Lena Dunham arrived in a huge way when her debut feature film -- which she wrote, directed and starred in -- premiered at SXSW last year to strong buzz and reviews. While not everyone was head over heels for the film -- our man on the ground at IFFBoston sort of hated it -- Dunham quickly got the attention of Hollywood. She's teaming with comedy producer extraordinaire Judd Apatow on a comedy series for HBO, while Scott Rudin has tasked her with adapting "Dash and Lily's Book of Dares." So huge things are on the horizon for Dunham, who now appears to be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and The Criterion Collection seem to agree.
Lena Dunham hit her Twitter account to confirm that "Tiny Furniture" would bear the wacky C sometime in 2012. The news first surfaced via The Criterion Cast who picked up on a post over at the Criterion Forum in which a user posted several bits of release info from a conversation that he had with the IFC President Jonathan Sehring; IFC and Criterion share a pretty close relationship these days with the boutique label releasing several titles from the indie film distributor including "Antichrist," "Summer Hours," "Che," "A Christmas Tale" and more. And there are even more titles are rumored in the pipeline with one notable exception.
According to the user, The Criterion Collection has declined the opportunity to release Abbas Kiarostami's excellent "Certified Copy" because honcho Peter Becker apparently considers it "minor Kiarostami." Also rumored is a trio of Errol Morris docs potentially joining the collection including "The Gates of Heaven," "Vernon, Florida" and the "Thin Blue Line." Wim Wenders' 3D dance film "Pina" -- hitting theaters later this month -- will apparently be picked up by Criterion as well as Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days."
Now aside from "Tiny Furniture" which Dunham herself confirmed, take the rest rumor for now until it's fully confirmed. Plans and licensing tend to shift and change so nothing is quite locked in just yet. But Lena Dunham over Abbas Kiarostami? Something doesn't feel right about that.