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Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.
Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.
Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.
In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »
- John Hopewell
New Italian arthouse distributor Fil Rouge Media is making its debut at Venice with three titles in the fest’s official selection: Kim Ki-duk’s “One on One,” Hong Sang-soo’s “Hill of Freedom” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn,” which it acquired from WestEnd Films in partnership with Stefano Jacono’s Movies Inspired, another recent new entry in Italy’s changing distribution scene.
Fil Rouge Media, which is based in Rome, is headed by Andrea Cirla, a former buyer for Good Films, Bolero and Eagle Pictures. One of the things Cirla is interested in are editorial projects that comprise packaging auteur-driven movies with publication of its script, a book or the soundtrack.
He is doing this with his first title, the Claude Lanzmann docu “The Last of the Unjust,” which will be complemented by a book to be published in Italy in which key conversations from the Holocaust-themed docu will be transcribed. »
- Nick Vivarelli
“Who am I?” is the question posed in the first closing credit of “One on One,” as if the preceding two hours of screeching melodrama and stomach-churning, rusty nail-assisted violence could have been the work of anyone but Kim Ki-duk. Even fierce admirers of the prolific South Korean provocateur, however, would struggle to suggest that he’s in top form in this turgid, rushed-looking revenge tale, in which the perpetrators of a schoolgirl’s senseless murder are methodically singled out for punishment of the grisliest variety. A significant step down from the more engaging grotesquerie of last year’s bonkers incest drama “Moebius,” this year’s Venice Days opener may struggle to match even the limited level of distributor interest in Kim’s recent work.
“One on One” marks Kim’s second return to the Lido since winning the Golden Lion under contentious circumstances two years ago for “Pieta,” though »
- Guy Lodge
The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)
Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)
La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)
Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)
Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)
Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)
Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)
Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)
Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Out Of Competition
Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Rome – Venice Days, an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, hits its 11th year running with a focus on young filmmakers and young actors. Kim Ki-Duk’s One on One will open the sidebar, organizers said Tuesday. It will screen out of competition. Ki-Duk is a favorite at the main festival, having won the Silver Lion in 2004 for 3-Iron and the Golden Lion for Pieta in 2012. The Korean filmmaker returns to his dark roots with the new trauma tale of seven members of a terrorist group tracking down seven suspects for the brutal rape
- Ariston Anderson
The 11-day event, which runs as an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, will play 12 features in competition – the first time Venice Days has hosted a competitive element.
Those competing for the €20,000 ($27,000) Venice Days Award, split between the winning director and international distributor of the film, include Shawn Christensen’s SXSW winner Before I Disappear; Guy Myhill’s The Goob; and Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca.
The jurors for the Venice Days Award will be 28 young participants – one from each of the 28 EU member countries.
A total of 678 feature films were submitted between January and July. Including films viewed at festivals and markets, a total of »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ahead of Thursday’s announcement of the Venice Film Festival competition lineup, the parallel Venice Days section has presented its roster. As previously noted, Kim Ki-duk’s revenge drama One On One will open the section out of competition. The Korean helmer’s Pieta won the Golden Lion in 2012. Closing the section is Alex De La Iglesia’s documentary about Argentine football great Lionel Messi. Titled Messi, the film uses reconstructions, archival material and interviews to trace the player’s rise to stardom. Among the competition titles is the world premiere of Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet’s Return To Ithaca. Set in Havana, the […] »
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 14 pics unspooling in the official selection which sees known names screening alongside emerging helmers, including U.S. writer-director Shawn Christensen whose “Before I Disappear” (pictured) is making its international bow.
As previously announced, the out-of-competition opener is prolific South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s multiple murder thriller “One On One,” about the brutal rape and murder of a schoolgirl, which is launching internationally from the Lido after being released in South Korea.
The closer, also not competing, is “Messi,” a docu-feature portrait of hot Argentine soccer player Leo Messi, helmed by Spain’s Alex De La Iglesia and written by Jorge Valdano, a former prominent member of the Argentine team who went on to become a sports journalist as well as a manager and sports director of Spain’s Real Madrid club. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The docu-series follows the lives of actor Flex Alexander, his wife, ’90s pop singer Shanice, and their extended family. After facing career stumbles and a financial blow, the couple and their two children moved into a rental home with their extended family to share costs.
The series will be joining Own’s Saturday night lineup this fall.
“Saturday nights on Own have become the place to be for viewers seeking great family entertainment, and we are pleased to share the newest members of our family with our audience,” said Sheri Salata, president of Own. “Flex, Shanice and their big, loud, loving brood are not unlike many families today who have combined resources in order to get through some tough times. Seeing how their love, laughter, and enduring faith in one another makes even the most »
- Shelli Weinstein
Own (Oprah Winfrey Network) ordered eight episodes of reality series “Flex & Shanice.” The weekly show follows husband and wife — actor Flex Alexander (“One on One”) and '90s pop singer Shanice (“I Love Your Smile”) — and their extended family, all who live together under one roof. A sneak preview on May 31 10 p.m. delivered 25 percent growth in the network's key women 25-54 demo in the time period compared to a year ago. See video: La Toya Jackson Talks New Season Surprises on Own Series: ‘I Get Proposed To’ The series joins Own's Saturday night line-up, which includes “Iyanla: Fix My Life, »
- Tony Maglio
Cinematic stoner and actor/comedian Cheech Marin is still quick on his feet. On Thursday's episode of NUVOtv's “Mario Lopez: One on One,” Lopez interviews Marin in a far-ranging interview that covers his upbringing in South Central and Grenada Hills, his relationship with is parents, his Mexican-American roots and activism. Also read: Spike Lee, Usher, Cheech & Chong to Appear at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony In TheWrap's exclusive preview of Marin's interview, the show subjects Marin to a rapid fire Q&A in which he explains why his role models are mostly Black instead of Latino, those rumors of a Cheech and Chong. »
- Jenna DeNight and Destiny Jackson
Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) now becomes the second title revealed for the next edition on the Lido. Joining South Korea’s Kim Ki-duk’s One On One (opener for the Venice Days section), Hui’s period drama has been selected as the closing, out of comp film for the 71st Venice Film Festival.
