Category: Film News

 

When the new Halloween movie hits theaters in October 2018, it will have the distinction of being the first film in the canon with creator John Carpenter’s direct involvement since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Carpenter serves on the new David Gordon Green-directed installment as an executive producer, a creative consultant, and, thrillingly, as a soundtrack composer, alongside his collaborators from his three recent solo albums, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

The new soundtrack pays homage to the classic Halloween score that Carpenter composed and recorded in 1978, when he forever changed the course of horror cinema and synthesizer music with his low-budget masterpiece. Several new versions of the iconic main theme serve as the pulse of Green’s film, its familiar 5/4 refrain stabbing through the soundtrack like the Shape’s knife. The rest of the soundtrack is just as enthralling, incorporating everything from atmospheric synth whooshes to eerie piano-driven pieces to skittering electronic percussion. While the new score was made with a few more resources than Carpenter’s famously shoestring original, its musical spirit was preserved.

Halloween will be released October 19 through EVP Recordings under exclusive licence from Sacred Bones Records on CD and Australian exclusive orange/black LP.

Brand new thriller Searching has the whole world talking at the moment. This is a film that has been filmed in a way that we haven’t seen before and early reports out of the USA is that this is the film that will change the future of filmmaking. Now the cast and crew take us behind the scnes to show us just how this movie was made.

Directed by first time director Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho (Star Trej, Harold & Kumar Go To White CastleSearching will hit cinemas in August.

eOne Entertainment has just launched the trailer for the eagerly anticipated Green Book. Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, GREEN BOOK is the uplifting true story of a friendship that defied the odds. Set in 1962, the film follows Italian-American Tony Lip (Mortensen), who is hired to chauffer African-American pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) on a concert tour through the Deep South. GREEN BOOK will have its World Premiere as a Gala Presentation at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. It will premiere in Australia on the 24th January, 2019.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) and starring Toni Servillo (The Great Beauty) as the controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi – the most anticipated Italian film of the year, LORO, will open the 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival nationally. Split into two parts for its Italian release, the Festival is proud to present the project in single epic form, within days of its premiere screenings at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.  Tickets for the Opening Night Galas are now on sale, and are expected to sell out!

Presented by Palace, the program, consisting of 37 feature films and 2 short films, celebrates cinema d’italia in all its glory – from the funny and outrageous to lavish romance, poetic drama and revealing documentaries. With 33 Australian Premieres, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival is the place to experience la dolce vita and lose yourself in the best Italian cinema on the big screen.

This year’s SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS include the 2018 winner of Best Original Screenplay at Cannes Film Festival, Alice Rohrwacher’s (The Wonders LIFF14) enchanting third filmHAPPY AS LAZZARO (Lazzaro felice); and from Matteo Garrone, the director of Gomorrah comes DOGMAN – the Cannes Film Festival award-winning tale of a dog-lover in desolate Southern Italy who is driven to terrifying extremes by a violent local bully.

Closing the festival is the horror masterpiece SUSPIRIA (1977), Dario Argento’s sinister ballet academy-set tale. Still the most famous of all Italian horror movies, it can now be seen in its digitally restored glory. Four years in the making, this restoration was made from the uncut 98 minute 35mm Italian camera negative, revealing layers of unseen colour and with a remixed surround-soundtrack.

Comedy, Italian-Style is celebrated with a curated selection of the best laughs on offer from the last twelve months. Based on the hit off-Broadway play, MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING (Puoi baciare lo sposo) takes us on a heart-warming and chaotic trip to the altar as a young man travels to his conservative hometown to marry his fiancé; the biggest Italian film at the 2017 local box-office, with its feet firmly planted in the zeitgeist and winner of the 2018 Best Comedy Nastro d’Argento award LIKE A CAT ON A HIGHWAY (Come un gatto in tangenziale) sees two parents from different worlds united by a common cause, to stop their teenage children from dating!; in COUCH POTATOES (Gli sdraiati), multi-award winning director Francesca Archibugi (An Italian Name LIFF15) returns with an hilarious intergenerational comedy; Edoardo Leo (Perfect Strangers LIFF16) co-writes and Venice Film Festival award-winner Alessandro Aronadio directs JUST BELIEVE (Io c’è), about the power of believing in yourself; from the writer of Perfect Strangers comes AS NEEDED (Quanto basta), a Tuscan comedy about Arturo, a 40-year-old chef with a troubled past; from popular actor/filmmaker Carlo Verdone comes BLESSED MADNESS(Benedetta follia) as a shop-owner re-enters the dating world for the first time in 25 years; the box-office hit COUPLE THERAPY FOR CHEATERS (Terapia di coppia per amanti) sees a pair of cheaters end up on a therapist’s couch to resolve their relationship crisis; Fabio De Luigi stars as the Tax Police’s most incorruptible officer whose world is upended when he falls for an unlikely scammer in PUT NONNA IN THE FREEZER (Metti la nonna in freezer), from the writer of Welcome to the North (LIFF12); Angela and Franca run away from their boring retirement home in Rome to fabulous Venice in NONNAS ON THE RUN (Niente di serio), a life-affirming tale starring screen icon Claudia Cardinale; and in the final episode of the hit saga I CAN QUIT WHENEVER I WANT 3 (Smetto quando voglio: ad honorem), the brilliant academics reunite and must team up with their arch-nemesis to stop a professor’s diabolical plan.

