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Buenos Aires – Marking a change of direction, and locale, Cordoba-based writer-scribe Ines Maria Barrionuevo will follow up her debut “Atlantida” with “La Van,” a frontier drama set on the tri-border along the junction between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.
“La Van” is set up at Cordoba’s Germina Films, headed by Paolo Suarez, Barrionuevo’s producer on “Atlantida,” one of the flagship new features from Cordoba.
The region of Argentina placed three movies at last month’s Mar del Plata Festival: Western “La Laguna,” from Gaston Bottarro and Luciano Jones, the Frederick Wiseman-ish “Escuela de sordos,” and women’s drama “El grillo,” from Matias Herrera Cordoba.
Associate-produced by Edgard Tenenbaum, producer of Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” and Pavel Giroud’s San Sebastian 2013 Co-Production Forum winner “The Companion,” “Atlantida,” which is set to premiere in 2014, focuses on two teen sisters who, over the course of one sultry heat-wave-struck day, discover and define their sensuality. »
- John Hopewell
Kill Your Darlings is the third film recently about the beat generation, after Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl (2010) and Walter Salles's On the Road (2012). This movie by John Krokidas is superior to both, with Daniel Radcliffe giving an intelligent and considered performance as the young Allen Ginsberg.
There is admittedly some of the same self-consciousness and 50s beat preciousness with polo-necked guys nodding life-affirmingly to live jazz. But it's also revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career. These ignited the poetry, and the film suggests that the poetic impulse is at least initially a flight impulse; an impulse away from a horrible real-world mess to a vantage point from where the mess can be artistically controlled, »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ Beat literature and its purveyors have had a long and varied relationship with the silver screen which has seen no less than three films about them in the last few years. James Franco accepted the challenge of the lead in Allen Ginsberg pseudo-biopic Howl (2010), whilst Walter Salles took on the unenviable task of bringing Jack Kerouac's "unfilmable" On the Road (2012). Now, first-time director John Krokidas tackles the formative years of the movement in his fairly standard period piece, Kill Your Darlings (2013), which boasts an impressive cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall.
- CineVue UK
Perhaps the most misleading aspect of the new crop of Beat movies that have surfaced during the past few years is that they obscure the fact that there was once an older crop of Beat movies. If your only exposure is Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, Walter Salles’ On the Road, John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, and Michael Polish’s Big Sur, you might assume that the Beats participated in an artistic movement reserved exclusively for the written word. Yet Allen Ginsberg was front-and-center of experimental film projects like 1959’s Pull My Daisy (narrated by Kerouac) and 1966’s Chappaqua, while William S. Burroughs spent most of his career after the 1970s in independent films (alongside producing spoken word albums). Even Jack Kerouac, the most novelistic of the best-known Beats, showed his media literacy by recording improvisatory experiments in audio technology before he published “On the Road.” The literary Beats not only inspired later independent filmmakers »
- Landon Palmer
Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, »
- Andre Soares
Kristen Stewart has signed on to be a part of writer-director Tim Blake Nelson's newest movie, "Anesthesia." According to Deadline, Stewart will have a small roll in the indie which focuses on a group of New Yorkers "whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor." The "Twilight" actress has had a relatively quiet 2013, with her last appearance on the big screen being the December 2012 release of "On the Road" directed by Walter Salles. She appeared alongside Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kirsten Dunst in the adaptation of Kerouac's novel. Additionally, Stewart does have a couple of films looking towards a »
- HitFix Staff
On the Audio: Polish Takes the Elegiac Beat
Premiering at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival alongside Kill Your Darlings, which documented a pre-Road Kerouac, filmmaker Michael Polish adapts Big Sur, one of the author’s later works depicting a post-peak ennui that afflicted the famed Beat. As both films enjoy an overlapping theatrical release, Polish’s title is certainly the harder sell, a downbeat (forgive the pun) sprawl into a nervous breakdown that’s miles away from the vivacious Kerouac in the Krokidas film or in Walter Salles’ 2012 adaptation of On the Road. Moody, melancholic, and muted visuals of lonely sweeping landscapes accompany a film comprised entirely of dour voiceover from Jean-Marc Barr, well cast as Kerouac. But as lively and expressive as Barr’s rendition is, Polish’s dependence on the device grows tiring, even at a rather slim running time.
