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Review of "Room in Rome"

27 December 2010 10:49 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Room in Rome is a sexy, messy attempt at an erotic drama that will surely garner divisive opinions. Written, produced and directed by Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia), this new film veers wildly from dramatic and serious, to over the top, to blisteringly hot, with detours into extreme pretension and magical realism.

The story concerns two young women – Alba (Elena Anaya) and Natasha (Natasha Yarovenko), and their last-night adventures in the eternal city. Alba is a lesbian, clad in hipster plaid and sneakers, while the striking, statuesque Natasha is assuredly straight.

Nonetheless, Natasha lets Alba take her up to her gorgeously appointed hotel room. After a little initial resistance, and some weirdness with a cell phone, the two end up in bed together, where they proceed to spend the better part of the night.

Scandalously realistic sex scenes are mixed in with a series of often bizarre conversations, as the »

- Danielle Riendeau

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Interview: Filmmaker Ruba Nadda Captures Beauty Amid Chaos in ‘Cairo Time’

3 December 2010 10:58 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – “Cairo Time” may be a serene and intricately nuanced romance between an American woman (Patricia Clarkson) and an Arab man (Alexander Siddig) in Cairo. But behind the cameras, the atmosphere felt more like an action movie, as filmmakers outwitted government censors by finding endless creative ways to capture their desired footage, in the midst of a bustling city that was largely out of their control. spoke with “Cairo Time” writer/director Ruba Nadda about her passion for exploring her Arab heritage, her mind-boggling production hurdles, and why filmmaking has become a family affair for her. Your first feature, “Sabah,” was about an Arab immigrant in Toronto, whereas “Cairo Time” is about an American in Cairo. What draws you to exploring these cultural juxtapositions?

Ruba Nadda: It’s funny because it only dawned on me afterwards when I was like, “Oh this is kind of »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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DVD Review: Mesmerizing ‘Cairo Time’ Quietly Achieves Greatness

1 December 2010 8:21 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – While “Sex and the City 2” and “Eat Pray Love” failed to impress their female target audience this summer, a small art house treasure flew under practically everyone’s radar. It brilliantly delivered precisely what moviegoers expected from those mainstream turkeys, without a trace of cultural insensitivity or superficial excess. That film was “Cairo Time,” and it deserves to be discovered on the small screen.

Though I was careful not to overpraise this lovely morsel of a film during its initial release, it’s clear that “Cairo” is one of the year’s most under-appreciated gems. Arab Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda specializes in small-scale, intricately nuanced dramas, often featuring a romance between characters with different religious backgrounds, one of them being Islamic. Yet Nadda isn’t interested in pushing any incendiary buttons. If anything, her films break down cultural barriers by allowing their characters to connect on a human »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Cairo Time

30 November 2010 8:31 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya

Director: Ruba Nadda

The Scoop: Fashion editor Juliette (Clarkson) heads to Egypt to meet up with her husband Mark, who’s working in Gaza for the United Nations, for a three-week vacation. When Mark is delayed, he sends a trusted security officer and friend Tareq (Siddig) to help keep her safe and act as a guide through Egypt. As time passes, an intense attraction takes shape. It’s like “Sex and the City 2″ re-imagined as a quiet, charming arthouse film.

Rated PG, 89 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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Blu-Ray Round-Up: ‘Three Kings,’ ‘Altitude,’ ‘Sex and Lucia’

19 October 2010 11:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Several major summer 2010 films have been released on Blu-ray recently which could have easily allowed minor titles to go unnoticed if not for’s beloved Blu-Ray Round-Up. Here are a few of the smaller October HD releases worth a look.

Note: The Round-Up is designed merely to present synopsis, cast & crew, tech specs, and special features information on titles that may otherwise fall through the cracks for your purchasing perusal. Having said that, “Three Kings” is an incredibly-underrated movie that features arguably Mark Wahlberg’s best performance. Pick it up.

Sex and Lucia,” “Three Kings,” and “Wolverine and The X-Men: The Complete Series” were released on Blu-ray on October 12th, 2010.

