Directed adventure drama "Life of Pi" was demonstrated in the framework of the New York Film Festival, Ang Lee's interview with the resource Collider talked about the film.
- Work on the film "The Life of Pi" you have devoted not only a few years of life, but part of your heart and soul. One of these days you have shown your work world. Your feelings?
"I am incredibly nervous. Saw the first film journalists, and I was in the big toes. Then I relaxed a bit, since the press conference held after the show, held in a very warm atmosphere, and the journalists asked good, friendly questions, though, and looked at the same seriously (laughs). Followed by a premiere, and after it, I truly "breathed", because the reaction of the audience convinced me that they liked the film. "
- During the work on the project was there a moment when you thought, "It will not work"?
"Only once in my career, I had a feeling that the project could not have taken place - it is with this film. This was before the pre-production stage. Before start shooting, I did a visualization of scenes that take place in the ocean. And at some point, the studio was hesitant because the risk was very high. Budget that we sounded, was much higher than that which they could approve, and they wanted to abandon the project. You see, it is a philosophical book, literary property, Batman is not like (laughs). Overall, I felt that I was about to freeze everything, and I, if we begin a matter, always bring it to fruition. I just went on their heels, and they had to give up".
- How much footage did you have to cut, mounting the first version of the film?
"About half an hour."
- Your film has an amazing visual style. Do not you feel sorry for these 30 minutes? Will they appear in the version on Blu-ray? Or was it "raw", unprocessed scene?
"We have four or five very good digital scenes with a tiger. Example, the scene in which Pi is faking tiger, and the tiger's reaction. I'm going to include them in the DVD-version. And there are just a very beautiful scene, which I would like to share with the audience, but that had to cut to the journey does not become tedious and I want to include them. "
- 3D of "Life of Pi" - fantastic. Please tell us about it.
"3D over debugged in animated films, as in the films with live actors, we are at its very roots. Course, starting to work, I was thrilled, excited. Probably, I have not all turned to the extent that could - because I'm new to this. But I dare say that it was a new cinematic medium experience. Hopefully, the audience does not compare 2D and 3D, because stereoscopy - a fairly new phenomenon, and not fair to compare it to 2D. Let's give a chance to 3D, wait for the improvement of equipment and system design, reduce cost, will give filmmakers the opportunity to gain experience. "
- Are you intend to use stereoscopy at your next projects? Or is it all depend on the story?
"It all depends on the budget. I think now I would prefer 3D. Also because you need to do to use a digital camera, and this and everything is underway. I'm still confused by the figure, since I'm used to the film. But a new language, so to speak. This is very exciting process - to learn and explore new tools. If the budget is modest, I'll take the film to the normal film, but if funds allow, I think I will choose 3D ".
- You mentioned that you will need another 2 weeks to submit the final version of the film company Fox. That was undone by the New York Film Festival?
"90 visual effects shots, which are still being processed at the final stages. Everything is almost ready. I think most people are unlikely to have caught the difference, but I know that these images may be better. We are also finalizing the sound and color, all sorts of technical nuances. I'm sure that the movie saw in New York, was very presentable. Just that I need to get my work was perfect, and for that I have two weeks. "
- You are a very versatile director. Remained a genre in which you yourself have not tried, but would very much like?
"No, I do not have a list. (Laughs) Any material that interested me, appeals to a particular genre, or a combination thereof. This occurs naturally, and I'm ready for what I have to learn something new. I studied law, and sometimes breaking some of them. Necessarily need to know the rules, otherwise you will not have the means of communication with the audience. But to this communication was interesting, some foundations have to break. I do not choose genres as an element, the material itself - the element and is the basis of this, I decide what genre I need. "
In 2012, at the festival Sundance will be held 91 world premieres. "Reservoir Dogs," "American Psycho," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Science of Sleep," "Moon 2112", "Treasure" - all of these paintings were first shown on this festival.
