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Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

18 April 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since the Cannes International Film Festival knocked down a few walls between itself and the West in 2001 with festival director Thierry Frémaux coming on board to liven up the Croisette with more of a Hollywood acceptance, the connection between the annual May event and the awards season has become more pronounced. Films like Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!," Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" and David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" all started their Oscar trajectories in the south of France, while others like Paul Greengrass' "United 93," Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Midnight in Paris" and Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" got high profile beginnings out of Competition. A coveted Palme d'Or win sometimes leads to a significant boost in the Oscar season, even if no recipient of the festival's »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Get Ready for Must-See Dutch Chiller 'Borgman' with a Mind-Bending New Trailer (Video)

9 April 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman," the 2014 Dutch Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film, is one surreal, insane and mind-bending movie. Starting with Cannes, it hit up the festival circuit heavily last year, and it's now coming to select cities on June 6 via who-else-but Drafthouse Films. (Trailer below.) A dark suburban fairytale that takes cues from Yorgos Lanthimos ("Dogtooth") and Michael Haneke ("Funny Games"), "Borgman" is entirely its own strange animal, hovering around a stiff upper-class family whose bearings are unmoored by the appearance of a mysterious vagrant fellow (Jan Bijvoet). While the wife Marina (Hadewych Minis) comes unhinged at the seams, plagued by nightmares of murder and domestic mayhem, Borgman has his own malevolent tricks up his sleeve and ultimately no hands, not even the children's, are clean. It's all wildly ambiguous and whacked-out, but "Borgman" is a blast from beginning to end. While its mysteries are impossible to keep up with, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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First Official 'Borgman' Trailer and Poster

8 April 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Drafthouse Films will release Alex Van Warmerdam's Borgman on June 6 and today I have the first trailer and poster for the dark and twisted story, of which I regrettably missed at last year's Cannes and Toronto Film Festival. The film features Jan Bijvoet in the title role as Camiel Borgman whose arrival in a residential area disrupts the life of the carefully constructed fa?ade of an arrogant, wealthy couple, their three children and the nanny. In fact, Borgman may actually be the Devil. I've heard good things about this one with comparisons to the work of Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and Michael Haneke (Amour) having been made. I'm looking forward to finally seeing it for myself. sb id="911009" height="259" width="610" »

- Brad Brevet

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Trailer For Cannes Sensation Borgman Is A Bleak, Bloody Blast

8 April 2014 12:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Horror fans who prefer their cinema tense and chilling without relying on an abundance of gore and jump scares should mark their calendars for May 9, when Dutch thriller Borgman begins its limited release across North America. The macabre chiller opened in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and stunned audiences with its surreal visuals and eerie tone. After a prolonged festival run, including stops in Toronto, London and Chicago, it is now one of the summer’s most awaited thrillers.

Borgman stars Belgian actor Jan Bijvoet as the bearded, titular forest-dweller who enters the lives of an upper middle-class family and ends up haunting their quaint, domestic lifestyle. The trailer for the Dutch film is now online and it is both chilling and perplexing, giving off an eerie tone with spurts of harsh violence that make it look even more sinister.

Borgman has been compared to films from Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Haneke, »

- Jordan Adler

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Watch: This Trailer for Cannes' Oddity 'Borgman' Will Give You Nightmares

8 April 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A year after debuting in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Drafthouse Films has released the trailer for Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman" ahead of its June 6th release. Get ready to be creeped out. The film centers on the sinister stranger of the title who inserts himself into the lives of a bored housewife and her family. Borgman slowly introduces chaos into the family's life, calling up his equally menacing friends in the service of a hazy agenda. In his positive review out of Cannes, Eric Kohn wrote: "While easily comparable to Michael Haneke's 'Funny Games,' the characters in that movie were more blatantly psychopathic, while the motives of Borgman and his crew are difficult to discern until the very end. That makes its narrative progression less of a knockout than a tantalizing curiosity, but certainly heavy enough with themes worthy of analysis." Watch the fear »

- Nigel M Smith

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Watch: Surreal & Chilling U.S. Trailer For Michael Haneke-Esque 'Borgman'

8 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Over the past year, one movie has been building a bit of buzz thanks a continual presence on the festival circuit, premiering at Cannes, playing Tiff and hitting Fantastic Fest among the more notable of its many stops. We're talking about Alex van Warmerdam's "Borgman," and if you like your cinema weird and eerie, this one has you covered. Our Jessica Kiang—as you'll see in the trailer too—called this " 'Dogtooth' meets Michael Haneke," and those checkpoints are easy to see in this new U.S. trailer for the film. Starring Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, Tom Dewispelaere and the director himself, the story follows a vagrant who inserts himself into the lives of an upper class family, slowly turning their world upside down, until his true reasons for being there are revealed. This looks dark, twisted and »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview and Q&A with Jonathan Glazer and Jim Wilson about Under The Skin

