"The South by Southwest Film Festival has selected the North American premiere of Chan-wook Park‘s new film, "I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK," to close the fest on March 17 in Austin, Texas," reports Dave McNary at Variety. We won’t be able to catch it, but still, squee.
Cannes president Gilles Jacob writes of "To Each His Cinema," the film commissioned to celebrate the 60th Festival de Cannes, consisting of three minutes segments from 33 directors:
The novelty of the form derives from its extreme division and the pleasant sweetness of its lightness. This writing does not depict a series of repetitions in theatres of astonishingly diverse appearance, but rather a series of improbable encounters – Wenders filmed in the Congo, Tsai Ming Liang in Kuala Lumpur and Cronenberg in the… toilets! No director had knowledge of the other fragments, or even synopses from his colleagues. They all accepted to discover them at the same time as the festival-goers themselves.
New Directors/New Films will open with novelist/director Paul Auster‘s "The Inner Life of Martin Frost," according to Brian Brooks at indieWIRE. Auster’s last film was 1998’s "Lulu on the Bridge." The films selected are, as always, a mix from around the world, but a few of the more recognizable titles include Julia Loktev‘s "Day Night Day Night," Andrea Arnold‘s "Red Road," and, fresh from Park City, "Padre Nuestro" (winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize), "The Great World of Sound," "Once" (winner of the Audience Award), and "War/Dance" (winner of the Directing Award).
At All These Wonderful Things, AJ Schnack recounts the furor over reports that "300" was booed at Berlin, an interesting cautionary tale about reporting reactions from a screening as indicative of a film’s quality, particularly is that screening is for press, who we all know are cold! and heartless! â€” or at least not a typical sampling of the moviegoing public, and certainly not consistent. We recall snickers (some from us) and a walk-out at a New York press screening of "The Nativity Story," while a colleague told us that in LA, people were crying.
This being said, Jennifer Lopez‘s "Bordertown," which was written and directed by Oscar nominated Gregory Nava (of "Selena"), was also reportedly booed, and without the backing of unexpectedly good reviews afterward. Those who like their schadenfreude can see photos of Lopez holding back tears at Der Spiegel.
At the London Times, James Christopher argues that "the wrong Chinese film walked off with the Golden Bear" â€” he would have preferred Li Yu‘s "Ping Guo" to winner "Tuya De Hun Shi," and sighs that "the best films were sadly not in competition, or they were fobbed off with lesser prizes."
+ SXSW ‘OK’ for Park pic’s preem (Variety)
+ TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA, the film to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes (Festival-Cannes.fr)
+ "Martin Frost" and "Glue" to Open 36th New Directors/New Film Series (indieWIRE)
+ When Blogs Attack: Did 300 Really Get Booed in Berlin? (All These Wonderful Things)
+ Jennifer Lopez Feels Lo at the Berlinale (Der Spiegel)
+ Is it grim? Then Bear it (London Times)