Among the non-competition premieres in this year is "Arbitrage" - a drama of Nicolas Dzhareki with Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere and Tim Roth in the lead roles. Nicholas Dzhareki first took an artistic movie, but his track record of documentary film "Outsider." He was also a screenwriter and producer of "The Informers" with Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Rourke. Docudrama, "Tyson," which also produced Dzhareki, won the special jury prize at Cannes in 2008.
"Arbitrage" is - is the story of billionaire Robert Miller, who on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the investment fund is trying to sell a large jar until it opened its machinations that made money out of thin air. Bladder is not only financial assets, but the relationship of Miller with around people.
Another premiere of the festival - "California Solo" with Robert Carlyle as a rock musician descended, worked on a farm and slowly ruins himself with the drink. The film "California solo" shot Marshall Levy, beloved author of "Blue State".
Among the documentary films - and for them too, there are as competitive and non-competition program, for example, a film about the supermodels of the last century and this century, which shows how fashion has changed in the environment, drug-related, aging and plastic surgery. In the documentary competition involved 28 films: 16 paintings - in the U.S. program, 12 - international. Among the competitive belts two films about contemporary artists, Chinese dissident Ai Wave and Perfomance legend Marina Abramovic.
Peter Jackson is coming to Park City as a producer of the documentary film "West Memphis", in which it is a heinous crime, the punishment for which innocent people have suffered. "Trinity of Memphis" recently was released after spending 18 years behind bars. The last time the director of "Lord of the Rings" was a guest of the festival Sundance in 1993, when a non-competitive program showed his tape "Braindead".
On January 19 has started the Independent Film Festival Sundance, founded by actor and director Robert Redford in 1981. Festival screenings and events will be held within ten days in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance Ski resort.
International Sundance - Redford's namesake hero of the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" – has become in 1985. Then in his program included 86 films. In 2012 the festival will feature 117 feature films from 30 countries, and the program of short films will be shown 64 pictures from 18 countries, more than half of them from the United States. These were game, animation, documentaries, short films, selected from more than 7,500 applications.
For each of the competitive programs of the festival there is a separate jury and separate category. In the international program of Sundance this year, competing 14 full-length feature films from Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Britain, Denmark, India, Chile, Australia and France. They will be judged by the organizer of the New York Film Festival, Richard Peña, actress Julia Ormond and Russian director Alexei Popogrebsky.
In the U.S. competition - 16 tapes. The jury consisted of the director's late films franchise, "Fast and the Furious," Justin Lin, star of “The Adjustment Bureau" Anthony Mackie, composer Cliff Martinez, directors Lynn Shelton and Amy Vincent.
Let's look at some of the competitive pictures.
"The End of Love" Mark Webber with Amanda Sayfred and Michael Cera about a young father trying to raise his son after his wife died.
Autobiographical film "Keep The Lights On” by Ira Sachs, tells the story of love, friendship and mutual dependence between two men. The plot is very similar to Britain's "Weekend", released last year and participated in several festivals, but in the "Weekend" it was a couple of days, Ira Sachs talks about the relationship up to ten years. "Keep the lights on" is praised for the manner of shooting accurately convey the atmosphere of the late 90th and texture of New York, for the embedding of disco and cello in an eclectic soundtrack.
Another participant in the contest - based on real events "Surrogate" Ben Luini about 38-year old journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, connected to the machine forced ventilation. In this state, he decides that he wants to give up his virginity, and with the help of his doctor and after the blessing of a priest is an unusual professional surrogate partner. In "Surrogate" have starred John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
In Mark Webber, who played Stephen Stills in the comedy "Scott Pilgrim vs. all" has born a son. Being two years in the role of the father, the actor decided to shoot the film and invited to his low-budget film Michael Cera, Amanda Sayfred, Shannyn Sossamon and Jason Ritter.
The cost of the Webber film does not exceed one million dollars. The protagonist played by writer and director, is trying to raise his son two years after the death of his wife. The plot is partially repeats the history of the brand, so that the child in the film will play his own son.
