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Highlights of the 52nd Vienna International Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 6) have been unveiled, including buzz titles from Cannes and Sundance as well as a tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on director John Ford.
The feature film programme includes Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night. Other titles include Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, Ruben Ostlund’s Turist and Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.
In the documentary line-up, highlights include Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth, from directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard; Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery; and Tessa Louise Salome’s Mr Leos Carax.
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Japanese actress Fumi Nikaido receives the inaugural Screen International Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival
Not only does Fumi Nikaido make brave and striking choices when it comes to her career path, favouring edgy indie fare over mainstream movies that might simplistically make the most of her teen model looks, but she is positively charming to meet.
The smile on her face when she accepted the Screen International Rising Star Award at the New York Asian Film Festival was honest and open…and when she added coyly: “…and can I take it home?” it was impossible not to be won over by her.
The same can be said for critics (and audiences) who have raved over her acting work over the last few years. Her breakthrough, was as the much-abused girlfriend of Shota Sometani’s violent hero in Sion Sono’s drama Himizu, which screened at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. The film won »
Written and directed by Sion Sono
In this outrageous action opus from writer/director Sion Sono, an ambitious young film director Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) gets caught in the middle of a bloody Yakuza war sparked by the vengeful wife of a powerful crime boss who is sent to prison after massacring several of her husband’s rivals. The plot is so convoluted, your head will spin when trying to piece it all together. In short, it bounces back and forth between Mitsuko (Fumi Nakaido), a former child star and the daughter of the kingpin, and a group of independent, but talented guerrilla filmmakers who call themselves the Fuck Bombers. Mitsuko’s father, one of her biggest fans, wants to satisfy her dream of becoming a movie star before his wife is released from prison. Ten years after the »
3 items from 2014
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