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In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position. »
“You’ve always been crazy, this is just the first chance you’ve had to express yourself.”
Twenty-five years ago, in one of the greatest road movies of all time, Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon rode to everlasting fame as two women who embark on a crime spree across the American southwest in Thelma & Louise – and on Aug. 21 and 24, they’re journeying back to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.
For two days only at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time, audiences can take the wild ride with Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon) all over again in a special Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary celebration, presented by Fathom Events, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Park Circus. This special two-day-only event also includes an exclusive all-new introduction from movie critic Ben Lyons.
Tickets for the Thelma & Louise 25th Anniversary can be purchased online beginning Friday (July 22) by visiting www. »
- Tom Stockman
For the first time since 1970, a Balkan feature is taking home the Golden Leopard. Gritty Bulgarian-Danish-French co-production “Godless,” by debuting features helmer Ralitza Petrova, will be sailing into Sarajevo’s main competition this week proudly displaying Locarno’s Golden Leopard, awarded Saturday evening at the conclusion of the 69th Locarno Film Festival. The jury, presided over by Arturo Ripstein, gave its Special Jury prize to Romania’s “Scarred Hearts,” a ’30s-set, formally rigorous drama by Radu Jude, whose previous film “Aferim!” took home the Silver Bear at last year’s Berlinale.
For best director, the jury gave its nod to cult helmer João Pedro Rodrigues, whose “The Ornithologist” is a handsomely made, highly personal and delightfully inventive riff on the legends of St. Anthony of Padua. The acting prizes were divided between Irena Ivanova, for her role in “Godless” as a corrupt medical aide awakening to her humanity, and veteran performer Andrzej Seweryn, »
- Jay Weissberg
Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.
The drama also took the Best Actress award for Irena Ivanova’s performance as a nurse looking after elderly patients with dementia in a remote Bulgarian town.
In addition, the production by Klas Film’s Rossitsa Valkanova with Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Alcatraz Films and Film Factory, received the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize, which comes with a cash award of $20,500 (CHF20,000).
The screenplay for Godless - which is being handled internationally by Greek-based Heretic Outreach - had been supported by Torino FilmLab’s FrameWork, Sarajevo’s CineLink and the Women in Film Finishing Fund in Los Angeles.
“This prize was unusual among juries because it was a unanimous decision between all the members of our team,” the International »
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“Interchange,” “The Last Family” and “Glory” led early sales announcements at an ever more hectic Locarno Festival where “Moka” and “Paula” drew positive critical plaudits – boding well for break-out sales as top Locarno titles segue from the Swiss Alps to Toronto.
Harvey Keitel, Bill Pullman and Roger Corman collected career awards, lending an U.S. edge to an event which largely focuses on European arthouse and world cinema. The most significant industry presence was, however, that of Participant CEO David Linde who talked about his career as an independent producer and emphasised his belief – and that of Participant founder Jeff Skoll – in further growth in international markets as an estimated 5 billion people, largely in Asia and Africa, will come online for the first time in the next 5 years.
Attendance at Locarno’s Industry Days, which ran Aug. 6-8, came in at around 1,100, on a par with 2015, after sustained rapid growth »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Harvey Keitel jetted to the Locarno Film Festival over the weekend from the Paris-set of French director Amanda Sthers’ English-language comedy “Madame” to receive a lifetime achievement award, handed to him Saturday by director Abel Ferrara on the fest’s open-air Piazza Grande stage, in front of roughly 8,000 spectators. Before holding a public conversation on Sunday about his career, Keitel sat down for a more intimate chat with a small group of international journalists. Excerpts:
How did you feel about being handed the prize by Abel Ferrara, who of course directed you in “The Bad Lieutenant”?
Abel, to begin with, is one of the important talents I’ve met in my life. He’s a maverick. That film, when I travel around the world, everyone seems to know it, and it seems to affect people in a very positive way. It excites their own talents. One of the important things »
- Nick Vivarelli
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Science-fiction films don’t get much more immersive than Cloverfield, Matt Reeves‘ thrilling feature debut, putting us directly into the shoes of an alien invasion. One of the rare cases in which intriguing, tight-lipped marketing actually delivered on its promise, this sci-fi found-footage thriller has memorable setpieces at every turn, complete with a sense of genuine panic, a feeling that other post-9/11 films often render as exploitative. »
- The Film Stage
Digital platforms, Euro soft money, market demand. These are just some of the issues which will play out over table talk, panels and presentations at the 69th Locarno Festival, Europe’s biggest mid-summer film event which opens Aug. 3 with Glenn Close zombie pic “The Girl With All the Gifts.”
