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As nominated by our writers, here are the books published in 2015 we can’t recommend highly enough…
Closing the final page on the very best books leaves you with a single urge: to share it. We’re talking about the kind of books that make you want to follow strangers down the road, tugging at their elbow and saying “seriously, you’ve got to read this”.
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The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
Rome – New York’s Museum of Modern Art will celebrate Italy’s Rai Cinema with a screening series set to kick off on December 4 with the U.S. bow of Matteo Garrone’s English-language fantasy/horror film “Tale of Tales” segued by nine other high-profile Italo titles co-produced by the powerhouse film production and distribution unit of Italian pubcaster Rai.
Garrone will be making the trek to New York for the U.S. launch of his freaky “Tales,” (pictured) which is based on folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile.
Pic, which made a splash in Cannes, stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C Reilly. Its U.S. distributor, IFC, has yet to announce the stateside release date. Garrone will introduce the ambitious new work, which is emblematic of Rai Cinema’s support of visionary Italo auteurs, along with MoMA »
- Nick Vivarelli
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.
The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.
AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
- Sasha Stone
One thing I love, that is apparent from this wave announcement, is that Fantastic Fest not only celebrates new genre cinema but relishes in repertory genre cinema! We have some awesome martial arts films and a 35mm screening of Evilspeak to coincide with Kier-La Jannise & Paul Corupe’s Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980’s. We are also getting the new horror anthology from V/H/S alumni (Producer Roxanne Benjamin, director David Bruckner and directing team Radio Silence) with Southbound! Read on fiends, read on.
Fantastic Fest announces its final wave of highly anticipated features and epic events for the annual celebration of all things genre. With signature smackdown Fantastic Debates and Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, this year’s Fantastic Fest promises more thrills than ever before as it rages through Austin from September 24 – October 1st. Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman »
- Andy Triefenbach
As if the previously announced first and second waves of programming for the 2015 Fantastic Fest film Festival (running from September 24th-October 1st) in Austin, TX weren’t enough to make your heads explode (Kurt Russell, Refn, The Invitation..I could go on and on), the fest’s final wave of film and event programming has officially hit, and it sees everything from even more impressive films to the return of the fan-favorite Fantastic Debates, which pits two opposing people in a film debate and culminates with both individuals pounding each other’s face with the fists afterwards. Read on for the complete press release, along with a rundown on each newly announced film additions!
“Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will be in attendance to share their wildly inventive world of stop motion animation Anomalisa, Cannes Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul is screening in glorious 35mm, »
- Jerry Smith
Austin, TX – Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – Fantastic Fest announces its final wave of highly anticipated features and epic events for the annual celebration of all things genre. With signature smackdown Fantastic Debates and Comedy Central’s The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, this year’s Fantastic Fest promises more thrills than ever before as it rages through Austin from September 24 – October 1st. Joining Fantastic Fest for the first time, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson will be in attendance to share their wildly inventive world of stop motion animation Anomalisa, Cannes Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul is screening in glorious 35mm, the stunning adult fairytale from Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone Tale Of Tales will unfurl, Jerusalem Film Festival’s top prize winner Tikkun, and we welcome the World Premiere of the action-thriller Camino with Zoe Bell and Fantastic Fest veteran / mayor Nacho Vigalondo as a religious psychopath — a prospect that should fill »
- Jeff Bayer
The final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 has finally been announced and it features a crop of festival darlings along with Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s highly anticipated stop-motion animation film Anomalisa. The Cannes Grand Prix winner Son of Saul joins the list as well as the new film from director Matteo Garrone, Tale of Tales. PopOptiq will be present once again this year so be sure to check out our coverage in the upcoming weeks. Check out the full list below.
United States, 2015
Regional Premiere, 90 min
Charlie Kaufman’s newest story, a revolutionary and emotional stop-motion animation, follows an unhappy customer service guru looking for an escape from the monotony of his life.
Us Premiere, 104 min
Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien
After failing to dispatch a corrupt government official, an assassin is disciplined by her master with a mission to »
Andrea Scrosati is chief of content for Sky Italy, part of Fox-controlled pan-European pay-tv operation Sky which has more than 25 million subscribers. They are the driving force behind Paolo Sorrentino’s now-in-production TV series “The Young Pope,” which takes Italian TV production to the next level. Jointly co-produced by Sky, HBO and France’s Canal Plus, and executive produced by Italy’s Wildside, with Gaul’s Haut et Court TV and Spain’s Mediapro, “Pope” stars Jude Law in the title role as a young conservative American pontiff and Diane Keaton as a nun. Sorrentino has said it’s about ”the clear signs of God’s existence. The clear signs of God’s absence. How faith can be searched for and lost. The greatness of holiness, so great as to be unbearable when you are fighting temptations and when all you can do is to yield to them.”
Variety: There »
- Nick Vivarelli
Since taking the reins at Locarno in 2013 artistic director Carlo Chatrian has been gradually raising the bar while aiming to “strike a balance in the competition between directors who need this platform for recognition and those who have already attained it,” says 43-year-old soft-spoken Italian film critic, now at his third edition.
This year he’s assembled a meticulously modulated mix across all sections. It ranges from the world premiere of Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” toplining Meryl Streep as an ageing rock star, and new works by acclaimed auteurs including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsagari, and Hong Sang-soo, to potential discoveries such as Iranian film “Paradise,” a first work by Sina Ataeian, that provides a rare non-naturalistic glimpse on contemporary Iran and is produced by Jafar Panahi’s brother, Yousef Panahi.
For the competition Chatrian has secured 14 world preems, including new pics by name auteurs such as »
- Nick Vivarelli
“The Missing” took two Golden Nymph awards including best miniseries at the 55th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which wrapped on June 18.
