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Christian Petzold's visual style is clean and rectilinear. Frames are roomy. Camera movements—mostly pans—are always motivated by character movements. Mise en scène never seems overstuffed. Lighting is naturalistically dim.
Petzold's style is practical, but it never comes off as overly utilitarian or understated, in part because every shot and cut feels invested with a sense of purpose. Like Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Petzold is a genre director whose work eschews conventional devices and techniques; his films, essentially thrillers, operate by never giving a viewer cues—visual, musical, or tonal—as to what sort of film they're watching. His plots read like pulp but play like natural, logical developments of the setting and characters.
Case in point: Petzold's newest—and arguably finest—film, Barbara. Set in East Germany during the summer of 1980, the film opens with the title character (Nina Hoss, Petzold's steely muse) arriving for her first day of work at a provincial hospital. »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Special Mention: The Fake Trailers from Grindhouse (2007, USA): The four fake trailers featured in the otherwise disappointing Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double-feature: Machete by Robert Rodriguez, Werewolf Women of the SS by Rob Zombie, Thanksgiving by Eli Roth and Don’t by Edgar Wright-are all very entertaining trips down horror/exploitation film memory lane and are easily the best part of the film.
2) Other Notable Horror Films Of The 2000’s:
This list focuses on films that are partially successful and even touch on brilliance at times but ultimately don’t pull everything together to fully deliver on their promise.
This film about a group of people blessed with supernatural good luck has a great premise, several great scenes-the revelation of the plane crash early in the film, the blindfolded race through the trees and the Russian roulette climax-plus the welcome presence of »
- Terek Puckett
Our good friends at Third Window Films have given Twitch the scoop on their latest acquisitions. Here's the word from Twf's Adam Torel on Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Eyes of the Spider and Serpent's Path:Third Window Films are pleased the announce the acquisition of 2 lesser-known classics from Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Cure) - 'Eyes of the Spider' and 'Serpent's Path' for DVD releases in Spring 2013.When oddball auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa received an eccentric offer to make two films in two weeks, on a low budget and using the same cast, the result was the cinematic equivalent of fraternal twins. Though both Eyes of the Spider and Serpent's Path are gangster films about the desire for revenge, and both films feature a protagonist named Nijima »
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
Directed by Mary Harrron
Written by Mary Harron
Bret Easton Ellis’s dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s was brought to the big screen by director Mary Harron. Initially slapped with the MPAA’s kiss of death (an Nc-17 rating), American Psycho was later re-edited and reduced to a more commercially dependable “R”. Perhaps the film works best as a slick satire about misogyny, »
Yim Ho's Floating City has been withdrawn from competition following mounting political tensions between China and Japan
A Hong Kong-Chinese film has been withdrawn from the Tokyo international film festival owing to ongoing political tensions between China and Japan, reports Screen Daily.
Festival organisers announced on Tuesday that Yim Ho's Floating City, a Cantonese-language drama chronicling the meteoric rise of an illiterate man (played by Aaron Kwok) from a local fishing family to a powerful figure in Hong Kong's corporate world, would not after all be screening in the Japanese capital next month.
"It is with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the scheduled screening of Floating City at the 25th Tokyo international film festival owing to certain reasons on the production side," a statement read. "Although we have strongly requested those involved not to call off the plan to take part in the festival, the cancellation has unfortunately been finalised. »
- Ben Child
Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (10.10 – 10.21) announced their line-up today for their 41st edition and among the smorgasbord of subtitle offerings dating back to this year’s Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Tiff editions, we’re knee-deep in avant-garde world cinema from the established auteurs Assayas, Vinterberg, Ozon, Sang-Soo, Joao Pedro Rodriguez, Larrain, Loach, Reygadas, Ghobadi, Mungiu and Miguel Gomes. Heavy on offerings from Quebec and France, the fest also manages to offer a stellar snapshot of the up-and-comers from all corners of the globe. Among the notable titles in the (Competition category) International Selection we’ve got Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, Ursula Meier’s Sister, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Francine (which received its theatrical release earlier this month) and Rodrigo Plá’s La Demora. Loaded in Cannes items, the Special Presentations is the fest’s A-list selections (see filmmakers named above) and the one pic »
- Eric Lavallee
Below you will find our total coverage of the 2012 Toronto International Film festival, including previews, reviews, and the festival-spanning dialog between our two main critics at Tiff. A few more pieces may be added as they come in.
