The Viennale posted its full program last night. Besides this year's festival standards (Kaurismäki's Le Havre, Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and so on), there'll be a Chantal Akerman retrospective, a strand devoted to new work by Jean-Marie Straub, another to Sasha Pirker, and another to Lee Anne Schmitt, a focus on Austrian silent films of the 1920s, another on Reinhard Kahn and Michel Leiner, tributes to Soi Cheang, producer Jeremy Thomas and Harry Belafonte, and Ulrich Seidl will screen a work-in-progress.
In A Short History of Cahiers du Cinéma (2009), Emilie Bickerton "restates the main polemical point" of her essay that originally appeared in the New Left Review in 2006, namely, as Bill Krohn puts it at Kino Slang, "that the Cahiers is dead as a doornail… As someone who has been writing for the Cahiers during the thirty-year period that Bickerton judges to have been one of steep decline, I'd better limit myself to quoting her thesis and saying that I don't agree." But of course, he doesn't leave it there.
Marzieh Vafamehr, "wife of the acclaimed filmmaker Nasser Taghvai, was arrested in July after starring in My Tehran for Sale, which touches on many of the taboo issues of modern life in Iran," reports Saeed Kamali Dehghan in the Guardian. Now the sentence has come down: 90 lashes and one year in jail.
Following Hunger and Shame, Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender will team up for a third time on 12 Years a Slave, reports Nigel M Smith at indieWIRE. The screenplay, "penned by McQueen and John Ridley (Three Kings), is based on the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup, a free black man living in New York, who was tricked into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Kinky Boots) is set to play the lead role."
Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic has a new title and a new distributor. As Jen Yamato reports in Movieline, HBO has picked up Behind the Candelabra, with "Michael Douglas as the titular flamboyant musician and Matt Damon as his lover, Scott Thorson."
On view at the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin through October 30: Budapest 1960-1980 - György Kovásznai. Filme / Zeichnungen / Malerei.