×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘McConkey,’ ‘Akasha’ Play Savage Cinema

Red Bull, San Sebastian bow new action sports section

TAULL, Spain – “McConkey” and “Spirit of Akasha” will screen in Savage Cinema, a new section of the San Sebastian Festival marking a pioneering partnership between the festival and Red Bull Media House.

Helmed by Rob Bruce, Scott Gafney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter and David Zieff, “McConkey” is a portrait of Shane McConkey, the charismatic extreme skiing and BASE-jumping innovator. McConkey was killed in an accident in 2009.

One of RBMH’s flagship productions, it marks RBMH’s push to reach out beyond hardcore extreme sports demos and straight-to-vid or VOD distribution to broader sometimes theatrical, audiences.

“Rather like Asif Kapadia’s ‘Senna,’” this is not one action scene after another, it’s character-driven, the portrait of a very unique, very passionate person,” Sophokles Tasioulis, RBMH head of cinema and international theatrical sales, said at Cannes.

A European premiere at San Sebastian, “McConkey” was produced in association with Matchstick Prods. It played the Tribeca Festival, confirming the perceived increasing attraction of the outdoor/action sports genre for a modern generation of major festival goers.

Popular on Variety

Per San Sebastian director Jose Luis Rebordinos, “We can’t grow much more our core audience. We have to attract new audiences, new generations in these tough times, when the young aren’t going to cinemas so much.”

World preeming at San Sebastian, “Akasha” again examines a pioneering factor in extreme sports culture, a fact which reflects just how quickly the culture has evolved over recent decades.

Directed by Australian Andrew Kidman, “Akasha” celebrates the 4oth anniversary and enduring influence of the 1972 movie and soundtrack “Morning of the Earth,” a pioneering surf movie helmed by Albert Falzon that helped define and shape the values of surf. Falzon has mentored Kidman.

Savage Cinema’s complete program will be announced Sept. 4. Two titles will play San Sebastian’s spectacular big-screen Antonio Elorza Velodrome.

More Film

  • My Zoe

    'My Zoe': Film Review

    There are two films in Julie Delpy’s ambitious, sharply-made but unbalanced “My Zoe.” There’s the scabrous relationship melodrama, about bitter exes sharing custody of a beloved child, which contains the story’s most potent emotions. And there’s the sci-fi-inflected ethical-dilemma grief movie, which houses its most provocative ideas. Both have much to recommend them, not least [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    The Big Lie of 'Richard Jewell' (Column)

    For a man who was so enraged at the administration of Barack Obama that he spent his 2012 Republican Convention speech lecturing an empty chair, Clint Eastwood has made a number of conventional, level-headed — one might even say liberal — political dramas. Films like “Invictus” and “J. Edgar” and “Midnight in the Garden of [...]

  • Oscar Isaac Star Wars The Rise

    Oscar Isaac Has Never Felt Like a 'Star Wars' Insider

    Unlike his “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” co-stars Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, Oscar Isaac had already established a long and acclaimed acting career before J.J. Abrams cast him as ace X-wing pilot Poe Dameron in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” including standout roles in 2006’s “The Nativity Story” and 2011’s “Drive,” and [...]

  • Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects

    Les Arcs to Showcase New Projects by Jonas Alexander Arnby, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

    Denmark’s Jonas Alexander Arnby, France’s Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and Poland’s Agnieszka Smoczyńska are among up-and-coming directors from across Europe whose latest projects will be presented at the 11th Coproduction Village of Les Arcs Film Festival. This edition of Les Arcs Coproduction Village will showcase a total of 22 European projects spanning 19 countries. [...]

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    'Chez Jolie Coiffure': Film Review

    Shortly before the credits roll on “Chez Jolie Coiffure,” a customer in the eponymous hair salon asks her stylist, Sabine, if she has any plans to go home this year. Out of context, this sounds like the kind of standard, empty small talk one often makes while having one’s hair cut: what good movies you’ve [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content