Altitude” will be released on October 26th, 2010.

Sex and Lucia

Photo credit: Palm Pictures

Synopsis: “From acclaimed Spanish director, Julio Medem (Lovers of the Arctic Circle), comes one of the sexiest and most provocative films of the year. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Not had your fix of arthouse erotica? Room In Rome has arrived on UK DVD and Blu-ray

18 October 2010 7:47 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

When Julio Médem arrived on the arthouse film circuit with Vacas (Cows) in 1991, the Basque country director marked himself out with a surreal, political and not exactly easy to access debut. Since then he's perhaps best known for his equally dreamlike erotic drama Sex and Lucia (2001).

Now he returns to the bedroom with Room In Rome, a character-driven story of sexual discovery that goes something like this...

"Room in Rome focuses entirely on the experiences of two protagonists. Like Medem's previous films, it is an exploration of desire. Two young women, Alba and Natasha, meet in Rome and share an intense night together, full of secrets and physical passion. Night and day, over a period of twelve hours, the two women unravel their lives. The next morning they go their separate ways and back to their respective partners, always to remember that magical night."

Starring Elena Anaya and Natasha Yarovenko, »

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DVD Releases: September 28, 2010: Frozen King Kong is a Madman at FrightFest

28 September 2010 8:58 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

After a couple of light on horror weeks, we are finally treated to a bumper crop of new releases. Headlining the week is Frozen, which is just what we in Southern California need to stave off our current heat wave. A couple of oldies but goodies are out, too, as Madman celebrates its Happy 30th Birthday and the original King Kong comes to Blu-ray. Fangoria's eight FrightFest titles bow as well.


Directed by Adam Green

In Frozen (review), Adam Green has crafted a potent combination of absolute terror and compelling human drama that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre or turned off the DVD. One thing's for sure: The next time your friends invite you on a ski weekend, odds are you'll try to convince them to head to the beach instead. Frozen stars Shawn Ashmore, Emma Bell and Kevin Zegers.

Buy the Blu-ray or the regular DVD. »

- kwlow

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Phase 4 Films Releases All Eight Fangoria Frightfest Films on DVD this Week!

26 September 2010 11:20 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Dark House Poster

The 2010 Fangoria Frightfest film entries are moving to DVD this week through Phase 4. This series released in Canada September 21st and the Us release is scheduled for September 28th. Films included: mysterious thriller The Tomb, the suspenseful The Haunting, the goreific Pig Hunt, the dismal Hunger, the disturbing Grimm Love, the original Road Kill, shocker Fragile and this year's winner of the event Dark House. This film festival competition was successful because of fan support and horror enthusiasts can have a look at the DVD special features for each of the titles listed here inside.

Dark House

Director: Darin Scott.

Producer: Mark Sonoda.

Cast: Jeffrey Combs (House on Haunted Hill), Meghan Ory (John Tucker Must Die), and Diane Salinger .

The synopsis for Dark House:

"A group of hot young drama students are recruited to work in a new 'haunted house' attraction by flamboyant, impresario Walston Rey »

- (Michael Allen)

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Distributors close in on Toronto Fest films

16 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- In a move that injects a new contender into this year's Oscar race, Lionsgate has picked up North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole," which had its world premiere Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

As the festival winds to its Sunday close, other distributors were lining up films that could play next year's festival circuit: IFC Films said it has acquired worldwide rights, except Canada, to Barry Avrich's documentary "Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project," and Sony Pictures Classics said it picked up North American rights to Pedro Almodovar's latest movie, gothic thriller "The Skin I Inhabit," now filming.

Additionally, Anchor Bay Films has secured rights to "Carjacked," a thriller being directed by John Bonito ("The Marine").

Lionsgate will release "Rabbit" by year's end, and based on positive reactions here, that should make the movie a player during awards season.

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- By Gregg Kilday and Borys Kit

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Sony Picture Classics Acquire Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In

16 September 2010 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sony Pictures Classics have acquired the Us distribution rights to Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In.

