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The Essentials: Robert Pattinson’s 10 Best Performances

For a long time, Robert Pattinson was known to most as moody, sparkly vampire Edward Cullen from the enduringly lucrative“Twilight” series. Since his initial ascent, the prodigiously talented London-born actor has gone on to work with directors as challenging and interesting as James Gray, Claire Denis, Werner Herzog, and the Safdie Brothers – which is not to mention collaborations with the likes of Ciro Guerra, Antonio Campos, and none other than Christopher Nolan looming on the horizon.

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Busan Film Review: ‘Valley of Souls’

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“Deliver me from evil,” murmurs fisherman José (Arley De Jesús Carvallido Lobo) into clasped hands before he puts on his hat, steps into his canoe and sets off down the Magdalena River, delivering himself directly into evil. The placid waterway that is the thematic and geographical spine of writer-director Nicolás Rincón Gille’s unfeasibly gripping, slow-scorching feature debut flows through Colombia’s Bolivar region, and back in 2002, when “Valley of Souls” is set, it bore witness to untold barbarism as part of the nation’s drawn-out internal conflict. Gille imagines one such instance of arbitrary violence — tiny in the grand scheme of things — and creates from it a film of astonishing power, as the simple story of José’s quest to find the bodies of his murdered sons quietly floods its banks to become a mythic act of memorialization.

José, having hidden out for the night rather than cross
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2019 BFI London Film Festival Review – Waiting for the Barbarians

Waiting for the Barbarians, 2019. Directed by Ciro Guerra. Starring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan, Greta Scacchi, David Dencik. Synopsis: In a distant, unnamed colonial outpost in the Middle Eastern desert, a Magistrate begins to question his loyalty to the Empire after the arrival of state security officers with morally questionable methods. […]

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Busan: ‘Suk Suk’ Rights Picked up by Films Boutique

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World sales rights to gay drama “Suk Suk” were picked up by Films Boutique, on the eve of the film’s world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival.

Directed by Ray Yeung, “Suk Suk” is the story of two elderly men who have spent all their lives hiding their sexuality, but in late life are able to consider a different future. Yeung’s screenplay is inspired by a non-fiction book written by Hk University Professor Travis Kong.

The film adaptation stars Tai Bo (“The Cabbie”) and Ben Yuen (“Tracey”). Patra Ga Man Au, Kong To, Chun Yip Lo, Yiu Sing Lam co-star.

“Sometimes you start watching a film without expectations and suddently something magic happens. ‘Suk Suk’ is one of these very rare films that is a very moving love story, supported by two oustanding actors’ performances,” said Films Boutique CEO Jean-Christophe Simon. “The film also has a strong
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Gael García Bernal & Diego Luna To Executive Produce Amazon’s Hernan Cortes Miniseries Starring Javier Bardem

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Gael García Bernal & Diego Luna To Executive Produce Amazon’s Hernan Cortes Miniseries Starring Javier Bardem
Mozart in the Jungle star Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna, who starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, have joined Amazon Studios and Amblin Television’s four-hour miniseries based on the epic saga of Hernan Cortes.

The Wme-represented pair will executive produce the series, currently known as the Untitled Cortés and Moctezuma Project, which stars Oscar winner Javier Bardem in the title role.

The project has also named Ciro Guerra (Waiting for the Barbarians) and Cristina Gallego as directors for all four episodes of what is being described as the largest Spanish-language production of all time.

Production designer Eugenio Caballero, an Oscar winner for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth, also joins alongside costume designer Anna Terrazas (Spectre) and casting director Luis Rosales (Chicuarotes). The Mexican production will be overseen by Stacy Perskie (Narcos:
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Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna Join Cortés and Moctezuma Series at Amazon as Producers

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Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna Join Cortés and Moctezuma Series at Amazon as Producers
Amazon’s upcoming series about Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II has made some high-profile additions to its creative team.

Actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have come onboard the series as executive producers, while Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego are now attached to direct all four episodes of the series. Production designer Eugenio Caballero, an Oscar winner for his work on “Pan’s Labyrinth,” has also joined the production along with costume designer Anna Terrazas and casting director Luis Rosales. Caballero, Terrazas, and Rosales all previously worked together on the Oscar-winning film “Roma.” The Mexican production will be overseen by Stacy Perskie and local production company Redrum.

