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When the 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema announced their lineup two weeks ago, I wasn’t sure where to even begin when deciding what I should see. The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Because of it’s strong line-up, there is no possible way to see everything – so we decided to come up with a list of our ten most anticipated films — and trust me, it wasn’t easy. We will of course be covering the event once again this year, so be sure to revisit our site over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here is our 10 most anticipate films.
With a total running time of over six hours Arabian Nights is certainly »
Alchemy is promoting veteran exec Brooke Ford, who has been with the company since its First Look incarnation, to Executive Vice President of Marketing, Acquisitions & Productions, and New York transplant Jeff Deutchman to Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Productions. In her expanded role, marketing exec Ford will now oversee Alchemy’s film acquisitions team in addition to continuing to oversee the company's traditional platform and day-and-date marketing campaigns. Ford will continue to report to CEO Bill Lee, while Deutchman, who also gets a promotion, from VP to Senior VP of Acquisitions, will now report to Ford in his role as curator of the company’s project pipeline as it continues to expand and diversify. Alchemy's theatrical 2015 release slate includes breakout documentary "Meet the Patels," which is a rare Alchemy release to cross the theatrical $1 million mark. Still to come are Cannes titles "The Lobster," Gaspar Noé's »
- Anne Thompson
Following up his starring role in Gaspar Noé’s sexually explicit romantic drama Love, Karl Glusman has joined the cast of Focus Features’ Nocturnal Animals, based on Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony And Susan. Written and directed by Tom Ford, the story follows Susan Morrow, whose life is changed when she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. Reading it pulls her into the life of fictional character Tony Hastings, an ordinary man… »
Alchemy also said Jim Jenkins has transitioned to the role of exec VP of strategic business development and mergers and acquisitions. The company has also hired Norbert Hudak to serve as senior VP of affinity pods and business development through which he will develop, acquire and maximize Alchemy’s action, horror, faith, family, urban and documentary slates.
Guthrie held senior positions at Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment, MTV Games and Thq. He spent a decade with The Walt Disney Co. where he led the North American sales and distribution functions for the home entertainment division and most recently served as chief operating officer of Kizzang Sweepstakes.
- Dave McNary
Love Trailer. Gaspar Noé’s Love (2015) movie trailer stars Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, and Klara Kristin. Love‘s plot synopsis: “A sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.” Gaspar Noé is someone I will always line up at the theater for, and everything I’ve heard about […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Argentinian filmmaker Gaspar Noé is back with his first feature film in five years, and it's a doozy! Love debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and today, Vice has debuted the first trailer for this 3D porn film, featuring real sex scenes that weren't simulated. The romantic drama has been picked up by Alchemy and given an October 30 release date. The film will expand into additional markets and VOD platforms starting November 6, but it isn't known exactly what markets the film will expand to.
January the 1st, early morning. The telephone rings. Murphy (Karl Glusman) wakes up next to his young wife and 2-year-old child. He listens to his voicemail: Electra's mother, sick with worry, wants to know whether he has heard from her daughter. Electra (Aomi Muyock) has been missing for a long time. She's afraid something really bad has happened to her. Over the course of a long rainy day, »
Movie theaters currently have a handful of exciting features that make incredible use of 3D. Everest uses the technology to transport us to the top of the titular mountain. Ridley Scott.s The Martian uses 3D to place us inside multiple space crafts heading to Mars. And if you are scared of heights, you might want to skip The Walk in 3D. (For the rest of you, IMAX 3D is a must for Robert Zemeckis. latest.) But did you ever think you would use 3D to watch porn in at theater? That.s right. Porn. Vice has the full trailer for Gaspar Noe.s Love, a twisty relationship story that sells itself on its use of stereoscopic 3D for its graphic, unsimulated sex scenes. Yep. Unsimulated. The Argentinian director says this is a semi-autobiographical tale of a tumultuous relationship shared between Murphy (Karl Glusman) and Electra (Aomi Muyock). Only, when »
Gaspar Noé's Love was hailed as the year's most sexually explicit film when it screened at Cannes this summer, and while its trailer doesn't quite do justice to the sheer quantity of ejaculatory fluid spilled in the movie, there are still enough boobs and butts to get a sense of what it's all about. It's French, which makes it art!Update: Here's the film's newest trailer, which comes, appropriately enough, via Vice. Love will be released in the U.S. on November 6. »
- Nate Jones
Earlier this summer, Gaspar Noé’s brought his controversial romance Love to Cannes as an out of competition entry, and since then it’s been making the rounds at Toronto and Athens. But soon this erotic, X-rated, 3D film will be coming to limited theaters, and the first Love trailer has just arrived to tease the arousing […]
- Ethan Anderton
Argentine Gaspar Noé might not be the cinema world’s most prolific provocateur, but he’s certainly one of the most vigorous. Noé’s controversial drama Love screened earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival and PopOptiq’s associate film editor Victor Stiff, wasn’t a big fan. In his review, Victor wrote, “by the end of the 2-hour film, audiences will have viewed so many three-dimensional breasts, penises, and vaginas that they will crave a movie that’s PG-13.”
