Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Michael Fassbender Film Festival?

It was clear that when the Cannes Film Festival film list was announced last month, and neither 'A Dangerous Method' nor 'Shame' were listed, I knew they would both play at the Toronto Film Festival. But now, according to reports about the Venice Film Festival and its announced line up today, both of those Michael Fassbender films will be screened there, mere days before TIFF, and there are some films that are yet to be 100% confirmed, and that includes a third Fassy film 'Haywire' by director Steven Soderbergh that may debut in Venice too. Holy crap, this may be even too much for the most die hard Michael fan, and I mean that in a good way!

Can a Fassy threesome occur at Toronto? My heart and head can't bare the thought, but I'll get used to it if it comes to be. Cripe, they may as well call it the Michael Fassbender Film Festival (MFFF). I like that!

With the possibility of three Fassbender films, the Pearl Jam documentary by Cameron Crowe at TIFF, and a Pearl Jam concert Sunday night, smack dab in the middle of TIFF... shit, I don't know if I'll make it back to Michigan afterwards!

The Cannes Film Festival is only halfway finished but we’re already looking ahead to another major European film fest: Venice.  Early selections have been announced for the 68th Venice Film Festival and there are already some fantastic additions.  Roman Polanski’s Carnage and David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method will both be making their world premieres at the festival along with Steve McQueen’s Shame, Todd Solondz’ Dark Horse, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam documentary PJ20, and more.  Variety also reports that films submitted but not yet approved for the festival include Madonna’s W.E., Walter Salles’ On the Road, and Luc Besson’s The Lady.  Then there’s the film that are being tipped to premiere at Venice: Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, Steven Sodebergh’s Contagion and Haywire, and a toss-up between Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

So if you’re already seething with jealousy that you’re not attending Cannes this year, hold on to that jealousy because it looks like you’re going to need it when Venice rolls around.  The 68th Venice Film Festival runs from August 31st to September 10th.

Source: Collider

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