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Anna Margaret Hollyman is Sister Aimee in First 'Sister Aimee' Trailer

"I'm just an entertainer, that's all." 1091 has unveiled an official trailer for an indie comedy titled Sister Aimee, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. From directors Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann making their feature debut, the film stars newcomer Anna Margaret Hollyman as Sister Aimee. America's most famous evangelist in 1926 is a woman looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, and swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico, she finds herself on a wild road trip to the border. "Based on true events. Mostly made up." The cast includes Michael Mosley, Andrea Suarez Paz, Julie White, Amy Hargreaves, Macon Blair, Luis Bordonada, Nathan Zellner, Lee Eddy, John Merriman, and Bill Wise. This looks like it gets extra wild by the end, with all sorts of happenings. Here's the first trailer for Samantha Buck & Marie Schlingmann's Sister Aimee, from 1091's YouTube:
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‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy

‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy
While the story of the 1926 disappearance of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson may not be known by many, there’s more than enough in the life story of this cult figure to fill many movies. For their narrative feature debut, queer filmmakers Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann zero in on the five weeks that Semple McPherson (at one point the second most popular religious figure in the world behind the Pope) went missing in Mexico. As seen in this exclusive first trailer, the result is an often zany, satirical, and feminist musical comedy led by a radiant Anna Margaret Hollyman.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events.
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Sundance Pic ‘Sister Aimee’ Acquired By 1091, Will Hit Theaters In September

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Sundance Pic ‘Sister Aimee’ Acquired By 1091, Will Hit Theaters In September
Exclusive: Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann’s Sister Aimee, which had its premiere in the Next section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by 1091 (formerly known as The Orchard Film Group) and Obscured Pictures. It will now hit theaters September 27 at the Village East Cinema in New York and the Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles ahead of a further rollout and a VOD bow October 1.

The pic written and directed by Buck and Schlingmann tells the mostly fictional story of the real-life early 20th century mega-star evangelist Sister Aimee Semple McPherson (played by Anna Margaret Hollyman), with the movie’s plot revolving around the media sensation faking her own death at the pinnacle of her fame to run away to Mexico with her married lover. In real life, the Foursquare Church founder was allegedly kidnapped and held captive for more than a month, but the
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Late Night,' 'Brightburn,' 'Dark Phoenix' and More

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Late Night,' 'Brightburn,' 'Dark Phoenix' and More
In addition to the Zachary Levi-led Shazam! and Elizabeth Banks with Jackson A. Dunn in Brightburn, Sophie Turner and Jennifer Lawrence lead Simon Kinberg's highly anticipated X-Men film, Dark Phoenix.

Florence Pugh stars in Ari Aster's (Hereditary) latest horror, Midsommar, while Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska star in David and Nathan Zellner's Damsel.

Tim Burton's live-action remake of Dumbo released a new clip featuring Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell and Nicholas Hoult portrays author J.R.R. Tolkien in the Dome Karukoski-directed film Tolkien, co-starring Lily Collins.

After Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield end their long-term relationship, her best friends, played ...
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Body of work by Anne-Katrin Titze

Touch Me Not director Adina Pintilie: "Einstürzende Neubauten and Blixa Bargeld it's very important. It has always been. In particular the piece that you hear in the film. Melancholia speaks about the subconscious of the city." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the 68th Berlin Film Festival, the jury, led by Tom Tykwer, with Cécile de France, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Stephanie Zacharek, Chema Prado, and Oscar-winning producer Adele Romanski of Barry Jenkins' Moonlight and Independent Spirit winner If Beale Street Could Talk, gave the Golden Bear to Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not, produced by Philippe Avril, and Bianca Oana.

