Variety has shared that Paul’s film Before I Disappear will be screened at the Venice Film Festival this year.
ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 14 pics unspooling in the official selection which sees known names screening alongside emerging helmers, including U.S. writer-director Shawn Christensen whose “Before I Disappear” (pictured) is making its international bow.
As previously announced, the out-of-competition opener is prolific South Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s multiple murder thriller “One On One,” about the brutal rape and murder of a schoolgirl, which is launching internationally from the Lido after being released in South Korea.
The closer, also not competing, is “Messi,” a docu-feature portrait of hot Argentine soccer player Leo Messi, helmed by Spain’s Alex De La Iglesia and written by Jorge Valdano, a former prominent member of the Argentine team who went on to become a sports journalist as well as a manager and sports director of Spain’s Real Madrid club. Both Kim Ki-duk and De La Iglesia have had films in the main Venice fest competition. Ki-duk won the 2012 Golden Lion for “Pieta.”
The twelve entries competing in Venice Days, eleven of which are world preems, are “a mix of known and new names, and also more classic cinema alongside cutting edge works,” said section topper Giorgio Gosetti at a packed Rome presser.
French director Laurent Cantet, who won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008 for “The Class,” is in the Venice Days competish with Cuba-set “Return To Ithaca,” a Spanish-language pic written by Cantet and Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura. It’s about five friends who reunite on a rooftop terrace in contempo Havana when one of them unexpectedly reappears after a 16-year exile.
Christensen’s “Before I Disappear,” which stars Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Richard Schiff, and Ron Perlman, is based on his 2013 Oscar winning short “Curfew” and bowed at SXSW in March.
Italy is making a strong showing, the standout title being Ivano De Matteo’s drama “The Dinner,” starring Alessandro Gassman, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and young rising Rome-based American actress Rosabell Laurenti Sellers. De Matteo’s followup to his well-received “Balancing Act” is inspired by Dutch writer Herman Koch’s best-selling novel “The Dinner.”
World-preeming from Israel, currently a cinematic hotbed, is euthanasia comedy “The Farewell Party,” by Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit; coming-of-ager “The Goob,” a first work by Guy Myhill, is coming from the U.K.; Finland is repped by adolescent road movie “They Have Escaped,” helmed by JP Valkeapaa, whose “The Visitor” was in Venice Days in 2008.
After ten years as a non-competitive event, Venice Days is introducing two prizes this year. The first will have 28 young film buffs as jurors, guided by a high-caliber helmer who will serve as jury prexy. The 28 jurors will be selected young cinephiles from 28 different European countries, as part of the European Parliament’s 28 Times Cinema initiative. Their final deliberations will be streamed live, so that their discussion can constitute a film class of sorts. The winner of this new Venice Days prize will get a Euros 20,000 ($27,000) cash prize to be split between the producer and the director.
Additionally, Venice Days will have another nod voted on by the festival audience.
The 11th edition of Venice Days will run Aug 27-Sept 6.
Paul is one of 12 Stars & Showrunners who spoke with TheWrap.com about what they are most looking forward to at the San Diego Comic Con. And we know Paul is a veteran now!
David S. Goyer, Chloe Bennet, David Boreanz and Paul Wesley among Hollywood’s attendees telling TheWrap what they are most excited to see at this year’s Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con is a sacred pilgrimage for fans of all things nerdy, but like any trip to Mecca, this journey can be daunting (if not dehydrating). But don’t fret Nervous Nellies — the experts are sharing all the intel you need to make this year’s convention its most enjoyable yet.
TheWrap spoke with directors, showrunners and stars behind such projects as “Agents of SHIELD,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Vampire Diaries” to find out what they’re looking forward to this year — not just as panelists, but as fans and attendees themselves — and their tips for fellow attendees.
Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”
“I’ve never actually gone to Comic-Con as a spectator but I would imagine it’s rather overwhelming. Definitely plan on wearing comfortable shoes because the traffic is insane so you will be walking everywhere. Obviously [there's] the crazy costumes. But I also love running into old friends and people I’ve worked with that I haven’t seen in ages. I ran into Bryan Cranston last year. He played my father in a mini series years ago and he’s a great guy. It was good to see him. I always unexpectedly bump into someone here and there. It’s fun.”
