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Tiff 2014. Correspondences #4

15 September 2014 6:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

brouillard passage #14

Dear Fern,

Many of the features you have told me about I have subsequently seen and very much like: Ferrara's tender, banal Pasolini (with a fantastic lead performance by Willem Dafoe, and, as you so justly pointed out, a truly moving homage with Ninetto Davoli), and the eccentric structural romantic comedy from Johnnie To, Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2. Two of the best films at Toronto, so far. Maybe I will return to these films later in the festival to tell you more of what I thought, but first somethings you may not have seen.

The much-anticipated shorts programs of the Wavelengths section wrapped up two nights ago and was presided over as always by indomitable programmer Andréa Picard—practically a cult figure in the festival world these days—who year after year has made it the most distinctive, the most personal, and the most engaged and engaging section at Tiff. »

- Daniel Kasman

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La Sapienza | 2014 Tiff Review

11 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Style-Over-Substance in a Fancy Baroque Package

French “artiste” Eugène Green’s latest work is further evidence that his overriding career trajectory of indulgent reminiscence, has a deliberately staged, minimalist, ultimately alienating style that reflects only the most superficial aspects of the values and artistic sensibilities it emulates. La Sapienza is a testament to the male ego—a vanity piece—that idealizes the past and eschews the present to justify a projected ideology that purports the value of chasing dreams and attempting to recreate the past as a way of coping with the fear of death and ideas of legacy.

The premise is simple. Alexandre Schmid (Fabrizio Borromini), an aging architect aiding urban sprawl by designing box city housing complexes that serve commerce over culture, decides to embark on a research expedition to Tinico, Switzerland, the birthplace of Francesco Borromini, a renowned 17th Century architect. His quest, as defined by the »

- Robert Bell

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James Franco to receive Venice Film Fest's Glory to the Filmmaker Award

8 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

This might sound like an elaborate piece of James Franco-brand performance art, but it’s a real thing: The actor, director, and writer will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival this year. Franco will also debut his latest directorial effort, an adaption of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, this year.

The Glory to the Filmmaker Award honors “a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.” Last year, the award went to Italian filmmaker and Fellini-collaborator Ettore Scola. Previous recipients include Spike Lee, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, »

- Jackson McHenry

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Venice Film Festival To Fete James Franco As Innovator

8 August 2014 5:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Venice Film Festival will honor James Franco with its Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker award dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.

Franco will pick up his nod on September 5 when he comes to the Lido for the world bow of his new film “The Sound and the Fury,” based on the William Faulkner novel, which will screen at Venice out of competition. Franco directed and also stars in the adaptation of the great American classic.

Venice topper Alberto Barbera in a statement praised him as “one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene,” noting that Franco is a film and theatre actor, a director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist “and much more – indeed, a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery.”

James Franco is Venice aficionado, having first disembarked on the Lido in 2011 with “Sal,” a »

- Nick Vivarelli

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New on Video: ‘The Wind Will Carry Us’

4 August 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wind Will Carry Us

Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Iran 1999

To say that Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us is an unhurried film would be quite the understatement. This deliberately crafted and contemplative work, one of the great Iranian director’s finest films, moves at the pace of life. Not life as in the hustle and bustle or stolid banality of one’s everyday experiences, but life as in the gradual evolution of humankind’s basic existence. Reflecting the lives of those who inhabit the rural Kurdish village that serves as the film’s setting, The Wind Will Carry Us unfolds slowly and episodically, with its drama, or lack thereof, coming and going at a capricious moment’s notice.

Kiarostami begins the film as we follow a car driven by disembodied voices that bicker about directions and banter about the countryside. They drive and drive, along winding roads, »

- Jeremy Carr

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‘Sight & Sound’ releases 50 greatest documentary films list

1 August 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As reported over at The Dissolve, highly respected British film magazine Sight & Sound is famous for its list of the greatest films off all time released once every decade. Since 1952, Citizen Kane held the number one spot until Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo dethroned it in the 2012 poll. Now for the first time Sight & Sound has released a list of the 50 greatest documentary films of all time. The list was compiled after polling from over 200 critics and curators and 100 filmmakers, including “John Akomfrah, Michael Apted, Clio Barnard, James Benning, Sophie Fiennes, Amos Gitai, Paul Greengrass, Jose Guerin, Isaac Julien, Asif Kapadia, Sergei Loznitsa, Kevin Macdonald, James Marsh, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anand Patwardhan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles, and James Toback”.

