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One of the key events in Africa and the Arab world, the Marrakech Fest has a large ability to attract significant actors and directors in a context where they are willing to talk to some length and with easier access about their careers. This year is no exception.
The 2015 edition will also pay tribute to Atom Egoyan, who will preside a Canadian delegation at the festival.
“The personalities receiving tributes and delivering masterclasses at the 15th edition represent, between them, a beacon of hope for the future, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Hollywood Banker, directed by Frans Afman’s daughter Rozemyn, charts the bankers early days working with producer Dino De Laurentiis through to his fall out with Credit Lyonnais Nederland over the company’s financing of MGM to Giancarlo Parretti, which would result in both the bank and the studio’s bankruptcy.
It’s hard to believe that, before Afman, there really was no model for independent studios to “easily” finance their projects. Yet today Afman’s model of pre-sales and completion guarantees seems simple. It’s no wonder how easily Afman managed to make himself the go-to guy for filmmakers in the 80s. A prime example being Dino De Laurentiis’ King Kong remake, which was the first film to bring Afman’s financial nous to the attention of more than just the independent studios of the time. After all, the pre-sales model not only made it easier to finance movies »
- Phil Wheat
Iain Canning won an Oscar for producing the 2010 Best Picture champ "The King's Speech," which chronicled a trying time in the life of King George VI in the early days of World War II. His new film "Macbeth" recounts the fabled story of a king who ruled Scotland at the start of the last millennium that inspired Shakespeare to write this tragedy four centuries later. As Canning reveals during a recent conversation (listen below), with acclaimed adaptations of this play having been done already by filmmakers as diverse as Roman Polanski, Akira Kurosawa and Orson Welles, the challenge was to find a unique approach. “In terms of storytelling, we were really attracted by the idea of this post-traumatic-stress-disorder aspect of it. ''You layer in the things that are going to be important in terms of the contemporary retelling, not in the sense that it’s a contemporary set piece, but »
Ideally, big-screen takes on massively successful musicals will do two things. First, and most obviously, is capturing the pleasures of an original work, making clear why people flocked towards this material in the first place. Second, and more complexly, is making this medium count — using shots and cuts and cues to build something that might eventually supersede the source. If I can say much for London Road, then, it’s that fidelity to the original material is probably a given. More than being based on true events — the 2006 murders of five prostitutes in Suffolk; this particular account was based, verbatim, on interviews conducted with residents of London Road, a picturesque suburban community where many of the prostitutes frequented — it retains the main creatives: director Rufus Norris, writer Alecky Blythe, and composer Adam Cork have all assisted in the transition. If you seek an overview of the case and wish to »
- Nick Newman
Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas. The War on Christmas: The movies that come to mind We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once removed of the War on Cops – has begun. Weeping and gritting of teeth has seized certain population segments in the U.S.A. (and perhaps other countries as well) after Fox News, that beacon of intellectual freedom at the end of the cable news tunnel, announced that … Starbucks' holiday season cups are a) red b) devoid of Christmas decorations. Could it be a satanic conspiracy disguised as politically correct inclusiveness? The result of a communist takeover at the Seattle-headquartered company? Cruel and unusual Christian persecution in the form of paper cups? Your guess is as good as mine. Far-right Republican icon, U.S. presidential candidate, and 2015 political circus ringmaster Donald Trump seems to think that Starbucks »
- M.T. Philipe
Everyone’s favorite Instagram celebrity Lindsay Lohan uploaded a photograph of herself dressed in the style of Sharon Tate on Thursday. You know, the wife of Roman Polanski who was brutally murdered in the Hollywood Hills by Charles Manson? That Sharon Tate. Also, it was Manson’s 81st birthday on Thursday, which was clearly the inspiration for this "homage." Lindsay. Girl.Lohan has a history of morbidly charged photos. Like her knife-wielding photo shoot with Vanessa Minnillo that leaked online in 2007, where each woman held a butcher knife to the other's throat and duckfaced at the camera. Or her blood-slathered boudoir–cum–crime scene photos taken by Tyler Shields. Or the photos Polaroid enthusiast Terry Richardson took of her with a gun to her head. This cover of Radar looked tame once upon a time, but now you have to wonder did she actually go Bernhard Goetz on some paps? »
