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Today we have the first photos from the upcoming "Captain Fantastic" film, starring Viggo Mortensen, Missi Pyle, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn and Frank Langella. Check everything out below. Plot: A father (Mortensen), devoted to teaching his six children how to live and survive in the deep forests of the Pacific Northwest, is forced to leave his self-created paradise. When confronted with the real world, he begins a journey that challenges his ideas of freedom and what it means to raise a family. The new movie is written and directed by Matt Ross. It has yet to get a release date. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
As the year in moviegoing draws to a close — and as critics busy themselves drawing up lists and handing out awards — it seems time at last to look ahead. Here are the 10 films to get excited about over the year to come. 1. Jauja (Dir. Lisandro Alonso) Revered Argentine filmmaker Lisandro Alonso returns after 2008’s exquisite Liverpool with Jauja, his most astonishing film yet. While no less oblique than its predecessors, Jauja finds Alonso working for the first time with an international star: Viggo Mortensen, an intriguing wrinkle in Alonso’s minimalist approach. Mortensen plays a Danish general adrift in the badlands of 19th-century Patagonia, and his wearying travails form the bulk of the action. A cryptic and f »
Editor's Note: We're thrilled to have Missi Pyle guest-blogging for a day. I made her do this topic!
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-by Missi Pyle
So yes. I sing. 'You sing?' People often ask? Yes. I do. I write (mostly) silly songs and I sing them. For awhile I had a band with Shawnee Smith. We did a pilot together and we got to talking one day and she asked me what I really wanted. And I said. To be in a band. That would be heaven. and she said. "Ok. I'll do it with you. But just know. Its not all its cracked up to be. You'll be disappointed."
And we did. We made an album with Chris Goss, another genius human I have been lucky enough to work with. Shawnee and I's »
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Marrakech — Turning 14 this year, the Marrakech International Film Festival has matured into a full-fledged fest that not only showcases world cinema highlights but also breeds local talent.
Jeremy Irons, during his career tribute on the second day of events, recalled the attribulated first edition in December 2001, which initially seemed at risk after the 9/11 attacks in New York. He underlined how far the festival has evolved since then.
Brainchild of late French producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the Marrakech fest in its early years were highly influenced by European cinema, in particular by French films. It also showcased Hollywood talent, including self-confessed Moroccophiles, such as Martin Scorsese, who was jury prexy in 2013 and is godfather to the Esav, Marrakech’s leading film school, which he inaugurated in 2007.
“For me, Morocco and the movies have always gone hand in hand, so when the festival was founded back in 2001, I was eager to help out, »
- Elsa Keslassy and Martin Dale
Before The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in 2001, many assumed it would be a giant flop. Fantasy movies were for kids, after all. Who cared about elves, wizards and dragons? Who wanted to sit through three films based on a silly book about a magic ring?
As we now know, of course, Peter Jackson's trilogy went on to change cinema forever. Now we've reached the end of his saga with this month's spectacular The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, it's time to look at six things - out of many - that made these films so remarkable...
1. The cast is extraordinary
Filmmaking 101: if you want your work to be taken seriously, get a few of the greatest actors in the world on board. Fellowship wasted no time in introducing three great "Sirs" of theatre and cinema: Sir Ian Holm, Sir Ian McKellen »
Viggo Mortensen rose to international fame as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He has also garnered major critical acclaim for his multiple and complex roles, including performances in three films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, with whom he admits he has forged a special friendship.
In recent pics he has depicted quiet, retiring characters who try to get “far from men,” i.e., who attempt to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but through the twists of the plot suddenly see their inner calm shattered, reminiscent of the role he played in Cronenberg’s 2005 film “A History of Violence.”
The 56-year old Mortensen has recently received tribs at the San Sebastian Festival, Mar del Plata and now at the Marrakech film festival,where he was honored with a special career tribute on Sunday.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Mortensen traveled to Marrakech’s World Heritage square, »
- Martin Dale
Though he may be skeptical of awards, Oscar-nominee Viggo Mortensen was honored with a career tribute at the Marrakech film festival Sunday evening. After presenting his latest film Far From Men, which was shot in Morocco this time last year and premiered at Venice, to an audience in the open air square Place Jemaa El Fna, an emotional Mortensen accepted the honor from actress and juror Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds). She praised the actor for his acting, musical and artistic talent. To the delight of the crowd, the polyglot Mortensen thanked the crowd in both Arabic and French, before
- Rhonda Richford
Friday’s opening ceremony of the 14th edition of the Marrakech international film festival, saw a bevy of international directors and actors, including Isabelle Huppert, Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons, walk the red carpet into the Palais des Congres.