Shot in stereoscopic 3D, Love is Noé’s semi-autobiographic, heavily graphic, and most narratively ambitious film since his 2009 Enter the Void. The film follows Murphy, who wakes in his apartment one New Year’s Day to a frantic call from his ex-girlfriend’s mother. His ex, Electra, has been missing for months and her mother fears the worst. Over the course of a long, rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment, »
"Can you show me how tender you can be?" Alchemy has released the official Us trailer for Gaspar Noé's Love, his 3D film about sex and love. Step aside Lars von Trier, this is truly the borders-on-pornography cinematic experience you've been waiting for. Love premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews, and is opening up in Us cinemas this October, if you're interested in diving deeper into this one. The cast includes Aomi Muyock, Karl Glusman, Klara Kristin and Juan Saavedra. This trailer is a bit odd and curious, very seductive, but the dialogue is atrocious and I'm just not sure if this is worth seeing (in 3D). Your thoughts? Here's the official Sfw trailer for Gaspar Noé's Love, direct from Vice's YouTube: The one-line synopsis for the project is: "A sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It's a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way. »
- Alex Billington
The 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema has just announced their entire lineup and it’s pretty insane! The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Give credit to the team of programmers: Claude Chamberlan, Dimitri Eipides Julien Fonfrède, Philippe Gajan, Karolewicz Daniel, Marie-Hélène Brousseau, Katayoun Dibamehr and Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette.
Below is the lineup. There’s a lot to process so take your sweet time!
Opening and closing
After its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last May, the new opus unconventional Belgian director, starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Three Hearts, Ransom of Glory), Yolande Moreau (Mammuth, »
“Can you show me how tender you can be?” It’s interesting that critics discussing French filmmaker Gaspar Noé's latest provocation “Love,” a daring sexual melodrama shot in 3D, always focus on all the sucking, fucking, three ways and stereoscopic money shots. It makes for good copy, and it’s certainly a big part of the film. But that’s really only half of a work which is also a melancholy meditation on past loves, is a little self-absorbed at times (Jessica Kiang breaks that down well in her review from Cannes) and which bespeaks genuine tenderness. It’s a hardcore movie, but in many ways it's provacateur Noé's most mature and possibly autobiographical film. Read More: Why Gaspar Noé's 'Love" Fails To Break The Curse Of Sex On Screen Here’s the full synopsis: January the 1st, early morning. The telephone rings. Murphy wakes up next »
- Edward Davis
Sure to ruffle some feathers this fall, the latest work from Gaspar Noé is Love, a melodrama featuring unsimulated sex in eye-popping 3D. Premiering at Cannes earlier this year to a divisive response, the story specifically tracks the relationship between three individuals, and now we have a better glimpse at the erotic journey thanks to the first U.S. trailer and a threesome (sorry) of Nsfw clips.
