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You’re forgiven if you didn’t know much about the Denver Film Festival. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to talk about in the aftermath of the ten day affair. Highlights included very interesting industry panels (a new addition this year), a few films slated for a wide release, and a local debut for a major Colorado-produced film, The Boat Builder. In a state where most of the money for films was recently devoured by Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, it was nice to see a Colorado-made film get a warm reception.
I wasn’t able to finagle my way into every film I wanted to; such is the tragedy of any festival. But, I was able to see a variety of films big and small and elbow my way into a few industry panels. Below are brief reviews of every film I saw, from the incredible — to the barely edible. »
- Max Wood
You've heard from a few members of our team of their quick lists of gratitude so naturally your host and obsessive ringleader, Nathaniel, must chime in. As you read this I'm surely already stuffing myself but this year I've planned ahead with a big diet and exercize program to commence on November 30th.
I'm thankful for...
... Grandma's bonobos fixation
The world is round, people!"
... bits and »
- NATHANIEL R
In Youth, the latest drama from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino which earned a Palme d’Or nomination at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Keitel plays an aging director on vacation in the Swiss Alps with his composer best friend, played by Michael Caine.
Some early Oscar buzz has surrounded the film, particularly for Jane Fonda’s brief, yet powerful, performance, and Keitel once more finds himself in an Oscar film.
The 76-year-old star, who has been appearing in films for nearly 50 years, may not control the same transcendent star quality of such contemporaries as Robert De Niro or Al Pacino, but a look at the actor’s resume reveals that he has been a part of an Oscar-nominated film in nearly every decade since he first appeared on film.
In 1974, Keitel appeared in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, the romantic drama about »
- Patrick Shanley
In director Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming drama Youth, a meditation on fame and aging being released by Fox Searchlight on December 4, we see octogenarian British composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) retreat to a spa in the Alps, where he meets a disaffected, Sean Penn–esque American actor (Paul Dano). In this exclusive Vulture clip, the two artists swap philosophical musings on the perils of creating for the masses. »
- Stacey Wilson Hunt
Read More: Review: Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel Give Their Best Performances in Years in Sorrentino's Whimsical 'Youth' With the highly anticipated release of Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" just a little under a week away, Indiewire is excited to present an exclusive batch of character posters that put the drama's star-studded ensemble at the forefront, including Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Paul Dano and Rachel Weisz. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May and went on to screen at Tiff in September, where Caine, Keitel and Fonda earned considerable praise and Oscar buzz for their powerful late-career performances. The film's official synopsis reads: "'Youth' explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Rachel. »
- Zack Sharf
“I think that in all the movies that I have done, the theme of the passing of time is one of my obsessions,” explains writer/director Paolo Sorrentino during our recent conversation (watch below) about his new film “Youth.” The film, which Fox Searchlight is releasing on December 4, focuses on two lifelong friends: world-famous composer Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and Hollywood film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel). They reflect on their pasts and contemplating their futures while vacationing in the Swiss Alps while each deals with a woman on the edge. In the case of Fred it his daughter Lena (Rachel Weisz) while Mick must massage the ego of actress Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda). -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders For Sorrentino the idea of the film was whether or not the two men could, “live again in youth,” despite their advanced age. »
- Jazz Tangcay
"Now I feel as young as I did then, because the body is going but the mind isn't. The mind is forever youthful I believe," admits Harvey Keitel, comparing the beginning of his acting career in the 1970s to his current work in the film "Youth." Directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, the movie is about celebrated filmmaker Mick Boyle (Keitel) holidaying in Switzerland with his best friend, retired conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine). Boyle gets disturbing news from veteran actress Brenda Morel (Jane Fonda) while he is working on his "testament" film at the retreat. In our recent interview (watch below), the 76-year-old character actor adds, "Paolo did such a magnificent job writing the screenplay that his reach into humanity goes very deep. He showed it in 'The Great Beauty' and 'Il Divo,' and he continues on with that reach in order to help us bring up what's deep, »
While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.
Fox Searchlight has released an emotional new clip from the upcoming movie.
The film features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, who first met Sorrentino when his composition “I Lie” was used in The Great Beauty. »
- Michelle McCue
Director Paolo Sorrentino‘s latest feature, “Youth,” crosses national lines with the filmmaker’s fusion of international talents such as American stars Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda and Paul Dano along with Brit thesps Michael Caine and Rachel Weisz.
The Italian director shared with Variety at the film’s Los Angeles premiere how international films can bring people from around the world a little bit closer together.
“I think that cinema is a universal language,” said Sorrentino. “We have more elements in common than differences between countries and it’s a beautiful thing.”
Keitel concurred with Sorrentino and stated that film can influence the world’s view of a particular nation.
“That’s the key,” said the actor. “The more we understand each culture, the more tolerant we become and the less we fear the other culture.”
Keitel continued, “What’s happening today with the immigration crisis, we all relate to all these problems. »
- Mannie Holmes
Michael Caine confessed to Variety that he has already retired from his illustrious acting career, but fear not. The actor also revealed that he has a hard time saying ‘no’ to really good movie roles.
“I’ve mentally retired, but I keep getting these scripts that I can’t refuse,” said Caine at the Los Angeles premiere of “Youth” Tuesday at the Directors Guild Theater.
He continued, “Now, I don’t have a job. I don’t have a script or anything and it would take something incredible to get me out of bed in the morning.”