A prominent figure in the Hk New Wave, Hui who was supposed to retire with her last film, is cited as having selected a more experimental template for the biopic — this recounts the life story of radical Chinese writer Xiao Hong (Wei Tang from Lust, Caution fame) and her partner Xiao Jun before the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. This will be released in China this October. Last time the director was in Venice, her film A Simple Life won a handful of awards including Best Actress prize. »
- Eric Lavallee
Reality Steve has already released his spoilers for the 2014 Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman. But he has been wrong before, check out the results of tonight's show below to see if he's on the money for the male contestants who will be eliminated tonight and shown the door. Andi and the 11 remaining bachelors travel to Marseille, France, tonight on The Bachelorette 2014. One on one dates including romantic sailboat ride and a movie screening at a French cinema. For the group date, the other nine men who didn't get a one on one date study with a professional mime and perform a show for the locals. For the first one on one date tonight, the sexy brunette lawyer Andi makes her way to the hotel to pick up Josh and they are off to see if he is the one Andi will begin to fall in love with on this season of The Bachelorette. »
Hillary Clinton addressed a wide range of topics during her sit-down with Diane Sawyer, from international crises to presidential plans. During the in-depth interview that aired on ABC's primetime special Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – One on One with Diane Sawyer on Monday night, the former secretary of state discussed her timeline for deciding if she will run for president in 2016, the ongoing impact of the crisis in Benghazi, Libya, and Monica Lewinsky being back in the public eye. Clinton admitted that the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods in Benghazi still
- Debbie Emery
This Monday sees the release of A Fighting Man on DVD. Written and directed by Damian Lee, it stars Dominic Purcell as washed-up boxer Sailor O’Connor, who is given one more chance for redemption as he steps into the ring to fight a hungry young fighter, played by Izaak Smith. It also stars James Caan and Louis Gossett Jr.
A Fighting Man is a boxing drama about a one on one fight that means everything to both combatants. It’s not an original device in Hollywood movies, but some films handle it really well. Here follows six of the best examples.
Neo vs Agent Smith (The Matrix)
The Matrix may be best remembered for gunplay, existentialism and terrible sequels, but the first movie’s finale came down to the one on one battle between Neo and Agent Smith. Neo represented the hopes of all mankind, and whilst Agent Smith represented the oppressive machines, »
- Barry Steele
South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk's latest film, "One on One," is set to open this year's edition of Venice Days, the Venice Film Festival sidebar modeled on the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. This is his 20th film, a revenge mystery centered on the Shadows Sect, a group of seven assassins out for blood after a female student is kidnapped, raped and murdered. It stars Ma Dong-seok ("The Good, the Bad and the Weird") as well as Kim Yeong-min ("I Saw the Devil"). Venice Days runs August 27-September 6 alongside the Venice Film Festival which, in 2012, awarded Kim Ki-duk its top prize, the Golden Lion, for his violent mother-son drama "Pieta." Between that film and now, "One on One," Kim directed hot festival title "Moebius," another brilliantly disturbing film maudit about icky family relations. Ram Releasing will distribute "Moebius" in 2014. Watch the trailer for "One on One" below. No word yet on a »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Kim Ki-duk’s One on One is to open the Venice Film Festival’s independantly run Venice Days section.
The 11th edition of Venice Days, which runs from Aug 27 to Sept 6, will open with the international premiere of One on One, which was released in South Korea on May 22 under its original title Il-dae-il.
It marks the 20th film of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk and follows Moebius, which premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festval.
One on One centres on the kidnap, rape and murder of a female student. Seven members of the Shadows Sect stalk the seven people suspected of committing the crime, hunting down the killer.
Starring South Korean star Ma Dong-seok (The Good, the Bad, the Weird) as the leader of the Shadows, as well as Kim Yeong-min, the film will open the independent sidebar on Aug 27.
“We are very honored that Kim Ki-duk and his producers have chosen our showcase,” said »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Exclusive: Finecut sells romantic drama to Hong Kong distributor.
Seoul-based sales company Finecut has sold nostalgic romantic drama Obsessed to start-up Hong Kong distributor Bravos Pictures.
Bravos has rights for Hong Kong and Macau to the film, directed by Kim Dae-woo (The Servant) and starring Song Seung-heon (A Better Tomorrow). Finecut expects to close several other territories following the film’s market screening in Cannes.
The film opens in Korea today on 500 screens through Next Entertainment World. Song plays an elite officer suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the Vietnam War, who falls into an obsessive love affair that forces him to give up everything he had achieved.
Finecut has also picked up Kim Ki-duk’s upcoming drama One On One, which is scheduled for Korean release on May 22. While the Korean release version is more targeted towards local audiences, the film is currently being re-edited into an international version by the auteur himself.
Marking Kim’s 20th »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
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