Based on his 1962 novel, which recounts three brief visits »
- Nicholas Bell
Certain written works notoriously avoid being turned into successful films: "War and Peace," "Gravity’s Rainbow," basically anything by William Faulkner (exempting the screenplay he wrote for "The Big Sleep") and "The Great Gatsby," as Baz Luhrmann's attempt this year recently reconfirmed. Jack Kerouac has been part of this sequestration – until now. The past 12 months have seen the release of two Kerouac adaptations: Walter Salles' "On the Road" in December of last year, followed by Michael Polish's "Big Sur" this Friday. Additionally, "Kill Your Darlings," which opened earlier this month, is based on the true story of a murder within Kerouac’s proto-Beat clique during the early stirrings of that movement. It's understandable why Kerouac has eluded cinematic adaptation. He was king of the Beats, immortalized in his own characters Sal Paradise and Jack Duluoz, founder of a literary movement, creator of an aesthetic style, and perpetrator »
- Gabrielle Lipton
It has long been a known fact that Hollywood’s well of ideas has run dry. The box office success of countless retreads, remakes, reboots and updates (whatever you want to label them) only serves to condemn the movie-going public as accomplices in this crime of imagination. Yet for every rule there is an exception and, while some would be reluctant to admit it, Hollywood has indeed produced some remakes worthy of their original’s legacy. This list counts down the top five horror remakes that achieved the impossible: they did not suck…
5. Dark Water (2005)
Directed by Walter Salles
Written by Rafael Yglesias
American filmmakers are obsessed with remaking foreign films in their own image (it’s like they’re afraid we’ll fall asleep from having to actually read subtitles). In the case of Japanese Horror Cinema the American versions tend to eschew the quiet tense dread that is »
- Andrew Perez
Daniel Radcliffe: Gay sex scene in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ will ‘startle’ fans (photo: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in ‘Kill Your Darlings’) Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has survived Harry Potter. Last year, he starred in the horror thriller The Woman in Black, a major sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and a moderate one in several other countries, including the United States and Mexico. Radcliffe’s next release is the John Krokidas-directed drama Kill Your Darlings, in which the (former) bespectacled Harry Potter plays bespectacled gay poet Allen Ginsberg — whose sexually daring poem "Howl" resulted in charges of obscenity in 1957. And of course, when it came to gay sex, Ginsberg did more than just write poems. And that’s where Daniel Radcliffe will do some unHarry Potterish on-screen business. ‘Kill Your Darlings’ gay sex scene “I felt like I was breaking new ground," Daniel Radcliffe is quoted as saying in Total Film. »
- Andre Soares
Rome -- Pope Francis, the wildly popular pontiff who became the spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics six months ago after stunning retirement of Benedict XVI, is the subject of at least two major motion pictures, Italian newspapers said Thursday. Writer and director Alejandro Agresti, from Francis' native Argentina, is reported to be at work on a film tentatively called Historia de un cura (History of a Priest). It purportedly features actor Rodrigo de la Serna -- best known for his role opposite Gael Garcia Bernal in Walter Salles' Ernest "Che" Guevara 2004 biopic The Motorcycle Diaries -- playing a
- Eric J. Lyman
San Sebastian – Panama’s Arete Audiovisual and Jaguar Films and Venezuela’s Trampolin Impulso Creativo are linking with France’s Tu Vas Voir, the producer of Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries,” to produce “The Companion,” a friendship drama from Pavel Giroud.
“The Companion” is one of the highest-profile projects being pitched at San Sebastian’s 2nd Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, which unspools Monday through Wednesday at the Spanish festival.
Giroud has carved out a reputation focusing on universal experience – coming of age in his 2006 breakthrough “The Silly Age,” ageing in 2008’s “Omerta,” which world premiered at San Sebastian – against specific events in recent Cuban history, for “Age” and “Omerta” the Cuban Revolution.
In “The Companion,” Giroud moves on in time, setting the action in 1988 Cuba as Fidel Castro’s government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule.
There, a disgraced boxer, Horacio, the subject of a doping scandal, »
- John Hopewell
Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure. Ranging from one to three minutes, all the entries were made with complete creative freedom and included directors like Claire Denis, James Franco, Atom Egoyan, Bernardo Bertolucci, Paul Schrader, Abbas Kiarostami, Monte Hellman, Walter Salles, Shekhar Kapur and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (and a whole bunch more). It looks like all but two of the shorts have made their way online. So set aside some time and check out the complete tribute to the legendary film festival. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Kristen Stewart: ‘Sils Maria’ set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted a series of images showing Stewart, wearing a jacket and glasses, on the Sils Maria set. Warning: Be extremely careful when visiting the photo site where the Kristen Stewart images are stored. I’ve removed the link from this post because twice when clicking on the images, popups attempted to install phishing software. (Now, please scroll down to check out the "full-body" shot of the bespectacled Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria.) Set in the Swiss area known as Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ movie tells the story of a middle-aged former stage star, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche, in a »
- Andre Soares
San Sebastian –- Sebastian Cordero’s “Such Is Life in the Tropics,” Fernando Guzzoni’s “Nobody Boy” and Adrian Saba’s “Donde suenan los salvajes” are among 16 projects selected for the San Sebastian Festival’s 2nd Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, one of its main industry events, which kicks off Monday.