Adina Pintilie: "I think you can find an emotional mirror of what happens within the characters." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pintilie's début feature, shot by George Chiper, bested such films as Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs, David Zellner and Nathan Zellner's Damsel, Christian Petzold's Transit, Benoît Jacquot's Eva, Cédric Kahn
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New to Streaming: ‘Bad Times at the El Royale,’ ‘Mid90s,’ ‘The Turin Horse,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Bad Times at the El Royale (Drew Goddard)

Drew Goddard’s follow-up to The Cabin in the Woods seemed to come and go without much fervor this past fall, but there are more than a few reasons to seek it out. Less labyrinthine-esque plotted than his last film, perhaps the fairly straightforward ending threw people for a loop, but I appreciated the well-spun crime drama, which takes more than a few compelling detours. And if you also thought Cynthia Erivo was wasted in Steve McQueen’s Widows, she gets a much more fleshed-out supporting turn here and reason enough to watch. – Jordan R.

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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‘Piercing’ Exclusive Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Won’t Be Killed Without a Bloody Fight

‘Piercing’ Exclusive Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Won’t Be Killed Without a Bloody Fight
Nicolas Pesce earned critical acclaim for his directorial debut “The Eyes of My Mother,” a twisted serial killer drama widely regarded as one of the best horror films of 2016, and now he’s back in equally gruesome fashion with “Piercing.” Pesce’s latest premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is adapted from the 1994 Japanese novel of the same by Ryu Murakami.

Piercing” stars Christopher Abbott as a businessman hired to check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting prostitute, played by indie darling Mia Wasikowska with fearless conviction. Unfortunately for the man, the prostitute he chooses to kill ends up being more intelligent, more twisted, and even more blood-thirty than he ever imagined. The supporting cast includes Laia Costa, Olivia Bond, and Marin Ireland.

In his review out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called “Piercing” a “swift tribute to Takashi Miike’s ‘Audition’ filtered through Quentin-Tarantinoesque exuberance.
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Where to Stream the Best Films of 2018

As 2018 winds down, like most cinephiles, we’re looking to get our hands on the titles that may have slipped under the radar or simply gone unseen. With the proliferation of streaming options, it’s thankfully easier than ever to play catch-up for those films you missed in a theater (or never came to your town), and to assist with the process, we’re bringing you a rundown of the best titles of the year available to watch.

Curated from the Best Films of 2018 So Far list we published for the first half of the year, it also includes films we’ve enjoyed the past few months and some we’ve recently caught up on. This is far from a be-all, end-all year-end feature (that will come at the end of the year), but rather something that will hopefully be a helpful tool for readers to have a chance to seek out notable,
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New to Streaming: ‘Damsel,’ ‘Maniac,’ ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ ‘Custody,’ ‘The Witch,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)

Movies about making movies often get a bad rap; there’s just a presumed pretentiousness that goes along with watching filmmakers and actors defending their craft. So when it turns out that Clouds of Sils Maria is actually a beautifully directed and acted defense of the timelessness and universal value of storytelling in all forms, what could have been a European Birdman actually becomes something so much more. – Brian R.

Where to Stream: FilmStruck

Custody (Xavier Legrand)

It didn’t win the Oscar for best live action short in 2014, but Xavier Legrand’s Just Before Losing Everything was by far my favorite nominee.
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Damsel – Review

Robert Pattinson in Damsel, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

In the weird Western indie comedy Damsel, Robert Pattinson plays Samuel Alabaster, a nattily dressed young man who walks out of the Pacific surf with a guitar, a gun and a miniature horse. He is headed for a seedy, strange Western town in search of a preacher (David Zellner), who he intends to take along to officiate at his wedding to his beloved at the end of a trek into the frontier wilderness.

Damsel does indeed have a damsel, played by Mia Wasikowska, but her distress mostly comes from the various men who have ideas of rescuing her from dangers they mostly create.

Damsel is the front runner for weirdest movie of the year, in this writer’s opinion. It seems to want to be a cross between Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and The Princess Bride,
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Elliptical in nature by Anne-Katrin Titze

David Zellner and Nathan Zellner: "When people confuse appreciation with appropriation. That fits into the whole damsel theme and the objectification theme. That was something that just kept circling back as we were writing it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In the last round-up of my conversation with David Zellner and Nathan Zellner on Damsel, which stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, we discuss the connection between Samuel Beckett and a scene with the Preacher (Robert Forster) and Parson Henry (David Zellner), Terry Anderson's costumes, Daisy as Butterscotch (the miniature horse) and Bunzo (the rabbit) in Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, wanting a "a more colourful look than a lot of Westerns", and the fun of writing scenes that have an "elliptical nature in some way".

