7 items from 2015
When the 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema announced their lineup two weeks ago, I wasn’t sure where to even begin when deciding what I should see. The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Because of it’s strong line-up, there is no possible way to see everything – so we decided to come up with a list of our ten most anticipated films — and trust me, it wasn’t easy. We will of course be covering the event once again this year, so be sure to revisit our site over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here is our 10 most anticipate films.
With a total running time of over six hours Arabian Nights is certainly »
Read More: Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Dreamy 'Mekong Hotel' Outlines an Unrealized Project Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been generating acclaim on the film festival circuit ever since his 2002 debut "Blissfully Yours," which he followed up with "Tropical Malady" and "Syndromes and a Century." The director’s interplay of mythological reference points, structural trickery and allegorical riffs on Thailand’s complex history had no real precedent. But it wasn’t until 2010’s "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival that Apichatpong became a global sensation. A delicate tale of reincarnation and mystical beings, the movie also tapped into national trauma associated with the 1965 military crackdown on communist sympathizers. Needless to say, the soft-spoken director has never had an easy relationship with his country’s government, and the situation hasn’t improved »
- Eric Kohn
When Apichatpong Weerasethakul's new film premiered it Cannes, it was like someone just opened the window and let in some much-needed fresh air into the festival. Relegated in a detail of obscure festival politics to the second-tier Un Certain Regard section, where in recent years such too-adventurous works like Jean-Luc Godard's Film socialisme and Claire Denis's Bastards were shunted aside, I came to Cemetery of Splendour assuming the director was going to follow-up on his Palme d'Or of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives with something as grand if not grander, and as bizarre if not even more bizarre. I should have known Apichatpong would move in mysterious ways and defy expectations.A small, humble film, in fact the most constricted of his full features, Cemetery of Splendour rather than working the surface of story, the surface of space, and the surface of drama and reality, »
- Daniel Kasman
I keep waiting for a truly great film here in Cannes, an expectation and a hope for something really striking that is undoubtably a terrible attitude to take towards this festival and film in general. (Then again, a friend and Cannes regular, when I despondently shared these thoughts, told me that it is this hope that keeps her coming back, and that without it, indeed, why even go to the movies?) With this forlorn need haunting me by the fourth day, I was rightly chastised by the first of three films by the Portuguese director of Tabu, Miguel Gomes, in the Directors' Fortnight, a trilogy titled Arabian Nights. It is not a great film, but, abashed, I think it was the kind of film I needed, a lesson not to expect masterpieces, or perfection, but proof yet again that cinema is permeable, its beauties and faults can and should leak. »
- Daniel Kasman
While many arthouse filmmakers sometimes use critical acclaim to leap to working with bigger stars or on movies with larger budgets, Apichatpong Weerasethakul seems content for now to carve his own distinct path. After his Palme d'Or win in 2010 for "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," the director has knocked out a stream of shorts, along with the one-hour "Mekong Hotel," which hit Cannes in 2012. Now he's back three years later with the feature length "Cemetery Of Splendour," unspooling in the Un Certain Regard slot at Cannes. Following the first couple of clips, a brand new trailer has arrived. Read More: Watch 3 Clips From Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes Bound 'Cemetery Of Splendour' And no big surprise for fans of Weerasethakul, this features more of his patient, beautiful work, and doesn't reveal anything in terms of plot. He reteams with Jenjira Pongpas ("Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, or “Joe” as he’s been amusingly nicknamed, has been a presence on the global film stage with Tropical Malady and Syndromes of a Century, but back in 2010 he finally won the Palme D’Or with his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Now in 2015, his latest film is his first full feature (2012’s Mekong Hotel clocked in at only 61 minutes) since winning five years earlier.
Cemetery of Splendour (originally titled Love in Khon Kaen) is strictly art house, and this first clip prior to its premiere at Cannes, not in Competition but in the Un Certain Regard lineup, is a good example of Weerasethakul’s patient style. Here’s the full synopsis:
Love in Khon Kaen tells of a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance.
No U.S. »
- Brian Welk
Though he premiered a medium length film at Cannes 2012, Mekong Hotel, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul hasn’t debuted a feature length since his 2010 Palme d’Or winning Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His latest, Love in the Khon Kaen (formerly known as a project called Cemetery of Kings) promises to be another mystical enigma from the provocative director, described as a film about a lonesome middle-age housewife who tends a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance. Weersethakul collaborates once more with familiar castmembers, including Jenjira Pongpas (Boonmee; Syndromes and a Century) and Banlop Lomnoi (Tropical Malady).
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
Release Date: Apparently in post-production, »
- Nicholas Bell
7 items from 2015
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