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Indie Sales takes Mikkelsen's What We Become to Afm

2 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.

Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired international rights to Danish director Bo Mikkelsen’s upcoming horror thriller What We Become ahead of the Afm.

The feature, shot in Mikkelsen’s hometown of Sorgenfri in the suburbs of Copenhagen, revolves around a family’s fight to survive after a virulent strain of flu breaks out prompting panic amid the population.

The Johanssons are forced into quarantine in their home but when they come under attack from a riotous, bloodthirsty mob they are forced to take extreme measures to escape alive.

The film, which has just wrapped, marks Mikkelsen’s feature debut after a number of shorts including the well-travelled Tabu, which was produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and Lene Børglum at Space Rocket Nation.

The cast features Mille Dinesen and Mikael Birkkjær, who both appeared in hit Danish TV series Borgen, as well as »

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Sale! Cronenberg, Del Toro, Polanski and More, Criterion Horror Titles On Sale This Week

27 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

All this week Amazon has a sale on several of the Criterion Collection horror titles including David Cronenberg's Scanners and Videodrome, Guillermo del Toro's The Devil's Backbone and Cronos, Roman Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Godzilla. I have included direct links to each sale title below as well as to my reviews where applicable. If I could make some recommendations, I would perhaps begin with Godzilla and Repulsion if you don't own either of those titles, Cronenberg fans really ought to own both Scanners and Videodrome and the DVD edition of Carl Th. Dreyer's Vampyr is rather kick ass. Give 'em all a look below and see what suits your tastes. Scanners Blu-ray - my review Scanners DVD The Devil's Backbone Blu-ray The Devil's Backbone DVD The Uninvited Blu-ray - my review Videodrome Blu-ray - my review Eyes Without a Face »

- Brad Brevet

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Ten Best: Woodland Horrors

24 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.

Years later, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…

To celebrate Grave Halloween (pictured above) being released on DVD on 27th October, we’ve decided to explore other iconic woodland horror films.

1. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project follows three »

- Phil Wheat

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The 11 Scariest TV Shows Ever (and Where to Stream Them)

23 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

When you think of horror, you think of horror movies, but some of the deepest and most lasting shivers have come from television. Here is a list of ten small-screen classics guaranteed to keep you up at night.1. Ghostwatch (BBC, 1992) Originally broadcast in the U.K. as part of the BBC series Screen One, and based on the legend of the Enfield Poltergeist, this is a faux-live TV broadcast that takes viewers inside a house in Northolt, Greater London, that's believed to be haunted by a spirit known as Pipes (because the parents told their kids that those eerie noises were caused by the plumbing). The audacious final stretch attains an almost Lovecraftian awesomeness. 2. The Kingdom (Dr, 1994) [Available via Netflix] Set in a haunted hospital on the border between Sweden and Denmark, this miniseries from Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac, Antichrist) is one part M*A*S*H-style black comedy, one part »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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In fashion with Pasolini by Anne-Katrin Titze

6 October 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

No Exit for Pasolini star Willem Dafoe with director Abel Ferrara: "You know concentric circles." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Abel Ferrara's Pasolini stars a divine Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini, with Maria de Medeiros, Riccardo Scamarcio, Adriana Asti, Valerio Mastandrea and Giada Colagrande. Developed by Maurizio Braucci from an idea by Nicola Tranquillino and Ferrara, Pasolini begins and ends on one fatal day.

Willem Dafoe as Pier Paolo Pasolini: "It's one thing to show, it's another thing to do."

Dafoe recently starred in Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man. I asked him if Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Martin Scorsese's Last Temptation Of Christ prepared him for Pasolini's final day. Ferrara told me what that means to him. Fashion, architecture, research, restaurants, apartments and the power of three, pushed our conversation into Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe's working relationship upon entering Pasolini's world. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Watch: Slavoj Žižek Visits Criterion, Picks 'Antichrist,' 'The Ice Storm' And More

26 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bringing his own unique brand of philosophy to the cinema, Slavoj Žižek has been the force behind "The Pervert's Guide to Cinema" and "The Pervert's Guide to Ideology," which deconstruct the movies you love in ways you never expected. And even in a brief visit to the offices of The Criterion Collection, he provides quick dissections on a handful of efforts. Calling himself a "corrupted theorist," Žižek rifles through a bunch of movies including Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (which he has a personal connection to), Ernst Lubitsch's "Trouble In Paradise" (apparently a great critique of capitalism), Lars von Trier's "Antichrist" (because he has a duty to the filmmaker) and more. It's damn entertaining, and Žižek closes things out by explaining why he likes Criterion and the special features (because sometimes they are better than the actual movie). Check it all out below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Nyff 2014: Artistic Differences – ‘Pasolini’

