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Long live the old flesh! Canadian master David Cronenberg is gearing up to shoot his long-awaited 22nd feature, with the...
05/02/2021
David Cronenberg decamps to Athens to commit some Crimes of the Future

Long live the old flesh! Canadian master David Cronenberg is gearing up to shoot his long-awaited 22nd feature, with the working title Crimes of the Future - incidentally also the name of an early, tiny-budgeted 1970 film of his. It will not be a direct remake, however.

29/04/2021 - The arthouse and horror legend, long thought to have retired, returns for his first feature in eight years, a Greece-set sci-fi noir starring regular muse Viggo Mortensen

Canadian director David Cronenberg is set to shoot his next film in Greece, Neon and Serendipity Point Films announced o...
05/02/2021
Director David Cronenberg to Shoot Next Film in Greece with Actor Viggo Mortensen

Canadian director David Cronenberg is set to shoot his next film in Greece, Neon and Serendipity Point Films announced on April 29, Screen Daily (SD) reported. Crimes of the Future will stars Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart and “is based on Cronenberg’s first original screenplay since eXistenZ in 1999 and sees the Canadian auteur return to his familiar sci-fi stomping ground”.

LONDON, UK – Canadian director David Cronenberg is set to shoot his next film in Greece, Neon and Serendipity Point Films announced on April 29, Screen Daily (SD) reported. Crimes of the Future

Lea Seydoux will also star in the movie that has the same name of a 1970 Cronenberg-directed movie.
05/02/2021
Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart to Star in 'Crimes of the Future' From David Cronenberg

Lea Seydoux will also star in the movie that has the same name of a 1970 Cronenberg-directed movie.

David Cronenberg has set his next directorial project based on his first original screenplay since 1999's eXistenZ . The Fly filmmaker will reteam with his A History of Violence star Viggo Mortensen on Crimes of the Future, which will also star Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux.

Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen will star in David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future, the story of a popular perfor...
05/02/2021
Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen to Star in David Cronenberg’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Crimes of the Future’

Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen will star in David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future, the story of a popular performance artist whose schtick involves growing new organs in his body.

Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen will star in David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future, the story of a popular performance artist whose schtick involves growing new organs in his bod…

The sci-fi film Crimes of the Future, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux, will begin shooting in Greece th...
05/02/2021
Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are reuniting for a new movie

The sci-fi film Crimes of the Future, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux, will begin shooting in Greece this summer.

The sci-fi film 'Crimes of the Future,' which also stars Kristen Stewart and Léa Seydoux, will begin shooting in Greece this summer

David Cronenberg, the director behind such films as Scanners and A History of Violence, has announced his next project, ...
05/02/2021
David Cronenberg Returns with ‘Crimes of the Future,’ a Futuristic Sci-Fi Film Starring Viggo Mortensen

David Cronenberg, the director behind such films as Scanners and A History of Violence, has announced his next project, Crimes of the Future. The upcoming film will be Cronenberg’s first film as director since 2014’s Maps to the Stars, and his first original screenplay since 1999’s eXistenZ. Cronenberg stated, “I have unfinished business with the future.”

David Cronenberg has announced his first film since 2014, with Crimes of the Future, starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.

David Cronenberg Sets Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart For ‘Crimes Of The Future’; Neon, Serendipity Point ...
05/02/2021
David Cronenberg Sets Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart For ‘Crimes Of The Future’; Neon, Serendipity Point Firm Summer Start In Greece

David Cronenberg Sets Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart For ‘Crimes Of The Future’; Neon, Serendipity Point Firm Summer Start In Greece.

EXCLUSIVE: Neon and Serendipity Point Films have set a summer production start in Athens, Greece for Crimes of the Future, the David Cronenberg-written and -directed sci-fi thriller that has locked…

Sight & Sound pulls up a delightful interview Matthew Thrift conducted in 2010. Topics include the ending of Two-Lane Bl...
05/02/2021
Monte Hellman looks back

Sight & Sound pulls up a delightful interview Matthew Thrift conducted in 2010. Topics include the ending of Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Jack Nicholson’s eureka moment, and the actual definition of “existentialism.”

