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You don't have to wait until next summer's face-off in South Africa for a little friendly global competition. Created and organized by our online community, The Auteurs World Cup pits national and regional cinemas against each other and lets you, the voter, pick the winners.
A bit of background: The games kicked off in September with 32 teams, then separated into 8 groups of 4, from which the top 2 in each group have qualified for the last 16. The last 16 match line-ups are here. Each team has had a manager making the selections. In each match 3 films are paired against an opponent. Results are decided by the voting preferences of Auteurs users: to vote you must have seen both films in each pairing. At each stage, new films will be selected and some time allowed for viewing before the matches resume.
For more info, see this Forum topic; the quarter finals begin tomorrow, November 17. Right here. »
Zhang Yimou promises some comedy in his remake of Blood Simple, which will hit theaters in China on December 11.
In an interview with the Chinese web portal Sina.com, subsequently translated by the Associated Press, the director of Hero and House of Flying Daggers described his film as starting off as a comedy, then gradually morphing into a thriller.
"The audience is watching the movie happily, laughing out loud, then it slowly changes, but the transition has to be funny," Zhang said. "That's very hard to do. I think I did a decent job. This is the first time I tried to bridge the two styles."
The film, called San Qiang Pai An Jing Qi in Chinese, centers around a noodle shop owner who plans to kill his cheating wife and her lover. As was the case in Blood Simple, the plot spirals out of control; however, the original revolved around a Texas bar owner. »
2 items from 2009
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