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Since its beginning in 1963, the New York Film Festival has grown into one of the more anticipated stops for film fans on the festival circuit, with the 2014 incarnation of the festival alone seeing Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s Gone Girl make their world premiere at the event. As the festival’s importance has grown, the lineup presented has also piqued the interest of film fans. With the 2015 event set to run from September 25th to October 11th, a second wave of the lineup has now been announced to go with the previous Main Slate announcement.
The festival had previously announced that Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk would be the opening night film, making its World Premiere at the event, and the Don Cheadle film Miles Ahead would be the closing night feature, also making its World Premiere. The following films, with their official synopses, will also be playing at the event. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Lovers of "Marnie," Alfred Hitchcock's 1964 psychosexual pas de deux with Tippi Hedren that placed weirdly high on a recent BBC critics' poll of the best movies ever, are in for a treat at this year's Vienna fest. The quintessential Hitchcock blonde gets her very own tribute, titled Choreography of Desire, including screenings of that film, "The Birds" and her recently re-released film maudit "Roar," co-starring her daughter Melanie Griffith. Read More: 'Citizen Kane' Still the Best American Movie Ever, According to BBC Critics Poll The now-unspooling Viennale lineup also includes an ode to late filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, who died this year at age 106, presented by fellow Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa. Highlights of the feature film lineup include Sundance titles "Diary of a Teenage Girl," "Dope," "End of the Tour" and "Tangerine," as well as other festival faves such as Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of »
- Ryan Lattanzio
They're calling it a "Preview," but what the Vienna International Film Festival has unveiled today looks to be pretty much the bulk of its lineup for its 2015 edition. Tippi Hedren will be on hand for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Other highlights include Pedro Costa's tribute to Manoel de Oliveira, special programs dedicated to Raúl Perrone and Federico Veiroj, documentaries by Thom Andersen, Les Blank, Adam Curtis and Frederick Wiseman, new features by Woody Allen, Corneliu Porumboiu, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Sean Baker, Alex Ross Perry, Britni West and more. » - David Hudson »
In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.
UK sales company Film Republic has picked up international sales for Brazilian director José Pedro Goulart’s feature debut Point Zero (Ponto Zero) - one of the films presented in Locarno’s Carte Blanche showcase dedicated to Brazil last year.
The co-production between Porto Alegre-based Minima and Okna Producoes centres on one fateful night when a young boy, faced with many challenges at home and in school, has to learn to grow up very quickly after stealing his violent father’s car to find a call girl whose number he found of the windscreen.
Film Republic’s managing director Xavier Henry-Rashid is in Locarno this week for the international premire at the independent Critics’ Week of Karolina Bielawska’s award-winning Polish documentary Call Me Marianna.
He is also handling two Swiss titles:
Claudia Lorenz’s first feature What’s »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
My second day in Locarno I've shamefacedly dedicated to what some of the critics here call "the old movies." To be honest, while I am very much thrilled to be one of the first people to see new films by my favorite filmmakers as well as be surprised ones by those I don't know, almost every one of these films, most shot digitally and certainly projected digitally here in Locarno, I will be able to catch again somehow, whether in the "digital library" at the festival itself, through a link from a filmmaker/producer/publicist/friend, or at the next festival stop they make. The 35mm films in Locarno are obviously therefore a much more rarified commodity and experience, something David Bordwell testified to in his report from the nearly all film (and certainly all "old movies") festival in Bologna in June: namely, the increasing popularity of festivals which cater to these now-unique celluloid experiences, »
- Daniel Kasman
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Jim Jarmusch photographed by Wim Wenders.The lineup for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari.A sad ending to an ambitious enterprise: The online, Us-based film publication The Dissolve has had to fold after only two years. Best of luck to their talented staff of editors and writings.Some good news from the online-film-criticism scene: the Norweigan film magazine Montages has launched its English-language international edition.!Portuguese great Manoel de Oliveira passed away last April at the age of 106. The documentary short Um Século de Energia, above, seems to be his final film.Critic Mike D'Angelo, a contributor to The Dissolve among many other publications, has written in defense of the "first-person review."If you were annoyed, »
Madrid – Completing one of the biggest Latin America- U.S.-Europe co-productions in history, Canana, the Mexico-l.A.-based production house of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” one of Latin America’s most awaited and most ambitious movies.
A partner with Im Global in Mundial, a pioneering Latin America sales company, and with Participant Media in Participant PanAmerica, beyond its own lead productions – “Miss Bala,” “Cesar Chavez,” Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard player “The Chosen Ones” — Canana has been a key driver of first moves to create a pan-regional Latin American film industry, co-producing milestone recent Latin American co-productions such as Pablo Larrain’s “No” and Pablo Fendrik’s “Ardor.”