The late director of Two-Lane Blacktop and Ride in the Whirlwind talks through his career, from sweltering shoots in the Philippines with Jack Nicholson to his final feature Road to Nowhere.

This week has seen more tributes to the late Monte Hellman, with the Talkhouse posting a remembrance from director Caveh...
05/02/2021
On Meeting Monte Hellman

This week has seen more tributes to the late Monte Hellman, with the Talkhouse posting a remembrance from director Caveh Zahedi of “one of my filmmaking idols”.

Caveh Zahedi recalls his encounters with the legendary director of Two Lane Blacktop, who passed away last week at the age of 91.

Rachel Kushner has a new collection of essays out, The Hard Crowd, and New York’s Metrograph has invited her to select a...
05/02/2021
The Leather Boys

Rachel Kushner has a new collection of essays out, The Hard Crowd, and New York’s Metrograph has invited her to select a series of films to present. One of them had to be Sidney J. Furie’s The Leather Boys, “one of my favorite films of all time” and “the zenith of the British New Wave.” Reggie (Colin Campbell) is married to Dot (Rita Tushingham) but he’s actually in love with fellow motorcycle-riding ‘rocker’ Pete (Dudley Sutton). In Gillian Freeman’s novel, that affair is consummated, an impossibility in a movie made in 1964. “What The Leather Boys gets spot on is milieu,” writes Sukhdev Sandhu for 4Columns. “Its South London streets are monotonous brick barracks. So humdrum that the windows of local shops are devoted to displays of baked-bean tins. The terraced houses reek of boiled potatoes, unwashed curtains, and endless resentment. This is Morrissey land. Here every day is like Sunday. What hungry soul wouldn’t want to flee?”

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For MAP Magazine, Caitlin Quinlan talks with Another Gaze editor Daniella Shreir about Sarah Maldoror, moviegoing in Lon...
05/02/2021
Transforming Limitation

For MAP Magazine, Caitlin Quinlan talks with Another Gaze editor Daniella Shreir about Sarah Maldoror, moviegoing in London vs. moviegoing in Paris, Cecilia Mangini, and what she hopes the streaming platform she’s launched, Another Screen (see comments), will become. “The idea that qualifying our approach as feminist—despite my current problems with this label—sounds reductive,” says Shreir, “but actually I think it is way more plural because it necessitates a sort of research that takes you way beyond the feminist film canon and further and further into diverse production modes and geographies. It’s kind of overwhelming how exciting it is to do it.”

Caitlin Quinlan talks to Daniella Shreir, editor of Another Gaze, about the new irregular streaming platform, Another Screen

Alex Kong has been spending much of his time in quarantine revisiting the work of Eric Rohmer, and in a piece for n+1, h...
05/02/2021
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Alex Kong has been spending much of his time in quarantine revisiting the work of Eric Rohmer, and in a piece for n+1, he notes that these films “reveal themselves as pricklier and more ambiguous than I remembered. Their explorations of what it means to exist in a public space, enmeshed within a web of relations with other people, celebrate the possibilities that emerge from that position just as much as they brood over the dangers that lurk there. They shed light on some of the less salubrious aspects of communal existence that, as we start to stagger back into the world like dazed bears after a long hibernation, we may have overlooked or forgotten.” There’s also a nice little passage here on Rohmer’s oeuvre as “an inexhaustible well of inspiration for anybody who takes an interest in clothes.”

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Zachary Murphy King, writing for The Point, argues that “in its searching portrait of a nomadic woman’s life—with its in...
05/02/2021
After Empire | The Point Magazine

Zachary Murphy King, writing for The Point, argues that “in its searching portrait of a nomadic woman’s life—with its insecurity, its proximity to nature, its economic difficulties and occasional joys—and in the fictionalized telling of real American experiences, Nomadland is a far better mirror of our social realities than these critiques allow.”