- Ira Madison III
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
Amat Escalante's Los bastardos is playing on Mubi in the Us through December 9.Having directed three Mexican feature films, Spanish-born director Amat Escalante, grows more and more ambitious with each film as he refines his sobering and rigorous long-take aesthetic. At the same time, these features form a cohesive unit in which narratives center on, in, and around houses. If Roman Polanski has his apartment trilogy, Amat Escalante has his house trilogy. For now.In the spare opening of Sangre (2005), a man lies flat on his back. Blood trickles down his forehead. As he slowly sits up, a woman briskly walks through the frame, from the upper right to the bottom left-hand corner. She ignores the man completely. What is this abstract image of? Ignorance? Humiliation? Defeat? Sangre unfolds the image like an accordion. The supine position mutates and varies all throughout the film, evoking resting, sex, defeat, and death. »
- Tanner Tafelski
Read More: Watch: Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy Form an Unlikely Bond in Exclusive Clip From 'Last Love' Magnolia Pictures has gained U.S. rights to "The Ones Below," a film that proposes to be a psychological thriller akin to Roman Polanski's work. The story takes place in modern-day London and centers around a young engaged couple, played by Clemence Posey of "Harry Potter" fame and Stephen Campbell Moore. The two must deal with the torment that their new tenants downstairs make them suffer through. The film screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said of the upcoming film, "David Farr has concocted an incredibly satisfying and clever suspense thriller evocative of classics like 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'Fatal Attraction.'" "The Ones Below" is a Cuba Pictures production, produced by Nikki Parrott of Tigerlily Films in association with Protagonist Pictures, »
- Elle Leonsis
The story of a suburban couple’s standoff with new tenants in the apartment below them marks the feature film debut of David Farr. The British playwright and theater director is best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for penning the script for Joe Wright’s thriller “Hanna.”
“The Ones Below” pays homage to the more paranoid entries in Roman Polanski’s oeuvre as it depicts the tragic consequences of a drunken dinner party. It debuted at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
“David Farr has concocted an incredibly satisfying and clever suspense thriller evocative of classics like ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ and ‘Fatal Attraction,'” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement.
- Brent Lang
In advance of the 2015 AFI Fest, Indiewire sent out a questionnaire to filmmakers with films in competition asking them a variety of questions about their projects. We also asked them which films inspired them. It's no surprise to see films by Albert Hitchcock, Antonioni Fellini, Werner Herzog, David Lynch and Roman Polanski make the list, but there were some surprising picks, including "The Craft," the 1996 teen horror film starring Neve Campbell, as well as more obscure films such as Jon Alpert's "Life of Crime 2," which aired on HBO back in 1998. See a selection of responses below: Read More: AFI Fest 2015 Announces New Auteurs and American Independents Lineups, Including 'James White' and 'Krisha' "Hitchcock. All of it. John Carpenter, obviously, like most people who work in genre. But I'd point specifically to 'Escape from Precinct 13,' 'Prince of Darkness' and 'In the Mouth of Madness.' 'Heavenly Creatures, »
- Paula Bernstein
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Out 1, “the great cinematic happening of 2015,” is finally in theaters, with tickets for weekend-long marathon sessions (the ideal viewing method) available.
Museum of Modern Art
- Nick Newman
Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy.
Since bursting on the scene with “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992, the video store geek turned cinematic bad boy, has inspired blowback over everything from the use of racial slurs in his films to his penchant for disposing of his characters in gruesome fashion. But nothing has prepared him for the firestorm he’s unleashed over the last few days.
Tarantino’s appearance at an Oct. 24 rally in New York against police brutality led to boycott threats by law enforcement unions of his next film, “The Hateful Eight.”
Tarantino inspired their ire by remarking at the event,”When I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers.”
And his comments at the gathering have kicked off a media backlash, landing him in the crosshairs of conservative pundits like Bill »
- Brent Lang
The Polish courts did “the right thing” in refusing to extradite film director Roman Polanski to the Us, according to Samantha Geimer, the victim in the 1977 rape case that led to the film director fleeing the Us before sentencing.