The untitled limited series was announced last year, with Javier Bardem attached to star as Cortés. Steven Zaillian is writing the series based on the screenplay by Dalton Trumbo. Zaillian and Bardem will executive produce along with Bernal,
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Zurich Film Festival Screens ‘Joker,’ ‘Judy,’ Honors Stewart, Blanchett

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Zurich Film Festival Screens ‘Joker,’ ‘Judy,’ Honors Stewart, Blanchett
The 15th Zurich Film Festival (Sept. 26-Oct. 6) is marking a major changing of the guard while again presenting an impressive selection of high-profile international works and showcasing the

latest in Swiss cinema.

Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” Rupert Goold’s “Judy” and James Mangold’s “Le Mans ’66” (aka “Ford v Ferrari”) are among the films screening in the fest’s Gala Premieres section, which offers some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.

Zurich will again welcome a slew of major stars and filmmakers. This year the fest is honoring Roland Emmerich, Cate Blanchett and Kristen Stewart.

Likewise on hand will be Oliver Stone, who heads the fest’s international feature film competition jury, as well as Donald Sutherland, Javier Bardem and Julie Delpy, all of whom will be taking part in the

Zff Masters series.

2019 marks the final outing for fest founders and co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. They
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Acclaimed ‘Monos’ Leads Slow Build-Up to Fall Box Office Primetime

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Until the glittery array of recent Toronto International Film Festival launches hit theaters this fall, the arthouse business is ramp-up to the coming onslaught.

Though modest, the top performer was “Monos,” which Neon picked up at Sundance. The Colombian Oscar submission landed initial top theaters and mostly good reviews. But like most subtitled films, it faces some audience resistance. Coming soon; popular Tiff hits from Bong Joon Ho (Neon’s “Parasite”) and Pedro Almodovar (Spc’s “Pain and Glory”).

Two wider titles continue to show interest: both “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside Attractions) and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (Amazon) grossed over $1 million, benefiting from less competition for now, as theaters don’t have a lot to play.

Opening

Monos (Neon) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin, New Directors/New Films 2019

$43,285 in 5 theaters; PTA: $8,657

At a time when subtitled films struggle to find audiences, Neon deserves points for taking on the acclaimed
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Venice 2019: Lions, Barbarians, and Farewells

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A few days ago, on my first dispatch from the Lido, I wrote that Venice was grappling with some sort of identity crisis. Having long been a fortunate platform for awards season hopefuls—and with Cannes and Netflix's disagreement over releasing films in French cinemas, a new favorite turf for the streaming giant—the festival needs to juggle its role as window for large studio productions, and the arguably far more important one it plays as launchpad for smaller-budget, unconventional and daring works from old and new auteurs. By the time you’ll read this, Joker’s Golden Lion will be old news. Minutes after the Joaquin Phoenix vehicle nabbed a most unexpected statuette, festival director Alberto Barbera went on to hail Todd Philipps’ triumph, claiming that the jury’s verdict spoke to the goal the festival has been working toward: “to reconcile a rigorous, research-oriented auteur cinema with
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‘Waiting For The Barbarians’: Mark Rylance Is Terrific In Ciro Guerra’s Beautiful Indictment Of The Colonial Machine [Venice Review]

Colonizers don’t adapt. They force others to, impaling the lungs of culture, severing the limbs of autonomy, squeezing the heart of the human will until it pops into bloody oblivion. Moreover, they’re proud enough of what they do to stick out like a sore thumb while doing it, as the first metaphor in director Ciro Guerra’s new film, “Waiting for the Barbarians,” makes abundantly clear—an image of an endless desert gated by giant, distant mountain ranges with a small, sandy fortress sitting quietly in the middle, the only man-made structure within hundreds, if not thousands, of miles in every direction.

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Christian Bale Endorses Robert Pattinson’s Batman, Shares His Best Batsuit Advice

Christian Bale Endorses Robert Pattinson’s Batman, Shares His Best Batsuit Advice
Christian Bale broke his silence on Robert Pattinson’s Batman casting while attending the Toronto International Film Festival to screen his buzzy race car drama “Ford v Ferrari.” Speaking to Variety, the Oscar winner had a brief but enthusiastic response when asked to weigh in on Pattinson taking over the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman on the big screen. “Good choice!” Bale said. “He’s interesting.”

Bale’s “Ford v Ferrari” co-star Matt Damon also showed Pattinson some support. “Did you see the Safdie brothers movie he did? He was fantastic,” Damon said, referring to the 2017 crime thriller “Good Time.”

Pattinson, also attending Tiff 2019 with his acclaimed psychological drama “The Lighthouse,” was officially cast as Batman at the end of May. The actor is set to lead Matt Reeves’ 2021 comic book tentpole “The Batman,” plot details for which remain under wraps. Bale played the Caped Crusader in three hugely successful
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‘Waiting For The Barbarians’: Ciro Guerra Shows Off First Clip Of Johnny Depp & Mark Rylance

The Venice Film Festival has wrapped, and yes, we all started vomiting blood and screaming at the idea that the “Joker” won the Golden Lion (if only because of the social hot takes to come). But one of the more curious moments of Venice was the last-minute premiere of Ciro Guerra’s “Waiting For The Barbarians.” It’s one of those Venice films not programmed at any of the festivals—besides BFI London seemingly weeks after the fact—and was buried at the end of the schedule on the Lido.

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Director Ciro Guerra on Venice Competition Player ‘Waiting for Barbarians’

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Director Ciro Guerra on Venice Competition Player ‘Waiting for Barbarians’
With only four features under his belt, Ciro Guerra has already established himself as one of Colombia’s most important filmmakers and earned the country’s first-ever Oscar nod for 2015’s “Embrace of the Serpent.”

Guerra’s latest feature, and the first in English, is the cinematic adaptation of the same-named J.M. Coetzee novel “Waiting for Barbarians,” which world premiered on Friday at the 67th Venice Film Festival.

In the film, Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance plays an imperial magistrate in the throes of a crisis of conscious after witnessing the inhumane torture of an indigenous woman (Gana Bayarsaikhan) on the frontier he is meant to be protecting.

After helping the woman escape, the magistrate is captured and replaced by a younger officer, played by Robert Pattinson, and charged with treason. Johnny Depp plays a colonel tasked with leading a special forces unit dedicated to the capture and often public torture of the “barbarians.
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Waiting for the Barbarians | 2019 Venice Film Festival Review

Enemy at the Gate: Guerra Heads to the International Frontier with Flat Coetzee Adaptation

The richness and heft of Ciro Guerra’s cinema gets lost somehow along the trip to J.M. Coetzee’s border of the Empire, with the Embrace of the Serpent and Birds of Passage director failing to make an equally strong impression in his first English-language film. Waiting for the Barbarians enlists Coetzee on screenwriting duty for the first time, prompting the Nobel laureate to adapt his own 1980 novel into a mostly faithful but toothless script. Mark Rylance’s central performance anchors the story and gives it much-needed texture, while Johnny Depp’s one-note, uptight villainy doesn’t even spill out from behind a pair of frowny round sunglasses.…
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Venice: Polemics, Possible Prizewinners & A Late-Fest Red Carpet Protest

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Venice: Polemics, Possible Prizewinners & A Late-Fest Red Carpet Protest
The Venice Film Festival draws to a close this evening, when prizes will be handed out by Lucrecia Martel’s jury. It’s been a hot 10 days on the Lido, and not just because the mercury was stifling throughout. We expected controversy coming in, and certainly the inclusion of Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy in competition caused a stir at the outset — Martel on opening day seemed to suggest she might not give the film a fair shake, only to clarify her remarks 24 hours later.

It was relatively smooth sailing from then on, with pictures vying for the Golden Lion generally well-received. Much attention focused on Warner Bros’ Joker and Netflix’s Marriage Story which both got extended standing ovations.

