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Couched as a dialogue between Adam Jacek Winkler (1937-2002), a Polish expat and Don Quixote-like figure who fought with the mujahideen in Afghanistan against the Soviets, and his daughter Anna, the animated docudrama “The Magic Mountain” is a work of overwhelming artistry. Indeed, so relentless is the riot of fast-changing images and animation techniques and the almost nonstop, time-jumping, voiceover narration that it becomes difficult to engage with what is happening. The second of Romanian animator Anca Damian’s self-dubbed “tales of heroism,” following her poignant “Crulic: The Path to Beyond” (2011), will be best appreciated at festivals and specialty venues.
The screenplay (by helmer Damian and Winkler fille) is based on Winkler pere’s journals, artwork and the story of his life, which he once recorded on a Dictaphone. It evokes the powerful personality of an individualist and a romantic, who sometimes lives outside the law due to his »
- Alissa Simon
Four years ago, in 2011, the Romanian director Anca Damian first made herself widely known to the international film community by presenting her animated feature Crulic at the Locarno film festival. Based on a true story of Claudiu Crulic that has gained a lot of publicity in 2008, the film consists of a mix of techniques including hand-drawn animation and animated photographs. They are of Crulic’s personal possessions – that he kept while imprisoned in a Polish prison after being arrested for theft, although he had supposedly been in Italy at the time. A Romanian citizen, Crulic sought help from the Romanian consul and went on a hunger strike after his requests were dismissed. The signs of his deteriorating health have been dismissed and he finally died from starvation four months later.
Reality keeps intruding into Damian’s animations – and while in Crulic, it was the things the real, historic Claudiu Crulic kept, »
- Tina Poglajen
Oscar winner Susan Sarandon will make her TV series starring debut in Graves, the first original comedy series from Epix. She will play Margaret Graves, the wife of former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte), who decides to follow her own political ambitions just as her husband embarks on a Don Quixote-like journey to right the wrongs of his administration two decades after leaving office. Sarandon has done plenty of TV during her 35-year career, but Graves will be… »
This sounds epic.
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The Oscar winner will play Margaret Graves, the wife of former U.S. President Richard Graves (Nolte), who decides to follow her own political ambitions just as her husband embarks on a Don Quixote-like journey to right the wrongs of his administration.
6. After Vanda? New DirectionsWeekend 6 - March 7 - 9The films explored over the course of the past five Harvard-Gulbenkian programs have boldly, brilliantly anticipated and defined new directions explored by 21st century world cinema. Aesthetically, politically and formally, the films of Reis-Cordeiro, Rocha, Dias, Viegas and Mozos have each in their own way pioneered new modes of narrative cinema, at times radically intermingling of fiction and non-fiction while always searching always for a new relationship between sound and image, between poetry and politics. In Tras-os-montes and Mudar de vida, we see clearly anticipated the brand of “docu-fiction” so important in world cinema today. In Dias 48, nuanced meta-cinema becomes a way to interrogate the political meaning of the image at its most profoundly level. In Viegas’ Gloria and Mozos Xavier, meanwhile, we discover a new kind of cinematic sensorium—an emotional tactility—as well as an alternate concept of film history told »
- Cinema Dialogues: Harvard at the Gulbenkian
From spoofs to point-and-click adventure games, here are 10 of the most memorable unusual incarnations of Sherlock Holmes...
We don’t know a great deal about the content of the 90-minute Sherlock special set to air later this year, but one thing has emerged from the set photos and tantalising titbits of information we’ve seen so far. Sherlock Holmes and John Watson will be in nineteenth-century garb, pitching them back into the setting of the legendary detective’s original adventures: 1895, to be precise. Why that happens is as yet unclear, but all will be revealed.
For those still craving their Holmes fix in the meantime, the new film Mr. Holmes offers us Ian McKellen’s take on the character, musing upon an old case as he looks back on his long career from the vantage point of retirement. Jonny Lee Miller’s ultra-modern, Us-based Sherlock will be entering his fourth »
Don Nordo del Midwest Cafe Nordo, Seattle
Dinner theatre is an experience that one might naturally associate with a mediocre meal accompanied by a tired production of some standard-bearer musical. Cafe Nordo challenges this preconception, doing the unthinkable by infusing creativity and sincerity into this otherwise basely novel tradition.
Presenting Don Nordo del Midwest as the first production in they're their new Pioneer Square location, Cafe Nordo offers up their play on the tale of Don Quixote as re-envisioned with the famed idiot savant questing to be a revolutionary chef on a haphazard mission to bring his culinary vision to the Midwest. Blending elements of commedia dell'arte and theatre of the absurd, this production serves up some interesting entertainment between original courses.
