by Rob Boylan
Another year, another spate of deserving cinema that will be hard to come by. We ran a little earlier this year than we did last year.
None of this year's festivals have started (Sundance is soon though), so it was a little trickier. Still, this round up is a pretty good slate to start from.
It shows my biases, in that I'm particularly interested in Japanese and Korean cinema and BBC/Channel 4 productions, and I apologize for that (but not really -- in Curb Your Enthusiasm parlance, I would give you a shit bow had I bowed in apology).
Anyway, the small drawback of a printed newspaper is that it has no interactivity or mulitmedia capabilities, so we now present to you some extras about those films. Photo sets, trailers, release info, outside links. Have at it.
The Girl (TBD Director):
Release Status: In pre-production, late 2012 release probably.
I Wish (Hirokazu Koreeda):
Release Date: Unknow (DVD out for import, which I may do personally)
Now is Good (Ol Parker):
Release Date: TBD (Spring in the UK, possibly fall in North America)
Bleak Night (Yoon Sung-Hyun):
Release Date: Unknown (Netflix has been buying up basically every South Korean and Japanese production lately, so keep an out out on there)
Scarlet Road (Catherine Scott):
Release Date: Unknown
A Boy and His Samurai (Yoshihiro Nakamura):
Release Date: Sporadically playing North American festivals. VOD later in the year, possibly.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (David Gelb):
Release Date: March 9th (limited -- call the Enzian and tell them to book it!)
Dragon aka Wu Xia aka Swordsmen (Peter Chan):
Release date: Who the hell knows with Harvey "The Punisher" Weinstein?
-Long Trailer (8 mins)
The We and the I (Michel Gondry):
Release status: In pre-production. This was a long distance prediction. Late, late 2012, possibly.
The Story of Film (Mark Cousins):
Release Date: Unknown. Like the BBC's Planet Earth, this project is too damn big to not end up showing here though.