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There seems to be some kind of movement out there where low-key indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill's Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward's Coherence, and what is perhaps the sub genre's peak, Lars von Trier's Melancholia. Spaceships, laser guns and time portals are replaced with hand-wringing, self-doubt and self-destruction; and plenty of metaphor. William Blake and his wife Jules are a seemingly normal, over-worked, slightly distracted parents. As The Reconstruction of William Zero opening moments unfold, he is distractedly scrambling to get to work, she is busy in the kitchen preparing a breakfast that nobody seems to want, and their son Kevin is itching to get out and enjoy the sunshine on his bicycle. This...
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At first glace, it would seem that a peplum film/disaster movie hybrid would be a perfect fit for the particular skill set of Paul W.S. Anderson. The British action film veteran has a knack for constructing both massive, CGI-assisted set pieces and fluid combat sequences, so a movie with gladiators and a massive volcano should be a done deal, right? Turns out that isn’t necessarily the case, since his latest effort Pomepii fails to live up to those expectations, in part because it insists that it would rather be a romantic drama about star-cross’d lovers.
The film begins with the rhythms of a revenge tale, as a faction of the Roman army led by Corvus (Keifer Sutherland, in a marvelously hammy performance) ruthlessly slays a tribe of Celts. A young child named Milo manages to escape, but is subsequently captured by slave traders. The child grows up to be a fierce fighter, »
- Derek Godin
15. Stranger by the Lake
Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
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. »
At the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York, John Hurt and I met up to discuss his pivotal role in Bong Joon-ho's not so merry-go-round science fiction thriller Snowpiercer. Hurt stars with Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer and Ah-sung Ko as the last inhabitants on an iced-over Earth. We also spoke about his work with John Huston, Fred Zinnemann and Richard Fleischer, Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, the triad with Lars von Trier - Dogville - Manderlay - Melancholia, and David Lynch's The Elephant Man. The genius of Brecht combined with Michael Colgan's Gate Theatre may turn into a new adventure for the consummate actor.
When I arrived, John Hurt was having lunch while watching »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
You’ve attended less interesting (but also less irritating) dinner parties than the one at the center of “Coherence,” a scrappy, low-budget hybrid of paranoid domestic thriller and sci-fi head trip that has a few crafty surprises up its sleeve. Said surprises, while cleverly doled out over the film’s brisk 88-minute running time, don’t entirely offset the general displeasure of spending time with this particular circle of friends, lovers and old flames, whose nerves become increasingly frayed due to the malevolent influence of a comet streaking ominously across the night sky. A shakily shot, heavily improvised portrait of group meltdown spiked with intriguing Wtf moments, James Ward Byrkit’s feature writing-directing debut will eke out modest returns in limited release through Oscilloscope, but has unmistakable calling-card potential.
- Justin Chang
On August 26, Video Services Corp. (Vsc) will release on DVD the complete fourth season of Broadway Video and IFC's hit original comedy series Portlandia. Created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater-Kinney vocalist/guitarist), the Emmy-nominated and Peabody award-winning series returns with a new season of character-driven sketches taking place in the affable and absurd land of Portlandia. This 2-disc DVD set contains all 10 episodes and will be available for an Srp of $19.98.
Among the Armisen and Brownstein characters returning for the latest installment of this surreal yet affectionate portrait of Portland, Oregon are Dave and Kath, two of the town's most uptight residents who decide to give relaxing a try; Spyke and his girlfriend, Iris, who struggle through a hard time at a bad Thai restaurant; and Nina and Lance, who recover from the trauma of a deceased pet. »
Lars von Trier, the Danish director of Melancholia, Antichrist and this year’s Nymphomaniac, made a stop-motion, animated short film called Turen til Squashland… En Super Pølse Film, in 1967 when he was just 11 years old.
The short was shared online Wednesday and features a sausage rescuing three dancing bunnies while riding a giant whale. The film is attributed to “Lars Trier”, and if you can put aside the “persona non grata” jokes and the short’s headless rabbits, it’s actually fairly adorable. The hand colored design looks age appropriate but the cloud announcing the title and whale’s spout that saves the rabbit are quite charming. Watch the video below:
The post Video of the Day: Lars von Trier made an animated short film at 11 years old appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Brian Welk
The Two Faces Of January is a suspense thriller starring Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Lord Of The Rings, The Road, A History Of Violence), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress winner Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia, Marie-Antoinette) and Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis).
