We’ve occasionally followed the development of 7 Days in Havana, an anthology film in which seven directors each chronicle one day in Havana, Cuba. The attraction is the set of directors, which includes Benicio Del Toro, making only his second time in the director’s chair (with Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games in his cast) and Argentine firebrand Gaspar Noe, who last made Enter the Void and is generally associated with French cinema thanks to his films Irreversible and I Stand Alone.

We know that Noe’s movies are often quite visually distinctive, so here’s your test for the day: can you watch the trailer below and guess right off which footage comes from Noe? (Answer: probably not.) Read More »

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Gaspar Noe‘s third feature, Into the Void, was one of the more divisive films of the past couple years, and easily one of my favorites. I’ve admired his peculiar and confrontational approach to storytelling, and the superb technical craft that underlies his narrative bravado. But those very qualities I admire, and the working methods they imply, make him the sort of director that isn’t likely to take many work for hire gigs. Cue a bit of surprise, then, at the report that the director is being wooed to take the helm of The Golden Suicides, scripted by Bret Easton Ellis based on the true story of a  superstar art world couple who perished in a bizarre double suicide. Read More »

My original title for this piece was ‘Kanye West Loves Enter the Void, But Not Enough to Credit It.’ Because the video for the Kanye West single ‘All of the Lights’ is dominated by strobing full-screen text missives that are pure imitations of the brilliant and assaultive credits sequence for Gaspar Noe‘s Enter the Void. But while the video sees fit to ape the credits to Gaspar Noe’s latest film right down to the fact of crediting some of the people involved in the video, it doesn’t actually shout out to the film or filmmaker that inspired it. Bad form, Kanye.

Then again, the video already has far more than two million views on YouTube, and perhaps it will bring a new and unsuspecting audience to Mr. Noe’s film. Check out the video and the credit sequence that inspired it, after the break.  Read More »

Ever since its 2009 premieres at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, Gasper Noe‘s Enter the Void has been a rapid topic of film geek conversation. The opening credits, the how-did-he-do-that shots, the amazing concept and, of course, the disturbing content about a murdered drug dealer whose spirit watches over his sister, have each been meticulously dissected as more and more people get exposed to the film. It’s played tons of festivals over the course of almost two years and now, after a very-unsuccessful U.S. theatrical run this fall (the film grossed only $336,467 according to Box Office Mojo) IFC Films will release the film in theaters one last time before its Blu-ray release on January 25.

However, this very limited theatrical release will be of the uncut version of the film featuring the omitted 7th reel which was not in the U.K. or U.S. theatrical releases. Read exactly what has been added and where you can see this version of the film after the jump. Read More »

What is it with omnibus films of late? In the past few years there have been Chacun son cinema, New York, I Love You, Paris Je T’aime and a couple others. And now there’s a plan to put together a seven-part film about live in contemporary Cuba, called 7 Days in Havana. The hook here is the directorial lineup, which includes Benicio Del Toro and Gaspar Noe. That’s good enough for me — I’ll spend a week in Cuba with these guys. Read More »

Movie Trailer: Enter the Void

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This domestic trailer for Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void is the best look yet at the colorful head trip of a movie that premiered over a year ago at Cannes. IFC picked up domestic distribution rights and will release the film on September 24. This is the company’s first major promo effort for what must be a pretty difficult sale, but the trailer does its job well. My sky-high interest in seeing the film certainly hasn’t changed after watching it a couple times. Read More »

Enter the Void International Trailer

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 »

IFC Buys Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void

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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 »

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