Monday, June 25, 2007

Inland Empire screening at MIFF

Just a short note for those who may have stumbled upon this site looking for a release date for David Lynch's Inland Empire.

Inland Empire will screen at MIFF. No dates or times have been confirmed; I expect these to be released on the MIFF website on July 13, when phone and internet bookings also go on sale. I've noticed that MIFF doesn't post all information as it becomes available, so if I find out any information prior to this date, I will post on this blog. Keep an eye out for updates.

UPDATE: Inland Empire screens at MIFF on Tue 7 Aug 9pm [SOLD OUT] and Thu 9 Aug 9.15pm [SOLD OUT]. See the MIFF website for details. [ALL INLAND EMPIRE TICKETS SOLD OUT].

Based on visits to this site, I'm sure that Inland Empire tickets will sell out at MIFF. Get in early and book online at MIFF on July 13 to ensure you get a seat.

The latest from Dendy Films, who are distributing the film in Australia, remains unchanged at this stage, ie, the final quarter of 2007, meaning October to December, though that's not mentioned on their website. UPDATE 4/8/07: Dendy Films latest release schedule has Inland Empire opening on 15/11/07.

11 comments:

marty said...

The main problem I see with local distributors is that they acquire far too many films for them to be able to release in a timely manner. Hence, the delay with Inland Empire. Distributors like Dendy and Hopscotch in particular is they always announce their "new' acquisitions almost only a weekly basis these days but then they discover they have too many films on their slate and thus the smaller, riskier films get left behind and abysmal French rom-coms take their place.

There is no doubt that Inland Empire will be a tough film for any viewer. Don't expect box office to be big and I predict the film will flounder at the box office especially since the film will be released here long after its DVD release in the US. Luckily, we have MIFF screening the film next month.

My message to Dendy and others is that if you can't find the slot in your release slate for such risky films like Inland Empire then why not leave it to those smaller distributor who can. You are ruining cinema in this country.

marty said...

The main problem I see with local distributors is that they acquire far too many films for them to be able to release in a timely manner. Hence, the delay with Inland Empire. Distributors like Dendy and Hopscotch in particular is they always announce their "new' acquisitions almost only a weekly basis these days but then they discover they have too many films on their slate and thus the smaller, riskier films get left behind and abysmal French rom-coms take their place.

There is no doubt that Inland Empire will be a tough film for any viewer. Don't expect box office to be big and I predict the film will flounder at the box office especially since the film will be released here long after its DVD release in the US. Luckily, we have MIFF screening the film next month.

My message to Dendy and others is that if you can't find the slot in your release slate for such risky films like Inland Empire then why not leave it to those smaller distributor who can. You are ruining cinema in this country.

trent said...

filmnut do you work in the film industry? I recall you mentioning you have a degree in film and also you attended a presentation of digital projectors a couple of months ago. Just wondering what your job is. What do you think it would take to set up a distribution company in this country?

Paul Martin said...

Marty, are you filmnut on the At The Movies message board?

Dendy sends out a monthly update of film releases. I pretty much agree with you about their programming. It is particularly poor right now, which may have something to do with the Sydney Film Festival just finishing and MIFF about to start.

Last year was the first time I spent much time at MIFF. Prior to that I was happy to go to the Kino as attendances were so thin, to the point of almost non-existent.

But to commit to these puerile French romantic comedies at the expense of a serious film like Lynch's latest - I think that represents poor judgement. Yes, I'm sure another distributor would have been happy to take this on. It's almost criminal to delay the film like this. And there is still no definite word on its release.

Trent, you want to go into business? My dream would be to set up an alternative Lumiere. Even at the same location would have been fine, with refurbishment, though I think it's too late. It was recently gutted and taken over by the Queensland uni that has the rest of the building, I think.

Geist said...

Yes, and lovely Carlton Cinema was turned first into a Lingerie store (or did I dream that?), then into a travel agency. *sniff*
If you decide to open a Lumiere, I'll apply for ticketing staff position and break out my black turtle neck wear.
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good/bad news re: Inland Empire, thanks for the updates. I'm about fed up with this waiting around and may dl it if I see it around anywhere, it was shot on video anyway, maybe it should be viewed at home?
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I spoke to the MIFF ppl today and feel that releasing the guide for MIFF on july 13 is rather late. THeir website will probably crash all the time all week, as ppl try to book stuff online.

marty said...

Trent, I work for Palace Cinemas at one of their cinemas.

You need plenty of money to set-up a distribition company and appropriate contacts within the local and international film industry.

Paul Martin said...

Geist, the old Carlton Moviehouse is a terrific looking building, though I never got to see it inside. I got serious about films before it closed, but never got around to seeing anything there. I doubt whether a Lumiere in that location could ever work with the Nova/Village partnership dominating business in the area. I said dream, because I can't ever see it happening. Had I the funds to splash, I would love to do it.

Funny comment that, about black turtle neck wear. Someone mentioned to me the other day about movie buffs wearing black skivvies. And I was wearing one, as part of my motorcycle gear (gotta keep warm).

Marty, I've been to all the Palace cinemas, but mostly to the Como (that's where you see all the black skivvies, right?). I became a member when I worked in the same building a few years ago. Do you know me by sight? Have we met? If one is selective, there are some good films screened at Palace; same could be said about the Nova, I suppose. I've said it before, I don't begrudge these places screening their middle-of-the-road stuff, if it pays the bills to enable some edgier programming.

trent said...

Yeah I had a similar dream with the Valhalla in Sydney. I walk by it sometimes and feel bad, they're turning it into offices or something.

I would very much like to start up a cinema/distribution company to combat what we are seeing on our screens right now--Paul you can be the manager, marty has the expertise and contacts in the industry, and me...well I know how to make pancakes, that's gotta be an advantage. Oh yeah and geist has the wardrobe for serving customers.

Seriously though, if we were to be serious, something could actually be done. I guess capital is the main ingredient in these ventures, as marty says.

Paul Martin said...

Trent, I'm opening to serious ideas. BTW, you got a mention by name when I spoke on live radio 3RRR Film Buff's Forecast today. Paul Harris asked me if I was particularly keen about Mister Lonely. I said I was, but not as keen as you.

trent said...

Ha that's pretty cool, did you or he bring up Mister Lonely? I'm glad someone's talking about it in the media here. I guess I'll just have to wait for the podcast as I slept in too late to hear the show on Saturday. I saw a couple of clips from the film, even though I keep telling myself I must wait, and it looks really beautiful. I'm just too eager (and yes I noticed you updated the list of movies to include it, thanks).

Paul Martin said...

No, I didn't bring it up. I assume he checked out Melb Film Blog to research for the interview. He must have seen the 'Mister Lonely Comes to Melbourne' post and assumed that I was particularly keen to see it.