by Michael Sicinski
Part One - The Shorts
Part Two - The Features
between Fernando F. Croce and Daniel Kasman
Following a lengthy gap between features it would appear that Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa's dance card is filling up. With his television project Penance fresh off of appearances at the Venice and Toronto film festivals Kurosawa is currently working away on a new feature titled The Day Of The Real, Perfect Pleiosaur and slipping through the cracks during his festival run was news that Kurosawa has also signed on for another project to roll directly after that one.According to Screen International Kurosawa will next direct action-drama 1905 starring Grandmasters and In The Mood For Love leading man Tony Leung Chiu-Wai alongside Shota Matsuda and Atsuko Maeda. Screen describes the story like this:Set during the titular period, Leung will play a loan shark who must venture »
7:40 pm – Started today off with the film that took home the Golden Lion last week in Venice, Ki-duk Kim’s Pieta. Splitting opinions with it’s series of shocking reveals, the film is a poetic revenge drama. Regardless of my reservations of watching a 4.5 hour film at a festival, I saw Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s slow, melodramatic onion, Penance. The Asian triple bill of today was rounded out by When Night Falls by director Liang Ying. Finishing my last full day here with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which I’ve heard many good words about throughout the last week. One more day. [Jordan M. Smith]
2:00 pm – There have been a pair of press screenings, but tonite is the official public premiere to the Midnight Madness section’s The ABCs of Death – 26 plus filmmakers in Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
We might start writing about long-absent directors more often. In the three months since we picked out five foreign-language filmmakers who've been M.I.A. for several years, three of them have resurfaced in a big way. Arnaud Desplechin ("A Christmas Tale") is shooting "Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian" with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in Detroit, and "Pulse" helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa aired his TV epic "Penance" in Venice before announcing plans only yesterday to make historical epic "1905" with Tony Leung. And now a third has joined them, in the shape of Lucrecia Martel. The Argentinean filmmaker, whose disturbing, distinctive work including "The Holy Girl" and "La Cienaga" has won her fans all over the world, but she's been absent from screens since 2008's awesome "The Headless Woman" played Cannes, bar a short film funded by Miu Miu that just played Venice. The director spent »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Thanks, in large part, to his work with Wong Kar-wai — the most significant of which is probably In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express – Tony Leung can be seen as one of the better-known and, more importantly, internationally respected actors to emerge from Asia these past 20 years. (You know how some people say they’d like Werner Herzog to narrate their life? I want him to do that. In Cantonese.)
Which, for yours truly, makes it a bit surprising to hear Leung is only now doing his first Japanese film. TokyoHive (via ThePlaylist) tell us the actor will make that picture 1905, a period piece (guess when it takes place) in which the actor will be seen as Yan Yunlong, “a Chinese moneylender” abroad in Japan and trying to earn keep from five Chinese revolutionaries. It’s a historically significant year for either nation, this being a period of globalism »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Modern Life Is Rubbish
Sam Claflin has scored the lead role in the Brit List rom-com "Modern Life is Rubbish" which will shoot in the UK early next year.
The story charts a music-loving couple’s painful break up after ten years, going through the poignant process of separating their lives and music collections. [Source: Screen Daily]
"We've also discussed 'American Sniper', a property Bradley [Cooper] has acquired" said filmmaker David O. Russell this weekend about his next project with "The Hangover" star Cooper. Said untitled project will shoot in February and deals with the Abscam corruption scandal.