"After I had spent so much time with my son, I set about trying to screen the relationship between parents and children" - says Mark Webber. The actor shoots the film with the minimum group. In addition to his on-site work there will be only the operator and sound engineer. The film will be shoot on camera Canon 5D.
Michael Cera, Amanda Sayfred and Shannyn Sossamon in real life are good friends of Webber, therefore, play a little themselves. "I want to show who they really are, to destroy people's notions about celebrity," - says Mark. Filming began in early January and now being in a process.
Mark Webber – actor of independent film. Prior to play a soloist and guitarist Sex Bob-Omb in the film by Edgar Wright, Mark starred in "The Storyteller", "Broken Flowers", "Psychoanalyst" and many other pictures. At the film festival "Sundance" it was shown a film "The lie" with his participation, to which Webber also wrote the screenplay.
In late November, Kevin Smith said about the desire to expose the right to release the "Red State" at the auction during the festival "Sundance". Yesterday after the exhibition of the film director said that he will film American audiences.
Smith paid himself $ 20 for the right to release and intends personally to ride with the movie on American cities. "We already know that anyone can make a movie. It is well known, because I myself took ten. Now we need to prove that anyone can release a movie - the director said. - Independent cinema is not dead. It just grew."
The production cost of "Red State" is $4 million. Spend another 20 million just on advertising campaign Smith considers meaningless, so it simply will not. "Selling your movie - it's like to give birth and then sell it to strangers on education."
"Red State" will be released by Smith Smodcast Pictures in October 19, 2011th, but before that kicks off on March 5, "Red State USA Tour", during which Kevin hopes to recapture at least half of the cost of production. He will personally talk with cinemas and will offer them more profitable forms of cooperation, rather than it can make a major studio.
What will happen with "Red states" release outside the U.S. is not yet known.
The audience festival "Sundance" paid for a ticket to the film Smith for several hundred dollars - were found by those who put their tickets on eBay. As is known, the director refused to show a film to critics, so that the press did not show. But the first reviews have already appeared on the tape.
The authors of website Slashfilm write that "Red State" is not similar to one of Smith's previous films: "The continued barrage of violence and religious terror," Michael Parks as a creepy leader of a religious sect - a real revelation. "It's not just a horror film, but saying of director about religion and government".
However, as they say all the same guys from Slashfilm, places the film tightened, and sometimes Smith would not withheld from the inclusions of comedic moments, which are contrary to the general spirit of drama.
Kevin Smith's next film - hockey comedy "Hit Somebody" - must be his last. Further, Smith is going to focus on producing and releasing movies.
The festival in Tromsø, Norway is over. Cash prize of review issued by hire organization of the winning entry, has gotten a South Korean movie by director Chang Dong Lee's "Shi".
It tells the story of a provincial middle-aged lady Midge, which at the old age began to study prosody and decided to discover the true beauty of the world in the surrounding everyday life, despite taking place around the unpleasant events.
Also, special awards of the forum have gotten "How To Pick Berries" by Elina Talvensaari, "Hands in the air" by Romaine Gupila, "Incendies" by Denis Villeneuve.
Audience Choice Award has gotten "Black Swan" by Darren Aronofsky.
Well, the statuette FIPRESCI has gotten Alexei Popogrebsky "How I spent this summer", tells of two employees of the polar weather station - a young Paul, and more experienced Sergei who unexpectedly finds themselves in conflict with each other.
For a film that's not the first international award. Tape received prizes of the Berlinale, was triumphant London Film Festival.
Tromsø International Film Festival was held from 18 to 23 January 2011.
New tape by Coen brothers' “True grit” will open Berlinale 2011. The film will be shown during the non-competitive program. This movie is a new adaptation of the book by Charles Portis, had already incarnated on screen by Henry Hathaway. Version in 1969 became the only tape, for the work in which John Wayne has gotten an Oscar in the category "Best Actor".
