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​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival

​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival
Festival celebrating Us cinema unveils full line-up of 45th edition.

The Deauville American Festival has unveiled a female-focused programme spotlighting women behind and in front of the camera for its 45th edition.

The festival, unfolding in the luxury northern French resort of Deauville Sept 6-15, courted controversy earlier in the week when it announced it was opening with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

It will be the feature’s biggest festival screening after backers Amazon cancelled its release after its 2017 shoot when molestation allegations by the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced amid the rise
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Frightfest 2019 Preview: ‘Knives and Skin’ Podcast

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In another of his Frightfest preview podcasts, host Stuart Wright talks Knives and Skin with the films writer/director Jennifer Reeder.

Filtered through the DNA of Heathers, Mean Girls and Dazed And Confused, director Jennifer Reeder’s tender, feminist teen noir fantasy redefines the High School movie with visionary élan. In rural Illinois, a drum majorette’s disappearance traumatises the small town residents as secrets are revealed, destroying some relationships and strengthening others. Three girls form a bond in the aftermath of the tragedy as everyone struggles with their own infidelities, dreams and family cruelties while the manhunt continues. Think Sofia Coppola meets David Lynch on the set of High School Musical in this superb portrayal of teenage angst, rage and disillusionment.

Catch Knives And Skin at Arrow Video Frightfest

22th to 26th August 2018

Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7Na.

Programme listings and film details www.frightfest.co.uk/2019films/index.
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Different for girls by Jennie Kermode

Girls setting their own agenda Photo: Fantasia Film Festival

Jennifer Reeder is one of those prolific directors whose work crops up in so many different contexts that, contrarily, it often goes under the radar for mainstream viewers. This year she’s made a big splash on the festival circuit with Knives And Skin, the story of what happens to the people of a small American town when teenage girl Carolyn (played by Raven Whitley) goes missing. Reading the promotional materials, I tell her, I have to admit that I felt I’d seen this film before, but watching it was an altogether different experience. We connected whilst it was showing at Fantasia and she told me why she was attracted to the idea and why it’s not what people expect.

“I have a fascination with stories about missing teens. It’s not autobiographical. I never went missing as a
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Fantasia 2019 Review: Knives And Skin’s Lack of Focus Is Its Own Mystery

Narratives surrounding disappearances, especially those of children, are becoming more and more popular. With the success of shows like Stranger Things, Sharp Objects, and Dark, it’s easy to see why. There’s some really good mystery there, which is primarily due to the investigative element that holds those shows together. However, in the case of Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin, there isn’t one. What was promoted as being an investigation into the disappearance of a missing girl turns into an exploration of all the drama and secrets that lie within the film’s suburbia.

Carolyn (played by Raven Whitley) carves her initial with her thumb into a high school jock’s forehead. “With a ‘C,’” she reminds him, “now I can find you in the dark if we get separated.” The bloody initial illuminates. They were about to have sex, but she changes her mind. He leaves.
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‘Knives and Skin’ Review: Dir Jennifer Reeder (2019) [Fantasia]

Knives and Skin review: A young girl’s disappearance throws a small town into turmoil in Fantasia selection Knives and Skin.

Image Courtesy of Fantasia Festival

Written and directed by Jennifer Reeder, Knives and Skin is a tricky film to describe. Set in a Mid-Western American town, the film opens with young girl Carolyn being ditched at make-out point by the school jock. After she fails to make it home, her mother begins a desperate search for her as the rest of the town try to adjust to her disappearance. We follow various townsfolk and classmates as their lives slowly begin to unravel.

The full story is a little hard to pin down as Reeder jumps from one character to the next, never really giving the viewer time to fully understand who is who. It plays out as if the viewer were merely a fly on the wall, flitting from
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Fantasia 2019: Five Female-Centric Films We Can’t Wait to See

Whether behind the camera or in front, this year’s Fantasia Film Festival boasts many female stories. Horror has evolved over the years, not only creating a genre that’s nonlinear, but has allowed women in its narratives to become something other than the final girl. No one film in our list of most anticipated female-centered films is like the other, and no female character is similar to the next. Here’s just a taste of what can be expected throughout the festival’s 22-day run:

Knives and Skin, USA dir. Jennifer Reeder

Described as pertaining elements reminiscent of David Lynch, high school dramedies, and Italian giallo, Knives and Skin takes place in the aftermath of a girl’s vanishing. The film explores the days that follow as Carolyn Harper’s friends and family attempt to cope with her disappearance, and these coping mechanisms develop into something unusual. It's a
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Neuchâtel festival to explore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming filmmaking