“These are trailer people! I have a feeling they will help us out.” Says my father to me as I squat in the dark, my […]

In an essay for Film Quarterly full to bursting with keen observations, Gina Marchetti explores Nomadland’s “connections...
05/02/2021
Chloé Zhao and China: The Nomadland Moment

In an essay for Film Quarterly full to bursting with keen observations, Gina Marchetti explores Nomadland’s “connections to a China which, visually and physically absent in the film, nevertheless structures its production, distribution, exhibition, and, arguably, much of its international critical acclaim.”

Gina Marchetti on the various ways in which China marks Chloé Zhao's "Nomadland".

On the morning after Nomadland won three Oscars, Kate Aurthur spoke with Chloé Zhao for Variety. In the video that accom...
05/02/2021
Chloé Zhao on Making Oscars History and How She Stayed True to Herself Directing Marvel’s ‘Eternals’

On the morning after Nomadland won three Oscars, Kate Aurthur spoke with Chloé Zhao for Variety. In the video that accompanies that interview, Zhao says, “Yes, I make films in the west, but if you look closely, there are actually philosophical ideas I explore in my films [that] are deeply rooted in eastern traditions I grew up with.”

On Monday morning, the day after making history with her two Oscar wins, Chloé Zhao is beaming. Her happiness is detectable even over Zoom. “It was just so, so beautiful to be in the room with peop…

In other news, the British Independent Film Awards presented a special jury prize to curator June Givanni on Monday in a...
05/02/2021
Special Jury Prize: June Givanni · BIFA · British Independent Film Awards

In other news, the British Independent Film Awards presented a special jury prize to curator June Givanni on Monday in appreciation for her founding and maintaining the Pan African Cinema Archive. In an endearingly lo-fi video, BIFA interviews not only Givanni but also collaborators, including artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah, and admirers such as our own curatorial director, Ashley Clark.

FILM CURATOR AND ACTIVIST JUNE GIVANNI AWARDED THE BIFA SPECIAL JURY PRIZE Amanda Nevill, Horace Ové and Femi Oguns MBE Each year, the BIFA jury identify an industry figure that they believe is…

The team at Screen goes all in with a comprehensive region-by-region guide to well over a hundred projects either on the...
05/02/2021
Cannes 2021: Who is in the running?

The team at Screen goes all in with a comprehensive region-by-region guide to well over a hundred projects either on the verge of completion or standing by and waiting for a call. Even if less than half of them actually end up heading to France, Screen’s list is an encouraging snapshot of an industry on the rebound. And maybe, just maybe, we can look forward to seeing new work soon from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Claire Denis, Joanna Hogg, Jane Campion, Todd Haynes, Mia Hansen-Løve, Ruben Östlund, Julia Ducournau, Bruno Dumont, Ana Lily Amirpour, Ildikó Enyedi, and quite likely, Wes Anderson and Paul Verhoeven, and most definitely Leos Carax.

The selection process is going down to the wire as everyone awaits confirmation the physical event will go ahead.

Cannes won’t announce the lineup for its 2021 edition until May 27, but the annual round of speculation has already begu...
05/02/2021
Cannes 2021: Stars and Big-Name Auteurs in Pipeline for Festival Comeback (EXCLUSIVE)

Cannes won’t announce the lineup for its 2021 edition until May 27, but the annual round of speculation has already begun. Variety’s Elsa Keslassy offers overviews of the likeliest contenders.