It ain’t over til it’s over, however, and early this morning a protest broke out on the red carpet. About 200 people from the No Large
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Venice Film Review: ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

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Venice Film Review: ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’
The time feels right for a film adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s “Waiting for the Barbarians,” inasmuch as the undertaking is possible at all. Nearly 40 years after its publication, the South African writer’s slim but scorching allegory for imperialist denial and defeat feels grimly pertinent to a current political milieu in which the hubris of white supremacy is all too prominent. Colombian director Ciro Guerra, meanwhile, is a canny choice of filmmaker to take on the project, scripted by Coetzee himself in the Nobel laureate’s first stab at screenwriting: Guerra’s 2015 breakout film “Embrace of the Serpent” was an anti-colonialist odyssey of eerie, head-scrambling power, with a command of burrowing metaphor and Conradian brink-of-madness atmosphere very much worthy of Coetzee’s novel.

If the across-continents meeting of these two artists — aptly enough, for a story itself set in an indeterminate desert nation that could exist in many a
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‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ Review: Ciro Guerra’s Anti-Imperialism Screed Is Far From Radical

‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ Review: Ciro Guerra’s Anti-Imperialism Screed Is Far From Radical
Though he’s worked steadily since the turn of the century, Ciro Guerra only ascended into the upper tiers of contemporary world cinema quite recently. With 2015’s “Embrace of the Serpent” and last year’s “Birds of Passage,” the Colombian filmmaker announced and subsequently confirmed himself on the global stage with works that focused on the violent collisions between modernity and tradition in Aboriginal Colombian communities, and then tracked the aftershocks through an often hallucinatory lens.

By way of scale and star-power, “Waiting for the Barbarians” — which stars Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, and Robert Pattinson, claims a Nobel laureate as screenwriter, and premiered in competition in Venice — marks his biggest step forward to date. In terms of artistic success, however, it’s at best a lateral move.

Guerra’s English-language debut finds the filmmaker working in a more subdued register, foregoing the oneiric flourishes of his most recent output for
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Waiting for the Barbarians review – Johnny Depp turns up the heat in the desert

The arrival of merciless security officers shatters the peace in a remote colonial outpost in Ciro Guerra’s stately, horrific drama

The Colombian director Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent) seems interested in the processes by which the west colonised the rest, so it’s fitting that he has cast two big Hollywood stars – Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson – in his latest, premiering ominously on the second to last day of the Venice film festival, when roughly a third of the press corps have decamped to Toronto.

An adaptation of Jm Coetzee’s 1980 novel, Waiting for the Barbarians tells the story of a magistrate presiding over an unidentified colonial outpost in the middle of the desert, presumably in the first decades of the last century. Gentle-voiced and crinkly eyed and played by Mark Rylance, he sees his comfortable equanimity shattered by the arrival of state security officers. They’re led by Depp,
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'Waiting for the Barbarians': Film Review | Venice 2019

A civil officer in a sleepy border town of an unnamed empire unexpectedly comes face-to-face with the machinations of power in Waiting for the Barbarians, the English-language debut from Colombian director Ciro Guerra (Birds of Passage, the Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent). Barbarians is based on the novel of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning South African writer J.M. Coetzee, who also penned this adaptation. Set in an unspecified geographical area that looks Middle Eastern but in an Arabian Nights-fantasy-on-a-budget kind of way, this is a beautifully, if austerely, staged parable that casts the always-reliable Mark Rylance as the well-meaning ...
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Venice: Johnny Depp on His Menacing Shades in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’

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Venice: Johnny Depp on His Menacing Shades in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’
In Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s drama about immigration and integration “Waiting for the BarbariansJohnny Depp plays the ruthless Colonel Joll, a torturer who is in charge of the security situation on the border and who clashes with a morally upright magistrate.

In Venice, where the film premiered on Friday in competition, Depp said Guerra gave him the perfect prop for this role. A special pair of mean metal shades.

“When Ciro came up with that shape…They were threatening; they were menacing somehow,” Depp said. And “the fact that he didn’t take them off,” added to the threat.

“He wore them to make the magistrate as uncomfortable as possible,” Depp added.

“I think he’s learned a number of tricks over the years. He realized that stillness and silence and quiet, and holding your response to a question, is quite disturbing to the person on the other side,
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