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The film is directed by Italian director Luca Guadagnino, marking his first feature since 2009’s I Am Love. It is written by The Invasion and True Story scribe David Kajganich, and is an adaptation of Jacques Deray’s 1969 film La Piscine, and by extension the source novel written by Jean-Emmanuel Conil. Swinton and Fiennes star alongside Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts.
The film’s synopsis is as follows.
In A Bigger Splash, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker, (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Horror director Lucky McKee unfortunately remains one of those unknown, peripheral genre names, mostly thanks to a number of compromised or abandoned projects following his formidable 2002 debut, May. Over the past several years, he’s made headlines for 2011’s The Woman (another underrated gem from his filmography), and most recently the co-directed effort All Cheerleaders Die in 2013, an expansion of his 2001 short film, which is more or less the comically inclined romp you’d assume it to be. Prizing complex female characterizations, usually featuring muse Angela Bettis, McKee’s twisted visions, though few and far between, are enjoyable and entertaining, usually enhanced by a bit of subtext. About a decade ago, McKee’s sophomore feature, The Woods, would finally land on DVD in the Us following a limited festival circuit run, treated to a torturous release platform despite featuring several notable cast members. A period piece set amongst an all-girls »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: Jason London stars in the upcoming supernatural horror from the Chilean director.
Magardich Halvajiyan’s Open Frames will produce and finance the project, which is set to begin shooting in October in Bulgaria.
The story centres on an a former Us police officer who takes a job as security guard in an mysterious building with a sinister past in the Bulgarian city of Sofia.
The director is applying the finishing touches to his thriller Downhill, which WTFilms represents for international sales and was touting to buyers in Toronto. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
London — Simon Boswell, who takes part in Raindance Film Festival’s In Conversation event on Friday Oct. 2, has been composing for film since 1985. Although his early work mainly comprised international horror and fantasy projects (notably Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1989 cult classic “Santa Sangre”), Boswell wasted no time in diversifying, branching out in the early 1990s with Danny Boyle’s home-grown black comedy “Shallow Grave.” Since then, the London-based composer, now 58, has worked in romcoms, comedies and serial TV drama, learning, perhaps more than anything else, that the old maxim “less mean more” is definitely true of film scoring. “You have to understand that the director, the producer, the actors, me and everyone else, we’re all making a delicate sandwich,” he laughs. “And sometimes music may just be a leaf of lettuce rather than a big chunk of meat.”
You’re very prolific. When you started, did you realize »
- Damon Wise
By Todd Garbarini
I have been a fan of the Italian giallo subgenre for 30 years since my initiation into it was precipitated by my first viewing of Creepers (1985), the severely cut version of Dario Argento’s Phenomena, my personal favorite film of his. Subsequent viewings of films by both Mr. Argento and his mentor, Mario Bava, as well as Lucio Fulci, Lamberto Bava, Luigi Cozzi, and Michele Soavi solidified a love for the putrid and the fantastic, and anyone who has seen these movies knows how delightfully entertaining they are: off-kilter camera angles, ludicrous dialogue, and what writer Todd French referred to as “a maddening narrative looseness” are present in these films in a way that they are absent in other genres. There is just nothing like an Italian giallo film. With all of the mock horror films that have been made going back to 1981’s Student Bodies and the later, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 24-Oct 4) has 12 first and second features competing for its Golden Puffin Award.
The films are:
As I Open My Eyes, Leyla Bouzid (Fra/Tun/Bel/Are)Babai, Visar Morina (Kos/Ger)Barash, Michael Vinik (Isr)Krisha, Trey Edward Shults (Us)Mediterranea, Jonas Carpignano (Ita/Fr/Us/Ger/Qat)Motherland, Senem Tuzen (Tur/Gr)Sleeping Giant, Andrew Cividino (Can)Slow West, John Maclean (UK/Nz)Sparrows, Runar Runarsson (Ice/Den/Cro)The Here After, Magnus Von Horn (Swe/Pol) We Monsters, Sebatian Ko (Ger)Wednesday May 9, Vahid Jalilvand (Iran)
This year’s jury comrpises Frederic Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival and Les Arcs; producer Agnes Johansen; Laufey Guðjónsdóttir, director of The Icelandic Film Centre; Dagmar Borelle; and Paola Corvino.
