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On the eve of the 4th edition of the Frontières International Co-Production Market, the 24 Frontières and Off-Frontières film projects of the market's line-up are readying to meet with the 350 registered participants expected to attend the market.
From the Press Release
With every new edition of the market, selected film projects have been stepping up their presentation materials. Every single project has created teaser artwork specifically for their presentation within the market, and a great number of them are standing out.
Three of them have already made the news: Black Horizon by George Kane (Off-Frontières, designed by Annie Atkins), Love Sick by Todd E. Freeman (Frontières - designed by Phantom City Creative) and Mark Of Kane (Off-Frontières - designed by Omar Hauksson).
- Steve Barton
What is it about foreign horror films that makes them more interesting than so many English language horror films? You would have to think that the language barrier makes it more terrifying; people screaming is already difficult, but speaking a language you don’t understand can only make it worse. So, why are the remakes typically so bad? On this portion of the list, we are treated to a few of the more upsetting films in the canon – one movie I wouldn’t wish for anyone to see, a few that blazed the trail for many more, and one that I would elevate above the horror genre into its own little super-genre.
30. Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
English Title: A Tale of Two Sisters
Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
Another excellent Korean horror film America had to remake to lesser results. 2003′s A Tale of Two Sisters is just one of many film adaptations of the folktale, »
- Joshua Gaul
The lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival has been announced and, between August 6 and 16, we'll see new films by the likes of Pedro Costa, Eugène Green, Jean-Marie Straub, Thom Andersen, Lav Diaz and Matías Piñeiro. There'll also be tributes to Mia Farrow, Agnès Varda, Juliette Binoche, Víctor Erice, Dario Argento and more. Along with Histoire(s) du cinéma, a collection of programs of classics and rediscoveries, there'll also be a mighty salute to the legendary Italian production company Titanus. » - David Hudson »
Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money
The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...
"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director
Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France
Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)
Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »
With special career achievement awards for stellar actresses Mia Farrow and Juliette Binoche and the veteran Armin Mueller-Stahl, as well as a line-up of such diverse talents as Dario Argento, Agnès Varda, Aleksandr Sokurov and Olivier Assayas, the Locarno Film Festival’s director Carlo Chatrian today (16 July) unveiled the cornucopia of delights in store for next month’s bumper 67th edition.
Other names figuring in the cast list include Luc Besson (for the opening film Lucy with Scarlett Johannson), cinematographer Garrett Brown and Spanish director Víctor Erice (both the subject of special focuses and workshop sessions), as well as American star Melanie Griffith, and French actress Julie Depardieu.
The vast 8000-seat Piazza Grande open air auditorium will see a host of international and world premieres among them Jean-Jacques Zilbermann »
- Richard Mowe
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.
Full details of the line-up for the 67th Locarno Film Festival, which runs August 6-16, were unveiled at a press conference in the Swiss capital Berne today.
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard in the festival’s International Competition section are world premiers including Syllas Tzoumerkas’s A Blast [pictured], Jungbum Park’s Alive (South Korea), Paul Vecchiali’s White Nights On The Pier (France) and Yury Bykov’s The Fool (Russia). International premieres include Alex Ross Perry’s hotly antipated Us comedy Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman who is expected to attend.
The Piazza Grande line-up includes the international premieres of Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs, Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens’ critically acclaimed Iceland set Land Ho! Which world premiered at Sundance, and Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, which played in competition in Cannes. World premieres »
- email@example.com (Sarah Cooper)
Rome — The 67th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promising lineup, which sees particularly strong presences from both North and South America, more established auteurs competing alongside lots of newcomers, and a distinct diversity of genres and styles that is becoming the trademark of artistic director Carlo Chatrian, now at his second edition.
As previously announced, the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and innovative cinema in its different forms will open with Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy,” launching out-of-competition from Locarno’s 8,000 seat open-air Piazza Grande venue on Aug. 7, shortly after the English-language sci-fi thriller bows Stateside July 25 via Universal.
Other titles unspooling on the Piazza Grande include the fest bow of Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, which turns on a displaced family from India who open a restaurant in the South of France. This DreamWorks/Participant Media crowdpleaser starring »
- Nick Vivarelli
When an ex-mobster’s daughter is found dead, the repressed return with a vengeance that feels more like a whimper in “Rage,” a silly and shopworn Nicolas Cage action vehicle that plays like a poor man’s “Taken,” “Mystic River” and “A History of Violence” rolled into one. Proficiently made but fatally unpersuasive in its portrayal of internecine gang warfare, this thuggish melodrama piles on the foreign accents and paint-by-numbers brutality, all served up with a grim, operatic self-seriousness that gives Cage’s antihero little room to maneuver. Spanish genre helmer Paco Cabezas’ English-language debut will find a few fans on VOD, where it’s rolling out simultaneously with its limited theatrical release.