The best Italian drama, international award-winners and big-name festival favourites will hit the screen in Lights, drama, action! Two boys from the fringes of Rome’s underworld are pulled in deeper in BOYS CRY (La terra dell’abbastanza); a young girl is torn between her adoptive mother (Valeria Golino) and her birth mother, (Alba Rohrwacher) inDAUGHTER OF MINE (Figlia mia), the acclaimed Sardinian-set drama from Laura Bispuri (Sworn Virgin); winner of the Human Rights Award at Venice, THE ORDER OF THINGS(L’ordine delle cose) is an absorbing drama from the director of Shun Li and the Poet (LIFF12), which follows an immigration agent torn between the job and his humanity; actor and director Valeria Golino (Rain Man), returns with EUPHORIA (Euforia), a riveting drama about two brothers forced back into each other’s lives that premiered in Un Certain Regard at this year’s Cannes;  based on the bestselling novel, THE GIRL IN THE FOG (La ragazza nella nebbia) is a gripping thriller which follows the enigmatic Detective Vogel (Toni Servillo) as he investigates the sudden disappearance of a young girl; WATER AND SUGAR: CARLO DI PALMA, THE COLOURS OF LIFE (Acqua e zucchero: carlo di palma, I colori della vita) is a loving documentary which chronicles visionary Italian cinematographer Carlo Di Palma’s extraordinary work for such directors as Elio Petri, Michelangelo Antonioni and Woody Allen; regrets of the past are faced in WHERE I’VE NEVER LIVED (Dove non ho mai abitato) as Francesca (French star Emmanuelle Devos) a 50-year-old architect in a loveless marriage returns home; an unexpected storm strands a family gathered to celebrate their grandparents’ anniversary in THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME (A casa tutti bene) the star-studded highlight from the writer of Perfect Strangers and director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), co-starring Pierfrancesco Favino; MADE IN ITALY is Italian singer Luciano Ligabue’s multi-award winning smash-hit, based on his eponymous concept album and starring Kasia Smutniak (Perfect Strangers); set in the hills of Conegliano, Veneto, THE LAST PROSECCO (Finché c’è prosecco c’è speranza) is a comedic mystery which follows a seemingly bumbling inspector (Giuseppe Battiston) who tries to solve the death of a local Prosecco wine maker; in A WOMAN’S NAME (Nome di donna), a young woman who is harassed by her manager chooses to break the silence and rebel in this timely #MeToo drama from director Marco Tullio Giordana; a huge hit with audiences and critics alike during this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, LUCIA’S GRACE(Troppa grazia) sees Alba Rohrwacher star as a land surveyor who is visited by a woman claiming to be the Virgin Mary; dumped by his girlfriend and finding himself stranded on different couches at friends’ places, Guido tries to transform his drift into an opportunity for a new beginning in THE GUEST (L’ospite); and in Letizia Lamartire’s debut dramaWE’LL BE YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL (Saremo giovani e bellissimi) Isabella (Barbora Bobulova), a pop-star in the 90s, will have her relationship with her son tested.