The film, which is expected to start filming soon, is loosely based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Mygale, and is a revenge tale telling the story of a plastic surgeon hunting down the men who raped his daughter.

Antonio Banderas (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) will star as the plastic surgeon, while The Skin I Live in will also feature performances from Elena Anaya (Talk to Her), Fernando Cayo (The Orphanage), Marisa Paredes (Talk to Her), Blanca Suárez (Shiver) and Ana Mena (Marisol).

Sony Pictures Classics will release The Skin I Live in next year. It makes the tenth collaboration between Almodovar and Sony Pictures Classics.

Deadline reported this one. »

- Jamie Neish

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Almodovar and Spc Collaborate Again for The Skin That I Inhabit

16 September 2010 10:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classic has acquired North American rights to director Pedro Almodovar's The Skin That I Inhabit, which began production last month in Spain. Inspired by Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, the film is a gothic story of a father out for revenge following the death of his daughter. Antonio Banderas will star with Talk To Her's Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes. This is Almodovar's tenth collaboration with Sony Pictures Classics, who are confident that the film "promises not only to be Almodóvar at his most intriguing, but also at his very best.” Almodovar is also continuing his collaboration with cinematographer José Luis Alcaine (Volver, Bad Education) and composer Alberto Iglesias (Talk To Her, Volver). The Skin That I Inhabit is set for a November 2011 release. »

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Sony Classics Gets North American Rights To Almodovar's 'The Skin That I Inhabit'

16 September 2010 9:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

While there has been a high level of suspense over the acquisitions of pictures shown at Toronto, this wasn't exactly a cliffhanger. Because it marks the 10th collaboration between Pedro Almodovar and Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker and Tom Bernard who acquired North American rights to his new film The Skin That I Inhabit. The picture, which begins shooting in August, is a gothic tale about a father avenging his daughter's death, inspired by the Thierry Jonquet novel Mygale. It stars Antonio Banderas, whose breakthrough came in the Almodovar-directed Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down. Banderas stars with Talk to Her stars Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes. »


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SPC picks up N.A. rights to 'Skin'

16 September 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony Picture Classics has picked up the North American rights to Pedro Almodovar's currently in-production gothic thriller "The Skin That I Inhabit" ("La piel que habito").

The picture stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes and began production in Spain in August.

The story centers on a father avenging his daughter's death. The film is inspired by the novel "Mygale" by Thierry Jonquet.

Almodavar's brother Agustin is producing via the duo's production shingle, El Deseo. Spc and Deseo have a two-decade relationship and have partnered on nine previous films, including "Volver," "Talk to Her" and "Broken Embraces." »

- By Borys Kit

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[Review] Mesrine: Killer Instinct

27 August 2010 12:20 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Vincent Cassel is proving to be one of this generations most talented and prolific actors. Better known perhaps as the villain in Ocean’s 12, Cassel has been making movies for nearly two decades and has starred in some of the very best contemporary films to come out of his home country of France, where he is considered a certified rock star. With Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Cassel delivers the performance of a lifetime in a sprawling biopic crime drama about notorious French criminal Jacques Mesrine better known as Public Enemy No 1.

Helmed by Jean-Francois Richet, who directed the loose remake of John Carpenters‘ Assault on Precinct 13, Killer Instinct is part one of two feature films that capture the bizarre odyssey of crimes committed by Mesrine with style, substance and subtlety. After a stark and disturbing opening set against the Algerian war, a young soldier by the name of Jacques Mesrine »

- Raffi Asdourian

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Film Review: Vincent Cassel Gives Riveting Performance in ‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’

26 August 2010 6:42 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The film around its riveting central performance may be a little more flawed than the entire project’s international reputation would have you believe but Vincent Cassel alone makes a trip to “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” worth the time and emotional effort. Be warned that this is not a crime epic for the faint of heart and those who have difficulty with an anti-hero protagonist may be turned off but those attuned to this kind of storytelling will find a lot to like here.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet from a script that he co-wrote with Abdel Raouf Dafri, “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” is the first half of a pair of crime epics that have been incredibly successful over the last several years in France and other European countries. (The second half if “Mesrine: Public Enemey #1” which we will cover in this space next week.) The films episodically tell the life »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Almodovar's Creepy New Fetish Flick to Come Minus Penelope Cruz