Other programme highlights at Riff include the first two episodes of TV show »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Dario Argento, arguably Italy’s finest ever horror director (and one of the best horror directors ever for that matter), turned 75-years-old on Monday 7th September, 2015. When I became aware of this milestone, it got me thinking about Argento and his films. Almost immediately after came the news that the much talked about Suspiria remake is going ahead, with Luca Guadagnino in the director’s chair.
Argento is an auteur, a man who has developed a visual style all of his own, works outside of the studio system (his films were routinely financed by his father Salvatore, before his 1987 death) and who writes everything that he directs. He directed his first featured in 1970 and has released films every decades since then.
Invariably, some have been better than others. While Argento might have been the brains behind one or two masterpieces, he’s also been responsible for some cinematic atrocities, »
- Lewis Howse
For some time, director David Gordon Green was developing a remake of Dario Argento's classic Suspiria. He described his version as "a very faithful, extremely elegant opera", although it was ultimately derailed when the budget for the film hit $20m. "The economic model for a horror movie was not where I wanted it to be make a $20m elegant movie from a guy who was an unproven horror director", he said. In an era where Paranormal Activity films cost a few million, you can see his point.
However, he revealed earlier in the year that "I'm actually hopeful that it's happening, with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week".
And finally, the identity of said director looks like it's been revealed.
Luca Guadagnino, who is currently promoting his »
Directors Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, two of the five partners from the Canadian film production company Astron-6, have reunited from their 2011 effort Father’s Day (a feature co-directed by all five members of their collective) for The Editor. Another reconstitution of vintage genre cinema, this time around they satirize the more ridiculous elements of the once popular giallo movement of film, those Italian thrillers often dubbed in English which gave rise to horror auteurs like Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Emilio Miraglia, Mario Bava, and a host of others.
Incredibly silly but with enough moments of bloody gore to appeal to audiences who might have no idea exactly what Brooks and Kennedy are aping, the film is filled with charmingly deliberate jabs at unintentionally ridiculous flourishes from a bygone era. While its own narrative is so over-the-top it’s almost not even worth recounting, the film is fun, »
A remake of Suspiria, Dario Argento‘s gorgeous and dreamlike tale of witchcraft at a boarding school for dance, has been in the works for a very long time. For most of that period, David Gordon Green was planning to direct the film. He’s said his version was going to be “a very faithful, extremely elegant opera. […]
- Russ Fischer
The Suspiria remake gets a new director in Luca Guadagnino Director David Gordon Green was planning his remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria as far back as 2008, initially with Natalie Portman in the lead, then Isabelle Fuhrman and Isabelle Huppert, but budgetary as well as rights issues kept it from happening. Now, one of the remake’s…
The post Suspiria Remake Gets New Director, Plus Casting Rumors appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Max Evry
Way back in 2008 David Gordon Green announced he would be engineering a new take on Dario Argento’s 1977 Giallo classic Suspiria, a now-iconic entry in the Italian horror canon. The Prince Avalanche helmer busied himself with writing a scary homage to Argento’s original, and even managed to secure a couple of starry names to appear in the film. Alas, his ideas turned out to be too expensive for studio tastes, he told CraveOnline, and he dropped out in June.
Far from done, the movie has a new filmmaker at the reins; Italian director Luca Guadagnino, whose involvement was sneakily revealed during an interview with Empire. The helmer spoke to the outlet following a screening of his latest feature A Bigger Splash at the Venice Film Festival, as he talked of the original’s influence on his career:
“The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing »
- Gem Seddon
"Suspiria" is one of my favorite horror films, a vibrant and surreal work of art that plays as genuine nightmare. It is the best thing Dario Argento made, and fell right in the middle of his best run of creative work. Seeing a great Technicolor Ib print of this vivid and beautiful film in a theater is damn near a religious experience. And in an age when remakes are non-stop and impossible to avoid, it only makes sense someone would finally decide to remake the movie, and after several years and several different filmmakers making their attempts, it looks like it may actually happen. Luca Guadagnino just attended the Venice Film Festival with the cast of his new film "A Bigger Splash," and he started talking to the press about his plans for how to remake the movie. He was attached as a producer when it looked like David Gordon Green was going to direct, »
- Drew McWeeny
It has been a few years since there has been any real apparent movement on the upcoming remake of Dario Argento's trippy 1970's horror classic "Suspiria". At that time filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Joe," "Pineapple Express") was attached to direct the project.
