15 items from 2015
Three years ago, a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria seemed to be ready to go ahead. So what happened to it? Its former director explains.
Visually and aurally sumptuous, Dario Argento's Suspiria was one of the most striking horror movies of its age. The soundtrack was cacophonous, the cinematography drenched in colour and often beautiful - even when Argento was spattering the screen with claret.
In 2008, director David Gordon Green risked the ire of horror fans everywhere when he revealed to MTV that he planned to remake Argento's nightmare classic. It could have been a starry affair, too, with Natalie Portman on board as producer and star. That incarnation of the movie appeared to fall apart, though, and Portman ultimately went on to make Black Swan with Darren Aronofsky - a film about a ballet dancer with more than a touch of Argento's delirious brand of storytelling running through it. »
The Taormina film festival, one of Italy’s oldest, has undergone many makeovers. Its most recent mission is to help salvage the country’s sagging box office from yet another bout of summer blues.
In part that has always been one of the storied Sicilian film fest’s functions. But since marketing guru Tiziana Rocca took over four years ago as general manager, Taormina’s top priority has been to devise new ways to boost Italo moviegoing in the summer as well as cater to the need’s of Italy’s film industry orgs.
During this time “we’ve reached many goals,” boasts Rocca.
Rocca took over when Taormina was a respected but on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy, auteur-driven affair.
Since then she’s forged closer ties with Italy’s motion picture association Anica, with state film entity Istituto Luce, and with the country’s prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia film school. Its alumni, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, Patricia Arquette, Rosario Dawson, and Dolph Lundgren are among Hollywood stars booked to make the trek to Italy’s Taormina Film Fest, the Sicilian shindig mixing movies and glamour where Warner Bros. president of worldwide marketing and international distribution Sue Kroll will be feted with a Taormina Arte Award.
As previously announced, Disney/Pixar’s 3D “Inside Out” will open Taormina’s 61st edition in the seaside town’s 8,000-seat open-air ancient Greek theater, segueing from its Cannes world preem, on June 13, ahead of the hot summer pic’s U.S. release June 19.
Pic made a splash in Berlin.
More than one hundred titles will be sandwiched in-between, including a selection of recent U. »
- Nick Vivarelli
My first foray into Italian horror was Lucio Fulci’s Zombie (1980), seen as a delightfully repulsed 10 year old. However, Dario Argento’s Deep Red (Profondo Rosso if you’re Italian) was the first Italian horror film that actually intrigued me; same age, but very different feelings. The repulsion was there, that base fear, but set within a framework of beautifully rendered images. I didn’t know much about art, but it felt like that’s what I was watching.
Released in March of 1975, Deep Red was the latest thriller from Argento in the giallo style; an Italian term which has generally become known to mean a gruesome, lurid detective story; so called due to the fact that the original Italian pulp novels a lot of these stories pay homage to were written on yellow, or giallo, paper. Argento was already making a name for himself worldwide with previous efforts in »
- Scott Drebit
Disney/Pixar’s 3D “Inside Out” will open Italy’s Taormina Film Fest, where Asia Argento is booked as master of ceremonies while Patricia Arquette and Italian director Gabriele Salvatores will hold master classes.
“Inside Out” will screen June 13 as a special event in Taormina’s open-air ancient Greek theater ahead of its U.S. release June 19.
Jean-Baptiste Leonetti’s Michael Douglas thriller “The Reach” will open Taormina’s new competition, which will see a panel of film-buff students as jurors.
Universal’s 3D “Jurassic World” will screen in the Greek theater June 11 as a pre-opening event.
The Sicilian fest has undergone some changes recently with artistic director Mario Sesti stepping down and general manager Tiziana Rocca appointing a four-member selection committee.
A section dedicated to independent U.S. movies selected by Variety critics will unspool.
