STRAND RELEASING 2014 LINE UP AS OF JULY 24, 2014
Titles in red are of LGBT interest
ABUSE OF WEAKNESS (Drama) Directed by Catherine Breillat (Romance, Fat Girl). Inspired by director Catherine Breillat’s true life experiences, her latest film, ABUSE OF WEAKNESS, is an exploration of power and sex. Isabelle Huppert (THE PIANO TEACHER, 8 WOMEN) stars as Maud, a strong willed filmmaker who suffers a stroke. Bedridden, but determined to pursue her latest film project, she sees Vilko (Kool Shen), a con man who swindles celebrities, on a TV talk show. Interested in him for her new film, the two meet and Maud soon finds herself falling for Vilko’s manipulative charm as their symbiotic relationship hurdles out of control. Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, COLCOA French Film Festival. Opens in New York on Friday, August 15, 2014 at The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Theatre. Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre.
THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS (Thriller) From directing duo Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani (AMER), comes this homage to the masters of classic Italian Giallo horror. Dan returns home to find his wife is missing. With no signs of struggle or break-in and with no help from the police, Dan’s search for answers leads him down a psychosexual rabbit hole. THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS is a bloody and taut fantasia of suspense that leaves the viewer entranced in this highly original erotic thriller. Official Selection: Locarno International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, AFI Fest. Opens in New York on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the IFC Center. LA opening TBD.
WETLANDS (Comedy/Drama) Directed by David Wnendt (Combat Girls). Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents and forms an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski). WETLANDS is an unapologetically vulgar coming-of-age tale about divorce, first love and anal fissures. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Locarno Film Festival, SXSW. Opens in New York on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Angelika Film Center. Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, September 12, 2014 at the Nuart Theatre.
LILTING (Drama/LGBT) Directed by Hong Khaou. Set in contemporary London, LILTING tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger. Though they don’t share a common language, a translator helps piece together the memories of a man they both loved. LILTING is a touching film about unlikely connections and the tragedies that bring us together even though we may be worlds apart. Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Outfest. Opens in New York on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Angelika Film Center. Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Sundance Sunset Cinema and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7.
THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS (Comedy/Drama) From acclaimed director Daniel Burman (LOST EMBRACE) comes THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS, a joyful story about love, friendship and the pursuit of happiness. Santiago and Eugenio are best friends and business partners who run a thriving electronics store together. One day, Eugenio doesn’t come to work and Santiago delays telling anyone while trying to figure out what has happened. Then Laura, Eugenio’s wife, shows up to say that Eugenio has disappeared. Perplexed, the two embark on a journey to find Eugenio, only to discover that true happiness can sometimes mean losing everything. Opening Fall 2014.
THE WAY HE LOOKS (Comedy/Drama/LGBT) Set against the music of Belle and Sebastian, Daniel Ribeiro’s coming of age tale, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a fun and tender story about friendship and the complications of young love. Leo is a blind teenager who’s fed up with his overprotective mother and the bullies at school. Looking to assert his independence, he decides to study abroad to the dismay of his best friend, Giovana. When Gabriel, the new kid in town, teams with Leo on a school project, new feelings blossom in him that make him reconsider his plans. Meanwhile, Giovana, grows jealous of this new found companionship as tensions mount between her and Leo. Winner of the Teddy Award for best Narrative Feature at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and Audience winner at both Frameline and Outfest. Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, Outfest. Opens Nationwide November 7, 2014.
GIRLHOOD (Drama) Directed by Céline Sciamma. Fed up with her abusive family situation, lack of school prospects and the “boys’ law” in the neighborhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, drops out of high school and starts stealing to be accepted into the gang. When her home situation becomes unbearable, Marieme seeks solace in an older man who promises her money and protection. Realizing this sort of lifestyle will never result in the freedom and independence she truly desires, she finally decides to take matters into her own hands.Official Selection: Cannes Film Festival. Opens Early 2015.
CUPCAKES (Comedy/Musical) Directed by Eytan Fox (The Bubble, Yossi & Jagger, Yossi). Set in contemporary Tel Aviv, six diverse best friends gather to watch the wildly popular UniverSong competition. Appalled by the Israeli entry, they decide to create their own and record it on a mobile phone. Unbeknownst to them, their performance is seen by the UniverSong judges and selected as Israel’s entry for next year’s competition. With a soundtrack provided by Babydaddy from Scissor Sisters, this hilarious comedy is a refreshing ode to music and friendship. Official Selection: Inside Out Toronto, Miami LGBT Film Festival, Outfest. Opening 2015.
FUTURO BEACH (Drama) Directed by Karim Aïnouz. Part gay romance, part inquisitive self-journey, FUTURO BEACH is a stunning examination of lives lost and found. Donato (Wagner Moura) works as a lifeguard at the spectacular but treacherous Praia do Futuro beach in Brazil; Konrad (Clemens Schick) is an ex-military thrill-seeker from Germany vacationing with a friend. After Donato saves Konrad from drowning, but fails to save his other friend, initial sexual sparks give way to a deeper, emotional connection. Donato decides to leave everything behind, including his ailing mother and younger brother, Ayrton, to travel back to Berlin with Konrad. There, he finds both confusion and liberation, and his journey for love soon turns into a deeper search for his own identity. Eight years later, an unexpected visit from Ayrton, brings all three men back together as they struggle to reconcile the pain of loss and longing, instinctively drawn to each other in search of hope and a brighter future. Official Selection: Berlin Film Festival, Outfest, Newfest.