Robert Forster as the Preacher: "We like the idea of this prologue. It is very Beckett, I guess, but not in a conscious way. We
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Small Grants Help Filmmakers Make Giant Leaps, Richard Linklater Says

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Small Grants Help Filmmakers Make Giant Leaps, Richard Linklater Says
Emerging filmmakers can parlay even the smallest of financial grants into major career-advancing moves, per director Richard Linklater.

Interviewed by Variety film critic Peter Debruge, the helmer was speaking at the Variety Critics Corner series at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. He was referring to the types of funds awarded by the Austin Film Society, a nonprofit organization he established in 1985 in his hometown of Austin, Texas – originally to screen classic and auteur films.

Afs – which is being showcased as part of the Made in Texas program at Karlovy Vary – has grown to own a cinema, manage local soundstages, and provide funding to help Texas-based artists at the script stage, in post, or in any other way that will advance their projects. These modest grants, he said, are a way to incubate or jump-start new films.

Linklater came to Karlovy Vary to accompany Made in Texas, as well as
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Podtalk: Co-Directors David & Nathan Zellner Rescues the Western in ‘Damsel’

Chicago – The familiar archetypes of the Hollywood Western… the dusty town, the swinging saloon doors and the cowboys looking the part… are all present and accounted for in “Damsel,” written and directed by David and Nathan Zellner. The twist comes in the action of the characters, portrayed by Robert Pattinson (“Twilight”), Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”) and the Zellners themselves.

Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson of ‘Damsel

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Damsel” opens on a typical Western-style hoedown, in which Penelope (Wasikowska) and Samuel (Pattinson) seem very connected, possibly in love. The scene shifts to Samuel returning to the territory to marry Penelope, even bringing along a miniature pony named Butterscotch as a gift.

David and Nathan Zellner of ‘Damsel

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Samuel meets a false preacher named Henry (David Zellner) – who took his religious persona from the Old Preacher (Robert Forster) – and recruits
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Robert Pattinson to Receive Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

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Robert Pattinson to Receive Award at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Robert Pattinson, best known for the “Twilight” franchise and more recent movies like “Good Time,” will receive the President’s Award at the closing ceremony of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival July 7, the Czech fest announced Wednesday. Other honorees at the festival include director-writer Barry Levinson and actor-director-writer Tim Robbins.

David and Nathan Zellner’s Western comedy “Damsel,” in which Pattinson stars alongside Mia Wasikowska, screens at the festival Saturday. David Zellner will also be at the event. Pattinson has recently been shooting David Michod’s Netflix original production “The King,” a Shakespeare-inspired film starring Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton and Lily-Rose Depp.

The nine-day event in the historic spa town kicked off Friday with Taika Waititi, director of “Thor: Ragnarok,” among the guests. Waititi is in the Czech Republic shooting “Jojo Rabbit,” and is joined at the festival by Carthew Neal, producer of the film.

“Jojo Rabbit,” Waititi’s sixth film as director,
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Robert Pattinson, Taika Waititi to attend Karlovy Vary

Robert Pattinson, Taika Waititi to attend Karlovy Vary
Waititi’s ’What We Do In The Shadows’ and ’Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ previously screened at the festival.

Robert Pattinson will receive the honorary festival president’s award at the closing ceremony of this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Kviff) on July 7. The festival opens on June 29.

The festival presents the award to ”outstanding personalities of world cinema”. Previous recipients include Jean Reno, Charlie Kaufman, Susan Sarandon and last year’s winner, Casey Affleck. The closing night film is Gilles Lellouche’s Sink Or Swim.

Pattinson, who recently appeared in David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel and will soon
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‘Damsel’ Gives Robert Pattinson the Most Shocking Moment of His Career, and He Loved Every Second of It

‘Damsel’ Gives Robert Pattinson the Most Shocking Moment of His Career, and He Loved Every Second of It
The following article contains spoilers for “Damsel.”