“We are thrilled to join such a group of colleagues — all admired »
- John Hopewell
6. After Vanda? New DirectionsWeekend 6 - March 7 - 9The films explored over the course of the past five Harvard-Gulbenkian programs have boldly, brilliantly anticipated and defined new directions explored by 21st century world cinema. Aesthetically, politically and formally, the films of Reis-Cordeiro, Rocha, Dias, Viegas and Mozos have each in their own way pioneered new modes of narrative cinema, at times radically intermingling of fiction and non-fiction while always searching always for a new relationship between sound and image, between poetry and politics. In Tras-os-montes and Mudar de vida, we see clearly anticipated the brand of “docu-fiction” so important in world cinema today. In Dias 48, nuanced meta-cinema becomes a way to interrogate the political meaning of the image at its most profoundly level. In Viegas’ Gloria and Mozos Xavier, meanwhile, we discover a new kind of cinematic sensorium—an emotional tactility—as well as an alternate concept of film history told »
- Cinema Dialogues: Harvard at the Gulbenkian
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.
Six international directors who share a history with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 3-11) are to present one of their favourite films at the 50th edition of the festival in the Czech spa town.
Each will select and personally present a favourite film that played a fundamental role in defining their own styles on filmmaking.
“It is extremely important to us that we maintain long-term relationships with filmmakers whose work we follow continuously, often from the beginning of their careers, which in many cases were launched at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,” says Kviff artistic director Karel Och.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In today's roundup of news and views: A new journal on television narratives; a review of a book from Raymond Cauchetier, who photographed Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and other French New Wave filmmakers at work; more long takes on Alex Garland's Ex Machina (and Joe Wright's interview with Alicia Vikander); Boris Nelepo on Manoel De Oliveira; John Powers on The Matrix; Bright Lights on Boyhood; a conversation about Don Hertzfeldt; an appreciation of Federico Fellini; Jaws at 40 and Total Recall at 25; in defense of Cameron Crowe's Aloha; and Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Atom Egoyan, Bob Rafelson and Pablo Trapero are among the directors who have pledged their support to Film4Climate. » - David Hudson »
The ghosts did not take long to present themselves. Oliveira's seventh feature, Visita ou Memórias e Confissões, conveys a bevy of autobiographical musings on his family house and himself. Filmed in 1981 when he was 73, yet shelved voluntarily until after his death, Memories and Confessions has since become a kind of talisman for the director, an n+1 variable where the n is his 31-item back catalogue cut short last year. The first character introduced in the movie is a magnolia that blooms twice a year—first in "a rapid blossoming," then in the shape of "a rare star of maturity." Conveniently, the film's structure comprises just what the original title enumerates: a visit, some memories, a handful of confessions. The visitors in question are a man and a woman whom we do not get to see but whose voices we keep hearing off-screen. As they drop in at an empty house »
- Boris Nelepo
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Rainer Werner Fassbinder would have turned 70 this week. Can you imagine how many films unfilmed he would have made between 1982, when he died, and now? At his Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr, Adrian Curry has found a fantastic poster for Fassbinder's 1981 film, Lola.fxguide has a terrific exploration of the computer effects used in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road.Above: Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard. From our Tumblr.New York's essential BAMcinamFest, running June 17 - 28, has announced its 2015 lineup, which features such Notebook favorites as Queen of Earth, Stinking Heaven, and Counting, as well as several premieres including a new short film by our friend and contributor C. Mason Wells.Film Comment's Nicholas Rapold has interviewed with Apichatpong Weerasethakul about Cemetery of Splendour, the best film in Cannes this year. »
Below you will find our favorite films of the Festival de Cannes, as well as an index of our coverage, with more entries, including interviews, to come. We also have an index of the festival's awards.Daniel Kasmantop Picksi. Cemetery of Splendour, The AssassinII. Visit or Memoirs and Confessions, In the Shadow of Women, The Exquisite Corpus, The Lobster, Mad Max: Fury Road, The TreasureIII. Arabian Nights, Journey to the Shore, Mountains May Depart***COVERAGEDay 1: Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone)Day 2: In the Shadow of Women (Philippe Garrel), One Floor Below (Radu Muntean), Son of Saul (Lazlo Nemes)Day 3: The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos), My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin)Day 4: Arabian Nights Volume 1: The Restless One, Carol (Todd Haynes)Day 5: Journey to the Shore (Kiyoshi Kurosawa), Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier)Day 6: Arabian Nights Volume Two: The Desolate One »
