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Asia Argento and Nuno Lopes in Obsessive Rhythms She was one of the original Nouvelle Vague stars. Now Fanny Ardant, who after more than 60 films, 25 theatre runs and a dozen-plus television series, has emerged as a grande dame of French cinema, although do not mention the phrase in her presence.
She continues to reinvent herself – not least behind the camera as a director. That’s the reason she’s at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival for presentations of Obsessive Rhythms (Cadences Obstinées) a drama about a former cellist stuck in a dead-end relationship with an obsessive architect and featuring an impressive cast of Asia Argento, Nuno Lopes, Ricardo Pereira, Gerard Depardieu, and Franco Nero.
"The point of view of someone else has always interested me" Photo: Richard Mowe The reviews may not have been wildly enthusiastic but Ardant is nonplussed because she never reads the critics. More successful was »
- Richard Mowe
For the last five years, the London Indian Film Festival has showcased a unique selection of films from all over India. As they say, going way Beyond Bollywood, Liff brings cutting edge films from some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers. Led by festival director Mr Cary Rajinder Sawhney, Liff has grown to become Europe’s biggest Indian film festival. This year, once again, they are bringing the cool and eclectic along with hard hitting and moving films during the week long festival that runs July 10th through the 17th. We caught up with Mr Sawhney to get the scoop on what audiences will see when they experience Liff this year.
How would you describe the London Indian Film Festival?
London Indian Film Festival is dedicated to profiling the best of new independent films from India and its neighbours. I am glad to say we caught the wave early »
- Stacey Yount
Mel Gibson - honour for contribution to world cinema in Karlovy Vary
Mel Gibson will give a boost to the star power lining up for the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival which runs from 4 to 12 July in the quaint spa town close to Marienbad.
The Festival will honour Gibson’s contribution to world cinema. Gibson (58), best known for his roles in Braveheart and Lethal Weapon, recently has played an ex-con who protects his estranged teenage daughter from murderous drug dealers in Blood Father, from French director Jean-François Richet. Erin Moriarty also stars and Peter Craig adapted the script from his novel.
Fanny Ardant - goes behind the camera for the third time
Another stellar name will be French actress and now director Fanny Ardant who will present her third film behind the camera Obsessive Rhythms (Cadences obstinées), in which Asia Argento stars as Margo, a brilliant classical musician who »
- Richard Mowe
Prague — The 49th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will honor Mel Gibson with its kudo for contribution to world cinema, and will host French helmer/thesp Fanny Ardant, screening her third film, “Obsessive Rhythms” (Cadences obstinees), organizers have announced.
Fest, running July 4-12 in the ornate western Czech spa town, will also see Laura Dern presenting the David Lynch Palme d’Or winner “Wild at Heart,” and its main prize jury will be headed by Spanish producer Luis Minarro, whose “The Mosquito Net” won the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe in 2010. Co-jurors will be Slovak filmmaker Mira Fornay (“My Dog Killer”), cinematographer and helmer Phedon Papamichael (“Nebraska”), Icelandic rocker Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Ros, and Czech helmer/producer Viktor Taus.
Fest’s East of the West jury, awarding film from the former East Bloc, will be headed by Turkish director and fest organizer Ahmet Boyacioglu, while Israeli producer and sales agent »
- Will Tizard
Mel Gibson is to receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff), which runs July 4-12.
The actor and filmmaker will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to receive the honour and present a screening of his most recent work as a director, the 2006 action-adventure Apocalypto.
Gibson is best known for his roles in Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series as well as for his award-winning turns as director of Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. He will next be seen in action sequel The Expendables 3.
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Get ready London film fans! The fabulous London Indian Film Festival, running July 10th – 17th, will bring you an eclectic and cool mix of films! Now Europe’s largest platform for Indian cinema, the London Indian Film Festival returns to the Capital, in association with Pure Heaven, the British Film Institute, and official Hotel Partner Grange Hotels, celebrating the exploding movement of Indian Independent cinema and bringing to UK audiences a rare selection of cutting-edge films from some of the Indian subcontinent’s hottest independent talents. Going way beyond Bollywood, the festival presents a kaleidoscope of new films that challenge, shock, generate debate and present a more realistic view of India and the subcontinent today, in all its diversity.
