Related Story César Awards Nominations: Roman Polanski's 'An Officer And A Spy' Leads With 12; Ladj Ly's 'Les Misérables' Scores 11 - Full List The selection of An Officer And A Spy was a key talking point at today’s press conference, and has been expected to be a major hot-button issue here, even before the proceedings officially kick off this evening. … [Read more...] about Venice Jury President Lucrecia Martel Clarifies Comments On Roman Polanski: No Prejudice Against Competition Film ‘An Officer And A Spy’
Martel took a different stance, saying, “I don’t separate the man from the art. I think that important aspects of the work emerges in the man.” Referring to Polanski’s 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a minor and the case’s aftermath, Martel said, “A man who commits a crime of this size who is then condemned, and the victim considers herself satisfied with the compensation is difficult for me judge… It is difficult to define what is the right approach we have to take with people who have committed certain acts and were judged for them. I think these questions are part of the debate in our times.” … [Read more...] about Roman Polanski, Gender Parity & Quandary Of Quotas Dominate Venice Film Festival Opening Press Conference
Venice’s Barbera has said previously that he strives to separate art and the artist. “I’m not a judge. I’m not a lawyer. I’m a festival director,” he said in 2017 about why he invited U.S. filmmaker James Toback to that year’s event. Multiple women had accused Toback of sexual harassment, but the American director maintained his innocence and has never been convicted of a crime. … [Read more...] about Should Film Festivals And Distributors Steer Clear Of Controversial Directors In The #MeToo Era?
“It’s with great pleasure that we have succeeded in being able to present Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz as the lead actors in The House That Jack Built,” von Trier said. “The two gentlemen have each figured as milestones in my cinematic development. Besides being an epochal match, they are excellent actors and fit quite organically into my cinematic family. I look forward with pleasure and pride to working with them both.” … [Read more...] about Matt Dillon to play serial killer in new Lars von Trier film
For morale reasons, it was a subject dealt with mainly tangentially during the conflict, but one Ealing film, just released on Blu-ray by StudioCanal, did take the matter head on: Basil Dearden’s The Halfway House (1944), starring father and daughter Mervyn Johns (an Ealing stalwart) and Glynis Johns, later to become world famous as the suffragette Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins. … [Read more...] about The forgotten Second World War film that wasn’t scared of death