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Editorial Sicilian Ghost Story Against a heavy cloak of secrecy, a 12-year-old girl smitten with her handsome classmate ventures deeper and deeper into the enchanted Sicilian forests to find him, unaware of just how thick is the mystery behind his strange disappearance.

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The Guardians Women are left behind to work a family Farm during the Great War.

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The Eyes of Orson Welles Mark Cousins dives into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before.

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Hearts Beat Loud A father and daughter form an unlikely song writing duo in the summer before she leaves for college.

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The Escape An ordinary woman makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever.

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FilmFest Follower Venice

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DVD of the Month You Were Never Really Here.

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DVD of the Month Lady Bird.

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DVD of the Month I, Tonya.

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Poster Sicilian Ghost Story PHOTO CREDITS: ALTITUDE FILMS: 1,4,6,7,32 ARTIFICIAL EYE: 8,10,11 DOGWOOF: 12,14,15 SONY PICTURES: 16,18,19 LORTON ENTERTAINMENT: 20,22,23

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: We would like to thank the following: Chris Lawrance – Altitude Films Hannah Farr - Artificial Eye. Ryan Holloway – Team Pr. Young Kha – Dogwoof. Kate Timperly – Park Circus. Chris Hagen — @premiercomms.com

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EDITORIAL If you have joined us, welcome to the 64th issue of Movies by Mills, if you are returning, welcome back. What we share is a passion for quality films which are seen in arthouse cinemas. This month’s cover feature review is the magnificent Sicilian Ghost Story, starring: Julia Jedlikowska. Other reviews are: The Guardians, starring Nathalie Baye. The Eyes of Orson Welles, starring: Mark Cousins. Hearts Beat Loud, starring: Nick Offerman. The Escape, starring: Gemma Arterton. Plus, the regular features: FilmFest Follower: Venice, which opens with Damien Chazelle’s The First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. And of course, DVDs of the Month:

You Were Never Really Here. Lady Bird. I, Tonya. It’s another bumper issue. Enjoy the read.

Magazine Editor Brian Mills

Magazine Designer Paul Ridler

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SICILIAN GHOST STORY Directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza Starring: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetana Fernandez, Sabine Timoteo For me, if you dream something, it means it might exist. - Luna In 2013 an expertly crafted thriller Salvo won the Critic’s Week Grand Prize and the French 4 Visionary Award at the Cannes Film Festival. It was Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s directional debut. It was about an assassin named Salvo who works for the Sicilian Mafia who is ordered to eliminate a rival clan, he encounters Rita, a beautiful blind girl who stands powerless whilst overhearing her brother’s murder. Driven by adrenaline and fear, Rita tries to escape and against his violent instincts Salvo decides to spare her life, a decision that puts both of them in perilous danger. The directors managed to weave a modern noir with the suspense of a hard-hitting mafia film. Grassadonia and Piazza were names to watch said the critics and indeed they were because now comes this dynamic film Sicilian Ghost Story. The film offers two genres that are not readily seen as bedfellows, romance and horror. Like Salvo it has elements of the supernatural, which can be seen as a vivid imagination based on the warped relationships of a typical family, school and community. The morbidity of the subject matter involves the abduction of a mafia informer’s son which is brutally horrific, but it is viewed through the eyes of a teenager in love. Luna is a fictional character played by newcomer Julia Jedlikowska. She has fallen in love with fellow classmate, the tall handsome, angelic-faced Guiseppe (Gaetano Fernandez) and she follows him into enchanted woods in the first scene. Their shy, never-been-kissed game ends with him snatching a love letter from her hands. Luna’s parents are a hen-pecked diabetic dad (Vincenzo Amato) and an angry manipulative mother (Sabine Timoteo), who knows that the Guiseppe’s father was once a close associate of the mafia chief and is currently in police custody, where he is informing on mafia leaders. They themselves, Luna’s parents, appear to have chosen, like most Sicilians to ignore the criminals in their midst. 4

