Via the BBC, Deepa Mehta‘s "Water" (which will complete the trilogy she started with 1996’s controversial "Fire" and 1998’s controversial "Earth") will open this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It may not surprise you to hear that "Water" already generated its own share of controversy. The film follows the lives of Hindu widows, and filming was abandoned in India five years ago after the set was attacked and burned by protesters who felt it distorted Indian culture (there’s a first-hand account from one of the camera assistants over at Bright Lights). More TIFF titles announcements are here.
Jessica Winters of the Village Voice plays compare and contrast with "War of the Worlds" and Scientology tome "Dianetics," while Chuck Stephens interviews director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose "Tropical Malady" opens in New York today.
The LA Times‘ Rachel Abramowitz and John Horn round up the growing number of films dealing, either directly or indirectly, with 9/11.
In a long typewritten letter, Kerouac asks Brando to "buy ON THE ROAD
and make a movie of it." He adds, "you play Dean and I’ll play Sal."
Too bad that potentially hilarious buddy movie was never made.
And Christina Patterson at the Independent chats with Michael Winterbottom at a screening of his newest film, "A Cock and Bull Story," based on Laurence Sterne’s pretty much unfilmable (and, some would argue, unreadable) novel "Tristram Shandy."
+ Hindu widows film opens festival (BBC)
+ The Downfall: Foreign Language Hits Are Few and Far Between in 2005 (indieWIRE)
+ Mystery Scientology Theater (Village Voice)
+ The Rupture (Village Voice)
+ Post-9/11 anxieties influence spate of films (LA Times)
+ The Outtakes of Brando’s Large Life (NY Times)
+ A taste of Shandy (Independent)