Austin film scene: Linklater, Green headed for Sundance
Linklater, Green headed for Sundance
“Before Midnight,” the latest feature from Austin director Richard Linklater, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Also selected for the premieres section of the festival was David Gordon Green’s “Prince Avalanche.” Linklater’s “Before Midnight” follows the lives of Jesse and Celine in Greece, nearly two decades after first meeting on a train bound for Vienna in “Before Sunrise.” Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy reprise their earlier roles. Green, who lives in Austin, directs Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch in “Prince Avalanche,” which follows two guys who spend the summer of 1988 away from the city where they live. Kat Candler’s “Black Metal” was selected for the shorts program.
McConaughey wins NY critics award
Matthew McConaughey’s decision to star in edgier, low-budget movies is paying off. Austin’s McConaughey won best supporting actor for roles in “Bernie” and “Magic Mike” from the New York Critics Circle this week. Kathryn Bigelow won best director for “Zero Dark Thirty,” which will open in Austin in January after playing in New York and Los Angeles in time for awards consideration. “Zero Dark Thirty” also won best picture. “Lincoln” won three awards: Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor; Sally Field, best supporting actress; and Tony Kushner, best screenplay. Rachel Weisz won best actress for “The Deep Blue Sea.” “Frankenweenie,” which had its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest, won best animation. “The Central Park Five” won best documentary. “Amour” was named best foreign-language film.
Hall of Fame sets awards date
The Austin Film Society will host the 13th annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards on March 7 at Stage 7 of Austin Studios. Red carpet arrivals will begin at 7 p.m., with an 8 p.m. live auction and awards show. The society has not yet named this year’s honorees but wants folks to save the date. Tables and tickets are on sale, with details at www.austinfilm.org. The ceremony helps support funding for emerging Texas filmmakers as well as educational programming for Austin youth.