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I was originally going to see James Franco's William Faulkner adaptation The Sound and Fury in Toronto on Friday, but I think I'm opting to see the Viggo Mortensen starrer Far from Men instead. After all, I doubt it will be long before this one is streaming or at least available domestically while Far from Men may take a little longer to find itself a domestic distributor. That said, the first clip from Franco's new movie has arrived as it will be having its world premiere this Friday at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. I caught Franco's previous Faulkner adaptation As I Lay Dying at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (read the review here) and it was an intriguing experimental piece, but the pace at which he churns these things out makes me wonder just how much »
- Brad Brevet
David Oelhoffen Talks ‘Loin des hommes’ (Far From Men) We are in Algeria in 1954, a time when the rebellion is steaming up. Two men from opposites sides of the fence find themselves in the circumstances of having to flee together across the Atlas mountains. Daru, played polyglotly by Viggo Mortensen, is a teacher who has to escort a villager accused of murder, Mohamed, interpreted by Reda Kateb. The two fellows will confront the unknown together in pursuit of their freedom. French director Daivid Oelhoffen describes the making of his latest film, running for 2014’s Golden Lion: How did ‘Far From Men’ work out as an adaptation of an Albert [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Set during the Algerian war for independence, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men stars Viggo Mortensen as Daru, a school teacher who must transport a prisoner, Mohamed, played Reda Keteb, to his trial. Daru, a former World War II captain, has done all he can to get away the violence of war, but is pulled right back into it with an assignment he can’t escape. Daru and Mohamed seemingly have nothing in common, and Daru resents the job, but over the course of his mission their relationship mirrors the larger war. To play the role, Mortensen had to rework his French,
- Ariston Anderson
The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.
The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.
Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.
The Two Faces of January Clip 1
The Two Faces of January Clip 2
- Marc Eastman
Taking the conventions of Western films to different countries, planets, time periods or political situations is hardly new, but when it's done well, it never gets old. The French-language “Far From Men,” aka “Loin des Hommes,” from writer/director David Oelhoffen, which transposes classic Western archetypes to the Algerian Civil War, is a terrific reminder of just that. It does not reinvent the wheel, nor is it a po-mo deconstruction of the Western myth or a pastiche. It is simply a great, traditional Western: the language and cultural details may be different, but the sparse elegance and moral conundrums are familiar and as resonant as ever. Based on Albert Camus’ short story “The Guest” and boasting a fitting yet never clichéd soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and a pair of flawless lead performances from Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb, “Far From Men” is a quietly grand, beautiful film. »
- Jessica Kiang
David Oelhoffen has made only one feature prior to this Algerian tale but he has achieved one of the Venice Film Festival highlights so far.
Based on an Albert Camus short story, The Guest, the film is about reclusive schoolteacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen), born in Algeria to Spanish parents, and the year is 1954 at the onset of the Algerian War. Daru’s school is in the midst of rural Algeria, but the rebellion soon begins to encroach even in this far-flung place. One night Daru is asked to take a prisoner, Mohamed (Reda Kateb), to the authorities in Tiglit. Before they leave, they are ambushed twice, once by the family of the man Mohamed killed, and later by a local French settler who is looking for someone to blame for the slaughter of his livestock. As they head off they face the threat of running into rebels, soldiers and brigands on their journey. »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
★★★★★Adapted from the Albert Camus short story The Guest, David Oelhoffen's second feature Far from Men (2014), a handsomely shot drama set during the Algerian War of Independence, joined the race for the Golden Lion at Venice 2014. Following his Spanish language Cannes entry Jauja (2014) earlier this year, multi-lingual Viggo Mortensen essays the role of Algerian-born Frenchman Daru, a teacher in an isolated school near the mountains. It is 1954 and the rebellion against French colonialism is in full swing. One day the local policeman turns up on horseback with a prisoner roped behind. Daru must escort the man to the near town where he is to be tried for murdering his cousin.
- CineVue UK
Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.
Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.
Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.
In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »
- John Hopewell
which stars Viggo Mortensen as a colonial schoolteacher tasked with transporting an Arab farmer accused of killing his cousin to trial. While the film isn’t as tense as “3:10 to Yuma,” nor energetic enough to overcome its niche status, writer-director David Oelhoffen’s idea of approaching this potent two-hander as an Algeria-set horse opera proves as inspired as it is unexpected. By treating the story’s epic High Plateau vistas the way John Ford did Monument Valley, Oelhoffen amplifies the moral concerns facing characters living just beyond the reach of civilization and law.