The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Nifff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff) probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is becoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high-level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
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Neuchâtel festival to explore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making

The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Nifff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff) probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is becoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high-level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
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Neuchâtel festival to epxlore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making

Neuchâtel festival to epxlore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making
The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Niff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is ecoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high- level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Tribeca 2019 Critic’s Notebook: Coming(s) of Age

Blood and guts in high school is a theme that never loses its appeal to filmmakers, even as its universality—from Zero for Conduct to Heathers—demands greater risk and originality from filmmakers who, arguably more often than not, are recasting episodes from their own diaristic memory banks. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which wrapped up last week, served up a predictable share of films that fit into the coming-of-age category, yet the most notable of those efforts proved to be anything but cookie-cutter. The best film I saw at the festival, Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin, even felt like something brand […]
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Tribeca 2019 Critic’s Notebook: Coming(s) of Age

Blood and guts in high school is a theme that never loses its appeal to filmmakers, even as its universality—from Zero for Conduct to Heathers—demands greater risk and originality from filmmakers who, arguably more often than not, are recasting episodes from their own diaristic memory banks. This year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which wrapped up last week, served up a predictable share of films that fit into the coming-of-age category, yet the most notable of those efforts proved to be anything but cookie-cutter. The best film I saw at the festival, Jennifer Reeder’s Knives and Skin, even felt like something brand […]
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‘In Fabric’ to Open Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

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‘In Fabric’ to Open Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Director Peter Strickland’s “In Fabric” starring “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie is set to open the fifth Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, the organization has announced today along with their film lineup.

The festival in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., will take place May 22-26 and feature several films’ U.S. debuts. In addition to the narrative feature categories, a short films program will include 50 narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and episodic shorts.Strickland’s horror comedy from A24 follows the life of a cursed dress as it travels to different owners, all with devastating consequences.

“We’re excited to bring such an amazing and eclectic lineup of films to this milestone year of our festival,” said festival director Shira Dubrovner. “We’re also thrilled to be hosting over 100 filmmakers this year, who will get to experience all the scenic wonder that the Eastern Sierras has to offer.”

A panel of jurors,
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Tribeca to premiere new work by Werner Herzog, Christoph Waltz, Jared Leto

Tribeca to premiere new work by Werner Herzog, Christoph Waltz, Jared Leto
Peter Strickland’s In Fabric among inaugural Tribeca Critics’ Week sidebar.

New work from Werner Herzog, the directorial debut of Christoph Waltz and a documentary about the late Inxs front man Michael Hutchence are among the line-up at the 18th Tribeca Film Festival presented by At&T, which includes the inaugural Tribeca Critics Week.

Unveiling the programme on Tuesday (5), festival brass noted that female directors account for half of the three competition strands. The feature programme includes 103 films from 124 filmmakers, of whom 42 are first-timers, and 19 return to Tribeca.

Some 40% of the feature films have one or more women directors, 29% are directed by people of color,
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WTFilms to launch Efm sales on Generation 14Plus selection 'Knives And Skin' (exclusive)

Jennifer Reeder’s second film hails from Newcity-owned Chicago Film Project.

Paris-based sales agent WTFilms will be at the Efm next week to shop international sales excluding North America on the Generation 14Plus selection and feminist teen noir thriller Knives And Skin.

Jennifer Reeder’s second film after 2017 L.A. Outfest narrative feature grand jury award winner and SXSW entry Signature Move hails from Chicago Film Project and examines the lives of three high school girls who bond after a student vanishes.

Knives And Skin explores how a string of traumas accelerates each character’s coming of age within a racially diverse community.
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The Next Great Crop of American Indies Might Come From This Polish Film Festival

American independent cinema has gone through several generations since the end of the 1990s. The accelerated evolution might mirror the technological advances of the past 20 years, from the easy availability of early, consumer-grade digital cameras to the ubiquity of streaming platforms, as well as new social networks and the rising impact of regional film festivals.

You can put all that in perspective by spending a week in, of all places, Wrocław, Poland, where the ninth edition of the American Film Festival concluded this fall. The festival thoughtfully reframes highlights from the preceding year’s run of major (and minor) film gatherings, cherry-picking selections out of Sundance, South by Southwest, Tribeca, and others, as well as more multiplex-friendly items getting a premium introduction to the Polish market.

But the festival isn’t a rehash. While accounting for work along an auteurist arc from Frederick Wiseman to Alex Ross Perry (“Her Smell
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