The Assassin, the latest film from Chinese master Hou Hsiao-hsien, was Hou’s seventh Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes, and won the filmmaker the Best Director award at Cannes 2015.
The film is also Hou’s long-in-development foray into Wuxia, making a significant change from the reservedly composed dramas we expect from the director. That doesn’t mean the film is a parade of action, however. The film, judging by reviews out of Cannes, is slow going and even challenging, but as The Assassin trailer shows, it may reward viewers with some wildly beautiful sights. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
After a foray into English-language filmmaking with Stoker, South Korean director Park Chan-wook is taking inspiration from an English-language source for his next Korean-language film. He’s currently at work on Fingersmith, based on a 2002 lesbian crime novel by Sarah Waters. Get all the details on the Park Chan-wook Fingersmith movie after the jump. Read More »
Microbe and Gasoline is the name of the new film from Michel Gondry, and two of those three words are also more or less the names of the main characters. Microbe is the introvert; Gasoline, the one in the red jacket, is the outgoing new kid in school. They form a fast friendship, and avoid their families over the summer by building their own car — so this is a road movie, Michel Gondry style. Check out the first Microbe and Gasoline French trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the new trailer for Coming Home, the historical romance from director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero). Based on the novel by Geling Yan, Coming Home centers on a married couple, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li), who are separated when the former is sent to a labor camp.
He returns years later to discover that she, having suffered a head injury, no longer recognizes him. Determined to get his life back, he sets out to resurrect his relationship with his wife. Newcomer Zhang Huiwen plays their daughter. Watch the Coming Home trailer after the jump. Read More »
The noir Black Coal, Thin Ice won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014, but the US still hasn’t had a chance to see writer/director Yi’nao Diao’s highly praised film. The story follows two an ex-cop who digs back into an old and unsolved murder case when a new killing is discovered that uses the same specific methodology as the old. Linking them is a woman whose connection to the murders is at first uncertain.
Lead performers Wang Xuebing, Liao Fan, and Gwei Lun were signed out for their work in the film, and Black Coal, Thin Ice has been called a multi-layered story that transcends genre.
See the Black Coal, Thin Ice trailer out of the UK below. Read More »
Both James Cameron and Peter Jackson love The Dead Lands. That’s a pretty amazing endorsement. Written by Glenn Standring and directed by Toa Fraser, the raw action movie is about a young warrior who must avenge his father’s death by traveling across the treacherous dead lands to forge an alliance with an stranger.
This small, New Zealand-based action film is currently in select theaters and on VOD. In the hopes you might check it out, the studio has provided /Film with an exclusive clip of one of the film’s action sequences. It features some dynamic camera moves and violence to illustrate why Cameron and Jackson love the movie so much.
Below, watch the exclusive Dead Lands clip, check out the trailer and read the specific quotes from James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
The last of 2015’s Best Foreign Language Picture nominees is finally coming to U.S. theaters. Directed by Zaza Urushadze, Tangerines follows two farmers (Lembit Ulfsak and Elmo Nüganen) who reluctantly get caught up in the 1992 war between Georgia and Abkhazia. A skirmish breaks out on their doorstep, leaving behind two badly wounded soldiers (Giorgi Nakhashidze and Mikheil Meskhi) from either side of the conflict.
Although Tangerines lost to Ida at the Oscars, it was still a major accomplishment for Estonian cinema — it was the first film ever from that country to make the list of nominees. Watch the Tangerines trailer after the jump. Read More »
Admittedly, French filmmaker Jacques Tati doesn’t get a lot of love on this site. We’re always so focused on the future, there’s not a lot of time to look into the past. But every once in a while there’s a big, bright, beautiful reason to celebrate the history of film and today is one of those days. (If you don’t know Tati’s work, check out this great Playtime trailer.)
Popular and talented artist Laurent Durieux has teamed up with Nautilus to do a series of prints based on the small but tremendously impactful career of Tati. The first is, predictably, for Tati’s first film, Jour de fête. The poster is called François à l’Américaine, it’s officially licensed and goes on sale Friday March 13 as a timed edition. See the full image below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Connection seems like the vaguest of titles, but once you realize what the film is about it’s actually pretty perfect. It’s a new spin on William Friedkin‘s The French Connection, with the “French” part omitted because, well, the film is already French.
Jean Dujardin plays Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate. In 1975, he tried to take down Gaetano Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin behind one of the biggest drug smuggling operations in history. Cédric Jimenez directs the film. Watch The Connection red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »
Alejandro Jodorowsky is planning a new film, Endless Poetry, which will pick up where his last movie, Dance of Reality, left off. He’s raising funds for the project now, and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather some of the financing. He wants to “exchange your money into Poetic Money to make his latest film,” which sounds like a pretty good bargain. And if you’re wondering about the exchange rate on the poetic money market, it’s basically 1:1, and the director is actually printing “poetic money” to send to backers, which is pretty neat. More details are below. Read More »