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Few filmmakers of late have seemed less willing to go gentle into that good night than Paul Schrader: No stranger to clashing with others over creative differences, the writer-director made headlines months ago by parting ways with the producers of “Dying of the Light,” his moody espionage thriller about a terminally ill CIA operative in pursuit of an old enemy, as well as a noble end to his three-decade career. The film maudit that has emerged bearing Schrader’s name — although edited without his input or approval, and disavowed by him and many of the key talents involved — is a weirdly misshapen, fitfully intriguing depiction of one man’s wayward quest for justice, plainly compromised in ways that only a director’s cut could properly illuminate. With even Nicolas Cage’s trademark bizarro tics straitjacketed by the editorial patch-up job, this fanfare-free Lionsgate release looks to fade much more »
- Justin Chang
There are few things that can get us film fans more pumped up than particular actor-director pairings. A few recent ones that got tongues wagging were Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog for Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Daniel Day-Lewis and Pt Anderson for There Will Be Blood. When stuff like that happens the universe is in alignment. It just makes damn good sense. While neither Jamie Foxx of Harmony Korine's powers pulse as strongly as such grand kings and tiptop heirs as the above lot, their teaming up on Korine's upcoming crime drama The Trap, has me giggling at the manic possibilities.Throw in Benicio del Toro and we may just have gone overboard on the wacko-meter, but after the thumping gonzo glitz apocalypse...
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Also, as previously reported, Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar will be presented with the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award.
That ceremony will take place on October 27. Born in Oxford and educated in Jordan and the U.K., Nowar’s first feature “Theeb” is an intimate epic with Western overtones set in a Bedouin community with real Bebouins as actors. “Theeb” recently scooped the director nod in the Venice Film Festival’s Horizons section. Pic, which will launch into the Middle East from Abu Dhabi, has been supported by Abu Dhabi’s Sanad fund in development and post.
- Nick Vivarelli
Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) (Oct 23-Nov 1) is to honour French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb and Us producer Edward Pressman with Career Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to world cinema.
Both awards will be presented at the festival’s opening event on Oct 23 at Emirates Palace.
The film played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Adff will also host a public conversation with Bouchareb on Oct 24, where he will discuss his life and career as a director and producer.
Us producer »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: there is no news this week more monumental than that of the return of Twin Peaks. In 2016, we'll have nine new episodes, all directed by David Lynch. The 72nd issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and amidst a plethora of content, features an amazing dossier on "one of the true legends of Australian screen culture," John Flaus. Also included is a piece by Tony McKibbin on a new Alain Robbe-Grillet box set—and in Mubi Us, we're currently hosting a retrospective on the Robbe-Grillet featuring Trans-Europ-Express, L'immortelle, Eden and After, and Successive Slidings of Pleasure. Writing for Reverse Shot, Adam Nayman offers his two cents on Mia Hansen-Love's Eden:
★★★★☆It's always heartening to witness a triumphant return to filmmaking form, and David Gordon Green's Joe (2013) represents something of a double whammy. The American director's strong grasp of character and setting was evident in his other feature from last year, Prince Avalanche (2013), but Joe sees Green masterfully back on top form. The second delight here is the casting of Nicolas Cage in the titular role. Green manages to draw out his best performance in years. He's much more grounded and less theatrical than his show-stopping turn in Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009), and it chimes perfectly with the oppressive and foreboding tone of this alluring slice of Southern Gothic.
- CineVue UK
The famed Italian filmmaker, author and political activist Pier Paolo Pasolini receives the biopic treatment from Abel Ferrara in "Pasolini," but the film, a la “Last Days” or “Fruitvale Station,” focuses solely on the final days of its subject. Ferrara, whose career has veered from porn to low budget shock horror, from TV hack work to classics of the American Independent film movement like “King of New York” and “Bad Lieutenant,” has always loved characters as iconoclastic as himself, and in “Pasolini” he has surely found his match. However, telling the story of the end of a fascinating life has brought out a different Ferrara. While certain flourishes remain from his previous work, this film is more subdued than much of his other films, with the director mostly staying out of longtime collaborator Willem Dafoe's way. With his usual dark palette of chocolate browns and muted grays, the film »
- Brandon Harris
Back in May, in a dispatch from Cannes, the New York Times' Manohla Dargis called Red Army "one of the festival’s most pleasurable surprises." It's a "documentary about the rise and fall of Soviet hockey" that features Vyacheslav Fetisov, "the former ice hockey god… who helped lead the Soviet team to two Olympic gold medals and one silver as well as seven world championships in the 1970s and ’80s." Director Gabe Polsky and his brother, Alan Polsky, are co-producers of His Way, a documentary about Jerry Weintraub, and of Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Red Army, Gabe's directorial debut, is now at the New York Film Festival, and we've got reviews and the trailer. » - David Hudson »
Red Army may be a film about the rise of the Soviet Union’s hockey team in the 1980s, but do not tell its director, Gabe Polsky, that it is a hockey movie. He wants his critically acclaimed Tiff selection – you can check out our review here – to be a timeless film that isn’t quartered into a designated genre. Thankfully, the doc is insightful and supremely entertaining, even if you rarely tune into Espn.
