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on Dec 3, 2009

Alone among our Gotham “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” nominees was the winner, You Won’t Miss Me, because it was the sole film not to have received a Variety review. That was nicely remedied tied its win, as Ronnie Scheib caught up with the film and had this to say.

Ry Russo-Young’s sophomore outing, You Won’t Miss Me, circles, tracks and finally zeroes in on Shelly (co-scripter Stella Schnabel, daughter of helmer Julian), a troubled 23-year-old Gothamite newly released from a mental institution. Quasi-experimental pic unfolds in nonchronological, unconnected moments, its heroine’s day-to-day existence lacking the internal structure that might tie scenes together. But Russo-Young’s cubist technique infuses these moments with immediacy and presence, greatly aided by Schnabel’s standout perf. Winner of the Gotham Award for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, this powerful, iconoclastic pic could gain a cult following. Adventurous distribs, take note.

Read the complete review at the link.

(Pictured, Russo-Young, left, with last year’s “Best Film Not Playing” winner, Nina Paley, director of Sita Sings the Blues, at MOMA on Tuesday.)

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