8/09 Indie Movie News

By Jordan August 9, 2016

Roadside Attractions Acquires ‘Bitter Harvest’

Roadside Attractions picked up the U.S. rights to George Mendeluk’s “Bitter Harvest.”

The film is about two lovers caught in the midst of Joseph Stalin’s deliberate starvation of the Ukranian people in the 20th Century.

Max Irons (“Woman in Gold”) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) will be leading the cast.

“We loved that George and Richard wrote a story about a period of history that many people really don’t know about,” said the company’s Howard Cohen and Eric D’Arbeloff. “In partnering with Ian, who has such personal ties to the story, they were able to make the film as authentic as possible. We’re thrilled to help bring this film that holds so much relevance today to the U.S. audience.”

Roadside Attractions is planning on releasing the film in 2017.

TheWrap Announces Shortlist Film Festival Finalists 

TheWrap has announced twelve finalists for its fifth annual Shortlist Film festival.

The ShortList showcases 12 award-winning short films from Sundance, SXSW, Toronto International Film Festival and more. “Maman(s),” “Slingshot,” “The Black Belt,” “Bacon and God’s Wrath,” and “Killer” are amongst those selected.

The films are a mix of narrative fiction, documentary and animation and the filmmakers come from the United States, Canada, France, Australia and the United Kingdom.

The films will stream online for two weeks and audiences will have a chance to cast their vote for the category of Audience Prize. 

The festival commences today and runs through Aug. 23.

New York Film Festival Announces Main Slate

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 25 films that will be a part of its Main Slate.

“I also see in this year’s lineup a bounty of vital work from artists from all around the world who will not stop until they see their visions all the way to the end,” said Kent Jones, NYFF Director and Selection Committee Chair.

“I, Daniel Blake,” which won the Palme D’or at Cannes Film Festival and “Personal Shopper” and “Graduation” which tied for Best Director will be among those selected for the Main Slate.

The festival runs from Sept. 30 – Oct. 16. 

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