San Sebastian’s Forum is supported by the Cannes Market’s and Argentina’s Incaa Film Institute with select project producers being invited to Ventana Sur and next May’s Cannes Producers Network.
Rolling off Magnolia’s U.S. bow on Aug. 2 of sci-fi thriller “Europa Report,” Cordero’s first full English-language movie, “Tropics” marks his return to Spanish-language filmmaking. Structured as a classical tragedy and set in his native Ecuador, it tells the tale of a Guayaquil bigwig, who fortuitously kills a boy on an illegal deer hunt.
First fruit of Ecuador’s Carnaval Cine, whose partners are Cordero, »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Garrett Hedlund has joined the cast of the Angelina Jolie directed Unbroken which chronicles the life of an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The lead role of Louis Zamperini has already been announced as going to The Liability and Skins star Jack O’Connell and Hedlund will play a fellow prisoner at the camp where Zamperini is taken as a prisoner.
Unbroken is based on the non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand whose previous novel, Seabiscuit, was turned into the 2003 sporting drama of the same name. On board to tackle the screenplay are Ethan and Joel Coen whose writing has previously won them several Academy Awards (No Country For Old Men, Fargo).
- Victoria Bull
Has the landrush to make movies based on the Beat Generation actually amount to anything? Last year, Walter Salles' star-laden "On The Road" barely made a dent, while the forthcoming "Kill Your Darlings" boasting an equally compelling ensemble — Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen, Ben Foster, David Cross, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Jason Leigh — certainly can't do worse. But whether or not it takes off, enthusiasts of the Beats will keep having more movies to choose from as "Big Sur" is also the way. Like "Kill Your Darlings," it also debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and at the time, unveiled a pretty lovely teaser. This much more official spot leans toward the conventional but if does have one distinct characteristic over the previous movies dealing with the same subjects: this isn't the tale of the young and wild Kerouac. Instead, the story here centers on his post- »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last year brought us Walter Salles' On The Road, adapted from Jack Kerouac's beat classic. Now director Michael Polish has picked up the story some years later, with his own film of Kerouac's 1962 novel Big Sur. Following a trailer for the Sundance festival in January, here's second promo for the film's upcoming Us release.On The Road was written by Kerouac many years after the events it described, and as the trailer indicates, Big Sur deals with that book's aftermath. Kerouac found himself a literary sensation, based on the persona of a much younger man. Struggling with mental exhaustion and alcoholism, both exacerbated by the pressure of his unexpected success, he accepted an offer from his friend and fellow poet Lawrence Felinghetti to hide out in a cabin at Bixby Canyon, Big Sur, which he did on three occasions.At first he enjoyed the solitude, but he also »
Venice – Habemus a pope pic. And from Pope Francis’ native Argentina.
One of its most international directors, Alejandro Agresti (“The Lake House”) will direct “Historia de un cura” (A Priest’s Tale), a biopic of Jose Mario Bergoglio from his childhood through to election in March as the head of the Catholic Church.
Bergoglio became the first Jesuit pope, the first from the southern hemisphere and the first from North or Latin America.
“A Priest’s Tale” is set up at Argentina’s Pampa Films (“Chinese Take-Away”) and Spain’s Pentagrama (“Before the Fall”).
Pablo Bossi (“Nine Queens,” “Son of the Bride”), one of the architects of Argentina’s film renaissance, will produce with Pentagrama’s Jose Ibanez whose credits include Oliver Stone’s “Comandante” and Emir Kusturica’s “Maradona by Kusturica. »
- John Hopewell
Having worked with Michael Shannon on his first three films, Jeff Nichols is set to reunite with the actor once more for his upcoming project, Midnight Special, and now he’s found his female lead to star opposite.
Plot details are largely being kept under wraps on this one, but it’s set to revolve around a father and his 8-year-old son, who go on the run after the dad realises his son has some kind of special powers.
- Kenji Lloyd
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