“Fellini is a deep, deep master of film. As time goes by I adore him more and more. La strada is quite perfect. It is like “The Ancient Mariner.” A haunting film for all time; one cannot insult innocence without a lifetime of cost. I don’t know why it is, but it is so, a spiritual truth, that both Coleridge and Fellini knew and tell in their respective stories. Fellini is the most fluent filmmaker of them all. His shots and storytelling are so at ease and elegant, it’s as if he’s thinking his shots through a camera in his mind and straight onto a screen. I went to his funeral in Rome in 1993, where people in the crammed huge Piazza Republica gathered to salute farewell. It was also a time when no one wanted to see a Fellini film. Every year since then his legacy appears more remarkable and more incomparable.”—Jane Campion (via ikaristwin)
“I don’t care if I don’t win competition. I just don’t have time to think about that. If I did, I would become furious. So I’d drop the whole thing completely and just accept everything I’m given. I remember once watching a Godard movie and afterward I was in a bar next to the theater with Agnes Varda, eating and drinking wine because Agnes was starving. Godard walked by us without giving us any attention and Agnes called him out, ‘Hey, Jean-Luc Godard doesn’t even say hello to me?’ So he turned around and said in a slightly sarcastic, slightly comical way ‘You expect to be decorated (like Legion d’honneur) eh?’, as if wanting any acknowledgment was a sin. Varda said, ‘Look Jean-Luc, I’d accept everything I’m given.’ And from then on, I think, ‘Yes this is true: it’s better to accept everything you are given and try not to contest.’ It’s a waste of time.”—Claire Denis (via goodbyedragoninn)
In a project announcement that is the quintessence of the American Film Market, MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are launching “XX” as an all-female horror anthology, with each segment featuring both a female director and a female lead.
The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch (“Boxing Helena,” “Chained”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”), Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “Jennifer’s Body”), sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (“Dead Hooker in a Trunk”, “American Mary”) and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Captured Bird”).
She’s also working on an adaptation of Toni Morrison’s 2012 novel Home, which tells the story of a 24-year-old Korean War veteran, and his reluctant journey home. And there’s the crime thrillerBolo, which we already know and have written about, initially set up at Focus Features, but they backed out of it (it wasn’t big enough for them, apparently; and the Focus Features of old is no more, since co-founder and CEO James Schamus is now out). Thandie Newton is said to be attached to the project however - a film that centers on a Memphis police officer who’s also black and lesbian. We also already know about Rees’ teaming with Viola Davis for an HBO series. And finally, she’s penning a biopic also for HBO, although she was mum on details regarding that project.