22 September 2014 9:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Pasolini

Written and by Maurizio Braucci

Directed by Abel Ferrara

France/Belgium/Italy, 2014

The art and the artist are undoubtedly strange bedfellows, and while there is a vast ocean to explore in terms of this relationship, the tempestuousness rarely ever seems to get its time on screen. This is no different for Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini – a biopic about the last days of Pier Paolo Pasolini – where several times the idea is talked about, even spoken about with the same kind of verve that one would use to discuss the lurid sexual details that are illustrated on-screen, but that push and pull is not actually articulated on-screen. Pasolini was certainly a complex man, a Jack-of-all-trades in the art world, and Ferrara does an excellent job talking about this – his role in politics, his poetry, his novels, and, of course, his films – but the director spends little time showing us that influence. »

- Kyle Turner

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Samba Review [Tiff 2014]

7 September 2014 8:29 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As the plight of illegal immigrants remains a hot-button issue in American and international politics, many current films have looked at this struggle in unique, singular ways. Titles like Sin Nombre, A Better Life and Dirty Pretty Things have dramatized a collection of sad, squalid tales that need to be told in today’s inflamed political arena. However, few of them boast much in the way of laugh-out-loud comedy.

Samba, the new film from The Intouchables directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, uses the appeal of its lead star, Omar Sy, to generate crowd-pleasing moments in what is likely the cheeriest movie ever made about the immigrant’s plight. Despite its light touch, the levity works.

Sy plays Samba Cissé, a man from Senegal who has worked a lot of low-paying jobs after arriving in France a decade earlier. He sends much of his measly paycheck to his family back home. »

- Jordan Adler

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The Definitive ‘What the F**k?’ Movies: 30-21

2 September 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. Conspirators of Pleasure (1996)

Directed by: Jan Švankmajer

We’ve already seen two films from Jan Švankmajeron the list, but this elaborate movie about a number of separate, but connected people takes the cake. Conspirators of Pleasure follows six people, each with their own incredibly unsettling fetish. A letter carrier ingests dough balls every night before bed. A clerk is obsessed with a new anchor and creates a machine that pleasure him while he watches her. That anchorwoman has an odd obsession with live carp. One customer of the clerk’s practice paper mâché voodoo with a chicken costume and a doll resembling his neighbor. The neighbor has a doll of him that she brutalizes. Finally, the anchormwoman’s husband rubs homemade contraptions to rub all over his body. Conspirators could simply be a character study that, while still strange, would not be nearly as creepy. Švankmajer’s known for his animation and puppetry, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Lars Von Trier Develops First TV Show In 20 Years, Titled The House That Jack Built

2 September 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Lars Von Trier, a man who’s made a lot of suggestive comments at film festivals over the years, used this year’s Venice Film Festival to make an announcement. He’s returning to TV for the first time in twenty years for his next project, The House That Jack Built. Announced by his long-time producer Louise Vesth, she revealed the title while doing press for the director’s cut of Nymphomaniac. She didn’t let much slip, except that Von Trier is busy scribbling away this fall and hopes to shoot sometime in 2016:

“He has a really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard, I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see again.”

Danish public TV production arm, Dr, will join Vesth to help with production duties. »

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Lars Von Trier to write and direct TV series

2 September 2014 6:11 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Lars Von Trier is taking his distinct brand of controversial filmmaking to television.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Danish director will be writing and directing a series titled The House That Jack Built. Other than the title, details surrounding the project are sparse, but frequent collaborator and producer Louise Vesth described the project as a “high-end TV drama series” at the Venice Film Festival. Vesth is set to produce along with Peter Aalbaek Jensen for Von Trier’s production company, Zentropa.

Lauded and derided for the sexual and violent content in his films, Von Trier’s most recent works include Melancholia, »

- Teresa Jue

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Lars Von Trier Heads For TV With ‘The House That Jack Built’

1 September 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Esoteric writer/director Lars Von Trier is to stop frustrating/delighting cinema audiences and concentrate his talents on the small screen with the announcement of The House That Jack Built . No other details are forthcoming, aside from the fact that the project will be in English, but knowing Von Trier there may be a bit more detail than a man putting a roof over his head. After all this is the filmmaker who killed a goat on the set of Dogville and created the world’s most disturbing masturbation scene for Antichrist. Oh and if that wasn’t enough craziness for you the project was made known at the press conference for Nymphomaniac Volume II – Directors Cut at the Venice Film Festival, where in addition to chilling in a gondola you can take in Charlotte Gainsbourg’s deranged sexual gymnastics.

Danish Von Trier created hospital-based TV shocker The Kingdom twenty years ago, »

- Steve Palace

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Lars Von Trier to Open The House That Jack Built on TV

1 September 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The director whom we lovingly refer to as Captain Sunshine here at Dread Central, Lars Von Trier, is bringing his special brand of horror and misery to the small screen with a new series entitled "The House That Jack Built." Interested? Read on!