Since its debut edition in 2001, the Marrakech fest has established itself as one of the leading cultural events in Africa and the Arab world.
Each year, the festival has succeeded in attracting high-profile names from throughout the world, with regular repeat guests who are enthusiastic to return to the Red City. This year’s edition is no exception.
The daily televised red carpet entrances and gala tributes, replete with television crews and press photographers, have ensured that Marrakech has become an important promotional platform for filmmakers from throughout the world.
The fest’s glamorous atmosphere is further reinforced by the fact that top guests stay in some of Marrakech’s most luxurious locations, »
- Martin Dale
Mar Del Plata – Ana Piterbarg, who caught international attention with her debut, Viggo Mortensen starrer “Everybody Has a Plan” – produced by Haddock and Tornasol (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and distributed by Fox Intl. Productions – has advanced on her second feature, the long-in-gestation and considerably different “Alptraum.”
Shot in black-and-white, sometimes recalling German expressionism, and much more of an art film, though a seemingly accessible one, “Alptraum” does not mean that Piterbarg has given up on larger movies with studio backing or stars. But “Alptraum” allows an outlet for creative exploration that, she argued, will allow her to be a more distinctive director when confronting bigger-budgeted fare.
Produced by Piterbarg and Alejandro Giulani, initiated before “Everybody Has a Plan” but now in post, “Alptraum” is a potential highlight at Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress, the Argentine fest’s industrial highlight that unspools Thursday and Friday. It turns on »
- John Hopewell
Mar Del Plata, Argentina – Huseyin Karabey’s “Come to My Voice” topped the 29th Mar del Plata Fest on Saturday night, winning the Golden Astor for best film in International Competition. Karabey accepted the award from Paul Schrader, International Competition president.
Elsewhere, top plaudits in major sections had the virtue of shining a light on titles that threaten, like “Voice,” to be lost in the big festival title surfeit at a festival which, with hiked attendance, classy international guest master classes, federal government backing, stable management and dates pushed back to just before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, has laid the foundations for further growth in the future.
Framed in a bard’s song and set in a Kurdish village, “Voice” tells a Kafkaesque tale of an ageing woman and young granddaughter forced to come up wuth non-existent guns that they can turn into Turkish authorities in the hope of freeing »
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
Mar Del Plata, Argentina — Argentina’s Mar del Plata International Film Festival, which wraps Saturday, not only marks its 29th edition this November but the 60 years since it was first inaugurated in 1954 by then President Juan Domingo Peron. Projected before every screening and on some buildings across the city, an evocative black and white institutional spot by Esteban Sapir captures the history of the festival, with scenes from classics that have played here, including Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer With Monika,” Orson Welles’ “The Trial,” Francois Truffaut’s “Jules et Jim” and Dennis Hopper’s “Easy Rider.”
What remains Latin America’s sole “A”-grade film festival lured such luminaries as Gina Lollobrigida, Errol Flynn, Mary Pickford and Edward G. Robinson its inaugural year. Argentina’s cinema industry had been fast evolving since 1909, when the very first fiction films by Italian transplant Mario Gallo emerged: “The Shooting of Dorrego” and “The May Revolution. »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Mar Del Plata – An an illustration of talent’s diaspora from conventional movies, legendary helmer-scribe Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver,” “American Gigolo”) is prepping a 10-episode web-series, “Life on the Other Side,” each seg 10-minutes long, inspired by the episodic structure of “La Dolce Vita,” Schrader confirmed at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival.
Giving a Tuesday evening master-class, as president of the main Mar del Plata jury, Schrader delivered a trenchant analysis of the tectonic shifts which, however exciting, are also decimating trad U.S. movie business.
