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.
The second day of the festival has been opened by a new Julian Schnabel movie "Miral".
Miral - the name of the heroine of the film, as well as the name of red flower growing on the roadside. The movie is just about live flowers - orphaned children after the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The action begins in 1947, when Hind Husseini opens a shelter for homeless children. She gathers orphans from different parts of Palestine. Eventually she becomes stepmother almost to a thousand boys and girls. Frieda Pinto's heroine is in the house of Hindi in the late 1960's and has 17 years of age begins to struggle for the liberation of the motherland.
Raising the subject of the notorious conflict, Schnabel forgot about the main thing - to write interesting characters that the audience can empathize. Unfortunately, Pinto could not pull on a movie.
Applause rang out in the final credits of "Black Sheep" by Ascanio Celestine. Italian film tells the story of St. Nicholas, the patient of psychiatric hospital at the monastery. Nicola was born in the "wonderful sixties", was raised by his grandmother ("she was always old - in 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950 and 1960), because his mother was in the nuthouse. The hero loves old anecdote: "In one nut house there are hundred gates. Two psychos decided to break. They climbed through the 99 gates, and then one of them says: "Listen, I'm tired, let's go back and break tomorrow". Psychos always return, says Nicola. In a sense, he has always been normal, but the concentration of idiots around the boy goes off scale. Eventually he got an imaginary friend, and life in the nuthouse ceased to be boring. But Nicola meeting with the matured girl of his dreams becomes a real nightmare for him.
French drama Happy Few untrained viewer seem like a porn film. There are four heroes - two married couples. Rachel meets Vincent at work. Then they meet for dinner together. Rachel husband Frankie accidentally kisses Teri, wife of Vincent. Couples change their spouses - Rachel sleeps with Vincent, and Frankie with Teri. On the surface it seems that this is just an experiment, but it is not just swing. It is likely that here involved real feelings. However, the director is so fond of showing erotic scenes that almost forgets to back the plot in its original track. Because it's obvious that such an alignment doesn't lead to something good.
"It's terrific that Isabella Rossellini will be president of the jury on the Berlinale in 2011 - said festival director Dieter Koslik. - She is multi-faceted, creative artist from the movie, which has extensive experience in European, American and international cinema ".
Isabella Rossellini was born in the family of world cinema stars - Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini. She debuted in 1976 in the US-Italian movie by Vincent Minelli "A matter of time". The first role on American soil - the cash hit Taylor Hekvorda "White Nights". But the business card of an actress was the role of Dorothy Vellens in the film by David Lynch "Blue Velvet". After Rossellini starred in the director and another of his famous films like "Wild at Heart".
Rossellini is demanded and in independent films, and paintings, focusing on a broader audience (for example, she starred in the comedy "Death Becomes Her" Robert Zemeckis). She has participated in films by John Schlesinger, Lawrence Kazdana and Peter Greenaway. Among the latter striking works "The Lover" by James Gray and "Infamous" by Douglas McGrath. In addition, Isabella Rossellini is often filmed on television and is engaged in directing - she put a series of inventive short film "Green Porno", studying sexual behavior of insects.
Coming Berlin Film Festival will be held from 10 to 20 February 2011.
On September 1, started 67th Venice Film Festival. Opening film "Black Swan" has been showed to reporters early in the morning. Natalie Portman frustrated loud applause during a news conference.
At the Lido everyone loves Aronovsky - he received the prize for his "Wrestler" and returns to the competitive program. His "Black Swan" is also a kind of drama production, as well as "The Wrestler". But this time the director makes his heroine suffer not only from metaphorical but physical pangs.
In the story a young ballerina-perfectionist Nina gets a major role in "Swan Lake". But in order to adequately dance a party of both white and black swans, Nina should work a lot. Despite the technicality, which it possesses, the girl did not have enough of ease. But it is a surplus available to the new dancer Lily. On the delicate Nina shoulders there is an excessive burden: she has to resist the oppressive mother, not to let Lily take away her role, to find a black swan inside, and finally to dance Odette perfectly.