Then came word recently that filmmaker Luca Guadagnino is taking over the helm. Guadagnino popped up at the Venice Film Festival this past week to promote his current film "A Bigger Splash" and he spoke with Empire about what his take on "Suspiria" will be:
"The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14. I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It's going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. »
- Garth Franklin
Last we heard, back in 2012, David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, Joe) was attached to direct the controversial remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria. Just this week, however, the news has arrived that Green's iteration of the project is definitively off the table, with Luca Guadagnino now in the frame to deliver his own take. At Venice with his crime drama A Bigger Splash, Guadagnino shared some of his thoughts."The film by Dario Argento was a very indicative moment of growing up for me because I saw it when I was 14," the director tells Empire. "I think it changed me forever. I was obsessed [with Argento] through all my adolescence. [My version] is going to be set in Berlin in 1977. It’s going to be about the mother and the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood. It’s going to be about finding your inner voice – the title is very evocative on these grounds. »
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Promoting his new film A Bigger Splash at the Venice Film Festival, Guadagnino confirmed that the long-gestating horror remake will be his next project.
“I’m going to shoot the movie this winter,” he told Variety.
“I think my friends at Studiocanal will be part of it.”
A potential remake of Suspiria has been discussed since 2008, when David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) was attached to direct and Guadagnino was on board as a producer through Italian company First Sun.
- Tom Beasley
Six years after launching “I Am Love” from Venice, Luca Guadagnino is back on the Lido with the more ambitious “A Bigger Splash,” a psychological drama about a rock star and a photographer (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts, respectively) whose vacation on the sun-drenched Sicilian island of Pantelleria takes an unexpected turn when a record producer (Ralph Fiennes) and his daughter (Dakota Johnson) burst on the scene. Guadagnino spoke about the process that led to making “Splash,” which Fox Searchlight has set for a May 13, 2016, U.S. release.
Last month I counted how many scripts I’ve read since “I am Love,” and it’s more or less 500. It gave me a fantastic read of the business. Many things I was reading six years »
- Nick Vivarelli
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
Recent films like Berberian Sound Studio and The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears have paid homage to giallo and the '70s Italian horror genre, in a way creating a modern resurgence. Now the Canadian collective known as Astron-6 have thrown their hat in the ring with a satiric approach. Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy lovingly pay tribute to the genre and cleverly poke fun at everything from Suspiria and The Beyond to the more obscure films from that era. There's great attention to detail in everything from the production design and lighting, to the overdubbed dialogue and eerie synth score, and they even got Claudio Simonetti from Goblin to contribute to the main theme.
Adam Brooks instills great comedic sensibility into his character, Rey Ciso. Once the greatest editor in the world until horrific circumstances left him with wooden fingers on his right hand, Rey now finds himself cutting sleazy bottom-of-the-barrel slasher pictures. »
- Sean McClannahan
Dario Argento’s seminal Italian horror film Suspiria turned 38 last week and that seems like as good a time as any for me to wax poetic about one of my all-time favorite horror films. So, join me in celebrating one of the greatest horror films ever made. While Deep Red may be the film that signals the birth of Dario Argento as an auteur, Suspiria is the movie that cements his reputation as the most important Italian horror filmmaker to emerge since Mario Bava. With Deep Red, Argento had essentially crafted his magnum opus on the giallo form. After the conclusion of that film, there wasn’t much left to say about black-gloved sexual psychopaths and their nefarious fetishes. It would have been easy for Argento to coast on the success of Deep Red, churning out even more...
- Mike Bracken
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