“I thought I would never say this, but when I was a young guy, I thought that the only place where I would be making movies was the United States. It had the most freedom, most money, was the top community. I look at the world now, and I don’t know if the U.S. is the best place to make pictures, »
- John Hopewell
Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen are oddly like magnets – figures that on one side might resist one another, yet on the opposite sides naturally embrace one another, working perfectly in tandem toward one common goal in which creation and collaboration naturally flourish. Alonso, being an Argentinian director whose oeuvre almost almost solely constructed of mysterious works (even to the director himself), such as Los Muertos or Liverpool, that follow solitary men along near silent journeys into the harsh wilderness, and Mortensen, a multilingual Danish-American movie star whose reserved every-man persona has been marched on screen from Mordor to Millbrook to great acclaim, yet they share both a deep respect for transcendental cinema and a strikingly admirable lack of pretensions when it comes to their own investment in the medium. Their first collaboration, and Alonso’s first project working with not only a professional actor, but with an actual script (written »
- Jordan M. Smith
Mar Del Plata – In “Lord of the Rings,” he protected the Shire and the Fellowship of the Ring. These days, he’s more likely protecting the original visions of some of the world’s most exciting – and challenging – young moviemakers, and bringing them to larger audiences.
Doing so, Viggo Mortensen, U.S. born, Argentina raised, New York-bred, of Danish descent, has leveraged wisely his star status and fanboy suzerainties, dazzled with his dominance of not only English and Spanish, but Danish, Amish and Lakota, and played some not exactly super-hero roles, characters who are ineffectual (Lisandro Alonso’s “Jauja,” a Cannes winner), conflicted (David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men,“ a Venice prize winner) or plain seedy (“Drive” screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial deb, “The Two Faces of January”); to all of whom Mortensen has brought not so much his good looks but a large humanity.
- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente
One of the most talked-about films in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard this year, Argentinean auteur Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, had its local premiere Sunday at the 29th Mar del Plata Film Festival, presented by the director alongside star Viggo Mortensen and writer Fabian Casas. The film, winner of the Fipresci award at Cannes, features a Danish-speaking Mortensen as a 19th army captain who sets out on a hypnotic and somewhat magical journey through the Argentine Patagonia to find his kidnapped young daughter. Mortensen, who grew up in Argentina and speaks perfect Castellano, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how
- Agustin Mango
Mar Del Plata – Three tales of neurosis, happy or not – “Alptraum,” from Ana Piterbarg (“Everybody Has a Plan”), Daniel Rosenthal’s “To The Center of the Earth” and Balatasar Tokman’s “Looking For Myu” feature in the 29th Mar del Plata’s Work in Progress.
Running Nov. 20 and 21 in three sessions at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Festival, where filmmakers have up to 12 minutes to present their films, currently in post, the Wip reps the major industry event at Mar del Plata, and is dated strategically this year to unspool only three days before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur.
Jury is made up of Sandro Fiorin, co-head of L.A.-based sales-production company FiGa Films, a key champion of challenging Latin American art films, French producer and former Madrid distributor-exhibitor Mariel Guiot, and producer Pablo Ratto (“Open Wound”).
- John Hopewell
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
Some things don’t change. Graced by Viggo Mortensen and Paul Schrader, the International Competition jury prexy, Argentina’s 29th Mar del Plata Festival will bow Nov. 22 with Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”
Its choice as Mar del Plata’s opening night movie is pretty well a declaration of principles that Latin America’s only “A” grade festival will go on through thick and thin – and, with only 29 editions in 60 years, there’s been much of both – to forefront latest titles from and here even about heavyweight auteurs.
That is not necessary If Variety’s reviewers are to go by, 2014 in general has caught some of the great auteurs in world cinema at the top of their game. If Cannes Festival sales had any narrative this year, it was how fast its big art film winners sold – think “Leviathan,” “Winter Sleep” – compared to bigger budget U.S. indie projects.
Adding cache »
- John Hopewell
AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to Self Made (Boreg), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to The Tribe (Plemya), which received the Vizio Visionary Special Jury Award. Buffalo Juggalos by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and Yearbook by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and Violet. Red Army, GÜEROS, 10,000 Km and The Midnight Swim received Audience Awards.
Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI Fest 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one »
- Michelle McCue
Unlike say a micro-budgeted indie with enough coin in the backend for post-production, chances are slim that this modestly priced indie with A-list cast which already locked in a distrib in Bleecker Street folks would have been readied for the festival. But, I’m not counting it out just yet. Starring Viggo Mortensen (see set pic above with director on the left), Missi Pyle, Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, George MacKay (check out our interview), Erin Moriarty and Frank Langella, Captain Fantastic is actor Matt Ross’ sophomore effort. It happens to directly follow in the footsteps of the Sundance accepted, under-the-radar, financially more tight budgeted 28 Hotel Rooms (2012) which was preceded by, more than a decade before it, his short film (also a Sundance selection) entitled, The Language of Love (1997). It’ll be a race to the finish line if included.
Gist: After a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, »
- Eric Lavallee
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