There have been hundreds of feature films that have had an initial release at festivals. Some of them received a high level of fame. On the other hand, others were panned by critics. There are several good examples of movies that have attained popularity thanks to their release at festivals.
This is the first film by director Kevin Smith. It started out as an independent student project. However, the movie failed to gain a distributor due to the downbeat ending initially. Eventually, Smith changed it and “Clerks” was given a screening slot at the Sundance festival. It has since become a cult comedy classic and spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs. Two side characters called Jay and Silent Bob are now considered cinematic icons.
Critics were divided over the quality of this comedy movie. It is about a social misfit called Napoleon as he handles teenage life in the American Midwest. The plot is minimal, and scenes are episodic in nature. The pacing is also an issue. Despite this, “Napoleon Dynamite” has gained fans over the years. It was even adapted into an animated series starring the original cast.
Secrets And Lies
Mike Leigh is a British director known for his social realist work. “Secrets And Lies” is his most successful film to date. When it debuted at Cannes, it received high acclaim, winning the coveted Palme d’Or award. The film follows a single mother dealing with depression. One day she gets a phone call from the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago. Brenda Blethyn was praised for her starring role as the emotionally torn mother.
The Lives Of Others
Set during the 1980s in oppressive East Germany, this movie is about a government agent tasked with spying on a writer. As the agent gets to know the writer more, he begins to sympathize with him. The main message of the film is that mass surveillance is wrong. A number of critics disliked the humanizing of a Stasi member. Despite this, “The Lives Of Others” is considered by many to be one of the best European films of all time.
Few war movies capture the harsh atmosphere of the Vietnam Conflict as well as “Apocalypse Now”. The main character is an army officer played by Martin Sheen. He is tasked with assassinating a colonel who has gone rogue. The mission involves travelling from Vietnam to Cambodia in dangerous waters. The film stands out as the best of Martin Sheen’s entire career. It was first shown at Cannes and won the Palme d’Or. This decision upset several critics.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Twin Peaks was a TV show created by surrealist artist David Lynch. It follows an FBI investigation into the murder of a teenage girl called Laura Palmer. The film “Fire Walk With Me” depicts Laura’s final week leading up to the crime. At Cannes, it was booed due to its inconsistencies with the TV series. However, it gained a large audience in Japan.
In Quentin Tarantino’s crime caper a group of characters encounter each other in intersecting stories. The film helped to rejuvenate John Travolta’s career thanks to his role as a hitman called Vincent. Bruce Willis also stars as a boxer who is kidnapped and later targeted by gangsters.