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What separates Sicilian Ghost Story from other criminal films is the fantasy element that inspires Luna not to accept the reality of Guiseppe’s disappearance and possible kidnapping. Instead she chooses to connect with his spirit and still believe that they are together. Guiseppe hasn’t been to school for 17 days. Something must’ve happened to him. I can’t help thinking about him, says the besotted Luna. Directors Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza explain: “Sicilian Ghost Story” takes its inspiration from real events. On 23 November 1993, Guiseppe Di Matteo, son of the Mafia “supergrass” Santino Di Matteo, is kidnapped by a gang of Cosa Nostra to make his father stop cooperating with the authorities. But his father does not stop and Giuseppe languishes for 779 days and nights in the hands of his Mafia captors. Guiseppe is a ghost trapped inside a story with no possibility of redemption. A ghost to be freed. The only way to do it was for us to create a collision between a level of reality and a level of fantasy. The starting points for a Sicilian ghost story and, as such, on the level of reality, a dark fable. And, as such on the level of fantasy, a romantic fable. The decision of telling Guiseppe’s story had two natural consequences using different genres and telling everything from the point of view of a fictional character, the female protagonist Luna, taking inspiration by a short story written by the Italian writer Marco Mancassola about the same events. To our opinion, this was a powerful premise to an impossible love story, with two teenagers as main characters. Every dramatic twist in the film responds to Luna’s interior need to find and save Guiseppe. The story is her “dream”. But as the story progresses, we come to realise that we are not always simply within her imagination and seeing things from her point of view. Luna is also Guiseppe’s “dream”. The fantastic element conveying Luna’s visions, Luna and Giuseppe’s dreams were the only way to turn the impossible into possible. Their need and their fantasy allow their reunification and, in the end another reality is revealed, one which surpasses dreams and nightmares, a reality in which ghosts reveal their true nature, their very solid and indestructible identity as souls. Salvo was a remarkable film for Grassodonia & Piazza, but Sicilian Ghost Story surpasses it. It is a masterpiece and something that will take up residence in your heart and mind. The film has its UK release on 3rd August. Circle the date. This is undoubtedly not a film to be missed. I knew you wouldn’t leave me, Guiseppe tells Luna. And of course, he doesn’t as they are together in spirit.

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Guiseppe (Gaetano Fernandez)in Sicilian Ghost Story

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Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) in Sicilian Ghost Story

Luna (Julia Jedlikowska) in Sicilian Ghost Story

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THE GUARDIANS Directed by Xavier Beauvois Starring: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours My sons. I stopped reading the papers. The war scares me, and it pains me to think of you. Your mother, who is thinking of you both. - Hortense Sandrail 1915. There has been a dramatic change in life at the Paridier farm since the men: Constant, Georges and Clovis, have gone off to fight on the front line for their country. Hortense Sandrail, Henri and Constant’s mother and Clovis’ mother-in-law, plus daughter Solange are left to work the land. When harvest time comes, Hortense makes up her mind to hire a farmhand, but she is too late and no man is available. The mayor then recommends her an orphan named Francine Riant, who could do. Hortense agrees, and the choice soon appears a blessing, as the girl proves perfect, well-mannered and respectful. She is also a hard worker who does not balk at any task. Hortense, Solange, and Francine form an effective trio, who make the most of the situation. Then eventually, Georges returns from the war, wounded but able and falls in love with Francine. Of Gods and Men established Xavier Beauvois as a director who knows how to weave and craft a beautiful story and here he is again masterfully making a docu-drama concentrating on a story that is rarely told: women who are left behind to sow the seeds and plough the acres of land, scythe the wheat; all of which eventually led to the emancipation of women throughout Europe. Women fighting their own war. When Francine enters the scene as a young farm-hand hired by Hortense to help as the harvest approaches, she proves to be more than capable to help with any task at hand and becomes indispensable to her new employer, Hortense agrees to keep her on indefinitely. Saving every penny, she earns, Francine is being responsible for her own destiny.

