8 items from 2015
The English language makes very few appearances in Bertrand Bonello’s On War, and it’s to the film’s credit that their possible connections and distribution feel like no accident. There’s an opening quote (“If I wasn’t Bob Dylan, I’d probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself”); there’s the musician’s Manchester Free Trade Hall performance of “She Belongs To Me” at film’s end; and, somewhere in the middle, Elina Löwensohn’s Rachel offers a strong opinion (“Fuck Freud”) that goes unnoticed during a party. Do the things placed after, before, and in-between these — the story of a frustrated artist clumsily seeking his identity, the doings of a forest cult devoted to the war-like process of grasping your sexual being, and the significant changes that each party brings to the other — align to create a clear psychological portrait?
There are answers, »
- Nick Newman
Seven-and-a-half years after debuting at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival — where it played alongside Che, Changeling, Hunger, Synecdoche, Waltz with Bashir, and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, to name just a few — Bertrand Bonello‘s On War is getting a U.S. theatrical release. Why that’s only happening now hasn’t been made clear — I wondered if Léa Seydoux‘s work in Spectre was some sort of impetus, but 007 didn’t help this movie’s case when Mathieu Amalric, its star, was seen in a villain role six months after the premiere — but I suspect inquiries are ultimately beyond the point. To receive “new” (read: relatively inaccessible) work from one of contemporary cinema’s more exciting voices is good enough.
- Nick Newman
Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Bouchareb explores plight of parents who lose children to Isis.Elle Driver has boarded Jorge Michael Grau’s earthquake drama 7.19 am and Rachid Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul [pictured], about a mother who goes in pursuit of her Isis recruit daughter, ahead of the American Film Market (Afm). The company also start pre-sales on Audrey Dana’s comedy If I Were a Boy, in which she stars as a woman who wakes up with a penis, and Harry Cleven’s fantasy romance Angel. Franco-Algerian Bouchareb’s Road to Istanbul stars Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall as a single mother on a quest to find her 18-year-old daughter after she leaves Belgium to join the Islamic State with a Jihadist boyfriend. “My goal is to film the incomprehension of a mother totally caught off guard by the changes in her daughter on reaching legal age… Alone, divorced and abandoned by the authorities, she must try »
Imagine this. As you sit down in a full theater, the lights dim, curtain opens, and the projector strategically placed in the back of the room begins playing what you assume will be a relatively standard narrative feature film akin to the rest of the fall film slate. Oscar bait is on your mind, as all of a sudden, a prologue begins instructing the viewer on how to properly take a bath. Surreal, experimental, absurdest and delightfully childish, this is not the opening of the latest awards hopeful. Instead, this is how one of today’s greatest surreal auteurs has begun his latest masterpiece, one of 2015’s most dream-like, breathlessly original motion pictures.
Guy Maddin is at it once again with The Forbidden Room, a film beyond description. Opening with the aforementioned ode to proper hygiene, the film then shifts to what one could possibly describe as its central narrative, »
- Joshua Brunsting
One of the most distinctive 2015 Sundance premieres was Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson's "The Forbidden Room," which Kino Lorber is opening in New York on October 7 after screenings at Tiff and Nyff. The film has already had a healthy festival run. Co-directed by Johnson, Maddin's 11th feature-film foray into avant-weirdness stars a top-drawer cast including Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as a clown car of misfits, thieves and lovers. Read More: Kino Lorber Grabs Guy Maddin's Delightfully Demented 'Forbidden Room' Inspired in part by American modernist poet John Ashbery (who gets a writing credit) and structured like a Russian nesting doll, "Forbidden Room" is the highwire cinematic equivalent to LSD, giddily juggling multiple film stocks and kooky set pieces involving cavemen, wolf-hunters, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Toronto International Film Festival, whose 40th edition will run from September 10 through 20, has announced a round of Canadian titles strewn across several programs. Highlights include Robert Budreau's Born to Be Blue with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Rozema's Into the Forest with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, a new short by Denis Côté, Bruce McDonald's Hellions and Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin's spectacular The Forbidden Room with Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar and Elina Löwensohn. » - David Hudson »
Kino Lorber has acquired all Us rights to Guy Maddin's "The Forbidden Room," planning a Fall theatrical release for the Sundance premiere, which heads to Berlin this week and more fests throughout 2015. Co-directed by Evan Johnson, Maddin's 11th feature-film foray into avant-weirdness stars a top-drawer cast including Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as a clown car of misfits, thieves and lovers. Inspired in part by American modernist poet John Ashbery and structured like a Russian nesting doll, "Forbidden Room" is the highwire cinematic equivalent to LSD, giddily juggling multiple film stocks and kooky set pieces involving cavemen, wolf-hunters, skeletons, bloodsucking bananas, damsels in distress and the memories of a dead man's mustache. To name a few. The film was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo »
- Ryan Lattanzio
One of our most anticipated Sundance 2015 titles is Guy Maddin's latest foray into avant-weirdness, a cinematic hybrid project the Canadian auteur's been cooking up since his docu-fantasia "My Winnipeg" bowed in 2007. The director's 11th film, "The Forbidden Room" stars a top-drawer Euro cast including Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as "a cavalcade of misfits, thieves and lovers, all joined in the joyful delirium of the kaleidoscopic viewing experience," per the press release of this elusive new movie. Made with the help of American poet John Ashbery, who aided in defining modern poetry in the mid-20th century, "Forbidden Room" premieres at Sundance next week before heading to Berlin in February. Below, check out the "living poster" for the film, which apparently »
- Ryan Lattanzio
8 items from 2015
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