17 items from 2016
In a medium founded on expanding one’s imagination and perception of reality, no genre does it better than science fiction. We’ve come a long way from the days when Georges Méliès took us to the moon, for today’s filmmakers look far beyond our universe and into the deepest corners of our soul to reflect the current society.
With the latest entry in the Star Trek franchise arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s sci-fi films that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.
Check out our top 50 below and let us know your favorites in the comments. We’ve also put the list on Letterboxd to keep track of how many you’ve seen. »
- The Film Stage
Karlovy Vary — Italian director Roberto Ando’s latest film, “Le confessioni” (The Confessions), is a spiritual sequel to his 2013 hit “Viva la liberta” (Long Live Freedom). While his previous film provided a satirical look at Italian politics, “The Confessions” broadens the filmmaker’s canvass to skewer global economic institutions.
The mystery thriller, which is vying for Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Crystal Globe, centers on a simple monk, played by Toni Servillo, who upsets the goings-on at a G8 meeting in a seaside hotel in northern Germany (the Grand Hotel Heiligendamm, which actually hosted a G8 meeting in 2007) after a high-ranking official is found dead. The film’s international cast includes Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielsen, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino, Lambert Wilson and Moritz Bleibtreu.
Produced by Angelo Barbagallo, the film has already sold to a number of territories worldwide via Italian sales company True Colours, including major markets in Europe, »
- Ed Meza
Producer Didier Brunner talks updating the Oscar-nominated animation into a TV series backed by Canal+ and France Television.
The 26-part series is expected to be ready in September of this year.
Speaking on an Annecy Film Festival panel ‘From Feature Film To TV Series (and Vice Versa)’, Brunner highlighted the challenges in transforming a hit feature into a small screen series.
“We didn’t just want to do Ernest & Celestine 2,” Brunner commented.
In order to make the TV series, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Whether you think he’s a titan of contemporary art cinema or a moralizing hack, Michael Haneke will dominate much of 2017’s cinematic discourse with his new feature, Happy End. Earlier reports were vague, albeit intriguing, telling us the Isabelle Huppert– and Jean-Louis Trintignant-led picture will concern a “bourgeois, European family, blind to what is going on in the wider world around them,” specifically with regard to Europe’s migrant crisis.
So said Huppert at this year’s Cannes Film Festival:
“‘But you can imagine what a Michael Haneke film called Happy Ending will be like. You can imagine there will be a certain irony, a certain…’ – she hesitates playfully, choosing her words – ‘clear-sightedness. For me, the title says everything about how lucidly Haneke sees the world.’ Apparently it’s about immigration, I hazard. ‘Apparently. That’s not all there is to it. We’ll see.'”
Casting has »
- Nick Newman
Scream Factory has announced all of the special features to be included in the June 14th Blu-ray / DVD release of the remake of Mario Bava’s Rabid Dogs, including a “Making Of” featurette, cast interviews, and more special goodies fans of the IFC Midnight film can look forward to:
Press Release: After their armed bank robbery goes haywire, three criminals take their hostages—a young woman, a father, and his sick daughter—on a berserk, blood-spattered road trip. Rabid Dogs, the chilling remake of the 1974 Mario Bava cult classic Kidnapped, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut June 14th, 2016 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Starring Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Reloaded, Dante 01), Laurent Lucas (Calvaire) and Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach , The Backwoods), Rabid Dogs comes loaded with over two hours of bonus feature, including the feature-length “Making of Rabid Dogs”, interviews with the cast, and an effects, weapons, »
- Tamika Jones
Here’s a fun fact: before Michael Moore won the Palme d’Or for “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the only other director to win the prize for a documentary was famed explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau for “The Silent World” in 1956. As for the man himself, he’s never been the subject of a big screen biopic (though Wes […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Film inspired by spate of staff suicides that have rocked French corporations in recent years. Ucr jury member Céline Sallette stars.
It is the first feature by Nicolas Silhol after his 2009 short My Name is Dominic, which won the Cfc Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, and Love Thyself, which screened in Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010.
Céline Sallette, who is on the Un Certain Regard jury this year, plays Emilie, an ambitious, young human resources manager at an agro-food conglomerate.
Lambert Wilson, who is soon to hit screens in the role of legendary underwater explorer Jacques Costeau in The Odyssey, plays her unscrupulous director of Hr.
Emilie has no qualms about implementing the company’s ruthless management policies until one day an employee commits suicide in front of her office.
Caught between »
Title: Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Director: Roberto Andò Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Connie Nielson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Marie-Josée Croze, Moritz Bleibtreau, Lambert Wilson. The story takes place in Germany in a luxury hotel where the Italian monk, Roberto Salus (Toni Servillo), is invited to the European G8 summit. The unexpected invitation is done by the powerful Daniel Roché (Daniel Auteuil), chief of the International Monetary Fund, who asks him to confess him during a mysterious night that leads to Roché’s suicide. Consequently the international legislators start to wonder: Was the conversation between the two men about the scheme that is about to be approved? Getting an answer from the holy [ Read More ]
The post Le Confessioni (The Confessions) Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Altitude Film Entertainment and Pan-Européenne UK have entered a joint venture for the UK release of Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey, capturing the life of legendary ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau aboard his ship the Calypso.
