Weekly Roundup: DOXA lineup announcement, Canadian Screen Awards Winners, and Luc Moullet on the Duke

Your handy one-stop-shop for cinephile news, articles, and videos from the week that was.

News Roundup

The DOXA Documentary Film Festival announced the lineup for their 2020 festival, which will be held online June 18-26.

The Venice Film Festival will go ahead, the region’s governor confirmed. “Evidently, organizers — who were expected to take a decision in late May — are now confident the fest is able to go ahead as planned, although the look of the event will be different this year, as public health safeguards must be taken into consideration. The festival has not yet commented on plans for September.”

After being delayed earlier this year, the Canadian Screen Awards have now revealed their slate of 2020 winners. Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone took home Best Canadian Film while VIFF 2019 standout The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open was awarded the Achievement in Directing prize.

Reading Roundup

Stagecoach (1939)

For IndieWire, Anne Thompson reports on how Netflix is changing their release strategy in light of the recent announcements that the Golden Globes and Academy Awards will allow streaming titles to qualify without having a theatrical release.

Still doing the Lord’s work, Seventh Art continues to translate the great French film critic Luc Moullet’s book Politique des acteurs. The latest chapter is all about the Duke. “We can’t think of a better beginning for a mythification [John Wayne’s entrance in Stagecoach]. What’s curious is that it’s for a square almost unknown to the big studios, a handsome, scrappy giant, a sharpshooter trapped in Z movies of Republic Pictures where he had made forty mid-length features in six years. Ford seems to have wanted to create a star, his star, since they were to make fifteen films together in twenty-five years. The most faithful duo in the history of cinema. Amazing intuition, when none of the earlier films helped foresee Wayne’s abilities.”

“As opposed to other American movies that might frame [his characters’ transformations] as a kind of rapid maturation or personal breakthrough, Sallitt’s film shows how change has a way of maintaining a merciless neutrality.” For the VIFF Blog, Michael Scoular analyzes Dan Sallitt’s Fourteen, which is now playing on our online cinema.

Viewing/Listening Roundup

Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which appears to still be set for a release on July 17, now has a trailer. 

After being shelved for the last six years, Hong Sang-soo’s Hill of Freedom, among the Korean director’s finest (and funniest) films, will finally get a stateside release through various virtual cinemas. A must-see in yours truly’s opinion. 

On the latest episode of the VIFF Podcast, hip-hop producer, director and leader of legendary group, The Wu-Tang Clan, RZA discusses the influence kung-fu classics had on his music, his master-apprentice relationship with Quentin Tarantino and what happened to the four-hour cut of The Man With The Iron Fists.

Mark Friedberg on creating the cinematic worlds of The Ice Storm, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Underground Railroad VIFF Podcast

In this episode, Emmy Award-winning production designer Mark Friedberg dives into the process behind creating the iconic cinematic worlds of films such as The Ice Storm, Joker, If Beale Street Could Talk, Selma and Barry Jenkins' limited series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel for Amazon Studios, The Underground Railroad.Speaking to writer and film critic Nathalie Atkinson at VIFF 2020, Friedberg discusses collaborating with a long list of beloved directors including Ang Lee, Wes Anderson, Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay and Todd Haynes.––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––This podcast is brought to you by the Vancouver International Film Festival.Presented on the traditional and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations.We've taken our VIFF Talks online with a series of virtual events lined up over the coming weeks, including conversations with The Underground Railroad and Moonlight editor, Joi McMillon and director of WandaVision, Matt Shakman.  Keep an eye out for upcoming events at goviff.orgVIFF is running an online cinema on VIFF Connect, showcasing a program of compelling films for you to stream from the comfort of your home.  View what's streaming.You can show your love of cinema by making a tax-deductible gift to VIFF. goviff.org/donate
  1. Mark Friedberg on creating the cinematic worlds of The Ice Storm, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Underground Railroad
  2. Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott on calling corporate social responsibility’s bluff in 'The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel'
  3. Terence Blanchard on scoring ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ongoing collaborations with Spike Lee
  4. Charlie Kaufman on adapting 'I’m Thinking of Ending Things' for the screen
  5. Eliza Hittman, Kris Rey and Amy Seimetz on employing both vision and resourcefulness in independent filmmaking


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