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A conversation with Marah Strauch on Carl Boenish turned to John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths, starring Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster and Gene Hackman, German mountain films by Arnold Fanck with Luis Trenker and Leni Riefenstahl, Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and Les Blank's Burden Of Dreams with a touch of Caspar David Friedrich and a beam of Donovan's Sunshine Superman.
The Sunshine Superman here is Carl Boenish, the founder of Base jumping. Breathtaking aerial footage shot by Boenish and his colleagues accompanies a glimpse into the development of the extreme sport, always close to the edge, head in the clouds. It is a film filled with light and air with a refreshing lack of cynicism. Director Strauch in interviews with Boenish's wife Jean explores how the private man, the scholar of Christian Science and the »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage. Vulture has published the first chapter of a new edition of Werner Herzog‘s Of Walking in Ice: Saturday […] »
- TFS Staff
In 1974, director-madman Werner Herzog walked from Munich to Paris in a show of support for his friend, the cancer-stricken fellow filmmaker Lotte Eisner. During his epic trek, Herzog kept a blessedly typical (for him) mystical and philosophical diary, which was eventually published in 1978 as Of Walking in Ice. To commemorate his journey, University of Minnesota Press has published a new edition of the book — Herzog will also be speaking about the text on June 15 at Manhattan's NeueHouse — and we have the first chapter for you here. Saturday 23 November 1974 Right after ﬁve hundred meters or so I made my ﬁrst stop, near the Pasinger Hospital, from where I wanted to turn west. With my compass I gauged the direction of Paris; now I know it. Achternbusch had jumped from the moving Vw van without getting hurt, then right away he tried again and broke his leg; now »
- Werner Herzog
As I’ve mentioned a few times already this year, horror is a genre that doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. The same goes for remakes in general, so when you discuss horror remakes, you can expect a distant lack of appreciation. Still, there are some gems to be found, and with the release this weekend of a Poltergeist remake, I wanted to count down the best that this sub-genre has to offer. You might think that there’s a complete dearth of quality, but I was able to find a solid handful of titles that make for a more than respectable lineup. Here now are the ten best horror remakes of all time: 10. Halloween – Not an incredibly popular choice, I know, but my heart has a soft spot within it for this one. I’m honestly not sure why, but I jived with what musician turned writer »
- Joey Magidson
According to Deadline, Edward Zwick is the latest name to be attached to Jack Reacher 2, Paramount's planned sequel to Christopher McQuarrie's Tom Cruise-starring action romp that was highlighted by a rare on-screen performance by Werner Herzog. Both Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, who wrote both Love & Other Drugs and The Last Samurai for Zwick, are in talks to re-write Richard Wenk's script for Jack Reacher 2, with Zwick presumably taking directorial duties for the film when all is said and done. It's an interesting direction for Zwick, who has spent most of his career making overtly sentimental period pieces that often garner quite a lot of interest around Oscar season, and could reveal a new side of the director's competent style. Many of Zwick's films involve action but they are all marked more by his fascination with heroics and humanism, which has had a long history of »
- Chris Cabin
Cargo Entertainment announced today that Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Take Shelter, Revolutionary Road) and Matthias Schweighöfer (Valkyrie) have been added to the cast of writer-director Siofra Campbell’s thriller The Price.
Shannon and Schweighöfer join Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), who plays the frantic mother of a kidnapped child who realizes that her ex-partner, played by Shannon, is the instigator and must deal with the fall-out when he is double-crossed.
Under the recently announced partnership between Marina Grasic’s Cargo Entertainment and Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International, Steinbauer, in her new role as Cargo’s President of Distribution, is handling foreign sales on the project at the ongoing Cannes Film Market.
Cargo represents worldwide rights to the film.
“I’m thrilled that Michael and Matthias have come on board to join Noomi on this remarkable film. Siofra has written a mind-blowing edge »
- Michelle McCue
When Carlos Reygadas’ debut “Japon” burst onto the scene in 2002, it heralded a new generation of bold Mexican filmmakers who racked up awards at key film festivals with ease. Reygadas and his protégé Amat Escalante won the director prize at Cannes in 2012 and 2013, respectively: Reygadas for his polarizing “Post Tenebras Lux” and Escalante for “Heli.”
