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Okay, so it may be a little early to talk about the best films of next year. But based on the number of high-profile auteurs with new works on the horizon, 2011 looks like it will be a banner annum for art cinema. While Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" is already trailering around the world and Sundance will parade a number of hot new projects from American indie stalwarts (Miguel Arteta, Tom McCarthy) and doc-makers (Eugene Jarecki, Steve James), look abroad to the next Berlin or Cannes and you're likely to see the most thrilling examples of contemporary cinema. Here are ten films we believe could top the best-of lists 12 months from now (in no particular order):
"This Must Be the Place"
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Though not yet known much outside of his home country or the festival circuit, Italian auteur Sorrentino received considerable acclaim -- including a »
- Anthony Kaufman
If you’re a film lover and don’t feel the desire to go to the Cannes Film Festival then you’re really not much of a film lover at all. And one of the many reasons this is true is because of the great lineup they’ve got there. And the first names announced of who will be there next May are almost unanimously the names of greats.
It was tweeted by Cédric Succivalli, known as a “Cannes insider” (found by GordonandtheWhale) that some of the filmmakers we can expect there are Wong Kar Wai, Pedro Almodovar, Lynne Ramsay, Paolo Sorrentino, Lars von Trier, Virginie Despentes and Terrence Malick. You don’t even have to like all of those people (I don’t) to not be excited by their presence in the South of France in about five months.
Of course Malick is finally showing The Tree of Life »
- Nick Newman
Anton Corbijn's new film is an intelligent, beautifully photographed, if intensely self-conscious drama about an assassin's mid-life crisis. The movie is pitched at a low key: finely judged, but at times rather exasperatingly thoughtful and muted. It purrs evenly, like the engine of a luxury automobile, with a cool, sleek satisfaction at how stylish it is. That said, it is pretty stylish, and the remote, islanded sense of loneliness and tension is well managed: Frederick Forsyth with a dash of Graham Greene.
The star is George Clooney, who here withholds from his audience the warm and witty persona he normally projects, and presents us instead with an ice-cold hitman called Jack, whose career has just suffered the most calamitous reversal. At first, like a gnarled and careworn 007, Jack »
- Peter Bradshaw
Moore speaks out at Rome film festival as Italian Pm responds to philandering claims with swipe at gay people
Moore, in Italy to collect a lifetime achievement award, was speaking at a press conference following a screening of Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, in which she and Annette Bening play lesbian parents. Earlier in the day, Berlusconi had dismissed calls for him to resign over a scandal involving his relationship with a 17-year-old girl, stating: "It is better to like beautiful girls than be gay."
Asked to voice her opinion, Moore said she found the comments repulsive. "I think it's unfortunate, archaic and idiotic," she said. "To hint or to say that there is something wrong with homosexuality ... It's »
- Ben Child
I just...do not know where to begin here. Please gaze upon this picture of Sean Penn from the set of This Must Be The Place. Now I ask you to look at this picture of Robert Smith from The Cure. Yeah, that just happened. Okay, here's the explanation. In This Must Be The Place, Penn is playing a retired rock star. A retired rock star that reminds me a lot of Robert Smith whom I adore. The film is being directed by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino. Penn co-stars with Frances »
- Niki Stephens
This is a stylish vehicle for George Clooney as an ice-cold hitman, but it lacks thrills and spills
George Clooney returns, setting aside the warm and witty persona that his fans love, and giving them instead one of his darkest and most unsympathetic characters: an ice-cold professional killer marooned in loneliness and fear. The director is Anton Corbijn – the former photographer who made his brilliant feature debut with Control, a biopic of Joy Division's frontman, Ian Curtis – working from a screenplay by Rowan Joffe. It is adapted from the 1991 novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth, originally about a reserved Englishman abroad with a brutal and murderous secret.
The movie re-imagines this expatriate loner as an American. Clooney plays Jack, an assassin first seen hiding out with a beautiful companion in a Swedish forest cabin. This blissful scene is shattered by violence, and Jack demonstrates his utter ruthlessness both to his attackers, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Peter Brunette, the late film historian and THR film critic, will become the namesake of the RiverRun International Film Festival's best director award starting next year.
Brunette, who died June 16 while attending the Taormina Film Festival in Italy, had a lifelong passion for film that led him to write books about several influential directors and teach film studies at George Mason and Wake Forest universities.
"Peter introduced us to the greatest directors and showed us how films could open up new worlds of understanding for their viewers," said Brunette's sister, Rose Dean. "I can't think of a more fitting tribute to his legacy."
The award, to be selected by the narrative feature jury, will be called the Peter Brunette Award for Best Director. The next RiverRun fest runs April 8-17 in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Brunette's job at Wake Forest put him in Winston-Salem, the home of RiverRun since 2003. He pitched »
- By Andrew Wilson
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
Shooting on the indie for Indigo Films began on August 16th and will continue for the next few weeks and the American actor was spotted wearing a long, messy wig and a bright red lipstick.
Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late.
Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father’s humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Muller »
- Allan Ford
Wow, I've got to say, Sean Penn has seen better days. I suppose that could be the point, though. Here he is on set of his latest film, This Must Be the Place. Yes, that's lipstick.
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I had not even heard of the film, but it's apparently a thriller co-starring Frances McDormand and Harry Dean Stanton. The film is directed and co-written by Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino and it's produced, in part, by Pathé, which is a sure sign it won't just sit on a shelf somewhere.
So why is the happiest guy in Hollywood all dolled up? He's playing an ex-rock star, see, who...um...I'll let the synopsis fill in the blanks. I'd hate to get something wrong. Here it is, courtesy of Worst Previews: »
Technically, Penn isn't playing Smith. But dlisted rightly notes the resemblance in the collection of set photos they've posted. I dropped one of the images below, alongside a closeup of the actual Smith. Click it to check out dlisted's full gallery.
