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The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)
Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)
La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)
Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)
Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)
Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)
Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)
Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)
Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Out Of Competition
Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The 11-day event, which runs as an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, will play 12 features in competition – the first time Venice Days has hosted a competitive element.
Those competing for the €20,000 ($27,000) Venice Days Award, split between the winning director and international distributor of the film, include Shawn Christensen’s SXSW winner Before I Disappear; Guy Myhill’s The Goob; and Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca.
The jurors for the Venice Days Award will be 28 young participants – one from each of the 28 EU member countries.
A total of 678 feature films were submitted between January and July. Including films viewed at festivals and markets, a total of »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 14 pics unspooling in the official selection which sees known names screening alongside emerging helmers, including U.S. writer-director Shawn Christensen whose “Before I Disappear” (pictured) is making its international bow.
As previously announced, the out-of-competition opener is prolific South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s multiple murder thriller “One On One,” about the brutal rape and murder of a schoolgirl, which is launching internationally from the Lido after being released in South Korea.
The closer, also not competing, is “Messi,” a docu-feature portrait of hot Argentine soccer player Leo Messi, helmed by Spain’s Alex De La Iglesia and written by Jorge Valdano, a former prominent member of the Argentine team who went on to become a sports journalist as well as a manager and sports director of Spain’s Real Madrid club. »
- Nick Vivarelli
4 Minute Mile
Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud
Sales: Double Dutch Intl.
Director: Eran Creevy
A young American couple is caught between two ruthless criminals.
Sales: Im Global
Director: Shawn Christensen
Feature based on 2012 Oscar-winning short “Curfew,” about a man forced to look after his precocious 11-year-old niece. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: A. J. Edwards
The story of Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Market premiere.
Sales: Electric Entertainment
Director: Tod “Kip” Williams
Producers: Richard Saperstein, »
- Variety Staff
To some, the sun-drenched, tourist-magnet city of Maitland, Florida may seem like an odd place for an art-house movie theater and film festival. Disney World is right around the corner, so who wants to go sit in a dark room and watch a John Cassavettes film? But, contrary to these misconception, Maitland does have a thriving movie-loving community: a thirsty, film-savvy coterie. The Enzian, the quirky single-screen theater in which the Florida Film Festival is rooted, and around which the local community has grown and thrived, acts as a sort of Mecca for Central Florida filmgoers. And this isn't a group of old people wearing flower-pattern shirts and flip flops with socks, to usurp another bias. A couple hundred people showed up at 11am to hear indie filmmaker Shawn Christensen talk about how he expanded his Oscar-winning short "Curfew," which played the Florida Film Festival in 2012, into a full-length feature, »
- Greg Cwik
The announcement comes as sales agents scramble to assemble fresh line-ups for the Croisette at a time when new product is thin on the ground.
Before I Disappear director Shawn Christensen based the film on his 2013 Academy Award-winning live action short Curfew and stars alongside Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Ron Perlman and Richard Schiff.
ICM Partners and Verve represent North American rights to the story of a man who must look after his niece on a night when he becomes embroiled in a fight between his two employers.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be representing Before I Disappear,” said Electric’s head of international distribution Sonia Mehandjiyska. “It’s a crowd-pleasing film with a great cast and wonderful performances and we at Electric look forward to bringing this award-winning »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Grace, Liam Neeson, and Famke Janssen are set to reprise their roles while Forest Whitaker has also joined the cast. Luc Besson will produce the film which begins production next week. [Source: Variety]
Neve Campbell ("Scream") has scored a voice role in Lawrence Guterman's CG animated feature "Bremen Town Musicians". This reimagining of the Russian folk tale and Brothers Grimm story about an incompetent wizard's search across space and time for the greatest musical troupe in creation.
Campbell will portray Princess Lielle, who is betrothed to the narcissistic Duke Henri (Jeffrey Wright), trapped in a gilded cage and dreaming of freedom from a life she never wanted. [Source: Heat Vision]
- Garth Franklin
When we last heard about Condemned, we learned Dylan Penn was going to star. Caliber Media informs us Johnny Messner, Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams, Jordan Gelber, Lydia Hearst, Honor Titus, Genevieve Hudson-Price, Anthony Chisholm, Kevin Kirkwood, Kea Ho, and Michael Drayer also join the cast. Eli Morgan Gesner will direct the horror film; cameras begin rolling in April.
- Ryan Turek
Screen Daily is reporting that more cast members have joined the new film from director Eli Morgan Gesner, Condemned. According to the site, Johnny Messner (pictured), Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams, and Jordan Gelber have all been cast.
In the film Dylan Penn will play the lead role of “Maya, the youngest member of a group of kids who live in a condemned, filthy squat in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. After an infection originating from their own waste hits the building’s residents, the people inside lose their mind and go on murderous rampages.”
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- Uncle Creepy
Eli Morgan Gesner is set to commence shooting in April in New York.
Gesner also wrote the story about a fight to the death in a mysterious Manhattan building.
