Despite her small frame, Winona Ryder made a big impression at Monday’s premiere of Sundance pic “The Ten.”
After photogs spent a half-hour shooting the arrival of cast members including A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Famke Janssen, their flashbulbs lit up the DGA’s red carpet when Ryder appeared.
The actress happily posed for the cameras but steered clear of the print press.
Pic’s director/co-writer David Wain, however, was not press shy. He felt lucky, he said, to get such a star-studded cast, which also included preem absentees Jessica Alba, Adam Brody and Liev Schreiber.
The cast “responded to the material,” Wain said, “and thought it was funny and said yes, and we were shocked because we didn’t pay anybody, but I think they wanted to do it because they thought it was different.” Co-writer/actor Ken Marino said that the absurd idea behind the pic came after Wain watched “The Dekalog” — Krzysztof Kieslowski’s 1989 miniseries about the 10 commandments, which was “very dramatic and heavy. David just thought, Let’s rip that off and do a shorter funnier version of it,” Marino said.
This new concept worked for ThinkFilm’s head of U.S. distribution, Mark Urman. “We saw this at Sundance, and it just seemed like ThinkFilm,” he explained. “It’s smart, dumb, rude, outrageous. It’s very right for us. It made me laugh.”