Indie Roundup in your weekly guide to what's new and upcoming in the world of independent film. Pictured above: Marwencol.
Fest Scene. As thousands make their final preparations to attend the Cannes film festival next week, other fests are wrapping up. The venerable San Francisco International Film Festival -- covered by Jeffrey M. Anderson and Eugene Novikov -- closes tonight, while Hot Docs in Toronto -- covered by Monika Bartyzel -- continues through the weekend. The Tribeca Film Festival has concluded, but you can catch up on all of our coverage (by Eric D. Snider, Christopher Campbell, and Scott Weinberg) right here.
The Seattle International Film Festival is gearing up for its latest super-sized edition, which begins on May 20 and runs through June 13. One week later, the Los Angeles Film Festival gets underway in their new downtown digs; they've just announced their lineup. On a sad note, Erik Davis reported that indie film supporter Gen Art has closed its doors after 16 years -- and with it goes the beloved Gen Art Film Festival.
Deals. Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol has been acquired by The Cinema Guild for U.S. distribution, says indieWIRE, and will open in theaters this fall. The film won the jury award for best documentary at SXSW, as well as a special jury prize at Independent Film Festival Boston. It follows a man who was brutally beaten and struggles to recover both physically and mentally. He creates a miniature town in his back yard as a form of therapy. Lauren Lester at Gordon and the Whale says it's "a deeply moving film that deserves to be seen for its art alone."
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