Wacky, right? The movie actually has nothing to do with The Cure. The Paolo Sorrentino written and directed film instead focuses on Penn's aging rock star and his quest to locate his father's killer, an ex-Nazi who is hiding out in the United States. It sort of just keeps getting better and better, right?
- Adam Rosenberg
A couple of weeks ago we posted that Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, This Must Be The Place, had found a new cast member in the form of Eve Hewson, who is set to play a goth-punk girl who befriends Sean Penn’s character, an aging rock star who is set on finding the Nazi who tortured and killed his father in a concentration camp.
Filming for Sorrentino’s film is going on in Dublin at the moment and WENN (via dlisted) have these pictures of a bewigged Penn preparing for a shot.
The Daily Mail did a brilliant write up when they posted slightly different pictures,
The notoriously difficult star recently celebrated his 50th birthday at a birthday lunch with Dublin local Bono. True to form, he left his own birthday party after a mere two hours, looking grumpy and annoyed.
And then helpfully clarified,
- Jon Lyus
Sean Penn is currently shooting "This Must Be The Place" thriller in Dublin, and today we have the first photos from the set, showing the actor wearing a messy wig and bright red lipstick. Check out the photos below. Plot: Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father's persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the Us. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father's humiliation in Auschwitz at the hands of former SS Officer Aloise Muller - an event he is determined to avenge. The new movie is written and directed »
Not long ago, we reported on the casting of newcomer Eve Hewson in filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino's indie drama This Must Be The Place, which stars Sean Penn as a retired rocker "who becomes fixated on pursuing the Nazi criminal who tormented his father in a concentration camp." Well, below we've got our first look at Sean Penn - courtesy of RadarOnline - looking rather Robert Smith-esque, with his flamboyant hair and ruby lips. What do you guys think of Penn's look? This Must Be »
- George Merchan
Thanks to Sasha Stone at Awards Daily, here’s a first look at Sean Penn in This Must Be The Place. Wow! Shooting on the indie for Indigo Films began in Ireland on August 16th and will continue for the next few weeks. This is the first English language film for Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (Il Divo).
Plot summary from imdb:
Cheyenne, a wealthy former rock star (Penn), now bored and jaded in his retirement embarks on a quest to find his father’s persecutor, an ex-Nazi war criminal now hiding out in the U.S. Learning his father is close to death, he travels to New York in the hope of being reconciled with him during his final hours, only to arrive too late. Having been estranged for over 30 years, it is only now in death that he learns the true extent of his father’s humiliation in Auschwitz »
- Michelle McCue
Before Sean Penn goes back to his roots and plays a surfer once again, the actor wants to rock. But this isn't a light-hearted affair full of swagger and song. It's a drama coming from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (who helmed the film on Italian ex-Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo). This Must Be the Place, which is shooting in Ireland, follows a rich rock star who sets out to find the ex-Nazi war criminal (living in the U.S.) who killed his father.
And, since he's a rocker, that means he needs the right look to go with it, so hit the jump and see Penn as a long-haired, determined rocker with red lips.
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- Monika Bartyzel
Sean Penn shocked onlookers in Dublin, Ireland on Monday by parading around in lipstick and a fuzzy wig - but it was all in the name of his art.
The Milk star is playing a wealthy, retired rocker who embarks on a quest to find the German officer who executed his father in This Must Be the Place.
Penn, who turned 50 last week, was photographed looking solemn as he donned earrings and full make-up as he shot scenes on location in the city.
The film, which marks Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's English debut, is due for release next year. »
Cameras start rolling today, Monday August 16th on the set of 'This Must Be the Place'. The feature marks Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's English feature debut and will shoot on location in Dublin for the next three weeks. The film stars Oscar-winners Sean Penn (Milk, Mystic River), Frances McDormand (Fargo), and musician David Byrne, alongside Irish talent Simon Delaney (Zonad, Happy Ever Afters), Olwen Fouere (Space Truckers) and newcomer Eve Hewson. Paolo Sorrentino, director of the Palme d'Or nominated feature 'Il Divo' will helm the story of wealthy former rock-star Cheyenne, played by Penn, who lives quietly in Dublin with his wife, played by McDormand. When his father, a holocaust survivor, dies in New York Cheyenne embarks on a journey across America to track down his father's nemesis. Sorrentino penned the script with co-writer Umberto Contarello (La Partita Lenta, Luce dei Miei Occhi). »
Bono’s daughter, Eve (19) has signed up to star in a movie with Sean Penn. The new starlet on the Hollywood scene, will play a gothic-punk music fan in the new film “This Must be the Place”. According to Variety, Eve will star alongside Frances McDormand in the Paolo Sorrentino indie drama. In the film Penn plays an indie rock star who is friend with Eve’s character. Eve becomes fixated with chasing a Nazi criminal who tormented her father in a concentration camp. The screenplay was written by Paolo and Umberto Contarello. Filming will begin this month and will take place in Ireland and the United States. Though Eve is a newcomer to the world of acting she also has a starring role in the 2008 drama “The 27 Club.” »
Reuniting with his screenplay collaborator on the short film La partita lenta, Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello will tell the tale of an aging rock star who is obsessed with finding a Nazi criminal who tortured his father in a concentration camp.
So far we have Sean Penn as the rock star, with Frances McDormand signed up to play his wife. According to Variety a new name has been added to the cast list, that of Eve Hewson, who is to play a ‘gothic-punk music fan’ who befriends Penn’s character.
This will be Hewson’s biggest role so far and appearing with actors of the calibre of Penn and McDormand is a great step for this young actress. »
- Jon Lyus
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