Locarno’s industry discussions and initiatives, among the most structured and numerous of any Euro festival, will take place at as, for another year, the Swiss festival looks set to see a robust presence of European and world cinema industry players. Through Aug. 1, accredited attendance at Locarno’s Industry Days screenings was running at 1,050, on track to reach 2015’s final head count of 1,105 attendees, said Nadia Dresti, Locarno head of international.
That’s not far short of the Venice Film Market’s 1,387 delegates last year and an »
- John Hopewell
Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.
The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.
Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking »
- Nick Vivarelli
This year’s Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) will honour Us actor Harvey Keitel with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the Piazza Grande on August 6.
The actor, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in 1991’s Bugsy, is most regarded for performances including in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and more recently Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth,
Carlo Chatrian, Locarno’s artistic director, said: “Harvey Keitel has recounted an America that is both violent and vulnerable, self-ironizing and committed. Among his many, many collaborations I cannot but recall those with Scorsese and Tarantino, as a bridge between two modes of approaching film.
As previously »
Is this Brian De Palma’s only dull film? Very possibly yes. Released in 1986, this post-SNL Joe Piscopo vehicle (you read that correctly) feels incredibly standard. The plot concerns two low-level gangsters, Moe and Harry (Piscopo and Danny DeVito, respectively), who lose their mob boss’ money at the race track. Said mob boss (Dan Hedaya) orders the two schlubs to kill each other. Hijinks ensue.
In spats, it plays like De Palma trying out slapstick. Select moments — a close-up shot that pulls out to reveal Harry being drowned inside of a fish tank or Moe testing out a bulletproof suit jacket for his boss — highlight the fascinating hybrid of De Palma’s visual style with broad, studio comedy. If only it worked a bit more frequently throughout the film’s bloated 100-minute runtime. One can only ponder what additional mileage the director may have achieved from DeVito’s deliciously terrible hairpiece, »
- The Film Stage
Harvey Keitel, Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma and Stanislas Mehrar have joined the cast of French director Amanda Sthers’s English-language debut Madame, a comedy-drama revolving around a housemaid asked to masquerade as a wealthy heiress by her employees.
The feature - produced by Paris-based Lgm in partnership with Studiocanal - will shoot in Paris for six weeks from today (July 20).
Collette and Keitel play wealthy American couple Anne and Bob who have recently set up home in Paris and decide to give a high-class dinner for a dozen distinguished diners.
The last-minute arrival of Bob’s son from his first marriage suddenly takes the number of guests to 13. The superstitious Anne asks housemaid Maria (played by de Palma) to change her uniform and pretend to be a wealthy Spanish friend.
In this guise, she is seated »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (superhero action; Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot; rated PG-13) Chasing Niagara (documentary about paddling over Niagara Falls; Tyler Bradt, Mark LeBlanc; not rated) Miles Ahead (biopic about Miles Davis; Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor; rated R) Rio, I Love You (romantic comedy; Harvey Keitel, Emily Mortimer; rated R) The Perfect Match (romantic comedy...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Theodoros AngelopoulosSo consistent was the vision of Theodoros Angelopoulos that nearly any of his films could stand as a leading representative work. When viewing all 13 of his features within a condensed period of time—an extraordinary opportunity to be offered by New York's Museum of the Moving Image July 8 - 24—one sees just how exceptional Angelopoulos’ filmography is, and how each title is an emblematic entry in the late Greek director’s catalog of persistent themes, tonal frequencies, plot points, and, perhaps most indelibly, sheer visual boldness.Landscape in the Mist (1988)IMAGESIt is in this last regard that Angelopoulos instantly and emphatically impresses. His cinema is punctuated by a remarkable succession of single images that linger long after the film has concluded, often retaining in the viewer’s consciousness more than an overall story or specific characters. Silhouetted bodies on a fog-shrouded border fence in Eternity and a Day (1998); a »
Filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos was one of the most widely acclaimed international art film directors of the 20th century, specializing in poetic, political films about contemporary Greece. Now, the Museum of Moving Image in New York will run a complete retrospective of Angelopoulos’ career, the first of its kind in the United States in 25 years. See the trailer for the series below.
