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12 items from 2015


No Disappearing Act: Bruno Dumont & Juliette Binoche Re-Team on “Slack Bay”

7 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Bruno Dumont is set to continue his fixation for the nineteen-tens as Screen Daily has confirmed that filmmaker will indeed reteam with his Camille Claudel 1915 thesp Juliette Binoche on his eighth feature film. Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi will also star in Slack Bay (Ma Loute), which is due to shoot this summer in northern France (here is a pic of the spatial lieu). Memento Films International will be selling the project in Cannes next month. It’ll likely be among the Cannes contenders for the following year.

Gist: Set in 1910, this unfolds against the backdrop of an area along the northern French coast known as La Slack , after a local river that only flows into the sea at high tide. Following the mysterious disappearance of several tourists as they relax on the bay’s beautiful beaches, famous inspectors Machin and Malfoy are called in to investigate. Their »

- Eric Lavallee

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If I Want to Visit, I Visit: Florin Serban Setting Sights on “America”

25 March 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With Box completed (starring filmmaker Catalin Mitulescu and actresses Fatma Mohamed and Hilda Péter who are both from Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio) and simply awaiting a film festival premiere (our Nicholas Bell is thinking Cannes is a strong possibility), Florin Şerban in already settings his sights on his third film for a 2016 shoot. Picking up grant funds, Cineuropa reports that the Romanian filmmaker should be visiting America next. The helmer who broke out at the 2010 Berlin Film Fest with a pair of awards for If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, has been chipping away at the screenplay since Y2K.

Gist: Taking place in the during the 1990s, this is about a high-school teacher named Anton who lives in a provincial town. His dream is to emigrate to the United States.

Worth Noting: The Columbia University grad saw his debut film play well on »

- Eric Lavallee

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Or, My Treasure: Ronit Elkabetz Serves as President for 2015 Critics’ Week

24 March 2015 12:05 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

An actress/filmmaker who could easily call the impractical venue/annually gem-filled gift-giving Cannes sidebar a home away from home, Ronit Elkabetz, who has seen a pair of her films play in the section, will now serve as jury president for the Cannes’ Critics’ Week (May 14th to the 22nd). Filmmaker Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison), Peter Suschitzky (regular Cronenberg Dp and has The Tale of Tales coming out), Andréa Picard  (the mastermind behind Tiff’s Wavelengths) and THR critic Boyd van Hoeij will share jury duties and hand out a trio of awards. Last year, it was It Follows and The Tribe that were the break out film of the section. Our Nicholas Bell recently remarked that Elkabetz “owns every frame” of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. Line-up will be released on April 20th. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Assassin’s Creed: Well Go USA is Protective of Kleiman’s Partisan

23 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Winner for the Sundance World Cinema Special Jury Award for cinematography (Germain McMicking), Variety reports that Ariel Kleiman’s directorial debut will receive a theatrical release later this year. A major supplier of Pacific Rim region cinema, Well Go USA have picked up what I would call a premium title in Partisan, an Aussie important that played extremely well at it’s Sundance preem last January. It’ll first be launched in Australia in late May.

Gist: Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) is like any other kid: playful, curious and naive. He is also a trained assassin. Raised in a hidden paradise on the outskirts of town, Alexander has grown up seeing the world through the eyes of his father, Gregori (Vincent Cassel). As Alexander begins to think for himself, creeping fears take shape and Gregori’s idyllic world unravels.

Worth Noting:  As mentioned in our predictions piece, prior to lensing, the »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tastes Good: Suki Waterhouse, Diego Luna, Reeves & Carrey Part of “The Bad Batch”

19 March 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Suki Waterhouse will be surrounded by Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and the already announced Jason Momoa in Ana Lily Amirpour‘s much anticipated sophomore feature, The Bad Batch. Produced by Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Vice’s Danny Gabai and Sina Sayyah, lensing begins next month in the drought friendly capitol of California.

Gist: This is a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The film is a love story about a cannibal (Momoa) and his food. Suki Waterhouse will play Arlen, Jason Momoa will play Miami Man, Diego Luna will play Jimmy, Keanu Reeves will play The Dream and Jim Carrey will play The Hermit.

Worth Noting: Of the cast we know the least, Suki Waterhouse had a bit part in Luis Prieto’s Pusher and next in line has Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Do We Care?: Our »

- Eric Lavallee

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The Summer of Sangaile Flies onto Strand Releasing Radar

11 March 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a national cinema that we barely mention here on the site, but Lithuania has received some big praise treatment by opening and winning at Sundance, and by having its international premiere in Berlin. In the perfect fairytale continuation of events, The Summer of Sangaile has found a smooching partner in the Strand Releasing folks. Variety reports that Best Director award winner Alanté Kavaïté‘s sophomore picture will show in the U.S. No release date has been announced.

