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Movie Natters: April 24, 2009 Archive

Film on the Radio: "Sugar" and Machinema

Posted at 10:18 AM on April 24, 2009 by Euan Kerr

Make sure you check out the interview Morning Editions Jim Bickal did with "Sugar" filmmakers Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden.

And make sure you listen to today's Future Tense with Jon Gordon about the folks making movies using video game characters in an art form known as Machinema.

MSPIFF: Kevin McKiernan returns

Posted at 11:27 AM on April 24, 2009 by Euan Kerr

During the standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973 Minnesota Public Radio listeners heard the voice of Kevin McKiernan describing what was going on inside the compound. He was a film cameraman who agreed to cover the siege in exchange for press credentials which would get him through the FBI lines.

Some of the footage he shot is included in the final program of the "We Shall Remain" series on PBS. The film is being shown Saturday at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival. McKiernan and members of the American Indian Movement will introduce the film.

Today he returned to MPR to talk with ATC host Tom Crann. You can hear their conversation tonight on the show, and then later on-line.

MSPIFF: Carlos Cuaron gets brutally honest

Posted at 5:57 PM on April 24, 2009 by Euan Kerr

Carlos Cuaron admits he didn't watch "Rudo y Cursi" with the audience at MSPIFF last night. He says he can't watch the film any more.

"I see all the flaws," he told me. "Only I see them, but I can't watch."

He says the film was originally meant to be about a soccer star who mysteriously disappears at the height of his fame. He talked with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, who he had worked with on "Y Tu Mama Tambien," (Cuaron wrote the script, and his brother Alphonso directed,) and both were interested in the idea.

He couldn't figure out how to write the script until he came up with the idea of revisiting the age old story of brothers in conflict. He came up with the explosive Rudo, and the slightly whacky wannabe singer Cursi. It would work particularly well with Bernal and Luna because, while not blood relatives, they have known each other since they were infants.

Strangely when he pitched the idea of the brothers the two actors loved the idea, but when he told them about the characters, Bernal assumed he'd be Rudo and Luna assumed he's be Cursi, while Cuaron saw it the other way round.

Being the director, he won out and the actors fell into the challenge of fleshing out their characters.

The movie has done very well in Mexico. Interestingly so has the video of Bernal singing a version of Cheap Trick's 'I want you to want me.' When he was working with the choreographer he wanted it to be so good that people would be recreating the dance at Mexican weddings for the next year.

Cuaron smiles and says his wish has come true.

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