Official Site: http://www.magpictures.com/twofacesofjanuary/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetwofacesofjanuary
- Michelle McCue
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 8, 2014
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Charlotte Gainsbourg lets her sexuality do the talking in Lar von Trier's Nymphomaniac.
Danish bad boy Lars von Trier’s (Breaking the Waves) latest work is the 2013 two-part erotic drama film Nymphomaniac, Volume I and II, starring the international ensemble of Charlotte Gainsbourg (The City of Your Final Destination), Stellan Skarsgard (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Shia Labeouf (Lawless), Connie Nielsen (3 Days to Kill), Christian Slater (Bullet to the Head), Jamie Bell (Jane Eyre), Uma Thurman (Ceremony) and Willem Dafoe (Antichrist).
In the movie, nice-guy older bachelor Selgiman (Skarsgard) finds self-diagnosed nymphomaniac Joe (Gainsbourg) beaten up in an alleyway. He brings her home to his flat where he tends to her wounds while asking her about her life. He listens intently as Joe, over the next eight chapters, recounts the lustful story of her highly erotic life from infancy to the age of 50. Seligman, »
Kirsten Dunst isn't afraid to show a lot of skin!The "Melancholia" star graces the cover of the June issue of Madame Figaro, where she poses completely topless in a pair of jeans.The actress, who has been a household name since "Interview With a Vampire," admits that she envies the effortless glamour of some of Hollywood's leading ladies, including Gena Rowlands, Anjelica Huston, Julianne Moore and Charlotte Rampling. "[They are] women who have confidence in themselves, who do not seek to prove anything. It is a quality that is lost among young actresses," she tells the mag. Although she has appeared in big-budget productions like "Spider-Man," Dunst feels more appreciated by her fans in France, than in the United States. "I feel more appreciated, more special, in France," she explains. "In the United States, if you are not in the latest superhero movie, people will forget. In France, it is different »
- tooFab Staff
Bonjour, Kirsten! Kirsten Dunst graces the June 2014 cover of French magazine Madame Figaro wearing a pair of jeans and…not much else. The 32-year-old actress poses topless with her back to the camera in minimal makeup, wearing her hair down in loose, piecey waves. The Melancholia actress revealed to the magazine that she feels very welcome in France and has a soft spot for the country. "I feel more appreciated, more special in France," she said. "In the United States, if you are not in the latest superhero movie, people will forget. In France, it is different; people still speak to me a lot about my former roles in more underground stuff." Kirsten, we »
Magnolia Home Entertainment has announced that Nymphomaniac Volume I and Nymphomaniac Volume II will both be available on Blu-ray ($29.98 Srp) and DVD ($26.98 Srp) on July 8. Filmmaker Lars von Trier returns with this erotic journey that centers on Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who tells her sexually-charged life story to a stranger (Stellan Skarsgård) who finds her half-naked and left for dead. Take a look at the cover art and special features details for the Blu-ray and DVD sets that include both feature-length movies and new special features.
Nymphomaniac: Volume I and II mark Lars von Trier's follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, Melancholia. The story about Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, and as widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film.
Volume I And II Bonus Features
Axs TV: A Look at Nymphomaniac
Nymphomaniac: Volume I And Volume II mark Lars von Trier’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed film, Melancholia. The story about Joe, a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac, and as widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree unprecedented in a mainstream feature film. Nymphomaniac: Volume I is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who is discovered badly beaten in an alley by an older bachelor, Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), who takes her into his home. As he tends to her wounds, she recounts the erotic story of her adolescence and young-adulthood (portrayed in flashback by Stacy Martin). Volume II picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood. As widely reported, the films contain graphic depictions of sexuality to a degree »
- Pietro Filipponi
With Danish director Kristian Levering stating last week that fellow Dane Lars von Trier is writing a Detroit-set horror film for Levering to direct, more and more hints are being dropped about the filmmaker's other upcoming projects. After a brief, non-speaking appearance at the Berlin Film Festival's "Nymphomaniac" press conference, its director von Trier has vowed not to discuss his plans with the media, and has actually stuck with his word. Veteran producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen recently told Screen Daily that von Trier is planning on moving into yet another genre: action. With brief flashes of action in his horror and disaster in previous efforts such as "The Kingdom," "Antichrist" and "Melancholia," it seems somehow fitting that the famed auteur would move full throttle into the action genre. Lars von Trier's films have always flirted on the fringes or morphed genre, most clearly in "Melancholia," which actually divides itself »
- Brandon Latham
Swedish production group Tre Vanner is moving along with an English-language of the hit Swedish crime trilogy "Easy Money" (aka. "Snabba Cash") after the rights reverted back to them from Warner Brothers. Screenwriters Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken will pen the script for the remake.
