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Karlovy Vary Canadian director Jesse Klein sophomore feature, “We're Still Together,” world premieres Thursday in competition at Karlovy Vary. The film, about a bullied teen who befriends a tough and rebellious young single father, explores themes of loneliness, relationship, love and male failure.
Klein’s first film was the 2010 family drama “Shadowboxing.” The Montreal native most recently served as an assistant professor of film and new media at Middle Georgia State University. His next projects include “Break the Fall,” a film about a woman who returns to her husband and young daughter after a three-year absence due to postpartum depression, and “Picture Me,” a TV show about a college graduate making a documentary about her little brother, who is exploring his gender identity. “We’re Still Together” is produced by Evren Boisjoli and Marley Sniatowsky. Variety talked to Klein at Karlovy Vary.
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- Ed Meza
For any true-blue movie buff, cinematography is actually a sexy subject — it’s not just about how movies look, it’s about how they flow and feel, about how they live inside our mind’s eye. “Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond,” a French-made documentary that explores the life and artistry of one of the virtuoso founding fathers of contemporary cinematography, the Hungarian-born neorealist Vilmos Zsigmond (who died, at 85, this past January), has some lively and resonant anecdotes that testify to what the highly cultivated craft of lensing a movie is really all about.
Peter Fonda, who hired Zsigmond early in his Hollywood career to shoot a film that Fonda was directing, “The Hired Hand” (1971), recalls how he showed John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” to Zsigmond several times, all to draw attention to one interior shot in which it was all too obvious that the lighting was done by lamps. »
- Owen Gleiberman
For those that have been waiting to see Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers follow-up, it’s looking less and less likely it will be The Trap, his long-gestating crime epic starring Idris Elba, Benicio Del Toro, Robert Pattinson, Al Pacino, and James Franco. However, he’s returned to Miami for what we’re considering a pseudo-sequel, directing the Nsfw music video for Rihanna‘s “Needed Me.”
As for The Trap, he tells Dazed Digital, “I was supposed to shoot it last year. We were two weeks out. I got as close to shooting as you could be, and then I had issues with one of the actors. We had to pause the film, and then the movie got pushed back on the dates. I don’t really want to go into specifics, but it was more of a personality thing with one of the actors. So, we put a halt »
- Leonard Pearce
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