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Los Cabos – Joined by producers Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin, plus cast Sarai Givaty, Emilio Echeverria, Chico Diaz and Richa Chadda, Mexico’s scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga received a Tribute award Friday night from Los Cabos Festival at the Spanish-world premiere of the religion-themed omnibus feature “Words With Gods,” which Arriaga originated.
A nine fiction-short omnibus feature,”Words With Gods” sees name directors – Arriaga, Hector Babenco, Warwick Thornton, Mira Nair, Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai, Alex de la Iglesia, Emir Kusturica, Bahman Ghobadi – focus on stories related to a religion close to them.
Accompanying Arriaga, “Words With Gods” producer Garcia said that it is “the first of four films which table themes we are not allowed to discuss,” reiterating that the next will be about sex, politics and drugs.
’Words With Gods’ is an attempt to open up a breach, a dialog. We believe nobody should be rejected or killed because of their religious, »
- John Hopewell
Day 1 begins with two films I listed in my Top 5 Most Anticipated List.
Guillermo Arriaga … (segment “La Sangre de Dios”)
Hector Babenco … (segment “The Man That Stole a Duck”)
Álex de la Iglesia … (segment “The Confession”)
Bahman Ghobadi … (segment “Kaboki”)
Amos Gitai … (segment “The Book of Amos”)
Mira Nair … (segment “God Room”)
Hideo Nakata … (segment “Sufferings”)
Warwick Thornton … (segment “True Gods”)
Words With Gods is a collection of nine short films, shot by nine different directors representing nine different religions that they themselves believe or were raised in at some point. Guillermo Arriaga who produced the project and directed a short atheism says he hopes to foster a dialogue of understanding between faiths, and this film is hopefully the first in a series of movies discussing all those »
- Jae K. Renfrow
Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced the selections in Focus Mexico.
The films are as follows:
The Obscure Spring (Las Oscuras Primaveras)
Manuela Jankovic’s War (La Guerra De Manuela Jankovic)
The Absent (Los Ausentes)
The Well (Manto Acuífero)
The Amazing Catfish (Los Insólitos Peces Gato)
The Empty Hours (Las Horas Muertas)
Words With Gods (Palabras Con Dioses)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Viewers from different religious backgrounds may reach contrasting interpretations of the nine shorts that make up spiritually themed portmanteau pic “Words With Gods,” but most are likely to agree on one key point: It’s altogether a bit of a slog. Masterminded by Mexican writer-director Guillermo Arriaga, this chunky, festival-friendly item has commendable conceptual reach, with each individual film meditating on a particular belief system, from Islam to atheism to Aboriginal spirituality. Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s comic fable “Sometimes Look Up” is the only standalone keeper from an omnibus that, commercially at least, hasn’t much of a prayer.
As if “Words With Gods” weren’t a noble enough prospect to begin with, Arriaga and company have rather gilded the lily by securing the services of Peruvian author and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa to “curate” the films’ order. That doesn’t appear to have been too strenuous a »
- Guy Lodge
Madrid – In a coup for the fast-growing Mexican Festival, November’s third Los Cabos Festival will host the North American premiere of “Words With Gods.”
The first part of a four-feature project, “Heartbeat of the World” and a one-of-a kind for the Mexican film industry, “Heartbeat” links director-screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga (“The Burning Plain”), who originated the concept for “Heartbeat,” and Alex Garcia, the L.A.-based prexy of Ag Studios, who produces with Argentina’s Lucas Akoskin and Arriaga.
Screening Nov. 14, “Words With Gods” will comprise the centerpiece gala screening of the festival, which runs Nov. 12-16. At the gala, Arriaga will receive Los Cabos’ Mexican Tribute award, fest director Alonso Aguilar-Castillo told Variety, confirming Los Cabos has been chasing the film for a year.
While Arriaga and Garcia are driving forces behind “Words With Gods,” an omnibus feature of nine short films, its directors could hardly be more far-ranging »
- John Hopewell
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.
This morning in Rome, Biennale president Paolo Baratta and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera unveiled the lineup for the 71st Venice Film Festival, which features some extraordinarily exciting titles and intriguingly under-the-radar picks.
Twenty films will be competing in the main competition, 19 of which are world premieres with one international premiere out of the lot. Out of all the titles at Venice this year, Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton and features a star-studded cast including Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, is undoubtedly the title with the most chance of gaining Oscar attention this year after making the rounds on the festival circuit (it’s heading to the Toronto International Film Festival next).