- Stacey Yount
After a 10-year absence from the director's chair, Italian multi-hyphenate Asia Argento returned to the Cannes Film Festival last week with her third, and indisputably best feature, "Misunderstood." More grounded than her last two efforts, "Scarlet Diva" and "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things," the coming-of-age tale "Misunderstood" is Argento's most accessible film to date. The drama points to great things to come from the artist, who announced on her Twitter page last year that she had given up acting to focus on directing and other endeavors. "Misunderstood" centers on Aria (portrayed by the remarkable Giulia Salerno), a nine-year-old who feels unloved by her vain actor father and deeply troubled mother (a ferocious Charlotte Gainsbourg). Read More: The 2014 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Indiewire sat down with Argento in Cannes late last week to discuss her new film, its autobiographical elements (Argento is. »
- Nigel M Smith
There’s something irresistibly hip about Asia Argento, even as a concept. The sultry, pouty daughter of trash-horror maestro Dario Argento, her public image as a wild child jack-of-all-trades-as-long-as-they’re-kinda-glamorous (actress, singer, model, director) does make her something of a poster girl for tough, troubled, attitude-y cool (just check out her Cannes red carpet pic or her Twitter account for that matter). But after her first two forays into directing, “Scarlet Diva” (in which she also starred as a self-destructive starlet) and child abuse chronicle “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” she has shifted gears in several ways with her third: she makes a brief, Hitchcock-level cameo but doesn’t star, and most welcome, she moves from straight-up miserablism to a beguiling cockeyed whimsy. However “Misunderstood” ("Incompresa"), which played in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes, is unavoidably personal too. The lead 9-year-old is called Aria, Argento’s own. »
- Jessica Kiang
French director Olivier Assayas likes his leading ladies unpredictable and punk, crafting wild pipe-bomb thrillers to suit the feral energy of muses such as Maggie Cheung (“Irma Vep”), Chloe Sevigny (“Demonlover”) and Asia Argento (“Boarding Gate”). But does he really understand women? After collaborating with Assayas on 2008’s perfect, albeit ultra-safe “Summer Hours,” actress Juliette Binoche challenged the director to write a part that delved into genuine female experience. Though deceptively casual on its surface, “Clouds of Sils Maria” marks his daring rejoinder, a multi-layered, femme-driven meta-fiction that pushes all involved — including next-gen starlets Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz — to new heights.
Binoche plays Maria Enders, a 40-ish movie star approached about remaking “Maloja Snake,” the film that launched her career two decades earlier. This time, she’s being asked to interpret the older role — a burnt-out, middle-aged businesswoman manipulated by her young female assistant in a daring lesbian dynamic. »
- Peter Debruge
Asia Argento is at Cannes with “Misunderstood,” the third feature directed by the Italian multi-hyphenate, and one of two works by women directors representing Italy in the fest’s official selection. The film screens today, May 22, in Un Certain Regard.
Q: Thierry Fremaux has said this is a very personal film. Is it?
A: Yes, but it is not autobiography or auto-therapy. It is inspired by things I, or people around me, went through. If I wanted to do a story about my family, my mother, my father, I would have made a documentary, or I would have written a book. This is a movie. This is very clear in how extreme the characters are; in their being funny and at the same time cruel. It’s a projection of a universal childhood that is misunderstood, that is forgotten.
Q: In your director’s notes you quote Pope John Xxiii »
- Nick Vivarelli
Emerging Italian distribution shingle Good Films, on a shopping spree in Cannes, is the first announced buyer for Salma Hayek-produced animated feature “The Prophet,” for which it has taken Italian rights from Wild Bunch.
The buzz pic, which is based on the bestselling book of 26 prose poems by Lebanese writer and painter Kahlil Gibran, is made up of nine vignettes, each by a different director. “Prophet” is aimed at both children and adult audiences. It screened for buyers as a work-in-progress last Saturday.
From Lotus Entertainment, Good Films have acquired Italian rights to Stephen Gaghan’s thriller “Candy Store,” starring Robert De Niro, Keira Knightley and Omar Sy, about an undercover agent who begins a new life as beat cop in Brooklyn.
- Nick Vivarelli
Our own Derek Botelho has dedicated countless hours over multiple years to his examination of the work of Dario Argento and we’re happy to see that The Argento Syndrome is now available to read around the world. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, we wanted to tell you about a signing event for the book that includes Derek and a number of special guests:
The Argento Syndrome – In Stores Now! Star-Filled Signing Event Announced!
A retrospective of Italian auteur Dario Argento, The Argento Syndrome is an examination of a career marked by such genre classics as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebrae and Opera. The Argento Syndrome is part academic study, with essays on every film, and part personal memoir, detailing the author’s time in Italy on a trip to visit the set of Non Ho Sonno. Also included are several »
- Jonathan James
The Italian film business, coming off an Oscar win this year for Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” should be on a roll. But the Italo industry’s story is more complex, as shrinking budgets and a stagnant box office hamper a filmmaking community that’s stubbornly slow to shed its insular ways. Yet fresh faces are emerging, thanks to co-productions across Europe, helping the sector to stumble ahead.
Recently, the Italian Culture Ministry revealed alarming figures that show a 27% drop in Italian film investments in 2013 to €358 million ($495 million), compared with 2012, while the country’s cinematic output remained substantially stable, at 167 pics. The average budget of an Italian movie these days is a measly $2.3 million.
“The numbers show that the budgets of quality midrange movies are getting slimmer, and this is terrible,” comments producer Riccardo Tozzi, who heads Italy’s national motion picture association, Anica.
