7 items from 2013
Bernardo Bertolucci will preside over the International Jury for the Competition of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013), which will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes.
“Very few directors can claim a lifetime experience so passionately committed to contemporary cinema like Bertolucci’s. His work has explored with insatiable curiosity the world around us and the ever evolving language of film, discovering and bringing to our attention what’s most vital and beautiful. Such commitment to “the present” is one of the finest services that cinema can render to itself and is one of the many reasons why Bertolucci is the ideal Jury President” stated the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera.
“I cheerfully accept to chair the jury of the 70th Venice International Film Festival,” stated Bernardo Bertolucci . “This is my second time. In 1983 the Venice Film Festival was celebrating its 40th edition. »
Bernardo Bertolucci's first offering in a decade is a lightweight, disappointing affair
Between 1962, when he made his feature debut with The Grim Reaper, a Rashomon-style thriller scripted by Pasolini, up to 1990, when he directed an underrated adaptation of Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Bertolucci was responsible for some of the finest films of our time. The greatest perhaps was The Conformist, which brought together Marx and Freud in provocative and persuasive ways. Since then, however, his films have been woolly and lightweight, and Me and You, his first picture since illness confined him to a wheelchair 10 years ago, is equally disappointing.
His last movie, The Dreamers of 2003, was a reworking of Cocteau's Les enfants terribles in 1960s Paris. Me and You continues this hermetic, semi-incestuous theme with the 14-year-old Lorenzo living a clandestine life with his drug-addicted, 25-year-old half-sister, Olivia, in the basement of the Rome flat of his divorced mother. »
- Philip French
Based on a youth novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, Me and You has warmth and a tell-tale Bertolucci touch, but it's not among his greatest films
There's intimacy and immediacy in this movie from the 73-year-old Bernardo Bertolucci: it's an engaging, if slight, two-hander about a troubled teenage boy, Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori) who tells his mother he's going on a school skiing trip but instead hides out in the unused, crummy basement flat under the family home – and finds he has to share it with his older half-sister, Olivia (Tea Falco), who is also using it as somewhere to come off heroin. A difficult relationship blooms.
Me and You was based on a young-adult novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, published in 2010, but it could have been made at any time in the last 40 years, especially when Lorenzo and Olivia start singing along to David Bowie's rewritten Italian version of Space Oddity. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Me and You (Italian: Io e te), 2012.
Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
An an introverted teenager tells his parents he going on a ski trip, but instead spends his time alone in a basement.
Sentimental and occasionally even soppy, unambitious in terms of both scale and theme, always softcore rather than explicit, Me and You is the surprising new picture from Bernardo Bertolucci. After a break of nine years, the director of The Last Emperor and Novecento has confined himself within his smallest space yet: an apartment building’s basement. Arguably, it focuses his directorial efforts, even if the story the film’s built around is so very basic.
What will be immediately noticeable in Me and You is Bertolucci’s diminishing interest in carnal desires. There’s a hint of confusing sexual tension between Lorenzo and Olivia, »
- Flickering Myth
The Italian director opens up about Berlusconi, what really happened on the set of Last Tango in Paris and how he feared he would never work in cinema again
Bernardo Bertolucci's electric wheelchair barely scrapes through the door frame of the Rotterdam office where he is giving interviews. The 72-year-old director of Last Tango In Paris, The Last Emperor, The Conformist and new feature Me and You seems disconcerted when photographers ask him to steer across the room, but he covers the floor with grace and good humour.
He still cuts a dapper figure in felt hat, scarf and neat suit. It's only noon but he asks his Dutch distributor to fetch him some gin. The Rotterdam film festival staff aren't accustomed to hosting such celebrated film-makers, and dote on him. He's enjoying it.
His new feature, Me and You is lithely shot, with a youthful energy. Adapted from a novel by Niccolò Ammaniti, »
- Geoffrey Macnab
Just last week, we reported the news that Bruce Willis would be returning to Sin City in Robert Rodriguez's long-awaited sequel, A Dame To Kill For. Now Rodriguez and co-director and creator Frank Miller have found said Dame, with the announcement the Vesper Lynd herself, Eva Green, has been cast as the sequels titular character Ava Lord.
Said Rodriguez and Miller on the announcement: "We've been wanting to tell this story for a very long time. Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City. From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us."
Described as "every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she's also every man's darkest nightmares." Green is certainly fits the bill, »
We approve of this casting. Boy howdy, do we.
It's been swell and all hearing that Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and even Bruce Willis will be back for the "Sin City" sequel, and it's been nice to hear about new cast members like Josh Brolin, Jamie Chung and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But none of that makes for the casting news we've really been waiting for.
Now we have it. Eva Green, the impossible gorgeous Bond Girl of "Casino Royale" and the oft-naked cinephile of "The Dreamers," has been cast in the title role of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," according to Variety.
Green will be playing Ava Lord, a woman shaped by "every man's most glorious dreams come true and every man's darkest nightmares," according to Miller himself. She makes men do stupid, stupid things (especially Josh Brolin's Dwight, a man who really should've used his brain instead »
- Bryan Enk
7 items from 2013
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