laura poitras‘ Venice Golden Lion-winner all the beauty and the bloodshed Opens today in three theaters, testing a crowded specialty market in New York at the IFC Center, Lincoln Center and BAM. It connects LA and San Francisco (AMC Sunset 5 and AMC Kabuki) on December 2.
Presented by Neon, this is the story of internationally renowned photographer and activist Nan Goldin, told through her slideshows, intimate interviews and ground-breaking photography, that exposes the billionaire Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, as notorious drug addicts. Associated with the artist’s fight to capture the makers of. The pain drug Oxycontin, responsible for the nation’s devastating opioid crisis. It was only the second time a doctor had won the top honor in Venice. The film played at the Telluride, Toronto and New York Film Festivals (Centerpiece Film).
Goldin and a group of artists and activists founded the anti-Big Pharma group PAIN ((Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) in 2017 as the first target of Sackler’s “toxic philanthropy”. Goldin, himself a recovering addict , led the fight to shame the institutions that accepted the family’s money, leading protests from the Guggenheim’s foyer to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Smithsonian.
Poitras’ first full-length document, my country my countryAbout Iraqis living under American occupation, received an Oscar nomination. citizenshipAbout government informant Edward Snowden, won the Best Documentary Oscar in 2015.
still open today leonor will never die, which won the Special Jury Prize for Innovative Spirit at Sundance this year after premiering in the festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Presented by Music Box Films, written and directed by Martika Ramirez Escobar. Sheila Francisco stars as Leonor Reyes, once a major player in the Filipino action film industry, who is now struggling to pay the bills. When she reads an ad looking for a screenplay, Leonor begins tinkering with an unfinished script and living out her wildest dreams.
It opens at the Metrograph in NYC, expanding on December 2.
The head of Music Box Theatrical Distribution said, “We, like everybody, want the specialty market to be strong as a whole, but looking at individual areas of success and trying to see what unconventional And where is the place in the calendar for offbeat films.” Kyle Westphal.
Metrograph called it “a range of young cinephiles,” he said, and the hope is that Leonor — which also played TIFF as part of Midnight Madness, Asian American Festivals, and Fantastic Fest — will appeal to fans of all genres. Westphal called it a “spiritual, inventive and densely produced film”. Picture of someone swinging between life and death [having] resonance with art films, and slow cinema, but [also] an action film.”
There’s a lot of arthouse fare going on as festival fare and Oscar hopefuls pile into theaters. With the holiday this week, Steven Spielberg’s the fabelmans Expanded from Universal Pictures (at 638 locations) and bones and all Went wide (to 2,722 locations) on Wednesday.
Westphal isn’t the only one reforming the adult/specialty/arthouse market but it’s still unbalanced. Some blame theater maintenance, i.e. the theatrical experience, but there are many factors at play, with others being the complexity of marketing specialty films to fragmented audiences, major theater closures, and more blocking screens for wider studio releases. Arthouse.