At The Box Office | August 2015
By Hans Pedersen, August 2015 Issue.
Video release Aug. 4 | Unrated | 87 minutes
A Russian political drama set in the country’s chilling anti-gay climate, which mistreats the LGBT community under the auspices of a so-called gay “propaganda” law that criminalizes self-expression. Jonathan Taieb writes and directs this story of Anton and Vlad, a Russian same-sex couple who witness what appears to be a brutal gay bashing. Anton (Renat Shuteev) feels compelled to look into the hate crime, and Vlad (Andrei Kurganov) wants him to drop the issue, yet it seems he may have ulterior motives. Shot in the Ukraine, Stand has lots of positive buzz and screened at several film festivals.
Listen to Me, Marlon
In theaters Aug. 7 | 95 minutes
Marlon Brando’s face was captured digitally prior to his death, so his computer-generated face eerily narrates this jaw-dropping documentary, based on countless audio recordings he made. Brando was the hottest actor in Hollywood in the late ‘50s, and this film sheds light on that era, as well as his despondent, final years. In his own words only, with no other interviews, we look back at Hollywood, filmmaking and his acting methods and tools. Eerily similar to his role as Jor-El speaking to his son, Superman (1978), the actor privately reveals much more to a recording device than he ever could to the public.