Whereas some actors have yet to master their native tongue, in this touchingly humane performance, Mortensen convincingly adds French to the already impressive list of languages he can speak onscreen — a list that includes English, Elvish (“The Lord of the Rings”), Danish (“Jauja”), Spanish (“Alatriste”) and Lakota (“Hidalgo”), for those keeping track. Coming from anyone else, »
- Peter Debruge
Viggo Mortensen adds Arabic and French to the languages he’s spoken on screen in Far From Men (Loin des hommes), French director David Oelhoffen’s ambitious but uneven attempt to turn the Albert Camus short story The Guest, set in 1954 Algeria, into a Western. The film offers splendid widescreen vistas of the Atlas Mountains and an impressive, quite minimalistic score from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But the original’s existentialist undertow is mostly lost in shallow characterizations and scenes that perfunctorily tip their hat to genre tropes rather than illuminating the characters of either Mortensen’s schoolteacher or his charge, a local
- Boyd van Hoeij
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and Tiff in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago. Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb lead this drama, which follows a small town teacher and a dissident who are forced to go on the run together in the midst of the Algerian War. The film is in French and Arabic, and while these clips don't have subtitles, they give a pretty good taste of the atmosphere of the movie. Keep your ears open too, because that score is by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Written by Jonathan Asser
Directed by David Mackenzie
There’s a scene in the first act of the film where the young protagonist Eric, in an effort to gain control of a situation to proclaim his innocence, bites down on a prison guard’s genitals and holds on like a dog with a chew toy. That moment alone does a lot to encapsulate the do-or-die realities of the film’s prison environment, but more importantly showcases the immediate talent of its star Jack O’Connell: Like it or not, he demands your attention and he’s not letting go anytime soon.
The plot revolves around young and violent teenager Eric (Jack O’Connell), who is transferred to an adult prison early before the regular age – a process referred to as being “starred up”- and comes head to head with his inmate father Neville (Ben Mendelsohn) while »
- Dylan Griffin
A total of 14 titles have been selected to compete in Horizontes Latinos at the 62nd San Sebastian Festival (Sept 19-27).
The strand comprises productions from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia that have competed or screneed at international festivals but have yet to be seen in Spain.
The selected films compete for the Horizontes Award, decided by a jury and including a prize of €35,000 ($46,000), of which €10,000 ($13,000) goes to the director of the winning film, and the remaining €25,000 ($33,000) to its distributor in Spain.
Fellipe Barbosa (Brazil - USA)
Set within Rio’s social elite, a teenage boy struggles to escape his overprotective parents as his family spirals into bankruptcy. This second movie by Brazil’s Fellipe Barbosa was presented in the Official Selection at the Rotterdam Festival.
Ciencias naturales (Natural Sciences)
Matías Lucchesi (Argentina - France)
Presented in the Generation section of the Berlin Festival »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Edited by Adam Cook
Film festival programmers from around the world are joining in signing a Statement of Support for the Beijing Independent Film Festival:
"As independent film festivals and supporters of independent cinema, we have learned with deep concern that the Chinese government and police authorities have prevented the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival based in Songzhuang, Beijing, from opening last weekend, August 23rd, and detained its organizers Wang Hongwei, Fan Rong, and Li Xianting for several hours. We are also deeply concerned that Biff’s sponsoring organization, the Li Xianting Film Fund, has been raided, and the entirety of its invaluable archives of independent Chinese cinema have reportedly been confiscated.
We call upon the relevant Chinese authorities to permit the Beijing Independent Film Festival to pursue its mission to nurture and exhibit a full range of alternative cinematic voices in China, to allow the festival to operate without interference, »
The Viggo Mortensen-starring ‘Jauja’ finally has U.S. distribution—Cinema Guild has slated the film for an early 2015 release. The movie is set in a Patagonian military outpost during the genocidal campaign against the native Patagonian population in the last 1800s. Mortensen plays a former captain whose teenage daughter falls in love and runs away with a young soldier.
‘Jauja,’ like all of the other films directed by Lisandro Alonso, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie won the Fipresci in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival earlier this year. It will play at the Toronto »
- Jacob Shamsian
The distributor has taken Us rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.
Vertical will present the film in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. Out Of The Dark is produced by Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower and Fast Producciones in association with Dynamo and Xyz Films.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Several new trailers of note today. Legendary is making one last marketing push on its R-rated, Paris Catacombs-set, found footage horror tale "As Above, So Below" with a new restricted trailer going online ahead of the film's debut on Friday.
Speaking of found footage horror, the trailer is out for "The Blair Witch Project" co-director Eduardo Sanchez's Sasquatch movie "Exists" which hits VOD on October 24th. The film won the SXSW Midnighters Audience Award earlier this year and follows a group of friends camping in the Texas Big Thicket when they come under attack.
A new international trailer for Sundance winner "Whiplash" has gone online and features some of the least nasty cursing that J.K. Simmons' music teacher spits out to a young drummer (Miles Teller) in the film.
Finally there's a new international trailer for "Far From Men," the 1950s Algeria-set tale starring Viggo Mortensen as a »
- Garth Franklin
“Jauja” premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Fipresci Award. It’s also an official selection of the Toronto and New York Film Festivals.
“Jauja” will open theatrically in early 2015.
The story is set in 1882 at a remote Patagonian military outpost during the a genocidal campaign against the aboriginal population. Mortensen portrays a captain who has come from Denmark with his 15-year-old daughter to take an engineering job with the Argentine army. The daughter falls for a young soldier and they run away together.
All five of Alonso’s films — “Liverpool” (2008), “Fantasma” (2006), “Los Muertos” (2004) and “La Libertad” (2001) — have premiered at Cannes. He has been named this year’s Filmmaker in Residence of the New York Film Festival.
Variety’s Scott Foundas »
- Dave McNary
Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that’s heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Mortensen plays a reclusive teacher who must escort Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a villager accused of murder, as they are pursued by vengeful settlers and horsemen seeking summary justice. Mortensen, who’s recently done a fair bit of work in foreign films including this year’s Danish-language Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Jauja and 2012 Argentine crime drama Everybody Has A Plan, here shows off his talent for speaking French. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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