See Wesley, Nina Dobrev, and other stars of “The Vampire Diaries” from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 in Ballroom 20.
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Julie Plece speaks with TV Guide to get us prepped for Season Six of The Vampire Diaries … anyone else counting down the days?
Vampire Diaries fans have seen Elena Gilbert grieve, but when Season 6 premieres, she’ll have seemingly moved on from losing the love of her life, Damon.
“One of the big questions you’ll be asking when we get back is how did she pick up the pieces?” executive producer Julie Plec told TVGuide.com. “Or did she pick up the pieces at all? When we come back, several months have passed and Elena has returned to her life at school and seems to be doing well, but the mystery is really how well is she doing? And she’s got some odd and awkward coping mechanisms that inform a lot about where she is and how she’s handling this particular grief.”
But Elena (Nina Dobrev) isn’t the only one reeling from Season 5′s finale that left Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) trapped on the Other Side as it was about to disintegrate. Stefan (Paul Wesley) lost his brother; Caroline (Candice Accola), a best friend; Tyler (Michael Trevino) lost his hybrid status; Alaric (Matt Davis) returned from the dead; and perhaps worst of all, Mystic Falls was stripped of magic. Where does the group go from here? As the show resumes filming in Atlanta, Plec spills some scoop.
How long will it be before we find out where Damon and Bonnie have been and presumably when they’ll be back?
Julie Plec: The answer of what happened is part of the season-long mythology, but the mystery of where they are is going to be asked very quickly and answered soon enough to not be frustrating.
Can Elena really move on?
Plec: What happened to her is that in spite of losing her parents and her brother, her aunt, her friends again and again, she lost the person she singularly believed to be the man she was going to spend all of eternity with. I think there’s a special form of grief that comes attached to that, which will be difficult to get past, but also the choices she makes at how to move on will be very interesting to watch.
Will she and Stefan lean on each other over their shared loss?
Plec: Well, speaking of coping mechanisms, each of them have a very specific method of how they’re dealing with it and they find a strange appreciation of each other’s methods even though they’re not necessarily healthy. They connect over the fact that sometimes it takes extreme choices to move past something that has hurt you so deeply. So we will see their friendship able to be strong and healthy in spite of the way each of them individually are dealing with their loss.
Last season began with the start of college. Will Elena and Caroline try to resume normalcy in being a couple of college kids?
Plec: That’s the goal. The problem is they didn’t just lose their friends, they lost their town. They can’t go home again, so college in its own way should be this haven for them where the friends can be together but not everyone wants it to be that easy and not everyone is that willing and ready to settle in and say, “OK, let’s move on.” So we’ll be wanting to see our friends find a way back to each other and move past the trouble they brought upon themselves and get back to their home. And in the meantime, it’s going to be what each of them is doing to make that happen.
How does Caroline handle everything?
Plec: Caroline is probably someone who will surprise you. She’s taken this loss — in a weird way almost the hardest — so she’s going to have to bounce back in her Caroline way. Who she bounces back with and how she does it and how she’s living her life is revealed in the first episode. Her journey is where are all her friends and if only she could figure out a way to bring them all back together, get the magic back to Mystic Falls, find a way to bring Damon and Bonnie home than life would be perfect. But it’s harder than she thought.
With Alaric back, how does he fit in or is it hard for him to find his place?
Plec: Alaric is struggling a little bit. He was turned into a breed of original vampire and then set on a killing mission and then he died, so after being a weird vampire and a ghost for all this time he’s assimilating into his life as this creature he never wanted to be. But he’s still trying to be the human that he was and it’s not easy for him. There might be some help and assistance that comes in the form of a woman he’ll meet, and he and Elena are closer than ever, which is great because she has somebody in her life she can really rely on and they can share their grief together.
This week, you cast a bunch of new characters. Who are you most excited about?
Plec: I’m particularly fond of the Kai character, played by Chris Wood, and Jo, played by Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. I’ve been a fan of Jody Lyn sinceH20 back in the day. Chris Wood is this exciting new guy, not new to everyone, but new to me, and he bowled me over. The characters are so powerful, each of them, and I’m really excited to see what we can do with them.
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8/7c on The CW.
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