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Alba Rohrwacher, whose filmmaker sister Alice Rohrwacher has a short film debuting at the fest this year, won Venice's Best Actress prize last year for her deranged and mesmerizing performance in "Hungry Hearts." She returns to the Lido this year with another creepy-looking film, "Blood of My Blood," from director Marco Bellocchio. He made 2009's splashy, flashy and gorgeous Mussolini romance "Vincere," and competed for the Golden Lion in 2012 with "Dormant Beauty." Venice awarded this prolific Italian auteur a lifetime achievement award in 2011. Check out the trailer for his 2015 Venice premiere, a period drama set in Northern Italy, 17th century when, in a monastery, "a nun accused of witchcraft seduces a young confessor who refuses to yield to his searing temptation. A fight of desires, illusions and lies that will unexpectedly vibrate until nowadays..." No subtitles, alas. Read More: 'The Danish Girl' and 'A Bigger Splash' Join »
- Ryan Lattanzio
'Everest' 2015, with Jake Gyllenhaal at the Venice Film Festival. What global warming? Venice Film Festival 2015 jury: Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón president The 2015 Venice Film Festival, to be held Sept. 2–12, has announced the members of its three main juries: Venezia 72, Horizons, and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film. In case you're wondering, “Why Venezia 72”? Well, the simple answer is that this is the 72nd edition of the festival. Looking at the lists below, you'll notice that, as usual, Europeans dominate the award juries. The only two countries from the Americas represented are the U.S. and Mexico, and here and there you'll find a sprinkling of Asian film talent. Golden Lion jury The Golden Lion – Venezia 72 Competition – jury is comprised by the following: Jury President Alfonso Cuarón, the first Mexican national to take home the Best Director Academy Award (for the Sandra Bullock-George Clooney »
- Anna Robinson
The Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has revealed the members of its three international juries - Venezia 72, Orizzonti (Horizons) and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis’ Venice Award for Best Debut Film.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for Winter Sleep;
Italian director Francesco Munzi, in competition at last year’s Venice with Black Souls, winner of nine David di Donatello awards from the Italian Academy;
Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice 1989 for A City of Sadness, and in competition at this year’s Cannes »
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Rome – The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main jury that will comprise Elizabeth Banks and Diane Kruger alongside Turkish auteur and 2014 Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski, who directed “Ida,” winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Rounding out the fest’s main jury are French author, screenwriter and director Emmanuel Carrere; Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien, who won best director at Cannes this year for “The Assassin”; Italian director Francesco Munzi (“Black Souls”); and British director and screenwriter Lynne Ramsay (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”).
As previously announced, Alfonso Cuaron will serve as jury president.
Venice has also announced jury members of its Horizons section, dedicated to more cutting edge fare and headed by Jonathan Demme.
French director and screenwriter Alix Delaporte, who made a splash on the Lido last year »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Venice Film Festival’s (September 2 - 12) independently run section will host 21 titles including 18 world premieres in its official selection.
The ten-title competition includes Matias Bize’s The Memory of Water, a drama about a young couple trying to rekindle their relationship after the death of their 4-year-old son, Vincenzo Marra’s fourth feature La Prima Luce, which stars Riccardo Scamarcio as an Italian lawyer tracking down his young son in Chile after an acrimonious divorce; Ascanio Celestini’s drama Long Live The Bride, starring Alba Rohrwacher, and Australian director Michael Rowe’s love drama Early Winter, featuring Suzanne Clement.
This year's Venice Days will open with Dani de la Torre’s car-chase thriller Retribution and close with theater director Simon Stone's feature film debut, The Daughter, based on his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck and starring Geoffrey Rush. Highlights of the lineup include Carlos Saura's Argentina, a documentary on tango, and new shorts by Agnès Varda and Alice Rohrwacher. Special events include Grant Gee's film about Orhan Pamuk and Istanbul and Alessandro Rossellini's Viva Ingrid! » - David Hudson »
The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 21 titles in the official selection, comprising the world premiere of “Ma,” by New York-based filmmaker-performer Celia Rowlson-Hall, and new works by known names including Spanish veteran Carlos Saura, Chile’s Matias Bize, and Italy’s Vincenzo Marra, alongside first-time and emerging directors.
All told, Venice Days topper Giorgio Gosetti has secured 18 world preems spanning a wide range of genres and formats, including a previously announced short by influential French auteur Agnes Varda. Her “Les Tres Boutons” is sponsored by Prada women’s-only label Miu Miu as part of its partnership with Venice Days on “The Miu Miu Women’s Tales” series of shorts.
