Thursday, July 24, 2014

Venice Announces/MCN and Poland on Toronto's First Wave/Zeitchik's Toronto Analysis/Rumor Central

Welcome to Thursday...


The Venice Film Festival announced its lineup very, very early this morning (11am in Venice) and here it is:

What can we say about it?  Does it tell us anything?  Last year, I counted six titles that played some portion of the Venice programs and Telluride: "The Wind Rises". "Tracks", "Under the Skin", "The Unknown Known" in competition and "Bethlehem", "Palo Alto" and "Gravity" out of competition.  Prior to last year, the average number of overlapping films between the two festivals was three.Also, going into this morning's announcement we knew that Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman" would open the festival and that Venice had already named its "Venice Days" selection of films (via Film Stage):

Fatih Akin The Cut
Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Ramin Bahrani 99 Homes
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Ghessha (Tales)
Xavier Beauvois La rancon de la gloire
Saverio Costanzo Hungry Hearts
Alix Delaporte Le dernier coup de marteau
Abel Ferrara Pasolini
David Gordon Green Manglehorn
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance
Benoit Jacquot 3 Coeurs (Three Hearts)
Andrei Konchalovsky The Postman’s White Nights
Mario Martone Il Giovane Favoloso
Kaan Mujdeci Sivas
Francesco Munzi Anime Nere
Andrew Niccol Good Kill
David Oelhoffen Loin des hommes
Joshua Oppenheimer The Look of Silence
Shinya Tsukamoto Nobi (Fires on the Plain)
Wang Xiaoshuai Red Amnesia
Emir Kusturica and others Words With Gods (other directors: Guillermo Arriaga, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobai, Hideo Nakata, Alex de la Iglesia)
Peter Bogdanovich She’s Funny That Way
Peter Ho-sun Chan Dearest
Lisa Cholodenko Olive Kitteridge
Joe Dante Burying The Ex
Edoardo De Angelis Perez
Davide Ferrario La Zuppa Del Demonio
James Franco The Sound And The Fury
Amos Gitai Tsili
Sabina Guzzanti La Trattativa
Ann Hui The Golden Era
Im Kwontaek Make-Up
Barry Levinson The Humbling
Manoel de Oliveira The Old Man of Belem
Gabriele Salvatores Italy In A Day
Ulrich Seidl In The Basement
Anthony Stacchi, Annable Graham The Boxtrolls
Lars Von Trier Nymphomaniac Volume II (long version) Director’s Cut
Naji Abu Nowar Theeb
Salome Alexi Line of Credit
Michele Alhaique Senza Nessuna Pieta
Michael Almereyda Cymbeline
Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern Near Death Experience
Renato De Maria La Vita Oscena
Quentin Dupieux Realite
Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala I Spy/I Spy
Hong Sangsoo Hill of Freedom
Duane Hopkins Bypass
Mohsen Makhmalbaf The President
Ami Canaan Mann Your Right Mind
Franco Maresco Belluscone Una Storia Siciliana
Elchin Musaoglu Nabat
Josh Safdie, Ben Safdie Heaven Knows What
Ognjen Sviliviv These Are the Rules
Chaitanya Tamhane Court

Venice Days Films:
“One On One”,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea) Opener out-of-competition
“El 5 De Talleres,” Adrian Biniez (Argentina)
“Return To Ithaca,” Laurent Cantet (France)
“Before I Disappear,” Shawn Christensen (U.S. U.K.)
“The Dinner,” Ivano De Matteo (Italy)
“Les Nuits D’Ete,” Mario Fanfani (France)
“Patria,” Felice Farina (Italy)
“Metamorphoses,” Christophe Honore (France)
“Between 10 And 12,” Peter Hoogendoorn (Belgium, France, The Netherlands)
“The Farewell Party,” (Israel)
“The Goob,” Guy Myhill (U.K.)
“Labor Of Love,” Ritwick Chakraborty (India)
“They Have Escaped,” JP Valkeapaa (Finland, The Netherlands)
“Messi,” Alex De la Iglesia (Spain) Closer Out-Of-Competition
WOMEN’S TALES PROJECT (Shorts) in collaboration with Miu Miu
“Spark And Light,” So Yong Kim (Italy, U.S.)
“Somebody,” Miranda July (Italy, U.S.)
“9 x 10 Novanta,” collective project (Italy)
In Collaboration With Tribeca Film Festival:
“Five Star,” Keith Miller (U.S.)
“The Show Mas Go On,” Ra di Martino (Italy)
“The Lack,” Masbedo (Italy)

 Regular readers know that I am very confident that "Birdman" will make its way to Telluride after its Venetian premiere...after that...the Venice films that I think have the best chance to play at Telluride are : "99 Homes", "The Look of Silence", "The Price of Glory" and  "She's Funny That Way" (Bogdanovich's "Squirrels to the Nuts"?).


Also weighing in on the Toronto announcement and its new premiere policy yesterday was The L.A. Times' Steven Zeitchik.  His post is here:


David Poland of Movie City News writes extensively about Toronto's announcement yesterday and its effect on Telluride.  He also writes about the films still possible for both fests (and New York too).  Check it here:


So we think we know some things...after yesterday's announcement, this space and others concluded that Telluride is likely showing:

"The Imitation Game"
"Wild Tales"
"Mr. Turner"
and maybe/probably "99 Homes"

We're also relatively confident about "Birdman" and "Queen of the Desert".  But what other notions are still floating out there?  Here's "Rumor Central":

1) "Unbroken" plays.  This just keeps being suggested in various places by various people.  No one flat says it but I'll bet I've seen it as a "possibility" in at least five-six different blogs and movie sites including just yesterday in the IndieWire based blog "Women and Hollywood":

Now, I'll continue to say it's not likely right up until it's unveiled or confirmed, but, I tell you...there's some smoke there (and, I'll echo a friend of the blog who tweeted yesterday that he didn't think David Ayers' Brad Pitt war film "Fury" would play T-ride but that a Jolie/Pitt couples weekend in T-ride would make some noise).

2) "Manglehorn" plays.  The Al Pacino vehicle was on my radar after Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeff Wells suggested that it was going to be in Telluride last week (and I've heard/seen it in a couple of other places too) but Toronto listed it as a "North American Premiere" in their announcement yesterday which would mean that it's off the table for someone somewhere has really gotten this wrong.

3) "Whiplash" plays...despite the fact that it had a Sundance debut back in January, this notion is still popping up...most recently in Poland's post linked above.

4) "Interstellar" plays...this was a hotter rumor last week, again vis a vis Wells and HE but Wells himself backed it down late Saturday afternoon.  He didn't completely dismiss the original rumor...but it's close.

5) "No opener for Toronto announced is because of Telluride"...I actually believe that this is fairly likely despite the fact that the Toronto honchoes say it's not that at all.  In my imagination what I see is a film that Toronto wants very, very badly that has already committed to Telluride...a couple of the films above would certainly qualify as the BIG film you'd want to open your fest'll be very interesting to see what Toronto ultimately announces and how long that takes.

6) "A Most Violent Year" plays...I think this one is probably right.  I hope so.  I'd love to Chandor and Isaac (and maybe Chastain) in Telluride.

More on Friday...

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Anonymous said...

actually Manglehorn is a "North American" premiere at TIFF

Michael Patterson said...

You're right about Manglehorn and so I have corrected that in the body of the post...MP