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Film Review: 'After the Night'

2 hours ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆Selected as part of the Directors' Fortnight strand at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Basil da Cunha's feature debut After the Night (2013) paints an initially intriguing picture of nocturnal life in Lisbon's crime-ridden suburbs, but ultimately fails to match its style with the substance needed to genuinely grip. Our guide through the halflight is the dreadlocked Sombra (Pedro Ferreira), a destitute ex-con on the run after a local crime lord decides to collects his debts in full. With only a pet bearded dragon (da Cunha here recalling Werner Herzog's similar fascination with reptiles in 2009's Bad Lieutenant) and a rusty machete as allies, Sombra leads us across the rooftops as he attempts to avoid the gun-toting gang.

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- CineVue UK

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Russian Hockey Doc ‘Red Army’

10 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to “Red Army,” on the heels of the sports documentary being tapped for the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Screening Section.

The film, directed by Gabe Polsky, centers on the Red Army hockey team from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov and his transformation from national hero to political enemy.

“We can’t wait to present this film to audiences everywhere,” said Sony Classics toppers Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. “This is Russian history as seen from the perspective of professional ice hockey.”

The film was executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, Werner Herzog, and Liam Satre-Meloy.

Bob Lange of Kleinberg Lange represented the producers of “Red Army” in the distribution deal with Sony.

 

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- Dave McNary

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Spc takes Cannes entry Red Army

14 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has picked up all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to the documentary from filmmaker Gabe Polsky.

Red Army will be a special screening on the Croisette and chronicles the highs and lows of the Soviet Union hockey team during the 1970s and 80s from the perspective of its captain Slava Fetisov.

“At its heart, this is a film about the Russian soul,” said Los Angeles-based filmmaker Polsky. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with Tom [Bernard] and Michael [Barker] and very excited to present the film in Cannes.”

Jerry Weintraub, Werner Herzog and Liam Satre-Meloy served as executive producers.

Polsky is best known for producing Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant in 2009 and co-directing The Motel Life, starring Emile Hirsh and Stephen Dorff, which won the audience award and screenplay prize at the Rome Film Festival in 2012.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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William Friedkin on 'Sorcerer,' Legal Battles, and How 'Star Wars' Changed Everything

20 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Thirty-seven years ago, director William Friedkin knew who was responsible for the critical and commercial failure of his "Exorcist" follow-up, 1977's allegorical action-adventure "Sorcerer": Darth Vader.

"Sorcerer" opened about a month after "Star Wars," replacing it at Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, for instance, only to be pulled a week later (after slow sales) and replaced by "Star Wars." To Friedkin, George Lucas's blockbuster had displaced not just "Sorcerer" but the entire movement of American director-driven cinema that had flourished in the early 1970s, to be supplanted ever-after by assembly-line franchise and action films designed more to make money than to create art.

These days, the 78-year-old Friedkin is more philosophical about "Sorcerer," acknowledging in his 2013 memoir "The Friedkin Connection" the role his own creative decisions played in the film's negative reception. For one thing, his hubris in remaking a classic (Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 adventure "The Wages of Fear") earned »

- Gary Susman

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Cannes calls These Final Hours

22 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

These Final Hours, an Apocalyptic thriller from first-time writer-director Zak Hilditch, will screen at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors. Fortnight section in May.

Its selection enhances the Australian profile at the festival with David Michôd.s The Rover getting a midnight screening out of competition and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country showing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

.I think it.s every director.s dream to have their work screen in Cannes. This is a huge achievement for everyone who worked on the film,. Hilditch told If on Tuesday night.

In a joint statement with his producer Liz Kearney, he continued, .We are feeling so excited and proud to have our debut feature film selected for Directors' Fortnight. We are really looking forward to sharing These Final Hours with an international audience for the first time and could not ask for a better platform to premiere the film internationally in. »

- Don Groves

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What I Watched, What You Watched #241

20 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This week involved a lot of movies at home, including the new Blu-ray for Double Indemnity, the new Blu-ray for William Friedkin's Sorcerer (read my review here) and, last night, I watched Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God on Fandor.com as I'll be reviewing 16 of Herzog's upcoming movies leading up to Shout Factory's release of Herzog: The Collection Limited Edition on July 29. The set includes Even Dwarfs Started Small, Nosferatu The Vampyre, Land Of Silence And Darkness, Fitzcarraldo, Fata Morgana, Ballad Of Little Soldier, Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, Where The Green Ants Dream, The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser, Cobra Verde, Heart Of Glass, Lessons Of Darkness, Stroszek, Little Dieter Needs To Fly, Woyzeck and My Best Fiend and Fandor will be releasing one new title each week leading up to the release, each in HD. Of that lot, I've only seen Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo before, »

- Brad Brevet

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Wim Wenders Sets Sail for Cannes, But Where Is 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'?