We said in our review, “Love endeavors to capture the ecstasy of love as expressed through sex, something that Murphy, a film student, proclaims as the most noble – and, supposedly, yet unrealized – of cinematic ambitions. By name-checking Pier Paolo Pasolini, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Andy Warhol through Murphy’s t-shirts and film posters, Noé situates himself not only in the tradition of some of cinema’s most eloquent pioneers on the subjects of love and sex, but at its vanguard. Love doesn’t say nor show anything new. »
- Leonard Pearce
Read More: Cannes: Gaspar Noé on Shooting Sex in 'Love' and Why He Loves His Bad Reviews Always one to push the boundaries of cinema and the limits of visual storytelling, Gasper Noé is returning to the theaters for the first time since 2008's "Enter the Void" with an erotic 3D drama. "Love," starring Karl Glusman and Aomi Muyock, shocked audiences at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where Indiewire said it featured some of "the most hardcore onscreen sex ever to screen at the festival." The official synopsis reads: "The film follows Murphy, who wakes in his apartment one New Year's Day to a frantic call from his ex-girlfriend's mother. His ex, Electra, has been missing for months and her mother fears the worst. Over the course of a long, rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment, reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his »
- Zack Sharf
In the new Film Quarterly, Megan Ratner talks with Roy Andersson about what he calls his "trivialist cinema." Also in today's roundup: A new book, The Feel-Bad Film, addresses work by Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Gaspar Noé, Claire Denis, Lucile Hadzihalilovoc, Stan Brakhage, Gus Van Sant and Brian De Palma. Plus a fresh look at Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool and early word on forthcoming projects by Steven Soderbergh, Yorgos Lanthimos, David Simon, Jeremy Saulnier, Roger Michell and Felix van Groeningen. » - David Hudson »
Written & Directed by Gaspar Noé
Most filmmakers portray love stories like rocket-ships exploding into the air—they’re only interested in the story of the ship’s ascent into the stratosphere. Other filmmakers show more interest in remaining at ground-zero, cynically anticipating a love-rockets tragic descent back down to earth. In his latest film Love, French provocateur Gaspar Noé “straps the audience on” to that metaphorical love-rocket and never cuts them loose. In Love, Noé spends time weaving in and out of the fragmented memories of a man’s past relationship, showcasing the director’s equal measures of enthusiasm for examining love’s unsustainable ascent as well as foraging about in its emotional wreckage.
On New Year’s Day — a day typically reserved for self-reflection — Murphy (Karl Glusman) receives a call from an old flame’s mother, who is panicked over not hearing from her daughter Electra (Aomi Muyock) in months. »
- Victor Stiff
Hole in the Wall: Emmerich Butchers Historical Moment with Whitewashed Overcoat
On June 28, 1969, a group of gay men and women took a stand against police brutality following a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The event sparked a series of violent demonstrations by members of the Lgbt community around the period, and it’s considered the birth of the gay liberation movement. In the decades since, lingering urban legends have haunted the events (such as a grieving community motivated specifically over the recent loss of Judy Garland) surrounding the stand taken at a mafia owned bar raided regularly by police, whose owner cared little about the safety or health of his patrons either way. A significant moment in the ensuing decades-long battle for Lgbt rights in the United States certainly marks it as deserving of its own cinematic reenactment. However, action film »
- Nicholas Bell
Clouds of Sils Maria director to receive Master of Cinema Award.
French director Olivier Assayas is to receive the Master of Cinema Award at this year’s Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Oct 9-24) following previous recipients such as Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan and Zhang Yimou,
Festival director Michael Kötz said: “Assayas’ directorial work has an intelligent depth to it which make his films more captivating with every viewing. He has a unique and distinctive style that is all his own.”
Kazakh filmmakers Ruslan Magomadov and Serik Abishev’s Once at an Orphanage will have its world premiere in the festival’s 22-title International Competition for the Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg.
Iranian director Vahid Qazimirsaeid’s Road to Shahriyar »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Island of Lost Boys: Hadzihalilovic’s Triumphant Return to Enigmatic Filmmaking
French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic returns to the director’s seat for the first time since 2004’s Innocence with the equally austere Evolution, switching from the realm of ambiguously groomed schoolgirls to grapple with a bit of gender disorientation concerning a mysterious island of young boys. Co-written with Alante Kavaite (director of this year’s Summer of Sangaile), the film is a striking odyssey of psychological fears in relation to pregnancy and penetration. Recalling the earlier body horror works of Cronenberg as it recalibrates H.G. Wells’ classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, Hadzihalilovic strikes notes of unrelenting menace with this hypnotic nightmare of signs, symbols, and subversion.
Nicolas (Max Brebant) is ten years old and lives alone with his mother (Julie-Marie Parmentier) on an isolated island populated by other young boys his age who all live under similar circumstances. While swimming one day, »
- Nicholas Bell
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