2013 is coming to an end. We’ve had some great movies. Some have not yet been released for wide audiences or in foreign territories. That always happens. So before I get into my most anticipated films of 2014, I’d like to mention the 2013 films that I’ll only get to see next year at this point. Some of these will be (or are already) available for my American friends by the end of the year, but not in sad and small Switzerland. Here it goes: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness, Spike Jonze’s Her, Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius, Alexandre Payne’s Nebraska, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best, Sono Sion’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. As you can tell from this list I base my anticipations for a film mostly on the director. Now then, let’s see what 2014 has in store for us. Continue reading
Looks like Gregg Araki‘s French produced Thriller White Bird in a Blizzard, starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green, is being pushed back for a 2014 release and a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2014. Based on the French novel Un Oiseau blanc dans le blizzard (literal translation: “A White Bird in the Blizzard”) the film just got a first exciting trailer. After Gregg Araki’s crazy 2010 film Kaboom it looks like he’s back to some more “normal” material, whatever that means for him. The film is about a 17-year-old girl (Shailene Woodley) whose mom (Eva Green) disappears (or runs away on her?). Continue reading
As of right now Gregg Araki‘s newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard, based on the French novel Un Oiseau blanc dans le blizzard, is still in post-production. While there is no official release date yet, as a fan of the director I am getting more and more excited about the film. Apparently it’s a thriller set in the 80s about an angsty teenage girl (Shailene Woodley) whose mom (Eva Green) disappears. As Araki seems to suggest in interviews it’s a “serious” film, which is a rare thing for him, except for Mysterious Skin his work always tends to be on the more comedic and lighthearted side of things. It should be interesting to see him try something different.
While there is no trailer yet (expect one with some cool shoegaze tune soon!) there have been two posters circling around the web. Since Araki’s films usually deal with “uncomfortable” themes for mainstream American audiences, like sexual abuse, depression, drugs and sexual confusion, the film was financed with French money. Seeing that it has some big names attached, like Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni and Shiloh Fernandez we hope the film is going to be a hit and gets a wide release. I will certainly keep you up to date with any news surrounding the picture, but for now take a look at this video of Gregg and Shailene discussing the movie.