Also anticipated are Manglehorn, a collaboration between Prince Avalanche helmer David Gordon Green and Al Pacino, and Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill, with Ethan Hawke, Bruce Greenwood, January Jones and Zoe Kravitz. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This morning came the announcement of the 2014 Venice Film Festival lineup and we already knew Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman would serve as the opening night film and for the most part a lot of the more recognizable entries are those we already discussed as part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup. This includes Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes, David Gordon Green's Manglehorn starring Al Pacino, Abel Ferrera's Pasolini, Barry Levinson's The Humbling and Andrew Niccol's The Good Kill. There are, however, some titles worthy of note such as the latest film from The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer, The Lord of Silence, Fatih Akin's The Cut, She's Funny that Way from Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko's Olive Kitteredge and a new film from James Franco in The Sound and the Fury based on Faulkner's novel. Joe Dante shows up with a new horror-comedy in Burying the Ex, »
- Brad Brevet
Whiles the likes of Terrence Malick, Todd Haynes, Alexander Sokurov, Giorgos Lanthimos and J.C. Chandor no where to be found in the fall fest season map (with concerns to Malick — Telluride and Tiff might still have those surprises up their sleeves) the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival is still a lean and mean (American-French-Italian heavy) comp with the now “confirmed” presence of Fatih Akin (the cross continent The Cut - see pic above), Ramin Bahrani (Michael Shannon starrer 99 Homes), Abel Ferrara (a Thin Blue Line truth revealer Pasolini), David Gordon Green (Pacino comeback vehicle Manglehorn), Roy Andersson (the long awaited A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence) and Joshua Oppenheimer (public Indonesian isolation accompaniment film The Look Of Silence). The U.S. presence is equally as heavy in the Out of Comp section with the likes of Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Barry Levinson, Lisa Cholodenko and James Franco making a stop, »
- Eric Lavallee
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Actress, director and screenwriter Nicole Garcia is to preside over the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or award for the best debut film at Cannes.
Garcia, who has presented a total of seven films at Cannes as both actress and director, first came to attention in Bertrand Tavernier’s Let Joy Reign Supreme in 1975 and subsequently worked with directors Henri Verneuil (Body of My Enemy, 1976) and Laurent Heynemann (The Question, 1977).
In 1979, her performance in Philippe de Broca’s Practice Makes Perfect earned her popular acclaim and a César award for best supporting actress. She went on to work with the greats of French cinema including Alain Resnais (My American Uncle, 1980), Bertrand Blier (Stepfather, 1981), Claude Lelouch (Bolero: Dance of Life, 1981), Pierre Schoendoerffer (A Captain’s Honor, 1982), Claude Sautet (Waiter!, 1983) and Claude Miller (Little Lili, 2003).
She made her behind-the-camera debut with Every Other Weekend in 1990, followed by The Favorite Son in 1994. She has directed seven films, of »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Paris — France’s Nicole Garcia, a well-regarded actress-turned-director who has worked with many of French cinemas greats, will serve as president of the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’or Award jury.
Created in 1978, the Camera d’or prizes the best feature debut at the Festival, whether the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, or Un Certain Regard), Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.
Past plaudits have gone to Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise”), Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”), Jaco Van Dormael (“Toto the Heroe”), Naomi Kawase (“Suzake”), Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time For Drunken Horses”) and Steve McQueen (“Hunger”).
Often selecting films from directors who came into Cannes as virtual unknowns outside their country of origin – Mexico’s Michael Rowe, with “Leap Year,” for example – winners very often count among the select group of Cannes arthouse movies which garner bountiful sales in Cannes’ follow-up, though prices paid for winning titles is now another matter. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Guillermo Arriaga's faith-themed anthology film "Words with Gods," with an original song by Peter Gabriel and shaped into its current structure by Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, has a first trailer. Watch below. The likes of Bahman Ghobadi, Mira Nair and Amos Ghitai directed segments for the film, along with other international renowned filmmakers. Here's the official synopsis:In Words with Gods, each director recounts a narrative centered around human fragility, as well as environmental and cultural crises involving specific religions with which each has a personal relationship; including early Aboriginal Spirituality, Umbanda, Buddhism, the Abrahamic faiths, Hinduism, and Atheism. An animated sequence by Mexican animator Maribel Martinez is woven through each of the film segments, with each segment narratively connected as a feature length film. Words with Gods is ultimately the first part of the Arriaga-helmed Heartbeat of the World feature film series, which will »
- Beth Hanna
The trailer for Guillermo Arriaga’s lead anthology film, Words With God, has debuted.
Words With God is based on a concept by Guillermo Arriaga ( Amores Perros, 21 Grams, The Burning Plain) with original music by Peter Gabriel (“Why Don’t You Show Yourself?”) and shaped into its current form by Nobel Prize award winner Mario Vargas Llosa.
The faith themed anthology is directed by filmmakers Guillermo Arriaga, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobadi, Amos Gitai, Emir Kusturica, Mira Nair, Hideo Nakata, Warwick Thornton and Alex de la Iglesia. Along with Guillermo Arriaga, Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin (who both founded Bn Films) are producing the film.
In Words With God, each director recounts a narrative centered around human fragility, as well as environmental and cultural crises involving specific religions with which each has a personal relationship; including early Aboriginal Spirituality, Umbanda, Buddhism, the Abrahamic faiths, Hinduism, and Atheism. An animated sequence by »
- Michelle McCue
Last summer, you may remember hearing that Guillermo Arriaga, Bahman Ghobadi, Emir Kusturica and Hideo Nakata were teaming up for the religious-themed anthology film “Words With Gods.” Well, a year has nearly passed and the project is now in post-production, with the first trailer dropping today. Hector Babenco, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton and Alex de la Iglesia round out the contributing filmmakers to the omnibus, with Maribel Martinez contributing animated sequences between each segment. The project finds each director delivering a narrative centered around human fragility, as well as environmental and cultural crises involving specific religions with which each has a personal relationship with early Aboriginal Spirituality, Umbanda, Buddhism, the Abrahamic faiths, Hinduism, and Atheism all in the mix. And oh yeah, Peter Gabriel scored the whole thing. Even more, this is just the first part of a massive project for Arriaga in what he calls his »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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