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.