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But when the young farmer Georges unexpectedly returns on leave from the war and takes an immediate interest in Francine, starting a secret courtship unbeknownst to the rest of the family, it is interspersed with the arrival of another member of the family with the dreaded announcement that another son has been killed. Director Xavier Beauvois was inspired by the book on which the film is based, “The Guardians” by Ernest Perochon. He made many films on men, and even though Nathalie Baye was the lead in “The Young Lieutenant”, it was a film written for men, as was “Of Gods and Men” and “The Price of Fame” as well. So, he wanted to make a film about women. It was the first time that Beauvois was adapting a novel and he invented a few characters and changed the setting, but the greatest change he made to the book was getting rid of number of characters that grew during the story as it covered from 1914 to 1918. He had liked Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” which was about the Algerian war and you see behind the scenes; women who lose their fiancés, who are pregnant, who get married, lose their jobs…you learn a lot. Setting the film in the French countryside was a lot easier as he had been living for several years surrounded by farms and cows and his grandfather was a farmer. He had invaluable help from a historian through the preparatory process and details like how trees should be pruned, so that it would be in line with what was done back then. Filming in the countryside created a scenic rhythm and meant studying many paintings and in fact there an exact tableau by Degas of a girl washing her back. But he didn’t want to overdo it. In France at that time, agriculture made up 80% of the economic activity. As a result, painters who were people interested in such work produced a huge number of paintings about the countryside and rural. Van Gogh began with a tired peasant sitting in front of the fireplace, Millet and many others as well, but Beauvois did not want to overdo this. As to “The Guardians” the film works well until the last act, when Francine is dismissed by Hortense after she discovers her affair with her son Georges. A bitter confrontation follows, and Francine leaves broken-hearted and pregnant. Fast-forward to the final sequence which shows Francine in a nightclub singing her heart out to an appreciative audience. Unfortunately, the desire to leave the film on a high-note falls flat and even though Irina Bry tackles a difficult role with confidence and expertise, it does not quite fulfil the film’s promise of a metaphorically rich harvest.

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Hortense (Nathalie Baye) and Salange (Laura Smet) in The Guardians

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Francine (Iris Bry) and Hortense (Nathalie Baye) in The Guardians

Hortense (Nathalie Baye) and Georges (Cyril Descours) in The Guardians

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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES Directed by Mark Cousins Starring: Orson Welles, Mark Cousins, Beatrice Welles Dear Orson Welles, you left no biography, but you left something else. I went to this secure unit storage in New York and look what I find in the box, Orson: drawings, many have never been seen before; a sketchbook of your life. - Mark Cousins How can one find anything new to say about Orson Welles? Mark Cousins found the answer to his own question by discovering Welles’s talent as a sketchbook artist. Cousins had all the cinematic credentials to be the perfect investigator for making this film and bring his findings to light. He is an award-winning filmmaker and film buff extraordinaire. Known particularly for his TV documentary series Scene by Scene, 6 episodes – 1998 – 2000 and for The Story of Film: An Odyssey, a TV mini-series of 15 episodes in 2011. Welles was multi-talented and was aware of this, not to fuel his ego, but to satirise situations when needed, such as when he once addressed a sparse audience with this opening address: I paraphrase but you will get the gist of it: My name is Orson Welles. I am a writer, actor, producer, film director, magician, illusionist, conjuror, musician, artist, orator, entrepreneur, broadcaster…Strange, isn’t it? Why there are so many of me and so few of you. In this documentary, you will see many of the facets of Welles which we may not have been aware, like the famous dialogue which he wrote for his character Harry Lime in Carol Reed’s The Third Man when he is in the Ferris Wheel with Holly Martins played by Joseph Cotton. In Italy 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance, and in Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

This love letter to Welles is enriched with every frame of Cousins’ passion as a cineaste. It is also a road movie with Cousins travelling 12

