This year we’ve been following new films and filmmakers at Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes and look forward to following the Los Angeles Film Festival [LAFF], which kicks off next week. As history has proven, high profile festivals have brought wider attention to many independent films over the years and launched many filmmaker’s careers, like Kevin Smith’s, Quentin Tarantino’s and Steven Soderbergh’s. Many of Miramax’s films have premiered at these festivals and several of those films are well-known, such as Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and Sex, Lies and Videotape. Many, however, have not had the same exposure and we’d like to reintroduce you to them in our Film Festival Clip Gallery below.
Here are some interesting facts to accompany the clips.
The Human Stain premiered at The Venice Film Festival and went on to win AFI’s Movie of the Year in 2004.
After Image premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.
Ridicule premiered at Cannes in 1996 and went on to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Like Water for Chocolate premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1992 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
Smart People premiered at Sundance in 2008.
3 Steps to Heaven premiered at Cannes in 1995.
Wings of the Dove premiered at the 1997 Venice Film Festival and went on to be nominated for four Oscars.
Flirting with Disaster played at Cannes in 1996. It is directed by David O. Russell who will be a Guest Director at LAFF this year.
The Crossing Guard premiered at Toronto in 1995 and was nominated for a SAG and Spirit award and Golden Globe.
Rabbit-Proof Fence played at 16 festivals around the world and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
The Quiet American premiered at Toronto in 2002 and Michael Caine was nominated for Best Actor at The Oscars.
Mansfield Park opened the 1999 Montreal Film Festival.
Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead premiered at Cannes in 1995.
Sling Blade premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to win Best Screenplay at The Oscars.
Kolya premiered at Cannes in 1996 and won Best Foreign Film at The Oscars.
Film Festival Gallery
- A day spent at Otter River turns a boy into a son. In this scene: Louka (Zdenek Sverak), Kolya (Andrei Chalimon)
- As Karl attempts to enjoy his first taste of freedom, it's clear functioning in the outside world is going to take some serious adjusting. In this scene: Karl Childers (Billy Bob Thornton)
- The gang from the old days gets back together, but it's an uneasy reunion for a few members. In this scene: Critical Bill (Treat Williams), Pieces (Christopher Lloyd), Franchise (William Forsythe), Jimmy 'The Saint' Tosnia (Andy Garcia), Easy Wind (Bill Nunn), Joe Heff (Jack Warden)
- When Fanny makes an arguement about the injustices of slavery, Sir Thomas finally takes notice of her...but not in the way she had hoped. In this scene: Mr. Rushworth (Hugh Bonneville), Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor), Henry Crawford (Alessandro Nivola), Edmund Bertram (Jonny Lee Miller), Mary Crawford (Embeth Davidtz), Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram (Lindsay Duncan)
- Intrigued by General Thé's choice to stand against both the French and Communists, Fowler starts discussing the logistics of bringing his story to life. In this scene: Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine), Hinh (Tzi Ma)
- Neville has sent someone to collect Molly, Gracie and Daisy—but Maude won't let them go without a fight. In this scene: Molly (Everlyn Sampi), Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), Gracie (Laura Monaghan), Maud (Ningali Lawford)
- Freddy loses it when another man tries to crash his "fun" night out with some prostitutes. In this scene: Freddy Gale (Jack Nicholson)
- Professor Silk's unfortunate word usage in class lands him in hot water with the school's brass. In this scene: Coleman Silk (Anthony Hopkins)
- Just moments after they hit the San Diego freeway, Mel and the gang prepare to be the next victims of the fabled San Diego "Bump and Run" Mel's father had warned about. In this scene: Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller), Nancy Coplin (Patricia Arquette), Tina Kalb (Téa Leoni)
- In order to protect her father and her fortune, Kate must make a painful choice. In this scene: Kate Croy (Helena Bonham Carter), Aunt Maude (Charlotte Rampling), Merton Densher (Linus Roache)
- Suzanne demands Harry tell her about the last time he saw Sean. In this scene: Suzanne (Katrin Cartlidge), Harry Roberts (James Fleet), Sean (Stuart Laing), Angel Farnham (Con O'Neill), Andrea Wallis (Frances Barber)
- After a disasterous first date, Lawrence and Janet try an awkward do-over. In this scene: Lawrence (Dennis Quaid), Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker)
- On the wedding day, Pedro confesses the real reason why he married her sister. In this scene: Pedro (Marco Leonardi), Tita (Lumi Cavazos), Mama Elena (Regina Torné)