Cooper's production company 22nd & Indiana scored the film rights to Navy Seal Chris Kyle's autobiography "American Sniper" back in May. Could Russell and Cooper actually re-team again on this? Sounds like the idea is definitely being talked about. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
- Garth Franklin
It wasn't that long ago we were questioning what had become of J-Horror legend and all-round genre blending/bending Kiyoshi Kurosawa after his 2008 family drama "Tokyo Sonata." Things turned around fairly quickly with his latest 4.5 hour drama "Penance" premiering at Venice merely days ago (even though it didn't totally sweep our man on the ground at Venice off his feet), with the helmer also lining up a sci-fi drama "The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur" in the near future. Kurosawa, though, is now set to team with one of Asia's finest modern actors in Tony Leung Chiu-wai for period drama "1905," the latter starring in his first-ever Japanese picture. While the project has apparently been in the works for years, it looks like things have finally come together with the duo joined by Japanese thesps Matsuda Shota and popstar-turned-actress Maeda Atsuko for a Japanese production that'll reportedly be 90% Chinese language. »
- Simon Dang
At festivals these days audiences would be hard pressed to parse whether what they’re watching is celluloid or a digital projection. Soon the same may be said about the origin of the “films” themselves: at Toronto two years ago Raúl Ruiz stole the festival with Mysteries of Lisbon, an endlessly expanding and contracting television miniseries that mutated before one’s eyes to become cinema, literature, poetry, television, melodrama, and oral history. With Ruiz gone (though his wife has brought another of his projects to the screen, and to Venice and Toronto, Lines of Wellington), the strange allowances and experimentations of medium muddying has this year been been engaged by fellow fabulist Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who is showing his own miniseries, Penance, first at Venice and then at Tiff. In it, Kurosawa overlaps the worlds of Franju—uncanny materiality, extensive dramatic flatness and surrealist lyrical imagery—with that of Ruiz—belonging »
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s made-for-tv serial drama Penance is a wild, uneven ride through the oddities of the Japanese psyche, as much as it is a psychological thriller examining the far-reaching aftereffects of a little girl’s murder. Complexly plotted, elegantly shot and orchestrated, this is the kind of long-winded, intermittently involving festival package that will earn the director of Tokyo Sonata more critical appreciation but will struggle to find a theatrical audience. For a film that requires nearly five hours of viewing investment, it feels terribly stingy on the emotional payoff. Divided into five interlinked chapters, it aired
- Deborah Young
For all the talk of auteurs working on the small screen and helping to usher in a new golden age of television – Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann etc. – it’s hardly a phenomenon only made up of HBO’s current output. Ingmar Bergman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder both turned to television in the 1980s, for instance, and more recently British filmmakers Shane Meadows and Michael Winterbottom have both worked regularly on U.K. TV. The latest international filmmaker to follow in their footsteps is Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the Japanese filmmaker best known for his millennial horror masterpiece “Pulse.” For his first work since 2008’s low-key, arthouse-minded non-genre picture “Tokyo Sonata,” Kurosawa has turned to the small screen, for a collaboration with the Wowow network in Japan for “Shokuzai” (or “Penance,” in English), an adaptation of the novel by Kanae Minato (who also penned the source material for the »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It's been four long years since director Kiyoshi Kurosawa last graced cinema screens but it's not like he's spent the time doing nothing. Earlier this year Kurosawa's latest work turned up on Japanese television, a miniseries titled simply Penance. And with the Toronto International Film Festival soon to screen the entire four and a half hour affair we've tracked down a pair of trailers for the show. The festival describes it like this:Fifteen years ago, tragedy struck a small town when a young elementary school girl Emili (Hazuki Kimura) was abducted and killed by a stranger. Four girls who had been playing with Emili at the time were the first to discover her body. The abductor is never found and the crime goes unsolved. »
Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.
The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.
A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)
Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)
Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)
Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)
The 37th Toronto International Film Festival® will roll out the red carpet for hundreds of guests from the four corners of the globe in September. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Rian Johnson, Noah Baumbach, Deepa Mehta, Derek Cianfrance, Sion Sono, Joss Whedon, Neil Jordan, Lu Chuan, Shola Lynch, Barry Levinson, Yvan Attal, Ben Affleck, Marina Zenovich, Costa-Gavras, Laurent Cantet, Sally Potter, Dustin Hoffman, Francois Ozon, David O. Russell, David Ayer, Pelin Esmer, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Andrew Adamson, Michael McGowan, Bahman Ghobadi, Ziad Doueiri, Alex Gibney, Stephen Chbosky, Eran Riklis, Edward Burns, Bernard Émond, Zhang Yuan, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Newell, Miwa Nishikawa, Margarethe Von Trotta, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Gauri Shinde, Goran Paskaljevic, Baltasar Kormákur, J.A. Bayona, Rob Zombie, Peaches and Paul Andrew Williams.
- Michelle McCue
The second wave of genre films slotted to play this year’s Fantastic Fest has been unleashed upon the masses. Among the the are two of the year’s most anticipated films, Looper and Sinister. Continue reading for the films announced and a brief plot synopsis of each… but, do so at your own risk! (The inconceivable awesomeness of Fantastic Fest may be too much for some to handle. Those unaccustomed to this level of awesomeness should refrain from indulging in such films without first consulting your physician to verify you are in fact an adult with adventurous taste and not still just a sniveling, winy brat.)
The ABCs Of Death (2012)
Us Premiere with multiple directors in person
Director – Various, 110 minutes
Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. Co-produced by Drafthouse Films, and finally ready to be unleashed.see what happens when you give more than two dozen of the most »
- Travis Keune
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