Archives for October 2007

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Catherine Breillat

I met French filmmaker and novelist Catherine Breillat at her hotel on the edge of Central Park. She sat by the window in her room, framed by a spectacular view of the park. 'I decided to give interviews here,' she tells me, 'it’s so much better than down in the restaurant.' Breillat’s Une Vieille Maitresse (starring Asia Argento, Michael Lonsdale and Claude Sarraute) was shown in competition in ... more >

SOUTHLAND TALES: THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS

At the Cannes festival in 2006 director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) received a not-so-warm reception for his film Southland Tales, a strange apocalyptic tale about four strangers whose lives intersect. The film, which includes an unwieldy cast composed of Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake, is big and awkward. Credit ought be given to Kelly, ... more >

ANTHONY HOPKINS: EGOMANIAC OR UNSUNG POET?

(BY ALI NADERZAD) Anthony Hopkins has written and directed a complicated and perhaps too self-aware film called Slipstream, which was screened to a room of journalists last night in New York. The idea behind it seems to be the loss of control, when your thoughts are sucked into a sort of cerebral vortex and your dreams mesh with reality and vice-versa--you get the picture. That Hopkins wrote and ... more >

THE BIG PICTURE: MR. NOBODY

Jaco van Dormael’s ambitious new film Mr. Nobody, his first English-language feature, continues its sixth-month shoot, moving to Germany at the end of October. Production began this June in Belgium and then moved to Canada. Van Dormael, director of the award-winning hits Toto the hero (1991) and The Eighth (1996), has assembled a very strong cast including Jared Leto (Requiem For a Dream, ... more >

GUY RITCHIE IS BACK WITH REVOLVER

Director Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Lock, Stock & Two Barrels) has finished shooting a psychological thriller featuring an all-star cast of gangster movie icons including Jason Statham (Snatch, The Transporter), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas), Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), and Outkast's André Benjamin (Four Brothers). Gambler and conman Jake Green (Jason Statham) always ran with a bad crowd and it cost ... more >

NEWS BITE: PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY TO BEGIN ON FRANKLYN

Principal photography began on Recorded Picture Company's Franklyn, the feature film debut of writer/director Gerald McMorrow on locations in Central London on September 24th. Franklyn stars Ryan Phillippe (Crash, Flags of Our Fathers, Gosford Park), Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Golden Compass, The Dreamers), and newcomer Sam Riley (Control) alongside Bernard Hill, Susannah York and Art Malik. ... more >

CAO HAMBURGER

An oppressive regime, political propaganda and World Cup fever, all form the context to The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (O Ano em que meus pais sairam de ferias), the new film by Brazil's Cao Hamburger to be released here in December. As the country prepares itself for the 1970 World Cup, young Mauro (Michel Joelsas) is driven by his parents to his grandfather's apartment in Sao Paulo's Bom ... more >