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to various locations in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Morocco to discover what may have inspired him as well as examining relics from his life. He also pays a visit to his daughter Beatrice Welles, who administers her father’s estate and who acted as a consultant on this production. Welles’s life is divided into six chapters, examining the man’s artwork, his radio career, his films, his theatre, his politics and the various women and men whom he loved through the years. We also take a look at where Orson Welles came from. He grew up during the Great Depression and his career hit his stride during the rise of fascism. He offered his own effective political counterpoint by staging William Shakespeare Macbeth at the Lafayette Theatre in Harlem with an all-black cast and Haitian voodoo standing in for Scottish witchcraft. Cousins astutely notes the uncanny similar circumstances which have arisen in recent years and asks if there will be another Welles on the way. From the jigsaw puzzle of a gargantuan man there are a few pieces missing that are conspicuous from their absence, but probably due to Cousin’s need to keep to the narrative of Welles and his sketches. I refer to the legendary radio broadcast in 1938 of Welles radio play adaptation of The War of the Worlds which caused mass panic as people across the United States were convinced that a genuine alien invasion was occurring. It was one of the most memorable events in his lengthy career when Welles interrupted a radio broadcast to announce a Martian invasion. In 1937 Welles, at the age of 22, formed an independent repertory theatre company in New York City with John Houseman. The company produced theatrical presentations, radio programmes and motion pictures. It progressed into radio broadcasts The Mercury Theatre on the Air and made, The War of the Words. Among the most notable members of the Mercury Theatre were Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead and Vincent Price. However, there are still plenty of serendipitous scenes and announcements to satisfy and inspire us. Childhood: losing his beloved mother at the age of nine and being raised by a doctor. His total ignorance of film when he made Citizen Kane and asking and expecting to get seemingly impossible camera angles which his cinematographer Greg Toland gave him and having total control by RKO to do what he wanted. Declaring that he was a man of the people – for the proletariat. Describing the making of Lady From Shanghai and falling in love with its star Rita Hayworth whom he eventually married. Whichever way you look at it, The Eyes of Orson Welles is a remarkable documentary on a remarkable man made by a remarkable documentarian. If you are a true lover of films, then this film is unmissable. The Eyes of Orson Welles is released in the UK on 17th August.

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Orson Welles in The Eyes of Orson Welles

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Acclaimed filmmaker, actor, theatre director, screen-writer and producer, Orson Welles, Photographed by Jane Brown, 1951 © Jane Brown / TopFoto

Citizen Kane(1941) Directed by Orson Welles. Shown on the set, standing on camera boom: Orson Welles. RKO Radio Pictures/Photofest. © RKO Radio Pictures

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HEARTS BEAT LOUD Directed by Brett Haley Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Toni Collette We don’t always get to do what we love, though we need to love what we do. - Dave I never realized that was your secret. - Frank

“Hearts Beat Loud” is a wonderfully feel-good movie that will joyfully have you smiling and get your feet tapping to the invigorating and original songs, which make up for the sometimes-sanitised moments and its desire to be politically correct. The joy that beats the loudest is the rhythmic narrative that Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as father and daughter share and the ambiance of actually feeling and understanding the character’s feelings; Frank is a widower who owns a record shop in Brooklyn called Red Hook Records but is having to sell-up because he can no longer afford to pay the rent, even though his landlord Leslie (Toni Collette) has tried to hold-off raising it for as long as she can because she loves the store and likes Frank. We see Frank, heartbreakingly, putting up signs in the window saying, “Everything Must Go.” He has owned the store for 17 years. He and his late wife had a band together, and he and their daughter Sam spend time unwinding together with jam sessions, hoping in his heart that the bond they share together in music will get them to hit the rock scene and go on the road, composing and singing their own songs. That is Frank’s dream, but Sam’s is to go to college and become a doctor. The reality is that Frank, though he loves her, is holding her back and doesn’t want to lose her. Achingly we want them to make music together and when Sam meets and hangs out with a girlfriend, the amorous distraction becomes serious and obvious to Frank when she pens a song about her which Frank puts on Spotify. It is this song that becomes the duo’s first hit. The music will win you over even if the plot doesn’t, but its point is to be simple and enjoy life with the people you love. A father and daughter relationship can be powerfully strong, and Frank and Sam are 16

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bonded in music – that is their vibe and their screen presence is dynamically awesome to watch when they are performing together. Nick Offerman is made-to-measure for the role of Frank and strikes all the right notes and his enjoyment of the part is contagious. Ted Danson who plays Dave endorses the authenticity of the film was the key: Father and daughter creating a song on camera for real. Not lip synching, but singing and playing instruments and it is amazing. And director Brett Haley: We made a decision to do live vocals in this. It totally works and part of the enjoying of this movie. There is also the naturalness of capturing Nick and Kiersey emotively expressing their joy and love for their music and for each other. Though Frank has loss and grief in his facial features, you can feel when he is talking to Sam his intensity and his fear of losing her and being alone, things that he finds it difficult to express. Sam is everything to him. He comes alive talking about music and he doesn’t hold back on his enthusiasm when he hears his song playing on Spotify: This is my band! Guys, this is my band. This is my band! Another plus for the film is that it doesn’t take the usual route, where father and daughter hit the indie rock scene with storming success, it is realistic and therefore totally believable.

Hearts Beat Loud opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. AWARDS: WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD: SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL 2018 WINNER AUDIENCE AWARD: WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Funny, smart, feelgood and foot tapping …what else could you ask for? Ironically, when Frank starts selling his shop and has a closing down sale…vinyl’s suddenly begin selling again.

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Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman) in Hearts Beat Loud

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Leslie (Toni Collette) & Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman) In Hearts Beat Loud

Sam Fisher (Kiersey Clemons) and Frank Fisher (Nick Offerman) in Hearts Beat Loud

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THE ESCAPE Directed by Dominic Savage Starring: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Frances Barber, Jalil Lespert I envy you. You’re great with the kids. They hate me. - Tara Shut up. You’re a great mum. - Mark A woman sets out to reclaim her life and start all over again. Tara (Gemma Arterton) is a housewife and mother in suburban London, is living a life that she feels is no longer hers; it belongs to her loving but overworked and self-absorbed husband Mark (Dominic Cooper), her young son and daughter and the numbing routine of housework and childcare has taken its toll. One day Tara makes a bold decision. In a desperate need for change, she buys a one-way ticket to Paris, leaving everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city. We all, at times, have had moments in our lives where we have wanted to get away from it all, whether it has been to escape from a job we longer like or from the habitual everyday robotic activities which we are expected to do as though that is what we have signed up for when we got married and raised a family. For Tara, she begins to question whether she is happy and introspectively finds that she isn’t and decides that she must get away, bitter as she is of her husband’s lack of support for her own desires. Gemma Arterton has a rich and varied filmography ranging from three title roles: The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Tamara Drewe, Gemma Bovary. Another highlight was as Catrin Cole in Their Finest, a witty, romantic and powerful portrayal of a young woman finding her voice amidst the mayhem of war and the movies! Gemma dominates The Escape and it is a project from her heart that she had to make, the best motivation that one can have to make a film. Ask any successful filmmaker and what drives them to make a particular film and it will be passion. Gemma Arterton brings that quality to this, her dream project. Here is Gemma’s take on the film from the film fly on the wall at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. 20

