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There are film cat people such as Michael Haneke seen in Yves Montmayeur's Michael H - Profession: Director with Yves' cat Félix, Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve's Things To Come, Céline's Bébert in Emmanuel Bourdieu's Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Robert De Niro with Lil Bub of Andy Capper and Juliette Eisner's Lil Bub & Friendz at the Tribeca Film Festival and then there is Ceyda Torun's sharp-eyed documentary KEDi with Istanbul as cat central.
Duman has an unforgettable style of scoring little plates of smoked turkey and slices of Manchego cheese
In 2008 at the Museum of Modern Art for Funny Games (starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet), when Michael Haneke was asked by Ed Bahlman if he had any pets, he stated that he is "a cat person. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The film community is mourning the loss of Jonathan Demme. Over the last four decades, he turned in one of the most varied filmographies of any director in Hollywood, constantly reinventing himself behind each comedy, documentary, drama, and TV show. Demme never made the same movie twice, and cinema was all the better for it.
As tributes continue to come in from collaborators and fans, here’s IndieWire’s own appreciation of Demme and why we’ll remember him as one of the truly great filmmakers of our time.
Demme Defied Categorization
Jonathan Demme had such a remarkable range that he defied easy categorization. Even as he made beloved documentaries and Oscar-winning movies, I still get the sense that his career was underappreciated. Everyone knows “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia,” and “Stop Making Sense,” but less »
- Indiewire Staff
He’s taken one of the most fascinating and unconventional routes with his stardom.
The thinkpiece-industrial complex is running at full speed this spring to update the cinephile community’s consensus of major stars. In case you’re behind, adjust your opinions to reflect the following changes: Reese Witherspoon is still good, Kristen Stewart is now really good, Anne Hathaway is great because her haters were sexist, and Nicole Kidman is underappreciated despite receiving an Oscar nomination this very year.
One star whose evaluation has yet to appear from the hot take factory is Robert Pattinson, who features in two theatrical releases this April, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert (quickly dumped in theaters and VOD over two years after its 2015 Berlin premiere) and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Five years ago, the cultural ubiquity of “R-Pattz” was so enormous that the future President of the United States tweeted about him six times »
- Marshall Shaffer
From Deadline comes the news that Amazon Studios will be the U.S. and Canadian distributor for Annette, the anticipated (and seemingly insane) new movie from the idiosyncratic French writer-director Leos Carax. Described as a musical about a stand-up comedian, the film stars Adam Driver and features original songs by brothers Ron and Russell Mael, also known as the cult art-pop duo Sparks. Rooney Mara, who was originally attached in a leading role, has since dropped out, reportedly due to her commitment to another bizarre-sounding arthouse musical, the Mica Levi-scored, Brady Corbet-directed Vox Lux.
Annette, which will only be Carax’s sixth film in 33 years, promises to be the largest project that the director has undertaken since 1991’s The Lovers Of The Bridge. (Which, coincidentally, came out on Blu-ray today, with a booklet essay by yours truly.) The filmmaker, whose real name is Alex Dupont, is the son »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
This year, Rooney Mara will star in an epic-sounding arthouse music-centered drama shot across the world — but it won’t be Leos Carax‘s Annette. We heard rumblings of this earlier this year, but now Variety has confirmed that “other commitments” (i.e. production on Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux) has caused the Song to Song actress to drop out of Carax’s Holy Motors follow-up, which stars Adam Driver and Rihanna.
While producers are currently looking for another lead, there is some good news to go with the disappointment. Amazon Studios, coming off working with Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Lonergan, Asghar Farhadi, Park Chan-wook, and James Gray, have picked up the film. Annette, marking Carax’s English-language debut, is a musical telling the tragic story of a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his 2-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift.
Featuring music from Sparks, »
- Jordan Raup
In its earliest days, the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ choices appeared to emanate from a parallel universe to those of the Academy Awards. In its first decade, the fledgling organization’s best picture winner lined up with the Oscars only once, but the distinction went even further that that: Aside from both awards bodies naming “Platoon” best picture in 1986, there was not a single overlap between the Academy and the Indie Spirits’ nominees for the latter’s first nine editions.
Needless to say, things have changed. The American indie film movement managed to break its way into the august halls of the Academy in the 1990s, gradually took over, and the Spirit Awards have never seemed quite so radical since then. For the past three years in a row, the Spirits and the Oscars have lined up in the best pic category, and only three times in the current millennium »
- Andrew Barker
Author: Stefan Pape
Every year HeyUGuys are fortunate enough to be invited to a long-weekend in Paris to interview some of the industry’s finest performers (stay tuned for our feature with Isabelle Huppert next week) – and this year we had the pleasure of meeting Berenice Bejo, in the French capital to promote her latest endeavour, Sweet Dreams.