In an interview with NBC News, Geimer, now 52 but 13 at the time of the offence, said: “I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts ... Since I’m well aware of how long this has been going on, I’m very pleased and happy.”
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- Andrew Pulver
Running through mid-December, the French Institute Alliance Francaise and Anthology Film Archives have launched a retrospective of Mathieu Amalric‘s work, which they’ve appropriately titled “Renaissance Man.” The retrospective will feature Amalric’s work as a director, screenwriter and actor; and in the selections that range from the Oscar-nominated Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the Larrieu Brothers’ A Man, A Real One, audience members can trace Amalric’s evolution into one of the most eclectic artists of his generation.
In person, Amalric is as full of energy and charisma as some of his characters, particularly those he’s played in the films of frequent collaborator Arnaud Desplechin. He uses his whole body to speak, often widening his eyes, hunching his shoulders, and using his hands to make specific points. He’s unafraid to speak his mind, is generous with his words, and instantly makes »
- TFS Staff
You sign up for a movie. You drop out. Then the lawsuit follows...
It happens all the time. The casting of movies is such a perilous art, that actors and actresses sign up for roles, and then they're chopped and changed. Rarely does it end up anywhere near a courtroom.
Yet sometimes it does. Here are nine varied instances where someone leaving a project led to legalities ensuing...
I may as well start with one of the most infamous cases of an actress dropping out of a film to which they'd apparently agreed.
Director Jennifer Lynch originally had Madonna pegged to take the lead in her debut feature, Boxing Helena. The story of a woman who has her limbs removed and is kept in a box (it's as charming as it sounds), the role was then offered to Kim Basinger when Madonna passed. »
Roman Polanski‘s rape victim Samantha Geimer is pleased that Polish courts have repeatedly denied extradition requests by the United States. A Polish judge denied the latest request on Friday, and Geimer told NBC News that she’s happy with the outcome. “I believe they did the right thing and made the right decision given all the facts,” she said. “Since I’m well aware of how long this has been going on, I’m very pleased and happy.” Also Read: Roman Polanski Won't Be Extradited to U.S., Polish Court Rules Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with »
- Reid Nakamura
It's All Hallows' Eve, and we begin today's roundup with the New Yorker's Richard Brody declaring that Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat with Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff is his "favorite Halloween movie." We're also pointing to pieces on Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, Victor Halperin's White Zombie, Roman Polanski's Repulsion, Pavel Khvaleev's III, Nicolas Roeg's The Witches and Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire. Plus interviews with Agnès Varda, David Lynch, Charles Burnett and Jenni Olson. And Spike Lee's got a warning for you. » - David Hudson »
20. The Innocents
Directed by Jack Clayton
The Innocents, which was co-written by Truman Capote, is the first of many screen adaptations of The Turn of the Screw. If you’ve never heard of it, don’t feel bad because most people haven’t – but The Innocents deserves its rightful spot on any list of great horror films. Here is one of the few films where the ghost story takes place mostly in daylight, and the lush photography, which earned cinematographer Freddie Francis one of his two Oscar wins, is simply stunning. Meanwhile, director Jack Clayton and Francis made great use of long, steady shots, which suggest corruption is lurking everywhere inside the grand estate. The Innocents also features three amazing performances; the first two come courtesy of child actors Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hell House), and Martin Stephens (Village of the Damned »
- Ricky Fernandes
Not with a bang but with a whisper. That's the way Hit Me With Your Best Shot season ends this year. We didn't want to let our signature craft-loving series go... so we extended by a few random spaced-out episodes but as it turns out this series needs the weekly check-list reminder to keep the party hopping. So next season we'll return to our March-August madness only.
Happily, whispering feels appropriate when it comes to our final film this season: Repulsion (1965) in which Catherine Deneuve barely speaks because there's probably no room in her brain for words what with sex filling every metaphoric or literal (if you will) crack.
What would Roman Polanski make of the virginal Final Girl trope that took over the horror genre about a dozen years after his masterful trilogy of horror flicks wherein people lose their marbles (and possibly souls) in apartment buildings? (More...)
- NATHANIEL R
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