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Chief Curator David Schwartz says that “as a new generation of Greek filmmakers, including Yorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari, have reached international prominence, the time is ripe to see Angelopoulos anew, as cinema that reflects on the past while foretelling the turbulent world we are now living in.”
Some of the film in the series include his 1986 breakthrough work “Landscape in the Mist,” about two siblings traveling on their own »
- Vikram Murthi
Abel Ferrara's Fear City (1984) is playing on Mubi June 19 - July 18, 2016 in the United States.Abel Ferrara’s first feature film, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy, which I have not seen, was a late-70s porno made three years before his cult hit The Driller Killer. Paired with the director’s politics, his debut is likely an orgy of contradictions: rugged but titillating, primal and intellectual, feminist yet exploitive of women’s bodies. Ferrara’s most profound work isn’t political in any usual sense. His films don’t have a message or agenda, and if any other filmmaker were to make them, they would be mute or problematic—shocking sex and violence without significance or pathos. He has a unique way with images and cuts, creating meaning through feeling, and not the other way around. He often works within the confines of genre and exploitation films, but never feels imprisoned. »
Robert Rodriguez interview
Movie director Robert Rodriguez is one of our favourites. His resume includes Desperado, Sin City, The Faculty, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror and Machete, and eclectic range of genre films that all hit the right spot.
Rodriguez is somewhat of a maverick film director. He’s not one to play by the expected rules of the movie world, be that in what he puts on the screen or how he interacts with his peers. During his career he has left both the screen writers and directors guild in favour of blazing his own path. His latest venture has been to create his own television network ‘El Rey’ which caters to a Latin American audience.
- Kat Hughes
Willem Dafoe and Charlie Kaufman are set to be honored next month at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which is presenting them with the Crystal Globe and President’s Award, respectively. In addition to his prize for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema, Dafoe will be toasted at the Czech Republic’s leading festival with screenings of Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”; Kaufman’s “Anomalisa” will also be shown.
Read More: 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Unveils Lineup
Past recipients of the Crystal Globe, which is the highest prize given out in the Czech spa town, include Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Helen Mirren and Miloš Forman. Dafoe has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, once for “Platoon” and again for “Shadow the Vampire.” Kaufman won Best Original Screenplay for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
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- Michael Nordine
Willem Dafoe will be heading to West Bohemia in July to pick up a Crystal Globe for contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, the org announced Tuesday, while boundary-challenging director-scribe Charlie Kaufman will be taking home the President’s Award.
Fest will screen Dafoe-starrer “Pasolini,” Abel Ferrara’s psychedelic tribute to the avant-garde Italian filmmaker, along with Martin Scorsese’s 1988 movie “The Last Temptation of Christ,” in which Dafoe stars alongside Harvey Keitel. Kaufman’s surreal animated feature “Anomalisa” will also screen.
The event, set in an ornate spa town in the Czech Republic, will open with true-life Nazi assassination drama “Anthropoid,” a Czech-shot thriller featuring seven other fest guests, “Fifty Shades of Grey’s” Jamie Dornan, Toby Jones, Ana Geislerova, Alena Mihulova, Vaclav Neuzil and Marcin Dorocinski, as well as screenwriter and director Sean Ellis.
The film, which turns on the killing of Nazi chief »
- Will Tizard
Rome — Mexican director Jonas Cuaron’s immigration thriller “Desierto,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a Mexican worker hunted by an American redneck sniper in the Mexico/U.S. border badlands won the top prize at Italy’s Taormina Film Festival.
The Sicilian event’s 62nd edition wrapped Saturday on a positive note with general manager Tiziana Rocca boasting a robust presence of Hollywood and international A-listers.
“Desierto,” which Stx Entertainment will be releasing in the U.S. in October, recently closed the Los Angeles Film Festival, after launching in Toronto, playing in London, and garnering critical praise. At Taormina the pic was part of a selection of U.S. indie titles picked by Variety critics in tandem with fest organisers. It is Jonas Cuaron’s second feature after “Year of the Nail.”
Palestinian director Mai Masri’s drama “3000 Nights,” about an unjustly incarcerated Palestinian schoolteacher who gives birth in an »
- Nick Vivarelli
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