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Throughout the course of movie history, numerous films have been remade in other languages. Hollywood has been no exception to this rule, with perhaps 1960’s The Magnificent Seven standing as the most notable example of a remake, bringing Akira Kurosawa’s classic The Seven Samurai to a new audience, with David Fincher’s 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo proving that the trend is still alive and well.
Remakes, however, come in all forms, from devoted redoings to loose interpretations by filmmakers who put their own unique stamp on the material. The latter category includes the 2002 film Insomnia, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. The latter’s third film, and his last before taking on the Dark Knight trilogy, was an adaptation of Erik Skjoldbjærg’s 1997 film of the same name, with Alaska stepping in for Norway, and Al Pacino stepping in for Stellan Skarsgård. Now a video has »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Takedown of the Day: Okay, it's not so much a takedown this time, but Honest Trailers does make a few jokes at the expense of Mad Max: Fury Road while also being totally truthful about its awesomeness: Movie Redo of the Day: People of all ages should be able to enjoy Fight Club. Now your kids can, too, with this G-rated animated version: Hollywood Satire of the Day: Funny or Die shows us the real reason that women don't direct more action movies, starring Catherine Hardwicke, Nicole Holofcener and other great filmmakers (via Film School Rejects): Vintage Image of the Day: Toshiro Mifune and Machiko Kyo in Rashomon. Akira Kurosawa's...
- Christopher Campbell
The latest documentary by Laura Poitras, who won a 2015 Academy Award for “Citizenfour,” and a new film about Nora Ephron, directed by her son, are among the world premieres on tap for the 2015 New York Film Festival’s 2015 Spotlight on Documentary programming.
Also on the roster are “In Jackson Heights,” the new one from Frederick Wiseman about the Queens neighborhood, as well “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang,” Walter Salles’ look at the Chinese director whose movie “Mountains May Depart” will screen as part of Nyff’s Main Slate this year.
Poitras’ work, “Field of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction,” collects shortform works by the filmmaker, including a preview of her upcoming series “Asylum,” in which she follows Julian Assange as he publishes classified documents and seeks asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
- Gordon Cox
Since its beginning in 1963, the New York Film Festival has grown into one of the more anticipated stops for film fans on the festival circuit, with the 2014 incarnation of the festival alone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s Gone Girl make their world premiere at the event. As the festival’s importance has grown, the lineup presented has also piqued the interest of film fans. With the 2015 event set to run from September 25th to October 11th, a second wave of the lineup has now been announced to go with the previous Main Slate announcement.
The festival had previously announced that Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk would be the opening night film, making its World Premiere at the event, and the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead would be the closing night feature, also making its World Premiere. The following films, with their official synopses, will also be playing at the event. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard Brooks’ In Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.
One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality »
- Scott J. Davis
After a limited run in select theaters, a restored version of The Apu Trilogy is heading to Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection in November. Also due out: Richard Brooks' In Cold Blood, which seems appropriate for the season (at least in the Northern hemisphere); Michael Haneke's chilly Code Unknown; Kurosawa Akira's Ikiru; and Don't Look Back, the still-startling, still-fresh documentary by D.A. Pennebaker on Bob Dylan. You can find all the details below, courtesy of the official Criterion email. Code Unknown - Blu-ray & DVD Editions One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke (Amour) diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his...
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South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.
The Golden Bear-nominated 20 30 40, which Chang directed and acted in, screened in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema section in 2004.
Joining her on the jury: Indian director Anurag Kashyap, whose critically-acclaimed innovative works include Black Friday, Dev.D and Gangs of Wasseypur I & II; German actress Nastassja Kinski, whose films include Roman Polanski’s Tess and Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Korean director Kim Tae-yong, whose films include Memento Mori, Family Ties and Late Autumn; and Village Voice chief film critic Stephanie Zacharek.
The jury will award $30,000 each to two films in the competition for new Asian directors.
Biff will run Oct 1-10 with the Asian Film Market running Oct 3-6 this year.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
The “Asian Cinema 100” initiative was a joint venture by the festival and the Busan Cinema Center. They called on the opinions of 73 prominent film professionals including film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns and Hasumi Shigehiko, as well as festival programmers, and film directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Each was asked to recommend his top 10 films. That resulted in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.
The festival will screen the top 10 films (actually 11, including equally ranked titles) and also publish a book.
Busan said it will repeat the exercise every five years. »
- Patrick Frater
The Venice Film Festival has become one of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, its veteran status giving it a level of prestige that has only been heightened by the films that have screened at the event. Having first started in 1932, a number of movies that have gone on to be classics have won prizes at the festival, including Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, and Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. Interest in the festival’s lineup announcement has thus grown over the years, with many film fans curious to see what the organisers select to play at the event, due to its stature. The full lineup for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, the 72nd one in the festival’s history, has now been announced. The festival itself will run from September 2nd to the 12th, with a jury that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.
Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, a 3D biographical thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, will open the 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31).
Tiff is lengthening this year’s festival by a day and adding screening locations at theatres in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district, as well as the Kabukiza Theatre for a second year, saying it needed more time and space due to an expansion of its programme.
“We’d like to give more wide ranging screenings so that more people can come,” said Tiff managing director Nobushige Toshima in presenting the festival outline.
The festival has added three new sections to its programme: Panorama, Japan Now and »
“The Terminal,” Tetsuo Shinohara’s drama about a man and woman who restart their lives on the northern island of Hokkaido, has been set as the closer.
The 28th edition will unspool Oct. 22-31 at the Roppongi Hills shopping and entertainment complex and other venues around the Japanese capital, including three new ones in Shinjuku.