The Golden-Globe nominated U.K. mini-skein, produced by New Pictures and Company Pictures, also earned its female lead Frances O’Connor a best actress nod. Directed by Tom Shankland, “The Missing” centers around a couple whose 5-year-old son disappears during a trip to France.
The miniseries jury, presided over by Ron Perlman, handed the best actor kudos to Anthony Hayes for the Australian show “Secrets & Lies,” which is produced by Hoodlum. Hayes plays a man who finds the body of a young boy while jogging and becomes the prime suspect for the murder.
“Lilyhammer” dominated the comedy section, nabbing a pair of Golden Nymphs awards for best European series and best actor for Steven Van Zandt, who stars as a retired New York mobster who hides in a rural Norwegian town. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Curzon Artificial Eye has rounded out its Cannes acquisitions with Competition entries Tale of Tales, Our Little Sister and Chronic as well as pre-buys of scripts from Palme d’Or-winning directors Cristian Mungiu and the Dardenne brothers.
Rights for all five films are for distribution in UK and Eire.
Matteo Garrone’s (Gomorrah) English-language debut Tale of Tales charts three of Giambattista Basile’s evocative Renaissance fairy tales with a cast including Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C. Reilly. The deal was negotiated with HanWay.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
A live action movie adaptation of Boom! Studios' supernatural comic book series, Lumberjanes, is in the works. We also have details on Tale of Tales being acquired for U.S. distribution and a look at Fright Rags' T-shirt depiction of the Doof Warrior.
Lumberjanes Movie: According to TheWrap, Will Widger (who wrote the Black List screenplay, The Munchkin) is lined up to pen a live action feature film adaptation of the Lumberjanes comic book series for 20th Century Fox.
Producing the project are Boom! Studios' Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, with Adam Yoelin co-producing. The folks at 20th Century Fox have reportedly put the Lumberjanes film near the top of their priority list, so we could see this project move rather quickly along the path to the big screen.
A Boom! Studios comic book series that debuted last year, Lumberjanes has propelled past its original eight-part planned run, with its »
- Derek Anderson
Salma Hayek rarely picks up her cell phone when the number is unlisted. But one day she did so while driving around Los Angeles, and the man on the other end was Italian director Matteo Garrone. Having been introduced to modern Italian cinema by her friend Valeria Golina, Hayek was flabbergasted. Garrone’s films Gomorrah and Reality were two of her favorite recent pictures. Not only that, but Garrone was offering her the role in a period film bringing to life the tales of 17th century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile. She would play the role of a Spanish queen, the film would […] »
- Ariston Anderson
The last of the three competing Italian films for the Palme d’Or, unlike 2008 where Garrone’s Gomorrah edged out Sorrentino’s Il Divo, here, solely going by grade average, it is Youth that is edging Tale of Tales. His seventh feature film, a Toni Servillo-less second English language film and fifth to appear In Comp at Cannes, Youth stars Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda in what appears to be a nice companion piece to his Oscar-winning The Great Beauty. Our Nicholas Bell describes the filmmaker’s touch as “less bombastic and potentially meditative with characters contemplating a last hurrah as they remember highs and lows.” Previously the filmmaker first shored up in Cannes with 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2006’s Friend of the Family and who can forget career belly-flop in 2011’s This Must Be the Place.
- Eric Lavallee
Italian director Matteo Garrone is no stranger to Cannes. He picked up the Grand Prix twice for his previous films Gomorrah (2008), exploring the Camorra mafia, and Reality (2012), about society’s obsession with reality TV. With his third film in competition, Garrone has once again completely switched gears, debuting his first period piece and his first film shot in English, Tale of Tales. Based on the fairytales of Giambattista Basile, the film has been the buzz of Cannes with its rich storytelling, outstanding performances, and lush cinematography. Going back to the raw and oftentimes brutal storytelling of early fairytales (Basile’s […] »
- Ariston Anderson
★★★★☆ Once upon a time, fairytales were folk tales. Then they became children's stories, were made into Disney cartoons and now star Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron. Into the woods (and in competition at the Cannes Film Festival) strides Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales (2015), an anthology of 17th century folk tales by Giambattista Basile told with a verve and commitment to the strange. Best known for his neo-neo-realism with such films as the Naples based gangland drama Gomorrah (which showed in the Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2008) and Reality, which showed in competition in 2012, Tale of Tales is Garrone's first feature in English, but in a way the film is in an older language.
- CineVue UK
Matteo Garrone is one of the most talented directors working today who American audience have never seen or heard of. His 2008 feature, “Gomorra,” a look at Italy’s crime families, won the jury prize in Cannes that year. His next feature, “Reality,” about a man obsessed with becoming a reality television star, won the jury prize in Cannes in 2012. His new film, “Tale of Tales,” his first film shot in English, is screening in competition and is one of the most talked-about at the festival. It is a sharp departure from his previous, contemporary stories, a visually stunning set of. »
- Sharon Waxman
Italian director Matteo Garrone, best known for Gomorrah, describes his first English-language film as "a very ambitious project with a group of extraordinary actors." Indeed, the all-star international cast of Tale of Tales includes Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly and Toby Jones. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, his Medieval imagery is as complex as the characters, recounted in a habitual fairy tale narrative yet remaining loyal to his dense style. It is a beautifully grotesque film, a visually rich fable with three female-dominated tableaux, all intertwined in the common thread of love and death. [caption id="attachment_459563" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Cannes[/caption] In the first segment, a queen (Salma Hayek) desperately wants a child. A necromancer tells the couple that the queen must eat the heart of an aquatic creature cooked by a maiden; if she eats it all, it will impregnate her. Despite his warning that with every new life comes a death, »
- Talia Soghomonian
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