Hey everyone - check out the trailer from APPLAUSE, a new Danish drama starring the fabulous Paprika Steen. This year's Chlotrudis honoree won the Best Actress Award at the recent Karlovy Vary Film Festival earlier this year. I'm very excited that APPLAUSE is screening in a few weeks at the Toronto International Film Festival, and hope to catch it there, AND meet that talented and delightful actor, Paprika Steen!
The Toronto International Film Festival may have defied tradition by programming a non-Canadian film for opening night (that film is Jon Amiel's CREATION starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly) but that doesn't mean the Canadian powerhouses won't be represented. I'm very happy to see Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar and Sarah Polley all have new films at this year's fest according to the The Toronto Star.
Atom Egoyan's CHLOE is an erotic thriller starring Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson, based on a French film called NATHALIE from 2003. Moore stars as a suspicious wife who hires a prostitute to test her husband's fidelity.
Don McKellar plays a diplomat living in India in Dilip Mehta's WHAT'S COOKING, STELLA? And if that name sounds familiar, it's because his sister is Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, director of WATER, EARTH and FIRE, not to mention BOLLYWOOD HOLLYWOOD. Deepa co-produced and co-wrote WHAT'S COOKING, STELLA?
And in perhaps the most intriguing news, Sarah Polley co-stars with Jared Leto in MR. NOBODY, a Belgian science fiction movie that spans centuries. Check out the trailer below.
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Check out this trailer for Richard Kelly's new film, THE BOX. You may recall Kelly as the director of Chlotrudis Award-winner DONNIE DARKO. What's extra cool about this trailer is the number of scenes shot in the Boston Public Library!
The best film I saw at the Provincetown International Film Festival was definitely the chilling yet sweet Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. Magnet Films, which is releasing the film domestically, captures the feel of the film wonderfully, although it does show quite a bit, so if you want to be completely surprised, you may want to skip it. I can't wait to see it again.
Lots of little tidbits to catch up on here, but I just had to start with this one. Many Chlotrudis members have been intrigued by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's film career. He started out as a photographer, and since 1995 has also written and directed five films. The last two, CLIMATES and DISTANT, garnered quite a bit of attention stateside after winning some awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Both films told intimate, personal stories and were lauded for their stunning visuals.
Now Twitch reports that a trailer for THREE MONKEYS, Ceylan's forthcoming film which just premiered at Cannes, has been released. Ceylan is an acknowledged master at the art of filming in HD, and while I'm not usually one to gush over visuals (although you should have heard me raving about the picture quality of the Blu-Ray disc for JUNO) you've just got to take a look at this trailer. Not only is it intriguing and make me want to see the film, it's really just visually spectacular. Go take a look.
So a lot has already been said here and here about BLINDNESS, the new film due out this year by Fernando Meirelles, adapted from a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Jose Saramago. Lots of people are looking forward to Meirelles' follow-up to CITY OF GOD. Others are excited about Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, or Gael Garcia Bernal, three of the more well-known cast members. Of course, Chlotrudis is all over BLINDNESS because it was adapted for the screen by our pal, and Chlotrudis Advisory Board member, Don McKellar, who also appears in the film, as does our other Canadian pal, Tracy Wright!(And to sweeten the Chlotrudis punch just that much more, it also features appearances by Sandra Oh, Maury Chaykin, Martha Burns (form "Slings & Arrows"), AFTER LIFE's Yusuke Iseya, Susan Coyne (also from "Slings & Arrows"), and Chlotrudis Award winner Nadia Litz! What more could you possibly ask for?
How about a creepy trailer? While you're vibrating with anticipation about everything I just told you, take a peek at the trailer for this film which is due to open this fall in the U.S. Originally we had thought the film would premiere at Cannes (and it still might) but it sure looks like they're setting it up for Toronto as well. Whooee! Wouldn't that be fun?
Have you ever seen a film that was produced in Turkey?