U.S. director Bryan Singer, returning to the festival for the eighth time, will be head of the main competition jury.
Tiff will debut three new sections: Panorama, new films in genres, including animation and horror; Japan Looks, a showcase for Japanese films of the past year; and Japanese Classics.
- Mark Schilling
Above: Alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, Australia/USA, 2015). Artist: Signalstarr.Movie Poster of the Week was on vacation for the past few weeks and for the first time in three and a half years I took a break from posting a poster a day on Tumblr. Since getting back I have been posting the best new posters that I missed while I was away, one of which—the teaser for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight which was unveiled at Comic-Con last week—has racked up more likes in a single day than almost anything else I’ve posted in the past three months.The standout favorite of the past quarter however—with over 1400 likes and re-blogs to date—was this stunning alternative poster for Mad Max: Fury Road by the British artist known as Signalstarr, a.k.a. Nick Stewart Hoyle. As a rule I »
- Adrian Curry
"Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez," a portrait of the Nobel Prize-winning author who died last year at 87, has been scooped up by indie distributor Icarus Films for North American release. Directed by Barcelona-based filmmaker Justin Webster and shot in Colombia (the writer's native country), Cuba, France, Mexico, Spain and the Us, "Gabo" asks the question, "How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work?" Read More: Gabriel García Márquez and Akira Kurosawa Talk Film, Writing and 'Rhapsody in August' in 1991 Interviewees in the film include Colombian writers María Jimena Duzán and Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Márquez biographer Gerald Martin, Márquez literary agent Carmen Balcells, New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson, and former presidents of Colombia and the U.S. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Over the past few years, the Venice Film Festival, which celebrates its 72nd anniversary in September, has presented newly restored versions of classic films in the Classics section at the festival. Yesterday their list of restored films to be shown was released, and among the 21 classic films selected are Akira Kurosawa’s 1965 "Red Beard," Sergej Ėisenstein’s 1938 epic "Alexander Nevsky," 1946 fantasy "A Matter of Life and Death" co-directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s highly controversial and graphic 1975 film "Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom." But a very welcome surprise was »
Locarno's announced that Otar Iosseliani’s Chant d’hiver has been added to the lineup of its upcoming 68th edition. And Bertrand Tavernier will not only receive a Golden Lion in Venice for his lifetime achievement, he'll also be the Guest Director of Venice Classics, which has announced a first round of 21 restorations including Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard, Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, Federico Fellini's Amarcord, Claude Chabrol's Le beau Serge, Ernst Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait, Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Boys from Feng-kuei, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. » - David Hudson »
Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij and A Matter of Life and Death are among 21 titles announced today to screen in Venice’s (September 2-12) Classics section, which will reveal further titles later this month.
Director Bertrand Tavernier, who is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, has selected and will present four films for the Classics strand: Pattes Blances (White Paws) by Jean Grémillion, La Lupa (The Vixen) by Alberto Lattuada, Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine) by Pál Fejös and A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger.
The 21 restorations:
Aleksandr Nevskij (Alexander Nevsky) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn (Ussr, 1938, 108’, B&W), restoration by Mosfilm
- email@example.com (Madison Antus)
When it comes to naming the great directors of Indian cinema, Mani Ratnam is someone who is always included. Working not only in Hindi films, but also in the major industries in the South, the filmmaker has created some of the best movies in the Indian film canon. He began his career with Pallavi Anu Pallavi and went on to bring audiences such outstanding cinema as Bombay, Roja, Dil Se, Nayakan, Saathiya, Guru, Ravaan and this year’s O Kadhal Kanmani to name just a few. Awarded the Padma Shree in 2002, his films have also won several prestigious National Film Awards. His work has been included on Best Film lists both in Time Magazine and The British Film Institute as well as winning awards at major film festivals around the world.
Naman Ramachandran, the film programmer for The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, was allowed by Mr. Ratnam, to »
- Stacey Yount
Still Learning New Tricks: Hall Heals Via Empathy & Remembrance
Much less cinematically invigorating than Akira Kurosawa’s noir of the same name and miles away from Tsai Ming-Liang’s formally daring, similarly titled Stray Dogs, director Debra Granik‘s follow-up to Winter’s Bone sees her tread into non-fiction filmmaking with stoic patriotism and cross cultural unity on her mind. Stray Dog genially tells the story of Ronnie ‘Stray Dog’ Hall, a burly Vietnam vet whose self styled rough rider image recalls the leather clad Hell’s Angels whose overbearing rage caused chaos in Gimme Shelter, yet the former marine, still wrestling with Ptsd, has let that anger dissolve, replacing it instead with an empathetic hand out for those still suffering from war.
Granik’s film begins with Hall and his gang of biker buddies cruising down the highway, their preferred venue for idyllic meditation. On their roaring hogs »
- Jordan M. Smith
Above: Bedrich Dlouhy’s 1970 poster for Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950).Flipping through the website of the incomparable Czech poster store Terry Posters the other day, I came across an artist whose name I hadn’t known before. I was aware of some of Bedřich Dlouhý’s posters: his split-screen design for Věra Chytilová’s Something Different was one of my favorites in Isabel Stevens’s recent piece on Chytilová’s posters in Sight & Sound, and I knew his designs for Rashomon, Red Desert, The Pink Panther and 8 1/2, but I had never put two and two together that they were by the same designer.Part of the reason I didn’t know more of his work is that most of the films Dlouhý worked on in the ten years that he was designing posters (from 1962 to 1971) were films from the Eastern Bloc that are little known here. Films from Hungary, Yugoslavia »
- Adrian Curry
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