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Certainly the most sexually explicit of the Golden Lion contenders that I saw at Venice 2010, Antony Cordier's relationship comedy-drama, Happy Few, attracted more critical brickbats than pats on the back. I perhaps dug it more than many, flaws and all, and so was therefore pleased as punch to be given opportunity to sit down with the director during the festival to discuss his movie.
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The movie explores the motivating forces behind an adult love affair in which two couples meet and fall in love, lose sight of each other in the confusion and end up pulling through.
Happy Few is a movie that poses the old chestnut about whether or not it’s possible to love two people at once.
It follows “…two couples who meet, hit it off and soon they swap partners in an ongoing spouse-sharing arrangement – without establishing any ground rules.
What starts off as a lot of fun, inevitably leads to jealousy, insecurity and heartbreak. They try to move forward together, without rules and without lies. But very quickly, their lives are full of confusion. And they will do whatever it takes to escape. »
The full line up for the 54th BFI London Film Festival was announced in the Odeon, Leicester Square this morning, with a number of highly anticipated films set to light up the capital this October.
The festival runs from the 13th to the 28th of October and will begin with Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s haunting masterpiece Never Let Me Go, and will close with Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours which stars James Franco.
Announcing the roster were Artistic Director Sandra Hebron and the Director of the British Film Institute, Amanda Nevill.
HeyUGuys will be all over the festival this year, it looks like it will be one to remember.
Click here to view the full calendar
The 54Th BFI London Film Festival Programme Launch
London, Wednesday 8 September: The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of »
- Jon Lyus
2 September 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Venice -- Politics reared its head on the opening days of the Venice Film Festival, with a buzz surrounding Thursday's in-competition screening of Julian Schabel's "Miral," which examines the Palestinian conflict through the eyes of a girl raised in an orphanage, and the news that Iranian director Jafar Panahi was denied the right to exit his country for the screening of his short film "The Accordion."
Earlier, on Wednesday, Italian politicals played a cameo role when the Secretary to the Italian government's Council of Ministers, Gianni Letta, was reportedly booed loudly by the crowd as he entered the opening ceremony of the 67th edition of the festival. Letta is a key figure in the ruling government coalition in Italy currently embroiled in controversy.
Letta later presented a special medal to Italian composer Armando Trovajoli, who turned 93 Thursday. That move was greeted with applause.
Panahi, who was jailed in Iran earlier »
- By Eric J. Lyman
The Queer Lion is an award which is bestowed upon a film in the Venice competition, out of competition or sidebar slots that deals with a homosexual theme or interest. A three-member jury chooses the winner and this year there are a total of seven films contending. The prize will be handed out on Sept. 10 followed by an open party.
According to the Hollywood Reporter:
In addition to “Black Swan,” Venice’s opening film this year, candidates for the prize are love triangle story “Drei” from Tom Tykwer; Francois Ozon’s camp drama “Potiche”; Antony Cordier’s “Happy Few”; “En el Futuro” from Mauro Andrizzi; Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini’s “Et in Terra Pax”; and Daniele Segre’s “Lisetta Carmi, un’animo in Cammino, »
23 August 2010 9:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
This is the fourth year that the Venice festival will host the Queer Lion competition, which selects a winner from among the films in the main Venice competition lineup, or in any of the main sidebars, or out of competition that deal with "homosexual themes or queer interests." A three-member jury will select the winner.
In addition to "Black Swan," Venice's opening film this year, candidates for the prize are love triangle story "Drei" from Tom Tykwer; Francois Ozon's camp drama "Potiche"; Antony Cordier's "Happy Few"; "En el Futuro" from Mauro Andrizzi; Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini's "Et in Terra Pax"; and Daniele Segre's "Lisetta Carmi, un'animo in Cammino," which explores the world of transvestites in Genoa.
The prize will be announced Sept. »
- By Eric J. Lyman
David has been doing an excellent job rounding up information on the films that will premiere at the 67th Venice Film Festival (see here,here, here, and here). Here is a more personal preview of some of the titles that will be showcased during the festival that’ll open September 1 with Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
The fine line between the Competition and Out of Competition selections seems especially blurred this year, with a host of U.S. and Italian titles making a strong showing in both sections, and with more than a few titles considered possibilities for either before the line-up was announced.
