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The Telluride Film Festival has named author and film programmer Rachel Kushner as its 2015 Guest Director. She will select a series of films to present at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, running over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015. Per usual, the Telluride lineup will be kept secret until Opening Day. In a rare co-presentation between the Bay Area-based festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner will present Barbara Loden's 1970 verite working class drama "Wanda" in 35mm at Sfiff this year. The film screened at Telluride 2005, back when author Don DeLillo was Guest Director. Read More: San Francisco Film Fest Highlights Rachel Kushner is the author of 2013 National Book Award finalist "The Flamethrowers," also a finalist for the Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and among The New York Times Top Five Novels of 2013. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The festival is also teaming with the San Francisco International Film Festival for Kushner to present Barbara Loden’s 1970 film “Wanda” on April 25 at the Castro Theatre. “Wanda” screened at the 2005 Telluride Film Festival as Guest Director Don DeLillo’s selection.
Kushner is the author of “The Flamethrowers,” a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, and her debut novel “Telex from Cuba” was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award. She’s the only writer to have been nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.
“Telluride has an incredible history and reputation, and I’ve long known of it as a unique »
- Dave McNary
I remember reading a book, the first book I’d ever review online, called Meditations on Middle on Earth, which was collection of essays from the who’s who cast of fantasy authors reflecting on The Lord of the Rings. When they read it, where they were, how it influenced them. Among them was Robin Hobb, who’d I also later interview, and she posed a question in her essay that was something to the effect of the thought of why even try (to write) something that has already been done at that level? I find myself, from the fan’s perspective, in a similar place. As a life long fan of epic fantasy, this guy, one Steven Erikson… he’s done it.
When I finished reading Steven Erikson’s The Crippled God I was hit with asoiafitis, that truly magical yearning of just having to go talk about what you just experienced. »
- Jay Tomio
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon
Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.
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The project was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. The film is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Handke himself is likely to have a cameo. The film will be an Alfama/Road Movies coproduction, to be sold by Alfama.
The film marks a reunion between Wenders and veteran Portuguese producer Branco, who co-produced Wenders’ The State Of Things in 1982 and has worked with him several times since.
Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine is screening out of competition, sold by Hanway.
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Paris– Benoit Jacquot, a French New Wave-inspired director whose career spans nearly forty years, returned to the forefront of the international film scene with Lea Seydoux starrer “Farewell, My Queen,” a critical hit that competed at Berlin in 2012 and earned 10 Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent) nominations. This year, Jacquot will be back at the fest with “Diary of a Chambermaid,” another period drama toplining rising French star Seydoux and repped by Elle Driver in international markets. Addressing social and political themes that are still relevant today, the film follows a young and ambitious woman who worked as a chambermaid for wealthy families at the turn of the 20th century. An adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s novel, “Chambermaid” is produced by Jean-Pierre Guerin’s new Jpg Prods. and Kristina Larsen at Les Films du Lendemain. The novel has already been brought to the bigscreen in 1946, with Jean Renoir’s Hollywood-set English-language makeover, »
- Elsa Keslassy
It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since Luca Guadagnino’s art house favorite I Am Love (2009) swept through Venice and Toronto, starring a delectable Tilda Swinton in an homage to Visconti. That was Guadagnino’s third and most acclaimed film (previously he’s directed Melissa P. in 2005 and 1999’s The Protagonists, also starring Swinton). After several experimental projects and documentaries, he’s signed onto several projects that never took off, including most notably an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist with Isabelle Huppert, Sigourney Weaver, David Cronenberg, and Denis Lavant all lined up to star (the project is now under the direction of Benoit Jacquot and will film with mostly unknowns sometime in 2015). Out of the blue, he announced he would be making A Bigger Splash, a remake of the 1969 Jacques Deray film La Piscine, »
- Nicholas Bell
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