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2015 Venice Film Fest: Corbet, Mahaffy, Saada & Lindholm Preeming in Horizons Section

29 July 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Back to back mid-summer Xmas mornings with the rollout of major premiere titles at Tiff and now the full line-up for Venice means we’re now carefully dissecting the numerous films announced with our first focus going down the list at the treasure trove of items in the Horizons Section, otherwise known as Orizzonti. Names that pop out of the group of eighteen include Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm‘s heavily anticipated third feature film, A War. Re-teaming with actor Pilou Asbæk in just as many outings, R (2010) and A Hijacking (2012) are part of his already stacked early filmography, this is about a solider stationed in Afghanistan and finds himself caught in a catch-22 type of situation.

Another highly anticipated film (our Nicholas Bell slotted it at #33) which posits a person in a life or death type of situation is Nicolas Saada‘s sophomore film. Based on true horrific events, set »

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Mistress America, Entertainment & Turbo Kid Musically Aligned for 3rd Next Fest

24 June 2015 1:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Musicians Sky Ferriera, Sharon Van Etten and dee-jays Neon Indian and Toro Y Moi are now part of the expanding Sundance Film Festival family. Sundance’s Next Fest (August 7th to the 9th) kicks off early on August 2nd, with a showing of Jon Watt’s Cop Car — the filmmaker made the industry news headlines this week when he signed onto direct the new Spiderman. Now in its third year, the fest which intertwines filmmakers and musicians or surprise mentors of the arts is comprised of films from the ’15 edition of the festival with only a pair of Next titles being re-programmed in Rick Alverson’s Entertainment and Michael J. Larnell’s

Cronies. Our Nicholas Bell will be covering the event for the site. Here’s the full lineup:

Sunday, August 2, 8:30 p.m. – Sundance Next Fest Kick Off Event

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Micallef comedy rolls in Melbourne

8 June 2015 9:51 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Ex-pm, a six-part half hour comedy created, written by and starring Shaun Micallef, began filming in Melbourne today. Micallef plays Australia's third longest-serving Prime Minister, Andrew Dugdale. He dined with Presidents and Kings, hosted world summits and changed the lives of millions of his fellow Australians.

But now he's retired, the not-so-elder statesman has far too much time on his hands and no one to waste it on.

The ensemble cast includes Nikki Wendt, Kate Jenkinson, Lucy Honigman, Nicholas Bell, Francis Greenslade, Jackson Tozer, Ming-Zhu Hii and. veteran John Clarke.

Sian Davies (Offspring, Mr & Mrs Murder) directs. Nick Murray (House of Hancock, Stupid Stupid Man), who is producing for Cjz, says: .It.s a rare pleasure with such a great cast and Shaun.s scripts are wonderful..

Micallef says, .I am very much looking forward to stepping in front of the cameras for my new series The Ex-pm. Hopefully »

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Top 3 Critics’ Picks: Andersson, Slaboshpitsky & Patrick Brice Must Sees this June

3 June 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Ioncinema.com’s Top 3 Critics’ Picks offers a curated approach to the usual quandary: what would you recommend I see in theaters this month? June is seriously stacked with the wave of Park City premiered items in Eden, award-winning Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and celebrated docu items in 3 ½ Minutes and The Wolfpack on deck. The Sundance stamp of approval happens to be present in two, of our top three suggestions this month as we emphatically point to the final instalment in a loosely tied trilogy by Roy Andersson, to Patrick Brice‘s sophomore film and Miroslav Slaboshpitsky‘s much travelled directorial debut.

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence – Roy Andersson

June 3rd – Limited Release

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Awards & Fests: It lost to Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure at this year’s Swedish equivalent to the Oscars, but won the highest honor in the Golden »

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Amplify Releasing Prepare Summer Harvest for Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm”

2 June 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Going on almost two full years since it landed in competition for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Amplify Releasing have made their first foreign film language pick-up and have set it up Tom at the Farm with an August 14th release. Labeled as his homage to Hitch despite the filmmaker not being versed in the MacGuffin, Xavier Dolan’s fourth film and what I describe as bully porn and best work to date (I’m in the minority with this one) is the only film in his five film filmography to not have premiered in Cannes.

Gist: After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry-Jones), Tom (Dolan) travels from his home in the city to Guillaume’s family’s remote country farm for the funeral. Upon arriving, he’s shocked to find that the family knows nothing of him and was expecting a woman in his place. »

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2015 Cannes Film Festival: Our Coverage

26 May 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Ioncinema.com’s 2015 Cannes Film Festival coverage.

Standing TallNicholas Bell

Tale of Tales – Blake Williams

Our Little SisterNicholas Bell

One Floor Review – Blake Williams

Son of Saul – Nicholas Bell

In the Shadow of Women – Blake Williams

Carol – Nicholas Bell

The Lobster – Nicholas Bell

The Sea of Trees – Nicholas Bell

Mia Madre – Nicholas Bell

Louder than Bombs – Nicholas Bell

Cemetery of Splendor – Blake Williams

Sicario – Nicholas Bell

Youth – Nicholas Bell

Love – Nicholas Bell

Chronic – Nicholas Bell

Valley of Love – Nicholas Bell

The Treasure – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One – Blake Williams

Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One – Blake Williams

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Our Little Sister

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Tale of Tales

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: The Lobster

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul

Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 4: Mia Madre »

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Full Grid

26 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Final grades were officially tallied up after the repeat screenings on Sunday, and while the 1-2-3-4 positions haven’t changed, Todd HaynesCarol further cemented it’s status as the best from the 2015 In Comp class with a final 3.9 grade.

