2013: 10th edition

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30/08/2013 h 22:00Casinò
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01/09/2013 h 16:30Darsena
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02/09/2013 h 19:00Giorgione, Cannaregio

03/09/2013 h 19:00Excelsior, Mestre

07/09/2013 h 17:00Darsena
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by John Krokidas
International premiere, First feature
United States, 2013, 143', 35mm, color
screenplay John Krokidas, Austin Bunn
cinematography Reed Morano
editing Brian Kates
music Nico Muhly
art direction Stephen Carter
costumes Christopher Peterson
cast Daniel Radcliffe (Allen Ginsberg)Dane DeHaan (Lucien Carr)
Michael C. Hall (David Kammerer)Ben Foster (William Burroughs)
Jack Huston (Jack Kerouac)David Cross (Louis Ginsberg)
Elizabeth Olsen (Edie Parker)Jennifer Jason Leigh (Naomi Ginsberg)

Michael Benaroya, Christine Vachon
Rose Ganguzza, John Krokidas
production Benaroya Pictures

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Ginsberg. Kerouac. Burroughs. Who were they, though, before they became virtual icons of the counterculture movement? In 1944, Allen Ginsberg was a nervous, straitlaced freshman at Columbia University. Jack Kerouac was a washed-up college running back who had lasted all of eight days in the U.S. Navy. William S. Burroughs was a medical school dropout, former door-to-door insect exterminator and budding drug addict, hanging on the fringes of the New York bohemian scene after following a pair of friends from his native St. Louis, Lucien Carr and David Kammerer, to Manhattan. This is the story of three future beats who fell in with each other, and a brutal murder that capped off their youthful partnership.

"It‘s 1944. Double Indemnity won Best Picture; Gilda came out that year. It was a high point in American film noir, and I said to myself 'Wow, we‘ve got a movie set in 1944, it‘s based on a murder, what if we tried to create this as a film noir?' [...] As I researched where film noir went in film history, I realized that the French took hold of it, and it became the inspiration for Breathless, for Shoot the Piano Player, for a lot of the early films of the French New Wave, where the camera went off the tripod, where people started breaking rules. It was a much more asymmetrical approach to filmmaking, and that echoed the movement of the characters, going from a much more staged, trapped, symmetrical place in their lives to - as they found their collective voice - something much more jazzy and free-form. So the one-line version of the vision of this film that I communicated to my department heads was, let‘s start at film noir and slowly progress to the free feeling of the French New Wave." [John Krokidas]

John Krokidas received his B.A. in Theater and American Studies from Yale University, where he studied acting before attending New York University‘s Graduate Film Program. He wrote and directed two short films at NYU. His first, Shame No More played at over seventy film festivals around the world and sold to ten countries before becoming part of the short-film collection Queer as F**K. His second short film, Slo-Mo premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to play Sundance, which chose Slo-Mo to be part of their 20th Anniversary Best of the Fest. Since graduating, Krokidas has written screenplays for Universal Studios, Miramax, producers Bruce Cohen (American Beauty and Milk), Alan Poul (Newsroom and Six Feet Under), Michael Stipe (Being John Malkovich) and actress Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones' Diary and Chicago). Krokidas has taught filmmaking and lectured at the University of Southern California, New York University, the New School and Yale University. Kill Your Darlings marks Krokidas‘ feature directorial debut.

2013 Kill Your Darlings
2001 Slo-Mo (sm)
1999 Shame No More (sm)


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