Since last year, a second wave of Mexican cineastes has emerged, some of whom straddle both auteur and mainstream genres. In contrast to the high-art, radical or minimalist features that have characterized much of the early New Mexican Cinema, these filmmakers are exploring both worlds.
Some credit goes to the relatively new fiscal incentive Eficine 189, which has spurred private investment in film. “Eficine has allowed for more options in general and for more options to try different formats,” says Pablo Cruz of Canana, which lead-produced this year’s Un Certain Regard entry “The Chosen Ones” (Las Elegidas, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.
First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »
- Brian Welk
The previewing of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, opening tomorrow and running through May 24, began last month as we posted notes on each of the films lined up in the Official Selection and the Classics program as well as for the Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week. We're collecting lists of the most anticipated films—and then there's the Market. Variety previews projects in the works coming from Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Terence Davies, Bruno Dumont, Tom Ford, Marc Forster, Rupert Friend, Florian Gallenberger, Bette Gordon, Werner Herzog, Ron Howard, John Krokidas, Claude Lelouch, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Steven Shainberg, Giuseppe Tornatore and many more. » - David Hudson »
The Italian auteur is to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival in August.
Italian director Marco Bellocchio is to be honored with the Pardo d’onore Swisscom at this year’s Locarno Film Festival.
Bellocchio’s debut feature Fists In The Pocket screened at Locarno in 1965, winning the Vela d’argento, and the film will play again this year as a special Piazza Grande screening on August 14. The restored print is being sold internationally by The Match Factory.
Bellocchio will also take part in a masterclass in the Spazio Cinema.
A regular visitor to Locarno, the Italian auteur’s Victory March played in competition in 1976. He was president of the jury in 1997 and in 1998, the Festival featured a major retrospective of his work.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Film4’s programme of open-air screenings at London’s Somerset House will kick off with Anne Fontaine’s comedy Gemma Bovery starring Gemma Arterton, based on the character by British writer Posy Simmonds.
Film4 Summer Screen (August 6-19) will feature 14 nights of open air films at Somerset House, accompanied by a series of talks and special events in Behind the Screen.
The line up will also include Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, Wrath of God »
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From finished films in competition to big packages on the horizon, here’s the hottest titles from around the world up for grabs at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Director: Marc Forster
Film centers on a blind woman and her husband who, upon restoration of her sight, begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage and their lives.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Key cast: Shia Labeouf
A runaway teenager gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law-bending and young love.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures
Director: Ewan McGregor
- Variety Staff
The Locarno Film Festival will celebrate veteran Italian auteur Marco Bellocchio with its Pardo d’onore Swisscom and also screen the freshly restored version of his 1965 debut, dysfunctional family drama “Fists in the Pocket.”
“Fists” was pretty incendiary in its day, starring a Brando-esque Lou Castel as a rich young epileptic tearing apart his family with fratricide, matricide and even suggested sister incest. It first screened at Locarno.
“We are showing the film in a restored print as both an appropriate tribute to the start of his trajectory as a major filmmaker, and an indication of a programming policy that has remained faithful to its principles,” said Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement.
