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Tiff & Venice Trailer: Pulse Pounding Teaser For Jerzy Skolimowski's '11 Minutes'

4 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jerzy Skolimowski knows how to rattle an audience. He's the co-writer behind Roman Polanski's "Knife In The Water," his last feature "Essential Killing" cast Vincent Gallo as an Afghan Pow, and now he's back on the festival circuit with "11 Minutes." And it looks like one that you can only dare to ignore. Starring Richard Dormer, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik, and Paulina Chapko captures various slices of life in Warsaw all in eleven minute fragments, with everything pulling together for a grand finale. Sounds like a one that will be a lot of fun to see how it's pulled off. Here's the official synopsis:  After a seventeen-year break from filmmaking in the 1990s and 2000s, one of the major figures of Polish cinema returned to his native country and emerged with 2008's wonderful Four Nights with Anna, heralding the resurrection of a protean artist. Firmly ensconced back in Poland, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: Alex Ross Perry Talks ‘Queen of Earth,’ ‘Winnie The Pooh,’ Unlikable Characters & More

8 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

31 year old Alex Ross Perry is in an enviable position for a young filmmaker. After just four films, two of which not many audiences have seen outside of hardcore cineastes, the director has been minted by the critical intelligentsia of cinema. His most recent films, “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen Of Earth” have made world premieres at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival respectively and recently, the Museum Of The Moving Image feted his four-film long career with a retrospective of all his works in 35mm — that’s got to be some kind of age and oeuvre record. Read More: Review: Alex Ross Perry's Chilling, Intense 'Queen Of Earth' Starring Elisabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston Precocious, smart and quick-witted, all signs point to Perry earning this distinction thus far. He’s one of the most exciting young American filmmakers and his work has drawn favorable comparisons to Woody Allen, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Polish Court Sets Date For Roman Polanksi Extradition Hearing

9 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A Polish court has set September 22 as the date for Roman Polanski’s next extradition hearing. The move is the latest in a decades-long attempt by U.S. Justice Department officials to have the now-82-year-old filmmaker extradited to the U.S. to carry out a sentence first issued in 1977 after he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old during a photoshoot for French Vogue. Polanski is expected to appear before a judge at the new hearing after U.S… »

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Polanski: Polish Court to Reconvene in September for Extradition Hearing

13 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A Polish court is set to consider a U.S. request to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski. The court will sit on Sept. 22 it announced Thursday (Aug. 27), according to Reuters.

U.S. authorities continue to seek Polanski’s extradition over a 1977 child sex conviction. The case was adjourned in May after the court said it required additional information from U.S. authorities.

Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in September 2009, having travelled to the Zurich Film Festival to accept a lifetime achievement award. He remained under house arrest in Gstaad between December 2009 and July 2010 while Swiss authorities determined whether to extradite him to the U.S. before eventually being allowed to return to France.

The filmmaker has been Oscar-nominated for best director three times, winning the award for 2002’s “The Pianist”, which he was unable to collect. Harrison Ford, who presented the award and had starred in Polanski’s 1988 thriller “Frantic »

- Robert Mitchell

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Roman Polanski: Polish Court Sets Extradition Hearing Date

17 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A Polish court has set a date for Roman Polanski's next extradition hearing. The 82 year old Oscar-winning director is due to appear before a judge September 22 after U.S. legal documents requested by the court last May finally arrived after the extension of a deadline for receipt of the paperwork. { "nid": 816039, "type": "news", "title": "Roman Polanski Extradition Case Moving Forward in Poland", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roman-polanski-extradition-case-moving-816039", "relative-path": "/news/roman-polanski-extradition-case-moving-816039" } U.S. authorities are seeking Polanski's extradition over a 1977 child sex conviction. Polanski pleaded

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- Nick Holdsworth

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Review: Alex Ross Perry's Chilling, Intense 'Queen Of Earth' Starring Elisabeth Moss & Katherine Waterston

27 August 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A striking 180 degree turn that demonstrates a sharp versatility and impressive command of multiple forms, filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s latest effort, “Queen Of Earth,” is a mysterious and moody examination of complex personal dynamics, co-dependency, poisoned perceptions, and the fragile, thin line between friendship and hateship. A marked departure from his last effort, the talky, caustically funny “Listen Up Philip,” Perry’s fourth feature-length effort is a chilly and claustrophobic chamber drama akin to works of Ingmar Bergman, but with paranoid psychodrama notes worthy of Roman Polanski. It’s like Woody Allen following up the amusing “Annie Hall” with the cold and distancing “Interiors.” But the movie’s emotional turbulence, resentful hostilities, and considerations of privilege, self-absorption, and narcissism are also pure Alex Ross Perry. Set completely within the confines of an idyllic lake house upstate, the film centers on the quickly curdling friendship between two »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Frightfest 2015 Podcasts: #21 – Goddess of Love

27 August 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Jon Knautz, director of past FrightFest favourites Jack Brooks Monster Slayer and The Shrine, now invites you to feel the horrendous pain of heartbreak. Enter into a baroque vortex of madness when an emotionally unstable stripper is shattered after being dumped by her boyfriend. Brian was the love of Venus’ life and the thought of him having an affair with another woman begins her volatile descent into the dark side of psychosexual insanity. Co-writer Alexis Kendra plays Venus with startling insight in an erotic thriller that’s sexy and shocking in the super-stylish tradition of Brian De Palma and Roman Polanski.