After spending time discussing her role in the Marco Bellocchio production, and her love for Italian cinema – she then went on to discuss the role of women in the film industry, and her disdain at the financial inequality between the sexes. She also goes on to discuss her role in her husband Michel Hazanavicius’ latest, the Godard biopic Redoubtable, and just how often she and her partner help each other in their respective careers.
So what’s your relationship with Italian cinema?
I have a very strong relationship with Italian cinema, because »
- Stefan Pape
The European Film Market at the Berlin Film Festival marks the first major film market of the year, and is one of the few events where nearly everyone from the global movie business comes together to network and launch new projects.
Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup
This year’s Efm will draw more than 1,600 buyers from roughly 70 countries into a deal-making bonanza for films in every stage of development and production, much like the American Film Market in Los Angeles and the Marché du Film in Cannes. Efm will include around 730 screenings this year, more than 600 of which will be market premieres.
What are the movies and screenplays already on executives’ radars? Here are 10 hot projects that could be prime targets.
- Graham Winfrey
Mica Levi received an Oscar nomination this year for her ominous and surprising contribution to Jackie, making her the first woman recognized in Best Original Score in quite some time. But Levi’s career hasn’t been limited to the world of cinema, which makes her the perfect fit for Vox Lux, a drama about the life of a pop star played by Rooney Mara. The Film Stage reports Levi—who has also performed as part of Micachu & The Shapes—will compose the score for the film from Brady Corbet. The director has already enlisted Sia to write some of its songs, making this one of the most sonically exciting projects in the pipeline.
- Esther Zuckerman
More Mica Levi is always a good thing. The musician and adventurous pop artist turned composer behind Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin,” Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” (for which she earned an Oscar nomination), and Sundance entry “Marjorie Prime” (read our review) is quickly turning into one of the finest of her generation. And now she’s lined up another promising-sounding project.
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of our most-anticipated upcoming films has just secured one of the best composers working today. Following Under the Skin and her Oscar-nominated work on Jackie, Mica Levi‘s next project was the small-scale sci-fi feature Marjorie Prime (which we saw at Sundance), and her prolific streak is continuing with Brady Corbet‘s follow-up to The Childhood of a Leader, the ambitious-sounding music drama Vox Lux.
The film follows Rooney Mara as Celeste, “a young woman who survives a traumatic shooting and goes on to become an international pop sensation. The 15-year odyssey, set between 1999 and present day, tracks the cultural evolutions of the 21st century via her unique gaze.” Along with this new plot synopsis, Sierra/Affinity’s sales brochure from Berlinale (sent in by a reader) refutes some misinformation from a trade report last week by confirming shooting begins this month in New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, and Atlantic. »
- Jordan Raup
Bold Films is fully financing and Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters produce with Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films, and Brian Young of Three Six Zero Entertainment. Bold’s Svetlana Metkina and Sia are executive producers.
Film Independent and animation maestros Laika have announced a second year of the Laika Animation Fellowship in Project Involve. The Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an animator in the diversity mentorship programme.Silvatar Media has signed Timo von Gunten to direct action heist feature Eiffel. Morgan Hage wrote the screenplay from a story by von Gunten and an earlier »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has come aboard Vox Lux, the sophomore feature directing effort from Brady Corbet. The company will introduce the project to international buyers at next week’s Efm in Berlin. Rooney Mara heads the cast that also includes Stacy Martin. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist Sia will compose a complete soundtrack with original music for the film. Bold Films is fully financing. Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters… »
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: Here we are again, staring down the barrel of another year at the movies, one sure to be filled with its fair share of discoveries, disappointments, and trucks that are powered by monsters. Many of our most anticipated new films can be seen coming a mile away, but what’s the most exciting movie of 2017 that no one is talking about?
Angie Han (@ajhan), Slashfilm.com
I haven’t seen much talk about “The Glass Castle,” Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, maybe because it doesn’t have an actual release date yet. But I’ve been interested in the project since it was first announced, »
- David Ehrlich
2016 wasn’t all bad. For proof, one need look no further than the impressive array of independent films released last year, some of which have now made their way to Netflix.
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- Indiewire Staff
It’s easy to bemoan the majority of trailers for giving away too much or, upon seeing the film, ending up with something far different than what was marketed. However, a few times a year, a trailer works on its own terms; as an impressive piece of editing in its own right and/or as the ideal tease for an highly-anticipated film. We’ve selected our 20 favorites from the last year, ranging from some of 2017’s biggest films to the best in arthouse and foreign films to a handful of surprises.
Check them out below and let us know which trailers you were most impressed with in 2016.
A late contender to the list, this brief preview for The Lost of City of Z was perfect tease for James Gray‘s period epic. Giving us our first glimpse at Darius Khondji‘s stunning, shot-on-35mm visuals, »
- The Film Stage
16 items from 2017
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