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The 2019 Directors’ Fortnight lineup includes Roberts Eggers’ fantasy horror ‘The Lighthouse’

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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:

FEATURE

  • 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

SPECIAL SCREENING

  • 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
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Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023

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M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”

While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer

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Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.

Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.

Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”

At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!

Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.

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Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free

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Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.

Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

Opens: Friday, October 4

Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material

Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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