Robert Pattinson is no stranger to surprising his fans. Whether he’s having sex in a limousine with Juliette Binoche (“Cosmopolis”) or making out with a teenage girl (“Good Time”), the 32-year-old actor has made it clear to expect the unexpected when watching his films. “Damsel,” Pattinson’s new film from writer-directors David and Nathan Zellner, takes this mentality to a new extreme and delivers the actor’s most shocking onscreen moment to date.

Damsel” stars Pattinson as Samuel Alabaster, a bumbling pioneer venturing across the American frontier to rescue and marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). The Zellner brothers’ jarring twist arrives just before the halfway point, when it’s revealed that Penelope doesn’t need saving at all, not from Samuel or from any man. Part of the reason she ran away and settled down in a remote
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‘Boundaries’ Has Tepid Indie Box Office Launch After Peter Fonda Tweets

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After it made headlines in Hollywood for the wrong reasons, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Boundaries” is off to a tepid start at the indie box office, as it opened on five screens this weekend. Directed by Shana Feste and starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, the film has made $30,395 for a per screen average of $6,079.

This past week, Peter Fonda, who has a minor role in the film, posted an angry Twitter rant aimed towards President Donald Trump and his wife and son, Melania and Barron, that was a knee-jerk response to the White House’s family separation policy towards undocumented migrants and asylum seekers.

“We should rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles,” the actor wrote in a tweet that he later deleted. “And see if mother will stand up against the giant a-hole she is married to.”

Also Read: Disney
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‘The King’ Reigns Over Mixed Weekend of Openers; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Robustly: Specialty Box Office

‘The King’ Reigns Over Mixed Weekend of Openers; ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Expands Robustly: Specialty Box Office
With summer tentpoles in full thrust, specialty distributors are maintaining their seasonal role offering up alternative programming for moviegoers not dazzled by the latest studio blitz.

The final full weekend of June included at least a half dozen new limited titles, headlined by Sundance’s The King by Eugene Jarecki, which Oscilloscope opened in two Manhattan locations Friday. The documentary lorded over the pack of newcomers with a $29K gross for a solid $14,525 per theater average, easily the best among the specialties, and the third-best among all titles reporting grosses Sunday.

Magnolia Pictures took the Zellner brothers’ Damsel to three locations in its opening frame, grossing $21K. By far the ‘widest’ opener among among the group was IFC FilmsThe Catcher Was a Spy, which bowed in 49 theaters, taking in $122,494 for a $2,520 PTA.

Sony Classics’ Boundaries played five locations in its first weekend, grossing $30,395, while China Lion’s Lobster Cop
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A dimension of complexity by Anne-Katrin Titze

David Zellner‬ on Mia Wasikowska as Penelope in Damsel: "We're so happy. She was amazing. The film has a lot of stylization to it. From the kind of mythic quality of the West, but we like the idea of grounding in a certain dimension of complexity to the characters …"

In the second part of my Wild West conversation with David Zellner and Nathan Zellner on Damsel, we explore Robert Pattinson's role as Samuel Alabaster, casting him against type as Alfred Hitchcock did with Sean Connery for Mark Rutland in Marnie, the strength of Mia Wasikowska's Penelope, Ricky Nelson in Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo, working with The Octopus Project on a cowboy ballad, getting a fresh start, and giving your best shot at following the Code of the Prairie.

‪David Zellner‬ (here as Parson Henry) on ‪Robert Pattinson‬'s Samuel singing Honeybun in Damsel: "We like it when there's cowboy ballads.
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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Review – Damsel

Damsel, 2018.

Written and Directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner.

Starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Joseph Billingiere, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, and Robert Forster.


It’s the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Robert Pattinson is a lover, not a fighter. Playing a businessman named Samuel in the days of the old West, he decides to travel across the country to reunite with his beloved fiancé Penelope believing her to be kidnapped by a local gang of outlaws as she is described as a trophy woman. However, considering this is a film by the Zellner brothers, the trek across the frontier is about as idiosyncratic as they come, complete with gruff men comparing the sizes
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