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Carlo Chatrian appointed as new Artistic Director of Locarno:
Just over a week after Olivier Père announced he would be leaving his post as Artistic Director of the Locarno International Film Festival, the world-renowned festival announced his successor: Carlo Chatrian. An Italian-born journalist, author, and programmer, Chatrian's relationship with the festival began in 2002 and he has curated the festival's retrospectives in recent years, which have celeberated the likes of Nanni Moretti and Vincente Minelli.
Festival President Marco Scolari commented: "I have been keeping a watchful eye on Carlo Chatrian for several years now. I have always appreciated both his intelligence and professional abilities. Carlo Chatrian knows our event inside out and has the charisma and qualifications required to lead the Locarno Festival. I am sure he is the right person for this important task."
Upon his appointment, Chatrian fully acknowledged his responsibility to world cinema and its audience. "To have the chance to direct this event," he said in a statement, "so bold and sharp-sighted in its presentation of coming cinema that also engages a dialogue with what has gone before, is at the same time a cause for pride and a stimulus to take its agenda forward."
Highlights from Telluride:
Wherever you spent your Labor Day weekend, cinephiles couldn't help but read about this year's edition of the Telluride Film Festival and, as its attendees return home, festival wrap-ups and highlights are being widely discussed. Writing for The Playlist at Indiewire, Rodrigo Perez selected five favorites from the yearly Colorado-based festival known simply as "The Show." Perez's choices included two films that, like the Teullride slate itself, were kept under wraps until recently. Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell, which wowed audiences earlier last week at the Venice Film Festival, equally impressed at Telluride. According to Perez, it might have been the best film at the fest. Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, screening later this month at the New York Film Festival, garnered similar acclaim. On the creative chemistry between Baumbach and co-writer/star Greta Gerwig, Perez wrote, "the alchemy between them has produced a seriously funny, sad and engaging dramedy and its one of Baumbach's best efforts to date."
'Tis the season of film festivals, and with Telluride in the rearview and Venice wrapping up later this week, it's time to get prepared for the Toronto International Film Festival. Tomorrow night, the festival opens with Looper, which reunites Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Brick director Rian Johnson. For any TIFF attendees unsure of which of the 289 features (!) to see, Indiewire has you covered with their list of 25 films they're looking forward to, including two noteworthy cinematic adaptations: Joe Wright's Anna Karenina and Walter Salles' On the Road.
The Master Unveiled:
After several secret screenings around the country, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master had its official World Premiere last week at the Venice Film Festival and with it came some long-awaited press on the heavily-anticipated film. Today, the Village Voice published Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas' four-page profile of Anderson. Among other subjects, the filmmaker discussed at length his decision to shoot on and project in 70mm film (which Foundas describes as "the ancestor of IMAX") and the casting of Joaquin Phoneix in his first role after his faked retirement four years ago.
Ira Sachs talks Keep the Lights On:
Over at Keyframe, Anna Tatarska interviewed Ira Sachs about his latest film Keep the Lights On, which opens at Film Society this Friday with the director in person at several screenings. In their conversation, Sachs speaks on a wide range of topics including the autobiographical nature of his films and why he took to studying the films of Maurice Pialat and Jean-Luc Godard in preparation for shooting this festival favorite.