Director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") and star Joel Kinnaman ("Robocop") launched their careers of the success of the first film which a man who becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to both a fugitive and a mafia enforcer. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie The Long Ships – and that long-term collaborator Lars von Trier is planning an action movie.
Speaking at the Film i Vast reception in Cannes, Jensen said The Long Ships (Rode Orm) – directed by Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) and scripted by Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt) – will star Stellan Skarsgaard and assorted members of the actor’s family.
“[Stellan] can bring one or two sons, depending on what we need in the story,” said Jensen.
The film will shoot in 2016 in Danish, Swedish and other Scandinavian languages. Zentropa is co-producing with Nordisk.
The Long Ships will be made as “one or two” feature films and as a four-part TV series.
Jensen, who will produce, said: “I haven’t seen a good Viking film in my life. The atmosphere of our story is very much Pirates of the Caribbean goes Viking.”
- email@example.com (Geoffrey Macnab)
Cannes – Stellan Skarsgard will star in big-budget international Viking movie based on 1945 book The Long Ships (Rode Orm), producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen (Nyphomaniac, Melancholia, Dogville) unveiled here Saturday. Zentropa, the film company he co-founded with Danish director Lars von Trier, had first announced the plans for the adaptation of the 1940s two-volume novel by Frans Bengtsson last year. At the time, it was described as the most ambitious Scandinavian viking project to-date. Photos: The Complete Cannes 2014 Official Selection Speaking at a Saturday press conference organized by Swedish fund Film I Vast, he also said
- Georg Szalai
The film will be directed by Swedish director Bjorn Runge and shot in Sweden next winter and spring. Producers are Rosalie Swedlin for Anonymous Content together with Meta Louise Foldager for Meta Film Stockholm and Swedish producers Maria Dahlin and Gila Ulfung.
Producers are starting the process of casting the male lead.
Wolitzer’s novel, published in 2003, centers on a 64-year-old woman deciding to leave her novelist husband during a trip to receive the fictional Helsinki Prize. Jane Anderson’s adaptation shifts the setting to Stockholm during the couple’s journey to the Nobel Award ceremony in Stockholm.
The film will shoot primarily in Stockholm in both English and Swedish languages.
“The first time I read ‘The Wife,’ I was instantly inspired by the story of love, »
- Dave McNary
Cannes– Aiming to ramp up its international TV activity and tap into Scandinavia’s booming talent pool, Studiocanal and pay TV giant Canal Plus are teaming with writers Soren Sveistrup (“The Killing”), Adam Price (“Borgen”), and producer Meta Louise Foldager (“A Royal Affair”) to launch Sam Production.
Named after the three key creative forces: Soren, Adam and Meta, Sam aims at partnering up with the strongest Scandinavian creative talents in the TV drama and film industries in order to deliver TV skeins for the international market.
Foldager will serve as partner, CEO and executive producer for the company. Soren Sveistrup and Adam Price, also partners and exec producers, will create and write their own TV series for the shingle.
A European major, Studiocanal handles co-production, acquisition, international sales and distribution in France, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Lars von Trier will dive back into the horror genre for a film titled Detroit.
The Nymphomaniac director has written a script for the project, which is set in the Michigan state's city and will be directed by fellow Dane Kristian Levring.
Von Trier, who has never set foot in America due to his phobia of travel, previously directed psychological horror Antichrist and supernatural TV series The Kingdom.
He was thrown out of the festival and made "persona non grata" in 2011 after making a misjudged Nazi joke during the press conference for Melancholia.
Watch the trailer for Lars von Trier »
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