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Kirsten Dunst has defended Lars Von Trier. The 32-year-old actress - who worked alongside Lars, 58, in the 2011 drama 'Melancholia' - insists she would be more than happy to work with the filmmaker again after he confessed to being drunk or high throughout most of his career and worried he would never make another film while sober. Lars said, comparing himself to legendary rockers The Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix, last month: ''I don't know if I can make any more films, and that worries me. ''There is no creative expression of artistic value that has ever been produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug addicts. Who the hell would bother with a Rolling Stones without booze or with a Jimi Hendrix without heroin?'' However, Kirsten has since said: ''For the right role, I would definitely work with him.'' Actress Chloe Sevigny - who worked with Lars on the »
Prior to Chris Rock’s new film Top Five, my favorite of his scattered (sometimes sadly corny and embarrassing) big screen efforts has been the writer-director’s illuminating documentary Good Hair where he played himself: genial, witty, and inquisitive. Most of his movies underestimate Rock’s range of influences: his stage persona the dominant perception in everyone’s mind. But unless you’re Rodney Dangerfield, seldom does a stage act translate well in features. The wacky inspirations of Louis Ck and Rock’s Pootie Tang were tamed by studio fools; CB4 is just a series of bits. When he does settle his rhythms for a good indie role (2 Days in New York, Nurse Betty), Rock is affable but lacks the confidence shown in concert or a club. Finally perfecting the formula, Top Five is Rock’s triple-hat artist’s statement on fame, culture, relationships, New York City, stand-up, hip hop, »
- Gregory Fichter
Fargo has filled two big roles for season 2. Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man franchise, Melancholia) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights) have landed series regular roles in FX's Emmy-winning crime thriller. In addition, FX announced the second season won't premiere until next fall and will once again consist of 10 episodes. Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, "a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations. She shares her home with her husband Ed (Plemons), a butcher's assistant, who wants to »
- James Hibberd
"What if?" is the burning question our favorite sci-fi movies ask: What if Earth was invaded by aliens or giant spiders? What makes us human once we start bending the laws of genetics and robotics? And if we worked out really really hard, would we ever have Linda Hamilton's arms in "Terminator 2"?
Here are some of the best of the sci-fi genre now streaming on Netflix, including Chris Evans in "Snowpiercer," Bruce Willis in "The Fifth Element" and plenty of Godzilla and the crew of the USS Enterprise.
1. "Antiviral" (2012) Nr
David Cronenberg's son, Brandon, makes his film debut with this gore-filled horror flick about a company who deals in viruses collected from celebrities since people want to be infected with the same diseases as the ultra-famous.
2. "Barbarella" (1968) PG
The cult film, starring Jane Fonda as the sexy space babe of the title, may be overlong, but it's an eye-popping must-see '60s flashback. »
- Sharon Knolle
In a new interview, director Lars Von Trier (Melancholia, Dogville, Antichrist, Nymphomaniac) revealed that he's been sober for over ninety days and attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every day. But now that he's no longer taking drugs or getting drunk, he feels it may be time to quit directing films. "I can't recommend anyone to do the same (quit abusing drugs and alcohol)," he explained. "It is very dangerous and stupid in every way. No creative expression of artistic value has ever been carried out by former alcoholics and drug addicts." Von Trier is currently planning a few new projects. Only time will tell whether he'll attempt to direct them sober or whether he'll really quit the business. »
It has been three years since Lars von Trier was declared persona non grata at Cannes, following his comments during the press conference for "Melancholia," leading to his subsequent decision to no longer speak to the press. Well, he's now broken his media silence, with startling news about his newest personal battle and how it might affect his future as a filmmaker. “I don’t know if I can make more films, and that worries me,” he plainly states. Opening up to Politiken, von Trier reveals he's now ninety days sober, attending daily AA meetings at the behest of his family, who have encouraged him to cut down on his drinking. However, von Trier candidly reveals that he fears that by being clean, the creative spark that helped drive his previous movies (all made under the influence, minus "Nymphomaniac") will be lost, and he'll be left with making "shitty movies. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Danish director Lars von Trier admits to struggles with drink and drugs, and questions his filmmaking future...
It came as part of an interview he gave to the Danish newspaper Politiken, where he opened up about the addictions that he's been battling. von Trier revealed that he'd been receiving support for alcohol and drug addiction, admitting that he had been drinking a bottle of vodka a day to allow him to enter a "parallel world" that was necessary for him to be creative.
