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Second Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' Absurd Comedy 'The Favourite'

"I hope I might be employed here... by you... for something..." Fox Searchlight has debuted a new full-length trailer for the new film from iconic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos titled The Favourite. This just premiered at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals to rave reviews from all kinds of critics. Set in early 18th century England, the film's plot involves the frail Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, occupying the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz (from The Lobster), governing the country in her stead. However, when the new servant Abigail, played by Emma Stone, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford, and James Smith. I saw this in Venice and loved it, writing a glowing review about how the film is "hilarious and delightful." One of the best absurd comedies of the year. And
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Yorgos Lanthimos on the Lesbian Love Triangle of ‘The Favourite’: ‘I Didn’t Want This to Become an Issue’

Yorgos Lanthimos on the Lesbian Love Triangle of ‘The Favourite’: ‘I Didn’t Want This to Become an Issue’
Yorgos Lanthimos has always excelled at the art of provocation. The Greek auteur first gained international acclaim for his Oscar-nominated “Dogtooth,” a bizarre dystopian family drama that brought him a whole new set of fans, many of whom have followed him through the similarly inventive world-building of “Alps,” “The Lobster,” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” Lanthimos has never been shy about the sexual identity of his characters, which often manifests in unexpected ways.

His latest movie, “The Favourite,” is no exception. The Fox Searchlight production marks the director’s first project he didn’t write, as well as his first period piece, but none of those changes have compromised Lanthimos’ style. The movie focuses on a lesbian love triangle in 18th century England, as Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and young maid Abigail (Emma Stone) compete for the affections of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). However, while “The Favourite” is
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Teaser Trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' Wacky Comedy 'The Favourite'

"I am the Queen!" "But you are mad." Fox Searchlight has debuted a teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new film from iconic Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. His new film is titled The Favourite, a vintage comedy of errors and wackiness. Set in early 18th century England, the film's plot involves the frail Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman, occupying the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah, played by Rachel Weisz (from The Lobster), governing the country in her stead. However, when the new servant Abigail, played by Emma Stone, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. The cast includes Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, Mark Gatiss, Jenny Rainsford, and James Smith. This looks like crazy fun and another totally wacky film from Lanthimos, who loves to mess with the audience as much as he messed with his characters. There's some great laughs in this trailer. Here's the first teaser
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New to Streaming: ‘The Commuter,’ ‘Lover for a Day,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)

In the world of Hollywood where “action” is often synonymous with CGI-heavy monstrosities splattered across the screen backed by an assaultive sound design, the blissful visual coherence and immaculately-constructed thrills in the films of Jaume Collet-Serra can feel like the third coming of Alfred Hitchcock (after Brian De Palma, of course). Following a trio of films led by Liam Neeson, he shortened his scope
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DVD Review: 'Alps'

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★★☆☆☆ Giorgos Lanthimos is one of modern European cinema's pioneering auteurs, his ambient peculiarity nestling itself perfectly with the desires of audiences. Nowadays, we crave originality through visual molestation that the director executes with such credence. His breakthrough release, Dogtooth (2009), paraded this seething undertone of dark, almost comical, evil. It cemented Lanthimos as a purveyor of the weird and a leading light in the avant-garde. This may well be why his follow-up, Alps (Alpeis, 2011), feels like an all-round display of disappointing stalls, oscillating around an awkward narrative.

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Competition: Win Giorgos Lanthimos' 'Alps' on DVD

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Pioneering Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos' festival favourite Alps (Alpeis, 2011), the controversial filmmaker's follow-up to the Oscar-nominated, cult smash Dogtooth (2009), is another weird and wonderful exploration of human psychology, and stars Stavros Psyllakis, Aris Servetalis and Johnny Vekris. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD release of Alps on Monday 11 March, courtesy of UK distributor Artificial Eye, we have Three copies of the film to offer to our world cinema-loving followers. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Film Review: 'Alps'

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★★★★☆ Greek oddity Alps (Alpeis, 2011) is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to innovative director Yorgos Lanthimos' critically acclaimed and Academy Award-nominated Dogtooth (2009). Much like his previous outing, the less you know about Alps' surreal tale the more effective it is, demanding you become immersed into Lanthimos' peculiar world through a curious fusion of intrigue and bewilderment. The film focuses on four peculiarly mismatched colleagues, collectively known as 'The Alps'. There's a young, nubile gymnast, her demanding physical coach, an entrepreneurial paramedic and a caring, emotionally detached nurse.

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BFI London Film Festival 2011: 'Alps' ('Alpeis')

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★★★★☆ 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
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Venice Film Festival 2011 Official Competition: Roman Polanski, Tomas Alfredson, George Clooney

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 ArnoldWuthering Heights UK, 128' Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, Steve Evets, Oliver Milburn Ami Canaan MannTexas 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 ComenciniQuando La Notte Italy, 116' Claudia Pandolfi, Filippo Timi, Michela Cescon, Thomas Trabacchi Emanuele CrialeseTerraferma Italy, France, 88' Filippo Pucillo, Donatella Finocchiaro, Giuseppe Fiorello, Claudio Santamaria David CronenbergA 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 FriedkinKiller Joe USA, 103' Matthew McConaughey,
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Venice Film Festival 2011 Line-Up Revealed

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
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Anticipating Venice 2011 — and Cannes 2012

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
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Cronenberg (and Viggo!) and Solondz and Crowe, Oh My! Never Mind Cannes, Send Me to Venice

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In my dreams, I am a famous and ill-regarded (though highly paid and well-traveled) critic and Dustin sends me to all the film festivals. I stay at the finest hotels and share witticisms with highly regarded directors over cocktails, my arms dripping jewels and handsome actors. More likely, I'd end up outside of town at the Chateau de Ill Spoken Words with Lars von Trier, sharing sideways glances from Kiki Dunst.

While the press has been having a field day with director Lars von Trier and his controversial comments at the Cannes Film Festival, another set of directors and films have been gathering for this year's Venice Film Festival. And don't think for one moment that von Trier hasn't got a relief pitcher waiting in the wings; Roman Polanski's latest film, God of Carnage is sure to get that whole discussion going again and I'm sure the director will
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Cannes 2011 Line-Up Includes Terrence Malick, Nicolas Winding Refn, Lars von Trier & More

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
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Anticipating Cannes 2011.

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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
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Updated Cannes 2011 Predictions List

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.
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Opa! Strand Picks Up Venice Winner 'Attenberg'

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,
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More 2011 Cannes Projections: Antoniak, Kwon-Taek, Zvyagintsev and Hong-jin Na

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
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2011 Cannes Film Festival: 60 Film Predictions

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
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