(Clockwise from upper left: Welcome, Visioneers, Crawford, A Single Man.)
Deals. Catching up on news from the past week: Contemporary drama Welcome deals with illegal immigration and "covert border crossings." Directed by Philippe Lioret, Welcome focuses on a teenager (Firat Ayverdi) and a middle-aged swimming instructor (Vincent Lindon) who develop a strong bond, in part because they are both dealing with being separated from the women they love. Film Movement plans to release Welcome in the second quarter of 2010, according to indieWIRE. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Online / On Demand Viewing. It may be cold outside, but you don't have to go outside to watch Visioneers, which "feels fresh and invigorating," wrote Eric D. Snider in his Cinematical review. "It's a high-concept comedy, but it's down-to-earth and accessible, even a little touching." The comedy is about a man's "search for meaning in his life, and comedian Zach Galifianakis plays the role with more conviction and depth than you might have expected." Judy Greer, Mia Maestro, and James LeGros also star. Visioneers is now available at iTunes; it can also be watched instantly at Netflix.
David Modigliani's documentary Crawford is also newly available at iTunes. The film examines the effect upon a small Texas town after George W. Bush buys a ranch in the area in 1999. Crawford "wants to show us the town that we don't see on television," Jette Kernion observed in her review, "the part that plays dominoes in the town hall and goes to school or work every day and wonders how all of this media exposure will affect the town's traffic and business."
After the jump: Single vs. Salmon, plus trailers for Welcome and Visioneers!p>
Indie Weekend Box Office. Tom Ford's A Single Man, starring Colin Firth, strode to the top of the indie charts, earning $24,148 per theater at nine locations, according to Box Office Mojo. On the other end of the scale, The Slammin' Salmon, featuring the Broken Lizard comedy troup, averaged $2,379 at 11 theaters.
A Single Man burst out of the gate at the Venice Film Festival in September with a hail of good notices, and its prompt sale just days later at the Toronto Film Festival electrified the proceedings. Reviews last weekend were "generally favorable" at Metacritic; Cinematical's Eugene Novikov felt that Firth "gives the performance of his career" and the film itself "flirts with greatness." Will Firth's Golden Globe nomination, and the supporting actress nod for Julianne Moore, help? The Weinstein Company will expand the film next week.
Trailers. Low-key French drama Welcome:
And the comedy stylings of Visioneers: