The most important premiere of the Venice Film Festival
Here is a film that the 74th Venice festival went down in history - from the favorites of the jury to the invaluable masterpieces of potential hits to film distribution intended for intimate perception experiments with virtual reality.
1 "form of water" / The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro
Romantic tale, breaking the usual canon. Officially - the best film of the competition; he was awarded the main prize "Golden Lion of St. Mark." In this story, a lot of love in all possible manifestations - from the friendly attachment to a full physical proximity - catches anthropomorphic amphibian monster (Doug Jones) and mute nekrasavitsa with a good heart and a mischievous look (Sally Hawkins).
The action takes place in the middle of the twentieth century, at the height of the Cold War - with all the attendant: the arms race, desperate espionage, hard work in secret military laboratories, which contains a captive in the Amazon monster and character works as a cleaner. An important role is played by Michael Shannon - he plays infernal sadistic guard, who represents all earthly evil and intolerance toward creatures, unlike the usual, "normal" people.
Recently, the eve of the International Film Festival, we remembered del Toro as one of the few major producers, open Moscow festival. Now, after the victory in the second after the Cannes film festivals of the world major Hollywood monsters each legally recognized as the true author, and not just commercially successful director of Hollywood blockbusters with charming monsters.
Perspective output in Russian rolling: 100%. The company 20th Century Fox plans to release on 18 January to the beginning of the Oscar fever. The fact that the American Film Academy will not go to "Forms of Water" indifferent, no doubt.
2 "THREE billboards BORDER Ebbing, MISSOURI" / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
The owner of the undisputed prize for the screenplay, McDonagh - one of the greatest playwrights of our time (his play willingly put in Russia, among the most significant performances - "Man-pillow" by Kirill Serebrennikov at the Moscow Art Theater of Chekhov.); while most Hollywood hacks frankly moonlight, he comes up with a cool story - with real flesh and blood. "Three billboard", where there is a place of tragedy and farce, and a thriller - the story of a strange place. Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand; association with the movie "Fargo" are not forbidden) - the mother of a girl who was unknown bastard raped and alive burnt, - rents three billboards on the border of his deaf campus to accommodate to them the question - how to inaction justice, so and to allow such atrocities sky. Ebbing residents sympathetic to Mildred's mother, bayonets take action Mildred's buntarshi. Moreover, women are rebelling against not only police - a cancer patient Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and an object of ridicule, Dixon officer (Sam Rockwell), - but also ordinary citizens. Mildred - one against all. For the sake of such an ephemeral thing as justice.
The story - exciting, the characters - colorful (McDonagh, like no other, is able to fall in love with his characters, just as they are not embellishing), but it is unfair to mark only the dramatic achievements of director: "Three billboard" - it is a movie you want to watch and not to repeat. One of the strongest, wisest and paradoxical works of the year.
Perspective output in Russian rolling: 100%. Fox appointed the same release date of February 1, 2018 th, again, in the midst of Oscar season. It will be for someone to hurt in the distribution of the gold statuettes.
3. "MEKTUB, my love. FIRST SONG "/ Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno Abdelatif Keshishev
The film, bypassed awards jury, but quickly acquired almost cult status. 1994 th, the south of France, boys and girls (local, mostly - came from Tunisia, as well as the director himself Keshish and vacationers - mostly young tourists) spend a vacation in a series of beach get-togethers and parties. Dancing, sun, eroticism, poured into the air and delight in each frame (each frame - too). The protagonist - a young man Ameen, we stopped at a small home from Paris, an aspiring writer, photographer and filmmaker, watching funny love the carousel, on which ride his peers, but he no one sleeps, speaking for many damsels friend and confidant.
However, things can change in the "Song of the second", which has already been removed: in contrast to the film "The Life of Adele. Chapter One "left without follow-up, this story is going to tell Keshish through. In the meantime, the incompleteness of this cinematic poem about the joys of the flesh lends additional charm of the project. Issued in the name of an Arabic word meaning manifest destiny - though the film itself looks spontaneous and unpredictable.
the prospects in the Russian hire: 70%. As long as the distributor for "Mektuba" No; some noise may serve his yardage - atmospheric, with a blurred story movie lasts more than three hours. However, the picture is so seductive and vitality that, believe anyone, so dare to buy it. Especially, "Life Adele" is more or less known and loved in Russia.