Johnny Messner, Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams and Jordan Gelber have joined Dylan Penn in Condemned, the horror film from Eli Morgan Gesner. Photos: 15 Horror Movies That Offered the Most Bang for the Buck Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged the financing and are producing alongside Jason Sokoloff. Also cast were Genevieve Hudson-Price (The Wire), Anthony Chisholm (Oz), Kevin Kirkwood (Broadway’s Kinky Boots), Kea Ho (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Michael Drayer (Deception). Lydia Hearst and punk rocker Honor Titus are already on board. Penn, Titus, Rubinstein and Hudson-Price portray
- Borys Kit
At this year's SXSW, Indiewire partnered with photographer Daniel Bergeron to produce a series of portraits with talent representing films -- and the best in TV -- screened at the festival. From Alejandro Jodorowsky to Spandau Ballet to Elijah Wood, this year's lineup brought together a cross-section of filmmakers, actors and musicians, all of whom were obsessed with the conceptualization of identity and memory. In Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" -- an expressive drama about the relationship between a suicidal young man and his niece -- we are asked to explore the different dimensions of ourselves; who we are here and now. Whereas Jodorosky's "The Dance of Reality," and "Spandau Ballet," meditate on how we are remembered. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is perhaps cinema's most in-depth examination of what it means to create a sense of self, while Showtime's "Halt and Catch Fire" takes on an entire industry and »
- Shipra Gupta
Fleshing out this feature-length film from his Oscar-winning short film, Curfew (2012), writer-director Shawn Christensen's Before I Disappear is by no means an enjoyable experience, because -- well -- suicide is certainly not the most joyful of subjects. This is very much a mood piece that is intended to transport the audience into the piss-filled gutter of Richie's worthless existence. While Christensen seems to enjoy wallowing in the pervasive ugliness of Richie's life, fleeting moments of magic realism hint at a possibility of a life that could become more vibrant and cheery. (A hauntingly surreal hallway party scene set to David Bowie's "Five Years" and a bowling alley dance sequence choreographed to Goodnight Radio's "Sophia So Far" are the film's strangest -- maybe even strongest -- moments.) Richie's destiny has already been set in motion and there is only one possible outcome for this story, so to expect any »
- Don Simpson
Earning more points for visual panache than emotional truth, writer-director-star Shawn Christensen’s “Before I Disappear” chronicles one long, dark night of the soul for a suicidal screw-up whose need for salvation could only have been made more obvious if the filmmakers had forced him to drag a deadweight behind him the whole time. Which, in a manner of speaking, they have: From the moment our tortured hero gets saddled with a hyper-precocious niece who has a thing or two to teach him about love, responsibility and family, this pseudo-gritty descent into a shady New York underworld reveals its soft, contrived center. Too overwrought to really convince or resonate, yet assembled with enough flair to work as a solid calling card for its debuting helmer, this feature-length expansion of Christensen’s Oscar-winning 2013 short, “Curfew,” should continue to make festival inroads after its audience-award win at SXSW. Theatrical prospects look niche-y. »
- Justin Chang
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
The Sting Called Love: Christensen’s Debut Rife with Melodramatic Cliché
Shawn Christensen, who won an Academy Award for his 2013 short film, Curfew, expands his award winning triumph to feature length with Before I Disappear. Something gets a little lost in the translation, however, in this tale about a vagabond hipster loser who actually inspires less empathy the more time we experience his dilemma on screen. It takes the right blend of melancholy personality to strike the correct balance of the loveable, love-struck loser (i.e., Joaquin Phoenix in Her) and Christensen, who casts himself in the lead, doesn’t feel quite right, though character and narrative development are partially to blame for the ambivalence as well. It’s a tale that requires a strong, emotional component to be successful, and its glaring absence only becomes more and more apparent as it shuttles us off into the vacuum of the hopeful ending. »
- Nicholas Bell
Days after revealing their juried award winners, the SXSW Film Festival announced the Audience Award-winners over the weekend. Topping the Narrative Feature Competition was Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear," and nabbing the most votes in the Documentary Feature Competition was Diana Whitten's "Vessel." Other winners includes Diego Luna's new film, "Cesar Chavez" (Narrative Spotlight), Ben Cotner and Ryan's White Sundance fave "The Cast Against 8" (Festival Favorites), and Mike Judge's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" (Episodic). Below is the full list of Audience Award winners. Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear Director: Shawn Christensen Documentary Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Vessel Director: Diana Whitten Documentary Spotlight Audience Award Winner: DamNation Director: Ben Knight & Travis Rummel Narrative Spotlight Audience Award Winner: Cesar Chavez Directors: Diego Luna Visions Audience Award Winner: »
- Nigel M Smith
SXSW Film Festival Audience Awards have been announced, with Before I Disappear winning the award in the Narrative Feature Competition and DamNation earning the audience award in Documentary Spotlight.
SXSW announced the Audience Award-winners from the Narrative Feature Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Visions, Midnighters, Episodic, SXGlobal, Festival Favorites and Design Award categories. The Audience Award for 24 Beats Per Second will be announced on Monday, March 17.
Before I Disappear, which won the audience award from the Narrative Feature Competition, came into SXSW with a fair amount of momentum. Directed by Shawn Christensen, the character study is based off his Oscar-winning short film, Curfew. The movie stars Christensen as Richie, a depressed man who is forced to take care of his eleven-year-old niece, Sophia (Fatima Ptacek). Before I Disappear also stars Emmy Rossum (Shameless), Paul Wesley (The Vampire Diaries) and Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).
Congrats to the »
Film fans are now making their way from Austin and another year at the SXSW Film Festival, with bbq stains in unexpected places and flickering images still dancing in their head. And after the juries weighed in last week with the best of the fest, now regular audiences have noted on what was worth paying attention to this year in Texas. The two big prizes for Narrative feature and Documentary feature went to Shawn Christensen's "Before I Disappear" and Diana Whitten's "Vessel." Meanwhile, biopic "Cesar Chavez" took the Narrative Spotlight trophy, while HBO's upcoming comedy "Silicon Valley" won for Episodic television and the recently finished "True Detective" took Title Design here, just as it did with the jury folks. Full list of winners below. Click here for more coverage from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. 2014 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award Winners: Narrative Feature Competition Audience Award Winner: Before I Disappear »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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