Before moving on to news of other festivals, we need to wrap Cannes. An aggregated poll of critics' polls places Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights in the #1 slot. But Manoel de Oliveira's Visit, or Memories and Confessions tops a favorite poll of ours, so we've collected a couple of reviews. Meantime, Seattle's marathon festival rolls on. Edinburgh's announced its lineup. The New York Asian Film Festival will present its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Ringo Lam. Munich will honor Alexander Payne and, in October, Tokyo will screen retrospectives of work by Orson Welles and Shuji Terayama. » - David Hudson »
The festival stretches its arms today and breaths a big sigh of relief: the Cannes Marché is ending, the business types fleeing the Palais des Festivals, the Croisette and Cannes, far away from any such shuddered utterances as "Apichatpong," "Hou," or "Porumboiu." God forbid! The festival thus empties out a bit, making queues shorter, the time one can sleep in the morning precious minutes longer. The suits are replaced by regular tourists, from cruises or from the country, and the town loses a bit of its charged, schizophrenic character with this exchange, because, let's admit, the commotion money brings with it is usually a spectacle to behold. And without the money, what is Cannes?Romanian New Wave director Corneliu Porumbiou asks something related in The Treasure, one of the festival's best and a real pleasure in these last dwindling days. As slim, funny and diagrammed as a Hong Sang-soo comedy »
- Daniel Kasman
Manoel de Oliveira, who passed away last month, made Visita ou Memórias e Confissões in 1982 but insisted that it not be screened until after his death. Cannes will show it as part of its Classics program and, last night, the film saw its premiere the Portuguese filmmaker's hometown, Porto. And Vitor Pinto was there for Cineuropa. Also in today's roundup: Essays and videos marking the 50th anniversary of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville, an appreciation of Michelangelo Antonioni's L’Avventura and an interview with Enrique Buchichio. Plus, HBO has picked up David Fincher's Living on Video for a ten-episode first-season run, Louis C.K. will write, direct and star in I'm a Cop—and more. » - David Hudson »
The 68th Locarno Film Festival will honor international cinema nonpareil Bulle Ogier, 75, with a Pardo alla carriera, the Swiss festival's annual lifetime achievement prize. A selection of films and a conversation with the audience will accompany the tribute. With this award the festival looks back at the legacy of the Nouvelle Vague and its most iconic figures, including past recipients Anna Karina and Jean-Pierre Léaud. A stage actress before moving to film, Bulle Ogier (née Marie-France Thielland) broke out in Jacques Rivette's "L'amour fou" (1969). This sparked a collaboration on six more films including "Celine and Julie Go Boating," "Pont du Nord" and "Gang of Four." Major European directors continued to cast her in films, from Luis Bunuel, Rw Fassbinder and Manoel de Oliveira to Claude Chabrol and Claude Lelouch, as well as her husband Barbet Schroeder. Alain Tanner's 1971 Swiss drama »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute with a career Golden Leopard to French actress Bulle Ogier, known for appearing in almost all of Jacques Rivette’s films after starring in his 1968 classic “L’Amour Fou.”
The choice of Ogier — who has also worked with other major European directors including Claude Lelouch, Louis Bunuel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Claude Chabrol, Daniel Schmid, and Manoel de Oliveira, as well as her husband Barbet Schroeder — represents a continuation of the Swiss fest’s revisitation of the legacy of the French Nouvelle Vague.
Locarno’s tribute to Bulle Ogier will be accompanied by a selection of films she has appeared in and also by an onstage “In Conversation »
- Nick Vivarelli
This year's Cannes Classics -- the section of the Cannes Film Festival dedicated to heritage films -- will pay tribute to filmmaker Costa-Garvas, winner of the 1982 Palme d'or for "Missing," who served on the Jury in 1976. The festival will also celebrate Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, as well as feature a tribute to Manoel de Oliveira and an evening with Barbet Schroeder. Along with these tributes, documentaries about cinema and restorations from around the world will also be featured. The festival will also feature new films by Barbet Schroeder ("Amnesia") and Eric Hannezo ("Rabid Dogs"). Read More: Cannes Wish List: 20 Films We Hope to See at the 2015 Festival Below is the Cannes Classics lineup, courtesy of the festival: Documentaries about cinema"Hitchcock/Truffaut" by Kent Jones (2015)"Depardieu Grandeur Nature" by Richard Melloul (2014)"Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans" by Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna »
- Jena Keahon
Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.
The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.
Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.
The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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