With the appearance of film crew at the press conference there was lot applause, boosted at the appearance of Natalie Portman. The actress may have played a better role in his career. Aronovsky put her on the pointe shoes and armed a serious mental disorder - all of this together allows Natalie to claim on an "Oscar".
Portman has been dancing with four years, but dropped it at 13 years. How well she can represent a ballerina should say experts, but the director jokingly acknowledged that previously feared the reaction of the ballet world: "They're dangerous people! You never know what they can do!" Aronovsky says that the world of ballet and wrestling are really similar, but the idea to remove the "Black Swan" he has conceived a long before.
"We discussed this movie with Darren in 2002. And then nothing happened, but I had time to prepare", - says Portman. What she clearly was not ready for, so it is for erotic scene with Mila Kunis.
"He said that I would have sex with myself! I was terribly intrigued!" "I remember this conversation! - interrupted Natalie director. - You asked: "What?" - And I said that I do not know yet how it will be, but I'll invent it!"
In general, Aronovsky was in good spirits, promising to make a movie for viewing on the iPad, and rejoiced that independent filmmakers now have a chance for a better life, because technology is becoming cheaper.
"I am honored that Mark chose our film to open Venice festival - this is the best festival in the world's oldest film festival and is held in a beautiful place. We worked round the clock for three months to finish the film in time ", - said director.
The film by Julie Taymor "The Tempest" by William Shakespeare closes 67th International Venice Film Festival, which will be held from 1 to 11 September. Also it is became known a complete jury stuff, which this year is headed by Quentin Tarantino.
The main character of Shakespeare's Prospero - the former Duke of Milan, dethroned his brother, now a powerful magician. Julie Taymor has changed the sex of Prospero, so now he is she, and plays her Helen Mirren. Like Shakespeare, the daughter of Prosper will be Miranda (Felicity Jones), with whom she lives on a remote island in the company of savage Caliban (Djimon Huns), and the spirit of the air Ariel (Ben Whishaw).
The film also starred Alfred Molina, Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, David Strathairn and Chris Cooper. Changing the sex of the hero director explains:
"I wanted to do it, because there are actresses like Helen Mirren, who never play such great role, because they are written for men. So we changed the role. This did not spoil the play, but added more depth to it".
For Julie Taymor's "The Tempest" was the second address to the creation of the Great Bard. Former director from Broadway, Taymor made her debut in film drama "Titus" with Anthony Hopkins. It is interesting that the director already had a relationship to the production of the Tempest, but in a theater in 1986. This is the second appearance of Julie Taymor on the island of Lido. In the 2002 film "Frida" participated in the contest of the festival. The release of "The Tempest" in the United States will be in December, the distributor of label became Touchstone Studios Disney.
Also this week, has become known the jury of the Venice Film Festival. Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Delpech, Danny Elfmen, Luca Gabriele Salvatores Guadanino. During the week they will watch and discuss movies in the company's head of the jury Quentin Tarantino. There will be awarded the following prizes: the Golden Lion for best film, The Silver Lion for Best Director, Special Jury Prize, two Volpi Cup (Best Actor and Actress) and two Marcello Mastroianni Award (best actor and actress for beginners) and two awards "Osella" for best screenplay and best technical achievement.
Mexican Guillermo Arriaga is known as a permanent screenwriter Alejandro Gonzalez. His works include "21 Grams", "Amores perros" and "Babylon". Two years ago, Arriaga has made his debut in directing and brought his movie "Burning Plain" in Venice, where it participated in the contest.
Films directed by French director Arnaud Delpech often participate in competitive programs in Venice and Cannes.
Luke Guadanino - one of the most famous Italian filmmakers. Debuting at Venice movie "The Protagonists" in 1999, he returned three times to the Lido.
Director and screenwriter Gabriele Salvatores is well-known outside of his native Italy. In 1991 his drama "Mediterraneo" won an Oscar for best foreign film. This year, critics praised his new film "Happy Family".
67th Venice Film Festival opens on September 1 with Darren Aronovsky film "Black Swan".