The Cannes Film Festival sidebar Directors’ Fortnight has unveiled the lineup for its 51st edition, with new films from the likes of Robert Eggers, Luca Guadagnino, Bertrand Bonello, Rebecca Zlotowski, and Takashi Miike all set to play during the 11-day event.
Eggers, whose directorial debut The Witch premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, has what is undoubtedly the most high-profile film at this year’s Directors’ Fortnight with The Lighthouse, a fantasy horror starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe.
Directed by Eggers from a script he co-wrote along with his brother Max, The Lighthouse was shot on 35mm black-and-white film stock and is set in the world of old sea-faring myths and tells the story of an aging lighthouse keeper named Old who lives on a mysterious island in New England near the end of the 19th century.
Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Paolo Moretti, who was appointed to the position following the departure of Edouard Waintrop last year, described the film as a “hypnotic two-hander powered by Pattinson and Dafoe.”
Also playing at this year’s Director’s Fortnight is Guadagnino’s medium-length film The Staggering Girl, which stars Julianne Moore, Mia Goth, Kiki Layne, and Kyle MacLachlan; Bonello’s Nocturama follow-up Zombi Child; Zlotowski’s Natalie Portman-led drama Planetarium; and Miike’s Japanese film First Love (Hatsukoi).
The complete lineup for the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight is below:
- Alice And The Mayor (Fr) dir Nicolas Parisier
- And Then We Danced (Se, Ge) dir. Levan Akin
- The Halt (Ang Hupa) (Ph, Cn) dir. Lav Diaz
- Song Without A Name (Canción sin nombre) (Pe, Sw) dir. Melina León
- Deerskin (Le Daim) (Fr) dir. Quentin Dupieux (opening film)
- Give Me Liberty (US) dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky
- First Love (Hatsukoi) (Jp, Uk), dir. Takashi Miike
- To Live to Sing (Huo zhe chang zhe) dir. Johnny Ma (Cn, Fr)
- Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (Koirat eivät käytä housuja) (Fi, Lt, Lv) dir. Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää
- The Lighthouse (Ca, US) dir. Robert Eggers
- Lillian (At) dir. Andreas Horvath
- Ghost Tropic (Be) dir. Bas Devos
- Oleg (Lt, Lv, Be, Fr) dir. Juris Kursietis
- Blow It To Bits (Fr) dir. Lech Kowalski
- The Orphanage (Parwareshgah) (Dk , Af, Fr) dir. Shahrbanoo Sadat
- Les Particules (Sw, Fr) dir. Blaise Harrison
- Perdrix (provisional title) (Fr) dir. Erwan Le Duc
- For the Money (Por el dinero) (Ar) dir. Alejo Moguillansky
- Sick Sick Sick (Br, Nl, Fr) dir. Alice Furtado
- Tlamess (Tn, Fr) dir. Ala Eddine Slim
- An Easy Girl (Une Fille Facile) (Fr) dir. Rebecca Zlotowski
- Wounds (US) dir. Babak Anvari
- Yves (Fr) dir. Benoît Forgeard (France)
- Zombi Child (Fr) dir. Bertrand Bonello
- Masterclass by Robert Rodriguez followed by international premiere of Red 11 (US)
- The Staggering Girl (It) Luca Guadagnino
SHORT AND MEDIUM-LENGTH FILMS
- Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters (UK, De) dir. Beatrice Gibson
- The Marvelous Misadventures of the Stone Lady (Fr, Pt) dir. Gabriel Abrantes
- Grand Bouquet (Jp) dir. Nao Yoshigai
- Stay Awake, Be Ready (HãY TỉNH THứC Và SẵN SàNG) (Vn, Kr, US) dir. An Pham Thien
- Je te tiens (Sp) dir. Sergio Caballero
- Movements (Kr) dir. Dahee Jeong
- Olla (Fr, UK) dir. Ariane Labed
- Piece of Meat (Sg) dir. Jerrold Chong and Huang Junxiang
- Ghost Pleasure (Plaisir fantôme) (Fr) dir. Morgan Simon
- That Which Is to Come Is Just a Promise (It, Nl, NZ) dir. Flatform
Amid misconduct allegations, Jason Mitchell’s career has pretty much gone down the toilet
Jason Mitchell was once considered a rising star in the world of Hollywood after garnering plenty of attention and praise for his portrayal of the late rapper Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Unfortunately for Mitchell, though, he seems to have pretty much nuked his own career.
According to Deadline, just about every person, company, or project that was involved with Mitchell at one point or another has suddenly distanced themselves from the actor in recent weeks due to “allegations of inappropriate behavior being leveled against him.”
While Deadline says that the details about those allegations are “sketchy,” THR reports that Tiffany Boone, who played Mitchell’s girlfriend on the Showtime series The Chi, says the actor sexually harassed her on multiple different occasions, making her feel unsafe on set.
In fact, Boone began feeling so unsafe on the set of The Chi that she would often have her fiance, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set with her on days when she had to shoot scenes with Mitchell. And, get this: Boone was only one of several actresses on The Chi who had made complaints against Mitchell.
Since these allegations came to light, Mitchell has been dropped by not only his talent agent, United Talent Agency, but also his management company and his role from The Chi, as well as a role in the upcoming Netflix comedy film Desperados.
Desperados had not even begun shooting yet at the time that Mitchell was fired, but THR says that Mitchell’s co-stars on the film had already begun expressing their concerns and complaints about working with him. So, yeah, that dude must’ve been pretty damn shitty for that to be the case.
Leonardo DiCaprio torches a bunch of Nazis in the new ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ trailer
Stop whatever it is that you’re doing, scroll to the bottom of this post, and watch the new trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood right fuckin’ now. And then watch it again immediately after. And maybe one more time after that.
There’s so much to unpack here, but let me begin by saying this new Once Upon a Time in Hollywood trailer makes the movie look like an absolute blast and I am beyond jealous of all of the lucky bastards who get to see it two whole months (!) early at Cannes today. I envy every single one of them.
Between seeing Al Pacino in a movie for the first time in god knows how long, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton lighting up a bunch of Nazis with a flamethrower, Margot Robbie playing Sharon Tate, and Brad Pitt just being charming as hell, I am officially 100% in on this movie if I wasn’t already.
Critics are currently getting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood projected into their eyeholes at Cannes as we speak, so we should be getting the first reviews for the film within the next couple of hours, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will hit theaters on July 26. Now go watch that new trailer again.
Mark your calendars, because ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ now has a May 21, 2021 release date
I am pleased to inform you that Lionsgate announced via text message(?) today that John Wick: Chapter 4 has been given an official May 21, 2021 release date, so start clearing your schedules and marking your calendars accordingly, folks.
“You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021,” the text message reads, and it’s damn right. I have served. And I will be of service. I will literally do anything to get another John Wick movie in front of my eyeholes.
The release date is literally all we know about John Wick: Chapter 4 at this point, but it’s safe to assume that the film will likely find Keanu Reeves’ titular hitman up to his usual bad guy-fighting shenanigans, killing dudes with everyday objects like books and riding around on motorcycles and shit. Y’know, all the familiar hitman stuff.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which is arguably the best installment in the series to date, hit theaters last Friday and had no trouble putting an end to Avengers: Endgame‘s weeks-long box office reign, picking up $56 million at the domestic box office and another $36 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total so far to $93 million.
I’m going into hibernation now. See you all in two years and one day.