4. "EX LIBRIS: The New York Public Library" / Ex Libris: New York Public Library Frederick Wiseman
Documentary 87-year-old American classic - 197 minutes on how to live and what the New York Public Library. The name confuses nobody, Wiseman that sees it and fixes, with no obvious copyright comments. It seems that it must be terribly bored library? Ugh! But the screen does not come off: NPL (abbreviation of New York Public Library) - this is not the quiet pages in the reading rooms and archives (though about it cupola in the film is), this is a huge, complex hosted, multi-headed body. Its branches are scattered throughout the city, and a movie about New York, which is converted into Ex Libris, can not be boring by definition. But first of all, this film - about civic engagement, about the brain, about the lively social life, which is the engine NPL - with its lectures, discussions, concerts and performances. America, in some way similar to the Russian (even old women, flocked to the free library events, surprisingly reminiscent of Moscow), remains a role model: on such social indifferent we are still only dreaming. Perspective output in Russian rolling 5%. Doc - not a frequent visitor even in selected cinemas; likely to catch the movie Wiseman on any Festival Center documentary.
5. "FIRST Reformed Church" / First Reformed Paul Schrader
Ethan Hawke appears as a hard-drinking father St. Toller. After the death of her son in Afghanistan, Toller, himself a former military chaplain, is experiencing a crisis of faith. Amanda Seyfried plays a simple American girl Mary - her young husband whom Koller tried to reconcile with everyday troubles, committed suicide. Not the most usual duo - both unusual and this dense existential drama to the final mutates into a nervous thriller.
The director of "The First Reformed" Paul Schrader - once a permanent writer Martin Scorsese (and "Taxi Driver" and "Raging Bull" and "The Last Temptation of Christ" - his pen case), in his own work as a director has repeatedly addressed religious topics (up to prequel "Exorcist") and restless heroes on a narrow line between despair and hope. The new film - one of the most confident of his work for many years (the loudest movie Schroeder shot in the new millennium, are delightful and outrageous kitsch "Canyons"), to ensure spades on the territory of Bergman and Tarkovsky - without sacrificing sharp, absolutely Hollywood story .
Perspective output in Russian rolling: 50%. If independent distributors will not be affected by the new bill provides for the collection of 100 thousand euros for the distribution certificates foreign film, "The First Reformed" has a chance for a limited rental. For all the graphic austerity, it is worth looking Schredera it on the big screen.
6. "THE DEVIL AND FATHER Amartya" / The Devil and Father Amarth William Friedkin
Remembering "The Exorcist", it's time to turn to a new documentary father of this franchise (in Venice, he took part in the competition program). "The Exorcist", the revolutionary horror 1971 influenced many, but most of all, as it turned out, at the very director William Friedkin: he still has not come out from under the power of their own works. When shooting, nor sleep, nor spirit about the expulsion procedure devil did not know, now carried away in earnest. The result - the documentary "The Devil and Father Amart" shot out of curiosity, which brought to the amateur investigation Friedkin real exorcism procedures.
The central episode - a huge, shot one up on a small hand-held camera (all allowed Padre) exorcism: it above the village (but perfectly formed, an architect by profession) girl Christina on her 91 years of conducting Amart father, smiling Italian old man, who has years of association with devils are not discouraged joke. Friedkin can not do without subsequent exposure and shows the record familiar to neurosurgeons. This, incidentally, separate show - Israeli doctor himself like a little demon: who knows what he done to himself, but his wrinkled face decked pasted at random patches from sticking cotton wool. Doctors, by the way, not in a hurry to make a noise about quackery and American colleague Amartya says even with some envy: you can not so easily enter into conversation with the devil, fraught!
Perspective output in Russian rolling: 20%. With all the indifference of our distributors to the dock, this exotic project has spectacular potential. In Venice, for example, all the shows were sold out.
7. "Candelaria" / Candelaria Johnny Hendrix Inestrozy
The Cuban hit Venetian parallel program "Days of authors." Candelaria and Victor Hugo - an elderly couple, leading a miserable existence in Havana: in 1994, after the disappearance of the Soviet Union, Liberty Island was left without the usual support that impact on the already distressed its citizens. The elderly are malnourished, but do not lose heart. In any case, try not to lose heart. Once Candelaria, in the evenings singing to the soul in the café, and in the afternoon works as a maid in a hotel, is accidentally hit the dirty laundry on the camcorder. Victor Hugo secretly filmed naked wife and videotaped a rare marital sex. When the camera falls into the hands of local huckster, the business offers the elderly: porn for sale. Without much thought, the couple agreed.
