Indie Roundup is your weekly roundup of what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above, left to right: Douchebag, The Red Chapel.
Deals. With a title so cool you shouldn't say it in public, Drake Doremus' comedy Douchebag has been acquired for U.S. distribution. The film debuted at Sundance earlier this year, where our head honcho Erik Davis described it as "great in its delivery of awkward, relatable humor – the kind that only presents itself when two somewhat shlubby, disheveled brothers are forced to spend some quality time together even though they hate each other's guts." The estranged brothers head off on an ill-advised road trip just before one of them gets married. Erik says Douchebag "definitely packs a punch and creeps into those personal places you might not want it to explore." But remember: it's a comedy! Red Dragon will partner with Paladin for the planned September theatrical release.
Another Sundance debut, The Red Chapel, will hit theaters in the U.S. and Canada later this year courtesy of Lorber Films, according to indieWIRE. The documentary by Mads Brügger and Johan Stahl has built great buzz wherever it's played, from SXSW to the Dallas International Film Festival to New Directors/New Films in New York. Our own Eugene Novikov, who is not given to hyperbole, admitted: "Here's a documentary so astonishing that, for a time, I was convinced that I was being had -- that no sane filmmakers would ever attempt, much less pull off, anything this crazy." Three friends sneak into North Korea by pretending to be a vaudeville troupe, and live to tell the tale.
After the jump: Cannes selection Daddy Longlegs at home, and the film festival scene in France and the U.S.
Online / On Demand. Did you know you can watch one of the Cannes festival's selections on cable? Sure, it's from last year's edition, but still, we're talking quality cinema here! Daddy Longlegs (originally titled Go Get Some Rosemary), directed by Joshua and Benny Safdie, opened at New York's IFC Center last weekend and is also available on demand from various cable systems.
As Matt Dentler notes, the film premiered in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes last year, underwent a name change, and then played at Sundance and other festivals this year. Matt describes it as "a quietly evocative journey" about a man trying to be a good father to his two young children after the breakup of his marriage. What kind of father? Possibly "a walking hazard who exposes his often unruly twin boys to risks most parents would consider unthinkable, if not prosecutable," in the words of Steve Dollar at Paste Magazine. Daddy Longlegs "veers between tenderness and panic, capturing gritty details of a New York City that barely seems to exist anymore." A trailer is available at the site of distributor IFC Films.
Festival Scene. Be sure to check out all of nifty coverage of the Cannes film festival right here -- not just the fresh reviews by Joe Utichi, but also the terrific, comprehensive daily roundups provided by Monika Bartyzel and Christopher Campbell.
On the domestic front, the Seattle International Film Festival gets underway tomorrow, and Kim Voynar at Movie City News writes a warm appreciation of the festival's place in the hearts of local film-goers.