What strange things hath Juno Mak wrought with his directorial debut Rigor Mortis? Audiences will find out in a couple months when the film premiere's but for a taste of what's to coming in this dark update of the Chinese... More »
The director of House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers, Ti West's latest will soon take a bow at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals and a trio of images from the film have arrived online.The latest film from... More »
The Venice Film Festival's complete lineup is here! Competing for the Leone D'Oro are such veteran auteurs like American documentarian Errol Morris (The Unknown Known), ex Monty Python-er Terry Gilliam (The Zero Theorum), Japanese sensei Miyazaki Hayao (The Wind Rises)... More »
The Giornate degli Autori, Venice Film Festival sidebar section, modeled on the prestigious Director's Fortnight of Cannes and promoted by the associations of Italian film directors and authors (Anac and 100autori), has revealed its 2013 programme. Among the selected titles, we... More »
In celebration of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (August 28 - September 7, 2013) the Biennale di Venezia has created the special project, Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded.70 movie directors from all over the world have been invited to... More »
Alfonso Cuaron's long awaited scifi picture Gravity has been selected as the opening night film at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. The 3D effort stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts spun out into deep space following an accident... More »
American auteur Paul Schrader will be back at the Venice Film Festival (28 August - September 7) as Head of Jury of the sidebar section Orizzonti. The movie brat guru, director of critical hits such as American Gigolo and loyal... More »
After announcing Bernardo Bertolucci as the Jury President of the 2013 Venice Film Festival (28 August - September 7), we finally have the first title competing for the prestigious Golden Lion. Though there has not yet been an official announcement,... More »
It always feels weird including the Venice Film Festival category when I write about Australian shark-in-a-supermarket thriller Bait, but it definitely played there and went onto make $2 million in Italy alone. Indeed it's had such great international success that a sequel has been announced by... More »
[With Tom Tykwer's first German-language film in a decade releasing limited today in the U.S. we now revisit Dustin Chang's review from this spring.]I can't find any news article that says Tom Tykwer, the German director known for his celestial,... More »
Miike Takashi's chanbara flick 13 Assassins will probably strike a lot of people as much more impressive than it really is, if they've never seen a Kurosawa movie, read Lone Wolf & Cub or even missed out on Yôji... More »
I can't find any news article that says Tom Tykwer, the German director known for his celestial, kinetic action films, had a breakdown or went through traumatic events in his life. But I'm assuming he had to have been, because... More »
Woe betide anyone who turns up for Kelly Reichardt's Meek's Cutoff expecting anything like a typical Western. Languid, spare and dreamlike, other than the setting and the motif of a journey across vast, inhospitable stretches of America there's little else... More »
Sure feels like we've been waiting quite a spell on a trailer for Wendy and Lucy director Kelly Reichardt's western Meek's Cutoff. And now we've got it with a poster to boot. Gaining festival buzz from Venice to Toronto, New... More »
After his last feature "Love Exposure" being screened in Berlin, yesterday night Sion Sono's newest work called "Tsumetai Nettaigyo" ("Cold Fish") had its world premiere at Venice's Pala Darsena as part of the fest's Orrizonti section. This time Sono brings... More »
When it comes to very odd cult dramas revolving around uncomfortable sexual dynamics it would appear that Greece has cornered the market. Last year it was Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth turning heads on the festival circuit and now Athina Rachel Tsangari... More »
The cult of director Sion Sono grew exponentially with the arrival of last year's stunning four hour opus Love Exposure and it looks poised to take another big leap forward with the arrival of Cold Fish. Due to screen in... More »
Having been fortunate enough to grow up within striking distance of one of the great Shakespeare festivals in the world and to have spent my entire school career with teachers smart enough to take me there every year, I have... More »
Set to premiere in Venice, Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer returns with Three, a contemporary love story set in current day Berlin. Hanna and Simon, a couple in their early forties, live together in Berlin. Unknown to each other... More »
Natalie Portman. Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel. All three feature very large in the trailer for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, the ballet-set thriller from the director of The Wrestler, The Fountain and Requiem For A Dream that will be opening Venice... More »
Is it fair play to discuss Gal Gadot's casting as Wonder Woman (announced last week for a role in Zack Snyder's untitled Batman vs. Superman project) in terms of body type? On first blush the immediate conversation around the size of Gadot's breasts seemed both crass and ridiculous. It was...
Even as it was earning the Best Animated feature accolade from the Boston Film Critics Society over the weekend, The Wind Rises continued to be dogged by the same controversy which has trailed it since its release back in Japan. Specifically, what animator Miyazaki Hayao is calling his final film...
This week's entry of New To Netflix continues with more time travel. Cinema itself is kind of a time machine, so watch as I contort this notion. Transporting us back to a time and place, or at least an idea of such. Peter Chan's sumptuous Dragon (aka Wu Xia) uses time to...
We need celebrities like medieval peasants needed kings and queens. Not to rule over us or impose taxes; but to offer us a tantalizingly distant glimpse into a glittering world wholly not our own, but of a piece with our own. The version of the universe where we won and...
Whether you're new to Italian horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria) or a seasoned fan, this excellent montage/essay put together by Belgian directing team Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet (Amer, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears) is essential viewing. Also in today's Euro Beat, Cahiers du Cinema highlights the best...