Both Dario Argento and George A. Romero have films in Toronto’s Midnight Madness line-up, a fact that makes us viridian with Canuck jealousy. Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today checks in on Romero and his "Diary of the Dead":
Whereas Night used strangers barricaded in a farmhouse to reflect the nightmares of the Vietnam era, Diary downloads a post-9/11 and Hurricane Katrina image of widespread chaos for the YouTube/MySpace generation.
"I had a version of the story in mind when I was doing Land of the Dead,"
he says, referring to his return to his zombie roots in 2005. "I
thought it would be cool to go back to Day 1, when it all starts, and
lay media stuff on top."
Argento discusses his entry, "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" (completing a trilogy that includes 1977’s "Suspiria" and 1980’s "Inferno") with Mark Olsen at the LA Times, touching on the fact that this film features his sometimes estranged daughter Asia Argento:
"Many people talk about that," he says. " ‘How can you kill your daughter?’ But, no. She is an actress. This is a film, and she knows very well it is a film. She was born in a family of artists."
Meanwhile, Asia continues to prove herself the queen of the festival circuit this year, starring in multiple films making their way from Cannes to Toronto to New York, and demonstrating her facility with the tabloid-ready off-the-cuff quote, like this, from The Sun: "I wanted to make a porn remake of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and take it to the next level… One day I would like to make a movie about sex, especially for women because women’s sexuality is still a huge taboo." The girl’s a star!
+ Romero’s ‘Diary’ breathes new life into the dead (USA Today)
+ Argento is man of the witching hour (LA Times)
+ ‘I want to make women’s porn’ (The Sun)