Alamo Drafthouse’s “Godzilla” screenings; ‘Spencer’ at AFF – Film Briefs – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: November 3, Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will partner with Janus Films to host the Coast to Coast World Premiere for a new 4K remaster of the 1954 Toho International Inc. classic, Godzilla (Gojira). The restoration screening takes place on the occasion of the 67th birthday of the King of the Monsters, others will be presented, in tribute, between November 5 and 11.
Screenings of the original creature feature will take place at more than two dozen Drafthouse venues across the United States, including flagship theaters in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Godzilla’s birthday festivities will continue in select locations November 5-11, with a double film featuring Yoshimitsu Banno’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), and Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Shin godzilla (2016). On the week of the 12th, selected venues will highlight two classics from the Heisei era never before seen in American cinemas: Gojira following The Return of Godzilla (1984) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).
“Godzilla continues his reign as King of the Monsters, transcending mere entertainment icons and embodying the emotions and social issues reflecting the times,” said Keiji Ota, Toho Managing Director for Godzilla. “It’s time we brought this first 4K version of the original Godzilla film to the world to honor the legacy of this globally recognized symbol to the world’s strongest fan base.”
“The sustainable distribution of Toho’s kaiju creations has lit Alamo Drafthouse’s screens for almost 25 years. “It was a pleasure partnering with Toho for the 4K premiere and on our happy anniversary, Godzilla delves deep into some of the best work Toho has ever produced.”
A complete list of participating theaters, dates and times can be found here; tickets for all films can be purchased at this link from today.
The 28th Austin Film Festival, which runs October 21-28, has Spencer as his closing film, along with his inaugural Spotlight and Centerpiece films, and this year’s New Voice Award recipient.
The aforementioned Neon film directed by Pablo Larraín, from a script by Steven Knight, examines the personal battles fought by Diana, Princess of Wales (Kristen Stewart), as she decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles (Jack Farthing). Its AFF screening precedes its theatrical release in the US and UK on November 5.
This year’s Centerpiece film, from Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam, is A24 Humans. The Spotlight Film, highlighting exemplary cinematic exploits of emerging creators on both sides of the camera, will be that of writer-director Diego Ongaro. Down with the king, which was recently acquired by Stage 6 Films from Sony Pictures.
Then there’s the 2021 New Voice Award, which will go to Channing Godfrey Peoples, the filmmaker who made his debut with the critically acclaimed film. Miss Juneteenth.
Oscar-winning filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) will be the keynote speakers at the fourth annual Infinity Festival, celebrating “Story Enabled by Technology”, which will take place both in person (at Goya Studios and Hollywood’s Dream Hotel) and online from 2 to November 4.
Lord and Miller will talk about the progress of animation, in a behind-the-scenes Q&A focused on The Mitchell against the Machines, the critically acclaimed photo they produced for Sony Pictures Animation and Netflix, which is the streamer’s most-viewed animated release to date.
While the Infinity Festival will present this year the usual set of art and technology exhibitions, screenings, labs and panels, it will expand with a focus on influencers and the gaming world.
“Seeing the growth of the Infinity Festival over the past three years to include a global audience has been great,” said Founder and CEO Mark Lieber. “We are constantly evolving our event to reflect the state of the industry. We’re excited to see the future of how we experience all facets of content, as well as bringing the influencer and gaming aspect to our attendees this year by opening up our community to new creators.
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