FANDOR Announces August Film Highlights
FANDOR announces AUGUST 2014 film highlights
The Strange Little Cat (Das merkwürdige Kätzchen, 2013)
SVOD Exclusive Premiere: August 1 | Director: Ramon Zürche
Writer/director Zürcher explores the deeper meaning of the trivial in this droll narrative centered on a seemingly uneventful day in the life of a Berlin family. Siblings Karin and Simon return home to help prepare dinner for their extended family. Events unfold leisurely, but with plenty of underlying and unstated tensions inevitable in a flat overstuffed with a mother, father, children, grandmother and cat. The eponymous ginger feline offers consolation and possibly the film's point of view.
The Cold Lands (2013)
SVOD Premiere, US & Canada: August 2 | Director: Tom Gilroy
Mother dead and wary of the authorities, 11-year-old Atticus flees deep into the forests, relying on whatever food and shelter he can find. He latches on to Carter, a pot-smoking drifter, and as their interdependence grows, neither is sure they made the right decision.
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (2011)
Fandor Premiere: August 8 | Director: Thierry Binisti
Seventeen-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians and slips it into a bottle. Her brother throws it into the sea and soon Tal receives an e-mail response from a young Palestinian named Naim. Thus begins a turbulent, tender friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change.
We Are Mari Pepa (Somos Mari Pepa, 2013)
Fandor Premiere: August 15 | Samuel Kishi
When members of the punk rock band Mari Pepa start dropping out, leader Alex has to contemplate his future as a punk rock superstar.
The Wall (Die Wand, 2012)
Fandor Premiere: August 15 | Director: Julian Roman Pölsler
In Julian Roman Pölsler's adaptation of Marlen Haushofer's novel, a woman and her dog find themselves inexplicably alone in the wilderness, trapped by an invisible wall, reminiscent of Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel. However, in Angel The Wall imprisons a group within a rapidly declining civilization and destroys them; here the individual is liberated from it.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
Fandor Premiere: August 22 | Director: Ira Sachs
Launched to coincide with the theatrical opening of Love is Strange, writer/director Ira Sachs mined his own experiences to create this complicated depiction of a codependent relationship with total veracity. Filmmaker Erik Rothman (Thure Lindhardt) hooks up with closeted lawyer Paul Lucy (Zachary Booth) in late '90s New York. The pair's encounter turns into a deeper relationship fraught with difficulties including Paul's drug addiction and Erik's conflicted and obsessive love for him.
Cartoon College (2012)
Fandor Premiere: August 29 | Directors: Tara Wray & Josh Melrod
Each fall 20 promising cartoon artists immerse themselves in The Center for Cartoon Studies' grueling Masters program to develop their talent in preparation for a career in one of the least secure and most underpaid of professions. This documentary features interviews with the students and prominent comics artists such as Chris Ware, Lynda Barry, Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly, Scott McCloud, Jason Lutes and James Sturm.
FEATURED FANDOR EVENTS
Werner Herzog in HD
Fandor's collection of sixteen Werner Herzog titles, including six documentaries and ten narrative films are all now available in HD. The full collection in HD includes Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972), Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984), Cobra Verde (1987), Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970), Fata Morgana (1970), Fitzcarraldo (1982), The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974), Heart of Glass (1976), Land of Silence and Darkness (1971), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), My Best Fiend (1999), Nosferatu, The Vampyre (1978), Stroszek (1976), Where the Green Ants Dream (1984) and Woyzeck (1979).
Reinvent Hollywood Series
August 5 (THE RULES OF THE GAME)
What rules of the game need to change for a sustainable new system to emerge? How should we prioritize them?
Learn more at www.fandor.com/reinvent-hollywood
FIX - 5 New Filmmakers Debut
Designed to bring makers and viewers closer together, FIX enables filmmakers to showcase their remarkable work, facilitating interaction between artists and their audience. The next 5 FIX filmmakers added, include: Tom Gilroy, Nina Menkes, Lynne Sachs, Jos de Putter and Laurence Jordan, who will be adding 5 new short films.
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