Bloody warm tragicomedy with a slightly provocative plot, in which the entire provocation removed naturalness of the characters and performers - thanks to people in Cuba have the right to wear the proud title of the island of freedom.
Perspective output in Russian Pitch: 20%. Once we left the movie German Andreas Dresen, "the ninth heaven," openly show the sexual life of the elderly. But Dresen was gloomy, and the Cuban Inestroza, on the contrary, is very positive.
8. "The Wild Boys" / Les garçons sauvages Bertrand Mandiko
Five teenagers from good families have a very bad behavior - and forcibly sent to re-education to the ship, driven by brutal Dutchman captain: guarantees that all the boys back alive, no. Voyage leads the characters to a mysterious island where the captain runs the old friend, or a witch, or a seer Severin (cult actress Elina Louenson); flora here is similar to the genitals and offers the heroes a variety of sexual contacts; the impact of the strange island juice leads to a miraculous bodily metamorphosis ...
"The Wild Boys", a member of the Venetian Debuts program "Week of criticism" - sophisticated surreal madness that resembles and Kenneth Anger, and F. J. Ossang, eccentric game with gender ambivalence: all the boys, differing unusual androgynous beauty, play luxury actresses from very beginners to the new star of French cinema Vimala Pons.
the prospects in the Russian hire: zero, our distributors are examples of copyright self-will not be honored. It is a pity, because the film is stylized as an old, captured on film a movie and easily kombniniruet b / w and color; Eye sincerely happy.
9. "ABANDONED" / The Deserted; Jia Zai Lanre Si Cai Minlyana
VR-technology - a new word in a movie or a dead end in terms of the art of attraction? In Venice we are confident that a new word, and therefore taken for a huge program VR-projects the entire island Lazaretto (and a separate jury headed by John Landis). The first great director who risked shoot a feature-length movie in the format of a virtual reality turned out to be Taiwanese Tsai Minlyan - and it seems that this format devised especially for his contemplative world, where the ruins of live lonely, confused and sometimes frantically copulating characters, the water flows from the sky, from the cranes and in general almost everywhere, and sorrow and a desire to become synonymous. "Abandoned" - corporate film Tsai, in which you can now immerse themselves literally from head and see every crack in the wall and time on the skin; for the fans - a fantastic gift.
the prospect of output in cinemas in Russia can not be estimated, because the rental VR-projects as such do not exist anywhere else. In Venice "Abandoned" was part of that section, which shows the space VR Theatre: a few dozen people gather, as in a conventional theater for a session, but instead common to all display every color their individual VR-unit. And the chair rotates 360 degrees.
10. "SOME OF SILENCE" / Separate Silences; Hver Sin Stilhed David Wedel
One of the areas of VR-technology - that it is impossible to name just a movie; a unique experience; a special combination of film, interactive computer games and theater. The Venetian program has collected VR-installations; prize was awarded to La camera insabbiata, made by American singer and artist Laurie Anderson in collaboration with Taiwanese media artist Huang Shin-Chan - dizzy (! literally) the ability to fly through the maze of magic rooms. But our top we complete the project the young Dane David Wedel. "Some of silence" is designed for two audiences; each lying in a hospital bed, because the heroes of the project, in the skin which is proposed to be us - the brother and sister who are after a car accident in a coma. Ray of a giant ghostly memories of the lighthouse projects them directly to heaven (and this is a great traditional, cinematic point of view of the image); sometimes heroes fantasy intrudes terrible black man from the other world - and we feel a burning smell, as well as feel the smell of beer and coffee that they drink heroes. Moreover, installation of extras involved in touch to us at the time of touching the nurses to the heroes, do heart massage and injection (do not worry, there is no injection, skin Regarding the blunt end of a dropper). The audience and communicates with each other - the outcome (who will survive and who - not) depends on this communication.
rental term, the absence - due to the fact that such an experience can be realized only in the framework of the festival.