Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oscar Has a Date and 10,000Views

The Los Angeles Times reports this afternoon that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named its dates for the 2012 edition of the Oscars.

Nominations will be announced on Jan. 24.

Final ballots are due on Feb. 6.

The 84th Oscars presentation will be on Feb. 26.

Mark your calendar now.

And additionally, MTFB/The OC just passed 10,000 all time page views this afternoon. That's hard for me to believe. Thanks to all who have wandered through the blog!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spies at TFF #38?

The Playlist speculates that director Tomas Alfredson's adaptation of the John Le Carre spy classic "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" might find its way onto the program for Telluride in September. Today's article claims that the film that stars Gary Oldman and TFF #37 tributee Colin Firth will open the Venice Festival and speculates that it is also likely to show up at either Telluride or Toronto.

"Tinker..." follows the story of British spy master George Smiley (Oldman) and his attempt to dig out a Russian mole from British Intelligence during the height of the Cold War.

The film is from production companies Studio Canal and Working Title...both of which have been represented at Telluride in the past.

The Playlist article can be found here:

The IMDB listing for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" is here:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cannes Lineup Announced...What's It Mean?

Sean Penn...yes, it IS Sean Penn in Paolo Sorrentino's "This Must Be the Place"

The Cannes Film Festival announced its lineup Thursday. Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" will open that festival on May 11. Here's the lineup via Hollywood.com:

Opening Film Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen


The Skin I Live In - Pedro Almodovar

House of Tolerance - Bertrand Bonello

Pater - Alain Cavalier

Footnote - Joseph Cedar

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia - Nuri Bilge

Ceylan Le Gamin au Velo - Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Le Havre - Aki Kaurismaki Hanezu

No Tsuki - Naomi Kawase

Sleeping Beauty - Julia Leigh

Poliss - Maiwenn

The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

La Source des Femmes - Radu Mihaileanu

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai - Takashi Miike

We Have a Pope - Nanni Moretti

We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay

Michael - Markus Schleinzer

This Must Be the Place - Paolo Sorrentino

Melancholia - Lars Von Trier

Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn

Out of Competition

The Conquest - Xavier Durringer

The Beaver - Jodie Foster

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Rob Marshall

Un Certain Regard

Restless - Gus Van Sant (opening film)

The Hunter “ Bakur Bakuradeze

Halt auf freier Strecke - Andreas Dresen

Hors Satan - Bruno Dumont

Martha Marcy May Marlene - Sean Durkin

The Snows of Kilamanjaro - Robert Guedeguian

Skoonheid - Oliver Hermanus

The Day He Arrives - Hong Sang-soo

Bonsai - Cristian Jimenez

Tatsumi - Eric Koo Arirang - Kim Ki-duk

Where Do We Go Now? - Nadine Labaki

Loverboy - Catalin Mitulescu

Yellow Sea - Na Hong-jin

Miss Bala – Gerardo Naranjo Trabalhar

Cansa - Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra

L’Exercice de l’Etat - Pierre Schoeller

Toomelah - Ivan Sen

Oslo, August 31 - Joachim Trier

Midnight Screenings Wu Xia - Chan Peter Ho-Sun

Dias de Gracia - dir. Tekla Taidelli

Special Screenings Labrador - Frederikke Aspock

Le Maitre des Forges de l’Enfer - Rithy Panh

Michel Petrucciani - Michael Radford

Tous Au Larzac - Christian Rouaud

What didn't make it (that had been rumored and that we thought were pretty good T-ride possibles...) included “Chicken with Plums” from Persepolis creators Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, “The Descendants” from Alexander Payne and “The Exchange” from Eran Kolirin. This doesn’t mean that these films won’t be in Telluride, but Cannes is usually a pretty good connection for about half a dozen films at Telluride each year.

Perhaps getting a boost from the Cannes announcement would be past Telluride tributees, The Dardennes and their film “Le Gamin au Velo” (Set Me Free). Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” which was reported in and out and back in for Cannes and finally ended up in the competition category. Maybe Gus Van Sant’s inclusion with “Restless” as the opener for the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival portends a return to Telluride for the director. He has been there before with “Elephant” in 2003. It’s possible that we could see Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia” (he was at TFF #23 with “Breaking the Waves” in 1996 and “Dogville” in 2003).

Among the other films chosen for Cannes, intuition suggests that we might also see: “We Have a Pope’” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” and “This Must be the Place,” and perhaps the Carey Mulligan starrer “Drive.”

In the last five festivals the Cannes-Telluride connection has been strong and consistent with an average of half a dozen films playing in France in May and then again in Telluride in September.

In 2010 the cross-pollination included: “Of Gods and Men,” “Biutiful,” “Poetry,” “Another Year,” “The Princess of Montpensier,” “Tamara Drewe,” “Carlos, “and “Inside Job.”

In 2009: “Bright Star,” “A Prophet,” “The White Ribbon, “Vincere,” and “Fish Tank.”

In 2008: “24 City,” “Gomorra,” “Waltz with Bashir,” “The Good, The Bad and The Weird,” “O’ Horten,” and “Tulpan.”

In 2007: “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Persepolis,” “Terror’s Advocate” and “The Band’s Visit.”

In 2006: “Volver,” “Babel,” and “Ten Canoes.”

Almost certainly we'll see the same situation occur this year.