Screen Daily reports that the series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist and Melancholia since his acclaimed Danish TV production, "The Kingdom," 20 years ago.

The news was revealed by Zentropa-producer Louise Vesth during the press conference for Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director’s Cut at the Venice Film Festival. Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent” adding that "The House That Jack Built" would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.”

Von Trier will start »

- Steve Barton

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Lars Von Trier To Direct A New TV Series

1 September 2014 12:39 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier is readying the English-language TV series "The House That Jack Built". Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016.

The series will be the first the "Antichrist" and "Nymphomaniac" auteur has directed since the original acclaimed Danish series "The Kingdom" two decades ago.

Producer Louise Vesth revealed the project at the Venice Film Festival where Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen added that it will be "a TV series without precedent... a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath."

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Lars von Trier to make TV series

1 September 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called The House That Jack Built.

The series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist and Dancer In The Dark since his acclaimed Danish TV production, The Kingdom, 20 years ago.

The news was revealed by Zentropa-producer Louise Vesth during the press conference for Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director’s Cut at the Venice Film Festival.

Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent”.

He added that The House That Jack Built would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.”

Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016.

The series will be produced by Louise Vesth for the Zentropa Group with executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen.

The project »

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

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Lars von Trier to make English-language TV series

1 September 2014 4:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called The House That Jack Built.

The series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist and Dancer In The Dark since his acclaimed Danish TV production, The Kingdom, 20 years ago.

The news was revealed by Zentropa-producer Louise Vesth during the press conference for Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director’s Cut at the Venice Film Festival.

Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent”.

He added that The House That Jack Built would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.”

Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016.

The series will be produced by Louise Vesth for the Zentropa Group with executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen.

The project »

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

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In memory of a film pirate

30 August 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

R.I.P Rajan

In 2009 when Mumbai Film Festival wanted to screen Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, the world sales agent advised the festival to get an Noc from Palador Pictures, an Indian “world cinema” company. Palador had pre-booked its Indian rights that it never exercised for obvious reasons.

In 2008, the festival director had to spend hours convincing the Indian distributor of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 days (the 2007 Palme d’Or winning Romanian film) to allow the film to screen at the Mumbai Film Festival. The distributor, a company called Baba Digital, thought that the film would lose its commercial viability if it was screened at the festival.

Such was the excitement among Indian companies around world cinema from 2007-2009. There were all kinds of “world cinema” distribution companies emerging out of nowhere. There was Palador Pictures claiming to have a library of one thousand films, the best of world cinema. Utv World Movies, »

- Bikas Mishra

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Busan’s Asian Project Market Unveils Co-Production Friendly Lineup

19 August 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seoul – Top-flight international directors including Brillante Mendoza (“Kinatay”), Bangladesh’s Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (“Television”), Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (“Invisible Waves”) and Cannes laureate Vimukthi Jayasundara (“The Forsaken Land”) of Sri Lanka will seek funding for their new films at the Asian Project Market.

They were among the 30 selected by the project market wing of South Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival.

Market organizers said the world is increasingly looking to Asia for co-productions. “Over 70% of the final section are co-productions. Boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred,” said Susan Chae, an selection committee member.

High-profile producers accompanying projects by less well-known directors also make up a significant portion of the market line-up. They include India’s Guneet Monga (“The Lunch Box”), Marianne Slot (“Antichrist,” “Melancholia”), Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad and Paris-based Behrooz Hashemian (“Waiting for the Clouds”).

Korean projects include new efforts from Shin Suwon (“Circle Line,” “Pluto”), Yeon Sang-Ho (“The King »

- Nemo Kim

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Willem Dafoe Says " 'Antichrist' Is A More Dangerous, Risky Movie Than 'Nymphomaniac' "

1 August 2014 11:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Having worked with Lars von Trier on four movies to date (including the two-volume "Nymphomaniac"), Willem Dafoe is more than familiar with director's boundary-pushing narratives. After all, his character did get his balls crushed and was jerked off while unconscious until he ejaculated blood in "Antichrist." And probably for that reason alone, Dafoe believes that film mashes more controversy buttons than von Trier's newest provocation. Speaking recently with Total Film, the actor said risky movies can still be made in today's cinematic environment that tends to favor sure things, and blockbusters. "I think there's room. Though I would say 'Antichrist' is a more dangerous, risky movie than 'Nymphomaniac,' " Dafoe said. "I like Lars [von Trier] a great deal. He has a good instinct to ask the unaskable." We'll leave it for you to decide which of these von Trier films deserves the title of most dangerous. The one where Charlotte. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Halfway Mark: The Best Movies of 2014 (so far) Part 2

1 July 2014 2:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

15. Stranger by the Lake

Directed by Alain Guiraudie

Written by Alain Guiraudie

France

Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip. »

- Ricky

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