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Czech Republic selects WW2 drama ‘The Painted Bird’ as Oscar entry

Czech Republic selects WW2 drama ‘The Painted Bird’ as Oscar entry The film debuted in competition at Venice this year. The Czech Republic has selected Václav Marhoul’s Second World War drama The Painted Bird as its entry for the international feature category at ...

12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019

12 Best Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2019 Every person who heads to the Toronto International Film Festival — especially those who hope to take the pulse of the upcoming awards-circuit season — comes with certain expectations. Maybe these ...

Venice Title ‘The Painted Bird’ Chosen As Czech Oscar Submission As Poland, Pakistan & Taiwan Also Enter Race

Venice Title ‘The Painted Bird’ Chosen As Czech Oscar Submission As Poland, Pakistan & Taiwan Also Enter Race Hard-hitting Venice Film Festival competition movie The Painted Bird has been selected by the Czech Film and Television Academy as the Czech Republic’s international Oscar entry. Described as an ...

Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ Is Czech Entry in Oscar Race

Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ Is Czech Entry in Oscar Race Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the main competition and also played at the Toronto Film Festival in Special Presentations, has been selected ...

Toronto Correspondences #4: The Momentous and the Micro

The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. Croce, Kelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.The Painted BirdDear Kelley and Fern,Leonardo has already written ...

‘The Painted Bird’ Film Review: Jerzy Kosiński Adaptation Is Gruesome, Poetic Epic of Inhumanity

‘The Painted Bird’ Film Review: Jerzy Kosiński Adaptation Is Gruesome, Poetic Epic of Inhumanity An epic pastoral horror pitting human savagery against the impossible calm of nature, Czech filmmaker Václav Marhoul’s adaptation of Polish author Jerzy Kosiński’s rattling World War II novel “The ...

Forming a mountain by Anne-Katrin Titze

Rick Alverson on Jeff Goldblum with Tye Sheridan in The Mountain: "He is using the boy as a refractive mechanism to validate himself, to show his worth." In the final instalment of my in-depth ...

'Brutal' Holocaust Movie The Painted Bird Prompts Walkouts at the Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival seems to have found the most controversial film of the year. The Painted Bird prompted walkouts from audience members at the festival after graphic scenes of violence, sexual ...

The Painted Bird review – savage, searing three-hour tour of hell

Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look away One day they’ll make a film ...

Venice Film Review: ‘The Painted Bird’

Venice Film Review: ‘The Painted Bird’ Anyone depending on the kindness of strangers is going nowhere fast in “The Painted Bird,” a child’s-eye Holocaust drama of such unrelenting brutality as to make even the vaguest gestures of humanity ...

Stellan Skarsgard Discusses Venice Festival Drama ‘Painted Bird’

Stellan Skarsgard Discusses Venice Festival Drama ‘Painted Bird’ No stranger to the world of prestigious film festivals, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard drew notice almost from the very beginning of his film career when he won the best actor award at the Berlin ...

Political Satire ‘The Barefoot Emperor,’ Premiering at Toronto, Debuts First Trailer (Exclusive)

Political Satire ‘The Barefoot Emperor,’ Premiering at Toronto, Debuts First Trailer (Exclusive) Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for political satire “The Barefoot Emperor,” which has been selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the Toronto Film Festival. ...

The Mountain (2018) – Review

Time to take a detour from the big noisy summer blockbusters and take a trip with an actual person. Well, sort of, since the main character in this film has a different name than the actual famous (or ...

Q&a: Director Timo Vuorensola on Going from the Moon to the Center of the Earth in Iron Sky: The Coming Race

In the aftermath of a nuclear war with Nazis, remnants of the human race living on the moon seek a new beginning in the center of the Earth in Iron Sky: The Coming Race. With the sequel to 2012’s Iron ...

Festival Trailer for B&w Film 'The Painted Bird' Premiering in Venice

"Come and fetch me." Celluloid Dreams has debuted a promo trailer for an indie film titled The Painted Bird, which is premiering at the Venice Film Festival this fall playing in competition. Written & ...

Threshold of the screen by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Mountain director Rick Alverson: "There's a lot of parallels between the lobotomy and filmmaking." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze In the first instalment of my in-depth conversation with Rick Alverson ...

First Look: Trailer for Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ (Exclusive)

First Look: Trailer for Venice Competition Film ‘The Painted Bird’ (Exclusive) Variety has been given exclusive access to the international trailer for Vaclav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird,” which world premieres in competition at the Venice Film Festival, and screens at the ...

The Mountain | Review

Who’s Wally?: Alverson Goes Retro with Punishing, Complex Period Drama Always intent on making his audience do some of the work, American indie helmer Rick Alverson is back with a glacial road trip ...

‘The Mountain’ Review: Mental Health Will Drive You Mad

‘The Mountain’ Review: Mental Health Will Drive You Mad There’s something about Tye Sheridan. Adopted early on by indie and/or iconoclastic filmmakers like Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Jeff Nichols (Mud) and David Gordon Green (Joe), he played ...

‘The Mountain’ Film Review: Jeff Goldblum Plays an Authoritative Lobotomist in 1950s-Set Drama

‘The Mountain’ Film Review: Jeff Goldblum Plays an Authoritative Lobotomist in 1950s-Set Drama Let’s start here: the latest project from cinematic provocateur Rick Alverson is probably best suited for the sort of on-a-loop side room you’d find in a modern art museum, where it could endlessly ...

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