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★★★★☆ Christopher Kenneally's Side by Side (2012) is a timely and level-headed look at the challenge the digital process presents to century-old photochemical filmmaking. Coming at a crucial turning point for cinema and featuring interviews with some of cinema's most important contemporary directors, Side by Side functions as an essential state-of-the-nation view of filmmaking; taking stock of the past and looking to the future. By neither patronising the audience nor ascribing too much knowledge, Kenneally and interviewer Keanu Reeves strike the perfect tone, creating a film which is both informative and entertaining.
Side by Side charts the development and process of both digital and celluloid production with remarkable vigour and meticulousness, demonstrating that the technological decisions made in filmmaking are just as creative and vital as the artistic ones. By focusing on film history from a technological point of view, Side by Side offers an intriguing alternative narrative for the last »
- CineVue UK
nBaz Luhrman's 1920s extravaganza to open 66th festival and cement Surrey girl Carey Mulligan's arrival in Hollywood A-list
Many people might think The Great Gatsby has already had a premiere with reviews from American screenings widely available. But for its British star, Carey Mulligan, the red carpet Cannes screening of Baz Luhrmann's 3D extravaganza on Wednesday evening will secure her position among the top flight of international talent.
The film will officially open the annual event in the south of France, regarded as the leading festival in the cinema industry's calendar. Mulligan is expected to attend alongside Lurhrman and her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, and will be the glamorous focus of the most high-profile function of the fortnight.
The actor from Surrey, who is married to Marcus Mumford of the award-winning band Mumford and Sons, is to have a second moment of glory later in the festival when she »
- Vanessa Thorpe
A year ago he was a little-known Belgian actor. Then, on the first Thursday of Cannes 2012, came Rust and Bone and Matthias Schoenaerts – playing a bare-knuckle boxer opposite Marion Cotillard – was suddenly the hottest discovery on the Croisette.
The British film industry in particular seems to have fallen for Schoenaert , and he'll be seen in three forthcoming BBC Films productions. First there's A Little Chaos (directed by Alan Rickman), in which he plays the head gardener at Versailles opposite Kate Winslet's headstrong landscaper. Then he'll go straight to the set of Saul Dibb's production of the second world war drama Suite française, some of which is being shot in his native Belgium. In that, he'll play a German officer opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. »
- Jason Solomons
The 66th annual festival opens this week, but Nymphomaniac misses cut after director Von Trier's 2011 'Nazi' gaffe
The 66th Cannes film festival opens on Wednesday with Gatsby as aperitif, Spielberg as jury president and many millionaires' yachts sharking in off the Med. On the face of it, all is well; the forecast is sunny. And yet there remains a puckish-shaped hole at the heart of the schedule. Cannes is missing its prodigal son.
Danish director Lars von Trier sparked the event's biggest recent controversy when he fatally misjudged the mood of a 2011 press conference – merrily joking that he was a Nazi who "sympathised with Hitler, a little bit". Spooked by the ensuing media storm, festival organisers declared him persona non grata and cast him out like Satan. He was last seen barrelling north from the Croisette inside his trusty camper van (he nurses an abiding fear of flying).
If he »
- Xan Brooks
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Despite already running in many countries after its debut at Cannes 2012, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt is only now gearing up for a stateside run. And for those of us who’ve been eagerly awaiting a new offering from Vinterberg or star Mads Mikkelson, we can now rest easier, because The Hunt is well worth the wait.
In a story so simple it almost unfolds as a parable, Mads Mikkelson stars as Lucas, a well liked kindergarten teacher in a small Danish town where everyone knows everyone, and secrets are scarce. When one of the school’s students says something negative about Lucas that they could not possibly understand, rumors and concern begin to grow among the town’s adults. Lucas is soon removed from the school, and not long afterwards becomes ostracized and targeted by the rest of his community for his alleged crimes.
- David Braga
april showers & a tuesday top ten in one!
Do you ever think of The Truman Show (1998)? I really and truly loved it in 1998 naming it 'The Best Film of the Year!' to anyone who would listen. (This was in my pre Film Experience days of course... though it's hard to remember such a time).
My Top Ten Of 1998 - Unranked
Bulworth (Warren Beatty) Celebration / Festen (Thomas Vinterberg) Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon) High Art (Lisa Cholodenko) The Idiots (Lars von Trier) Living Out Loud (Richard Lagravenese) The Opposite of Sex (Don Roos) The Thin Red Line (Terence Malick) The Truman Show (Peter Weir) Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
...with Central Station and Shakespeare in Love just outside the top ten though I'm always considering reinstating them. They were both once on the actual list (The Idiots and the Malick I saw a little later). I haven't seen any of them »
- NATHANIEL R
Cannes is just three weeks away and the final jury lineup has been announced. We knew Steven Spielberg would head the jury but his team was still semi-secret. They are...
