Cinematical's Indie Roundup: 'Pelada,' 'The Illusionist'

Indie Roundup is your guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above:
Pelada, The Illusionist.

Deals. Score another one for SXSW. Pelada, a documentary that had its world premiere at the Austin festival last month, has made a distribution deal with FilmBuff and will be released in June. Pelada follows Gwendolyn Oxenham and Ryan White, two former college soccer stars, as they travel the world filming pick-up games, an activity known in Brazil as "pelada," or, literally, "naked," the game stripped to its core, according to the official site.

"It is the personal aspect of the film that is its greatest strength and emotional center," wrote Landon Palmer at Film School Rejects, "a grounding that engages even a viewer as uninformed as me with the subject through its universal themes and engrossing narrative." Timed to coincide with the World Cup, look for Pelada on demand via cable systems, starting on June 7, with platforms such as iTunes and Amazon VOD to follow.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired The Illusionist, Sylvain Chomet's latest animated film, and plans to release it toward the end of the year, according to indieWIRE. That's outstanding news, especially if you've seen Chomet's excellent The Triplets of Belleville, a delightful, refreshing and amusing endeavor. The Illusionist, based on an unproduced screenplay by the great Jacques Tati, is set in Scotland "at the dawn of television and rock & roll," says indieWIRE, "featuring a circus of live performers who are on their way out as audiences embrace new types of entertainment." I can't wait to see what Chomet has conjured up this time.

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