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Ebertfest 2016: Chaz Ebert Keeps Roger’s Spirit Alive

13 April 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The late Roger Ebert often told this story about himself: During an Ebertfest screening of “Citizen Kane,” featuring commentary he had recorded for a Criterion Collection laser disc, he went for popcorn and asked a patron what she thought of the movie.

“I like it a lot,” she replied. “But I wish that guy would stop talking.”

The voice of America’s most famous and influential cinema maven has been stilled since 2013. Yet his words and spirit continue to permeate the film festival he founded, with wife Chaz and scholar Nate Kohn, at his beloved U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

“I make sure that Roger is incorporated into the festival,” now in its 18th year, Chaz Ebert says.

On post-festival drives back from Champaign, she took notes as he held forth on future programming ideas. “We could run the festival for another 10 years” on the notebooks she preserved, she says.

“We »

- Bob Verini

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Cannes: who's in the running?

21 March 2016 2:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…

With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.

UK and Ireland

The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.

Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.

Other UK hopefuls include Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins and Indian »

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In a Lonely Place: On Wim Wenders’ Road Movie Trilogy

29 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In his 1969 short film 3 American LP’s, the 24-year-old Wim Wenders, in the kind of feat of earnestness that can befit a young man, attempts to match his two greatest interests” America’s landscapes and its rock-and-roll music. If we’re to pick perhaps the most endearing eye-roller from this “rockist” mission statement, one can look no further than Wenders describing a Creedence Clearwater Revival album as being “like chocolate.”

But this isn’t necessarily an atypical moment in his filmography, as Wenders has always skirted the line of, for lack of a better word, corniness — if not just telegraphing his influences to at-times-obnoxious degrees, also with a kind of sentimentality both formally and politically speaking. Consider Wings of Desire‘s glossy look, which could so easily be reconfigured into a perfume-commercial aesthetic, or even just the title of one of his later, forgotten films; The End of Violence.

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- Ethan Vestby

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Embankment Nabs Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ With Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy

28 January 2016 4:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

U.K. sales banner Embankment has acquired Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” an epic love story with Oscar-nominated Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and James McAvoy (“X-Men”) in the run up to Berlin Film Festival.

One of the most buzzed-about projects to be pitched at next month’s European Film Market, “Submergence” is being produced by Cameron Lamb’s Lila 9th Productions with France’s Backup Media (“Still Alice”), Germany’s Neue Road Movies and Spain’s Morena Films.

Vikander is set to star as Danielle, an ocean explorer facing a terrifying, pioneering descent into the Arctic abyss. McAvoy stars as her soulmate James, a contractor held captive by African jihadists. Facing life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles, each finds solace in memories of their romance and deep emotional connection to overcome their ordeals.

Penned by Erin Dignam, the screenplay is based on J.M. Ledgard’s New York Times bestseller. »

- Elsa Keslassy and Leo Barraclough

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Embankment boards Vikander-McAvoy love story from Wenders

28 January 2016 3:57 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales outfit to introduce buyers to Submergence at the Efm.

X-Men star James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander, the Oscar-nominated star of The Danish Girl, have been confirmed to topline love story Submergence from director Wim Wenders (Wings Of Desire).

The film, which is due to shoot this March throughout Spain, Germany and France, is set to be among the hottest packages at the upcoming European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin next month.

London-based Embankment has boarded sales on the script about two lovers, facing life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles.

Englishman and accused spy James More (McAvoy) is held captive by jihadist fighters in Somalia while, on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders (Vikander) is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.

In their confines, they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Embankment boards Vikander-McAvoy love story from Wim Wenders

28 January 2016 3:57 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales outfit to introduce buyers to Submergence at the Efm.

X-Men star James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander, the Oscar-nominated star of The Danish Girl, have been confirmed to topline love story Submergence from director Wim Wenders (Wings Of Desire).

The film, which is due to shoot this March throughout Spain, Germany and France, is set to be among the hottest packages at the upcoming European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin next month.

London-based Embankment has boarded sales on the script about two lovers, facing life-or-death situations and separated by thousands of miles.

Englishman and accused spy James More (McAvoy) is held captive by jihadist fighters in Somalia while, on the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders (Vikander) is exploring the greatest depths of the ocean floor from her submersible.

In their confines, they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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10 Great European Neo-Noir Films

21 January 2016 11:32 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This month, "The American Friend," a classic from German director Wim Wenders that until now was probably lesser known than his touchstones "Paris, Texas" and "Wings of Desire," comes to the Criterion Collection. As you'll read below, it's a grubby little story of antiheroes and their patsies and we, predictably, adore it, and while its particular mix of independent gritty '70s aesthetic, European setting and director, American star and Patricia Highsmith source material makes it feel highly singular, it in fact belongs to a long, packed tradition: the European neo-noir. If the precise definition of film noir is a consistent cause for debate, the categorization "neo-noir" is even looser. It's generally accepted to apply only to the post-noir "proper" heyday (which ran from the early '40s to the late '50s, or in filmic terms, from "The Maltese Falcon" to "Touch of Evil.") Classic noir encompasses elements »

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The American Friend

16 January 2016 11:11 AM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Wim Wenders goes neo-noir in this wonderfully moody character-driven crime tale. Soulful art framer Bruno Ganz is the patsy in a murder scheme, but Dennis Hopper's sociopath / villain has a change of heart and befriends him. This modern classic looks great and features movie directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller in major guest roles. The American Friend Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 793 1977 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 127 min. / Der Amerikanische Freund / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date January 12, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Dennis Hopper, Bruno Ganz, Lisa Kreuzer, Gérard Blain, Nicholas Ray, Samuel Fuller. Cinematography Robby Müller Art Direction Heidi & Toni Lüdi Film Editor Peter Przygodda Original Music Jürgen Knieper Written by Wim Wenders from the novel Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith Produced by Renée Gundelach, Wim Wenders Directed by Wim Wenders

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Fourteen years ago Anchor Bay released a Wim Wenders DVD collection with excellent extras provided by the director himself. »

- Glenn Erickson

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