Nerdly writer and host of the Britflicks podcast, Stuart Wright, speaks to the writer/director Jon Knautz about Goddess of Love, which has its World Premiere at Frightfest 2015 on Monday 31st August at 6.45pm in Discovery Screen 1.

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- Phil Wheat

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Hitchcock + Haneke: Dp Edu Grau on The Gift

27 August 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Amongst a summer movie season awash in sequels, remakes and presold tentpole properties, it’s rare to find a sleeper at the multiplex, an unknown quantity with the ability to surprise an audience. Such is The Gift, an unnerving psychological thriller that begins as a post-Fatal Attraction variant before veering into the domain of Roman Polanski and Michael HanekeJason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as a married couple leaving behind personal tragedy in Chicago to start a new life in Los Angeles. Shortly after their arrival, Bateman bumps into former high school classmate Joel Edgerton, who begins to insinuate himself into […] »

- Matt Mulcahey

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Joshua Reviews Alex Ross Perry’s Queen Of Earth [Theatrical Review]

27 August 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s something to be the star of one of the most beloved TV shows of any given length of time. It’s an entirely different proposition to be a star of one of TV’s greatest series during arguably its highest peak. That’s the case for former Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss. Arguably the heart and soul of what has become one of the golden properties of TV’s “Golden Age.” However, it’s been a different story when it comes to cinematic work, for Moss. Despite garnering great notices in a film like The One I Love, her career has been filled primarily with bit parts and character performances that instead of leading a picture, make use of her abilities to sink into smaller roles.

Hopefully that all changes after her second film with director Alex Ross Perry, Queen Of Earth.

Taking the lead role, Moss stars here as Catherine, »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Review: Queen Of Earth, Another Promising Effort By A Fearless Director

26 August 2015 11:01 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Alex Ross Perry is a more than promising young director. He courageously combines intimacy, humor and a sense for cinematic language and form. Nevertheless, his latest, Queen of Earth, is a step back for the young director in terms of maturity and individuality, especially compared to his impressive Listen Up Philip. In Queen of Earth, the director aims at the same time for greatness and modesty. The modesty comes from working with fewer people, fewer locations, and a smaller budget than in his previous film while the greatness follows in the footsteps of directors like Ingmar Bergman and Roman Polanski. To be frank, one can easily speak of a rather cheap copy/combination of Persona and Repulsion. But there is something in the faces of his characters...

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All she surveys by Anne-Katrin Titze

26 August 2015 3:06 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Queen Of Earth's Elisabeth Moss and director Alex Ross Perry at MoMA with Josh Siegel Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The disquieting power of laughter, shooting a film in sequence, countering movie clichés about female friendship, a Doris Day Pillow Talk moment, hysteria, editing time (by Robert Greene and Peter Levin), Edvard Munch, Musidora in Louis Feuillade's Les Vampires, slow zooms (cinematography by Sean Price Williams), plus Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski's use of food, entered into Josh Siegel's conversation with Queen Of Earth director Alex Ross Perry and star Elisabeth Moss.

Alex Ross Perry introducing Queen Of Earth Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Catherine (Moss) visits her old friend Virginia (Katherine Waterston) at her family's lake house to recover and possibly come to terms with two recent traumatic events in her life. Her father, a famous artist whose estate Catherine manages, committed suicide, and her longtime boyfriend James (Kentucker Audley) left her. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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New on Video: ‘Day for Night’

18 August 2015 7:56 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Day for Night

Written by François Truffaut, Jean-Louis Richard, and Suzanne Schiffman

Directed by François Truffaut

France, 1973

From Fellini to Fassbinder, Minnelli to Godard, some of international cinema’s greatest directors have turned their camera on their art and, by extension, themselves. But in the annals of great films about filmmaking, few movies have captured the rapturous passion of cinematic creation and the consuming devotion to film as well as François Truffaut’s Day for Night. While there are a number of stories at play in this love letter to the movies, along with several terrific performances throughout, the crux of the film, the real star of the show, is cinema itself.

Prior to Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, Truffaut was arguably the most fervent film loving filmmaker, wearing his affection for the medium on his directorial sleeve and seldom missing an opportunity to sound off in interviews or in »

- Jeremy Carr

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Busan unveils New Currents Jury; top 10 Asian films

17 August 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

She has also helped discover and produce for new directing talents who previously included Ann Hui and Edward Yang.

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.

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- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Mitchum Stars in TCM Movie Premiere Set Among Japanese Gangsters Directed by Future Oscar Winner

12 August 2015 10:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is one of the disappointingly few TCM premieres this month. (See TCM's Robert Mitchum movie schedule further below.) Despite his film noir background, Robert Mitchum was a somewhat unusual choice to star in The Yakuza (1975), a crime thriller set in the Japanese underworld. Ryan's Daughter or no, Mitchum hadn't been a box office draw in quite some time; in the mid-'70s, one would have expected a Warner Bros. release directed by Sydney Pollack – who had recently handled the likes of Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford – to star someone like Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman. »

- Andre Soares

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'Goddess Of Love' seduces buyers

12 August 2015 1:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Automatic Entertainment has closed key territories on upcoming Film4 FrightFest world premiere.

