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Also, as previously reported, Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar will be presented with the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award.
That ceremony will take place on October 27. Born in Oxford and educated in Jordan and the U.K., Nowar’s first feature “Theeb” is an intimate epic with Western overtones set in a Bedouin community with real Bebouins as actors. “Theeb” recently scooped the director nod in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section. Pic, which will launch into the Middle East from Abu Dhabi, has been supported by Abu Dhabi’s Sanad fund in development and post.
- Nick Vivarelli
Producer Cassian Elwes (“The Butler,” Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert”) has boarded Guillermo Amoedo’s “Eli Roth Presents The Stranger,” produced by Eli Roth, Nicolas López and Miguel Asensio, that has just won the first Blood Window Best Ibero-American Prize at Spain’s Sitges Festival, Europe’s biggest genre fest meet.
CAA and Elwes will represent U.S. rights to the “The Stranger”; Elwes will also take an executive producer credit on the supernatural thriller.
In another deal, Arianne Fraser’s L.A.-based Highland Film Group (Hfg), which successfully sold Eugenio Dérbez’s “Instructions Not Included” around the world, has acquired international sales rights to the directorial debut of Uruguay-born but Chile-based Amoedo, a co-scribe on López’s “Aftershock” and Roth’s positively-received cannibal adventure “The Green Inferno” and upcoming “Knock Knock,” Roth’s first non-horror movie, with Keanu Reeves.
Blood Window, the genre mart of Latin America mart-meet Ventana Sur, »
- John Hopewell
In today's roundup on cinema-related books, we preview Peter Labuza's Approaching the End: Imagining Apocalypse in American Film, Jason Bailey's The Ultimate Woody Allen Companion, Frederic Lombardi’s Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios, The George Kuchar Reader (edited by Andrew Lampert), Be Sand, Not Oil. The Life and Work of Amos Vogel (with a forward by Werner Herzog), David Cronenberg's Consumed, Cary Elwes's As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride and Russell Brand's Revolution. » - David Hudson »
Paris is Burning: Schlondorff Continues Plumbing the Depths of WWII
Playwright Cyril Gely (who also wrote the play upon which Safy Nebbou’s 2010 film Dumas was based), adapts his own play, Diplomacy for Volker Schlondorff. Though the film isn’t far removed from its roots as a stage play, Schlondorff gets its energy from the performances of two French cinematic alums, often settling for the single chamber setting of their deliberation, infrequently stepping into the ravaged outdoors to show us the scuffling, frantic, wartorn desperation going on within the streets of Paris on the eve of liberation during WWII.
Volker Schlondorff, a titan that hails from the New German Wave, has been steadily working since then, though his recent works are often overlooked or ignored, still wallowing in the shadows of masterworks like The Tin Drum or The Lost Honor of Katharine Blum. Contemporaries like Wim Wenders, Werner Herzog »
- Nicholas Bell
One of my favorite moments ever in a documentary comes from Encounters at the End of the World, where Werner Herzog follows a single penguin, of which he believes is depressed. It is such a strange and wonderful tangent in the film, and Herzog's narration makes it so entertaining. Well, now that he is shifting into the self parody phase of his career, he is back to narrating penguins, this time for the upcoming Dreamworks animated film Penguins of Madagascar. His addition to the film can be heard in a new clip from the movie, which you can watch below. I am not a fan of the previous Madagascar movies. I do not find them particularly funny, but this clip made me snicker a couple of times. I am not in a desperate need to see this movie, but I won't hate myself walking into the theater. As for Herzog, »
- Mike Shutt
Audience Q&As at a film festival can be a mixed bag. At the World Premiere screening for Tuesday night’s Algren, a man waved at Director Michael Caplan, who recognized the man from a coffee shop earlier in the day. During the Q&A for Red Army, Director Gabe Polsky charmingly asked his grandmother (correction: Babushka), in Russian, what she thought of his movie.
On the other side of the coin, they can result in tedious questions (and even more tedious answers) about getting licensing for archival material or audience members outright interrupting and berating the director, like a man who asked about the “sociology” behind Russian athletics. Sometimes people just like to hear themselves talk.
In fairness, it takes finesse to ask the right questions and tailor the right answers so you can tell a good story. This holds true for the two documentaries I watched Tuesday night at Ciff. »
- Brian Welk
This first four minutes gives us a deeper look into their adventure, that opens on 5th December in the UK, and is frantically madcap as you’d expect but also quite funny…if silly animation with some quick quips is to your fancy.
Take a sneak peek at the Antarctic documentary footage that finds our favourite foursome embarking on their first adventure – with a special appearance by filmmaker Werner Herzog! Here you go:
Penguins Of Madagascar will let us discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, »
- Dan Bullock
In today's roundup of goings on in the States and abroad, we gather previews and videos related to a Bill Morrison retrospective, Jon Ronson's documentary on the thousand or so sealed boxes Stanley Kubrick left behind, exhibitions of photographs by Chris Marker and Werner Herzog, a new Super 8 film by Steve McQueen, a series of Argentine cinema programmed by Matías Piñeiro, an exhibition about the artist known as Cameron, a muse for Kenneth Anger and Curtis Harrington, and a series of films by Satyajit Ray. » - David Hudson »
On the evening of October 14, 1944, the day Udo Kier was born Udo Kierspe in Cologne, the hospital was bombed and Udo and his mother had to be dug out of the rubble. It'd be nearly thirty years before Kier would break through internationally in Paul Morrissey's Flesh for Frankenstein and Blood for Dracula. He's since appeared in over 200 films directed by the likes of Lars von Trier, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Dario Argento, Werner Herzog, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Rob Zombie, John Carpenter, Guy Maddin and the list goes on. » - David Hudson »
Meet the young Penguins of Madagascar in a special 4-Minute sneak preview of the new 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation spin-off, coming to theaters this November.