The feature follows a recently retired music composer on vacation with his daughter and good friend that is a working filmmaker. Variety‘s Jay Weissberg described »
- Mannie Holmes
After cherry picking David Lang's "I Lie" and "Maya Beiser" for the soundtrack to his Oscar-winning "The Great Beauty," director Paolo Sorrentino approached the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer ("the little match girl passion") to conjure a song for "Youth." A tall order considering that the song summarizes the life of a retired conductor (Michael Caine at his most sensitive) forced to confront his mortality at a Fellini-esque Swiss spa. "Paolo said there would be this film about a composer and the entire emotional life had to be told through this song," Lang recalled. "And it would be present throughout the entire movie. So it was really was a beautiful problem, and, as a conceit, it's a powerful way to tell a story. "It took a very long time. The process was complicated by the fact that the song had to be composed before the script could be finished. This was »
- Bill Desowitz
Now in its 28th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase will feature more than 50 films representing all 28 European Union member states.
This year’s AFI European Union Film Showcase is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States as the presenting partner through the EU’s Getting to Know Europe grant.
Click here for the full line-ip. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Monday that the initial recipients of the 2016 Virtuosos Award will include Elizabeth Banks, Joel Edgerton, Paul Dano and Jacob Tremblay. The distinguished award aims to acknowledge a small selection of actors for their standout film performances over the past year, as well as highlight defining work from their overall acting careers. The 2016 recipients will be officially recognized at an award presentation event at the Arlington Theatre during the 31st edition of the festival.
“These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” the festival’s executive director Roger Durling said.
After a recurring role in the wildly popular “Hunger Games” trilogy and a behind-the-camera stint directing “Pitch Perfect 2,” Elizabeth Banks offered a heart-filled performance as Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson’s wife in the biopic “Love & Mercy.”
Also being honored is actor-screenwriter Joel Edgerton, »
- Alyssa Sage
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) spends his retirement at a luxury hotel in the Alps, when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Meanwhile, his best friend, film director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) plans his next masterpiece.
Few films this year think they’re as clever as Youth. It seems like a film that’s begging for repeat viewings, to pick up themes and ideas you might have missed first time round. But there’s nothing much there. It’s director Paolo Sorrentino on autopilot. Maybe this is his way of winding down before building up to something big. Because Youth doesn’t seem to build up to much when it’s all over.
What little plot there is follows Fred Ballinger, a celebrated composer who has retired. »
- Amie Cranswick
"It's a work of art," proclaims Jane Fonda about her new film "Youth," directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who also helmed the 2013 film "The Great Beauty," winner of the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. In our recent interview (watch below or click here), the 77-year-old screen legend adds, "To me, 'Youth' is about how aging is really not so chronological as it is spirtual, as it is energetically. If you have retained your passion, you can be old but you'll still be young." -Break- Dish all the Oscar races in our red-hot forums with Hollywood insiders Fonda plays veteran actress Brenda Morel, who has worked with filmmaker Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) on many of his movies. Boyle is planning his final film with her while holidaying in Switzerland with his best friend, retired conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine). Morel makes a grand entrance deep into the movie. Her character give. »
Rome – The upcoming European Film Awards will fete Italian producer and distributor Andrea Occhipinti with the Prix Eurimages dedicated to celebrating the key role of co-productions in boosting the growth of the European film industry.
Occhipinti’s Rome-based shingle Lucky Red over the past 28 years has distributed some 250 titles and produced more than 40 feature films, a large portion of which supported by Eurimages. Eurimages is the Council of Europe’s fund supporting European co-productions. It also helps promote their theatrical distribution.
Standout Euro co-prods Lucky Red has handled include Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo” and “This Must Be The Place,” Dardenne brothers-directed “The Kid With a Bike,” and Michel Ocelot’s toon “Azur et Asmar.”
Lucky Red has had a hand in many other successful co-prods by directors from all over the world, including Lars Von Trier, Patrice Leconte, Wong Kar-Wai, Park Chan-Wook, Peter Mullan, Francois Ozon, Gurinder Chadha, Hayao Miyazaki, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Denzel Washington will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2016 Cecil B DeMille Award at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 10, 2016. The award is given annually to “a talented individual who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Previous recipients include George Clooney, Woody Allen, Jodie Foster, Martin Scorsese, Robin Williams and Al Pacino.
Universal Pictures has retitled The Huntsman as The Huntsman Winter’s War and will release the film on April 22, 2016.Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl will receive the Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival’s 2015 Humanitarian Award and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth has been named European Film Of The Year. The festival runs in Italy from December 26-January 2.Momentum Pictures and Orion Releasing have acquired worldwide rights to the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl will receive the Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival’s 2015 Humanitarian Award and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth has been named European Film Of The Year. The festival runs in Italy from December 26-January 2.
Momentum Pictures and Orion Releasing have acquired worldwide rights to the Western Diablo starring Scott Eastwood and Walton Goggins. Lawrence Roeck directed from a screenplay he wrote with Carlos de los Rios. Danny Glover, Camilla Belle, Adam Beach and Joaquim de Almeida also star. The film will go on limited theatrical release on January 8 2016 followed by premium VOD a day later.Female duo Viana Mikkelsen and Yiva Henrikson have won the top directing award at the 2015 Doc La film festival for their Swedish film In 90 Degrees Heat. The festival concluded at the weekend. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Governors Awards recipient Spike Lee reminded hundreds of Hollywood heavy-hitters about their failure at diversity, warning that “You better get smart” about making films that represent the population — because by 2043, Caucasians are going to be the minority in the U.S.
Lee’s 15-minute speech was delivered in a calm and genial manner, concluding Saturday’s awards ceremony that also honored Debbie Reynolds and Gena Rowlands. Lee said when he goes through Hollywood offices, there are only white faces, and the only person of color is the man checking the name at the door. “This industry is so behind, is ridiculous.” He said it’s apparently easier for a black person to become president of the U.S. than the head of a studio or TV network.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the evening by urging Hollywood to move ahead on diversity, saying “Words »
- Tim Gray
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