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The Gatekeepers

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 11:24 am


In what can only be called an historic achievement, director Dror Moreh has brought together six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s Secret Service, who reflect on their successes and failures to maintain security while responding to the shifting politics and imperatives of the “peace process.” Each man weighs in on topics ranging from preemptive strikes to confronting terrorists both Palestinian and Israeli; their thoughts and responses are candid, well-informed and rarely short of remarkable. An insider’s guide—and what insiders!—to five decades of Israeli history, THE GATEKEEPERS will surely be one of the most widely and hotly discussed films of the year.

An official selection: 2012 Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and  New York Film Festival, THE GATEKEEPERS will be released by Sony Pictures Classics February 1, 2013.

 

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a gripping documentary from Oscar winning director Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Men in the Room), which exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the US. – long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men,  set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices “heard.”   Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that shows the Pope – who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia – as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

From HBO Documentary Films Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is now playing in theaters and will be broadcast on the cable network February 4, 2013.

The Queen of Versailles

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

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Magnolia Pictures will release The Queen of Versailles on July 20

Directed by lauded filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield, who won the U.S. Directing Award for Documentary Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for this film, The Queen of Versailles is a character-driven documentary about a billionaire family and their financial challenges in the wake of the economic crisis.

With epic proportions of Shakespearean tragedy, the film follows two unique characters, whose rags-to-riches success stories reveal the innate virtues and flaws of the American Dream. The film begins with the family triumphantly constructing the biggest house in America, a 90,000 sq. ft. palace. Over the next two years, their sprawling empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. Major changes in lifestyle and character ensue within the cross-cultural household of family members and domestic staff.

 

To Rome With Love

In Uncategorized on April 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Sony Pictures Classics will release Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love on June 22, 2012. 

To Rome With Love is a story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into.

To Rome With Love is a Gravier Productions film produced by Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, and financed by the Italian production and distribution company, Medusa Film.

To Rome With Love Trailer

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

IFC will release Peace, Love & Misunderstanding on June 8, 2012

Bruce Beresford’s dramatic comedy PEACE, LOVE & MISUNDERSTANDING features a screenplay by Christina Mengert and Joseph Muszynski, and boasts an all-star cast headlined by two- time Academy Award® and Emmy Award winner Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award® nominee Catherine Keener, Kyle MacLachlan, Elizabeth Olsen, Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rosanna Arquette and Nat Wolff.

Fonda makes a triumphant return to the screen working with Australian film veteran Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, TENDER MERCIES, MAO’S LAST DANCER). Together with a wonderful cast, they deliver a heartfelt and funny comedy about reunion and second chances. Diane is a conservative lawyer (Keener) who, after splitting with her husband, takes her two teenage children, Zoe (Olsen) and Jake (Wolff) to meet their estranged, eccentric grandmother Grace (Fonda), the epitome of the term “free spirit” who lives in Woodstock, NY. Her personality was always so immense Diane felt there was rarely any room for anyone else. The film playfully depicts a string of new beginnings founded in letting go of the past. Diane isn’t sure what she came to Woodstock for, but what she finds is an open offer of motherly solace, the chance to bond with her children and perhaps the opportunity to open her heart to someone new. She meets a carpenter/singer/songwriter named Jude (Morgan). He’s handsome, generous, impulsive, and really corny. He also clearly adores her. But is Diane ready for romance? Meanwhile her daughter also meets a local (Crawford) who she connects with.

Marley

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm


Magnolia Pictures will release MARLEY on April 20th, theatrically and to VOD.

“This documentary is the ultimate revelation of my father’s life,” says Ziggy Marley. “The family is proud to be able to have the world finally experience this emotional journey.

Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international super stardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald  (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

MARLEY made its world premiere at the Berlin Film festival in February and had it’s North American premiere at SXSW.

Marley trailer

The Hunter

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Magnolia Pictures will release the THE HUNTER theatrically on April 6th and is now available on VOD.

From the producers of ANIMAL KINGDOM, and based on the acclaimed novel by Julia Leigh,  Magnolia Pictures presents THE HUNTER.

While THE HUNTER is a powerful psychological drama, it goes even further to highlight the Darwinian struggle between man and nature, while telling a very timely story. Martin played by Willem Dafoe is  a mercenary hired by a secretive biotech company to hunt for the last surviving Tasmanian tiger in the lush wilderness. Though the tiger has been officially extinct since the 1930s, sightings have been reported intermittently ever since, with no conclusive proof ever produced that the animal still exists. The animal’s disappearance from the ecology of mainland Australia and the Southern Hemisphere is attributed to being hunted by humans, and the tiger’s own legend expertly mirrors the film’s complex themes of conservation, animals living in captivity, selective culling and even cloning. The visually-striking film examines how we can make choices that will either help break the cycle of ecological violence against the planet –and against ourselves– or cause even more destruction and extinction.

The Hunter Trailer