Just months after competing for an extra Oscar, they'll be discussing other people's movies
Daniel Auteuil (French actor/director) Vidya Balan (Indian actress) Naomi Kawase (Japanese director) Nicole Kidman (Australian actress/producer) Ang Lee (Taiwanese director/producer/scriptwriter) Cristian Mungiu (Romanian scriptwriter/director/producer) Lynne Ramsay (British scriptwriter/director/producer) Steven Spielberg (American director) President Of Jury Christoph Waltz (Austrian Actor)
Only one thing is certain about the outcome based on the composition of the team: By May 26th, Nicki's auteur lust will devour their collective imagination and they'll surely be competing for her hand in filmmaking. Which one of these directors will she work with next? (I mean, besides Steven Spielberg who Kate Capshaw aside, isn't particularly excited by actresses. »
- NATHANIEL R
Acclaimed writer, director and producer Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under, American Beauty) brings his brand new action drama series, Banshee to the UK on Monday 29th April. Banshee stars Antony Starr (Rush) as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Philadelphia, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he’s hunted by the shadowy gangsters he betrayed years earlier.
Going hell for leather, this series opener follows Lucas as he makes his way to Banshee to find his former partner-in-crime and lover (Ivana Milicevic, Casino Royale). The good news is that they are indeed reunited. However, the bad is that his ex has since changed her name to Carrie and created a new life for herself complete with defence attorney hubby (Rus Blackwell, Battle Los Angeles) and two kids. Shovelling salt into the wound, Carrie is also no »
- Phil Wheat
Susanne Bier's romantic drama lacks subtlety, spark and chemistry
The 53-year-old Susanne Bier, daughter of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, is a deeply serious Danish film-maker whose contrived, often melodramatic plots frequently involve troubled families, transactions with developing countries in Africa and Asia, cancer, widows and widowers. One of them, Brothers, about the destruction of a marriage as a result of the husband's captivity in Afghanistan, was remade in America by Jim Sheridan, where Bier worked on the lachrymose Things We Lost in the Fire, and In a Better World won an Oscar as best foreign language film.
Her good-looking Love is All You Need is lighter in tone and kicks off with a couple in their late 40s meeting cute when she crashes into his car at Copenhagen airport. Characteristically, however, she's Ida (Trine Dyrholm), whose weaselly husband has been cheating on her while she's being treated for »
- Philip French
Today we have the trailer for "The Hunt," starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, "Hannibal"). The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year where Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award for his role. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story follows Lucas (Mikkelsen), a recently divorced teacher who's fighting for custody of his young son. Despite struggling with life after the split, he eventually finds a new love and gets some positive news about the guardianship of his child. However, when another young child makes a vicious accusation against him, everything goes awry sending his life into mayhem. The new movie is directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) and is set to hit theaters on July 12th, in limited release. Trailer: »
While cinephile eyes will be wearily watching the internet early tomorrow morning for the official line up of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers let out a bit of a tease today to tide everyone over. And it will involve one filmmaker making her return to the south of France. Sofia Coppola will be bringing "The Bling Ring" to Cannes, with the festival announcing that it will open the Un Certain Regard slate at the fest. Cannes is a familiar home for Coppola who unveiled both "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" previously, and the Un Certain Regard category -- which is usually reserved for edgier or more genre-driven fare -- seems like a good fit for her Emma Watson-starring film about a group of no good kids who steal from celebrities. The movie was long rumored to be part of the slate in one way or another, and this »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our latest film on demand offering is the brilliant Danish drama The Hunt, in which Mads Mikkelsen plays a teacher accused of paedophilia
Here's something to get your teeth into over Easter: the Cannes award-winning film from Festen director Thomas Vinterberg, starring everyone's favourite Danish former Bond villain, Mads Mikkelsen. It was Mikkelsen, in fact, who ensured The Hunt got on the awards list at Cannes, carrying off the best actor gong for what critics universally judged was a superb performance of a very tricky and challenging role.
Mikkelsen plays a teacher called Lucas who finds himself mired in a very contemporary nightmare: a well-known figure in a small community, he is accused of sexually abusing a child, and swiftly becomes the target of mob hysteria. After its Cannes premiere, our critic Peter Bradshaw immediately hailed it as a major return to form by Vinterberg, whose career had seemed to »
- Andrew Pulver
Prominent Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg returns to territory previously tackled in his much-lauded feature Festen (1998) this week with The Hunt (Jagten, 2012), a taught Scandinavian morality tale starring world cinema darling Mads Mikkelsen. Wrongly accused of molesting a young child (also the daughter of his best friend), kindly primary school teacher Lucas (Mikkelsen) becomes the victims of vitriolic persecution from his life-long neighbours who ostracise him from the tightly-knit rural community. To tie-in with the film's release in UK cinemas this week, CineVue met up with Vinterberg to discuss his latest controversial feature, and why it had taken so long for the director to return to the subject of child abuse.