4 April 2014 7:10 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Under The Skin producer Jim Wilson with Jonathan Glazer BAMcinématek: "I was sent [Michel Faber’s] book 10 or 11 years ago." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

A preview screening of Jonathan Glazer's unearthly Under The Skin, starring an otherworldly Scarlett Johansson, at BAMcinématek in Brooklyn was followed by a Q&A with the director and co-producer Jim Wilson, moderated by Dave Fear. After the screening, I spoke with Glazer about insects, seal maidens, costume design and how Jacques Lacan’s mirror phase is always somewhat present. Wilson, during the discussion expressed optimism for the state of film due to the work of Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Wong Kar-wai and Lynne Ramsay.

Under The Skin is told almost exclusively from the perspective of an alien, played by Johansson who slips into our world to harvest from mankind. Her circumstances, the why and wherefore, remain a mystery, while she plucks unsuspecting collaborators from the streets of Glasgow. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Constantin retains German crown

2 April 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.

The Munich-based producer-distributor was allocated around €2.2m ($3m) “reference funding” in total by the Ffa to invest in future film projects and theatrical campaigns.

The company attracted €1.6m ($2.2m) production “reference” funding based on the box office of such releases as Bora Dagtekin’s comedy Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) which was seen by more than 5.8 million cinemagoers last year, as well as Sherry Hormann’s 3096 Tage about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch, and the comedy Dampfnudelblues.

In addition, eight successful releases including Fack Ju Göhte, Fünf Freunde 2, Ostwind and Dampfnudelblues earnt Constantin’s distribution arm €633,000 ($875,000) in distribution “reference” support. 

Constantin Film subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion, who was the main producer of  Fack Ju Göhte, received the second »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Constantin retains German producer crown

2 April 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.

The Munich-based producer-distributor was allocated around €2.2m ($3m) “reference funding” in total by the Ffa to invest in future film projects and theatrical campaigns.

The company attracted €1.6m ($2.2m) production “reference” funding based on the box office of such releases as Bora Dagtekin’s comedy Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) which was seen by more than 5.8 million cinemagoers last year, as well as Sherry Hormann’s 3096 Tage about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch, and the comedy Dampfnudelblues.

In addition, eight successful releases including Fack Ju Göhte, Fünf Freunde 2, Ostwind and Dampfnudelblues earnt Constantin’s distribution arm €633,000 ($875,000) in distribution “reference” support. 

Constantin Film subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion, who was the main producer of  Fack Ju Göhte, received the second »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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German Film Academy Awards Announce Nominees

28 March 2014 3:11 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

German Alpine Western The Dark Valley is this year's front-runner for the German Film Academy Awards, the Lolas, receiving nine nominations, including for best picture. The visually-stunning genre piece, from Viennese director Andreas Prochaska (an editor on Michael Haneke's Funny Games) stars British actor Sam Riley (On The Road, Control) as a mysterious stranger who arrives at a 19th century Austrian mountain village with revenge on his mind. Based on a 2010 best-seller by Thomas Willmann, The Dark Valley garnered Lola noms in all the technical categories as well as for best director and a best supporting nom

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- Scott Roxborough

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Film Review: ‘The Strange Little Cat’

27 March 2014 10:23 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The ginger tabby seen slinking about in Ramon Zurcher’s delightfully aloof first feature is probably the least strange thing about “The Strange Little Cat.” Simultaneously rigorous and open-ended, the German-schooled helmer’s playfully constructed debut turns the cozy world of a middle-class Berlin apartment inside out, studying its assorted human inhabitants and guests as if they were members of an alien species. With its peculiar angles and curious sensitivity to certain feelings seldom captured onscreen, the film eschews plot for wryly observed character moments, serving up an arthouse-ready Rorschach test that ensures no two viewers will have the same reaction.

Certainly, in the year since this unconventional domestic drama first surfaced at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, cineastes have been tripping over themselves to pinpoint which helmers may have influenced Zurcher, citing everyone from Chantal Akerman to Jacques Tati, ultimately revealing more about their own creative diets in the process. »

- Peter Debruge

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Happy Birthday Michael Haneke: Watch 4 Of His Best Films for Free Online

24 March 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few directors have achieved international renown comparable to Michael Haneke. Two of his films have claimed the prestigious Palme D’Or at Cannes ("Amour" and "The While Ribbon"). He’s an auteur of the highest caliber: his oeuvre, largely drawing from the traditions of literature and philosophy, is unique in its muted but controversial style. His films ooze with latent violence, pregnant silences, allegories, complex characters navigating an unforgiving world, and cinematography that’s both stark and exquisite. What makes Haneke's work most compelling, though, is that he's uninterested in entertainment value. Instead, he’s interested in exposing and chronicling the human condition, covering everything from colonial guilt ("Cache") to the gravity of death ("Amour"). Ultimately, in Haneke’s own words, his films are "24 lies per second at the service of truth." The director turned 72 yesterday. We’re honoring him by offering up four of his films to stream for free on Indiewire’s parent. »

