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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
Based on the 2006 debut novel by musician Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life also marks the directorial debut of brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky. It is apropos that a story about two brothers be told by two brothers, and the Polskys have some semblance of a track record, both having produced Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant remake. In this instance, they find themselves behind the camera in the bleak, uncompromising Sierra Nevadan frontier, as one traumatic accident sends two brothers into a tailspin.
- Kyle North
Love him or hate him, you can’t help but admire Nicolas Cage. With his mannered speaking and exaggerated gesticulations, he is the king of offbeat. When paired with directors willing to embrace his quirks, he excels. He was hilarious for the Coen brothers in Raising Arizona, lovable as the Elvis-loving romantic in the David Lynch classic Wild at Heart and mind-blowing as the drug-addicted cop in Werner Herzog’s The Bad Lieutenant. In his new film, Joe, directed by David Gordon Green, the 50-year-old actor beguiles as a contractor employed to poison trees. »
As Nicolas Cage returns to Oscar-worthy form in David Gordon Green's extraordinary Southern Gothic drama Joe, we celebrate some of the strangest roles he's essayed along the way, from insect-munching Manhattanite to bee-wrangling bear impersonator. It's not always pretty, but it's never boring...
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
After he was a leading man, but before he was a very good one, Cage played that 1980s stalwart – the Yuppy Dick – in this off-kilter black comedy. Enunciating in an inexplicably anglicised drawl, like Loyd Grossman shouting through a tube, his character Peter Loew confides to his therapist: "I brought this girl up to my place, really hot, you knooooooow... Suddenly, this bat comes sweeping down out of noooowhere. I'll be daaaaamned if I didn't get really turned on!"
From here things only get stranger, with Loew exhibiting all the usual signs of vampirism: cringing at the sign of crosses/mirrors, shouting the alphabet »
This is my tenth year attending the Fantasia Film Festival, though it is my first with a press pass. Gone are the days where I pay for tickets and try to snatch interview subjects for a blog no one really reads. This year’s line-up will certainly be keeping me busy. Here are five to which I’m particularly looking forward.
Welcome to New York
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Ferrara’s work almost always comes with the pre-requisite of controversy, and here we find him back in his own personal playground: New York City. Granted, it’s been some time since the likes of Bad Lieutenant, and the city itself has changed a great deal from Koch to Giuliani environs. It has also been home to the unspeakable financial crimes of the past decade, which makes New York all the more interesting »
- Kenny Hedges
Sneak Peek the official UK trailer revealing Nsfw footage from the drama "Welcome To New York", co-written/directed by Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant"), starring Oscar-nominated Gérard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Drena De Niro, Natasha Romanova and Paul Calderon:
"...'Mr. Devereaux' is a powerful man. A man who handles billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger. A man who dreams of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man. Watch him fall..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Welcome To New York"...
- Michael Stevens
Patel will portray math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Jeremy Irons will play G.H. Hardy, who recognized Ramanujan’s brilliance despite the latter’s lack of formal training and education and plucked him from obscurity in Edwardian India. Bhise will portray Ramanujan’s wife.
Shooting will start Aug. 3 at Trinity College, Cambridge — it will be the first film to be shot at Trinity — followed by two weeks in various locations in South India.
The film is an Edward R. Pressman and Animus Films production in association with Xeitgeist and Marcys Holdings. Pressman and Animus’ Jim Young will produce along with Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, »
- Dave McNary
Could it be career rehab time for Gerard Depardieu? Abel Ferrara, who made audiences see Harvey Keitel in a harsh new light when he made the original Bad Lieutenant, has cast Depardieu as a vague analogue of embattled Imf chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Ferrara scripted with Christ Zois, and Jacqueline Bisset co-stars. While it’s difficult to pull too […]
The post ‘Welcome to New York’ International Trailer: Gerard Depardiu Parties His Way Into Trouble appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Altitude Film Distribution have revealed the not safe for work, UK trailer for Abel Ferrara's latest film (Welcome to New York) starring Gerard Depardiue and Jacqueline Bisset as it gets set to hit UK and Irish theaters on August 8. IFC has domestic rights, but has yet to announce a 2014 release date. The story centers on Mr Devereaux (Depardieu); a powerful man who controls billions of dollars every day. A man who controls the economic fate of nations. A man who dreams of saving the world and who cannot save himself. A terrified man. A lost man. This is the story of his fall. Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) directed and co-wrote the film which premiered out of competition during this year's Cannes Film Festival. Check out the trailer below as well as several images from the movie. sb id="958887" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
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