The top 10 are:

Man With A Movie Camera, (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) Sans Soleil, (Chris Marker, 1982) Night And Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989) Chronicle Of A Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, »

- Max Molinaro

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The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival

25 July 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands)

Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)

Horse Money (Pedro Costa, »

- Notebook

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Interview with Anton Corbijn about A Most Wanted Man

24 July 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn on Philip Seymour Hoffman getting it right: "When we had done a take and he wasn't sure he didn't want to look at the monitor, he would just listen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, with a script by Andrew Bovell, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss (star of Christian Petzold's Barbara) and Grigoriy Dobrygin. Anton and I spoke about his supporting cast: Bernhard Schütz, terrific in Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, Martin Wuttke, Adolf Hitler in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Herbert Grönemeyer, who played Ian Curtis's doctor in Corbijn's debut feature Control and is the composer for The American and Anton's latest. Homayoun Ershadi, known for his work with Abbas Kiarostami rounds out the superb cast. We also discussed Wim Wenders' The American Friend and the character of Hamburg. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Busan unveils Film Academy fellows

18 July 2014 5:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.

In Korea, the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced its selection of 24 fellows for the 10th Asian Film Academy (Afa). Hungarian director Bela Tarr will be this year’s Afa dean.

Biff says the number of applicants this year has increased by “more than 52%” and the competition was stiff. Applicants included filmmakers who had already been invited to “renowned film festivals” including Cannes.

The fest notes “growth in the Chinese film industry has led to an increased number of applicants from China” and ventures the influence of Television, the 17th Biff Closing Film from Bangladesh, has encouraged more young filmmakers from that country to keep applying.

The number of female applicants, which has been growing yearly, “now represents 1/3 of the total applications in 2014”. Seven of the final 24 participants this year are female.

The 24 fellows »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Wind Will Carry Us

14 July 2014 2:51 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98

Studio: Cohen Media

The great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s (Certified Copy) acclaimed 1999 drama The Wind Will Carry Us arrives as a digitally remastered release on Blu-ray and DVD, an “acknowledgement” of the film’s 15th anniversary that marks its Blu-ray debut.

The Wind Will Carry Us film follows the changes in the daily routines of the inhabitants of a mountain village after a small group of outsiders arrives, claiming to be “communication engineers.” As the deceptive story unfolds, we learn that the mysterious strangers are on a secret mission: They are a television crew sent from Tehran to await the death of an old woman in order to cover the funeral practices of the village. But the village operates on its own schedule, forcing the TV crew to remain much longer than planned. The leader of the crew (Behzad Dorani) winds »

- Laurence

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Locarno to honour Agnès Varda

3 July 2014 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.

French director Agnès Varda is to receive the Pardo d’onore (honorary Leopard) at the 67th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16).

The festival’s tribute to her will be accompanied by screenings of a selection of her films: the features Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), The Creatures (1966), Lions Love (…and Lies) (1969), Documenteur (1981), Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi, 1985), The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse, 2000) and The Beaches of Agnes (Les Plages d’Agnès, 2008), and the short film Oncle Yanco (1967), as well as the five episodes of the TV series Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011).

Varda will also take part in an on-stage coversation at the festival.

After working as a theatre photographer, Varda began directing in 1954 with the feature-length film La Pointe Courte, starring [link=nm »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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French Auteur Agnes Varda To Receive Locarno Fest Honorary Golden Pard

3 July 2014 1:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Pioneering French auteur Agnes Varda, often called the “Mother of the French New Wave,” will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Pardo d’onore Swisscom lifetime achievement award.


The Belgian-born Varda, 85, has directed more than 30 films over a career spanning more than six decades, starting with her 1954 “La Pointe Courte,” with Philippe Noiret, also at his debut. Edited by Alain Resnais, this pic about a young Parisian couple spending a few days in a village on the Mediterranean coast to decide whether to stay together or not became a defining influence on the next generation of Gallic directors.


The tribute to Varda from the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge cinema will comprise screenings of a wide selection of her films, including “Cleo from 5 to 7,” (1962); “The Creatures” (1966); “Lions Love (…and lies),” (1969); “Documenteur,” (1981), “Vagabond” (1985); “The Gleaners and I” (2000); “The Beaches of Agnes” (2008); and the »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Idfa to open with Honigmann doc

10 June 2014 3:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Around the World in 50 Concerts to open 27th edition of the documentary festival.

Heddy Honigmann’s Around the World in 50 Concerts will open this year’s Idfa on Nov 19.

Honigmann’s documentary follows her on tour with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as they played 50 concerts spread across six continents to mark the orchestra’s 125th anniversary.

The film was produced by Carmen Cobos & Kees Rijninks for Cobos Films Bv in co-production with the Avro broadcaster.

Honigmann received a Living Legend award at the opening of Idfa 2013 and was asked to compile this year’s Top 10. Alongside the Top 10, this year’s festival will show a retrospective of Honigmann’s work and she will hold a master class explaining her choices.

The Top 10 includes Abbas Kiarostami’s And Life Goes On (1992), Agnès Varda’s The Gleaners and I (2000) and Wang Bing’s nine-hour-long Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002).

Fiction film Au Revoir is among the films »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Blu-ray Review: New Criterion Releases For May 2014

5 June 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

The Criterion Collection continues to impress through the remarkable range of what it offers cineastes on a monthly basis. Look at the highlights of their May 2014 Blu-ray offerings, all currently available in stores and for online order. What on Earth do “Overlord,” “Like Someone in Love,” and “Red River” have in common?

