The fall film season just won’t let up this year and one more understated gem of a movie is joining the fray: Alan and Gabriel Polsky’s 2012 Rome film fest entry, “The Motel Life.” Starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, and directed together by the Polskys (producers of “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” and “Little Birds”) the drama depicts a pair of working-class brothers who flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Today, Polsky Films announced a November 8, 2013 release for “The Motel Life” in 15 cities nationwide, and on VOD via FilmBuff.
“The Motel Life” received four awards at the Rome Film Festival including the prestigious Audience Award. Our own Jessica Kiang saw the film in Italy and described it as a “gentle wise surprise of a film that without a doubt proving one of the most satisfying of our festival [experience],” while praising its “refreshing quiet confidence.” Based on the acclaimed novel “The Motel Life” by Willy Vlautin, in a statement by the Polsky brothers, the siblings said, “We were inspired and touched by the strength of [the characters] Frank and Jerry Lee’s relationship, and their ability to transcend their circumstances with imagination, hope, and humor. It was an exciting challenge to blend live action and animation to capture Frank and Jerry Lee’s world. We can’t wait to share their story with audiences.”
Here’s the official synopsis:
THE MOTEL LIFE explores the intense bond between two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada. They grew up depending on each other and their big imaginations to escape the challenges of their transient life. When one of the brothers is involved in a fatal accident, it forces both of them to choose between running or facing reality. It is a story of brotherhood, shared dreams and the redemptive power of hope.
“The Motel Life” arrives in theaters and VOD on November 8 and will expand after that debut. Check out an exclusive photo from the film above.
“Prince Avalanche,” the new movie from director David Gordon Green and starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, is not like any other film out this summer. First of all, two characters take up most of the screen time, and they spent the movie painting stripes on a burnt out highway in central Texas. Yet “Prince Avalanche” is one of the funniest and oddly fascinating movies of the year.
When MTV News sat down with Hirsch to discuss the movie, he revealed that the “project,” as Green called it originally, came together in an appropriate unique fashion.
Find out what it took for the actor to prepare for his role in “Prince Avalanche.”
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Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch as Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde are back. As if they ever left. It was 79 years ago on May 23, 1934, that common thieves Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were mowed down by pursuing lawmen and started their unlikely journey into popular culture history and mythology. It was almost 47 years ago, in August 1967, that they got their biggest boost to immortality by having Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty portray them in the big-hit motion picture “Bonnie and Clyde.” Now, the A&E, History and Lifetime networks will simultaneously air a new “Bonnie and Clyde” miniseries, which the networks hope will become as big a hit as their “Bible” or “Hatfields & McCoys”
Prince Avalanche looks like a movie for anyone who has ever wondered who paints the lines on country roads. Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star as road workers in a desolate area of Texas that leaves them increasingly getting on each other’s nerves. In the trailer, Rudd writes to the unseen Madison about how he doesn’t miss city life and how he is pretty sure there’s something wrong with her brother (Hirsch). Writer/director David Gordon Green directed bro-comedies like Pineapple Express, The Sitter, and Your Highness, but judging from this trailer, Avalanche is going to be quieter, subtler, and more indie, like Green’s All The Real Girls and Snow Angels.
Avalanche premiered at Sundance and was quickly scooped up by Magnolia Pictures. The film also screens this week at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released Aug. 9.
Enjoy the fishing, hammock-sitting, and contemplative voice over below:
Emile Hirsch currently filming “Bonnie & Clyde” mini-series for Lifetime.
Emile Hirsch rocks some period piece clothing while filming on the set of Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive on Wednesday (March 27) in Baton Rouge, La.
The 28-year-old actor was joined on the set by his co-stars Sarah Hyland, Holliday Grainger, and Lane Garrison.
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Emile plays the role of Clyde, the charismatic robber to Holliday‘s Bonnie. Sarah plays Emile‘s sister-in-law and wife to Lane‘s character Buck.
The mini-series is set to premiere in a four episodes on Lifetime.