10 items from 2011
★★★★☆ In Alps (Alpeis, 2011), Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' follow-up to the sensational Dogtooth (2009), a group of four people - a young gymnast, her coach, a medic and a nurse - have an enterprising idea: when someone dies, they will hire themselves out to the family or friends, substituting for the deceased so that the grief-stricken will have some consolation for their loss. They will be 'like the Alps', the leader explains, in that any mountain in the world could be substituted by an 'Alp' and no one would mind.
There are some very obvious holes in the concept (no one seems to have heard of the Himalayas) but Lanthimos' Alps - like Dogtooth - is a similarly surreal, black-as-lung-cancer comedy. Both films are about the worlds we create to avoid the life we are handed, and the consequent toxicity of such denial. In Dogtooth, the nuclear family (and by nuclear, think »
- Daniel Green
Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, The Ides of March Tomas Alfredson – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy UK, Germany, 127' Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt Andrea Arnold – Wuthering Heights UK, 128' Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, Steve Evets, Oliver Milburn Ami Canaan Mann – Texas Killing Fields USA, 109' Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan George Clooney – The Ides Of March [Opening Film] USA, 98' Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood Cristina Comencini – Quando La Notte Italy, 116' Claudia Pandolfi, Filippo Timi, Michela Cescon, Thomas Trabacchi Emanuele Crialese – Terraferma Italy, France, 88' Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Giuseppe Fiorello, Claudio Santamaria David Cronenberg – A Dangerous Method Germany, Canada, 99' Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel Abel Ferrara – 4:44 Last Day On Earth USA, 82' Willem Dafoe, Shanyn Leigh, Paz de la Huerta, Natasha Lyonne William Friedkin – Killer Joe USA, 103' Matthew McConaughey, »
- Steve Montgomery
The line-up for the 2011 Venice Film Festival was unveiled a little earlier today and this year’s edition looks particularly stacked on the English-language side of things with a large number of dramatic outputs from the U.K. and U.S.
Dozens and dozens of high-intrigue fare are set to be premiering over the two week event which kicks off proceedings on August 31st with the George Clooney directed political thriller The Ides of March as an in-competition film. A trailer was released last night and you can see it Here.
The other big headliners include;
Working Title’s attempt to bring the classic John Le Carre novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to the big screen for the first time (though there was an amazing 70′s t.v. series with Alec Guinness that this film will need to go to some quality to beat) has been on our radar every »
- Matt Holmes
Last week, right in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, when half the world's film journalists were taking in the new Terrence Malick and debating the Festival's decision to throw Lars von Trier under the bus, Variety's Nick Vivarelli broke the news that the Venice Film Festival was suddenly all but waving its hands and calling out, "You think you're having fun now…" Vivarelli reported that Roman Polanski's Carnage (an adaptation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play, God of Carnage, with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C Reilly), David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (based on Christopher Hampton's play, The Talking Cure, with Viggo Mortensen as Freud, Michael Fassbender as Jung and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein), Aleksandr Sokurov's Faust (the fourth and final installment in his Men of Power series), Philippe Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer (Un été brûlant, "a remake »
In the wee hours of the morning here in the states, the official 64th Cannes Film Festival line-up was revealed. As expecting we got Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia, Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life (in competition too!), Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About Kevin starring Tilda Swinton, and Paolo Sorrentino‘s This Must Be The Place starring Sean Penn. The biggest surprise is auteur director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s biggest film thus far, Drive, being selected for competition. The drama stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Issac and I can’t wait to see the reaction.
My favorite film from Sundance, and still my #1 of the year, Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene will happily be playing in Un Certain Regard next to Gus Van Sant‘s Restless. In terms of surprises that didn’t make the »
- Jordan Raup
While we anxiously await tomorrow morning's announcement of the official lineup for the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, running May 11 through 22, here's a quick roundup of what we know so far.
We might as well begin with today's announcement that Gus Van Sant's Restless will open Un Certain Regard. Given that Van Sant won the Palme d'Or in 2003 for Elephant, it's a respectable choice; frankly, though, the trailer doesn't hold out much promise. Back in October, Lane Brown commented at Vulture that what we have here is a film in which "a ghost-seeing teenage boy (Henry Hopper) falls for a girl (Mia Wasikowska) with a terminal disease. If he'll still be able to date her after she expires, though, then what's the big deal? Pressure's on to make this one dramatic, Van Sant." Emir Kusturica will be presiding over the Un Certain Regard jury, so the pressure's »
We're about 36 hours away from Cannes Film Festival's big unveiling of the 2011 line-up and while the Main Comp should bare very little surprises (see the math below), the one title whose status is still a mystery and could break into the 20 or so titles is Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux. Literally translated as "Light After Darkness", Reygadas' semi-autobiographical feature was filmed in cities where the helmer has spent portions of his life: Mexico, England, Spain and Belgium. What this amount to be is the type of film that no pre-festival synopsis will do it justice. If included, I can't wait for that 8:00 in the morning press screening. Earlier this week, Variety threw in Naomi Kawase's name into the mix. Titled Hanezu no Tsuki, her film is set in the Asuka period which was known for its significant artistic, social, and political transformations - we're talking only 500 years A. »
I'm glad to see that festival films we saw and loved back in 2010 aren't being totally neglected especially in the case of today's pick-up announcement. Of course, you need confident distribs such as the Strand Releasing folks to take on an atypical film such as Athina Rachel Tsangari's award-winnning Attenberg. Strand are planning a release sometime in the fall -- which is a shame since a Father's Day release would be more apropos. Gist: Marina, 23, is growing up with her architect father in a prototype factory town by the sea. Finding the human species strange and repellent, she keeps her distance. Instead she stubbornly observes it through the songs of Suicide, the mammal documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, and the sex-ed lessons she receives from her only friend, Bella... Worth Noting: Ariane Labed - winner of the Best Actress award in Venice for Attenberg, was cast in Giorgos Lanthimos' "Alps, »
Wkw is definitely not ready. Pedro isn't feeling the pressure to deliver and according to Screen Daily, Terence Davies, Andrea Arnold and Philippe Garrel would apparently still be stuck in post and would be tipped for a Fall premiere. The trade published their list of possible titles of which you'll find plenty already mentioned on our 60 Predictions list six weeks back (which is worth checking out as there are several titles that Sd don't mention in their report including, Giorgos Lanthimos' Alps). We'll focus on the titles that they mentioned and that we didn't. Judging by the already established relationship that the Croisette has with Kung Fu Panda, I don't think that this is a Pixar year in Cannes (they did show Up). We should see part II of the Panda franchise and not Cars 2 which receives a release a month later (way too early). Depending on the »
The Berlin Film Festival begins today and in typical Ioncinema.com fashion, I've decided to unveil my predictions for the 2011 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. I've taken the liberty at breaking down the predictions by what should logically fit into what sections: Main Comp, Ucr and the Director's Fortnight sidebar. In the Main Competition category, we should see an increase in the number of titles selected (perhaps hovering around the twenty mark. We can cross out films such as Haneke's latest, Kamen Kalev's The Island, Raymond Depardon's Journal de France, Andrei Zvyagintsev's (2007's Banishment) latest and I wouldn't be surprised if Walter Salles' On the Road isn't completed on time -- and in what should be a vintage year for the festival, these no-shows won't matter. A pair that remain in limbo are the alreasy completed David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Pawel Pawlikowski »
10 items from 2011
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