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48th Nyff 2010: Aleksei Fedorchenko’s Silent Souls

30 September 2010 1:20 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Russian filmmaker Aleksei Fedorchenko’s Silent Souls plays at the New York Film Festival following its three awards at the Venice Film Festival, including the Ozella prize for Best Photography. This is one of the better films at the fest, and with its positive reception at Venice, Tiff and now Nyff, this will hopefully find some kind of a theatrical release, albeit it being a small art-house one. The story is based on a novel by the writer/director’s friend Aist Sergeyev. This is the fourth project they have collaborated on, and Fedorchenko claims they have five more to go. The story is a kind of historical fiction, with a little "extra" fiction added since the records of the people and events described are long lost. The story follows two men who live in a small village and are descended of an ancient race called Merjans that seemingly comes »

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Silent Souls by Aleksei Fedorchenko, Venice Film Festival 2010

10 September 2010 2:59 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Ovsyanki or Silent Souls, another title In Competition for Golden Lion statue at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

This time, we’re here to present you a movie that comes from a Russian director Aleksei Fedorchenko that is already being described as “melancholy drama relates the journey of a man and his companion, who travel to a river with the remains of his companion’s late wife.”

Here’s the Silent Souls synopsis: “After a man’s young wife dies suddenly (the cause is never disclosed) he enlists the help of a colleague in disposing of the body in accordance with the local custom.

The characters here are Meryar, descendants of a 400-year-old Finnish tribe once native to that part of western Russia, but now all but forgotten. They have different and non-traditional names for places and people, but most strikingly different are their rituals to do with marriage »

- Fiona

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Alternative Tiff 2010 Picks: #24. Aleksei Fedorchenko's Silent Souls

8 September 2010 4:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#24. Silent Souls Director: Aleksei FedorchenkoCast: Igor Sergeyev, Yuriy Tsurilo, Yuliya Aug, Viktor Sukhorukov ;Distributor: Rights Available. Buzz: Silent Souls is leaving Venice with plenty of positive buzz and will then make its way to Nyff. This is Aleksei Fedorchenko's third film and I know nothing about the filmmaker or the film -- but this sounds like a good festival ticket gamble. The Gist: When Miron's beloved wife Tanya passes away, he asks his best friend Aist to help him say goodbye according to the rituals of the Merya culture, an ancient Finno-Ugric tribe from Lake Nero. The two men set out on a road trip thousands of miles across the boundless lands. Tiff Schedule: Thursday September 16 6:00:00 Pm Varsity 8 Friday September 17 4:45:00 Pm Scotiabank Theatre 4 Saturday September 18 9:30:00 Am AMC 6   »

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Venice Film Festival award season chatter

5 September 2010 11:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news » Here’s a rundown of what’s clicking at the Venice Film Festival as potential award season contenders.

The Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky

Most critics and bloggers are intrigued by this film. Variety’s Justin Chang pointedly exclaims on Twitter: “In the battle of opening-night films: Venice 1, Cannes 0.”

Guy Lodge who is covering the festival for In Contention gives his guess for “Swan’s” odds:

Anne Thompson and I agreed at lunch today that the film has its work cut out for it in the top races — wild psychodrama not being the Academy’s strong point, particularly if critical opinion turns out to be split — and the extent to which voters (and audiences) warm to her vehicle will be a determining factor for Portman, given how deep the Best Actress field already looks.

Meek’s Cutoff directed by Kelly Reichardt

Guy Lodge is very excited about »


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A dance of death at the Venice film festival

5 September 2010 2:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Natalie Portman is superb as a troubled ballet dancer, Robert Rodriguez gets trashy, and a Jerusalem-set drama provides this year's turkey at the Venice film festival

The Venice film festival began with a feverish combination of burning heat and rainy thunderstorms that swept the Lido, and its opening film was appropriately hotwired with psychodrama, melodrama and ionospherically over-the-top theatrics. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a heavily sexualised psycho-thriller about an over-wrought ballerina in New York about to take the lead role in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake; she finds that preparing for the dark "Black Swan" role, and fending off the ambitions of a rival dancer, is unlocking something disturbing within her own troubled soul.

Thoroughly outrageous at all times, Aronofsky's film is certainly watchable, though his inability to see a stop without pulling it out perhaps lessens the impact after a while. There are some scary moments and a queasy, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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'Silent Souls' generates buzz at Venice Fest

4 September 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Venice – "Ovsyanki" (Silent Souls), Russian director Aleksei Fedorchenko's in-competition drama of a factory worker's poetic and folkloric farewell to his dead wife, was among the Saturday highlights at the Venice Film Festival.


The festival also featured the world premiere of Carlo Mazzacurati's comedic drama "La passion" (The Passion), one of four Italian films in competition. It was the second film in three years on the Venice Lido for the 54-year-old Mazzacurati, following the 2008 success of "La giusta distanza" (The Right Distance), which won Venice's Gugliemo Biraghi collateral prize.


And Saturday also saw the world premiere of "Jean Gentil," from Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas, the moving story of a Haitian immigrant's struggles in the neighboring Dominican Republic. The film, which screened in Venice's Orizzonti sidebar, is the first-ever Dominican film to screen on the Lido.


But it was "Ovsyanki" that created the most buzz Saturday, immediately sparking »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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Venice Film Festival 2010 In Competition List

30 July 2010 4:03 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Are you guys ready for the oldest film festival in the world? Yeah, sure you are! Who’s crazy enough to miss all that glamour, great movies, and well-known faces? Guess nobody!

This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1- 11th and some great titles will compete for Leone d’Oro, or if you prefer Golden Lion, indeed!

Just in case you don’t trust us, check out a list of all the films playing in competition:

In Competition

Black Swan, Opening Night Film (dir. Darren Aronofsky – U.S.) Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

La Pecora Nera, (dir. Ascanio Celestini – Italy) Ascanio Celestini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Maya Sansa

Somewhere, (dir. Sofia Coppola – U.S.) Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Benicio Del Toro, Michelle Monaghan, Laura Chiatti, Simona Ventura

Happy Few, (dir. Antony Cordier – France) Marina Fois, Elodie Bouchez, Roschdy Zem, Nicolas Duvauchelle

The Solitude of Prime Numbers, »

- Fiona

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67th Venice Film Festival In-Competition List Includes Black Swan, Somewhere, and Drei

29 July 2010 10:04 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Earlier this week, the fifty films showing at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced.  Today, we have a list of the films showing in-competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.  Highlights of the Festival include Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and Tom Tykwer’s Drei.  What’s also cool about this list is that we see the runtimes of each of the films.  However, it’s not unusual for a film to undergo changes between a festival and its general release.

Hit the jump for a list of all the films playing in-competition and click here for the films playing out-of-competition.   This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1 – 11th.

Darren AronofskyBlack Swan

USA, 103′

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

Ascanio CelestiniLa Pecora Nera

Italia, 93′

Ascanio Celestini, »

- Matt Goldberg

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67th Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced

29 July 2010 5:19 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

The line-up for the 67th Venice Film Festival has finally been announced and we've handily posted the runners and riders below...

The Italian cinematic shindig, which runs from September 1-11 and features the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Arriaga, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino and Gabriele Salvatores on the competition jury, has pulled out all the stops this year with some very exciting flicks.

Top on our list of must-see movies includes Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Vincent Gallo's Promises Written In Water and Anh Hung Tran's Murasaki adaptation Norwegian Wood.

The films to be shown at the 67th Venice Film Festival are...

Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.

La Pecora Nera, directed by Ascanio Celestini and starring Ascanio Celestini, Giorgio Tirabassi and Maya Sansa

Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Stephen Dorff, »

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