The Master starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix tells the story of a man who upon returning from the Second World War decides to begin a religion called ‘The Cause’. Though several members of the cast and crew have said that any similarity between the characters and story of The Master and the Church of Scientology are coincidental, there are many close links between the two, the most apparent being passing physical resemblance between Hoffman and the founder of L. Ron Hubbard, and the fact that the latter also served in the U.S. Navy in the War. Hoffman was awarded the ‘Coppa Volpi’ prize for best actor along with co-star Phoenix. Also in the news is the recent announcement that Hoffman is to direct his own film, Ezekiel Moss, a story set in the Great Depression about a young boy’s encounter with a drifter who claims to be able to communicate with the dead.
Also at Venice was Brian de Palma’s film Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as two competing executives. With her role as Annabel Richter fast approaching, McAdams has hopefully used this experience to prepare her for playing the top class lawyer.
Finally, Anton Corbijn: Inside Out came out last week in the UK. The documentary focuses on the director intimately, dealing with issues surrounding with private life, in particular the loneliness he sometimes feels.