One is set in World War II, one during the Chisholm Trail, and one in present day. One is British, one defiantly American, and one is Japanese. Abbas Kiarostami really couldn’t have more distinctly different cinematic intentions than Howard Hawks. And yet Criterion wisely understands that film lovers love all different kinds of film. Pick your favorite.

For me, the best film is “Like Someone in Love,” the best release is “Red River.” “Overlord” remains an interesting curiosity, a film that blends archival footage and fictional filmmaking to achieve something unique. Directed by Stuart Cooper and shot »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Noteworthy: Film Acting, "Hypnosis Display", An 8-Bit Tribute to Studio Ghibili

4 June 2014 5:48 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Issue 6 of The Cine-Files, on "Film Acting", is now online and features a dialogue between Jonathan Rosenbaum and James Naremore. In the latest Hello Cinema podcast, the first of a two-parter, Tina Hassannia and Amir Soltani talk to film critic Godfrey Cheshire about Abbas Kiarostami's early cinema. 

Above: the trailer for Paul Clipson's Hypnosis Display, currently touring in the UK with musical artist Grouper. Check out Dummy's interview with Clipson and Grouper. For Film Comment, Fernando F. Croce writes on Agnès Varda: From Here to There:

"Varda’s curiosity about human beings is bottomless and unpredictable. (I can personally attest: I briefly met her at a screening of The Beaches of Agnès, and a question about my accent somehow led to a conversation about my grandmother’s days in Czechoslovakia and my brother’s passion for tubas.) From Here to There is an unabashed self-portrait in »

- Adam Cook

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19 Good Movies on Netflix Streaming in June 2014

2 June 2014 7:58 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Another month has passed, which means that another batch of movies has been added to or added back to Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service. Looking for a few that will be worth spending your time on? Obviously. And you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve got mad recommendations for good movies on Netflix this month. As always, click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix page so that you can add them to your My List. Pick of the Month:  Like Someone in Love (2012) Seeing as Like Someone in Love didn’t get its (very) limited Us release until 2013, technically we can call it one of the best movies of last year. Which we should, because it is, quite simply, one of the very best movies that came out in this country last year, and there are still far too many film fans that haven’t gotten a chance to »

- Nathan Adams

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“This Week on Netflix” Recommends Like Someone In Love, Chris Columbus’ Adventures In Babysitting, and Heavy Metal

30 May 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After recovering from the Memorial Day festivities, you might want to settle in and relax with a movie and make it a Netflix night.  In a continuing series with our partners over at Complex Media, "This Week on Netflix" recommends three films you may have missed in theaters but can now enjoy in the comfort of your living room.  First up is the 2012 Japanese drama Like Someone in Love from writer-director Abbas Kiarostami, which centers on a prostitute in Tokyo.  80s action-comedies more your speed?  Then check out Chris Columbus' Adventures in Babysitting, which spans the suburbs to downtown Chicago and beyond.  Finish it up with the 1981 animated adventure fantasy Heavy Metal, featuring the voice of John Candy.  Hit the jump for more on each movie. Complex Media has put this little video together in order to guide you on this week’s Netflix recommendations: ComplexEmbed.Application.initialize({cId: »

- Dave Trumbore

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Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us Is a Mystery of Ineffable Beauty

29 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

The mastery of Abbas Kiarostami is most evident, perhaps, in his restraint, in the depth he suggests through omission. His films routinely aspire to the frustration of curiosity: Audiences are intrigued by their mysteries, teased into fascination, and finally abandoned without the satisfaction of closure. But it's precisely the absence of answers that makes the questions endure. This is the key to their richness.

In Taste of Cherry, the fate of a man seeking death is obscured by an invitation to ponder our own morality. In Shirin, we study the faces of women as they remain transfixed by a movie screen we never see. The Wind Will Carry Us, one of Kiarostami's greatest, likewise bristles with secrecy, and much of its mystique is derived from the sensation tha »

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Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro Headline Cast Of Idol’S Eye

27 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Benaroya Pictures has announced today that they are now on board to produce and finance director Olivier Assayas’ Idol’S Eye, with a confirmed cast that includes Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro.

Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.

The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.

International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian De Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.

Assayas had the English-language »

- Michelle McCue

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Cannes: ‘Skunk’ Tops Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation

22 May 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes– Annie Silverstein’s “Skunk” won the top prize of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation, whose jury was presided by Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami.

Created by Cannes’ prexy Gilles Jacob and run by George Goldenstern, the Cinefondation honors the best student shorts. This year’s selection comprised 16 student shorts chosen among 1631 submissions from 457 schools.

Skunk” turns on a 14-year old girl who lives in a rural area of Texas who learns how to stand up for herself and loses her innocence after her beloved pit bull gets stolen by a dog fighter. Silverstein, a graduate of Texas University, received a grant of 15,000 Euros ($20,475) as part of her prize and will be invited back at Cannes with her feature debut.

The second prize was awarded to “Oh Lucy!” directed by Nyu student Atsuko Hirayanagi. It turns on a 55-year old office lady in Tokyo who is given a new identity. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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