13 Tzameti to be remade by original director

Following in the footsteps of Michael Haneke (Funny Games) and the Pang Brothers (Bangkok Dangerous), French-Georgian filmmaker Géla Babluani will remake his 2005 thriller 13 Tzameti in English because American companies can’t be bothered to release a foreign film wide in the US.

One of the most talked about films at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and the 62nd Venice Film Festival, 13 Tzameti follows a young man who steals an envelope cointaining instructions for someone else, which he decides to carry out anyway.

Sam Riley (Control) will portray the main character in the movie, imaginatively entitled 13, that, like the original, will be shot in black and white. You can watch the original movie’s tense subtitled trailer above.

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Venice Film Festival winners

The 65th Venice International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious in the world with Cannes and Berlin, closed on September 6th. While Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler won the festival’s biggest prize, if you take a look at all the “collateral awards”, quite a few films emerge.

Thus the Italian film Giovanna’s Father and the Ethiopian filmTeza both garnered 5 awards while the Italian Pranzo Di Ferragosto, the American The Hurt Locker, and the Italian/French/Romanian Pa-ra-da collected 4 awards each. Additionally, the Italian documentary Below Sea Level won 3 awards and the Russian Paper Soldier, the American Vegas: Based On A True Story, the Sri Lankan Machan, the Japanese Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea and the French films Stella and L’Apprenti each got 2 awards.

View the full list of winners right here:

Main Prizes

Golden Lion for best film: Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler

Silver Lion for best director: Aleksei German MI. for Paper Soldier (Bumaznyj Soldat)

Special Jury Prize: Haile Gerima’s Teza

Coppa Volpi for best actor: Silvio Orlando in Giovanna’s Father (Il Papà Di Giovanna)

Coppa Volpi for best actress: Dominique Blanc in L’Autre

Marcello Mastroianni Prize for best emerging actor or actress: Jennifer Lawrence in Burning Plain

Osella for best cinematography: Alisher Khamidhodjaev and Maxim Drozdov for Paper Soldier

Osella for best screenplay: Haile Gerima for Teza

Special Lion for overall work: Werner Schroeter

Luigi De Laurentis Award for debut film: Gianni Di Gregorio’s Pranzo Di Ferragosto

Horizon Prizes

Premio Orizzonti: Lav Diaz’s Melancholia

Premio Orizzonti Doc: Gianfranco Rosi’s Below Sea Level

Special Mention to: Philippe Grandrieux’s Un Lac and Huang Wenhai’s Women

Short Film Prizes

Golden Lion for best short film: Carlos Armella’s Tierra Y Pan

Special Mention to: Karchi Perlmann’s Vascora

U.I.P. Award for best European short film: Joost Van Ginkel’s Zand

Collateral Awards after the jump

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George Clooney to go up, up, Up In The Air!

Hollywood playboy George Clooney (Leatherheads) is in heavy negotiations to star in Up In The Air, the next movie from Juno director Jason Reitman.

Based on a novel by Walter Kirn (Thumbsuckers), which Reitman adapted himself, Up In The Air tells the story of a man whose job is to fire people and whose two goals in life are to collect 1 million frequent flyer miles and get a job at a company called MythTech.

Clooney will next be seen in the comedy Burn After Reading, which premiered 10 days ago at the Venice Film Festival to generally positive response.

 

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