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- CineVue UK
After the suffocating horror of Kill List, director Ben Wheatley heads for the great outdoors with a jet-black comedy about the barely repressed psychosis of the great British caravan holiday. Pitched somewhere between Mike Leigh's Nuts in May and Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, Sightseers (2012, StudioCanal, 15) follows the increasingly violent misadventures of Tina and Chris (brilliantly played by co-writers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram) as they embark on an "erotic odyssey" into a land of tramways, pencil museums, viaducts and murder.
After consigning an obnoxious litter-dropper to the dustbin of local history, our cagoule-clad anti-heroes develop a taste for the hard stuff which no amount of picturesque National Trust landmarks can assuage. One moment they're racing fellow campers for a prime spot in the Dingly Dell (as opposed to outside the toilet block), the »
- Mark Kermode
History of Violence: Odar’s Debut a Sweaty, Slow Burn
Swiss director Baran Bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s novel The Silence for his film debut, a murder mystery thriller filmed in 2010, finally getting a much deserved theatrical release. Filmed in Germany and featuring a multitude of notable European names, including the presence of Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen, whose presence lends an odd twist to the proceedings, Odar’s film feels akin to a number of Scandinavian genre exercises that have been produced over the last several years. But whereas most thrillers focus on unraveling culprits, Odar’s film is an examination of ‘why’ terrible deeds happen, exposing a host of characters that are expertly developed, sometimes at a detriment to the pacing.
In the sweltering July sun in 1986, an 11 year-old girl named Pia is raped and murdered by Peer Sommer (Thomsen) as she crosses through a field on her bicycle. »
- Nicholas Bell
A retired investigator is called back onto the job in director Baran bo Odar's thriller The Silence, which follows two cases that have eerily similar connections. The story centers on a 13-year-old girl who goes missing in the same spot where, 23 years prior, a young girl was savagely murdered, a case that still remains unsolved. Krischan (Burghart Klaußner), the original investigator assigned to the case, comes out of retirement to try and unravel this bizarre mystery. Music Box Films has unveiled the first trailer and poster for this gripping nail-biter that will have you on the edge of your seat when it debuts in theaters March 8.
The Silence - Trailer
The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her »
Music Box Films just sent us over the first official trailer for its upcoming flick The Silence, and it looks to be riddled with mystery. We're talking the sinister stuff involving death and bodies. You know... the good stuff! Check it out!
Look for it in limited release on March 8, 2013.
The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. »
- Uncle Creepy
Maybe this geekily precise, Keanu Reeves-fronted documentary fretting over the death of celluloid needs to give digital its due
Here is a geekily precise specialist documentary presented by Keanu Reeves, interviewing a range of film-makers including David Lynch and Martin Scorsese, on the relentless march of digital technology. Is film dead? And should we care? It zooms in on the technical trees, but maybe sometimes fails to pull back and look at the forest of larger issues: has digital made a real difference to the quality or quantity of movies available to regular cinemagoers? Certainly, the staggering advances in quality, affordability and portability have made a difference to film-makers, summed up by Steven Soderbergh here: "I wanted to call Film and say: 'I met someone.'"
Digital caused some startling novelties at the beginning of the last decade, such as the Dogme 95 movement, and the cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle »
- Peter Bradshaw
Director: Christopher Kenneally; Screenwriter: Christopher Kenneally; Starring: Keanu Reeves, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, Danny Boyle, James Cameron, George Lucas, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez, Steven Soderbergh; Running time 99 mins; Certificate: 15
Keanu Reeves produces, narrates and acts as on-camera interview in Chris Kenneally's fascinating new documentary about Hollywood's transition into the digital age. Years on the acting A-list has primed the one-time Neo well for Side by Side; he's able to call on the cream of the movie industry's directors, cinematographers, producers and camera producers to document the move from celluloid to digital.
Side by Side assembles a cast of talking heads - including digital evangelists George Lucas, James Cameron and David Fincher, and those reluctant to convert such as Christopher Nolan and his director of photography Wally Pfister - to deconstruct the entire technical process, workflow and history of the business.
The documentary examines everything from image capture, editing, delivery, »
By David Harkness, MoreHorror.com
A creepy poster for the upcoming murder thriller The Silence has released. Take a look at a larger version of the poster under the synopsis.
The Silence opens in theaters March 8, 2013.
The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and his younger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting »
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