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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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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