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“The Escape” is the first film that I’ve produced and was cocreated with Dominic Savage and basically, it’s an improvised film about a woman whose marriage is kind of breaking down and she’s searching for something else in her life. She doesn’t really have a connection with her children anymore, she’s starting to fall into a bit of a depression and her husband, played by Dominic Cooper, is very, he’s very sympathetic but he’s also very passive aggressive. He doesn’t really understand my character. Basically, it’s an exploration of motherhood, marriage, what happens if you don’t express your creativity and about sort of finding yourself again. But it’s quite controversial because, ultimately, it’s about a woman who leaves her children. Improvising is sometimes scary. but I find it completely invigorating because I felt like I’d done enough research and I knew the character and the world so well because it was based on various friends and my family and it was set in my home town and I knew the people, you know, that I was being inspired… by like the world is very, very familiar to me and to Dominic Cooper. Obviously, when you’re improvising you have no idea, especially if it’s the first go at what you’re going to do, you know? Or that the words are going to come out – if any – and that’s really thrilling, I mean, I love that. There are a lot of men that leave their families and that’s sort of not seen as a good thing, but also not kind of, you know, abnormal, whereas if a woman does it, it’s seen like she’s a monster. There must be something wrong with her. She’s evil. I think it’s a really interesting time to be showing this film actually, since there’s just been such a huge conversation about women and what it is to be a woman and it just feels like time to these kind of weird stories about womanhood that are not necessarily comfortable stories and if it sparks conversation then that is fantastic. I’d love to work with more female filmmakers, actually my production company’s aim is to work with female directors and writers predominantly and encourage that, because, it’s weird. I mean, my whole world is kind of women, you know? I forget that it’s something like 7% or 9% of films are directed by woman which is ridiculous. But for me, it’s because I’m always around female writers, female directors. And weirdly, this film, “The Escape” is directed by a man, but my films to come are all directed by woman which I’m really proud of. And if they measure the quality of The Escape, then they will be worth looking forward to.

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Tara (Gemma Arterton) & Mark (Dominic Cooper)in The Escape

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Tara (Gemma Arterton) in The Escape

Tara (Gemma Arterton) in The Escape

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FILMFEST FOLLOWER VENICE 2018 COMPETITION OPENING FILM FIRST MAN Directed by Damien Chazelle Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon.

THE MOUNTAIN Directed by Rick Alverson Starring: Danielle Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Tye Sheridan No Plot Given

DOUBLES VIES Directed by Olivier Assayas Starring: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche. Set in the Parisian publishing world, an editor and an author find themselves in over their heads, as they cope with a middleage crisis, the changing industry and their wives.

THE SISTERS BROTHERS Directed by Jacques Audiard Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, John C. Reilly In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters Brothers.

THE BALLAD of BUSTER SCRAGGS Directed by Ethan & Joel Cohen Starring: Bill Heck A western following six different storyline. 24

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VOX LUX Directed by Brady Corbet Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law An unusual set of circumstances bring unexpected success to a pop star.

22 JULY Directed by Paul Greengrass Starring: Andrea Berntzen, Alexander Holman A teenage girl struggles to survive and to find her younger sister during the July 2011 terrorist mass murder at a political summer camp on the Norwegian island of Utoya.

ROMA Directed by Alfonso Cuaron Starring: Marina de Tavira, Yolitza Aparicio A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

SUSPIRA Directed by Luca Guadagnino Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer and a grieving psychotherapist.

WERK OHNE AUTOR Directed by Florian Henckel Donnersmarck Starring: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Bear A German artist has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the GDR-regime.

THE NIGHTINGALE Directed by Jennifer Kent Starring: Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman A young Irish convict woman chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness bent on revenge for an act of violence against her family.

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THE FAVOURITE Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Starring: Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governed the country in her stead.

PETERLOO Directed by Mike Leigh Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake The story of the 1890 Peterloo massacre when British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

CAPRI-REVOLUTION Directed by Mario Martone Starring: Jenna Thiam, Donna Finocchiar No Plot Given

SUNSET Directed by Lazlo Nemes Starring: Vlad Ivano, Suzanne Wuest A young girl grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War One

AT ETERNITY GATE Directed by Julian Schnabel Starring: Oscar Isaac, Rupert Friend, Mads Mikkelsen A look at Vincent van Gogh’s time in Aries.

ACUSADA Directed by Gonzalo Tobal Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Leonardo Sharaglia No Plot Given.

OUT OF COMPETITION A STAR IS BORN Directed by Bradley Cooper Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga A musician helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcohol send his own career into a downward spiral.

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MI OBRA MAESTRA Directed by Gaston Duprat Starring: Guillermo Francella, Luis Brandoni Arturo is an unscrupulous art dealer and Renzo his socially awkward painter and long-time friend, willing to risk it all to develop an extreme plan to save themselves.

PEUPLE ET SON ROI Directed by Pierre Schoeller Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Adele Haenal, Olivier Gourmet In 1789, a people is entered into revolution. Let us hear it. It has things to say to us. A people and its king cross the destinies of men and women of the people and historical figures.

