It is only missing 2 days to watch Okja by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho on Netflix. The movie caused rifts of opinion at Cannes Film Festival because it will be premiered on this platform in 190 countries before its release in some theaters. Traditional model of distribution wants to keep the exclusivity and traditional moviegoers don’t accept new scenarios either, because some consider anything can replace the dark screen.
The two powerful VOD platforms worldwide, Netflix and Amazon, have continued their firm steps by producing films. The clear example of their good and robust productions are the three movies that this year were selected in the most important Film Festival in industry. The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival had in its official selection to: Wonderstruck (Amazon) and Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories (Netflix).
Spanish director of “Pusher” returns to thriller genre with the film Kidnap starring Halle Berry.
Following the crisis of distributor Relativity in 2015, the feature film had to cancel the release in theaters five times. With the arrival of Aviron Pictures as new distributor a new release date has been set in US: next 4th August.
Wish Upon is directed by John R. Leonetti, the same of “Annabelle” and cinematographer for other horror and terror movies like Piranha 3D, The Conjuring, Insidious 2 and I Know Who Killed Me.
Wish Upon is a supernatural film that also matches into horror thriller genre. It is starring Joey King, whom we saw in “The Conjuring” as Christine, one of the haunted girls in the ghost house of one the cases of Warren files.
The new feature film by director of the acclaimed “Boyhood” will be premiered at The 54th New York Film Festival before its release in US theaters next November.
Last Flag Flying is a novel that writer Darryl Ponicsa wrote (in 2005) as a continuation of his first debut novel “The Last Detail” (1970), that was adapted into a film, two years later, by Hals Ashby and starring Jack Nicholson which he won his first Palme d’Or and his third Oscar Award.
We have already seen how virtual reality is making headway in most important festivals and film awards in industry. This year, for example, art installation of VR by Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, Carne y Arena, was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival in a special section. This way, we saw a Google animated short film, Pearl, being nominated at the Academy Awards, the Oscars. As Cannes as Academy was the first time a VR project was included on their lists.
Now, the possible turn is for a video game that has already won the jury prize at the Vienna Shorts Festival.
Since the 20s, the silent era of cinema, industry has adapted comic and superheroes stories. “The Mark of Zorro”, “Don Q, Son of Zorro” and “The Bold Caballero” are the first records in history.
First adapted film, to big screen, of one character from DC Comics was materialised in 1951 with “Superman and the Mole Men”, starring George Reeves. This way, first movie based on Marvel comic was “Howard the Duck” in 1986. Both of them in live-action.
One of the most acclaimed films at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival was Good time, a production by brothers Joshua and Ben Safdie and starring Robert Pattinson, who should have been the winner according some critics. In fact, his performance has been compared with the one Al Pacino did in “Dog Day Afternoon” as Sonny Wortzik. So, with this news about Pattinson, it seems his bad performances are a thing of the past.
Good Time was in the official competition for the Palme d’Or, but it got the Cannes Soundtrack Award, an independent recognition given by the jury to one feature film in the main category.
With the new production by Ciro Guerra (Embrace of a Serpent), the director and production house Ciudad Lunar led by Cristina Gallego returned to La Guajira where they filmed in the past their other feature film “The Wind Journeys”.
Birds of a Passage (Pájaros de Verano) also represents the launching of Cristina Gallego as film director, co-directing this new movie.