18 April 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Among the many surprises in the yummy Cannes Film Festival lineup is the absence of German auteur Wim Wenders' eagerly awaited 3D redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," once thought to be a Main Competition candidate. But we will see "The Salt of the Earth," a documentary Wenders codirected by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, which makes room for edgier fare. Plus, the Cannes vet and two-time Fipresci prize winner's Palme d'Or-anointed classic "Paris, Texas" (1984) will also screen in the Classics section. It could be that "Every Thing Will Be Fine" will take the alternative, late-summer route to Venice, especially given that one of his upcoming projects is a 3D tribute to Venetian architecture. Or, even later, it could head to Telluride, where Wenders likes to hang with buddy Werner Herzog, or even his home town festival Berlin next February, where his first foray into 3D documentary, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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16 Werner Herzog Films Find a Home with Fandor! Also, What’s Fandor?

17 April 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Werner Herzog is no stranger to film fans, but it’s possible that Fandor is. If like me you’re a fan of the former yet blindly unaware of the latter then this news may be very welcome indeed. Fandor is a streaming video service featuring feature films and shorts from all around the world, and while their catalog includes just about every genre the titles are far from the typical ones available on Netflix or at your local Redbox. The site’s tagline is “All for film,” and it’s clear immediately that they truly do love cinema thanks not only to the availability of obscure titles but also in the clean simplicity of the layout. The service costs $10/month or $90/year, but you can get a free two week trial to check things out and see if it’s for you. I’m neck-deep in the site now and will have a proper review of »

- Rob Hunter

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12 Must-See Films About Environmental Disasters

17 April 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

With Earth Day coming up next week, it’s the time of year to highlight documentaries dealing with our planet and its well-being. In other words, we’ve got environmentalism films to recommend. For our first list devoted to this theme, I’m interested specifically in the low points, the damage that’s been done to the earth, some of it ongoing and some of it remedied. These docs look at disasters like pollution, oil spills, changes to eco-systems and more. And they aren’t all necessarily issue films devoted to making a difference. Most are simply a look at what’s been done. All are necessary works to remind us, maybe affect us, but also to stimulate us in other ways, too. Below are 12 nonfiction features — a few of them Oscar nominees and a couple of them outright masterpieces — from Werner Herzog, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Noriaka Tsuchimoto, Joe Berlinger »

- Nonfics.com

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:

Alleluia

Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers

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Werner Herzog's 5th Rogue Film School to Land This Summer in La

11 April 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

If there is list of filmmakers out there with plenty to teach about the art of cinema, Werner Herzog would have to be towards the top. Lucky for aspiring directors, he is doing just that. Werner Herzog has announced he'll be hosting his fifth weekend-long "Rogue Film School" this August 22-25 in Los Angeles. Past seminars have taken place in La, London, and New Jersey. If you think this is a standard Robert McKee-style seminar, you are dead wrong. Just take a look at this description from the release: Some of the topics covered will be the art of lock picking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The...

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Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking

11 April 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Of the many (we're talking many) wildly entertaining stories about Werner Herzog's penchant for inspired eccentricity and fascination, perhaps the earliest is the story of Herzog stealing a 35mm camera from Munich Film School in order to become a filmmaker, something he considered "a necessity" rather than theft. Now, Herzog is going to teach more filmmakers how to take what is necessary rather than wait for permission at Rogue Film School. The fifth in a series of seminars and the third in Los Angeles (with others in New Jersey and London), Rogue Film School is a seminar taking place over the course of five days in a hotel conference room from Friday to Monday evening, August 22-25, in what will be an intimate classroom setting. What exactly will be covered? Herzog's lessons include the art of lock-picking, traveling on foot, the exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully (as demonstrated »

- Max O'Connell

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Watch: 2-Hour Evening With Werner Herzog; Shout Factory Releasing Limited 16-Film 'Herzog: The Collection' Box Set

11 April 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are filmmakers and then there's Werner Herzog, with his distinctive, unique form of features and documentaries carving out a special place in cinematic history. His oeuvre is large and you might not know where to begin or how to start. But don't worry, Shout Factory has you covered. The home video company is issuing a limited edition (only 5,000 copies!) box set, "Herzog: The Collection," featuring 16 of his acclaimed films and documentaries, 15 of which are making their Blu-ray debuts. Damn. The movies included are: "Even Dwarfs Started Small," "Land of Silence and Darkness," "Fata Morgana," "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser," "Heart of Glass," "Stroszek," "Woyzeck," "Nosferatu the Vampyre," "Fitzcarraldo," "Ballad of the Little Soldier," "Where the Green Ants Dream," "Cobra Verde," "Lessons of Darkness," "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" and "My Best Fiend." To hold you over until you can devour those films, here's an extensive, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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With 'Joe,' Nic Cage Gives His Best Performance Since 'Bad Lieutenant,' Insists He's Always Indie (Videos)

9 April 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Back in 2010, in a Career Watch column on Nic Cage, I wrote: "A solid marquee draw in the right project, cash-strapped Nic Cage, 46, is taking on too many roles, increasing the odds that he'll pick weak vehicles and make audiences forget what a daring and gifted actor he is. After 60 movies, he's starting to repeat himself." Four years later, Cage seems to have figured this out. He pulled back from taking on so many roles, moved to Las Vegas with his family, and focused on finding just the right part. Thankfully, he found a way to return to naturalism with David Gordon Green's hardscrabble drama "Joe" (Roadside Attractions, April 11), in which Cage gives his most contained and best performance since his drug-addicted out-of-control police lieutenant in Werner Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." "I realize people have to make a story about my comeback or return to form, »

