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Open Roads 2010: Ten Winters

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Open Roads 2010: Ten Winters

Taking place almost entirely in a small Italian seaside town, Valerio’s Mieli’s Ten Winters sparsely charts the ebb-and-flow journey of two friends over the course of 10 winters. On her way to university, Camilla (Isabella Ragonese) boards a ferry with a backpack and a tall, slender lamp. She is soon acquainted with the only young gentleman left on the boat, Silvestro (Michele Riondino), who flirtatiously steals her scarf and hat, wearing them as his own. Silvestro maneuvers his way into staying the night at Camilla’s tiny, family house. Over the course of the film, the two bond further, but nearly ever consummate the underlying, romantic desires right at the surface.

Ten Winters proves to be a realistic statement about love, as the interplay between two, ever-changing adults doesn’t always lead to the desirable result: one winter finds Camilla and Silvestro at the verge of declaring their love for the other, the next finds them purposefully avoiding each other at a farmer’s market. The staggered structure does prove novel at first, as longing grows between the two over time and we meet them at a different point in their life, connecting again after a year has passed. On the other hand, though, the time-jumping narrative could also work against the film’s attempts at painting a cohesive link between the two: In awkward fashion, Silvestro surprises Camilla in Russia where she went abroad to study, and discovers she has been living with a Russian man, a moment highly disjointed and unbelievable, since the two hadn’t even spoken in six months before that juncture; the sequence feels forced, and breaks from the looseness of the film’s tender, subtle tone, coming off as only a plot device to further drive them apart.

The ultimate strengths of the picture lie in the way the actors mold their characters over the leaping time periods, illustrating the subtle differences of time passing; when Silvestro tracks Camilla down at her father’s place later in the film, the slight ticks and mannerisms Ragonese employs paint a delicate picture of Camilla at the edge, quietly unstable. Putting the more ludicrous scenarios aside, Ten Winters manages to capture a beautifully painful, reflective push and pull between two souls who keep finding their way back to each other.

Ten Winters will play on June 5 and 10 as part of this year’s Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. For details about the festival, including ticketing information, click here.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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