LE QUIETUDE Directed by Pablo Trapero Starring: Edgar Ramirez, Berenice Bejo No Plot Given

DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE Directed by Craig Zahler Starring: Mel Gibson, Jennifer Carpenter. Two over zealous cops get suspended from the force.

OUT OF COMPETITION — SPECIAL EVENT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND Directed by Orson Welles Starring: Orson Welles, John Huston, Robert Random The story of the legendary director named J.J. “JAKE” Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood from years of semi-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his movie called “The Other Side of the Wind”.

HORIZONS SULLA MIA PELLE Directed by Alessio Cremoni Starring: Jasmine Trinca, Alessandro Borghi. No Plot Given

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SONI Directed by Ivan Ayr Starring: Kalpana Jha, Kislovy No Plot Given

LA NOCHE DE 12 ANOS Directed by Alvaro Brechner Starring: Antonio De La Torre, Chino Darin No Plot Given

UN GIORNO ALL’IMPROVVISO Directed by Ciro D’Emilio Starring: Anna Foglietta, Fabio De Caro No Plot Given

CHARLIE SAYS Directed by Mary Harron Starring: Suki Waterhouse, Matt Smith Three young women were sentenced to death in the infamous Manson murder case, but when the death penalty was lifted, their sentence became life imprisonment.

AMANDA Directed by Mikael Hers Starring: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier, Stacy Martin David finds himself in care of his 7-year-old niece, Amanda, after his sister is brutally killed.

AS I LAY DYING Directed by Mostafa Sayyari Starring: Nader Fallah, Elham Korda No Plot Given

LA PROFFEZIA DELL’ARMADILLO Directed by Emanuele Scaringi Starring: Mariana Di Martino, Laura Marante No Plot Given

TEL AVIV ON FIRE Directed by Sameh Zoabi Starring: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabel An Inexperienced young Palestinian man becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier.

SCONFINI THE TREE OF LIFE (Extended Cut) Directed by Terrence Malick Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain An intimate story which follows the life journey of Jack O’Brien, the eldest son of a fractured Texas family. 28

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EXTRAS DVDS OF THE MONTH YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE Directed by Lynne Ramsay Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov A tormented but brutal hired gun sets out to rescue a young girl from a sex ring, only to find himself weathering a storm of violent vengeance when matters go awry. Featuring a career best performance from Joaquin Phoenix as a solitary and deeply troubled underworld mercenary. You Were Never Really Here is a stylish and brutal tale of vengeance and corruption.

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You Were Never Really Here: From Book to Film

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EXTRAS DVDS OF THE MONTH LADY BIRD Directed by Greta Gerwig Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein Christine “Lady Bird” McPhearson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wild loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mum (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.

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Realising Lady Bird • Feature Commentary by Writer/Director Greta Gerwig and Cinematographer Sam Levy

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EXTRAS DVDS OF THE MONTH I, TONYA Directed by Craig Gillespie Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney. The outrageous and at times hilarious true story of one of the biggest scandals in sporting history. Tonya Harding was a champion figure skater who’s rebel attitude pushed the sport to new heights. However, as Olympic pressure mounted, her life began to unravel – culminating in an alleged attack on her fiercest rival, un-parallel press attention and a legacy no one would wish for. With sensational performances from Margot Robbie, Allison Janney (Academy Award Winner – Best Supporting Actress) and Sebastian Stan, this incredible tale has to be seen to be believed!

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Audio Commentary with Director Craig Gillespie Deleted Scenes Featurettes: All Sixties: “The Perfect Performances of I, Tonya” “Irony Free, Totally True: The Story Behind I,Tonya” “Working with Director Craig Gillespie” “The Visual Effects of I, Tonya” “VFX: Anatomy of the Triple Axel”

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Movies by Mills (August 2018)  

A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers.

Movies by Mills (August 2018)  

A magazine for discerning cinemagoers and filmmakers.

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