Shot over five months in South Africa, the Antarctic and across the Mediterranean, the picture stars Lambert Wilson as Cousteau alongside Audrey Tautou as the explorer’s first wife Simone and Pierre Niney as their youngest son Philippe. It is currently in post-production.
Altitude and Pan-Européenne »
From Facebook: “Horror icons Clint Howard (Evilspeak, The Lords of Salem), Courtney Gains (Children of the Corn, The ‘Burbs) and A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund all pop up in The Funhouse Massacre—a scary new carnival ride of a thriller that will be releasing on Digital platforms, On Demand, DVD and Blu-ray on June 7th.
On Halloween night, a group of the United States’ most notorious serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum and descend upon a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting carnival patrons think that the carnage created at the park is just part of the show… until they become part of the main attraction. The only people left »
- Tamika Jones
Drama stars The Great Beauty’s Toni Servillo.
Rome-based sales company True Colours has sealed distribution agreements for upcoming political thriller The Confessions.
The film, directed by Roberto Andò (Viva la libertà) has been sold to Spain (Wanda), Latin America including Brazil (Cdi with Mares), South Korea (JinJin Pictures), Benelux (Imagine), Greece (Danaos), Hungary (Cinenuovo), ex-Yugoslavia (Stars-Media), Taiwan (Swallow Wings).
The story revolves around a G8 meeting, held at a luxury hotel on the German coast, where the world’s most powerful economists are gathered to enact important provisions that will deeply influence the world economy.
One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk (Servillo), invited by Daniel Rochè (Auteuil), the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
True Colours, the new Italian sales outfit founded by Lucky Red and Indigo Film, has sealed a slew of sales at Efm for Italo helmer Roberto Ando’s political thriller “The Confessions,” toplining Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) and boasting a stellar international cast.
True Colours’ topper Catia Rossi has sold “The Confessions” to Spain (Wanda); Latin America inluding Brazil (Cdi with Mares); South Korea (JinJin Pictures); Benelux (Imagine); Greece (Danaos); Hungary (Cinenuovo); former Yugoslavia (Stars-Media); and Taiwan (Swallow Wings).
Servillo plays a mysterious monk called to a high-powered G8 meeting by the International Monetary Fund head, played by Daniel Auteuil, to receive his confession. Cast also comprises Connie Nielsen, Lambert Wilson, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierfrancesco Favino and Moritz Bleibtreu.
Pic, believed to be a meditation on power and wealth inspired by “The Confessions of St. Augustine,” is an Italian-French co-production with Angelo Barbagallo’s Bibi Film, Gaul’s Barbary Film and Italy’s Rai Cinema. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.
Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.
The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.
Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »
- Martin Dale
The bank-job-gone-wrong has been a familiar premise for many genre movies, but the reason filmmakers return to it is that it's ripe with potential. Making his directorial debut, Éric Hannezo hopes to create something special with "Rabid Dogs," and today we have an exclusive clip from the French thriller. Based on Mario Bava's 1974 movie of the same name, the film stars Virginie Ledoyen and Lambert Wilson and follows a trio of bank robbers who take some desperate measures when their job takes a turn for the worse. In this clip, we see how the heist is nearly stopped before it begins. Here's the official synopsis: Read More: 7-Minute Video Essay Explores The Influence Of Mario Bava After their armed bank robbery goes haywire, three criminals take their hostages—a young woman (Virginie Ledoyen), a father (Lambert Wilson), and his sick daughter—on a berserk, blood-spattered road trip. Determined to reach the border, »
- Edward Davis
The first trailer and poster have landed and they are both pretty stylish affairs that have a retro flair, but don't push it into parody. Good stuff.
After a bank job goes horribly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman, father and child hostage that sets off a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.
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Rabid Dogs Movie Trailer and Poster. Éric Hannezo‘s Rabid Dogs (2015) movie trailer stars Lambert Wilson, Guillaume Gouix, Virginie Ledoyen and François Arnaud. Rabid Dogs‘ plot synopsis: “After a bank job goes badly wrong, three desperate criminals take a young woman and a father and child hostage – it’s the beginning of a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them […] »
- Marco Margaritoff
Director: Pascal Bonitzer
Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Agnes de Sacy
The multifaceted Cesar Award nominee Pascal Bonitzer is best known as a screenwriter, specifically on a number of multiple projects for directors such as Jacques Rivette, Anne Fontaine, and Andre Techine. On top of acting in a variety of films, he’s been directing his own films since his 1996 debut, Encore. Bonitzer is set to have a prolific 2016, having written Anne Fontaine’s (set to premiere at Sundance 2016) and Raoul Peck’s The Eyes of Karl Marx (Bonitzer also wrote Peck’s 2014 film, Murder in Pacot). But we’re very interested in his seventh stint as a director with Tout de suite maintenant (Now, and I Mean Now). Produced by Sbs, the film concerns a young woman hired by a mergers & acquisitions company only to find her boss and father share a significant animosity for mysterious reasons. »
- Nicholas Bell
17 items from 2016
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