In one instance, however, the line between Competition and Out of Competition became painfully clear. A lot was made in the Italian press of the surprise inclusion, in competition, of Ascanio Celestini's La pecora nera (“Black Sheep”), a fiction-documentary »
Are you guys ready for the oldest film festival in the world? Yeah, sure you are! Who’s crazy enough to miss all that glamour, great movies, and well-known faces? Guess nobody!
This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1- 11th and some great titles will compete for Leone d’Oro, or if you prefer Golden Lion, indeed!
Just in case you don’t trust us, check out a list of all the films playing in competition:
The Solitude of Prime Numbers, »
The full lineup for this year's Venice film festival has been announced – but there's a no show for the new Terrence Malick
The full programme for this year's Venice film festival has been announced and, as predicted, many film-makers whose films weren't quite ready for Cannes will debut on the Lido. Somewhere, a Hollywood-set drama from Sofia Coppola, is amongst the premieres, likewise Vincent Gallo's Brown Bunny sequel, Promises Written in Water, apparently a black-and-white tale of a girl with a terminal illness.
Julian Schnabel's Miral, which follows Hind Husseini's efforts to set up an orphanage in Jerusalem after the 1948 partition of Palestine, also finds a home. However, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, which many had predicted would screen at the festival, is not on the list; nor that for the Toronto film festival, which directly follows Venice.
- Catherine Shoard
And the film I'm most looking forward to seeing (like I'm going to be there) is Vincent Gallo's Promises Written in Water. Someone send me a screener, asap! What else?
Full list after the break.
"The Solitude of Prime Numbers," Saverio Costanzo, Italy, Germany, France
"Silent Souls," Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia
"Promises Written in Water," Vincent Gallo, U.S.
"Venus Noir," Abdellatif Kechiche, France
"Post Mortem," Pablo Larrain, Chile, Mexico, Germany
"We Believed," Mario Martone, Italy, France
Yesterday the official line-up for Toronto Film Festival was unveiled and, today Venice Film Festival have revealed the twenty-two films that will be vying for the Golden Lion award at this year’s 67th ceremony. The festival, which will run from September 1 – 11, will open with Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller, Black Swan, and close with Julie Taymor adaptation of Shakespeare’s acclaimed play, The Tempest.
Competing for the Golden Lion this year are:
Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola Meek’s Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt Three, directed by Tom Tykwer 13 Assassins, directed by Takashi Miike Happy Few, directed by Antony Cordier Barney’s Version, directed by Richard J. Lewis Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky Promises Written in Water, directed by Vincent Gallo Black Venus, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche Noi Credevamo, directed by Mario Martone La Pecora Nera, directed by Ascanio Celestini Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame, »
- Jamie Neish
The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of... festival season. Two days ago Toronto announced a big chunk of its line-up, and now the Venice Film Festival has unveiled its own. Joining Darren Aronofsky ballerina drama "Black Swan," announced earlier as the opening night film, are Sofia Coppola's Hollywood saga "Somewhere" (trailer); Takashi Miike's samurai tale "13 Assassins" (trailer); "Meek's Cutoff," Kelly Reichardt's new film, once again starring Michelle Williams; Vincent Gallo's long-awaited follow-up to "The Brown Bunny" "Promises Made In Water," reportedly a 16-millimeter black-and-white tale of a girl with a terminal illness; "Road to Nowhere," a thriller from Monte Hellman (!); and "Three," the latest from "Run, Lola, Run"'s Tom Tykwer, about how the two halves of a middle-aged couple fall in love with the same man.
- Alison Willmore
This morning the Venice Film Festival announced the line-up for their 2010 Festival which will run from September 1-11, and a lot of hot titles and directors are set to be on hand including the already announced festival opener Black Swan from Darren Aronofsky and closer, The Tempest from Julie Taymor. In competition, Aronofsky's feature is joined by titles from Sofia Coppola, Vincent Gallo, Julian Schnabel, Francois Ozon, Abdellatif Kechiche, Takashi Miike and Tom Tykwer. Also, making a midnight Lido appearance will be Robert Rodriguez with his grindhouse thriller Machete. One other notable title is the inclusion of the Casey Affleck-directed Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary I'm Still Here, which will be screening out of competition.
Unfortunately I won't be able to cover this one, but one of these years I would like to find a way to pull a triple play and cover Cannes, Venice and Toronto in the same year »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this week, the fifty films showing at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced. Today, we have a list of the films showing in-competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Highlights of the Festival include Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and Tom Tykwer’s Drei. What’s also cool about this list is that we see the runtimes of each of the films. However, it’s not unusual for a film to undergo changes between a festival and its general release.
