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Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money
The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...
"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director
Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France
Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)
Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)
Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »
The lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival has been announced and, between August 6 and 16, we'll see new films by the likes of Pedro Costa, Eugène Green, Jean-Marie Straub, Thom Andersen, Lav Diaz and Matías Piñeiro. There'll also be tributes to Mia Farrow, Agnès Varda, Juliette Binoche, Víctor Erice, Dario Argento and more. Along with Histoire(s) du cinéma, a collection of programs of classics and rediscoveries, there'll also be a mighty salute to the legendary Italian production company Titanus. » - David Hudson »
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.
Full details of the line-up for the 67th Locarno Film Festival, which runs August 6-16, were unveiled at a press conference in the Swiss capital Berne today.
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard in the festival’s International Competition section are world premiers including Syllas Tzoumerkas’s A Blast [pictured], Jungbum Park’s Alive (South Korea), Paul Vecchiali’s White Nights On The Pier (France) and Yury Bykov’s The Fool (Russia). International premieres include Alex Ross Perry’s hotly antipated Us comedy Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman who is expected to attend.
The Piazza Grande line-up includes the international premieres of Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs, Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens’ critically acclaimed Iceland set Land Ho! Which world premiered at Sundance, and Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, which played in competition in Cannes. World premieres »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Rome — The 67th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promising lineup, which sees particularly strong presences from both North and South America, more established auteurs competing alongside lots of newcomers, and a distinct diversity of genres and styles that is becoming the trademark of artistic director Carlo Chatrian, now at his second edition.
As previously announced, the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and innovative cinema in its different forms will open with Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy,” launching out-of-competition from Locarno’s 8,000 seat open-air Piazza Grande venue on Aug. 7, shortly after the English-language sci-fi thriller bows Stateside July 25 via Universal.
Other titles unspooling on the Piazza Grande include the fest bow of Lasse Hallstrom’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, which turns on a displaced family from India who open a restaurant in the South of France. This DreamWorks/Participant Media crowdpleaser starring »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome -- The Locarno Film Festival on Wednesday announced a cosmopolitan competition slate dominated by world premieres and featuring the latest from Portugal's Pedro Costa, U.S. indie darling Alex Ross Perry, and veteran French filmmaker Paul Vecchiali. The fest also said it would present career honors to acclaimed thespians Mia Farrow, Juliette Binoche, and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups The festival's famed Piazza Grande venue, which has Europe's largest silver screen, again features an eclectic mix of pop productions, cerebral fare, and classics, including Luc Besson's thriller Lucy -- which stars Scarlett Johansson -- Lasse Hallström's comedy The Hundred Foot
- Eric J. Lyman
What will it take for the Cannes Film Festival to show more documentaries? In the last 58 years, Cannes has selected only three documentaries for its main competition: Jacques Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's "The Silent World" in 1956 and two films from Michael Moore ("Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11"). Rather, docs frequently pop up in the Special Screenings section. This year, they include Laurent Bécue-Renard's "Of Men and War," Steve James's "Life Itself," Hilla Medalia's "The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films," Gabe Polsky's "Red Army," Ossama Mohammed's "Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait," and Stéphanie Valloatto's "Cartoonists - Foot Soldiers Of Democracy." And while filmmakers experimenting with docu-fiction hybrids like Jia Zhang-ke ("24 City"), Ulrich Seidl ("Import/Export"), Pedro Costa ("Colossal Youth") and Lisandro Alonso (appearing this year in Certain Regard with "Jauja") continue to crash Cannes' vaunted barriers, the number isn't »
- Anthony Kaufman
How sweat it is for Canadian film. There’ll be a maple syruppy touch to the Cannes Film Festival presence to the 67th Cannes Film Festival with a trio of Canuck films among today’s 17 Main Competition (we expect the number to possibly increase by at least one before the fest breaks). We have David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan and while there is no Denys Arcand this year, the baton has been passed over to Xavier Dolan, who we believe becomes the youngest ever filmmaker to be included in the section. The influx of Canadian helmers means a depletion of U.S fare, with only the opener, Tommy Lee Jones and Bennett Miller breaking into the group.