23 August 2010 5:25 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

As Monika first reported in May, Pedro Almodóvar's next movie is The Skin I'm In, a horror movie that begins shooting today which Almodóvar said will be "the harshest film I've ever written." The official casting list has been revealed, and surprisingly, his modern muse Penelope Cruz is nowhere to be found.

The Skin I'm In does reunite the director with Antonio Banderas, the star of Almodóvar's edgy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which made novel use of a wind-up bath toy, but his female costar will be Elena Anaya, who was in Talk to Her. The Skin I'm In is based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, and while I'm sure some changes were made in its adaptation for the big screen, its description on, is certainly worth noting. It's slightly different than the shorter description on Amazon, which gives away all the goods. »

- Jenni Miller

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23 August 2010 12:44 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In our latest crime/drama edition of Hookup: Film, we have 50 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Mesrine: Killer Instinct”! “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” stars Gérard Depardieu, Vincent Cassel and Cécile De France.

The film also stars Gilles Lellouche, Roy Dupuis, Elena Anaya, Michel Duchaussoy, Myriam Boyer, Florence Thomassin, Abdelhafid Metalsi, Gilbert Sicotte, Deano Clavet, Mustapha Abourachid and Ludivine Sagnier from director Jean-François Richet based on a book by Jacques Mesrine.

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The movie poster for “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” with Gérard Depardieu.

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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Set Pics and Details on Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In

23 August 2010 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

As you can tell from the set pics, principal photography on La Piel Que Habito (aka The Skin I Live In) has officially begun. This is Pedro Almodóvar's eighteenth film to date. The film tells the story of a disturbing revenge plan led by a plastic surgeon, and a film adaptation of the Thierry Jonquet novel “Tarantula” and stars Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Roberto Álamo and Marisa Paredes. The three month shooting will take place first in Santiago de Compostela, in the north of Spain, moving thereafter to Pazo de Oca and finishing in Madrid and the whereabouts of Toledo. Almodóvar will count with a healthy budget of 10 million euros. Aside from technical aspects, new details on the plot have been revealed this weekend, El Deseo S.A, Almodóvar´s production company, released the following: “Since his wife perished burnt in a car crash, Dr Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a well respected plastic surgeon, »

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Almodovar's "Skin I Live In" Sets Cast

23 August 2010 9:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

With a nearly three month shoot about to kick off on his next project, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar ("Volver," "Broken Embraces") has revealed a more thorough list of the cast that will make up the 10 million Euros-budgeted feature "The Skin I Live In" (La Piel Que Habito).

Joining the already cast Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya will be the likes of Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Alamo, Blanca Suárez, Eduard Fernández, José Luis Gómez, Bárbara Lennie, Susi Sánchez, Fernando Cayo and Teresa Manresa reports Impre via Bleeding Cool.

Banderas will play a plastic surgeon bent on revenge against the men who raped his daughter. Almodovar describes his feature as bordering on an outright horror film. »

- Garth Franklin

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Mulligan Along for Drive, Almodovar's Latest, Aniston's Rut

23 August 2010 8:14 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

- Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising, Bronson) has already lined up Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) for his thriller Drive. Now Carey Mulligan is negotiating to play Gosling's passenger. After Gosling's stuntman/freelance getaway driver is involved in a botched bank robbery, he is on the run with the ex-con's girlfriend along for the ride, which no doubt doubles the trouble. Angelenos watch out: shooting starts next month. - Pedro Almodovar starts shooting The Skin In Which I live today in Spain. Sadly, Penelope Cruz is absent from this one, but Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya (Almodovar's Talk to Her) and his Dp, Luis Alcaine, are in tow for this adaptation of Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula, which boasts elements of Saw and Human Centipede »

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