The ones I've seen aren't all that good. The Turkish film industry is known for recreating big Hollywood blockbusters, sometimes shot-for-shot, with crappy effects, lousy acting, and a heavier hand than even -- well, than even Hollywood would dare use. I've been (un)fortunate enough to see the Turkish Wizard of Oz, complete with I Dream of Jeannie-style "magical" effects. And I've seen the Turkish Exorcist, which is nearly identical to the original, minus the storytelling genius and Catholic church (the "priest" uses the Koran to scare the Hell out of the girl). I know of what I speak.
But this little gem of a trailer for A.R.O.G made its way onto the viral video chart this week and I am fascinated. Despite the flagrant copyright infringements, it looks like a squeal-fest in so many ways! Now, if someone could please tell me what the title means, I'll be thrilled. I can't find anything on the film on IMDB or any other halfway-reputable English-language site. I do, however, think it's a sequel to something called G.O.R.A., which looks pretty neat itself...
I missed a trailer in my round-up of movies of Chlotrudis interest opening this year. This weekend, in fact, in New York City, people can enjoy STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, a literary look at an aging professor and the young woman writing her thesis on him. It features terrific performances from Lauren Ambrose and Lili Taylor, but this film belongs to the sublime Frank Langella. Definitely worth a look.
So I haven't seen a U.S. distributor pick this one up yet (what are you waiting for?), but my hope is that if JUNO is a smash, THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS might have a shot. This was my top film of the Toronto International Film Festival. It stars the amazingly talented Ellen Page, who is about to become a star, and who I told in Toronto Chlotrudis was totally taking credit for her success in the States (which she was completely cool about). I don't know when you'll get to see THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS in the States (hopefully when we co-present it at the IFFB? Brian? Nancy? Adam?) but here's the nifty trailer. Oh, it's directed by that talented Canadian director, Bruce McDonald.
The end of the year is always stuffed to the gills with new film releases deemed "award contenders," albeit the award most people think of involves a naked gold man rather than a cat on a stick. Still many of the releases are films that spark a lot of Chlotrudis interest. Here is a list of some of the films that Chlotrudis members will want to take note of in the waning weeks of Chlotrudis eligibility.
MARGOT AT THE WEDDING is director Noah Baumbach's follow-up to THE SQUID AND THE WHALE starring Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black. Chlotrudis honoree Tracy Wright gave this film high marks in Toronto, and that's enough for me! MARGOT AT THE WEDDING opens in Boston on November 21.
SMILEY FACE is director Gregg Araki's follow-up to MYSTERIOUS SKIN. Switching gears rom the intense drama from his Chlotrudis Award nominated film, SMILEY FACE is a light-hearted, stoner comedy starring Anna Farris.
I'M NOT THERE is Todd Haynes follow-up to the Chlotrudis Award winning FAR FROM HEAVEN. This one has gotten a lot of buzz, with six different actors playing aspects of the legendary Bob Dylan. I saw this on in Toronto, and I highly recommend it. Don't worry if you're not a huge Dylan fan, I'M NOT THERE is more about Todd Haynes than it is about Bob Dylan. And I will echo the other critics when I say you have got to see Cate Blanchett's performance to believe it. This one comes out next week in Boston as well.
THE SAVAGES is Tamara Jenkins' long-awaited follow-up to THE SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS and it should be of particular interest to Chlotrudis members as it stars Chlotrudis multiple award winning Philip Seymour Hoffman and multiple-nominee Laura Linney. THE SAVAGES opens in limited release at the end of November
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY is director Julian Schnabel's follow-up to BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, and in addition to the positive reviews it has received on the festival circuit, it stars Chlotrudis nominee Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Seigner most recently in LA VIE EN ROSE, and Marie-Josée Croze from ARARAT and THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS. THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY gets a limited release on November 30.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD is the much-anticipated new film from director Paul Thomas Anderson starring Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano. It squeaks in at the end of December with a NY/LA release, and hopefully will follow soon in Boston.