In the center of the story the young Mattie Ross, seeking the killers of his father. Her companion is an assistant county sheriff (marshal) named Rooster Cogburn. In a tape also stars Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper and country singer Glen Campbell. Later, the film got a continuation of the "Rooster Cogburn" “Stuart Millar and True Grit: A Further Adventure”, where the main role has played Marshal Warren Oates. In the film of Coens will act Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.
Berlin Film Festival director Dieter Kosslick, commenting on the choice of the jury: "Joel and Ethan are in the front row of American independent cinema. With their penchant for irony and an unusual characters and stories these directors can always capture the imagination of the audience. "
"True grit" not so long ago was awarded by the American National Board of Review of the ten best films of 2010.
Berlinale 2011 will take place from 10 to 20 February.
Women were the heroines of 67th Venice Film Festival, both actresses and directors. The weaker sex in this year declared themselves in a full voice. The result was the awarding with the Golden Lion of a drama "Somewhere" by Sofia Coppola.
The jury's decision under the direction of Quentin Tarantino handed the Golden Lion for his good friend Sophia Coppola was greeted with a storm of indignation in the press center.
"We gave the prize not to my friend, but a wonderful film with excellent acting, - said Tarantino. - We were very struck by this film. And every day we have continued to think about it until some of the jury did not say: "Listen, we have already watched the best film! "Gold Lion" - a prize which is given for the film as a whole: and for the script and direction, and for the play - for all! So for us, this award was obvious. And anyway, I do not understand why you are clamoring: Sofia is Italian!"
"Somewhere" - is the story of actor John Mark (Stephen Dorff) who is forced to eke out a rather miserable existence. He is divorced, lives in Chateau Mormon hotel, where likes to dwell for a long time a Hollywood elite, he bored even during a strip tease, always wants to sleep, rides in the sports car, promotes the film and even takes part in the recording of the Italian TV show. The only safety valve for Johnny is meeting with the daughter (El Fanning).
In this year's competition was a lot of Asian films: "Detective Dee", "Thirteen murderers", "Norwegian Wood", "Ditch" - but not some of them had not received any major awards. Knowing that Tarantino - a fan of Asian cinema, journalists asked him why it happened.
"Because there was no winners" - cut off the director.
However, it should be noted that Tarantino has proudly stood the test.
Award for Best Actor went to Vincent Gallo for drama of Jerzy Skolimowski "Essential Killing". Gallo played the Arabs Mohammed, whom arrested Americans on suspicion of terrorism and transported to a secret private prison in Europe. From there, Muhammad managed to escape and with difficulty to survive in the snowy mountains.
In particular, the press wondered about the award Volpi Cup for Best Actress to Frenchwoman Ariane Labed, who played in the Greek drama "Attenberg".
"This is a very unusual film - explained Quentin. - We saw a very different Greece - industrial. While most viewers are accustomed to look at the white houses, sun, sea and sand, Athena Tsangari shows us a modern country and speaks about it problems. And Ariane was brilliant in this role".
Interestingly, the leitmotif of "Attenberg", as in the Coppola film, is the relationship of father and daughter. Marina caring for terminally ill father, and in parallel trying to improve her private life. If with the father she perfectly finds a common language, so in case of men the situation is much more complicated. She also loves the program about animals by Attenberg authorship whose distorted name and formed the basis for the name of the picture.
There may be a feeling that the press remained dissatisfied with all the winners, but it is not so. A lot of applauses have greeted the Spanish director's movie "Balada triste de trompeta" by Alex de la Iglesia.
Tarantino has commented this event in the style of the characters of his films:
"We gave a prize for the script to Alex, because it was fucking good script! And as I'm a writer, I understand this well!"