Furthermore, he's voiced fears that, if he conquers his addictions, he'll only be able to make "shitty films".
In particular, von Trier said that "I don't know if I can make any more films and that worries me. »
Danish director Lars von Trier is now soberTrier makes very identifiable films. His latest film (two parts) ‘Nymphomaniac’ has everything you would expect from a Von Trier flick: A confused, depressed group of characters with a desire for sexual exploration. The film has a punk-grit radical spirit similar to his ‘The Idiots’, and the more contained dramatic ‘Melancholia,’ ‘Anti-Christ’ and ‘Dogville.’Trier fears he won’t be able to make more films because he has quit drinking alcohol and no longer uses drugs.“No creative expression of artistic value has ever been carried out by former alcoholics and drug addicts,” von Trier told […] »
- April Neale
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has given his first interview since 2011, after he has been sober for three months and attending daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
“I don’t know if I can make more films, and that worries me,” he told journalist Nils Thorsen of Denmark’s Politiken newspaper; “I have reached an age (58) at which one would like to hand something on.”
The director explained that almost all his films had been written under the influence of alcohol or drugs - he put himself in a special state by drinking a bottle of vodka a day and taking ‘a drug,’ to enter ‘a parallel world’ where ideas develop. “There is no creative expression of artistic value that has even produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug addicts,” he declared. Now on the wagon, he was afraid that he has run dry as an artist and can only make ‘shitty films.’
The script for Dogville (2003), which won two European »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Speaking with Danish newspaper Politiken (via The Guardian), 58-year-old von Trier says he had to drink a bottle of vodka daily to enter an altered state in which he claims he needed to be in order to be creative.
In fact, he says many of his films were written whilst under the influence. Now that he's clean, he's worried he will only produce crap: "I don't know if I can make any more films, and that worries me. There is no creative expression of artistic value that has ever been produced by ex-drunkards and ex-drug addicts. Who the hell would bother with a Rolling Stones without booze or with a Jimi Hendrix without heroin?" »
- Garth Franklin
Lars von Trier has revealed that he is undergoing treatment for drugs and alcohol addiction. The famously prickly Danish director behind such films as Dogville, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac revealed that he is now clean and attending AA meetings in an interview he gave Danish newspaper Politiken, cited by the Guardian on Friday. In a frank admission, von Trier, 58, said he had to drink a bottle of vodka daily to help him enter a "parallel world" he felt he needed to be in to be creative, and that almost all of his films were written under the influence. The director worried that now,
- Abid Rahman
Director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet of The Sleepwalker, starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis and Corbet, connect Michael Haneke's Caché and Funny Games, in which Corbet starred with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, to Ingmar Bergman's Hour Of The Wolf and Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris. We discussed Borderline Films' productions of Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer by Antonio Campos and how it began for Corbet. Lars von Trier's love of Douglas Sirk and Melancholia led the discussion to the films of Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Scarlett Johansson's performance in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin in contrast to an Aki Kaurismäki film conjures up choices for all filmmakers to consider. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Joffe is joined on the jury by cinematographer Christian Berger (“The Piano Teacher,” “The White Ribbon”), director and screenwriter Ryszard Bugajski (“Interrogation,” “The Closed Circuit”), photographer Ryszard Horowitz, and production designer David Gropman (“The Cider House Rules,” “Chocolat,” “Life of Pi”).
Others on the jury are cinematographer-producer Arthur Reinhart (“Crows,” “Tristan + Isolde”), cinematographer Oliver Stapleton (“The Cider House Rules,” “Pay It Forward”), cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro (“Melancholia,” “Nymphomaniac”) and sound engineer David MacMillan (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Speed,” “Apollo 13”).
Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Passion of the Christ”) will be jury president for the Polish Films Competition. He’ll be joined by cinematographer Affonso Beato, producer Scott Franklin, curator-film programmer-producer Ellen Harrington, cinematographer Phil Meheux, cinematographer Matthew Libatique, »
- Leo Barraclough
Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.
The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:
Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki
Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »
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Polish film festival sets competition juries; Roland Joffe to preside over main competition.
Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, has set an impressive roster of jurors for its various competition categories.
Caleb Deschanel has been appointed president of the Polish Films Competition.
The full list of jurors is below.
Ryszard Horowitz (photographer)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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.
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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
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