New films by Jean-Luc Godard, Hong Sang-soo, Frederick Wiseman, Roy Andersson, Peter Strickland, Takashi Miike, Michael Winterbottom, Ann Hui, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Im Kwon-taek, Abderrahmane Sissako, Lixin Fan, Bent Hamer, Joshua Oppenheimer, Adam Wingard, Sion Sono, Kevin Smith, David Robert Mitchell, Fabrice Du Welz, Nick Broomfield, Jonathan Nossiter, Ethan Hawke and more are slated to screen in the Masters, Tiff Docs, Vanguard and Midnight Madness programs at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (September 4 through 14). » - David Hudson »
This morning the 2014 Toronto Film Festival announced their Midnight Madness, Documentary, Vanguard and Contemporary Masters selections for this year's festival and several high profile names and films are included among the announced titles. Beginning with the Midnight selection, Kevin Smith's Tusk will have its world premiere at the fest before hitting theaters in mid-September along with films such as Adam Wingard's The Guest, Jaume Balaguer?'s Rec 4: Apocalypse, Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's co-directed feature What We Do in the Shadows, a comedy featuring Waititi and Clement as immortal vampires just trying to navigate life as creatures of the shadows. The Contemporary Masters section includes Jean-Luc Godard's Cannes winner Goodbye to Language 3D, Hong Sang-soo's Hill of Freedom, Michael Winterbottom's The Face of an Angel starring Daniel Bruchl and Kate Beckinsale »
- Brad Brevet
The announcements have begun rolling in for this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Watch this page for updates.
Black and White (Mike Binder, USA)
The Equalizer (Antoine Fuqua, USA)
Haemoo (Shim Sung-bo, South Korea)
The Riot Club (Lone Sherfig, UK)
Closing Night Film
1001 Grams (Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France)
A Pigeon Sat on a Bench Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany)
The Face of an Angel (Michael Winterbottom, UK)
The Golden Era (Ann Hui, China/Hong Kong)
Goodbye to Language 3D (Jean-Luc Godard, France)
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, »
Kevin Smith’s horror comedy-drama “Tusk,” Michael Winterbottom’s hot commodity “The Face of an Angel,” and doc-comedy “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are among the titles set to world preem at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which unveiled its auteur-driven Midnight Madness, Masters, Tiff Docs and Vanguard slates this morning.
Midnight Madness, a reliably lively zone for genre-pic launches and pickups, opens with Japanese helmer Sion Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe,” an adaptation of a popular hip-hop-inspired manga comic. The pic receives its international preem, as does Mark Hartley’s “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (Drafthouse), the second documentary this year about the rise and fall of that filmmaking empire, after the Cannes-premiered “The Go-Go Boys.”
- Jennie Punter
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
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
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
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
New films by Manoel de Oliveira, Hong Sang-soo, Ulrich Seidl, Roy Andersson, Joe Dante, Josh and Ben Safdie, Fatih Akin, David Gordon Green, Joshua Oppenheimer, Benoît Jacquot, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Duane Hopkins, Amos Gitai, Barry Levinson and more have been lined up for this year's Venice Film Festival. Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman will open the festival on August 27 and Ann Hui's The Golden Era will close it on September 6. We've got the full lineup. » - David Hudson »
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
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
Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) now becomes the second title revealed for the next edition on the Lido. Joining South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk’s One On One (opener for the Venice Days section), Hui’s period drama has been selected as the closing, out of comp film for the 71st Venice Film Festival.
A prominent figure in the Hk New Wave, Hui who was supposed to retire with her last film, is cited as having selected a more experimental template for the biopic — this recounts the life story of radical Chinese writer Xiao Hong (Wei Tang from Lust, Caution fame) and her partner Xiao Jun before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This will be released in China this October. Last time the director was in Venice, her film A Simple Life won a handful of awards including Best Actress prize. »
- Eric Lavallee
Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.
The Golden Era (Huangjin Shidai) has been named as the closing film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6). The film centres on the life of Xiao Hong, one of the most radical and controversial Chinese women writers of the early 20th century, and stars Chinese actress Tang Wei.
