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Edited by Adam CookAbove: Adam Nayman interviews Jauja director Lisandro Alonso for Reverse Shot. If like us you're excited to see James Wan's Furious 7, we recommend this piece by Orlando Whitfield from The White Review which surveys the franchise up to now. Filmmaker Robert Greene is not pleased with the HBO documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. For AnOther, Mark Cousins has created a video tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini. Above: Filmmaker Gina Telaroli has a new exhibition opening Friday March 27th (and runs until April 25th) at the 308 at 156 Project Artspace. It features an installation with her new film Silk Tatters and Johann Lurf's Twelve Tales Told, as well as video pieces that appropriate the work of Michael Mann, Tony Scott, John Carpenter. At Toronto Film Review, David Davidson takes a look at Cahiers du Cinéma's writing on Martin Scorsese during the eighties. »
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, will finally hit a (small) number of theaters, and VOD, on April 10. Gosling's freshman effort debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where it was promptly slammed by critics. One of the main complaints? That the film, which Gosling also wrote, feels like a mishmash of styles cribbed from several more-established directors: David Lynch, Terrence Malick, and Gosling's Drive and Only God Forgives director, Nicolas Winding Refn, among them. That may be true, but when I caught the Cannes premiere screening of Lost River, I was struck more by all the elements in the movie that reminded me of elements from other Ryan Gosling movies. Here are a few devices, props, and people from Gosling's past work that pop up in subtle - and not-so-subtle - ways in his first behind-the-camera effort: Detroit Gosling returned to Detroit, where much of his film The Ides of March was shot, »
Indiewire's annual Cannes wish list isn't so much about officially predicting the lineup, but rather a survey of films we hope are finished in time and considered good enough to make the cut. We're not including films that have zero chances of being ready in time -- or, for that matter, the one film we officially know will be there: "Mad Max: Fury Road" (which is screening out of competition). Among the candidates are celebrated filmmakers such as Jacques Audiard, Woody Allen, Arnaud Desplechin, Cary Fukunaga, Todd Haynes, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Naomi Kawase, Yorgos Lanthimos, Terrence Malick, Jeff Nichols, Gaspard Noé, Paolo Sorrentino, Joachim Trier, Gus Van Sant and Apichatpong Weerasethaul, among many others. Films that don't get a spot in Cannes (and there will definitely be a few) will immediately become hot topics for a fall festival slot in Venice and/or Toronto. But that's then; this is now. »
Terrence Malick’s upcoming music scene-set feature film starring Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett is reportedly going by the title Weightless, according to One Big Soul (via The Playlist).
The film, which is currently in post-production and will arrive after Malick’s next offering Knight of Cups, is set to follow two intersecting love triangles, and is described as “a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.”
As yet there’s no word on a release date for the film, but Knight of Cups will be with us on December 11th in the States and on January 1st 2016 here in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
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- Christopher Campbell
As always with the world of Terrence Malick, nothing is official until the movie is on the screen, so take this bit of news with a grain of salt. But perhaps, if anything, this news indicates that the director's next film is finished. According to fansite One Big Soul (via The Film Stage), Malick's next, music-scene movie starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett is now titled "Weightless." The intel comes from a credit sheet belonging to Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer Joel Dougherty who has both "Knight Of Cups" and "Weightless," credited to Malick, listed. It should be noted that this may be a working title, and Film Nation, the producers of the film, still have it untitled on their website. Here's the official synopsis: The film follows two intersecting love triangles. It is a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After premiering Knight of Cups recently at Berlin Film Festival, it’s likely not the only time we’ll see a new film from Terrence Malick this year. Shot back-to-back with his Christian Bale-led drama, he embarked on a music-themed feature set in Austin a few years ago. With a confirmed cast of at least Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, […] »
- Leonard Pearce
It’s tough enough directing a first feature, but Oren Shai decided to go all out and make his first feature a pulpy Western set in the 1970s. The story goes down at a secluded motel/diner on a desert road. Jocelin Donahue plays Laine, a young woman on the run from the law who pulls up to the motel looking for a little refuge before continuing on her way. However, while laying low, she overhears that some of the other guests could have big money coming their way, money that could make all the difference to Laine given her current situation. While in Austin for The Frontier's SXSW world premiere, Shai, Donahue, Aj Bowen and Izabella Miko all sat down to discuss their experience making the film. We ran through how Shai got the green light to make an especially ambitious first feature, the audition/offer process, delivering exposition through subtext, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
Broad Green is a newly launched indie label overseen by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond. The distributor appears to be interested in edgy and challenging fare and its upcoming projects include Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods,” the Andrew Garfield drama “99 Homes,” and Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups.”
As the studio’s executive VP of corporate communications and worldwide publicity, Keen will oversee corporate messaging as well as film publicity campaigns for Broad Green’s diverse slate.
“Adam brings a nearly two-decade track record of success as one of the most dynamic and innovative professionals in his field,” said the Hammond brothers. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the »
- Brent Lang
The publicity veteran has joined Broad Green Pictures (Bgp) as evp of corporate communications and worldwide publicity.
Adam Keen arrives from Warner Bros where he served as vp of publicity and before that was head of publicity at Relativity Media.
Prior to that he served in senior publicity roles at Overture Films and MGM/Us and worked at DreamWorks and launched the entertainment and brand strategies division at ID Public Relations.
