Today on indieWIRE, James Schamus made a big reveal, Kevin Smith dropped the trailer for 'Red State,' and much more.
- Terence Davies, Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy and Wang Xiaoshuai are among the directors lined up to screen their new works at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, the event said today, unveiling some of this year's official selections. More here.
- If you're a Kevin Smith fan (or just curious to see him dabble in another genre), you'll no doubt be curious to check out the just-released trailer for the satirical horror pic 'Red State.' What unfolds in the two-and-a-half-minute spot is chilling to the bone and full of profanity. It opens with Melissa Leo coercing three boys to sleep with her, only to drug them, kidnap them and lock them up in cages. Next thing you know, they find themselves in a Church where a crazed Michael Parks preaches about doing away with sinners. A whole lot of mayhem ensues.
- Janus Films has acquired North American rights to Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre,' which premiered to rave reviews in competition at Cannes earlier this year. More here.
- Rookie director and established author Julia Leigh is blowing up this year. Her feature directorial debut, 'Sleeping Beauty, got mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but got people talking and is sure to keep people talking when it hits theaters Oct. 28 courtesy of Sundance Selects. Yesterday it was announced that the film adaptation of her 2001 psychological novel 'The Hunter,' will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Go here for the just-released teaser.
- Say El Bulli and those in the culinary know may conjure up images of "molecular gastronomy," impossible reservations and a foodie paradise. Situated in an idyllic cove along Catalan, Spain's Costa Brava region, El Bulli boasts three Michelin stars and was named top restaurant in the world by "S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants" from 2007 -- 2009. The creative process that goes into El Bulli's annual reinvention gets the spotlight in director Gereon Wetzel's marvelous doc, 'El Bulli: Cooking in Progress.' The verite-style film observes the annual quest to remain at the forefront of culinary invention, in which Adrià and his team seek to outdo their previous menu with the help of high-tech equipment, bizarre N2O cartridges, cameras, chopping blocks and knives that help them create mushroom juice, sweet-potato meringue, freeze-dried peppermint or foamed beetroot. Go here for our interview with the film's director.
- In May, Focus launched the first annual Story Camp. Conceived by Focus CEO James Schamus, Story Camp is designed to bring something rarely seen to Focus' development slate: filmmakers with projects budgeted under $1 million. There's no application process or specific qualifications; participation is by invitation only. Go here for our First Person with Schamus to learn more.
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