- Nick Vivarelli
The Venice Film Festival is already unspooling a women-centric lineup this year, with its Women's Tales initiative kicking off September 3. Director Agnès Varda, who in September became the first female director to take Cannes' honorary Palme d'Or, will debut a new short film titled "Les 3 Boutons" in Venice. She won the Golden Lion back in 1985 for "Vagabond." Italian helmer Alice Rohrwacher, who was the toast of Cannes 2014 with "The Wonders," will also debut a short, "De Djess," which she wrote and directed. The film stars her sister and collaborator Alba Rohrwacher, who won Venice's Best Actress prize last year for her great performance in "Hungry Hearts." The Women's Tale program, which has in total delivered eight female-directed short films to the Lido in recent years, will include discussions with the filmmakers. Read More: Venice Classics Lineup Includes Fellini, Powell and Pressburger, Chabrol and More »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Excellent performances, natural light and lovely locations make up for the flimsiest of plots in Alice Rohrwacher’s rural rites-of-passage drama
Terrific performances from the ensemble cast bring warmth and insight to this Cannes Grand Prix winner about an alt-lifestyle family eking out a breadline existence as beekeepers in the Tuscan wilds. When a television crew filming the surreally tacky “Countryside Wonders” competition rolls up, 12-year-old Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu, brilliant) is transfixed by the spectacle of Monica Bellucci’s rural goddess and resolves to get her own family on the show. But Sam Louwyck’s gruff patriarch, Wolfgang, is opposed to any such selling out, despite the family’s urgent need for money. The plot may be gossamer-thin but the characters are sturdily drawn and life on the farm engrossingly evoked. Natural light captured on 16mm film adds earthy texture to the drama, while images of bees crawling from »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Directors: Alice Rohrwacher.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Synopsis:Gelsomina (Lungu) looks set to break free from her isolated life on her family’s farm by entering their honey into a televised contest.
The ins and outs of beekeeping on a farm may not seem as though it could provide us with a lot of drama or intrigue, but we’re soon proven wrong. Set in a reality set, but somehow still fantastical world, we follow a group of young girls who live happily with their father until they bump across the filming of a competition announcement. From there, their dreams become a little broader in scope.
Rohrwacher’s direction is something of dreamlike beauty. Although the film never leaves the realms of reality, nor does it become surreal, the camera floats around carefully crafted moments that will be very unfamiliar to your everyday schmoe. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The entry into womanhood of a farming family’s eldest daughter is at the heart of Alice Rohrwacher’s gentle second feature
Writer-director Alice Rohrwacher has developed an impressive career since unveiling her autobiographical first feature, Corpo Celeste, in 2012, and this followup, a comparably sweet-natured coming-of-age story set in the northern Italian countryside, won her the grand prix at last year’s Cannes film festival. It has the same gentle fluency, the same feeling for a visual flourish – though I wonder if it is all a bit insubstantial.
Related: Corpo Celeste - review
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- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ Casting a peculiar spell over its audience, The Wonders (2014) is a rural ghost story masquerading as a coming-of-age tale. Unfolding like a morbid reverie for a bygone era, Alice Rohrwacher's follow up to 2011's Corpo Celeste reverberates with the strange frisson of a world pining for a reality that never existed in the first place. Rohrwacher's haunting evocation of childhood memory fluidly shifts between realism and make-believe as if they were part of the same continuum. We observe the world via Gelsomina (a remarkably stoic performance by Maria Alexandra Lungo) as she works alongside her father Wolfgang (Sam Louwyck) producing honey on their family farm in central Italy.
- CineVue UK
Rome – Prada women’s-only label Miu Miu and the Venice Film Festival’s separately run Venice Days section have renewed their partnership on “The Miu Miu Women’s Tales” series of shorts that will see hot young Italian director Alice Rohrwacher’s “De Djess,” a surreal satire on the world of film, fashion and paparazzi, bowing on the Lido, where it was shot.
Rohrwacher, winner of the Cannes Grand Prix in 2014 for “The Wonders,” shot “De Djess” at the Venice Lido’s Excelsior Hotel, the fest’s glamour hub.
It features a dress with crystal beads, known as “dress number 328,” from the Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2015 collection, in the lead role.