Terry Podgorski's script seizes the opportunity left on the table by most dinner theatre and incorporates the meal into the script. Following the episodic nature of the this quixotic mis-adventure, »
- C. Jefferson Thom
Once finished, the film will now receive a theatrical release before being streamed on Amazon.
Speaking to Indiewire about the Amazon deal - which was signed last month, but with no details of what was involved known before now - Gilliam said: "I'm intrigued by their way of doing it. They go into the cinemas first and then a month or two afterwards they go into streaming."
He added: "I think that's good because you get a chance to see it on the big screen, and yet I know that more people have seen my films on DVD than they have in the cinemas and that's the reality of life now."
Speaking about the benefits of working with Amazon, Gilliam said: "Amazon and the like are »
It was about a month ago when it was quietly revealed Terry Gilliam signed a deal with Amazon to have his latest project housed by the streaming service company. It wasn't official at the time, but it seemed more likely than not the project in question would be his long, long, long, long in development The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, and, indeed, the U.S. distribution and partial funding of the film is in the cards. But there may be more than that involvement, it seems. Talking with The Playlist ahead of the Criterion Collection release of The Fisher King, Gilliam continued to talk about the project which has stuck with him despite many failed starts all these years. "It's my madness," he proclaimed with a laugh. And while past history hasn't been in its favor, plans at the moment are to shoot in early 2016, with Jack O'Connell (Unbroken »
- Will Ashton
Alright, everybody. For the next few days, at least, avoid black cats as best you can, step around any ladders you might come upon, and if you spill salt, be sure to throw some over your shoulder. The Playlist reports that the recently announced Amazon Studios deal to bring Terry Gilliam on to produce, write, and direct original content for them includes that most infamous of troubled productions: Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. You may also know this as that movie that produced an acclaimed documentary, Lost in La Mancha, focused solely on how hopeless the production was when Gilliam last tried to create his would-be masterwork, which, at the time, had wrangled none other than Johnny Depp. The current incarnation will feature John Hurt as Quixote with Jack O'Connell, of Unbroken, Starred Up, and this year's excellent '71, as the secondary lead. According to Gilliam, the way »
- Chris Cabin
Not long ago details leaked out indicating that Terry Gilliam was among the filmmakers who had signed a deal with Amazon to create movies and/or TV for the online retail giant’s increasingly ambitious streaming service. (Which now includes theatrical distribution, at least in some cases.) I thought it might all be a fever dream, or […]
- Russ Fischer
It used to be that every network was looking to expand into reality programming. Now, the push seems to be towards scripted series. Epix, a network known mostly for its movie catalogue, has not made much of a splash with its unscripted fare. However, a new partnership with Lionsgate and Paramount Television (and later this year, MGM), may bring some notable, more prestigious programming to the channel (much like Fortitude did for Pivot). The two new series, Graves and Berlin Station (which will be joined by a third original series that has not yet been announced), are both set to debut in the fall of 2016. According to a press release, the Lionsgate project Graves is a single camera half-hour comedy starring Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. It will follow Nolte’s character’s “Don Quixote-like journey” to right the wrongs of his administration throughout »
- Allison Keene
Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.Scroll down for full list
The Taipei Film Festival (June 26-July 18) has announced the 12 films set to compete in the International New Talent Competition.
Selected from more than 200 submissions, the list includes The Furthest End Awaits by Taiwanese filmmaker Chiang Hsiu-chiung and a further 11 films by directors from Vietnam, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Palestine, Brazil, Britain, the UK, Us and Thailand.
The nominees compete for the first prize of $20,000 (Nt$ 600,000), and the directors will be in Taipei to attend Q&As to share their experience with the audience.
Chiang Hsiu-chiung won the Grand Prize with her documentary, Let the Wind Carry Me, at the 2010 Taipei Film Award. This year, her debut feature, The Furthest End Awaits, tells the story of the friendship between two women, Misaki, who comes back to her hometown after her father »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Written & Directed by Noel Marshall
Watching 1981’s notorious nature thriller, Roar, is like subjecting yourself to a psychological experiment. Unbelievable images evoke reactions ranging from horror to hilarity, sometimes within the same scene. Director Noel Marshall infuses his disastrous passion project with so much sincerity, however, that this weird little morsel must be savored like the cinematic singularity that it is. There will never be another film like Roar. Really, it’s much safer that way… for everyone.