Italy’s state film entity Istituto Luce will provide a sidebar of docs made »
- Nick Vivarelli
Watching a film by Olivier Assayas is a little like wandering into the bedroom of a teenager, taking in the aesthetic décor that clings to his or her walls and bookshelves—posters, pop records, hastily cut-out collages of idols, and literature—and being left to draw a logical conclusion based on these ephemeral scraps. This idea of collage, assembling or reinventing an identity, has always been a concept inherent to punk and youth culture: British punk historian Jon Savage coined the term “living collage” to describe European teenagers in the 1970s who tore apart thrifted vintage clothing at the seams to fuse and repurpose them with safety pins. Assayas’ work is essentially the filmic equivalent of that same idea: he populates his frames with torrents of ideas and surfaces and lets loose cinematographers Yorick Le Saux and Eric Gautier to pan wildly, struggling to encapsulate everything into their widescreen, handheld compositions. »
- Mark Lukenbill
What I love about the Riviera Maya Film Festival is its indifference to playing it safe. Like spring break for cinephiles, this exotic festival tucked along the Yucatan Peninsula in Quintana Roo brought a challenging loot of films to Mexico, where the public may never see them again. That's because exhibitors in the region are more invested in keeping theaters running by screening fast-food movies for audiences. But under artistic director Paula Chaurand and her hard-working team, Riviera Maya offers more daring international fare, such as Asia Argento's opening night film "Misunderstood," a troubling family drama with less-than-sympathetic characters (many of them female) that remains at large on the Us distribution market. Even after premiering at Cannes in 2015, no one has taken a bite off this risky film — starring starring Giulia Salerno as the rebellious daughter of a very selfish mother (Charlotte Gainsbourg) in the 1980s — from a risk-taking woman director. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Director Asia Argento's startling new work Incompresa was one of my very favorite films from last year (check out my review) and a new international trailer has surfaced that does a really nice job of hinting at the film's youthful anarchy. It's missing some of the movie's pathos, but since Incompresa is a film that also celebrates the ups that accompany the downs of adolescence, it feels appropriate to post. I urge you to check out this movie (I rarely lay down my affection for a film that hard in a review) when it gets a Us release date. It's probably closer to The 400 Blows than Welcome to the Dollhouse, but viewing it though either of those aesthetic lenses should suit you just fine. Check out the Incompresa trailer below. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Giulia Salerno and Gabriel Garko. We'll let you know about the Us release »
- Evan Dickson
The Riviera Maya Film Festival was created in 2012 with the goal to meet one of the greatest needs of the film industry in Mexico and perhaps in the entire world: the distribution of quality international cinema. This festival is free and that is why they revitalized the film fest experience of screening and watching a film in all kinds of stages and contexts, such as at the beach or in public squares.More than 70 Films from Around the World, Including the Critically Acclaimed ‘Burying the Ex’ and Asia Argento’s ‘Incompresa,’ Have Been Selected To Screen During the 2015 Riviera […] »
- April Neale
The fourth edition of the festival, set to run in Mexico from April 23-29, will feature three world premieres of Mexican productions and 53 international premieres.
The competitive sections of the festival are Mexican Platform with two 300,000 Mexican pesos (around $19,700) juried Kukulkan Awards and a 100,000 Mexican pesos (around $6,565) Kukulkan Youth Jury Award.
The schedule includes the RivieraLAB/Co-production Forum where two selected projects will receive a financial incentive of 200,000 Mexican pesos ($13,130) each.
The RivieraLAB/Work in Progress selects two projects to receive a financial incentive of 100,000 Mexican pesos each. In total, the Festival grants 1,300,000 Mexican pesos ($85,351).
Mexican Platform entries of 14 local films from 71 submissions include world premieres of Roberto Olivares Ruiz’s El Señor De Las 3 Caídas and Raúl Rico’s Noche De Resurrecciones, as well as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
AwardsDaily has been invited to attend the Riviera Maya Film Festival for the first time since the fest began in 2012. It features more than 70 films from around the world, and »
- Sasha Stone
A literary hoax that picked up extraordinary steam before imploding is charted in “The Cult of Jt LeRoy.” Having begun filming the subject in 2002, and with a background in social work uniquely congruent with “his” background claims, Marjorie Sturm draws on a rich array of material to assemble a first documentary feature that’s fascinating on numerous levels. The topic’s residual infamy (plus the onscreen presence of many duped celebrities) should make this a viable specialty item as it expands beyond its home-turf theatrical launch March 13 at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater.
San Francisco was where Jt (aka Jeremiah “Terminator”) LeRoy claimed to have been abandoned by his “truckstop prostitute” mother after a cross-country road trip. After years purportedly on the street, involved in drugs and prostitution, he was encouraged at age 15 by a therapist to write “as a form of therapy.” As early as 1994, he began soliciting long-distance »
- Dennis Harvey
Earlier today, fellow film nerd Marc Heuck tweeted the following: Incompresa, the moving new @AsiaArgento film, still has no U.S. distributor. Wtf? Dozens of boutique labels here yet nobody's stepping up? — Marc Edward Heuck (@the_hoyk) February 17, 2015 I reached out to "Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson, who is a producer on the film and who talked to me about it before the Cannes Film Festival, where it absolutely flattened me. I asked him if it's true that the film is still without a distributor, and he told me they haven't been able to figure out anything. Not theatrical. Not VOD. Not even a basic DVD release. This is wrong. This is a mistake. Are you seriously going to tell me that there's not a single distributor out there who sees the merit in the film? Am I supposed to believe that there's no marketing hook you can craft around »
- Drew McWeeny
Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, has acquired international sales rights to four new films – Safy Nebbou’s “In the Forests of Siberia,” Lucien Jean Baptiste’s “DieuMerci,” Benjamin Weill’s “West Coast” and “Machin, Machine,”helmed by and starring Clovis Cornillac.
Shooting from Feb. 12, and the latest title in Nebbou’s building body of distinguished stage or literary makeovers (“Mark of a Angel,” “Dumas,” “Bad Seeds”), “In the Forests of Siberia” is inspired by Sylvain Tesson’s novel, translated into English as “The Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin on the Siberian Taiga,” which won the 2014 Dolman Best Travel Book Award.
Written by Nebbou and David Oelhoffen, now a director of repute after his directorial debut, “Far From Men,” with Viggo Mortensen, “Forests of Siberia” stars Raphael Personnaz (“The French Minister,” “Anna Karenina”). It relates the friendship between a man looking for peace, »
- John Hopewell
15 items from 2015
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