakes became extremely popular and the "Winnebago Man" became one of the most popular clips on the Internet.  In the documentary, director Ben Steinbauer explores the new world of viral videos and the people who have unwillingly become infamous from this new form of media.  The documentary is certainly entertaining but it is also interesting in how it explores the life of one individual and how that life can be changed from exposing a small segment of that life (from the 1980s no less) to millions of people over the web.  The film did really well on the festival circuit, including the IFFB in 2009, and just opened at Kendall Square.  Check out the four-star review from this week's Boston Phoenix. And check out the trailer below. | Read more »

Chlotrudis Movie of the Week + Indie Film Round-Up, July 16 - 22

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The Kids Are All RightThere are a lot of great movie possibilities for Chlotrudis members to indulge in this week, so get out of the heat and head for a nice air conditioned theatre! The Brattle Theatre has a couple of exclusive area premiere's you can check out over the weekend. The charming, engaging and frequently hilarious BREAKING UPWARDS was an Independent Film Festival of Boston pick for 2009, while the Spanish film [•REC]2 is the sequel to [REC], which has been called "one of the scariest films of all time." But don't worry if you haven't seen the original; this one is totally and cleverly self-contained. The Coolidge Corner has the much-anticipated and critically acclaimed film by Lisa Cholodenko, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT Ipictured left) which takes a light and entertaining look at a modern family and makes it ground-breakingly accessible to the mainstream. Fans of mysteries won't want to miss the Swedish film THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, the much anticipated sequel to the highly-acclaimed THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, both adapted from the internationally best-selling novels of the same names. It opens all over, including the Kendall Square Cinema, the Capitol Theatre in Arlington, the Somerville Theatre, and the West Newton Theater. Finally, it's not Chlotrudis-eligible, but you will probably want to try to catch Christopher Nolan's new dreamscape of a film, INCEPTION. Sure, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, but it also features Chlotrudis favorites Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt... and it looks pretty amazing! | Read more »


Josh HutchersonMia WasikowskaActor Josh Hutcherson and actress Mia Wasikowska took the honors as the #1 male and female rising star on the fifth annual Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars list as announced on Sunday, July 4.

Hutcherson just edged out actor Logan Lerman for the top spot on the male side, with actor Kyle Gallner in the #3 position. On the women’s side, Wasikowska is the first non-American female to top the annual list. She is followed by actress Chloe Grace Moretz at #2 and actress Emma Stone at #3. | Read more »

A great loss...

Tracy WrightThe film world was dealt a great loss recently with the passing of Canadian actor Tracy Wright.  Tracy won the Chlotrudis Career-So-Far Award in 2007 and she was a great supporter of Chlotrudis making lots of friends when she came to  Boston to receive her award.  More, Tracy became a personal friend between her visits to Boston and our visits to Toronto in the past several years.  She was an incredibly special person that touched everyone she met.  She was an amazing actor who specialized is lonely, socially challenged characters, who infused her roles with a depth and power that lifted them above stereotype.  Tracy started her career in fringe theater, and appeared in dozens of Canadian films, including LAST NIGHT, HIGHWAY 61 and MONKEY WARFARE.  She is probably best known below the border fo | Read more »