Shepherded by Carlo Cresto-Dina, lensed by Rohrwacher’s regular ace cinematographer Helene Louvart (“The Beaches of Agnes”), and also starring her sister, Italian A-lister Alba Rohrwacher, “De Djess” is the ninth Miu Miu commission in the festival-friendly series, now in its fourth year. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Way back in May of 2014, Alice Rohrwacher’s Italian coming of age story The Wonders, about a family of farmers and beekeepers won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. And after over a year of touring festivals, it’s finally getting a release date in the UK.
We originally compared the film in our Cannes 2014 review to an Italian Little Miss Sunshine, writing, “Rohrwacher takes a standard fish-out-of-water comedy , throwing in a few moments of beauty and absurd humor, but ultimately falls short of anything other than an updated but familiar tale of adolescence.” Here’s the full synopsis:
At twelve years of age Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm oblivious to the world outside of their own.
Whilst all around them the »
- Brian Welk
While some films head into Cannes Film Festival with U.S. distribution already set, there’s a great number that search for, and successfully get, acquisition. However, there’s a always a few that come up empty handed and take some time to make their way here. Last year, two of such examples were Corpo celeste director Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) […] »
- Jordan Raup
The Cannes Film Festival comes and goes every year, and for many movies it seems like they just appear and disappear on the Croisette. It requires a bit of patience from arthouse fans for some of the acclaimed but not necessarily starry pictures to arrive, but thankfully Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders" is now on the way, and a new trailer has arrived. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For The Monica Bellucci-Starring 'The Wonders' Taking the Grand Prix at Cannes last year, the film features Monica Bellucci, but centers on four siblings and the one summer that changed all of their lives. Here's the official synopsis: At twelve years of age Gelsomina runs her unconventional Italian family with her three younger sisters working under her watchful eye. Together they keep the bees and make the honey on their father’s farm oblivious to the world outside of their own. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
You probably know that we’re big fans of foreign films here, and not just foreign films, but any indie gems, foreign or otherwise.
We’re also fans of streaming movies, which sets us apart from some of the “giant screen” purists out there, largely because we’re busy and mobile, and tablets can give you a hell of a picture these days.
That said, the streaming options today are legion, but the options to stream some titles are pretty limited. Popcornflix now has an amazing collection of films that have won prizes at Cannes, Sundance, and many other festivals. These are some of the most talked about foreign films in years, and you don’t want to miss out on them.
Popcornflix Top 10: Award-winning Foreign Films To Stream Immediately
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- Marc Eastman
Principal photography is set to begin on May 26 in New Mexico on Comancheria, about a Texas Ranger in pursuit of bank robber brothers. Red-hot Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan wrote the screenplay.
CBS Films brokered the deal with Wme Global and UTA.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired two Cannes 2014 titles, taking Us rights to Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winner The Wonders from The Match Factory and North America on Daniel Wolfe’s Directors’ Fortnight entry Catch Me Daddy from Altitude Film Sales. O-Scope plans to release both films this year.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Oscilloscope Laboratories have made a pre-Cannes double deal. Slightly misleading, they’ve actually picked up a pair that had not yet to be picked up since they had their premieres at the 2014 edition of the festival. O-scope have landed Alice Rohrwacher’s Grand Prix winning (2nd place award after the Palme d’Or) The Wonders which was high up on several Best undistributed films of ’14, while Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut Catch Me Daddy was a Directors’ Fortnight entry that had it’s supporters. O-Scope will release both films later this year. Additionally, they’ve landed one of the better undiscoverd gems from the Toronto Int. Film Fest last fall in Javier Fuentes-León‘s The Vanished Elephant.
Gist: Rohrwacher’s sophomore film is set at the end of summer and follows Gelsomina and her three younger sisters. She is the designated heir of the strange, secluded kingdom that her »
- Eric Lavallee
Oscilloscope Laboratories, eyeing an exciting slate for 2015, has acquired three films for Us release later this year. First up, Alice Rohrwacher’s 2014 Cannes Grand Prix winner “The Wonders”: A word-of-mouth hit on the circuit from Cannes to Nyff and AFI Fest, "The Wonders" centers on a family of beekeepers whose lives on their Italian countryside farm are upended by the arrival of a reality TV show (whose host is played by Monica Bellucci) that comes to showcase their lives. "The only Italian film competing in Cannes, and quite an atypical one at that, it should intrigue festival and art house audiences with its layers of barely-there meaning, but other viewers could find the story flimsy and the emotions scant, making it unlikely to go wide," wrote THR back at Cannes. "Alice Rohrwacher's bitter-sweet Cannes contender about the onset of adulthood and the fading of old ways is as powerful as it is enchanting, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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