Gist: The coming-of-age romance tale turns on Sangaile (Julija Steponaityte), a 17-year-old fascinated by stunt planes who meets another girl, Auste (Aiste Dirziute), while attending a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. As the two girls grow closer and fall in love, Sangaile allows Auste, a free-spirited and vibrant young woman, to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her the only person who truly encourages her to fly. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Down the Hatchet: Strand Take Advice from Pat Mills’ “Guidance”

26 February 2015 3:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We can coin this as a double Toronto Int. Film Festival acquisitions kind of day for the Strand Releasing folks — according to Variety, they’ve used their hallway pass to add Canuck comedy Guidance to their slate. Having received positive buzz from the fest, Pat Mills’ feature debut will likely be released this year.

Gist: A closeted former child actor, out of work and alcoholic, fakes his resume and gets a job as a high school guidance counsellor, where he thrives giving terrible advice.

Worth Noting: Pulling from his own bio, Mills was a child actor who got slimed on “You Can’t Do That on Television. So did Alanis Morissette.

Do We Care?: Our Nicholas Bell reviewed Guidance at Tiff last year and graded it with a handsome ★★★½ note calling it “a dark hearted comedy that gets a lot of traction from exaggerated, inappropriate behavior draping its endearing »

- Eric Lavallee

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Fox Searchlight Take a Dip with Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash”

19 February 2015 12:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Fox Searchlight folks have brought out their swim gear and might be getting ready for a Cannes Film Festival splash with Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated English language debut. Among our most anticipated foreign film productions (ranked #19) for the upcoming ’15 campaign, A Bigger Splash stars Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton (who reunites with the Italian filmmaker on their fourth project – it began with The Protagonists (1999), 35 min Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (2002), and his career best item, 2009′s I Am Love. Fox Searchlight will surely look at a festival launchpad for this art-house item.

Gist: Written by David Kajganich and based on Jacques Deray’s La Piscine, this is about the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected »

- Eric Lavallee

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Kino Lorber Acquires All Us Rights to Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

6 February 2015 3:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all Us rights to Guy Maddin’s (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) The Forbidden Room (2015), following the film’s world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The Forbidden Room was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada (Nfb), with the participation of Telefilm Canada and with the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music and Sodec.

“I feel fantastic about Richard Lorber and his team handling The Forbidden Room,” wrote director Guy Maddin. “When we first met, before he saw the movie, I felt that rare pleasure of tastes synching up every second moment, but immediately after the screening we connected with wondrous electrified crackles! It was like we were giddily letting this film finish each other’s sentences for us! Our movie instantly galvanized a shared experience. It’s only right, and extremely thrilling, »

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

16 January 2015 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.

100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe

99. Bastille DayJames Watkins

98. Live By NightBen Affleck

97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin

96. Pete’s DragonDavid Lowery

95. Bella LunaIvan Fila

94. Bat, Butterfly, Moth – Sergio Caballero »

- Eric Lavallee

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Exclusive Clip: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Among Liquid Assets in Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital

14 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In this exclusive clip from Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital, (Film Movement 01.14) Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s character of Carla Bernaschi sees, in one swooping motion, the promise of creative jubilation being impeded by financial realties of the privileged. Our Nicholas Bell calls this familial drama “an expertly paced dramatic thriller crafted around what could easily been a generic narrative. A triptych of perspective based characterizations coalesce into an arresting finale engendering Verzi’s foreboding title.” Italy’s submission for this year’s Best Foreign Language opens today at the Film Forum in New York, and the Film Movement folks open Human Capital in La/Sf on Friday before expanding into other markets.

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- Eric Lavallee

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Best of 2014: Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 (Picks 10-1)

2 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Nicholas Bell’s Top 20 films of 2014…

#20. Madeleine Olnek’s The Foxy Merkins

#19. Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash

#18. Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child

#17. Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook

#16. Adam Wingard’s The Guest

#15. Dardenne Bros.’ Two Days, One Night

#14. David Fincher’s Gone Girl

#13. Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer

#12. Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

#11. David Mackenzie’s Starred Up

#10.Tip Top

Serge Bozon’s latest genre mash, Tip Top, which premiered in the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes 2013, was at last treated to a limited release in New York. A curiously unique and incredibly bizarre adaptation of a British thriller by Bill James, Bozon has created another strange hybrid of form with this blackly comedic, sexually perverse examination of racial inequality and notable political bigotry. For those reveling in the perverse and uniquely offbeat (especially when you throw Huppert and Kiberlain into the mix), Tip Top is not to be missed. »

- Nicholas Bell

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