Cinematical's Indie Roundup: 'Le Refuge,' 'Countdown to Zero,' 'Picture Me'

Indie Roundup is your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured from left to right:
Le Refuge, Countdown to Zero, and Picture Me.

Deals. It was another busy week of acquisition activity. Here's a quick rundown, with details courtesy of our friends at indieWIRE.
  • Strand Releasing picked up Francois Ozon's Le Refuge. Isabelle Carre stars as woman impregnated by her late boyfriend; she 'develops a strong bond with her boyfriend's brother.' Oh, the French! Look for it in theaters this spring.
  • Magnolia Pictures grabbed the documentary Countdown to Zero, directed by Lucy Walker, a Sundance premiere that "follows the escalating global nuclear arms crisis." A fall release is in the works.
  • IFC Films acquired Duncan Ward's satire Boogie Woogie, set in the contemporary London art scene. The cast is impressive, including Danny Huston, Stellan Skarsgard, Heather Graham, Alan Cumming, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, and Amanda Seyfried. It hits video on demand systems on April 21 and theaters on April 23.
  • Strand Releasing also will distribute Picture Me, a doc by Ole Schell and Sara Ziff that goes behind the scenes of the high fashion modeling world. With the successful release last year of fashion-related docs The Last Valentino and The September Issue, this could be a sleeper. Strand will send it down the runway this summer.
  • Paladin accounced plans for its release of Great Directors, a documentary by Angela Ismailos that "celebrates films and filmmaking by interviewing ten of the world's most acclaimed living directors." Conversations with the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Liliana Cavani, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. "Top markets" will get the film in late spring.
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