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After having worked in a supporting player capacity in Melancholia, Brady Corbet has turned to Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac for some creative persuasion in terms of casting some supporting players of his own. While there was a mention of this as of last week via the blogsphere, Screen Daily are the first to confirm the news that Stacy Martin will indeed star in The Childhood of a Leader — she will a French teacher to the film’s child protagonist which has yet to be revealed. The trade also reports that production has been pushed into the new year (January), but the biggest piece of news is that the legendary Scott Walker is composing an original soundtrack for the film.
- Eric Lavallee
The $5m feature is a collaboration between Swedish producer Helena Danielsson, Chris Coen from Unanimous Entertainment (UK) and Antoine de Clermont Tonnerre from Mact Productions (France). Co-producer is Ildiko Kemeny of Pioneer Pictures Hungary.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
Viewster Online Film Festival will offer total prize money of $100,000.
German actor Udo Kier is to head the jury of the third Viewster Online Film Fest (#Voff) (Sept 11-25), which will showcase genre shorts, features, web series and teasers
European video-on-demand service Viewster is offering total prize money of $100,000 to the winning producers, announced at the closing night gala of the Raindance Film Festival on Oct 5.
A total of 500 films have been accepted from 60 countries worldwide, including the Us, UK, France, Brazil, Australia, India and Canada.
Viewster’s online audience will vote on the films, generating a shortlist that will be considered by a jury headed by Kier. The German actor is known for roles in films such as Blade, Iron Sky, Melancholia and more recently Nymphomaniac.
Kier said: “I’m sure »
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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
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. »
- Gem Seddon
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
The director of Nymphomaniac has announced a new TV series, The House that Jack Built, produced by the Danish broadcaster behind The Killing and The Bridge. But what will it be like?
Good news for fans of the phrase enfant terrible on Monday, Lars von Trier, the puckish provocateur of European arthouse cinema, broke his self-imposed media silence by Skype-ing the Venice film festival. Nominally it was to promote an extended cut of his sex diptych Nymphomaniac, but Louise Vesth, Von Triers producer since Melancholia, dropped a juicier exclusive by confirming the writer/directors next project: an English-language TV series for Danish broadcaster Dr (The Bridge/The Killing), with the working title The House that Jack Built. Had Vesth simply pulled the trigger, or jumped the gun? Von Trier hasnt even finished writing the script and the earliest filming date would be 2016, but heres what we might expect.
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- Graeme Virtue
Controversial Danish film director Lars von Trier (Melancholia, Nymphomaniac) is turning his attention to the small screen, with a “high-end TV drama series” titled The House That Jack Built. This is von Trier's first TV project in two decades, since creating the cult Danish horror miniseries The Kingdom back in 1994. Producer Louise Vesth made the announcement while premiering the five-and-a-half-hour director’s cut of Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 at the Venice Film Festival (von Trier, who stopped speaking in public after making incendiary remarks about Hitler at Cannes in 2011, appeared via live-stream). According to Vesth, the show will begin shooting in 2016 and feature a huge cast. “Lars has a great idea, which I can’t tell you about,” she told reporters. “From what I’ve heard, it’s something you have never seen before and will definitely never see again.” Yep, sounds like Lars! »
- Anna Silman
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
The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.
The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.
Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.
The Two Faces of January Clip 1
The Two Faces of January Clip 2
- Marc Eastman
With domestic violence as the subject matter, it perhaps goes without saying that The Police Officer’s wife is a film to be endured rather than enjoyed. At nearly 3 hours long, with very little dialogue, its offers no obvious rewards for sitting out its run time. It’s broken in to 52 chapters of varying lengths, each chapter marked with a title card and a painfully long fade in / out to boot. It isn’t clear why this technique is used, but it certainly does nothing to help the already lengthy piece. The general narrative involves a couple, David and Christine, through their everyday routine, as they drift through what becomes an increasingly destructive relationship. It’s not obvious how much time passes or how fast, and each chapter, whilst apparently chronological, isn’t necessarily related to the other.
But what is remarkable about the film is its treatment of a »
- Nia Childs
With Mud, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter under his belt, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of the most promising and exciting filmmakers in Hollywood. His next effort, Midnight Special, isn’t set to arrive until November 25th, 2015, but already anticipation is high. Details on the sci-fi thriller have been scarce, but today we have the first plot synopsis, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.
Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, »
- Matt Joseph
Eva Green never let her role as a Bond Girl typecast her, and, today, the actress is working more than ever.
After getting her start in an erotic Bertolucci film and breaking out in 2005's "Casino Royale," Green has played one captivating role after another. She was a standout in Tim Burton's poorly received "Dark Shadows" (2012) opposite Johnny Depp and is currently earning rave reviews for her mysterious and supernaturally-charged Vanessa in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful." This summer, she can be found as the sexy and manipulative Ava in Frank Miller's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For."
2. Her last name is pronounced "grain" and is derived from the Swedish word "gren, »
- Jonny Black
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
Today's news briefing highlights an ongoing discussion of Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) and an essay on "the digitally composited or embellished sequences" in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life (2011), Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light (2010) in Sequence. We also point to a special issue of Studies in Eastern European Cinema on Dušan Makavejev, a primer on Guy Debord, a review of a book on Tom Cruise and a survey of Jim Jarmusch's career. » - David Hudson »
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
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