Jon Knautz’s erotic thriller stars Woody Naismith, Elizabeth Sandy and Alexis Kendra (pictured) and centres on an emotionally unstable stripper who descends into madness after her boyfriend dumps her.

Knautz co-wrote the screenplay with Kendra and Goddess Of Love is styled in the vein of films by Brian De Palma and Roman Polanski.

Automatic has closed sales with Ipa Asia Pacific in Thailand, Line Tree in South Korea, New Select in Japan and Panorama in Hong Kong. Signature Entertainment will distribute in the UK.

The film will receive its world premiere at London FrightFest on August 31 and has also been accepted to play in the Panorama strand at Sitges which runs from October 9-18.

“I was very inspired by films like Taxi Driver and Repulsion and I became fascinated with the idea of having the audience experience a film through the eyes of »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Sergio Oksman’s ‘O Futebol’ Plays at Locarno

10 August 2015 10:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno – Brazil-born and living in Madrid, Sergio Oksman has helmed a shorts’ bunch that have taken many awards the world over, including Buenos Aires, Cinema Eyes Honors, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw international festivals and Spanish Academy Awards Goya.

Always playing between fiction and documentary, short “Notes of the Other” told the story of a wannabe Ernest Hemingway double and Hemingway’s own desire to be “somebody else.” Another multi-prized short, “A story for the Modlins,” turns on Elmer Modlin, an extra actor who, after acting in Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby,” ran away with his family and they all shut themselves in a dark apartment in Madrid for over thirty years.

He studied journalism in Sao Paulo and New York, and currently works as a docu teacher at Madrid’s Ecam and has founded his own Dok Films production company.

His first feature, “O Futebol” (‘On Football’) turns on a »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Long Before Day-Lewis, Oscar-Nominated Actor Played Lincoln: TCM 'Stars' Series Continues

8 August 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, Massey was featured in nearly 50 films. Turner Classic Movies generally selects the same old MGM / Rko / Warner Bros. stars for its annual “Summer Under the Stars” series. For that reason, it's great to see someone like Raymond Massey – who was with Warners in the '40s – be the focus of a whole day: Sat., Aug. 8, '15. (See TCM's Raymond Massey movie schedule further below.) Admittedly, despite his prestige – his stage credits included the title role in the short-lived 1931 Broadway production of Hamlet – the quality of Massey's performances varied wildly. Sometimes he could be quite effective; most of the time, however, he was an unabashed scenery chewer, »

- Andre Soares

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Der Nachtmahr’

6 August 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Call a movie “Der Nachtmahr” and you’ve got your work cut out for you. At the very least, the film had better be scary — preferably enough so that audiences have disturbing dreams for days to come. But “Der Nachtmahr” isn’t scary; “Der Nachtmahr” is loud. A title card at the beginning of the film instructs theaters to crank up the volume, projecting a rebel attitude this German-language psychological thriller simply can’t sustain. Once the extreme strobing and techno thrashing of the opening reel lets up, the pic settles into a flat, fairly conventional “Twilight Zone” episode about an anxious party girl and the goblin-like creature lurking about her subconscious. The film itself feels like some sort of mad-scientist creation, more often tedious than terrifying as it grafts surreal imagery onto an otherwise generic high-school horror movie.

A project long in the works for German visual artist Akiz, »

- Peter Debruge

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5 Intimate Character Dramas to See Before ‘The End of the Tour’

6 August 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The End of the Tour is just the latest in a series of movies that feel tight, contained, and downright theatrical. Much of this has to do with the film’s incredibly basic premise, one where two characters simply sit and talk. These films don’t feel cinematic. They feel inherently small, and lack any obvious sense of grandeur or ambition. So why make a movie like this? These are films that lack any obvious cinematic qualities, especially in terms of scale, stakes, and grandeur. In spite of this, though, these small cast films are often excellent. They prove to be compelling throughout, even if the characters in question are the only things that drive the action forward at all. To understand what makes The End of the Tour a success, it becomes necessary to look back at other films that are similar in scale and ambition. These are just five of those films, »

- Joseph Allen

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The Gift review: Don't judge this film by its terrible trailer

6 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Joel Edgerton; Screenwriter: Joel Edgerton; Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: 15

Well that was a turn up for the books. Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty star Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift comes across like a naff slasher movie from its trailer (the presence of Blumhouse Productions on the credits does nothing to allay these fears), but in reality it's a nifty little psychological thriller that asks if it's possible to run away from buried secrets in your past.

Ostensibly a three-hander between Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton, the story revolves around a married couple who up sticks for a fresh start. Bateman's Simon is a corporate hotshot, while Hall's Robyn is a work-at-home designer keen to have a family. Their marriage is seemingly perfect, until the arrival of Edgerton's Gordo, an old schoolmate from Simon's past who carries with him deep-rooted emotional scars. »

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