This year the Lavazza Italian Film Festival will celebrate the work of renowned and much lauded Turkish-Italian director and scriptwriter FERZAN ÖZPETEK with a special spotlighton his work including: the lush, mystery NAPLES IN VEILS (Napoli velata) in which a medical examiner has a carnal affair with a man who later ends up on her examining table, starring Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Alessandro Borghi (I Was a Dreamer LIFF17); winner of Best Film at the 2003 Italian Academy Awards FACING WINDOWS (La finestra di fronte) stars Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Raoul Bova in a tale of a woman stuck in a failing marriage and the Holocaust survivor she cares for; the 2001 Italian Golden Globe winnerIGNORANT FAIRIES (Le fate ignoranti), which follows a woman who befriends her husband’s lover after she finds out about his affair (starring Margherita Buy and Stefano Accorsi); and one of Ferzan Özpetek’s most awarded films, LOOSE CANNONS (Mine vaganti) starring Riccardo Scamarcio, which is an amiable comedy about a son’s journey home to southern Italy, to finally come out to his family.

The Lavazza Italian Film Festival presented by Palace screens in the following locations:

Sydney: 11 Sept  – 7 Oct, Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona, Chauvel Cinemas, Palace Central

Canberra: 12 Sept – 7 Oct, Palace Electric Cinemas

Melbourne: 13 Sept – 7 Oct, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Westgarth, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Kino Cinemas, The Astor Theatre

Brisbane: 19 Sept – 14 Oct, Palace Barracks and Palace Centro

Adelaide: 19 Sept – 14 Oct, Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas and Palace Nova Prospect Cinemas

Perth: 27 Sept – 17 Oct, Cinema Paradiso, Luna on SX

Hobart: 18 Oct – 24 Oct, The State Cinema

The 19th Lavazza Italian Film Festival screens around the country this September exclusively at Palace Cinemas. With over 30 of the latest and greatest from Italy’s best filmmakers, there is no shortage of Italian passion, drama, romance and style for film lovers to enjoy! For more information visit: www.italianfilmfestival.com.au

Pistol-packing acclaimed South African western Five Fingers for Marseilles, a thrilling tale that takes its place alongside classics such as Once Upon a Time in the West and contemporaries like The Proposition and No Country for Old Men, stares down the barrel of a national theatrical release Friday, September 7, 2018.

From filmmaker Michael Matthews and screenwriter Sean Drummond comes a thrilling western set against the backdrop of post-Apartheid South Africa. Five Fingers for Marseilles takes place in a small town “governed” by dubious local officials, living in fear of a lawless mob; when an exiled outlaw returns home in search of solace and redemption, brotherhood and loyalty are fused with vengeance.

The film is set with the residents of the colonial town of Marseilles are under the thumb of police oppression and only the young rebels known as the Five Fingers are willing to stand up to them. Their battle is just, until Tau kills two policemen and flees the scene. The remaining rebels disband while the banished Tau resorts to a life of crime.  Twenty years later, now known as feared outlaw The Lion of Marseilles, he is released from prison. He returns home, desiring only peace and to reconnect with those he left behind. The battle for South Africa’s freedom has been won, and former comrades-in-arms are in prominent positions as mayor, police chief, and pastor. But it quickly becomes clear to Tau that Marseilles is caught in the grip of a vicious new threat — and he must reconstitute the Five Fingers to fight frontier justice. Standing against former allies and new enemies, the re-formed Five Fingers saddle up and ride out, and put their lives at risk to save their beloved Marseilles.

Starring Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels, and Jerry Mofokeng, Five Fingers for Masrseilles opens September 7 -across the US via Uncork’d Entertainment.

 

 

PARTICIPATING CITIES (MORE TBA!)

New York 9/7/14

Los Angeles                   9/14/18

Columbus, OH         9/14/18

Atlanta, GA              9/21/18

Phoenixville, PA       9/21/18

Baltimore, MD                 9/28/18

 

Studio Canal have just given us the first look at The King Of Thieves. Starring Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Prestiege), Michael Gambon (Gosford Park, The King’s Speech), Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Stardust), Ray Winstone (The Departed, Beowulf), Jim Broadbent (Gangs Of New York, Moulin Rogue!) and Tom Courtenay (45 Years, Doctor ZhivagoThe King of Thieves is due out in September this year.

 

Twentieth Century Fox has given us a look at the powerful new film The Hate U Give. Starring K.J. Apa (Riverdale, A Dog’s Purpose), Amanda Stenberg (The Hunger Games, Everything Everything), Regina Hall (Scary Movie, The Best Man Holiday), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: Winter Solider) and Common (Wanted, Suicide SquadThe Hate U Give will be released in October.