It's a mystery how Peter Schonau Fog manages to combine child abuse, a study of a rural community, affecting tragedy and black comedy into a satisfying whole, but in "The Art of Crying" he pulls it off. A gently offbeat study of a Jutland family in the early 1970s as seen through the merciless, innocent gaze of an 11 year-old boy, this refreshingly unconventional pic tackles its taboos with
compassion, grace and wit.
Jonathan Holland, Variety

Emotionally devastating and astonishingly mature, this is a unique feature debut. Steve Gravestock, Toronto International Filmfestival

A young Scandinavian genius tackles Bergmanesque themes of family taboos and relationships with pathos, humor, and a loving eye. Chiseko Tanaka, Tokyo International Film Festival

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Santa Barbara and Sarasota invitations

The Art of Crying has been invited to the followning festivals:

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
January 25 - February 4, 2007
Sunday January 28, 2007

Monday January 29, 2007

Wednesday January 31, 2007

Celebrating its 22nd year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) continues to impress with an excellent lineup of films, informative panels, and celebrity tributes featuring the best and brightest in the industry. This year's festival runs from January 25 through February 4, 2007. Here is what has been announced so far: (be sure to check for updates) The 2007 Festival will honor Will Smith with the prestigious Modern Master Award for his career accomplishments, including this year's The Pursuit of Happyness, on Saturday, January 27 at the Arlington Theatre. Former Vice-President Al Gore and Director Davis Guggenheim will receive the Attenborough Award for excellence in nature filmmaking for their acclaimed film, An Inconvenient Truth. A screening of the film will accompany the award presentation on Friday, February 2, also at the Arlington Theatre. Also confirmed are Forest Whitaker, who will receive the Riviera Award for his performance in The Last King of Scotland, and Helen Mirren, recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award for her role in The Queen.
In addition to the tributes, the Festival will present over 200 feature films, over 50 short films, 6 Sidebar programs, 5 Panel discussions, several "Conversations with..." interviews, the 10-10-10 Student Screenwriting and Filmmaking Competitions, and free "3rd Weekend" screenings after the festival wraps. More information on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival can be found at

9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival
(13. - 23. apr.)
The 10-day event, which has grown into one of the leading film festivals in North America, will take place in the Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida. The Regal Entertainment Group Sarasota Film Festival is presented by Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. It has three competitions, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Independent Visions.

(The Art of Crying wasn't in competitions in Marrakech and Tallinn. I haven't been to any of the festivals and I haven't found any writings about those screenings on the net. Sorry.)