Commercially and, er, culturally speaking, “Rage” is unlikely to do for Cage what the “Taken” movies have done for Liam Neeson; as scripted by James Agnew and Sean Keller (who previously collaborated on Dario Argento’s ill-fated »
- Justin Chang
Horror is really the only genre that has entries that, while “good,” may not necessarily mean “recommended.” So, how does that affect what is “definitive?” A recent conversation brought up the nightmare of a movie A Serbian Film (great review here from Justine) which, by all accounts, is a horror film. But, while everyone in film circles knows about the film (many have even seen it), I can’t imagine anyone actually recommending it. It’s made impact, sure. But at what cost? The best horror films aren’t simply there to scare and disgust viewers. They’re there to serve as metaphors for other issues, however big or small. But the best ones are those that do it in a way that, while still may scare and disgust you, will also make you think and reevaluate your situation.
40. À l’intérieur (2007)
English Title: Inside
- Joshua Gaul
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Cage Against the Machine: Cabezas’ English Debut Labors Through Borrowed Themes
Playing like the cheap echo of David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, director Paco Cabezas flaunts his English language debut on the haunches of the increasingly erratic reputation of Nicolas Cage. Another brick in the growing pile of fecal matter from the unwavering Cage saga, Cabezas retools basic genre themes (you’ll probably be reminded of Taken at some point in the mix) for a film that plays like it could just as well be the third part of a trilogy including Cage’s turns in strikingly similar B fare like Roger Donaldson’s Seeking Justice or Simon West’s Stolen. To his credit, Cabezas’ Rage is no worse than the offerings of these more accomplished directors, but that doesn’t make the experience of it any more worth your while. Painstakingly generic, one only wishes it would »
- Nicholas Bell
English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.
50. Kuroneko (1968)
English Title: Black Cat
Directed by: Kaneto Shindo
- Joshua Gaul
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
In Dimitri Kirsanoff's Menilmontant a destitute waif, betrayed and abandoned by the man who seduced her, sits on a park bench with her newborn infant. Beside her is an old man eating a sandwich. This wordless exchange is one of the greatest moments ever committed to film. Nadia Sibirskaia’s face reveals all of life’s cruel mysteries as she gazes upon a crust of bread.
The persistence of hope is the dark angel that underlies despair, and here it taunts her mercilessly. A whole series of fluctuations of expression and movement in reaction to anguish, physical pain involving hesitation, dignity, ravenous hunger, survival, self-contempt, modesty, boundless gratitude. All articulated with absolute clarity without hitting notes (without touching the keys). Chaplin could have played either the old man on the bench (his mustache is a sensory device!) or Nadia. And it would have been masterful and deeply affecting, »
- Daniel Riccuito
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
There’s a deliciously slippery quality to Cold In July, a neo-noir thriller from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Set in late-80s east Texas, Mickle’s movie contains distinct shades of such films as Blood Simple, Red Rock West and Martin Scorsese’s Cape Fear remake, but at the same time, flatly refuses to cleave to genre expectations.
Dexter’s Michael C Hall stars as Richard, a quiet, mild-mannered family man who shoots an intruder in his living room one sultry summer night. Shaken to the core by the experience, Richard’s once humdrum life is disrupted further by the appearance of the intruder’s father, Russel (Sam Shepard), who manages to lace even the most softly-spoken utterance with a thread of barely-concealed menace. »
Iconic Italian director Dario Argento has reportedly suffered a number of injuries in a fall and been confined to home care until the end of July. According to manager Paolo Zaleti, Argento has sustained injuries to his head, back, neck and ribs and though discharged from hospital is under doctor's orders to rest until the end of July and is at home with a personal assistant caring for him....
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Good day, collectors of all things invokable. Some of you may have noticed The Fear Monger wasn.t creeping around the website last weekend, and maybe you feared the worst and thought that it was dead and quartered, laid out to fertilize the land where a garden of eternally rotten vegetables would grow. Maybe some of you even hoped that had happened. It.s good to be back. But before we get carried away, let.s talk about some of the week.s smaller headlines: Paramount has pushed Paranormal Activity 5 back to an unspecific date in 2016. (Sweet!) David Lynch.s nightmarish debut feature Eraserhead is being added to the Criterion Collection, and the special edition Blu-ray (with restored versions for six of Lynch.s short films) will be released on September 16th. Music legend Iggy Pop has signed on to star in Dario Argento.s next feature, The Sandman, though »
An homage to the classic Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci Italian giallo horror films of the 1970s and 80s, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (2013) is a visually dazzling experience from the creators of cult 2011 hit Amer that takes you on a journey into mystery and blood-soaked terror that you will never forget. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's extravagant new neo-giallo, we have Three DVD copies of The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears to give away courtesy of our good friends at Metrodome Distribution. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
In addition to announcing The Guest as the opening night feature for this year’s Film4 FrightFest, it was revealed that’ll be co-presenting special performances by Goblin, who will live score Dawn of the Dead and Suspiria:
“For the first time ever in the UK, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be performing live scores for George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead and Dario Argento’s Suspiria on consecutive nights at the Union Chapel, Islington, London N1 2Xd
On Monday 18th August they will be scoring ‘Dawn of the Dead’ – accompanying the Nms Records, German, English Language version of the film, and on Tues 19th August, ‘Suspiria’ – accompanying the Cde, Italian, English Language version. Doors open at 7pm. Audiences must be aged 18 and over.”
Tickets are on now available and you can purchase them at:
To read our recent interview with Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini, »
- Jonathan James
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