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ASPERN PAPERS: Henry James Gets Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a Redgrave & a Richardson

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Want some film news? Okay. This lazy heat of summer meets Summerstorm Entertainment (Germany) with an announcement about the Henry James adapt THE ASPERN PAPERS now shooting in Venice, Italy. They've added Jonathan Rhys Meyers to a cast that already includes some marquee names, notably Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, and Poppy Delevingne, as well as a newcomer, Morgane Polanski. What? You've heard that last name before somewhe...

Debut films competing for the Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film

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    Xavier LEGRAND,  Jusqu’à la garde (France) (Venezia 74)   Ali ASGARI, Napadid shodan (Disappearance) (Iran, Qatar) (Orizzonti) Sofia DJAMA, Les bienheureux (France, Belgium) (Orizzonti) Cosimo GOMEZ, Brutti e cattivi (Italy, France) (Orizzonti) Amichai GREENBERG, Ha Edut (The Testament) (Israel, Austria) (Orizzonti) Alireza KHATAMI, Los versos del olvido (France, Germany, Netherlands, Chile) (Orizzonti) Jason RAFTOPOULOS, West of Sunshine (Australi...

“Pillole” from the Istituto Luce archive

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“Pillole” from the Istituto Luce archive (edited by Nathalie Giacobino – film editing by Patrizia Penzo)   In 2017, Cinecittà - its legendary Studios, “the dream factory,” the ideal home for Federico Fellini and Italy’s collective imaginary - turned 80. This is an important birthday and the Istituto Luce Cinecittà absolutely had to celebrate it. In Venice, too, where, for several years now, the Pillole d’Archivio (“Archive Ca...

Special screenings in Venice

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SPECIAL SCREENINGS     LA LUNGA STRADA DEL RITORNO by ALESSANDRO BLASETTI    Italy (1962) / 130’   BARBIANA ’65 LA LEZIONE DI DON MILANI by ALESSANDRO G.A. D’ALESSANDRO Italy / 62’   LIEVITO MADRE – LE RAGAZZE DEL SECOLO SCORSO by CONCITA DE GREGORIO, ESMERALDA CALABRIA Italy / 60’                   ...

The restored films of Venezia Classici

        Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (Not of This World, Light of My Eyes, These Days) will chair the Jury of Cinema History Students which – for the fifth time – will award the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD for the BEST RESTORED FILM and the BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA.   The list of the films selected for the Venezia Classici section of the 74th Festival:   VENEZIA CLASSICI   IL DESERTO ROSSO (RED DESERT) by MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI ...

Biennale College – Cinema The films of the fifth edition (2016/2017)

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The 74th Venice Film Festival will screen the three feature films which have been selected, developed and produced as part of the fifth edition (2016/2017) of Biennale College - Cinema, an advanced training laboratory, open to young filmmakers from all over the world for the production of low-budget films. The Biennale launched the laboratory at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. The three movies are:   BIENNALE COLLEGE CINEMA   BEAUTIFUL THINGS by GIORGIO FERRERO, producer: FEDERICO ...

VR Line Up in Venice

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY In Competition     MELITA by NICOLÁS ALCALÁ Animation film / USA / 24’ / Oculus Stand Up   LA CAMERA INSABBIATA by LAURIE ANDERSON, HUANG HSIN-CHIEN Animation film / USA / 20’ / Installation   THE LAST GOODBYE by GABO ARORA USA / 20’ / Installation   MY NAME IS PETER STILLMAN by LYSANDER ASHTON, LEO WARNER Animation film / Great Britain / 6’ / Oculus Stand Up   ALICE, THE VIRTUAL REAL...

On 55th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, new film to reveal unheard recordings about what really happened

Production launches this week on a new film, American Icon: Marilyn Monroe, as fan clubs and devotees from around the world converge on Los Angeles to mark the 55th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death on August 5.    Delving into the complexities of Monroe's life, the film will feature previously unheard interviews which were embargoed until after the passing of some interview subjects; finally disprove the major conspiracy theories; and become the catalyst for a movement t...

Principal photography has begun on THE CHAPERONE.

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 The film has been adapted by Academy Award®-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) and is based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling novel of the same name.  Directed by multiple Emmy® and DGA-nominated Michael Engler (Downton Abbey), THE CHAPERONE stars Academy Award®-nominated Actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).  McGovern, who is also a producer, optioned the novel and worked with Fellowes to adapt it for the big screen.   The film is ...

Film Financing in death spiral - Sony's co-financing lifeline LStar says soyanara

Filmtake.com reports Sony’s co-financing partner, LStar Capital, informed the studio at the last minute that they would no longer invest in their slate. LStar was scheduled to forward $50 million to Sony Pictures, but the company exercised an option to withdraw from the agreement on the day before funds were due on the studio’s latest animation feature, The Emoji Movie. Additional films avoided by LStar’s early exit include Flatliners, Hotel Transylvania 3, ...

Will you consider The Ones to watch By filmfestivals.com August 2017 Selection

  Dear Festival programmers  I would like to share with you these amazing films which I have selected for festival consideration. They are part of our 'Ones To Watch' section.  And I believe each of them has a story that can change the way we see life.   "Ones to Watch' by filmfestivals.com"  DEAD ON ARRIVAL D.O.A. by Stephen Sepher - Thriller  - USA  - June  2017 -  96 minutes Emmy nomi...

