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IndieSponge Episode 6 – Wong Kar-Wai Plants “Blossoms”, Guadagnino Snorts “Scarface” & Blanchett registers for “Armageddon Time”

On this week’s episode of IndieSponge, Kevin Jagernauth and I talk about the 2020 Cannes hors les murs and the films that’ll float around in 2020/21 with the festival laurels/stamp and the films that’ll likely wait until the 2021 edition. We then delve into the great news of Wong Kar-Wai moving into production with Blossoms, and we circle one of the three projects that Cate Blanchett got attached to in the last week — hint: it’s the James Gray film about the history at Kew-Forest School where Donald Trump received some form of education in the 60s. We then talk about the surprising director attachment news of Luca Guadagnino possibly directing Scarface and the renaissance of George Miller – how Mad Max: Fury Road sprouted into the Furiosa prequel and how MGM has joined forces with the filmmaker on Three Thousands Years of Longing. We also do a quick overview into new series by some Cannes type auteurs in Olivier Assayas, Paul Verhoeven and Sofia Coppola. Thanks for checking out our COVID-19 edition of IndieSponge.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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