Due in theatres on January 22, Red Army was a passion project for the director, who played hockey for Yale before launching his career in film. One of his first projects was for the Nicholas Cage drama Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, where he became friends with the film’s director, Werner Herzog. Another doc that Polsky produced was My Way, about the life of legendary Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub. Polsky must have had »
- Jordan Adler
Packing a voice that’s sounds like a New York accent filtered through gravel and a filmmaking resume comprised exclusively of uncompromising darkness, Abel Ferrara is a pretty intimidating provocateur. He’s also a genuine artist who sprung from the exploitation movie marketplace with art film aspirations and now brings a little of the old grit with him to art house fare. HIs career began with self-explanatory shock titles like Driller Killer and Ms. 45, then matured through the likes of King of New York, Bad Lieutenant, and The Addiction. These days, his hair is white and his wrinkles have wrinkles, but the work remains just as incendiary and he’s more productive than ever. Ferrara’s last film Welcome to New York just premiered at Cannes and now his latest film Pasolini has come to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. As the title suggests, it’s about »
- Phil Brown
More than a year ago in Cannes, IFC Films picked up rights to Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York — a retelling of the downfall of former Imf head Dominique Strauss-Kahn starring Gerard Depardieu. But now the controversial director known for such sexually explicit films as Bad Lieutenant is speaking out against his distributor, accusing executives of trying to compromise his film. Ferrara is bristling at a letter he says he received from IFC svp Arianna Bocco telling the filmmaker to deliver an R-rated version of Welcome so that it could match the version to be released on
- Ariston Anderson, Tatiana Siegel
Venice — "Pasolini is me." So sang erstwhile Smiths frontman Morrissey on single "You Have Killed Me" from "Ringleader of the Tormentors," an album recorded in Italy. The very next track on the album opens with a sample of a very distinctive sound: the siren of an Italian ambulance. At the Venice festival, it's impossible to go for more than a day without hearing this dolorous yet urgent wail on the Lido; it's an unofficial soundtrack. These congruences were very much slushing around my head as I sat down for Abel Ferrara's "Pasolini." Prior to the festival, Maestro Ferrara, the man who brought "The Driller Killer," "King of New York," and the original "Bad Lieutenant" into the world gave various interviews about the project. Like Morrissey, he is an inveterate quote machine, an expert in controversy, and the words that drew the most attention were electrifying: "I know who killed him. »
- Catherine Bray
"Rome is finished, my friend." Pier Paolo Pasolini is one of the most iconic filmmakers Italy has ever produced, and he also had his hands in many other arenas as a poet, novelist, journalist, playwright, actor, painter, philosopher, and more. Now Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Out of the Furnace) will bring him to life in the aptly titled Pasolini, the latest film from Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Mulberry St.). The film chronicles the final days of Pasolini's life and the events surrounding his murder. Now the first trailer for the film has arrived (the film plays at Tiff), and this looks to be a promising turn from Dafoe. Watch! Here's the first trailer for ABel Ferrara's Pasolini from Cine Maldito (via The Playlist): Pasolini is directed by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Mulberry St.) from a script he co-wrote with Maurizio Braucci and Nicola Tranquillino. The film is playing »
- Ethan Anderton
Independent New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara became best-known for his low-budget, shockingly violent films that explore the roughest neighbourhoods of the Big Apple. From his 1979 Driller Killer, for which Ferrara starred, edited, and wrote the songs – to his more mainstream hits, The King of New York and Bad Lieutenant – to his most recent film, Welcome to New York, the director has successfully retained his stylistic edge while garnering critical acclaim. Now the controversial filmmaker is set to premiere his newest film at Tiff later this week, a bio-pic about another famed and controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. And right before its premiere, the first trailer has arrived.
For the unfamiliar: Italian director, screen writer, essayist, poet, critic and novelist, Pier Paolo Pasolini is best known for his controversial and provocative films, most notably Salo. He demonstrated a unique and extraordinary cultural versatility, and has since, come to be valued by »
- Kyle Reese
Set to have its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, the first trailer for Abel Ferrara's Pasolini, starring Willem Dafoe as the Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini, has premiered ahead of its upcoming Venice Film Festival premiere. The film takes a look at the final days of Pasolini's life and the confusion surrounding his death in 1975 as he struggles with the censors as he is about to finish Sal?, or the 120 Days of Sodom, pausing for an interview with a journalist that allows him to reflect on ideas of sex and politics, having lunch with his beloved mother with whom he shared a house, welcoming friends and former lovers and his obsessive predilection for cruising the nocturnal streets of Rome in search of furtive sex via. Depending on how things shape out when it comes to my Tiff schedule, I might be seeing this one on Sunday, »
- Brad Brevet
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Writer-director Gerard Johnson’s sophomore feature, starring Peter Ferdinando as a corrupt London cop, is set to screen at Tiff next month, and the first stunning clip from the film has been released. According to THR, the pic owes a heavy debt to Gaspar Noe in one violent encounter; meanwhile Michael Mann and Nicolas Winding Refn duly pop up elsewhere in the palette. Tiff programmer Colin Geddes says director Johnson gives us a worthy UK cousin to Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant and The Guardian calls it an ambitiously scaled police-corruption thriller. Watch the clip below. The film also stars Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), MyAnna Buring (Downton Abbey), Neil Maskell (Wild Bill), Elisa Lasowski (Somers Town) and Richard Dormer (Good Vibrations). Watch the clip below. Enjoy!
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
Gerard Depardieu gives a blistering performance as an unrepentant, misogynistic member of the One Percent in Abel Ferrara’s no holds barred portrayal of the corruption of power and the very wide social divide between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have Nots.’ Welcome to New York is an intense and at times difficult film to watch, but it is ultimately a fascinating portrait of a man with no regard for anything but his own gratification.
Depardieu plays Devereaux, the head of an unnamed international financial institution. During a stopover in New York, the corpulent and hedonistic man embarks on an all-nighter of booze and prostitutes. It is during this bender that he sexually assaults a maid who has come to clean his room, which leads to his arrest and possible conviction for rape, but this appears to have no impact on his conscience whatsoever.
Loosely based on the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case »
- Liam Dunn
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