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‘Deadpool 2’ Actor Jack Kesy To Star In Indie ‘Way Of The Warriors’

‘Deadpool 2’ Actor Jack Kesy To Star In Indie ‘Way Of The Warriors’
Exclusive: Jack Kesy, who had breakout roles in The Strain and Deadpool 2 will lead the cast of indie drama Way Of The Warriors. John Montague will write and direct. Michael Tadross Jr, Jasmine Reid, and Arnold Rifkin will produce.

The story follows an authentic inspirational story about a hockey coach that unites his family, team and town to overcome adversity and achieve the impossible. Film is scheduled for a November start in Minnesota.

“It’s a message I think is important in these divided times. It’s about coming together through hardship and finding a way past our differences. I’m excited to bring it to the screen,” Reid said.

Kesy can currently be seen in The Outpost opposite Orlando Bloom. His film Mosquito State recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Kesy will soon be seen in Lionsgate’s comedy-thriller Cicada 3301 and the highly anticipated Amazon feature Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse,
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‘Hopper/Welles’ Producer Filip Jan Rymsza on Next Film ‘Object Permanence’ (Exclusive)

‘Hopper/Welles’ Producer Filip Jan Rymsza on Next Film ‘Object Permanence’ (Exclusive)
Polish-born filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza, the producer of Venice Film Festival entry “Hopper/Welles,” which he is presenting this week at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival, will follow his latest directorial outing “Mosquito State” – also a Venice premiere this year – with “Object Permanence,” Rymsza tells Variety. Partially set in Berlin and shot in English, it will be another Polish co-production, most likely with Germany.

“’Object permanence’ is something that people were aware of already, they just didn’t know how to define it: It’s the understanding that objects continue to exist even if you can’t see them or hear them, or otherwise sense them,” he says, adding that while “Mosquito State” looked at the recent past, this will look into the near future.

With another project, set in Japan, currently put on hold due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, Rymsza will once again try to focus on one protagonist.
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Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor Uncut’ Wins the Sitges Festival’s Best Film, Director Awards

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Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor Uncut’ Wins the Sitges Festival’s Best Film, Director Awards
Brandon Cronenberg has proven to be an heir to his father, David, with his grisly sophomore feature, “Possessor Uncut,” which took home best film and director at Spain’s 53rd Sitges Film Festival on Saturday.

Running Oct.8-18, the fantastic film fest, Europe’s biggest, wrapped yesterday in Sitges, a picturesque seaside resort just south of Barcelona.

With these new honors, Brandon Cronenberg also suggests that his best new director award at 2012’s Sitges for debut feature, “Antiviral,” was no fluke.

A sci fi-horror hybrid, “Possessor Uncut” tracks an elite corporate assassin who uses brain-implant technology to take possession of other people’s bodies and slay prominent targets. The film first premiered at Sundance where Variety’s Peter Debruge described it as a “brilliant sci-fi puzzle” that was “more than just another bracingly extreme psychological thriller.”

Just Philippot’s “The Swarm” also snagged two awards: the Special Jury Prize and
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‘Hopper/Welles’ Film Review: Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles Put on Quite a Talk Show

‘Hopper/Welles’ Film Review: Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles Put on Quite a Talk Show
For almost 40 years, the 100 hours of surviving footage that Orson Welles shot in the early 1970s for the movie “The Other Side of the Wind” remained largely unseen. First the director struggled in vain to finish the film, then its rights were tied up after his death. But that four decades of frustration has turned into a flurry of activity: In the last two years, that footage has been used not only in the completed version of “The Other Side of the Wind” that finally premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018, but in two different documentaries about the film, Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and Ryan Suffern’s short doc “A Final Cut for Orson.”

And now it’s serving as the basis for yet another side of “The Other Side of the Wind,” and another posthumous film on which Welles is credited as director.
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‘Mosquito State’ Review: Tedious Allegory for the Financial Crisis Has Grisly Imagery, But Draws No Blood

‘Mosquito State’ Review: Tedious Allegory for the Financial Crisis Has Grisly Imagery, But Draws No Blood
The sound design of “Mosquito State” takes the title as a mission statement. Across much of its running time, the sonic backdrop is a veritable chorus of mosquitoes whining in high, overbearing harmony, providing their own sinister vocal track to a more conventionally orchestrated score. You have to be confident in your film’s power to transfix its audience even as it’s liable to drive any anopheliphobics in the room to delirium, and Polish-American director Filip Jan Rymsza seems to be: His body horror-tinged allegory for the global financial crisis of 2007 swaggers with slick, nasty formal showmanship designed to get under the viewer’s skin. But it’s all in service of pretty thin ideas about capitalist decline and masculinity in crisis, played out by thinner characters still: The longer it needles, the more one is inclined to swat it away.

