Drafthouse Films Nabs North American Rights For Sono Sion's WHY DON'T YOU GO PLAY IN HELL?

With only a couple weeks to go before Sono Sion's latest film Why Don't You Go Play In Hell? starts to bow at international festivals around the world, including here in Toronto during the Midnight Madness program at TIFF, Drafthouse... More »
  

Watch Sion Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL For Free!

You want an example of how things have changed int he world of international film festivals? The festival world is now embracing digital technology as never before, with the Venice Film Festival this year embarking on a bold new venture... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fresh Stills From Juno Mak's RIGOR MORTIS

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

A Trio Of Images From Ti West's THE SACRAMENT

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

Venice 2013: Full Lineup Includes Sono Sion & Miyazaki Hayao

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 »
  

Venice 2013: Hopping Vampires, Bruce LaBruce, And Daniel Radcliffe Will Premiere In Venice Sidebar

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 »
  

70 International Directors Invited to Celebrate 70 Years of the Venice Film Festival with Future Reloaded Project

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 »
  

Cuaron's GRAVITY To Open Venice

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

Paul Schrader Joins The Venice Film Festival

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 »
  

Kim Ki-Duk's MOEBIUS Reportedly First Film Selected For Venice Competition

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 »
  

Giant Octopus To Aisle 9! BAIT Scares Up Sequel

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 »
  

THREE Review

[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 »
  

BIFF 2011: 13 ASSASSINS review

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 »
  

THREE Review

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 »
  

BIFF 2011: MEEK'S CUTOFF review

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 »
  

Trailer and Poster for MEEK'S CUTOFF

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 »
  

Venice 2010: COLD FISH review

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 »
  

The Most Awkward Sex Of The Year Belongs To Athina Rachel Tsangari's ATTENBERG

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

COLD FISH Trailer Debut!

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  

Venice 2010: Fresh Images From Julie Taymor's THE TEMPEST

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 »
By Todd Brown   
  
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