- Anne Thompson

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Nicole Kidman says she hasn't seen the final 'Grace of Monaco' cut yet

5 April 2014 8:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles (AP) — With several films set to debut this year, including such disparate turns as a taxidermist villainess, mysterious amnesiac and an actress-turned-princess, Nicole Kidman will again become a familiar face in theaters. While maintaining a steady presence in Hollywood for more than two decades, the 46-year-old Academy Award winner has been focusing more in recent years on raising her two daughters with husband and country star Keith Urban — away from the spotlight in Nashville, Tenn. For her latest role in "The Railway Man," out April 11, the "Moulin Rouge" and "The Hours" star plays a supportive wife to World War II veteran Eric Lomax (Colin Firth). In the autobiographical adaptation, Patti and Eric Lomax confront his past as a prisoner of war in Thailand, where he worked on the "death railway," a 258-mile stretch of treacherous train track running into Burma. Upcoming this year, Kidman will also play a villainess in "Paddington, »

- Derrik J. Lang, AP

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Kino Lorber takes 'Manuscripts'

3 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kino Lorber has acquired Us rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.

Rasoulof’s latest film marks a return to filmmaking after the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced him in 2010 to six years in jail and a 20-year filmmaking ban.

The prison term was subsequently reduced to one year. After flying to Iran in September 2013 with the intent to return to Hamburg later that month, Rasoulof’s passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities. He remains unable to leave Iran.

Rasoulof filmed Manuscripts Don’t Burn without federal permission and in order to maintain the safety of the film’s crew, their names have been removed from the film’s final credits. The story centres on an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs that the authorities want to destroy.

The drama screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last year where it won the Fipresci Prize. It also screened »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kino Lorber takes Manuscripts Don't Burn

3 April 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kino Lorber has acquired Us rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.

Rasoulof’s latest film marks a return to filmmaking after the Iranian Revolutionary Court sentenced him in 2010 to six years in jail and a 20-year filmmaking ban.

The prison term was subsequently reduced to one year. After flying to Iran in September 2013 with the intent to return to Hamburg later that month, Rasoulof’s passport was confiscated by Iranian authorities. He remains unable to leave Iran.

Rasoulof filmed Manuscripts Don’t Burn without federal permission and in order to maintain the safety of the film’s crew, their names have been removed from the film’s final credits. The story centres on an Iranian author secretly writing his memoirs that the authorities want to destroy.

The drama screened in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last year where it won the Fipresci Prize. It also screened »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The Motel Life review 'Heavy going, unformed and self-indulgent'

3 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Alan and Gabe Polsky's film about two hobo brothers on the run labours with heroes who are neither sympathetic or interesting

Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky have established themselves in the last five years as indie La producers with a line in literary projects: they reportedly own the rights to biographies of Freud and Einstein, and brought Werner Herzog's remake of Bad Lieutenant to the screen. One of their properties was a 2006 novel by the country singer Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life, about two hobo brothers on the run. James Franco was once said to be attached to direct, but the Polskys evidently decided to get the job done themselves and made their own joint directing debut with this 2012 film. Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch play brothers in Reno, Nevada, who are bonded by a tough childhood and have no one in their lives but each other. They do odd jobs, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Fandor Gets 16 Werner Herzog Films In Exclusive Deal

3 April 2014 1:34 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fandor, the streaming subscription site has secured exclusive subscription VOD distribution rights to a collection of 16 of Werner Herzog films from Shout! Factory. Beginning with "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," the films are set to bow on the curated service beginning April 10th with a new film launching each week through July 2014. "Fandor is actively acquiring great filmmakers’ libraries, from shorts to docs to features, providing significant curation and deep context for their audiences while mobilizing all into an active community," said Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor, who recently told Indiewire about his ambitious plans in his new position at Fandor.  "The addition of Werner Herzog's films furthers our mission to preserve and advance film culture by making important and oftentimes rare films accessible to wider audiences." In addition to "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," Fandor will feature "Ballad of the Little Soldier," "Cobra Verde," "Even Dwarfs Started »

- Paula Bernstein

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Watch: Remember Roger Ebert with This Moving Appreciation of His Writings on Werner Herzog

3 April 2014 9:59 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Roger Ebert's death and in memory of the late, great film critic who articulately taught us all to love and appreciate film, Fandor's Kevin B. Lee has put together a great video essay on Werner Herzog's classic "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972), with snippets from Ebert's Great Movies review. (Watch below.) "Aguirre," an imaginative retelling of ruthless Basque-Spanish conquistador Don Lope de Aguirre's (played by the untouchable Klaus Kinski) treacherous journey down the Amazon River in search of El Dorado, was Ebert's favorite Herzog film. It placed high on his Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. Ebert and the German auteur were longtime friends, so it's no surprise that in Ebert's memoir "Life Itself," Herzog gets a full chapter. It's a must-read for film fans, rife with moving anecdotes about their relationship and shared love of cinema. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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