Peter Bogdanovich returns to Venice Film Festival: Volcano won’t bother arrivals
28 August, 2014
The filmmaker and cineaste Peter Bogdanovich returns August 29 with his first film in several years, “She’s Funny That Way,” starring Imogen Poots – A married Broadway director falls for a prostitute-turned-actress and works to help her advance her career.
‘Heaven Knows What’ New York City drug movie, an admirable refusal to put any kind of gloss on the bleak reality of its limbo world. While the movie’s theatrical prospects are slim, the triple showcase of Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festival slots should help build a platform for VOD exposure.
[August 29 Iceland volcano should not interfere with Venice Film Festival but 5.7 earthquake]
The 71st Venice International Film Festival is happening 27th August > 6th September 2014, just when another volcano is threatening to delay air travel, as it did in 2011 during Cannes.
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake, with its epicenter in Bárðarbunga volcano, hit shortly before 1:30 am August 26. The activity is interpreted as magma moving up under the Bárðarbunga caldera, then moving into an underground chamber to the northeast, under the Dyngjujökull glacier. It’s possible that the magma stops there and never reaches the surface. Bárður Bjarnason appears in Landnáma, the book of the Icelandic settlement, and Bárðarbunga is named after him.
The magma intrusion extends 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the glacier’s edge, approaching the fissure swarm belonging to the volcanic system of Askja in the northeastern highlands of Iceland.“It’s believed that there was an eruption there [where the magma intrusion is now] in 1797 when the so-called Holuhraun [lava] formed. [The intrusion] is following the fissure swarm in the area, Some scientists believe an eruption could happen there but there are still no indications of magma breaking its way to the surface.”
At this year’s Venice film festival “The Sound and the Fury,” James Franco’s adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, will have an out-of -competition festival screening with a cast that includes Seth Rogen, Tim Blake Nelson and Jon Hamm. Franco plays 33-year-old Benjamin, or “Benjy,” the youngest Compson child, who is mentally disabled, entirely incapable of speech [ cf Jack Warden’s 1959 Benji) which he is also directing.
The festival opens with tales of war and the economic crisis offset by beach parties and gondola jaunts. Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling,” premieres with Al Pacino as a suicidal actor who has an affair with a much younger lesbian, Greta Gerwig plays his romantic foil. “counterplot of unusual erotic desire.”
The glacier on top of the volcano is up to 800 meters (2,625 feet) thick.The location is very remote and lies 225 km (122 miles) in a straight line northeast from Reykjavík. [August 24] “Observations show that a sub-glacial eruption did not occur yesterday. The intense low-frequency seismic signal observed yesterday has therefore other explanations.” [August 23]An eruption has occurred at the site of the volcano Badarbunga. At the moment, it is still a sub-glacial eruption, meaning that there is no visible evidence of it, such as a plume or smoke. For now it is beneath the surface of the Dynhjokull icecap in the northern part of the Vatnajokull glacier,Bárðarbunga is Iceland’s second-highest mountain rising 2,009 meters (6,591 feet) above sea level. It’s Iceland’s largest volcanic system, 200 km (120 miles) long and 25 km (16 miles) wide.
[May 11 2010 Cannes – NY Nice flights delayed]
As Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano spews a fresh round of ash into the atmosphere, on May 9, France’s Nice airport, which serves Cannes and the surrounding area, remained open, but a number of flights scheduled to arrive there had been canceled. The moves follow cancellations over the last several days of flights originating in countries including Ireland and Italy. May 7, a flight from New York to Nice took 10 hours instead of the usual seven as pilots made a circuitous mid-air detour to avoid the ash cloud.If those types of delays continue, they could cascade through the system and create numerous headaches in the tightly timed world of the Cannes Film Festival, where screenings and media opportunities are carefully packed together.