And the international news round-up (we’re a little blurry today, so apologies for not trying very hard with this whole "organizing information" thing):
At Variety, Patrick Frater has another Wong Kar Wai update (and a truly atrocious headline) â€” after headed up the Cannes jury, Wong will start shooting what will presumably be the just-announced Hurricane Katrina film, his English-lingo debut, which has apparently been entitled "Blueberry Nights" and which will star singer (and Ravi Shankar-spawn) Norah Jones in her film debut.
At the New York Times, Steven Lee Meyers reports on a recent trend of Russian remakes of classics previously all but claimed, cinematically, by Hollywood:
[M]any of those involved in the wave of new films profess to have a superior understanding of the elusive Russian soul than those in the West â€” Hollywood worst of all â€” who have long plumbed the immense depth of Russian literature for cinematic inspiration.
Greta Garbo as "Anna Karenina" (1935)? Audrey Hepburn as Natasha Rostov in "War and Peace" (1956)?
We’ve stared at Lars von Trier‘s latest missive, another avowal towards asceticism, for ages, but we still can’t make head or tail of it. This may be because we’re in dire need of a nap. Here, you try:
Over the last few years I have felt increasingly burdened by barren habits and expectations (my own and other people’s) and I feel the urge to tidy up.
In regards to product development this will mean more time on freer terms; i.e. projects will be allowed to undergo true development and not merely be required to meet preconceived demands. This is partly to liberate me from routine, and in particular from scriptual structures inherited from film to film.
Erik Kirschbaum in Reuters reports that "Dresden" is causing at stir at Berlin’s European Film Market. The film heads into territory most fear to tread â€” a German point of view of World War II â€” exploring whether the Allied firebombing of Dresden was a "war crime."
And over at the Japan Times, Mark Schilling reviews the film he plotzed for (and awarded a prize to) at the Tokyo International Film Festival: "a Japanese answer to ‘This Is Spinal Tap’: ‘Ski Jumping Pairs — The Road to Torino 2006.’"
+ Cannes can’t go Wong (Variety)
+ Time to Come Home, Zhivago (NY Times)
+ What, me dogmatic? (Variety)
+ New film portrays German side of Dresden bombings (Reuters)
+ A flick to slide round in the aisle too (Japan Times)