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Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski is no stranger to the fall festival circuit. Over his five decades in the business, the writer-director has won the Venice Grand Jury Prize ("Essential Killing"), the Cannes Best Screenplay award ("Moonlighting") and the Berlin Golden Bear ("The Departure"), among other prizes, so consider us quite excited that his new film, "11 Minutes," will world premiere in Venice before hitting the Toronto Film Festival's Masters of Cinema section this September. The official synopsis reads: "A jealous husband out of control, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy Hollywood director, a reckless drug messenger, a disoriented young woman, an ex-con hot dog vendor, a troubled student on a mysterious mission, a high-rise window window cleaner on an illicit break, an elderly sketch »
- Zack Sharf
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
With Mistress America, Noah Baumbach returns to embrace two of his recent muses: Greta Gerwig and New York City. This is his second indie darling of 2015 following While We’Re Young from earlier this year. And while both films address ideas of ambition and ambivalence amongst the 20-30 something crowd, Mistress America may have more to say because it’s not saying it as loud or dramatically as the former film.
In a charming and vibrant turn, newcomer Lola Kirke plays college freshmen Tracy. She struggles for attention but doesn’t want friends nearly as much as she wants to be accepted into the school’s prestigious literary society. You know that they are a big deal because “they all carry around leather briefcases.” Her mother is about to get married and encourages Tracy to meet her soon to be step-sister Brooke (Greta Gerwig). Brooke is everywhere all at once. »
- Michael Haffner
To put Mat in recent context, he makes Alex Ross Perry and Noah Baumbach's male protagonists seem like cuddly teddy bears. But while Mat has absolutely no empathy for anyone whatsoever, his character still has the magical ability to conjure up laughs, reminiscent of Denis Leary's heyday. In writing, The Mend might not sound funny at all, but it is actually quite hilarious. It is a pretty brilliant feat that Magary pulls off. »
- Don Simpson
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.
Taking the lead role, Moss stars here as Catherine, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Read More: Venice Film Festival Unveils Lineup: Includes 'Equals' and 'The Danish Girl' World Premieres, New Noah Baumbach Documentary Uruguayan writer-director Rodrigo Plá incorporates political undertones into each of his feature films, and it looks like he'll be operating on his most visceral playing field yet in "A Monster With A Thousand Heads." The drama will open the Orizzonti Competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and stars Jana Raluy, Sebastian Aguirre Boeda and Hugo Albores. Adapted by Laura Santullo from her own novel, "A Monster With A Thousand Heads" centers on Sonia, who devises a desperate plan to save her husband and access the medical treatment he needs to survive. Her journey puts her in contact with a corrupt insurance office and its complicit representatives, leading her and her son down a rabbit hole of violence. Watch the exclusive trailer above. Read More: Venice Film Festival's Sala Web to. »
- Zack Sharf
World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Read More: Zurich Film Festival Gala Premieres Include Noah Baumbach and Catharine Hardwicke Features The Zurich Film Festival has announced that Matthew Brown's biopic "The Man Who Knew Infinity" will open the 11th edition of the Festival on September 24. The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Kanigel and stars Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry and Kevin McNally. The true story stars Patel as Srinivasa Ramanujan, a self-taught math genius from India who travels the world to Cambridge and finds a mentor in professor G.H. Hardy (Irons). Together, the two become pioneers in mathematical theories and test the limits of what the mind can do. Additional Zff Gala Premieres include "Kill Your Friends," "Mistress America," "Miss You Already," "High-Rise," "Mon Roi," "The Program," "Black Mass," "Colonia," "Sicario," "The End of the Tour," »
- Zack Sharf
With the futile excitement of a treadmill running at max speed, Mistress America, like its characters, is always going nowhere as fast as possible. Those characters lead run-on and half-started lives while they search for a New York experience that probably doesn’t exist anymore. This is familiar territory for writer-director Noah Baumbach, who’s While We’re Young explored a similar, if older pocket of East Coast hipster culture earlier this year. But rather than being a regression or a rehash, Mistress America brings with it a new cast of charmingly narcissistic Baumbach ditherers to love, mock, and walk around the neighborhood with.
The film stars Lola Kirke (Gone Girl) as Tracy, a freshman at one of those New York colleges where the classes are structured like group therapy, and the cool kids are the aspiring writers with leather briefcases. An adroit-for-her-age thinker but chronic slacker, Tracy’s self-sabotaging »
- Sam Woolf
"The Master" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has crafted "Junun," a 54 minute documentary about Anderson's regular musical collaborator Jonny Greenwood as he travels to India to record a record with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur.
The pair were hosted by the Maharaja of Jodhpur and the album was recorded in a 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort with a large number of famed musicians from the region.
"Junun" is slated to premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, but as for an eventual public release - no word on that as yet.
Source: Nyff »
- Garth Franklin
Chicago – “Mistress America” is a movie that works best in small doses. The film is chock-full of special moments, lines, and fragments of scenes, but it never really comes together as a cohesive film. I could see it easily taking on a second life once it hits streaming and YouTube.
As a 30-second distillation of a funny thought, idea, or insight it’s actually quite charming. The script by star Greta Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach has scores of quotable dialogue and beautifully written windows into a specific type of literary ennui, and the anxiety of trying to find your place in the world – but taken en masse it’s more exhausting than liberating.