As it happens, “Mosquito State” is the first
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‘Mosquito State’ Review: A Finance Bro Lets Bugs Eat Him Alive in a Wall Street Horror Story

‘Mosquito State’ Review: A Finance Bro Lets Bugs Eat Him Alive in a Wall Street Horror Story
, Filip Jan Rymsza’s scary-silly “Mosquito State” begs for some context before we can dive into its crepuscular plot.

It’s August 3, 2007. We’re standing on the precipice of the most dire financial crisis since the Great Depression, but no one seems to know it yet. Good things are happening. A young senator named Barack Obama is sparking a new breed of American hope. “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” are about to open within a few weeks of each other. The iPhone has just been invented. People feel immortal. Rich people, most of all.

Wall Street is convinced that it can predict the future, data is the most valuable currency on Earth, and quantitative analysts are valued as modern seers. Quants like Richard Boca (Beau Knapp), whose homemade algorithm has allowed his firm to amass a profane amount of money without any regard to where it came from,
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‘Mosquito State’ Film Review: Wall Street Needs Some Insecticide in Creepy Drama

‘Mosquito State’ Film Review: Wall Street Needs Some Insecticide in Creepy Drama
On the film-festival circuit, Polish-American filmmaker Filip Jan Rymsza is best known for shepherding the unfinished, long-neglected Orson Welles movie “The Other Side of the Wind” to completion in 2018, and for producing two accompanying documentaries, Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and Ryan Suffern’s short “A Final Cut for Orson.”

The Other Side of the Wind” and “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” both premiered two years ago at the Venice International Film Festival, so it makes sense that Rymsza’s debut as a feature director, “Mosquito State,” debuted at that same festival this year, alongside another Rymsza-produced Welles project, the documentary “Hopper/Welles.” The creepy, cerebral thriller is bold and weird and wildly unlike anything Welles might have done, though you could probably call it the “Citizen Kane” of Wall Street insect movies.

Then again, it’s the only Wall Street insect movie, and the only
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‘Mosquito State’: Film Review | Venice 2020

‘Mosquito State’: Film Review | Venice 2020
Atonement stings in Filip Jan Rymsza’s chilly Mosquito State, an elegant but increasingly tortured allegory for the unraveling of one unwitting architect of the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis. This obsessive fever dream opens with a predatory insect’s eye view of high-roller privilege then multiplies into a nightmarish infestation before vengefully claiming its sacrifice, in a poetic surrender that evokes Virginia Woolf. Juiced up with nods to Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and to classic David Cronenberg bug-outs, much of it set to insidious techno beats, this is commandingly creepy psycho-horror, even if its forbidding narrative loses momentum.

The title sequence,...
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‘Hopper/Welles’: How Producer Filip Jan Rymsza Pieced Together Another Lost Orson Welles Movie – Venice Film Festival

‘Hopper/Welles’: How Producer Filip Jan Rymsza Pieced Together Another Lost Orson Welles Movie – Venice Film Festival
You wait the best part of 30 years for one and then two come along at once…Orson Welles movies.

Pieced together from the 1,083 reels of footage for The Other Side Of The Wind (which debuted in 2018), Hopper/Welles is the latest ‘new’ feature from the industry titan, who died in 1985.

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, we spoke to producer Filip Jan Rymsza about the backstory behind the movie, on which he re-teamed with The Other Side Of The Wind editor Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker).

The intimate and revelatory documentary captures a 1970 meeting between the Citizen Kane director and the then-rising star Dennis Hopper, who had just made Easy Rider. The encounter came about when Hopper agreed to a cameo role in Welles’ troubled The Other Side Of The Wind. Welles flew Hopper from New Mexico to Los Angeles, where he cooked him a pasta
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