UPDATE: After last year’s cancellation, the Cannes Film Festival is expected to be back with a bang in July. The 2021 edition should be in no shortage of major auteurs, female directors and g…

Ehsan Khoshbakht has posted a 1938 interview with Ben Hecht in which the newspaperman-turned-screenwriter cut loose on t...
04/25/2021
"Nothing Sacred About My Stipend Either": A 1938 Interview with Ben Hecht

Ehsan Khoshbakht has posted a 1938 interview with Ben Hecht in which the newspaperman-turned-screenwriter cut loose on the state of Hollywood at the time. “Catering to the imbecilic type of moron who clutters around first nights and hotel lobbies, pleading for autographs, in the delusion that this public must be served, is just so much pap,” he thundered. “The only way to defeat this public, who unfortunately symbolize the ‘Great American Movie Public’ of today, is to substitute them with a new public, and the only way to do that is to have Hollywood go into the state of collapse it is inevitably heading for and start anew with a sane production budget.” Carole Lombard and Fredric March “cleaned up more than a quarter of a million between them on Nothing Sacred—and there was ‘nothing sacred’ about my weekly stipend, either; it was positively indecent! I would have taken less, but nobody asked me to.”

ehsan khoshbakht on cinema and film culture

The trailer (see comments) for Abel Ferrara’s Siberia, starring Willem Dafoe, arrived this week. For the past several mo...
04/25/2021
The Deuce Notebook: Abel Ferrara Talks Moviemaking in Fear City

The trailer (see comments) for Abel Ferrara’s Siberia, starring Willem Dafoe, arrived this week. For the past several months, Ferrera has been working on Zeroes and Ones with Ethan Hawke and cinematographer Sean Price Williams. The Notebook and the Deuce Film Series have teamed up to present Williams’s lively and lengthy conversation with Ferrera, in which the filmmaker looks back on going to the movies in the late 1970s in New York along what the Deuce calls “cinema’s most infamous block in the world: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.” Ferrara also talks about making The Driller Killer (1979) and tells a wild story about Zoë Lund, the star of Ms. 45 (1981), and a few more involving John Waters, Divine, and many others. He also looks back to the dubious financing of his first feature, 9 Lives of a Wet P***y (1976). “Once you make a p***ographic film, you don’t want to make another one,” he says. “So, we finished that. So now I go to San Francisco and I’m hanging out at the Art Institute, and now I’m totally into Michael Snow and his Wavelength, you know? So I’m thinking, okay, maybe I could do a feature like this. You know, forget the p***o business.”

The Deuce Film Series & Sean Price Williams talk to Abel Ferrara about "The Driller Killer" & take a tour of the Times Square Theatre.

For Vanity Fair, Camonghne Felix profiles Barry Jenkins, whose adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad...
04/25/2021
Barry Jenkins on Bringing ‘The Underground Railroad’ to TV Form

For Vanity Fair, Camonghne Felix profiles Barry Jenkins, whose adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, one of the most anticipated series of the year, premieres on May 14. Felix picks out a moment from Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s documentary on Toni Morrison, The Pieces I Am, in which the late author says, “I have spent my entire writing life trying to make sure that the white gaze was not the dominant one in any of my books.” Felix observes that Jenkins “seems to share this urgency and the implicit desire to illustrate the preciousness and perpetual innovation of Black survival. It’s not even that he’s making Black movies for Black people—that’s too simple of a mission statement, as he’s said before. It’s that, at this point in his career, he is breaking the fourth wall to help Black people look themselves in the eye.”

While the ‘Moonlight’ director was turning Colson Whitehead’s award-winning novel into an Amazon Prime Video series, he learned new things about himself.

On the most recent episode of the podcast, a roundtable on trans cinema, Girish and Klute assemble a panel—critics Caden...
04/25/2021
The Film Comment Podcast: Trans Cinema Roundtable

On the most recent episode of the podcast, a roundtable on trans cinema, Girish and Klute assemble a panel—critics Caden Mark Gardner and Willow Maclay and filmmakers Isabel Sandoval and Jessica Dunn Rovinelli—to respond to a set of questions submitted by listeners. “How does one define trans cinema?,” for example. “Are visibility and representation important, or should questions of labor be foregrounded? And which classic movies do our panelists consider to be ‘covertly’ trans?” Scroll down that page a tad and you’ll find several pointers to relevant reading and viewing.

Framing the conversation: a quartet of critics and filmmakers reflect on trans film images

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