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'Carnage,' 'Shame' 'March,' Tinker Tailor' & More: Our Complete 2011 Venice Film Festival Coverage

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  • September 8, 2011 12:22 PM
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Wrap Up Coverage From Telluride 2011 As Well, Including 'The Descendants' 'Albert Nobbs' & 'Butter'While there are two more days officially left on the Venice Film Festival schedule, for us, the Lido is now closed. Our man in the field, U.K. writer Oliver Lyttelton did a bang-up job and delivered what felt like 20 reviews in nine days, and at a rapid and coherent clip no less. While the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off today, we've already seen many of the highlights of the fall film festival that you're highly anticipating.

Watch: New Clip From 'Alps' Is Both Hilarious & Strange

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 5, 2011 7:09 AM
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"We’re going to say this only once. We recommend you go in to 'Alps' as cold as possible," our man in Venice Oliver Lyttelton cautioned in his review. "It’s not quite like anything you’ve seen, and part of its pleasure is watching it play out. There’s no giant twist or anything, but we’re glad we saw it the way we did: knowing only a brief synopsis, and nothing else." So with that in mind, here's another clip from Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps," his highly anticipated followup to "Dogtooth."

Venice '11 Review: 'Alps' Another Unique & Remarkable Film From Director Yorgos Lanthimos

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2011 9:45 AM
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Until a couple of years ago, few outside his native Greece were aware of theater director-turned-filmmaker Giorgos Lanthimos. But when his third film, "Dogtooth," came from seemingly nowhere to win the top prize at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2009, it kicked off a process that's deservedly seen the helmer become one of the most closely-watched international filmmakers around. Other than a producing and acting role in the rather-less-good "Attenberg," he's been quietly working away on a follow-up, the pitch-black "Alps," which screened for the press here in Venice tonight. And the good news is, it's just as remarkable as his breakthrough.

Watch: Melodramatic & Very Funny Teaser Trailer For Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Alps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 6:36 AM
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“It’s darker and funnier. It goes to each extreme a little bit more,” director Yorgos Lanthimos said about "Alps" earlier this year. The first teaser trailer for the film has landed at IndieWire and, as claimed, it's both dark and hilarious.

Read The 15 Rules Of ‘Dogtooth’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ New Film ‘Alps’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 3:01 AM
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Film Tagline: "When The End Is Here, The Alps Are Near"For the most part, press notes for a film are usually a dull affair. A bunch of stapled pages with rehearsed quotes from everyone involved, a synopsis and maybe a few images from the flick. They are a handy tool, but ask anyone who comes back from TIFF or Cannes, almost 90% will end up in the recycling bin. However, every now and then there will be something that will you will want to hang on to. Last year's hardback book for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives" was a standout, but even something with striking imagery or a memorable presentation will be enough for us to file it away. Which brings us to "Dogtooth" director Yorgos Lanthimos’ new film "Alps." With a premiere in Venice and TIFF just around the corner, attendees will once again be overloaded with marketing material for the films hitting the Lido but they may want to hang on to the pages for "Alps."

'Page Eight,' 'Alps,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Wuthering Heights,' Machine Gun Preacher' & More Go To TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Massive Slate Of Final Additions Includes 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Hysteria,' 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Miss Bala' & Many, Many MoreTIFF has just dropped the final batch of films slated to hit Toronto next month, and you might want to pack some Red Bull before heading up north. The number of additions is staggering, so let's get right to it shall we?

First Images & Official Synopsis From 'Dogtooth' Director Yorgos Lanthimos' New Film 'Alps'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 1:43 AM
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It was a bit of a shocker when Yorgos Lanthimos' provocative "Dogtooth" landed on the Best Foreign Film nominations at the Oscars earlier this year, if only because it's exactly the kind nervy, unique filmmaking that the Academy typically shies away from, particularly in that usually very conservative category. But the recognition spoke to the power of Lanthimos' film, one that shocked, thrilled and disturbed audiences around the world, took home honors from a variety film festivals (including the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes) and put the Greek filmmaker on the map. Well, Lanthimos is back and and will surely be pushing buttons again with "Alps" which will premiere in Venice in a few short weeks, playing in competition.

'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' 'A Dangerous Method,' 'Carnage,' 'Shame,' 'Alps' Lead Venice Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 11:08 AM
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Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse,' Sam Worthington Starrer 'Texas Killing Fields,' Persepolis Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Also In Competition, Soderbergh's 'Contagion,' Madonna's 'W.E.' Out Of ItAfter a few months of rumors flying around, the line up for the 2011 Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and to put it mildly, we're a little bit excited. The opening and closing films, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" and Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress," had been revealed over the past few weeks, and now, we've got the full selection. There'll be little new for anyone who spied the leaked line-up a few days ago, which seemed to get things about right, but even without the element of surprise, it's an incredibly tantalizing selection.

Polanski's 'Carnage,' Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method' Set For Premieres At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 1:07 AM
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New Films From Todd Solondz, Steven Soderbergh, Steve McQueen, Michael Winterbottom, Steven Spielberg, Alexander Payne, Tomas Alfredson, Yorgos Lanthimos & More All In Contention Too

Snubbed? Who's Missing In The 2011 Cannes Line-Up?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2011 3:04 AM
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As one of the most highly anticipated film festivals on the planet -- the Olympics of cinema as it were -- each spring the looming arrival of the Cannes Film Festival line-up brings with it a near feeding frenzy of anticipation (except for those actually awaiting the summer tentpole season).

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