“Christian Petzold’s Barbara has been chosen as the official German entry to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category,” reports Martin Blaney for Screen. Barbara begins its North American tour this weekend when it screens at Telluride; then it’s off to Toronto (September 13 and 14), San Francisco, where it screens as part of Berlin & Beyond (September 27 through October 4), and New York (October 1, 6, and 9).
And James Bond No. 1: Sean Connery’s 007, celebrating 50 years of Bond movies, opens today at the IFC Center and runs through September 6. Stuart Weinstock has an overview at Cinespect. MoMA’s 50 Years of James Bond series runs from October 5, Global James Bond Day, through the 31st.
San Francisco. September brings twelve festivals to the Bay Area, and Brian Darr‘s got an extensive preview.
London. Bowiefest, “the UK’s first film festival dedicated to the work on screen of legend David Bowie,” opens today and run through Sunday at the ICA. “Unlike Madonna, Prince or Eminem, Bowie was an actor almost from the moment he began performing,” notes Ryan Gilbey in the Guardian. Both his and Jessica Lenten‘s survey of Bowie’s onscreen career at Real|Reel are laced with clips. Meantime, as Dave Itzkoff reports in the New York Times, Bowie himself want to make it clear that he is not a co-curator of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s David Bowie Exhibition slated for next year.
Vienna. “For the third time, following similarly exhaustive projects in 2004 and 2008, the Austrian Film Museum launches the new season with an immodest attempt to measure ‘the entirety of cinema’—an introduction to the medium, or an invitation to revisit it under different circumstances than those established by the usual rankings of ‘the greatest films of all time.’ 100 works dating from the years 1896 to 2011 will portray a form of expression that nominally belongs to the general cultural tradition, but whose scope and breadth of influence in shaping contemporary consciousness still leaves much to be explored.” The Utopia of Film: Life and Cinema: 100 Proposals opens today and runs through October 17.
Melbourne. The symposium Impresario: Paul Taylor | Art & Text | POPISM happens at Monash University tomorrow, and Adrian Martin profiles the influential critic, curator, and founding editor and publisher of the internationally renowned art journal Art & Text, who died in 1992, for the Age.
Reading. Ted Fendt‘s translated “From Epic to Entr’acte,” a piece by Jean-André Fieschi for the October 1963 issue of Cahiers du cinéma.
“Brownish-gray ribbons of steel slice through every frame of RR,” writes Jeff Reichert in Reverse Shot. James Benning, “who can locate wonder nearly anywhere he points his camera, surely finds the unthinking, utilitarian gray of the rails an affront, the trace remnants of an industrial revolution that birthed a superpower and whole host of global ills right along with it. Sunset to sundown, east to midwest to west, north to south, RR always brings us back to that gray.”
In the works. It’s not yet a sure thing, but as Margaret Lyons reports at Vulture, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy are a few steps closer to a followup to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.