The real-life family of writer-director Noel Marshall (who plays ‘Hank’) lived amongst 100 ‘big cats’ (including lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and jaguars) for over 11 years and exhausted millions of dollars to make Roar. He and then wife, Tippi Hedren (as ‘Madelaine’), transformed their California estate into a makeshift sanctuary, allowing the massive predators to roam freely in the same house as their three children, Melanie (Griffith), Jerry and John. For the film’s threadbare plot, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Can we please get this straight, Broadway? Sprawling European novels do not make great musicals. Sorry, Les Miz partisans and Phantomaniacs, but whatever the virtues of those shows — and they are probably the best of the genre — they are mere patches on the originals. How could they not be? When you’re adapting a doorstop saga for the stage, you’re obviously going to be making huge cuts. Usually this will mean excising the poetry, philosophy, and psychology in order to preserve a series of action highlights that will then stick out like angry pimples. The result is usually more of a medley than a narrative — Don Quixote’s greatest hits! — and thus unsuited to the musical’s work of grounding song in character and situation. Indeed, when New York convened a panel to come up with a list of the greatest musicals ever, not one of the top ten »
- Jesse Green
A favorite subject amongst film nerds is the movies that could have been made but never did. We have had Lost of La Mancha chronicling Terry Gilliam's attempt to make Don Quixote. Just last year, we had Jodorowsky's Dune, about the failed making of Dune by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happenedc takes a look at the could-have-been Superman movie from Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, and there's a new trailer for the latter that you can watch below. I don't mind a little bit of "what ifc" dreaming. I do it all the time. What if this filmmaker had made this movie instead of the one that did sort of thing. The thing I do have an issue is when everybody just automatically assumes the movie that could have been made would have been amazing. Quite frankly, everyone talking about Jodorowsky's vision of »
- Mike Shutt
Zeb Larson reviews The Fade Out #5…
The second act of Brubaker and Phillips’ biggest hit ever begins with a bang! Someone knows who killed Valeria Sommers, but can our “heroes” find them without exposing themselves? And will their search lead them to answers they don’t want to find? A perfect jumping-on point for new readers, released the same day as the trade! And packed with bonus back pages articles only found in the single issues.
After what feels like a very long hiatus, The Fade Out is finally back. And thankfully, it’s back with thirty-two pages of content to allow us to cover some extra ground. This book is covering a lot of ground at the moment, and right now it feels a bit sprawling. That said, I’m more than happy to give it several issues to advance its various plot threads.
Charlie’s film is being »
- Zeb Larson
In comedy, delusional idées fixes can be fun, but to bear much existential (let alone tragic) weight, the dreamer needs to have Don Quixote–like stature, to suggest by force of his or her character that those windmills might be giants. No such thing is glimpsed in the deadpan tragicomedy Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, a hit at film festivals for its mixture of melancholy, mysticism, and sentimentality. It centers on a bedraggled, depressed, uncommunicative 29-year-old Japanese office worker (Rinko Kikuchi) who discovers a quivery videotape of Fargo on a beach and is instantly certain that the metal briefcase full of cash buried in the snow by a bloody Steve Buscemi is still there, by a wire fence in North Dakota, waiting for her to find. Belittled by a mother and elderly employer who question why she’s still unmarried, Kumiko makes off with a company credit card and flies to »
- David Edelstein
Some inventions are mastered instantly. The earliest adapters of oil paint, including Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, are still among the best who ever lived. After the invention of the electric guitar, early recordings confirm that Les Paul, T-Bone Walker, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (followed soon thereafter by Jimi Hendrix) were immediate maestros, and some say the novel has never gotten better than Don Quixote. But the internet is not like these inventions or genres. We are 25 years in and we still have no van Eyck, van der Weyden, Hendrix, or Cervantes. In part, that's because nothing endures online; commerce and novelty topple all idols (even new ones); and today’s links are already decaying and may be useless in the near future. But we have no new masters also because digital technology is more than an invention, tool, or genre. It is a whole new landscape, »
- Jerry Saltz
While Fox's Scream Queens will satiate teen fans looking for a genre fix on TV this fall, its Starz upcoming Ash Vs. Evil Dead series that true gore hounds are hungry for, making it one of the most anticipated horror projects on the horizon. Last year, Starz confirmed that Bruce Campbell will return as the iconic Ash for 10 half-hour episodes, essentially giving long-time Evil Dead fanatics a five hour sequel to the franchise. In a new interview with Dread Central, Bruce Campbell reveals that co-creator, co-writer and producer Sam Raimi, who will return to direct the pilot after directing the first three original movies, has a 5 season plan in place. He also offers more details about the plot and the new characters who will fight alongside Ash.
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