Hong Kong-based filmmaker Ann Hui directed the feature and will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section of Venice, which will award the Orizzonti prize for Best Film and the other official awards.
Hui, the first female director to win the Asian Film Award (the Asian Oscar) for lifetime achievement, has directed nearly 30 features and is considered one of the leading figures in the “Hong Kong New Wave” of the 1970s and 1980s.
In 2011, the filmmaker won acclaim at Venicefor A Simple Life, for which actress »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome – Prominent and prolific Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui’s “The Golden Era” has been selected as the closer at the Venice Film Festival where Hui will head the jury of the fest’s Horizons section, dedicated to innovation and originality in global filmmaking.
Hui (pictured) a veteran who has directed some 30 features spanning different genres, is perhaps the most influential female director on the Hong Kong scene.
“The Golden Era,” a biopic of radical and controversial Chinese female writer Xiao Hong, stars Chinese actress Tang Wei (“Lust, Caution”) in the title role.
Hui won great acclaim at Venice in 2011 with her “A Simple Life” which scooped the main competition’s actress prize for Deanie Ip who played a sixty-year old woman who served in the household of a young producer, whom she attends to as if he were her own son.
The 71st edition of Venice will run August »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome – The out-of-competition world premiere of Hong Kong director Ann Hui's The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) will be the closing film of the Venice Film Festival, officials announced Wednesday. Hui will also head the jury for the festival's Horizons section. Photos The Scene at Venice 2013 The Golden Era recounts the life story of Xiao Hong, a radical Chinese writer from the first half of the 20th century. She is portrayed in the film by Wei Tang, the 2008 winner of the Chopard Trophy for young actors and actresses in Cannes. The Golden Era
- Eric J. Lyman
Day Three of Ebertfest began much like Day Two, with panels at the Illini Union, the first titled “Remembering Roger Ebert” and the second “Film & Cultural Politics”. The former was an hour-long opportunity for the panelists (critics and Far-Flung Correspondents) and the audience to share their memories of and experiences with Ebert and express what he meant to them. Everyone had lovely, very personal stories to tell and the sense of loss, but more importantly love, was palpable in the room.
Krishna Shenoi relayed how he first got to know Ebert, through an out-of-the-blue comment at his blog Shenoi assumed was a prank, and how Ebert’s encouragement prompted his parents to support his decision to enter film school. Matt Zoller Seitz talked about his friendly rivalry with Ebert, as they tried to one-up each other with their discoveries of up and coming bloggers from around the world, Jana Monji »
- Kate Kulzick
With only hours ago before the official selection for the Main Competition is announced, we’ve narrowed our final predictions to the following titles that we’re crystal-balling as the films that will be included on Thierry Fremaux’s highly anticipated list. Despite an obvious drought of Asian auteurs (we’re thinking the rumored frontrunner Takashi Miike won’t be included in tomorrow’s list) who’s to say there won’t be some definite surprises, like Jia Zhang-ke’s A Touch of Sin last year.
Several hopefuls appear not to be ready in time, including Malick, Hsou-hsien, Cristi Puiu, and Innarritu, to name a few. But there does appear to be a high quantity of exciting titles from some of cinema’s leading auteurs. We’re still a bit tentative about whether Xavier Dolan’s latest, Mommy, will get a main competition slot—instead, we’re predicting another surprise, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
A belated festival premiere for Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and a powerhouse showing for British filmmakers including Mike Leigh and Ken Loach — plus appearances by other usual suspects such as David Cronenberg, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and the Dardenne brothers — are among the strong possibilities hovering over the lineup of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.
In recent years, festival topper Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have tended to push their final decisions to the very last minute under a nearly impenetrable veil of secrecy, defying the intense media scrutiny and endless speculation that always swirl around the Cannes lineup at this time of year. Although anything could change between now and April 17, when the official selection is unveiled — there are still enough hotly anticipated titles in the mix to warrant some educated guesswork about what is shaping up to be a promisingly diverse slate of auteurs. »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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