Tozzi predicts shrinking budgets would »
- Nick Vivarelli
Paris-based sales house Other Angle is on board to produce its first movie, “The Beggars,” a Morocco-set tale taking place in the 1940s, starring Mohamed Fellag (“Monsieur Lazhar”) and Daniel Cohen (“All That Glitters”) as Jewish and Muslim homeless men whose fight over a $100 bill sparks a conflict between the two communities.
Other Angle is producing “The Beggars” on a tight $2.8 million-range budget.
“We want it to be »
- Elsa Keslassy
Grace of Monaco (1)
Olivier Dahan, France-u.S.-Belgium-Italy
Atom Egoyan, Canada
Clouds of Sils Maria
Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany
Bennett Miller, U.S.
Goodbye to Language
Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland
The Homesman (2)
Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.
Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France
Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia
Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany
Maps to the Stars
David Cronenberg, Canada-u.S.-France-Germany
Xavier Dolan, France-Canada
Mike Leigh, U.K.
Bertrand Bonello, France
Michel Hazanavicius, France
Still the Water
Naomi Kawase, Japan
Abderrahmane Sissako, France
Two Days, One Night
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium
Damian Szifron, Argentina-Spain
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France
Out of Competition
Zhang Yimou, China
Dean DeBlois, U.S.
Un Certain Regard
- Variety Staff
Nearly 10 years after her second feature as a director, "The Heart Is Deceitful," Italian actress-turned-director Asia Argento -- who also happens to be the daughter of Italian cinema's giallo master Dario Argento -- finally returns to the director's chair for a second time with her new film, "Incompresa." Despite missing subtitles, the film's newly released trailer is captivating nonetheless. As The Playlist notes, "Incompresa," which translates to "Misunderstood" in English, appears to be a semi-autobiographical account of what it is like to grow up surrounded by fame and excess. Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gabriel Garko star as the famous parents of a young girl played by newcomer Giulia Salerno. Given the vibrant color scheme, baroque costuming and decadent lifestyle of the characters, Argento seems to share the same aesthetic and thematic preoccupations as her directing contemporary Sofia Coppola -- which doesn't come as much of a surprise given the fact that they worked together. »
- Shipra Gupta
Earlier today we dropped our list of the 15 Most Anticipated Film Of The 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and while it's the highest profile titles that get the attention, we're always hoping for something to break out unexpectedly. Could Asia Argento's "Incompresa" be such a film? Playing the Un Certain Regard section, the film is Argento's first feature since 2004's "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things," and is inspired by her childhood. As you know, she's the offspring of giallo master Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi, and this film seems to be a look into a world of fame and celebrity through a child's eyes, with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Gabriel Garko as the parental figures. And we're also intrigued by the soundtrack, which has been put together by Justin Pearson, Gabe Serbian and Luke Henshaw. Noise and punk fiends may know those names from bands such as The Locust, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Kicking off this week in France is the Cannes Film Festival, with films from Ryan Gosling to Tommy Lee Jones. Another film premiering in the Un Certain Regard category is Asia Argento's latest feature, titled Incompresa, or Misunderstood, a sort of semi-autobiographical story about her own childhood as the daughter of filmmaker Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi. This early trailer still doesn't have English subtitles, but presents a very bold, punk look at growing up. I'm down to see it, and hope it's as good as this looks. It's said to have "nuances of the cinema of Sophia Coppola and Paolo Sorrentino." Take a look below. Here's the first trailer for Asia Argento's Incompresa, or Misunderstood, found via The Film Stage: Incompresa, also known as Misunderstood in English, is co-written and directed by Italian actress Asia Argento, who has directed a few films previously including The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things »
- Alex Billington
The number of women directors who make it into the Cannes lineup is a source of yearly contention. And it makes sense. Over the past ten years, there's been virtually no consistent improvement in terms of women auteurs landing in the hallowed competition program. Un Certain Regard has gradually improved -- slightly. Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog has created a handy if depressing chart, cleverly titled "No Cannes Do," to show the exact stats. Check it out, below. It should be noted that the numbers include women who directed and co-directed. This year, Alice Rohrwacher ("La Meraviglie") and Naomi Kawese ("Still the Water") are in competition, while Jessica Hausner ("Amour fou"), Asia Argento ("Incompresa"), Marie Amachoukeli and Claire Beuger (along with Samuel Theis for "Party Girl") and Keren Yadaya ("Harcheck mi headro") are in Un Certain Regard. (Full lineup here.) Meanwhile, this year's jury president Jane Campion (who recently revealed »
- Beth Hanna
Exclusive: Paris-based sales company to hit Croisette with a trio of Official Selection titles, which also includes Keren Yedaya’s That Lovely Girl and The Go-Go Boys.
The feature, Argento’s third, is loosely inspired by her childhood as the daughter of the genre maestro Dario Argento and actress Daria Nicolodi who collaborated on classics such as Suspiria and Inferno before going their separate ways.
French-Anglo actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, another child of famous parents who has been a friend of Argento since meeting on the set of the 2000 mini-series Les Misérables, plays the lead Italian-language role, based loosely on Nicolodi.
Other Angle expanding »
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