Indie Roundup reviews the past week of news from the independent film community and provides a peek at what's coming soon. Pictured above, clockwise from upper left: The Brothers Bloom, Sunshine Cleaning, Away We Go, The Class.
Acquisitions. Courtesy of our friends at indieWIRE, we learned of two deals over the past week. City of Life and Death has been picked up by National Geographic Entertainment. Directed by Lu Chuan, the film presents another tale of Japan's occupation of Nanking, China in 1937. We should hear more about it after its upcoming international premiere at the Toronto film festival. Release plans are for later this year or early in 2010. The horrors of Nanking are certainly receiving plenty of attention now in the film world, but I wonder if we're reaching a saturation point?
You'll be able to watch Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank at home, thanks to IFC Films, which will make the film available via their IFC in Theaters 'on demand' program. It will also be playing in theaters, though no release date has been announced. Fish Tank, a coming-of-age drama starring Katie Jarvia and Michael Fassbender, had its world premiere at Cannes, where it shared a special Jury Prize. I really liked Arnold's first film, Red Road, so I'm glad her sophomore effort has been picked up.
Why bring earplugs to a movie? Indie Weekend Box Office explains, after the jump.