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While Nicolas Winding Refn's bromance with Ryan Gosling is well documented, he also logs serious time with enfant terrible Gaspar Noé. If you ever wanted to get in a room with the pair, now is the time, as a great talk between them has surfaced. Conducted at the Danish Film Institute last year, the video is a fascinating, fun half-hour conversation between the pair. Refn talks about the tedium he felt shooting the car chases in "Drive" and how Christina Hendricks saved an otherwise dull scene, while Noé reveals his problems trying to get Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel to shoot a sequence he wanted for "Irreversible." They also talk about the hoops they have to go through in raising financing for their films, with Noé revealing how he got funding for his upcoming, explicit "Love" with just a few posters. It's great stuff, so watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the out-there sensibility of a David Lynch, the mentorship of Nicolas Winding Refn and cinematography by Gaspar Noé’s Dp, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut was always likely to be a pretty unforgettable affair, either for good or ill. The film has a suitably retina-catching quad poster that you can feast your eyes on below by clicking on the image. Set in a geographically unspecified but distinctly Detroit-like town, the film tells the trippy, weird story of Billy (Christina Hendricks) who lives with her two sons in a shabby house in a derelict suburb. Billy struggles to make ends meet, and when the bank threatens to foreclose on her, she takes a job in a weird sex-gore-and-vaudeville nightclub run by a mysterious businessman (Ben Mendelsohn). Her eldest son Bones (Iain De Caestecker), meanwhile, has become obsessed with the city’s history; it transpires that the area was flooded to create a reservoir. »
Previously titled How to Catch A Monster, Lost River is Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. The film stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Ben Mendelsohn and genre classic Barbara Steele (who replaced Karen Black after her passing). The film will be showing at SXSW in Austin after some shaky reviews from its Cannes premiere.
Watching the trailer above shows me that Gosling has a unique visual style, even if it borrows from Refn in its simplicity at times. It is also photographed by Gaspar Noé‘s Dp, Benoît Debie. Given what I’ve seen from this trailer alone, I’m willing to take a chance. The film is scored by Johnny Jewel, who was originally supposed to do the score for Drive. Warner Bros. doesn’t seem to have high hopes for it as they are releasing the film Day & Date on April 10th. Hopefully the SXSW screening will help their hype. »
- Andy Triefenbach
Paris — A trio of well-connected, young film bizzers, former Wild Bunch sales agent Gary Farkas, former M&C Saatchi exec Olivier Muller and Full House staffer Clement Lepoutre, are joining forces to launch Paris-based production company Vixens.
Unveiled in the run-up to Berlin, the company already has four projects in the pipeline, notably an English-language film revenge thriller initiated by Noomi Rapace, who will also star.
“Vixens will mostly focus on emerging authors and directors working on genre movies, thrillers, social dramas and black comedies,” explained Farkas, who joined Wild Bunch in 2010 and worked in international sales for four years.
Muller, Farkas and Lepoutre said they named their outfit Vixens in reference to Russ Meyer’s films because they remain “cult and subversive movies that carry a strong message.”
The company’s development slate will be partly financed through Phantasm, their recently launched shingle specializing in advertising and music videos. »
- Elsa Keslassy
The most controversial director in our top ten list has to be Argentinean director Gaspar Noé, who has made an infamous name for himself with a trio of French titles, beginning with 1998’s I Stand Alone, which starred a grizzled Philippe Nahon (who many should recognize for an equally unsettling role in Aja’s 2003 film High Tension) as a butcher spiraling into a violent rampage. But it was Noe’s 2002 title, Irreversible, which still makes entries on many lists documenting the most shocking or disturbing films ever made, thanks mostly to a nine minute rape scene featuring Monica Bellucci. And if we thought he couldn’t outdo himself there, Noe managed to do so with controversial Enter the Void (2009), in which the soul of a drug dealer is our guide through the underbelly of Tokyo, starring Paz de la Huerta in a terribly underrated performance. »
- Nicholas Bell
While she’s mostly known for having co-written Gaspar Noe’s infamous 2009 film, Enter the Void, Lucile Hadzihalilovic is an accomplished director of her own right, having made the underappreciated 2004 film Innocence (trailer below), which is a strange, meditative, and very creepy film about a boarding school for young girls and starred Marion Cotillard. Now, she’s back over a decade later with her sophomore film, Evolution. The story revolves around 11-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother in a seaside housing estate. The only place that ever sees any activity is the hospital. It is there that all the boys from the village are forced to undergo strange medical trials that attempt to disrupt the phases of evolution. Hadzihalilovic cites The Island of Dr. Moreau as inspiration, and the film stars Roxane Duran (supporting player from The White Ribbon, 17 Girls, »
- Nicholas Bell
6 items from 2015
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