Hit the jump for a list of all the films playing in-competition and click here for the films playing out-of-competition. This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1 – 11th.
- Matt Goldberg
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The fall film calendar is filling up. First, it was Toronto that hinted at 50 titles which will play its festival in September. This morning, the Venice Film Festival unleashed a full list of films that will compete at the 67th annual event.
A few titles already were on our radar. It had been reported that the Venice fest would open with Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” close with Julie Taymor’s “The Tempest,” and world premiere Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” during a midnight screening.
In between, attendees can anticipate new films by Sofia Coppola (“Somewhere”), Vincent Gallo (“Promises Written in Water”), Antony Cordier (“Happy Few”), Julian Schnabel (“Miral”), Tom Tykwer (“Drei”), and, of all people, Monte Hellman (“Road to Nowhere”).
- Sean O'Connell
The line-up for the 67th Venice Film Festival has finally been announced and we've handily posted the runners and riders below...
The Italian cinematic shindig, which runs from September 1-11 and features the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Arriaga, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino and Gabriele Salvatores on the competition jury, has pulled out all the stops this year with some very exciting flicks.
The films to be shown at the 67th Venice Film Festival are...
29 July 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Rome -- Sofia Coppola's comedic drama "Somewhere" and "Road to Nowhere," a romantic thriller from veteran director Monte Hellman, were among the highlights of the main competition lineup for the 67th Venice Film Festival, which was released Thursday.
Artistic director Marco Mueller said that -- notwithstanding the presence of the 78-year-old Hellman -- the competition lineup was the youngest ever in the storied history of the festival, with the average age among the directors of the 22 in-competition films just 47.
"I think this is evidence of a new and dynamic kind of cinema that is being produced," Mueller told a standing-room-only crowd of reporters and industry players at Rome's Excelsior Hotel Thursday.
All told, the festival will include 79 world premieres, including the entire in-competition lineup for »
- By Eric J. Lyman
Knowing Quentin Tarantino's appreciation for films that are "out there": if I had to do some really early predictions here, I'd say that the Gold and Silver Lion front-runners are in Alex De La Iglesia's bizarro fantasy film A Sad Trumpet Ballad, Pablo Larrain's Post Mortem or Athina Rachel Tsangari's Attenberg (a filmmaker we recently profiled in our American New Wave 25 series - she spent more than a decade in Austin's film scene). I'd also add put Abdellatif Kechiche's Black Venus high up on any awards list, especially the Lido - it's a film I've been pegging for Venice since the film went into production. Added to Aronofsky's Black Swan, the U.S is repped by Monte Hellman and his comeback film, Road to Nowhere, Julian Schnabel's Miral, indie female helmers Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff) and Sofia Coppola (Meek’s Cutoff), and the Coppola- »
Now that all bets are off on Terrence Malick showing up on the Lido, and Wong Kar-wai's The Grand Master appears to be on the same no-show list (the fest have announced that Andrew Lau's The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen has their second opening night flick celebrating the anniversary of Bruce Lee’s 70th birthday). Among the other films with odds against, I'm not seeing the Coens (True Grit), Eastwood (Hereafter), Boyle (127 Hours) and Oscar contender The Fighter was according to it's star, no going to tour the fest circuit. Just announced today, Head Jury member Quentin Tarantino's buddy Robert Rodriguez's Machete will be the third opening film - it'll screen at midnight, and I think it'll be in good company genre-wise with some of the genre titles below. Here are some titles (ranging from almost guaranteed to only minimal chance »
I don't think the title of head programmer for any festival is an easy job, but I'd argue that Marco Müller has it "easy" this year. With so many of the world's best auteurs having not been ready to deliver at the Cannes deadline, the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival (which will run 1st to 11th September 2010) is going to be loaded in premium titles. With many items having already been mentioned and speculated on before, here is an updated predictions list with a good helping of new names. Opening Film Prediction: Anton Corbijn's The American With Focus Features being a key supplier for the festival over the years, and them having set Corbijn's film for a September 1st release, I would logically conclude that, an European-based thriller with scenes shot in parts of Italy and with an Italian resident in Geroge Clooney might lead the pack. »
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