The first 10 minutes of the drama "Balada triste de trompeta" we can safely put into the most interesting movie scenes of 2010. During the Civil War, in Madrid have been taken away all men. The revolutionaries break into the circus, where there is performance, and take away from the stage almost the entire troupe (including a bearded woman). Among the recruits inevitably turns out a red-haired clown, disguised as a woman for his performance. Clown with machete has chopped a lot of Franco warriors, but got into prison. His son Havier tries to free his father, but nothing comes out. 25 years has already passed. Havier gets a job in the circus, but, on his father's advice, becomes a white clown. He falls in love with gymnast Natalia. She flirts with him, but continues to live with a red clown Sergio, a favorite of children. But when Sergio washes off his makeup, he becomes a ruthless tyrant. Unable to bear humiliations over the woman he loved, Havier decides to take revenge and goes to extreme measures.
It is hard not to see association with the political situation in Spain in this movie. Natalia flirting with freedom-loving Havier, but prefers the iron hand of Sergio. Allusions on Spain and the Franco regime are not accidental: as said the director, at his homeland all the families were affected by the civil war.
Marcello Mastroianni Award for the best young talent has been given to Milo Kunis for her role of the fatal ballerina in "Black swan" by Darren Aronofsky.
Last prize has been actually invented by Tarantino and the jury. Monte Hellman, who shot "Road to Nowhere", was awarded a special "Lion" for longevity. Hellman is a second director of westerns "A Fistful of Dollars" has produced "Reservoir Dogs" by Quentin Tarantino.
"The presence of friend in the jury does not mean anything", - assured the media director.
Tarantino, in turn, recalled how, Hellman was a jury of one of the film festivals, where he took his film:
"You think, then I got? Not at all!"
On the 1st of September at midnight, Robert Rodriguez showed his new film "Machete", and during the day told why he has never taken off his hat. "Sleeping Beauty" of Catherine Breillat opened the program "Horizons" and "Norwegian Wood" almost fell asleep the whole hall.
The emergence of Rodriguez at the Lido is no coincidence: his friend Quentin Tarantino is headed jury this year. "I thought Robert would never give to film this movie!" - Honestly said Jessica Alba at a press conference. Rodriguez, on the contrary, knew what he is shooting.
His "Machete" director initially arrayed in the form of a trailer for "Grindhouse" and only then, when the fans wanted to see a movie about the crazy killer-Mexican, he started a full length movie.
"A lot of actors are merely playing tough guys, and Danny is a real cool guys"- said Robert about Danny Trejo.
The reaction of the hall to the actions of a tough guy on screen was mixed: some blind eye, someone beech, and someone was delighted, thinking that Robert finally returned to the familiar genre for himself.
"I have ideas for the continuation and spin-off", - said Rodriguez.
Reporters without much enthusiasm asked director about the film, so that the most interesting response was the reaction to the phrase.
- "Please, take off your hat".
- "I have never taken off my hat, because all my coolness is there! If I take it off, then I'll lose it at all! "
But back to the competitive program. After the "Black Swan" it continued "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami novel. Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung tried to convey the text of Japanese writer with a slow tempo, two-dimensional characters, languid erotic scenes and moody music. However, output has turned movie that caused a mass exodus from the hall after the first hour.
After leaving the film by Murakami novel, it was possible to catch the opening of the program "Horizons". It exists since 2004 and is created to reflect the new trends in cinema. This year's selectors were mixed together the shortie and full-length movies. The right to open the program has got the original provocative movie by French director Catherine Breillat "Sleeping Beauty". Last year, Breillat has already applied to the fairy tales, removing "Blue Beard", and in the new film, she mixed up two stories at once.
In the story a young princess Anastasia at birth gets a terrible gift from the evil witch and must die, pricks his finger with the spindle. Slightly belated and sharp on the tongue the good fairies are trying to alleviate the plight of girl. Anastasia does not die, but just go to sleep for a hundred years. The girl grows lively, arrogant, but still falls asleep. Anastasia sees a dream of a fairy tale about the Snow Queen, which ends not finding the boy, stolen by a cold-blooded villain.
Breillat deftly mixes reality and fairy tale, gradually bringing her movie to the hard finale with already awakened princess from a dream.