The restored print produced by Bellocchio’s Kavac Film and executed by the Cineteca di Bologna film archives and its “L’immagine ritrovata” laboratories, with support from Giorgio Armani, will screen on Locarno’s Piazza »
- Nick Vivarelli
Seeking the Monkey KingIt is all too fitting that a film series focusing on “3D in the 21st Century” should feature the work of Ken Jacobs. More than any other single avant-garde filmmaker, Jacobs has explored the pulsating, tremulous frontier where images hit the eyes, and a great deal of his exploration over the last 30+ years—beginning with his experiments with the Pulfrich filter and his development of the dual projection “Nervous System”—has involved three-dimensional illusionism, that ambiguous perceptual space where flatness and depth wrestle in the optical mind. Historically, aesthetically, and technologically, it would make no sense to consider cinema in three dimensions without including Jacobs’ contributions.But there’s more at stake in Jacobs’ presence in the Bam’s 3D series. No mere formalist, Jacobs has been a tireless artistic whistleblower, documenting and cataloging the ugliest aspects of American culture. From blackface and animal torture in Star Spangled to Death, »
- Michael Sicinski
Online from the new issue of Film Comment are pieces on Albert Maysles, Martín Rejtman and Jang Jin, plus Matías Piñeiro on Carole Lombard in Alfred Hitchcock's Mr. & Mrs. Smith and more. Also in today's roundup: A crowd-funding campaign for Orson Welles, a conversation with Gina Telaroli, a profile of J. Hoberman, wisdom from Frederick Wiseman, a new book on Errol Morris, another one by Werner Herzog, a review of Thom Andersen's The Thoughts That Once We Had, "Genetic Engineering, Slavery, and Immortality in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner"—and more. » - David Hudson »
Slow West director John Maclean: "It really came about in the writing stage. It started feeling a little more like a fairy tale and coming of age." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Find out what Pier Paolo Pasolini, John Ford, fairy tales, Werner Herzog, Quentin Tarantino, Ben Mendelsohn in David Michôd's Animal Kingdom, and Andrew Robertt mean to Slow West director John Maclean. What two-trick ponies do for Michael Fassbender as Silas, and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Scottish lad, Jay Cavendish, in the American West, on their search to find Jay's beloved Rose (Caren Pistorius) is unexpected and humorous. Mendelsohn's outlaw Payne enters painlessly into the picture, dressed in an enormous furry coat, to compete for the boy's soul and the bounty set on Rose's head.
Anne-Katrin Titze: You start with once upon a time and then you show someone shooting at stars, then Native Americans walking around in blankets in »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
THR reports that UK-based distributor Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog's hotly awaited "Into the Inferno," and that the film will be taken to the Cannes Marche du Film. Filming will finally begin this year in North Korea before production then heads to Indonesia, Italy, Hawaii, Iceland and Eritrea. In the film, expected to be wrapped and ready for release by 2016, Herzog trails volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, whom he first met while filming "Encounters at the End of the World" in Antarctica. Together they will travel the world in search of active volcanoes to explore the societies that live under the ever-looming threat of eruption. Read More: Werner Herzog Is Directing a Volcano Disaster Movie Called "Salt and Fire" The genesis of this globe-spanning 3D IMAX documentary epic (a la his glorious "Cave of Forgotten Dreams") began when Herzog visited a volcano in 1977 for his early documentary "La. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s volcano documentary “Into the Inferno,” and will screen a teaser clip to buyers at the Cannes Market on May 15.
Herzog, who won best director at Cannes with “Fitzcarraldo” in 1982, teams up with one of the world’s leading volcanologists, Professor Clive Oppenheimer, author of “Eruptions That Shook the World,” to bring the story of the relationship between volcanoes, our planet and human society to the screen.
Filming will start this year in North Korea and then across the globe, including Indonesia, Italy, Hawaii, Iceland and Eritrea. Expected delivery is 2016.
Oli Harbottle, head of distribution at Dogwoof, negotiated the deal with Andre Singer and Richard Melman of Spring Films, the U.K. co-producer, in association with co-producers Herzog Film and Matter of Fact Media, for Dogwoof to handle the sale of all international rights, excluding Canada. Dogwoof will also act as U. »
- Leo Barraclough
Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.
London-based Dogwoof has acquired worldwide rights to Werner Herzog’s long-gestating volcano documentary Into The Inferno. A teaser clip of the film, in pre-production, will be screened by Dogwoof to buyers as part of their Cannes Marche promo reel on May 15.
Herzog, whose documentary films include Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams, will explore why, where and how human civilization is inextricably linked with volcanoes. Filmed around the world, Herzog will team up with volcanologist Professor Clive Oppenheimer to tell the story of the relationship between volcanoes, our planet and human society.
Dogwoof head of distribution Oli Harbottle negotiated the deal with André Singer and Richard Melman of Spring Films, the UK co-producer (in association with co-producers Herzog Film and Matter of Fact Media), for Dogwoof to handle the sale of all international rights, excluding Canada »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Chicago – As the Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) – a film festival as programmed by the members of the Chicago Film Critics Association – heads into its last four nights, the variety and depth of the films that are being screened continues to astound and entertain. It all takes place at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, May 4 through 7, 2015.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offer this preview of the final four nights of films. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald) – to indicate the author – or encapsulates the official synopsis from the festival.
’Quitters’ Screens on Monday, May 4th, at the Chicago Critics Film Festival
Photo credit: Chicago Critics Film Festival
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