For the past year IFC has bought up a lot of left-field, genre and oddball movies to distribute in the States. It started with Antichrist — not such a weird buy, given the prestige status of Lars von Trier — and then went to Valhalla Rising, Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Enter the Void, among many others.
Now IFC has spun off a genre label called IFC Midnight, which is a name that has been used by the company for a slate of on demand films in the past. It sounds similar to Magnolia’s offshoot Magnet, and will send all these films to video on demand, DVD and some theatrical releases. Read More »
I don’t think there’s been a more divisive movie in the past year than Gaspar Noe‘s Enter the Void. It premiered (in hastily finished form) at Cannes last year and has done festival circuits since. IFC bought the film for US distribution, but before it opens here it is getting a real release in France, which is the reason for the trailer we have today. It is vaguely NSFW, thanks to shots of a few dancers, but they’re lit and edited in a way that most viewers should be able to use their discretion and get away with it. Read More »
I’m certain that within the next week, as Sundance 2010 goes down in Park City, UT, at least a handful of new ‘must-see’ films will crop up for this year. In the meantime, one of the year’s big films for me is from last year — Gaspar Noé‘s Enter the Void. (Which actually gets a US premiere this week at Sundance.) The film premiered at Cannes, after barely being finished in time, and has been divisive in the months since. It’s either too long, repetitive and indulgent or a truly unique cinematic headtrip. Either way, I want to see it and IFC is going to help. The company bought Enter the Void this week for distribution in North America. Read More »
The website of French TV station Canal + is playing host to a video of the entire Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. Easily the most exciting section is a long montage of clips from different films that will be playing there over the next couple of weeks though you might enjoy the rest, perhaps most particularly Bryan Ferry’s tidy performance of She.
The film clips section starts at around the 15 minutes and 40 seconds mark, and lasts for seven minutes or so. Most films get a 15 to 30 second showcase, which might not seem like much, though in many cases this is the first footage of the films to have turned up online at all. While I found a lot of the material quite exciting none of it compared to the giddiness I have for the 18 seconds of The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. The clip focuses on Heath Ledger, dressed in the costume shown in the picture at the head of this post, and addressing the audience of the traveling Imaginarium. I want to see this film right now.
After the break, a list of other films presented in the montage that I think will be of particular interest to /Film readers.
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A few days ago, just after it was announced that the Cannes line up would feature Gaspar Noe‘s Enter the Void, the official website for the film was opened up. All of the images in this post come from that site. Whle only the third feature by Noe in over a decade, Enter the Void does, however, maintain his record by scoring a hat trick of Cannes premieres for the director.
As well as more images, which I’ve posted after the break, the site also provided this official synopsis, which I have translated to the best of Google’s ability:
Oscar and sister Linda now live in Tokyo. Oscar survives by doing small drug deals while Linda is a stripper in a nightclub. One night during a police raid, Oscar is hit by a bullet. While dying, his spirit, faithful to the promise made to his sister to never give up, refuses to leave the world of the living. Then his mind wanders in the city and his visions become increasingly chaotic and nightmarish. Past, present and future will mix in a hallucinatory maelstrom.
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