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Watch: First Trailer For Abel Ferrara's 'Pasolini' Starring Willem Dafoe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2014 5:15 PM
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Pasolini
Abel Ferrara has always been known for creating characters and stories that delve into the most extreme of human behaviours, but for his latest couple of films, he's tackled real life people whose actions speak for themselves. Earlier this year the filmmaker unveiled "Welcome To New York," the fictionalized tale of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and now just a couple of months later, Ferrara is in Venice where he's premiering "Pasolini," a feature about famed and controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. And a pretty great first trailer has arrived.

Venice Review: Larry Clark’s ‘The Smell Of Us’ Featuring Michael Pitt... And Larry Clark

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 1, 2014 2:29 PM
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The Smell Of Us
A prime example of what we’ve just now dubbed “le cinema du entre-jambes,” or “crotch cinema,” Larry Clark’s “The Smell of Us” is a film so horrible it manages to significantly outdo the repulsiveness of its title. Having waded through Clark’s entire back catalogue some time ago (the things we do for Film Criticism), we were semi-apologists for his last movie, “Marfa Girl,” in which amid the sine qua non teen sex we thought we detected the green shoots of a more narrative-based direction, as well as some coherent characterization. “The Smell of Us” however, jettisons any good will we may have had for the filmmaker in its portrait of disaffected youth (what else?) in Paris. This film revels in mindlessly repetitive and 100%, no-question-about-it exploitative, sequences of pretty young men engaging in various sexual activities. But that’s not to say Clark has nothing new up his crusty sleeve — this time out he appears on camera alongside the objects of his lurid attention. Thus we have achieved an event horizon of skeeziness.

Watch: First 3 Clips From HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' With Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins & Bill Murray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 31, 2014 1:00 PM
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Olivia Kitteridge
Prestige drama at film festivals is no longer just the domain of movies. Television is now becoming a regular part of fest programming (Jane Campion's "Top Of The Lake" at Sundance and Bruno Dumont's "P'tit Quinquin" at Cannes Directors' Fortnight are recent examples) and this week at Venice, HBO's "Olive Kitteridge" will get a glitzy premiere. And you can now catch a glimpse of the forthcoming miniseries with three new clips.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Venice/TIFF Drama 'Far From Men' Starring Viggo Mortensen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 3:33 PM
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Far From Men, Viggo Mortensen
There is no shortage of serious movies hitting the festival circuit this fall, but only one of them boasts the distinction of being based on the short story "L'Hôte" by Albert Camus. That's right, the philosopher's work is behind the latest from writer/director David Oelhoeffen, and with "Far From Men" hitting both Venice and TIFF in the next couple of weeks, two new clips are here to go with the trailer that landed a week ago.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Three Hearts' With Charlotte Gainsbourg & Chiara Mastroianni Playing Venice & TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 10:40 AM
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Three Hearts
Benoît Jacquot is a festival veteran, last doing the rounds with 2012's costume drama "Farewell, My Queen." Now he's back with a more contemporary tale, riffing on an old theme, while rounding some exciting talent to tell his story. The film is called "Three Hearts," and with screenings at Venice and TIFF coming up soon, the first trailer has dropped.

Watch: Miranda July's New 10-Minute Short Film 'Somebody'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2014 8:44 AM
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Somebody
Artist, author and filmmaker Miranda July can now add a new job title to her CV: app engineer. July has taken another step into the digital era after teaching everyone what ))<>(( means in "Me And You And Everyone We Know." She has created an app called "Somebody," and an accompanying ten minute film of the same name which makes its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week. And if you can't make it to Venice, you can just watch it below.

Watch: First Clip From 'The Humbling' Starring Al Pacino And Greta Gerwig

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 5:18 PM
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The Humbling
On paper, "The Humbling" has a lot going for it. The film is based on the book by acclaimed author Philip Roth, is led by acting legend Al Pacino and rising star Greta Gerwig, and promises a provocative, sexually charged drama. But the question is whether or not director Barry Levinson will be able to pull it off, and the first clip is here to see if he's got the chops to deliver.

Watch: First 2 Clips From Peter Bogdanovich's Screwball Comedy 'She's Funny That Way'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 4:25 PM
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She's Funny That Way
Peter Bogdanovich is back, and he's bringing a helluva ensemble with him. Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Tatum O'Neal, Rhys Ifans, Will Forte and Lucy Punch all appear in the director's first feature in a decade, "She's Funny That Way. With the screwball comedy set to unspool at the Venice Film Festival, the first two clips are here to provide a zany look at the upcoming film.

Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2014 2:22 PM
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Nymphomaniac Volume II
In case you thought Lars von Trier was done cheerfully provoking audiences via his two part opus "Nymphomaniac," guess again. The enfant terrible still has a director's cut up his sleeve, and after unveiling Volume I at the Berlin Film Festival (our review), he's hitting the Venice Film Festival with Volume II. As a bonus, the fest will will be the first place where both versions will be seen together. But if you can't be there, here's three graphic clips hinting at said director's cut. Warning: these clips are very NSFW.

Venice Review: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ With Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Ed Norton & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 27, 2014 7:44 AM
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Birdman
Hubristic, humble, heartfelt and hotheaded, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is phenomenal. The feverishly anticipated (not least by us) movie from Alejandro González Iñárritu blasted through its Venice premiere (it’s the opening film) in a gonzo rush —it's so exciting, so moment-to-moment enjoyable that to expect profundity would be greedy. And yet it delivers on that level as well; the film is as thoughtful and smart as it is infectiously absurd. And that's perhaps the biggest surprise of an endlessly surprising, inventive movie: whatever the sum of its elements, like how it launches and completes the “Keatonnaissance” in one fell swoop, or incredible camerawork that imperceptibly stitches together into (mostly) one long, seemingly cutless take, “Birdman” adds up to more. It’s borderline miraculous.

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