We’d like to once again thank our group of sixteen: Nicholas Bell, Blake Williams and Yama Rahimi from Ioncinema.com were joined by Christophe Beney, Dave Calhoun, Per Juul Carlsen, Paola Casella, Mike D’Angelo, Jean-Philippe Guerand, Carlos F. Heredero, Aaron Hillis, Fabien Lemercier, Marc-André Lussier, Liu Min, Isabelle Regnier and Cédric Succivalli. We already look forward to next year with Haneke, Pedro, Dolan and the Dardennes in the mix. Click on the grid below for a larger version.

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Takes Two to Limbo in Nicloux’s “Valley Of Love”

23 May 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Croisette anomaly of sorts and still a relative unknown despite his three decade and dozen film span, Guillaume Nicloux’s only previous Cannes showing was 1994’s Faut pas rire du bonheur landing in the Directors’ Fortnight. An American based West Coast meeting place grief-stricken drama, this also happens to be Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu’s on-screen reunion a good 35 years after Maurice Pialat’s “Loulou”. Working with Huppert once again after 2013’s The Nun, Valley of Love actually follows last year’s The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. While our panel gave the film your average passing grade of three, our Nicholas Bell appears to have been the among the few touched by the awkwardness of the affair stating that the film is “a rather beautiful, melancholy poem about guilt, grief, and the tragedy of expectation.”  

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 10: Pulling the Plug on Michel Franco’s “Chronic”

22 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a Tim Roth lead Un Certain Regard jury that awarded Michel Franco with the highest honor of the section. Michel Franco has moved up the Croisette, debuting his Daniel and Ana in the Directors’ Fortnight section in 2009, and the Ucr in 2012 with the equally disturbing After, Lucia. Naturally landing an In Comp spot, Chronic fittingly tapped Roth to play the caretaker protag in the Mexican filmmaker’s fourth feature. As our Nicholas Bell mentioned in his review, “Franco’s bleak predilection for misanthropy shows no signs of waning,” and my guess is that the oft-mentioned comparisons to Haneke made this too jarring of a portrait at the tale end of the fest.

Check back tomorrow for our final grades. Click on the grid below for a larger version.

 

 

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8 & 9: Between a Rock & a Hard R Place for Noé’s “Love”

21 May 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s only his fourth feature film, but his eighth trip to Cannes, Gaspar Noé hasn’t let go of the short or long format. He first broke into the fest with the Directors’ Fortnight included Carne (1991), La Bouche de Jean-Pierre (short – 1996), Seul Contre Tous (short – 1998), Irreversible (2002), Sida (short – 2006), Enter the Void (2009), 7 Days in Havana (one of seven short films – 2012). If we only received a small sampling of critic grades for the 8:30 a.m. screening of Jacques Audiard’s Dheephan, it might have a lot to do with the conflict of interest and sleep deprivation associated to Noé’s Love 15 minutes past midnight screening. This year we made an exception in our Critics’ Panel, including this tantalizing 3D offering which our Nicholas Bell only reminds us that “Noé was already beaten to the punch by Michael Winterbottom with his film 9 Songs“. For many, this might be the filmmaker’s »

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 8: No Love Lost on Sorrentino’s “Youth”

21 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 3: Son of Saul Puts Focus on One Individual

16 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s a next to nil chance that a first time filmmaker will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet steps of the Main Comp at the Cannes Film Festival. You need to be vetted first, introduced via a sidebar, parallel section before you get to spend time with the cool kids. Of course, there are indeed exceptions to these no-written rules. We saw it in Red Road, Persepolis, Synecdoche, New York, Markus Schleinzer’s Michael and last year’s Wild Tales – (the later two were godfathered by the likes of Palme d’Or mainstays Haneke and Pedro) which is why when a Camera d’Or candidate is included in the mix it’s a surefire telling sign that the film, and filmmaker have indeed earned it their stripes. This can only be further compounded when there is a jubilation in the press core. Post screening talk must have »

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2015 Cannes Critics’ Panel Day 2: Kore-eda Needs No Introductions with “Our Little Sister”

14 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The race for the Palme d’Or officially begins today. It’s day 2 at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival which means the press core and as per usual, our Cannes Critics’ Panel are already in game mode. New this year to the our sweet sixteen group (you can follow them all on twitter) areMarc-André Lussier (La Presse), Jean-Philippe Guerand (Le Film Français), Aaron Hillis (the proprietor of Video Free Brooklyn who needs no introduction — penning for Filmmaker Magazine & Vice), and joining Ioncinema.com stalwarts Nicholas Bell and Blake Williams we find Yama Rahimi. Looks for grades on all nineteen Main Comp offerings plus as added bonus: Gaspar Noé’s Love.

The first film to uncork the ’15 edition is a filmmaker who is technically more synonymous with the Toronto Int. Film Festival than the French riviera. This nonetheless marks Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s fifth trip to Cannes with his last picture Like Father, »

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The Orchard Had a Little…: Partridge’s “Lamb” to Receive 2016 Release

13 May 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Orchard are still adding to their SXSW shopping cart as IndieWIRE reports that the distributor has landed the North American, UK and Australian and New Zealand rights to Ross Partridge’s Lamb. Slaying SXSW auds and garnering all-around positive reviews (including our site), the drama recently won Sarasota Film Fest’s Independent Visions award. The drama looks set for more film fest exposure before receiving an eventual 2016 theatrical release.

Gist: Based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie (Oona Laurence), an awkward and unpopular 11-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness.

Worth Noting: Ross Partridge, the actor turned director will net be »

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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 »

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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 »

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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. »

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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 »

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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 »

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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. »

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