Synopsis for Dead on Arrival by Stephen C. Sepher

Emmy nominated Billy Flynn stars in an ensemble cast as Sam Collins, a pharmaceutical sales rep who visits a small town in Louisiana to close the business deal of a lifetime. He finds himself in a dark world of sex, corruption and murder as he is poisoned with no antidote to save his life. Desperate for answers, with less than 24 hours to live, Sam turns to a local girl Jesse. Their path leads to a voodoo priestess who only confirms Sam’s doomed fate. On the run, caught in a deadly verti...

Dead on Arrival Premiering at Rhode Island International Film Festival

Thought-provoking, unforgettable and brilliant films from around the world await audiences at the August 8th Opening Night Celebration of FLICKERS -- and indeed throughout the week. The evening’s exhilarating line-up will showcase some of the finest examples of independent and international short films and World Premieres.   We could not be more pleased to be back the the magnificent Providence Performing Arts Centerfor the Festival’s Opening Nig...

Que Cera, Cera? Michael Cera Resurfaces in PERSON TO PERSON Like Now

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do we know about 29 year-old Canadian actor Michael Cera? Well, he was 16 on hit TV show “Arrested Development” and brought that wise-old-young-man sensibility to alternative-feeling benchmark films like NICK & NORA’S INFINITE PLAYLIST and SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD. Add odd roles in JUNO with Oscar nominee Ellen Page, and the zeitgeist turn in SUPERBAD that same year, 2007, he seemed poised to be a coming-of-age fixture...

The restored films of Venezia Classici 2017

            Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni (Not of This World, Light of My Eyes, These Days) will chair the Jury of Cinema History Students which – for the fifth time – will award the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD for the BEST RESTORED FILM and the BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA.   The list of the films selected for the Venezia Classici section of the 74th Festival:   VENEZIA CLASSICI   IL DESERTO ROSSO (RED DESERT) by MICHELANGELO...

Venice 74 Out of Competition and Special Events announced

OUT OF COMPETITION   SPECIAL EVENTS   CASA D’ALTRI by GIANNI AMELIO Italy / 16’   MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER 3D by JOHN LANDIS starring Michael Jackson, Ola Ray / USA / 14’   MAKING OF MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER by JERRY KRAMER starring Michael Jackson / USA (1983) / 45’       FICTION   OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by RITESH BATRA starring Jane Fonda, Robert Redford / USA / 101’   IL SIGNOR ROT...

Line up for Venezia 74 - in competition

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HUMAN FLOW by AI WEIWEI        Germany, USA / 140’   MOTHER! by DARREN ARONOFSKY starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris USA / 120’   SUBURBICON by GEORGE CLOONEY   starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Oscar Isaac / USA / 104’   THE SHAPE OF WATER by GUILLERMO DEL TORO starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Micha...

Venice opens with Downsizing by Alexander PAYNE, and closes with OUTRAGE CODA by KITANO Takeshi

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OPENING FILM – Venezia 74 Competition will be Alexander PAYNE's  Downsizing starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau and Kristen Wiig OUTRAGE CODA by KITANO Takeshi will close the festival, Out of Competition     Nico, 1988 by Susanna NICCHIARELLI will open Orizzonti section, starring Tryne Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca and Sandor Funtek     ...

THE LEISURE SEEKER A film by Paolo Virzì with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland In competition in Venice

Paolo Virzì’s THE LEISURE SEEKER starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland will screen in competition at the upcoming 74th Venice International Film Festival. Written by Stephen Amidon, Francesca Archibugi, Francesco Piccolo and Paolo Virzì the film is inspired by the novel “The Leisure Seeker” by Michael Zadoorian. The Leisure Seeker was the nickname of the old campervan used by Ella and John Spencer to go on vacation with their children in the 1970s. On a sum...

Casa d'altri, Gianni Amelio's eyewitness account of Amatrice at the 74th Venice Film Festival

  As a Special Event of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, La Biennale di Venezia presents Casa d'altri, the documentary by Gianni Amelio filmed in Amatrice one year after the earthquake that struck central Italy on August 24th, 2016.   The screening of Casa d'altri, which will take place on August 31st 2017 in Sala Giardino, intends to be an important opportunity to keep alive the perception of what has happened since that day on August 24th.   The 74th Ven...

47 projects, 19 publishers take part at The Venice Production Bridge: Gap - Financing and Book Adaptation Rigths markets

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VENICE PRODUCTION BRIDGE Venice Gap - Financing Market Book Adaptation Rights Market The Venice Production Bridge is pleased to announce and introduce the 47 selected projects that will be presented at the Venice Gap-Financing Market and the 19 publishers who will present their catalogues at the Book Adaptation Rights Marke...

THIRST STREET by Nathan Silver will have its International Premiere in Venice Days!

  Samuel Goldwyn will release Thirst Street by Nathan Silver in the US in Fall 2017           G...

Looks Like Ben Stiller Finds Himself Again With BRAD’S STATUS

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Hey, so Ben Stiller is back. Ignore that casual pop opening. (Smiley face.) It’s just in keeping with Stiller’s upcoming starrer from Amazon Studios, BRAD’S STATUS. You can Google up what this remade actor has been up to personally, because it shows in his work. Those are real tears, and this is a heartfelt movie, despite the toss-away title. BRAD'S STATUS is directed by Mike White, the guy who brought us SCHOO...
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