This latest look at the animated adventure shows us Skipper (Tom McGrath), Rico (John Di Maggio) and Kowalski (Jeff Bennett) on their first mission as they attempt to save an egg from being eaten by seals. Their impressive skills in retrieving the egg convince them that maybe they should defy mother nature and head off on their own. Of course, their celebration is short lived after the egg reveals itself to contain a whole new world of problems.
Penguins of Madagascar will expose the secrets of the most entertaining and mysterious birds in the global espionage game: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. The flightless birds must join forces with the chic spy organization, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, »
Werner Herzog wants to teach you about penguins. We had no idea that the filmmaker with one of the world’s best voices had lent his talents to the DreamWorks Animation spin-off The Penguins of Madagascar. And yet here he is, as the voice of a documentarian leading a crew shooting footage of penguins in their […]
The post Werner Herzog Voices a Documentary Filmmaker in ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Clip appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
DreamWorks Animation has a habit of creating devious side characters that eventually garner enough fan attention to warrant their own spinoff. First, we had the Zorro-inspired Puss in Boots back in 2011 and now, the studio is releasing The Penguins of Madagascar this holiday season.
During the recent panel at New York Comic-Con, DreamWorks unveiled a lengthy clip that introduces us to origin tale of everyone’s favourite flightless motley crew: Rico, Skipper, Kowalski and Private. The above footage also contains a very special filmic Easter Egg in the form of Werner Herzog, who makes a cameo appearance as a documentary filmmaker.
It’s understood that Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich will also play a part in the animated film, with the former playing the aptly named husky Agent Classified, while Malkovich will embody the movie’s chief villain, Dr. Octavius Brine.
With an animated television show already in the ether »
- Michael Briers
The Penguins of Madagascar also star in their own animated TV series, which has been running since 2008.
The animated film will open in Us cinemas on November 26, and debuts on December 5 in the UK. »
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
★★★★☆It's always heartening to witness a triumphant return to filmmaking form, and David Gordon Green's Joe (2013) represents something of a double whammy. The American director's strong grasp of character and setting was evident in his other feature from last year, Prince Avalanche (2013), but Joe sees Green masterfully back on top form. The second delight here is the casting of Nicolas Cage in the titular role. Green manages to draw out his best performance in years. He's much more grounded and less theatrical than his show-stopping turn in Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009), and it chimes perfectly with the oppressive and foreboding tone of this alluring slice of Southern Gothic.
- CineVue UK
The good folks at Cinephilia & Beyond have dug up a vintage 45-minute interview with famed cinematographer Roger Deakins, who shot the Coens' existential noir "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001) in black-and-white. It's a fascinating look back at this unsung masterwork of light and shadow. (And I think at one point he mispronounces Werner Herzog as "Werner Herzburger.") More recently, Deakins shot Angelina Jolie's upcoming "Unbroken," and back in January we talked to Deakins about the film and the digital vs. 35mm debate. Below is an excerpt from that interview, which you can read in full here. Anne Thompson: Tell me about Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken," which you're shooting right now. What are some of the challenges on that film? Roger Deakins: We've shot for four weeks. Every film is a challenge in a different way. The film is about Louis Zamperini. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Brad Anderson's The MacHinist remains one of the most nightmarish films of the last ten years and also a striking moment in the career of Christian Bale. Bale filmed the thriller just before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. For The MacHinist, Bale lost 62 pounds and appeared skeletal onscreen, a feat he would repeat for Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn. But, for Batman, Bale immediately bulked up to his original weight plus another 60 lbs. To say this is evidence of his »
- Alex Maidy
Back in May, in a dispatch from Cannes, the New York Times' Manohla Dargis called Red Army "one of the festival’s most pleasurable surprises." It's a "documentary about the rise and fall of Soviet hockey" that features Vyacheslav Fetisov, "the former ice hockey god… who helped lead the Soviet team to two Olympic gold medals and one silver as well as seven world championships in the 1970s and ’80s." Director Gabe Polsky and his brother, Alan Polsky, are co-producers of His Way, a documentary about Jerry Weintraub, and of Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Red Army, Gabe's directorial debut, is now at the New York Film Festival, and we've got reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
Werner Herzog is one of my all time favourite directors. Ever since watching his take on Nosferatu, I knew I was hooked. Exploring both his fictional and documentary films, you will find a fascinating body of work. Sure, some of his opinions I really don’t agree with (I’m talking about you, Into the Abyss and Death Row) but whether you agree with the content or not, a film with Herzog’s name on it will at least touch you in one way.
The British Film Institute recently released a 10 disc box set of some of Herzog’s films. Over the coming weeks (and maybe months) I will be going through each disc. Part review. Part retrospective. Hopefully you will join me on my Herzogian journey.
Whether you are a fan of Herzog or a newcomer to his work, I hope you at least get something out of this. »
- Mondo Squallido
Fangs, but no fangs. That was the instinctive response of many when Dracula Untold went into production. In the wake of the I, Frankenstein debacle, hasn't Hollywood sucked the blood out of enough classic texts in the hope of financial gain? Yet this fusion of Bram Stoker's vampire with the legend of Vlad the Impaler is surprisingly full of life, boosted by terrific performances and an engaging story that unravels at a perfect pace.
Luke Evans is an excellent choice to play the morally conflicted Transylvanian prince Vlad, his beguiling screen presence seducing us into understanding the character's motivations. Does he sacrifice 1,000 boys and his own son in order to stave off an invasion from the Turks, led by Dominic Cooper's Sultan Mehmed II - a villain »
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