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“Open your eyes so you don’t miss the show,” instructs one character midway through “Heli,” shortly before a kidnapped man is beaten with an oversized paddle and stripped to the ankles, his genitals doused in alcohol and set merrily ablaze. Indeed, it’s no coincidence that the title (and title character) invokes a certain place of eternal damnation in this nihilistic third feature by Carlos Reygadas acolyte Amat Escalante, who plunges us deep into Mexico’s vicious cycle of drug-fueled violence, with no end — or much of a discernable point — in sight. Destined to traumatize buyers and audiences in roughly equal measure, this accomplished but singularly unpleasant pic lends this year’s Cannes competition its first authentic whiff of scandal.
- Scott Foundas
Two’s Company: Dag’s Extraordinary Debut Perversely Compelling
Like Feo Aladag’s 2010 harrowing debut, When We Leave, Austrian-Kurdish director Umat Dag’s first film, Kuma, examines the strict traditions and cultural values of a Turkish immigrant community for a compelling story with an expertly scripted scenario and excellent lead performances. Every family has secrets, and there’s a doozy at the center of one immigrant family’s nuclear dynamic that’s rather insidiously revealed to us. And once that hooks us in, we slowly begin to learn others. An excellent portrait of the family as the ultimate microcosm of crippling dysfunction by way of its particular set of mores and traditions, this is a beautifully rendered portrait of profound repression.
Nineteen year-old Ayse (Begum Akkaya), a Turkish peasant girl, has just been married to the handsome young Hasan (Murathan Muslu), and is all set to be whisked off to »
- Nicholas Bell
Nawazuddin Siddiqui won the Best Supporting Actor for Talaash at the 7th Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong on Monday. The other nominees for this award were: Ha Jung-woo for Nameless Gangster: Rule of the Time (South Korea), Kase Ryo for Like Someone in Love (Japan/France/Iran), Chapman To for Diva (Mainland China/Hong Kong) and Rhydian Vaughan for Gf*Bf (Taiwan).
Pritam Chakraborty won the Best Composer for Barfi!.
Chinese psychological drama Mystery took home the awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay. The Best Director award went to Japan’s Takeshi Kitano for Outrage Beyond.
Filipino director Brillante Mendoza is proving to be a pretty prolific filmmaker. Since 2005 he has 11 feature film and three short film directing credits to his name, and has also directed a segment in an anthology series and an episode of television for good measure. Although he’s yet to have one film truly break out, he’s been quite a hit on the festival circuit last year. “Thy Womb” was in competition for the Golden Lion at Venice while "Captive" with Isabelle Huppert premiered in Berlin. Now, after several arthouse successes, Mendoza is trying something a litltle different, with his next feature by taking on the horror genre. The first teaser for said horror, “Sapi,” has debuted and it looks pretty interesting. As you can see from the teaser, the film will follow a journalist (Dennis Trillo) who’s reporting from a scene in which a large group of students »
- Joe Cunningham
To this point, Filipino director Brillante Mendoza has had worldwide success as an arthouse film director. His last film, The Womb, picked up a slew of awards on the festival circuit. Now, though, Mendoza is taking a trip off his beaten path and directing his first ever horror film, Sapi. In the first teaser for the horror-thriller "Sapi," actor Dennis Trillo is seen as a journalist covering what appears to be students being "possessed by evil spirits." Trillo's character is accompanied by two others, played by Baron Geisler and Meryll Soriano, in documenting other paranormal activities.You can take the director out of the arthouse but you cannot take the arthouse out of the director. So far, all seems very interesting, then intense. And Mendoza still maintains a...
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#5. Interior. Leather Bar
Who: While everyone may be familiar with actor/director James Franco, they not be as aware of the filmmaker he’s paired with to direct Interior. Leather Bar, Travis Mathews. With a background in documentary, Mathews professes to use this and his Masters in Counseling Psychology to make films that focus on gay men and intimacy. He already has a series of short films about gay men and bedrooms and a well received 2012 feature film, I Want Your Love to his name.
Where: Franco’s interview also features a clip, while Franco’s co-director posted the trailer on his vimeo channel.
When: Shot in Los Angeles, CA over the course of a day in July, 2012, produced by RabbitBandini Productions »
- Nicholas Bell
6 items from 2013
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