August 8, 2003

Vini Vidi Venice

venice film.jpg PCC recently wrote about Mystic River opening the New York Film Festival, so C3 decided to one up her with news about the 60th Annual Venice Film Festival.

At this year's 56th Annual Cannes Film Festival, the selection was reportedly so terrible (Dogville, Mystic River, Elephant, Swimming Pool, and The Barbarian Invasions were so terrible? Oh, right. Brown Bunny and The Tulse Luper Suitcases: The Moab Story.) that everyone was eagerly looking forward to the VFF. Evidence here and here.

Erm...keep on lookin', ladies and germs. Okay, okay, maybe CCC doesn't know who most (any) of these movies/directors are, but has there been any buzz about any of these? Yes, yes, C3 is excited about anything that Michael Winterbottom works on (the man is a machine! 14 films in ten years! many of them critically acclaimed! all made differently [that CCC is aware of]! madness!), but we haven't heard much about Code 46 (Samantha Morton, though, is enough to pique somethin'). And though we haven't seen anything by Mr. Beat Takeshi, we know the name, we know the respect, and we tremble at his imdb trivia page. As for the only 'American' film in competition, 21 Grams doesn't really seem that interesting, but it's by the director of Amores Perros and has Charlotte Gainsburg in it. And some unknowns or something. WINK!

As for the rest. Um..color us ignorant. But look at the Out of Competition! The Human Stain, The Dreamers (why, Jakey, why?), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, um..The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Intolerable Cruelty, Matchstick Men! It's a veritable cornucopia of..movies. By Americans. And a bad Woody Allen movie.


Posted by josh at August 8, 2003 12:41 AM

you guys need comments for ALL of the entries!

and yeah, fily society should get their groove on and update their damn website!

Posted by: fiona at August 8, 2003 1:14 PM

kids, from what i understand (from my moles inside the nyff system) the deadline date for the entries only passed a week or two ago. give them a break! they have a lot of entries to screen, reject out of hand and then enter all the mainstream popular Oscar-y stuff anyway. but for our film society friends who are readers tell them we're chomping at the bit anyway.

Posted by: karen at August 9, 2003 1:14 AM

Ok, that information does shed some light on things, but they should at least tell us that they've just stopped accepting deadlines. And tell us what's opening the goddamn festival. It's all about making us excited for the future, yo!

Posted by: Josh at August 9, 2003 1:31 AM