Saturday, July 30, 2011

Preview: 68th Venice Film Festival (Venezia 68)

68TH VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

《第68届威尼斯国际电影节》68th Venice International Film Festival日前公布了主竞赛单元Venezia 68的入围片单,华语片成功突围投下【双保】,由香港导演许鞍华及台湾导演魏德圣各凭催泪小品《桃姐》及史实争议力作《赛德克·巴莱》出征【擒狮】。然惭于崇洋媚外的我,最期待的还是争议大导 Roman Polanski 汇集坚强卡士如 Jodie Foster 、Kate Winslet 、Christoph Waltz 合演的舞台剧改编作品《Carnage》;年轻版万磁王 Michael Fassbender 挑战性无能角色,与英国实力新星 Carey Mulligan 饰演兄妹的剧情片《Shame》,以及 George Clooney 自导自演,与 Ryan Gosling 掀政治幕僚争斗风暴的开幕影片《The Ides of March》。随博分享网搜整理,21部主竞赛影片第22部 神秘影片 倒数公布的英文简介、视频、剧照或海报,部分尚未发布预告片的参展作品,暂以影图或海报补齐,容后再陆续更新。

9/8 更新】:第22部竞赛影片【揭晓】,结果是香港名导杜琪峰凭借《夺命金》第四度赴水城,造就本届影展有三部华人影片【抢金狮】的局面。

The Ides of March - Official Poster #1

THE IDES OF MARCH
An edgy political drama film directed by George Clooney from a screenplay by Clooney and Grant Heslov. It stars Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti and Evan Rachel Wood. It is an adaptation of the play Farragut North, set in the days leading up to a fictional presidential primary. Clooney stars as a Democratic candidate who schools his idealistic campaign press secretary (Gosling) in the dubious machinations of modern politics.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - UK Character Poster (Gary Oldman as George Smiley)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - UK Character Poster (Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - UK Character Poster (Colin Firth as Bill Haydon)

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
An anticipated British thriller film directed by “Let the Right One In” director Tomas Alfredson, from a screenplay by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan based on the 1974 novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” by John le Carré. Set in the 1970s, the film starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley, who helps uncover a mole in MI6’s ranks. It also stars Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Mark Strong.

Killer Joe (2011) - Poster #1

KILLER JOE
A black comedy inspired by yet another Tracy Letts play from the legendary filmmaker, William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). Starring Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Thomas Haden Church, Juno Temple and Gina Gershon, the plot follows 22 year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) who has his stash stolen by his mother, and has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or else he’s dead. Desperate, he turns to Killer Joe (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother’s life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris’ attractive younger sister, Dottie (Temple), who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in.

TERRAFERMA, director: Emanuele Crialese
TERRAFERMA, director: Emanuele Crialese

TERRAFERMA
The third feature by the Italian director Emanuele Crialese, who won the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes 2002 for Grazia’s Island and the Silver Lion at Venice 2006 for Golden Door. The director described, “it is a story caught between reality and myth, the meeting/clash between two women who want a better life for themselves and their children, one from the island, the other from Africa, and then there is the sea, the wisdom of the law of the sea which means welcoming, means helping those in trouble without looking at where they come from. And then my usual heroes the fishermen”.

A Dangerous Method - Poster #2

A DANGEROUS METHOD
A historical film, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, itself based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method. Set on the eve of the World War I, the film is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

Texas Killing Fields - Poster #1

TEXAS KILLING FIELDS
Previously known as The Fields, the film was originally going to be directed by Danny Boyle, before he left the project and was replaced by Amy Mann, daughter of director Michael Mann, who will produce the film. It is loosely based on the novel “The Texas Killing Fields,” about murders in oil refineries in southeast Texas. The film starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers), Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help, The Debt), and Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass’ Hit-Girl, Let Me In).

James Howson in WUTHERING HEIGHTS

WUTHERING HEIGHTS
A romantic drama film directed by Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and starring Kaya Scodelario and James Howson as Catherine and Heathcliff, respectively. The screenplay by Olivia Hetreed is based on Emily Brontë’s 1847 eponymous novel.

QUANDO LA NOTTE (When the Night) - Promo Poster
Claudia Pandolfi and Filippo Timi in QUANDO LA NOTTE (When the Night)

QUANDO LA NOTTE (When the Night)
Written and directed by veteran Italian director and novelist, Cristina Comencini, the film stars Claudia Pandolfi, Filippo Timi, Michela Cescon, Thomas Trabacchi. The story follows Marina, a young woman with a child, at a difficult time for her family life, and facing her inability to be a good mother, moves to a rest in the mountains. There Marina knows a mountaineer named Manfred. He is rude, silent, hiding the trauma of a double abandonment: his mother and his wife. Contradictions and pain will come between the two, in a love story that will remain suspended for fifteen years, when Manfred and Marina will finally find themselves.

Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh in 444: LAST DAY ON EARTH

4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH
The third collaboration between director Abel Ferrara and actor Willem Dafoe after New Rose Hotel (1998) and Go Go Tales (2007). The film focuses on the relationship between Cisco (Dafoe), a successful actor, and his painter girlfriend, Skye (Shanyn Leigh), as the world is coming perilously close to its final moments of existence.

Un été brûlant (That Summer) - Venice Poster

UN ÉTÉ BRULANT (That Summer / A Burning Hot Summer)
A romantic drama film directed by 62-year-old French director, Philippe Garrel, whose four latest films were in competition at Venice (Night Wind in 1999, Wild Innocence in 2001 and Regular Lovers in 2005, winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director) and Cannes (Frontier of Dawn in 2008), has this time cast Italian actress Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel (who teams up with his father for the third time here) in the starring roles. Co-scripted by the director, Marc Chodolenko and Caroline Deruas, the film recounts the torments of a painter whose actress wife has left him. Its open with the suicide of the male protagonist in a car accident and look back in flashback at their stormy romantic relationship.

HAHITHALFUT (The Exchange), director: Eran Kolirin

HAHITHALFUT (The Exchange)
The second feature film from Israeli screenwriter and film director, Eran Kolirin, follow-up to his awards winning directorial debut, “The Band’s Visit”. The film follows a family man who becomes obsessed with looking at his own life out of context.

ALPEIS, director: Yorgos Lanthimos

ALPEIS (ALPS)
A Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (Giorgos Lanthimos), follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Dogtooth,” (won Prix Un Certain Regard at 2009 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards) and “Attenberg” (won Best Actress for Ariane Labed at 2010 Venice Film Festival). It stars Dogtooth’s Aggeliki Papoulia and Attenberg’s Labed, tell the story “a group of people who agree to stand in for the lost loved ones of others, replicating their behavior and gestures, ostensibly to help with grieving.

Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender in SHAME

SHAME
A drama film co-written and directed by Steve McQueen, tells a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us. McQueen cast Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class’ Magneto) in the lead role, who also appeared in his directorial debut film “Hunger”. Brandon played by Michael Fassbender is a 30-something man living in New York City who has trouble controlling and managing his sexual compulsions once his willful younger sister (Carey Mulligan) moves in.

L'ULTIMO TERRESTRE, director: Gian Alfonso Pacinotti (GIPI)

L'ULTIMO TERRESTRE
Debut movie of cartoonist Gianni Pacinotti (Gipi), about the Italian economic crisis.

Carnage - French Poster
Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz in oman Polanski’s CARNAGE

CARNAGE
A comedy-drama film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the acclaimed play God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza. The film follows two sets of parents (Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly) who meet up to talk after their children have been in a fight that day at school.

Poulet aux prunes (Chicken with Plums) - French Poster
Mathieu Amalric in POULET AUX PRUNES

POULET AUX PRUNES (Chicken with Plums)
From the directors of “Persepolis” (Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi), comes another enchanting film adaptation of a graphic novel by Satrapi. The film centers on Nasser-Ali (Mathieu Amalric), a talented musician, meets his beloved, Irane, in the streets. But she doesn’t recognize him. Following this encounter we find that after an argument with his wife, Nasser-Ali’s beloved tar (an Iranian instrument) was broken. He searches for a replacement, and, finding none, he vows to die. Eight days later, he does. This is the story of his last week of life, where we see flashbacks and flash forwards of his previous life and his children's futures. We also see appearances of a nude Sophia Loren as well as the angel of death, Azarel. As we see his life, we realize exactly why he chose to end his life, and the profundity of this choice.

FAUST, director: Aleksandr Sokurov

FAUST
A Russian film directed by Alexander Sokurov, based on the Faust legend, and loosely on its literary interpretations by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Thomas Mann. This is the fourth and final film in the corrupting effects of power after Hitler (“Moloch,” 1999), Valdimir Lenin (“Taurus,” 2000) and Japanese emperor Hirohito (“The Sun,” 2004). Inspired by the German legend of a man who makes a pact with the devil in return for knowledge, and drawing on works by Goethe and Thomas Mann, the plot is based on the first half of poetic drama by Goethe, where the main line is love line of Faust and Margarita.