Bgp’s upcoming films include 99 Homes, Eden, A Walk In The Woods and in-house productions Leaning To Drive and Break Point.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
When you imagine growing up in Texas, there’s the idealized Terrence Malick version of things, as seen in “The Tree of Life,” and there’s the casual, down-to-earth sort captured by Richard Linklater in such pics as “Dazed and Confused” and “Boyhood.” But for the truest depiction of how it feels to come of age in the Lone Star state, look no farther than Micah Magee’s “Petting Zoo,” a piercingly authentic, diamond-in-the-rough debut inspired by its director’s San Antonio upbringing, shaped by her personal experience with unplanned pregnancy and rendered poignant by whatever distance she’s since managed to put between herself and those teenage memories. Following screenings in Berlin and SXSW, Magee’s all-American indie is well poised for acquisition and further festival interest on both sides of the Atlantic — no small feat for a starless first feature.
Neither as witty as Juno nor as woebegone as Precious, »
- Peter Debruge
Four years ago, the cinematic world was waiting with baited breath for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life." It was the first film in six years from the filmmaker, boasting two A-list stars in Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as well as a then completely unknown actress named Jessica Chastain in the lead roles. There was talk of the universe and dinosaurs appearing in the movie, which was also said to be Malick's most personal work yet. Even now, it's a movie that's difficult to encapsulate, but his video essay does a pretty great job as such. The New Yorker's Richard Brody spends just under five minutes unpacking "The Tree Of Life," and it's a reminder of how layered Malick's work is. Spanning time, memory, love and loss, it's a movie that wrestles with big philosophical questions while remaining strikingly intimate. As Brody notes, the film is like "a cinematic self-psychoanalysis" on Malick's behalf. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Take that moment of hesitation when you hear that writer/director Trey Shults’ past three high-profile gigs were under Terrence Malick and what that might mean aesthetically for his first feature “Krisha”, and toss them out immediately. A few waist-level Steadicam shots do in fact track animals at play and family members in silent thought during a lousy Thanksgiving, but consider the unblinking lead performance from Krisha Fairchild, Shults’ strongly personal assembly of family starting with Krisha and ending with himself, and a thread of pressure-cooker humor and tension, and you get “Krisha”, a stunner of a directorial debut. Consistently staying one half-step off a comfortable register, Shults places the audience in the mind of a truly unwell individual from frame one. Krisha pulls up to a row of Texas mini-mansions in a blue truck with a suitcase and dog in tow. Shuffling, mumbling to herself and sporting a mess of shock-white hair, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in “Krisha,” an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults. The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction cliches, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role. More festival berths await, and while commercial prospects look decidedly modest, critical support should spur select arthouse bookings and discerning-viewer interest ahead of VOD play.
- Justin Chang
When it comes to film festivals, there is arguably none more prestigious than the Cannes Film Festival. Each year, critics and the like descend on the south of France hoping to discover the classiest in cinema, which in turn can begin to fuel the impending Oscar speculation. 2015 likely will be no exception, as perhaps a few more Academy friendly projects than usual could wind up at Cannes. Sometime either this month or next, the fest will reveal the titles scheduled to play, so I wanted to get a head start and speculate a bit about what the festival could have in its lineup. Tribeca will be on my mind soon enough, but for now…Cannes gets my attention for the day. Here now are ten films that could very well play at the Cannes Film Festival, in just a simple alphabetical order: 1. Carol – One of the most anticipated Oscar hopefuls »
- Joey Magidson
If there are any Terrence Malick fans out there looking for more ways to display their love for the filmmaker's unique work in cinema, Mondo now has you covered. The collectible arthouse just announced that there's a whole series on the way that will honor the films of Malick, who has directed movies such as Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line and forthcoming films like Knight of Cups. But one of the more beloved films from Malick's filmography is Badlands, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. And the two stars are front and center on a colorful new print by Tomer Hanuka that is vibrant and just plain cool. Here's the Badlands print from the new Terrence Malick series from Mondo: Here's what Mondo had to say about the release of the print, "This is the first poster in a Terrence Malick Director Series that will continue over the next year. »
- Ethan Anderton
Mondo has just announced they’re doing a series of posters based on the films of Terrence Malick. It’ll take place over the course of the year but it’s starting in the same place Malick did, the 1973 film Badlands. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek starred in the story of a young girl who takes taken on a killing spree by […]
- Germain Lussier
What was it that Herman Melville once wrote? “It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation.” A nice little nugget of advice that transcends literature and easily applies to all arts. In the case of Andrew Droz Palermo’s “One & Two,” things are even more sour, because not only does his film cross the barriers of homage to dabble in straight-up imitation, but it’s not exactly succeeding at it, either. After “The Tree of Life,” the inimitable Terrence Malick had unwittingly unleashed an army of copycats; directors who have a good eye for pretty shots, but are not nearly as victorious in connecting all the other necessary elements to create a compelling piece of work. At one point, it becomes tough to watch them try, which brings us to Palermo’s hollow story of two supernaturally gifted siblings. And it starts with such promise. We »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Teresa Palmer will play the female lead in a feature adaptation of the SXSW sci-fi/horror short “Welcome to Willits: After Sundown.”
The story will focus on a group of young campers who get lost in the woods near Willits, Calif. — the heart of “the Emerald Triangle” — while looking for hot springs. They find themselves entangled with a man whose mounting paranoia about alien invaders makes him increasingly dangerous.
Palmer’s real-life husband Mark Webber will reprise his role from the short as the paranoid man and Palmer will play his niece. Director Trevor Ryan and his screenwriter brother Tim Ryan will also return.
“Welcome to Willits: After Sundown” is part of the SXSW’s Midnight Short competition.
- Dave McNary
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