- Emily Buder

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

23 March 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women. »

- Tim Lewis

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Is 'Cheap Thrills' a Horror Movie? Director E.L. Katz Isn't Sure, Talks Viscera-Splattered Gore, Tonal Mutants (Trailer)

20 March 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director E.L. Katz wanted to make a party movie with shades of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." With his debut feature "Cheap Thrills"--think Michael Haneke's class critique "Funny Games" by way of a meat grinder-- he has done just that, and then some.A viscera-splattered symphony of goriness, and a hit among Midnight audiences at SXSW 2013, the film stars funny-men Pat Healy and Ethan Embry as two estranged pals broke and desperate enough to do anything -- once more with feeling: anything -- for some chump change. After Healy's character loses his thankless blue collar job, what begins as an innocent night of bar-side wallowing soon devolves into a gut-churning nightmare that runs the gamut from vandalism to cannibalism and beyond. The pals get roped under the spell of a charming married couple, flush with money and eager to hand it out -- but at the very high price »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Cheap Thrills | Review

17 March 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Foolish Games: Katz’s Debut Collapses Under Excessive Shock Value

There’s certainly a palpable amount of perverse thrill checkered throughout E.L. Katz’s directorial debut, Cheap Thrills, which hovers somewhere in that realm of self-reflexive commentary on the consumption of violence and psychosexual antics occupied by fare like Michael Haneke’s Funny Games (1997/2007) and Curtis Harrington’s Games (1967). But whatever it happens to put you in mind of, Katz, along with screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga, are only able to deliver what the title promises, a cheap, quick thrill ride that may be entertaining and even vicious, but without any kind of real payoff. In the dichotomy of the haves and have-nots, money may be the catalyzing root of all evil, but that doesn’t make depictions of it innately memorable.

Craig (Pat Healy), an aspiring writer and happily married father, is about to have a really bad day. »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Waltz theorem

13 March 2014 5:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In Terry Gilliam's new film, The Zero Theorem, Christoph Waltz spends most of his time huddled over a console, trying to solve the mind-bender of the title. Good training for him to reveal the mysteries of the universe

Theoretical Physics

Can you start by explaining what the Zero Theorem is?

"Er … Zero is 100%. Everything adds up to nothing. That's it. That covers the whole thing."

Did Terry Gilliam explain it to you?

"No. I think he was busy with other stuff. But that's what the assumption is, and that needs to be proved. Ok, I have no idea what it's all about, but that's really the story of the movie – that one doesn't really quite get it. As a mater of fact, there is an actual zero theorem."

Does it have something to do with quantum mechanics? Matter and anti-matter, that sort of thing?

"Yes. But it's so complicated »

- Steve Rose

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Review: Valeria Golino Takes A Nuanced Look At Death In Directorial Debut 'Miele'

4 March 2014 4:08 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If Michael Haneke's "Amour" presented death as a sobering inevitability, one that will test the bounds of our ability to love, actress Valeria Golino has a slightly more nuanced perspective in her directorial debut "Miele." While the subject of euthanasia is the entryway into the story, Golino wisely strays from turning her film into an Issues Movie, and instead opts to explore death both as a vessel for closure and a window into appreciating the life we have. The Noomi Rapace-esque Jasmine Trinca (all cropped hair, switchblade scowl and tomboy figure) leads the film as Irene, aka the titular Miele (meaning honey), her code name when she's on the job as an assisted suicide practitioner. Since assisted suicide is illegal in Italy, it requires almost Lisbeth Salander-ish levels of covert maneuvers. She travels to Mexico once a month and smuggles back veterinary grade barbiturates which she uses as part of her procedures, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Oz critics laud Mystery Road

2 March 2014 11:41 AM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Ivan Sen.s Mystery Road. won six of the eight awards for Australian films at the Australian Film Critics Association 2014 film and writing awards.

The murder mystery produced by David Jowsey was feted as best film and for Sen.s direction, screenplay and cinematography, lead actor Aaron Pedersen and supporting actor Hugo Weaving.

Nicole Kidman was named best actress for The Railway Man and Rose Byrne took the supporting actress prize for Tim Winton's The Turning.

Tarantino's Django Unchanged was judged best international film and Michael Haneke.s Amour best foreign-language international film. Best documentary went to Sarah Polley.s Stories We Tell.

The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, »

- Don Groves

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Appetites: Surveying Paul Verhoeven

1 March 2014 9:21 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.

Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.

Enter Paul Verhoeven. From his early Dutch features, including Turks Fruit (Turkish Delight) and Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange »

- Simon Howell

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