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The big-screen version of John Le Carré's 1970s spookfest is hot favourite for the coveted Golden Lion. But it's not the only contender…
Maybe it's the prosaic peril of mid-budget film-making, or it could be that many of the early films at Venice have been based on plays, but this has so far been a festival of interiors. I've seen a lot of furniture, trinkets and wallpaper, from Wallis Simpson's dressing table and cocktail shakers to Freud's couch and Jodie Foster's coffee table. In the rooms, people come and go and, while Venice might be an appropriate place to be talking of Michelangelo, they've actually been discussing politics, spies, sex and chaos.
It is always dangerous to divine themes from a collection of disparate films at a festival, but there is a case at Venice, mainly as a result of festival director Marco Mueller's careful curation of the selection. »
- Jason Solomons
#16. Love and Bruises Director: Lou YeCast: Tahar Rahim, Corinne Yam, Jalil Lespert, Sifan Shao, Vincent RottiersDistributor: Rights Available Buzz: Can't say I consider myself a fan of Lou Ye's body of work, so when word first surfaced that A Prophet's Tahar Rahim was joining the banned Chinese filmmaker for a Last Tango-like drama that was sexually and violently fierce, my thoughts were indeed I'm back in the Ye camp. I'd normally be tempted to make a last minute switcheroo as the reactions from Venice have been mostly negative --- but the performances appear to be the film's consolation prize. I'll have checked my hopes for a nouveau Tango once I'm seated, but I might not be able to control the persistent thoughts as to why this wasn't included at Cannes. The Gist: Formerly titled Bitch, "this is an adaptation from Jie Liu-Falin’s autobiographical novel, Hua, a young teacher from Beijing, »
Photo: Content Media The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival announced 56 more movies added to its festival line-up this year with selections in the Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Documentaries, City to City and Tiff Kids programs. And to be honest, the line-up is filled with titles, most of which are absolutely new to me.
I have seen one of the films under the Vanguard banner, a selection of young and cutting edge features and I've heard of Joachim Trier's Oslo, August 31, Ben Wheatley's Kill List (watch the trailer to the right) was a hit at South by Southwest earlier this year and the documentary selections include familiar names such as Werner Herzog, Morgan Spurlock, Jonathan Demme, Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders, the latter of which is delivering a 3D documentary centered on the dance world of Pina Bausch and her company. »
- Brad Brevet
Here's a first look at on-the-rise thespians Tahar Rahim and Corinne Yam in Lou Ye's upcoming romantic drama "Love And Bruises"--formerly known by the evocative title of "Bitch." As the original title suggests, Ye's a helmer not adverse to controversy. Having been banned twice by the Chinese government for 2000's "Suzhou River" and for 2006's "Summer Palace," this latest project doesn't sound like any sort of compromise either. An adaptation of a banned Jie Liu Falin biography, the story follows Matthieu, a French man who has his Chinese lover follow him to Paris setting off an intense love addiction. After… »
#24. Love and Bruises Director: Lou YeWriter(s): Catherine Paille and Liu Jie Falin Producers: Kristina Larsen and Vincent Maraval Distributor: Rights Available. The Gist: Formerly titled Bitch, this is an adaptation from Jie Liu-Falin’s autobiographical novel, Mathieu says, if she were a prostitute, for sure Flower would make a lot of money. He says she’s a born bitch. Any profession other than a prostitute would indeed be a waste of her gifts. Maybe he’s had few numerable women in his life, even though he boasts himself a veteran of love affairs; or maybe he just says it as a compliment to her, even though his flattering always goes too far, but no matter how, she can never be a prostitute.....(more) Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jalil Lespert, Lika Minamoto, Sifan Shao and Corinne Yam List Worthy Reasons...: If we thought that Tahar Rahim was the »
Director: Gregg Araki
Summary: Smith's everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.
Analysis: A year after "Thelma and Louise" came "The Living End", an independent film which had a similar premise but made the protagonists two gay HIV+ men. It was raw, intense and signalled the arrival of a new talent in the form of filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the subsequent two decades, he's delivered several trippy films involving young, good-looking omnisexual people having lots of graphic sex and dealing with some wacky cobbled together plot shenanigans.
- Garth Franklin
6 items from 2011
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