Dark Horse - Teaser Poster
Selma Blair and Jordan Gelber in DARK HORSE

DARK HORSE
The latest indie drama from Todd Solondz, follow-up to “Life During Wartime” which he won the Golden Osella award for best screenplay at the 66th Venice Film Festival. It is about Abe (Jordan Gelber), a 30-something male living with his parents, reluctantly working for his father while pursuing his hobby of collecting toys. To lose his “dark horse” status in the family, he’s also trying to spark a relationship with Miranda (Selma Blair), who recently moved back home after a failed literary/academic career. Miranda agrees to marry Abe out of desperation, and things go awry from there. The film also stars Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow.

HIMIZU - Official Site
Shōta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidō in HIMIZU HIMIZU (2012), director: Shion Sono

HIMIZU(ヒミズ)
Based on Minoru Furuya’s (古谷实) psychological manga of the same name, the live-action film adaptation is directed by controversial Japanese filmmaker and poet, Shion Sono (园子温), follow-up to his well-received serial killer film “Cold Fish” and latest crime noir “Guilty of Romance”. 18-year-old actor Shōta Sometani (染谷将太) plays Yūichi Sumida, a third-year middle school boy who longs for a normal life, but a certain incident sets him on a descent into darkness. 16-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidō (二階堂文) plays Keiko Chazawa, Sumida’s classmate.

A Simple Life (桃姐) - Poster#1

A SIMPLE LIFE(桃姐)
Also known as Sister Peach (Taojie), is a heartwarming Hong Kong drama film directed by Ann Hui (许鞍华) and starring Andy Lau (刘德华) and Deanie Ip (叶德娴). Although it is often said that it is the first collaboration of Lau and Ip since 1988’s The Truth (法内情), their last collaboration was actually 1999’s Prince Charming (黑马王子). Inspired by a true story, the film tells about a heartwarming relationship between a young master a big family, Roger (Lau) and the servant of the family who raised him, Sister Peach (Ip).

Seediq Bale (赛德克‧巴莱) - International Poster

SAIDEKE BALAI(赛德克‧巴莱)
The long awaited Taiwanese historical drama film produced by John Woo (吴宇森), and directed by Wei Te-Sheng (魏德圣), who rose to fame in 2008 with his debut feature “Cape No.7,” (海角七号) which recorded the second- highest box office in Taiwan’s movie history. stars Ando Masanobu, Da-Ching, Landy Wen, LO Mei-ling, Umin Boya, and Vivian Hsu. Based on the final large scale rebellion of the Taiwanese aborigines from the Seediq tribe against the colonial Japanese, known as the Wushe Incident (雾社事件), the film stars Umin Boya (马志翔), Ando Masanobu (安藤政信), Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), Landy Wen (温岚), LO Mei-ling (罗美玲), and introducing first-time actors, Da-Ching (大庆) and Qing-tai Lin (林庆台) stars as young and middle-aged Mona Rudao, the protagonist, respectively.

Set in 1930’s Formosa (now Taiwan), and based on true events, the film depicts the valiant but doomed struggle of more than 300 native Seediq warriors who, overcoming long standing and divisive inter-tribal rivalries, united and launched a rebellion against their Japanese overseers. Fighting with ancient guns, spears and minimal weaponry and seeking to reclaim their land, their dignity and their honor, they took on the overwhelming force of the well armed Japanese imperial army. Driven by years of oppression and calling on the bravery and spirit of their ancestors, the 300 warriors using stealth, cunning and guerrilla tactics battled to a near victory, only to be decimated in the end by the superior weaponry and modern fighting tactics of their opponents.

Life Without Principle (夺命金) - Venice Poster

“LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE(夺命金)
Directed by Johnnie To (杜琪峰), written by and starring Lau Ching Wan (刘青云), co-stars Richie Jen (任贤齐), and Denise Ho (何韵诗). The film tells the story of three characters: an ordinary bank teller turned financial analyst is forced to sell high risk securities to her customers in order to meet her sales target; a small-time thug delves into the futures index hoping to earn easy money to post bail for a buddy in trouble with the law; a straight-arrow Police inspector, who has always enjoyed his middle income lifestyle, is suddenly desperate for money when his wife puts a down payment on a luxury flat she can’t afford and his dying father wants him to look after a young half-sister he never knew he had.

Three little people who are in dire need of money for the predicaments in their respective lives have nothing in common until a bag of stolen money worth $5m pops up and lands them in an intricate situation that forces them into making soul searching decisions about right and wrong and everything in between on the morality scale.

The film secures the last competition slot at the festival, joining Ann Hui’s “A SIMPLE LIFE” and Wei Te-Sheng’s “SAIDEKE BALAI” as three Chinese films which will contend for the coveted Gold Lion Award at this year’s festival.