- Eric Lavallee
The 2014 Art of the Real series, running from April 11th through the 26th at New York's Film Society Lincoln Center, could not have possibly asked for a more appropriate film with which to kick off its exploratory ruminations on documentary filmmaking. Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s La última película is, among several things, a meta-commentary on its own layered being, a jocular doomsday journey through the collapsed scaffolding of the medium itself. Largely riffing on Dennis Hopper’s 1971 acid anti-Western The Last Movie (as well as its behind-the-scenes companion piece, The American Dreamer), Martin and Peranson employ varying film formats—everything from Super 8mm to HD digital—to weave a postmodern quilt that’s forever ripping at the seams. It’s a purposely paradoxical work, caustic and vulnerable, playful and grave, a flickering montage of photographs and an upside-down tracking shot—and, in its mingling of artifice and raw materials, »
- Fernando F. Croce
The Moon, the opposite of the sun, hovers over us by night, the opposite of day.
And indeed, when Matahi chases after her, the moon spreads its path on the sea.
He runs and swims after her, moving faster than a normal human being, defying the laws of gravity.
Miraculously, he catches up to the boat.
Thus, he must die, sinking back into a void…
…while ghost ships linger on in the distance…
…carrying another hopeless romantic, and a moving corpse—A second Nosferatu.
The moon is absent in Murnau’s earlier film, made nearly ten years before Tabu, but it is in the one he made nearly five years after Nosferatu, when George O’Brien leaves his wife for a midnight rendezvous with another woman.
And indeed, »
- Neil Bahadur
There is no need for you to leave the house. Stay at your table and listen. Don't even listen, just wait. Don't even wait, be completely quiet and alone. The world will offer itself to you to be unmasked; it can't do otherwise; in raptures it will writhe before you."
—Franz Kafka, "Reflections on Sin, Suffering, Hope, and the True Way."
Above: Director Vítor Gonçalves
Behold the Palace Square in Lisbon—or rather, Praça do Comércio, where the Royal Ribeira Palace stood for nearly two hundred years. In the 18th century, the palace was destroyed by the Great Lisbon Earthquake, never to be restored (instead was built a new one, though, not for the King to live) hence the new name—The Square of Commerce. Here, in the seat of Fascist power, tens of thousands people would gather to listen to Salazar's orations (see Brandos Costumes by Alberto Seixas Santos); then came the Carnation Revolution. »
- Boris Nelepo
Written and directed by Anne Émond
Two bodies, first in sexual motion, then in a dark stillness accompanied by conversations of previous grief and existential dread. It’s a subject explored before by Éric Rohmer and in a much lighter sense with Linklater’s Before trilogy. It’s a certain style of romantic trope in cinema history to focus heavily on interesting protagonists as they attempt to connect with each other, revealed who they are with brevity, jokes, and noxious nostalgia. Nuit #1, the first feature of Québécois Anne Émond, aspires to this lineage, taking us from a glitzy, sweaty club nightlife to a dingy, starving-artist-approved apartment for real-time, blunt sex until the title card announces the time for the sometimes illuminating, yet always sophomoric dialogue.
Nikolai (Dimitri Storage) stops Clara (Catherine de Léan) as she takes her exit from what she assumed to be a typical one-night stand. »
- Zach Lewis
Via The Criterion Collection, "Mad World Locations, Then and Now". Serge Daney in English has published a three-part series entitled The "Berri affair", "...which Serge Daney described as one of the 'two moments in my life where I was ashamed to belong to something idiotic' Future posts will attempt to describe what happens in 1991 (a year or so before Daney's death)." Part: 1 | 2 | 3. Also, check out the blog's summary of Daney translations from 2013.
Above: the trailer for Aïda Ruilova's Head and Hands: My Black Angel, a documentary that captures a conversation between writer Alissa Bennett and Abel Ferrara. For The New Yorker, Richard Brody writes on Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip:
"The movie is another installment in a decadelong run of independent films with career-centric stories. It’s a tradition that goes back more than half a century, which arises from the practical difficulties built into the process of making films. »
- Adam Cook
The Trylon Microcinema Location: 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis, Mn No. of Screens: 1 Opened: July 2009 History: You can’t properly tell the story of the Trylon without pausing to remember the late, great Oak Street Cinema, an Art Deco style movie house in Minneapolis that screened classic and indie selections from around the world. The Oak Street was kind of like my first car: It was old, clunky and died an ignoble death, but it took me places I’d never been. Trylon repertory programmer Barry Kryshka takes the story from here: “A lot of the people who were instrumental in founding the Trylon were involved in the Oak Street Cinema. The big impetus was we loved the programming the Oak Street was doing, and when it stopped we wanted to continue it somewhere else, some way.” Barry and others launched the nonprofit Take-Up Productions and started showing movies in 2006 anywhere they could, whether »
- J.L. Sosa
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