Today on indieWIRE, we sat down with the breakout star of 'Gun Hill Road,' the New York Film Festival made a big announcement, and much more.
- Harmony Santana, a transgender actress, gives a breakout lead performance in Rashaad Ernesto Green's coming-of-age scorcher 'Gun Hill Road.' Santana plays Michael, a male teenager on track to transition to a woman. When his father returns from a long stint in prison, Michael finds himself facing off against a man unable to understand his son's dilemma. The Bronx-set drama premiered at Sundance to positive notices, snagged a distribution deal with Motion Film Group and went on to open Outfest and close NewFest. Go here for our interview with Santana.
- Stretching from July 14-Aug. 7, Montreal's marathon genre-film lovefest the Fantasia International Film Festival kicked off with the Canadian premiere of 'Red State' (without Kevin Smith) and featured other festival favorites like 'Another Earth.' The closing film screens Friday night with the Guillermo del Toro-produced 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' and the world premiere midnight screening of the fifth installment in the 'Final Destination' series. However, in a festival with a lot to love, they weren't the best things about Fantasia. These were.
- Legendary director Raoul Ruiz gave audiences the first film of his sixth decade of filmmaking with 'Mysteries of Lisbon,' which topped four other specialty openers this weekend to be the criticWIRE pick of the week. An adaptation of a famous 19th century novel by Portuguese author Camilo Castelo Branco, the film focuses on the child of an ill-fated romance between two aristocrats who are forbidden to marry. Many thought 'Lisbon' would be Ruiz's final film, but thankfully surgery for liver cancer saved his life. Go here for more.
- U.S. and Canadian rights to actor-writer-director Edward Burns' "comedic relationship drama" 'Newlyweds' have been picked up by Tribeca Film. The feature, which closed out the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival where it had its world premiere, will be released via multiple platforms in late 2011. Go here for more details.
- Just over a month ago the promising teaser for the anticipated spy flick 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' dropped and bode extremely good things to come. No big surprise really, given that it marks the first English language film from 'Let the Right One In' director Tomas Alfredson and boats an amazing cast that includes the likes of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds. If the first preview didn't already have you all riled up, the film's fleshed out trailer that hit the web today will be sure to do the trick.
- The IFC Center, one of New York's finest independent film theaters, has announced its August-September lineup, which launches this weekend with the opening of Raul Ruiz's much-discussed 'Mysteries of Lisbon' and includes 10 U.S. theatrical premieres as well as IFC's regular slate of midnight repertory films and weekend classics. Go here for the lineup.
- The world premiere of the French comedy 'Intouchables,' from directors Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, will close the 59th edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, it was announced today. Go here for more.
- FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival (Aug. 9-14) announced the lineup for its 15th annual fest. This is the only Academy Awards-qualifying festival in New England. Go here for the lineup.
- Warner Bros. continues to get bold as it gets its Oscar dance cards in place. 2011 is filled with Stephen Daldry's 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' and Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Now the studio is eyeing 2012, and surprisingly, has thrown a sci-fi genre picture into Academy Award contention. Go here for details.