Part of that is due to Gerwig’s character. She’s a 30-year-old motormouth and seemingly flighty at the same time, imparting both big personal bombshells and wild harebrained schemes in the same offhand way »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Whatever is in the air that led to three major filmmakers doing low key or even “secret” documentaries this year, we love it. Christopher Nolan just debuted Quay, his 8-minute short about animators the Quay Brothers. Noah Baumbach worked with Jake Paltrow on De Palma, a portrait of director Brian De Palma which will premiere at the […]
- Russ Fischer
Since its beginning in 1963, the New York Film Festival has grown into one of the more anticipated stops for film fans on the festival circuit, with the 2014 incarnation of the festival alone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s Gone Girl make their world premiere at the event. As the festival’s importance has grown, the lineup presented has also piqued the interest of film fans. With the 2015 event set to run from September 25th to October 11th, a second wave of the lineup has now been announced to go with the previous Main Slate announcement.
The festival had previously announced that Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk would be the opening night film, making its World Premiere at the event, and the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead would be the closing night feature, also making its World Premiere. The following films, with their official synopses, will also be playing at the event. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Following its announcement of its Main Slate and Projections titles, the New York Film Festival springs a few surprises with the lineups for its Special Events and Revivals sections—not the least of which is a new film by Paul Thomas Anderson. More highlights: Athina Rachel Tsangari's Chevalier, Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary on Brian De Palma, Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, revivals of King Hu's A Touch of Zen, Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers with Annie Girardot and Alain Delon—and more. » - David Hudson »
Read More: Don Cheadle's Directorial Debut 'Miles Ahead' to Close 53rd New York Film Festival The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineups for the Special Events and Revivals programs that will take place during the 53rd New York Film Festival. The Special Events lineup features important new films and premieres, while the Revivals selection includes 11 international films that have been digitally remastered, restored and preserved with the assistance of partners like Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation. Some of this year's titles include László Nemes' Auschwitz drama "Son of Saul," which took home the Grand Prix at Cannes, as well as Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's documentary "De Palma" and Paul Thomas Anderson's secret Jonny Greenwood documentary "Junun." Nyff will run from September 25 - October 11. Check out the full slate for this year's festival below: Special Events Filmmaker in Residence »
- Kaeli Van Cott
The New York Film Festival (September 25-October 11) has more than a few surprises up its sleeve this year as the fest's Special Events and Revivals programs unveil. It's how the festival expands its narrow main selection, making room for documentaries and other special programming. (We still don't understand why Hungarian Oscar entry "Son of Saul" (Sony Pictures Classics) didn't make it into the mainbar. ) Making its North American premiere in the Special Events section after a Venice debut is Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s film portrait "De Palma," chronicling director Brian De Palma’s six-decade-long career and his personal life and views on filmmaking. Also returning to Nyff after debuting "Inherent Vice" at the fest last year, friend of fest director Kent Jones Paul Thomas Anderson will present his first documentary, "Junun," following his collaborating composer Jonny Greenwood's journey to India to record an album with Israeli »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Directing documentaries in secret seems to be the trendy thing to do among A-list filmmakers at the moment. We’ve already had Christopher Nolan’s short film “Quay,” which premiered a few days ago, and Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s “De Palma” will screen at Venice in a few weeks. But the biggest news of all has just arrived, with the New York Film Festival revealing that they’re world-premiering a new documentary from Paul Thomas Anderson. Read More: Supercut Breaks Down The Influence Of Martin Scorsese On Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' Pretty much unheard of before now, “Junun” (which runs 55-minutes, so is technically a short) sees the “Boogie Nights” and “Inherent Vice” helmer accompany frequent collaborator, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, to Rajasthan in northwest India to see Greenwood record an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and a host of famous world musicians. Described »
- Oliver Lyttelton
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Sour, acidic leading characters in cinema are difficult to pull off. Audiences are already inured to charming, heroic protagonists and often repelled by their opposite. But Woody Allen managed unlikable characters for years, Noah Baumbach has successfully taken that mantle, Alex Ross Perry does a wonderful job of it in his latest film, and the delicate balance is usually either a charismatic lead that offsets the corrosiveness (Jason Schwartzman in “Listen Up Philip” for a very recent example), or a performance so unflinchingly committed and toxic they becomes utterly captivating (Nicole Kidman in “Margot At The Wedding” or Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" for a recent example). First-time feature-film writer/director John Magary attempts this tricky feat with his debut indie "The Mend," and mostly misses the mark with irredeemable, unlikable and hopeless characters you don’t want to spend. »
- Rodrigo Perez
If Noah Baumbach keeps churning out films at his current pace (this is his second feature of the year after the charming While We’re Young), he may just become the next Woody Allen. His vision of New York is certainly in keeping with Allen’s, however, Mistress America has more in common with the director’s 1970s screwball comedies, as opposed to his more recent dramatic outings (and thank goodness for it).
The story, such as it is, sees college Lit loner Tracy (Lola Kirke) compelled to look up her future step-sister Brooke (Baumbach’s partner and co-writer Greta Gerwig) during one particularly despondent, disappointing evening. She ditches her pie-for-one and ventures into the great unknown, meeting Brooke at Times Square before engaging in a much-needed evening of talking, bonding and drinking.
Brooke provides the spark that Tracy needs to get her life in order, with »
- Lewis Howse
Want to debunk the myth and the mystery of the manic pixie dream girl? There’s a wrong way to do that… and an oh-so marvelously right way. I’m “biast” (pro): love Greta Gerwig
I’m “biast” (con): really tired of manic pixie dream girls
I have not read the source material for Paper Towns
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Here we go again. Lonely, misunderstood teen — a boy, of course — discovers life and adventure and excitement via kooky gorgeous “miracle” neighbor: who is a girl, of course. Margo (Cara Delevingne: The Face of an Angel, Anna Karenina) is prone to wearing black nail polish and saying things like “I’m a big believer in random capitalization” and climbing into the bedroom window of Quentin (Nat Wolff: The Fault in Our Stars, Palo Alto) in the middle of the night to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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