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When I listened to Francis Ford Coppola give a master class at last year’s Marrakech Film Festival, some of the most valuable information imparted was about the creative process. So that’s what struck me when I watched this trailer of his latest film, Twixt, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this month. Val Kilmer stars as a mass market horror novelist, and there’s clearly some kind of meditation going on about the workings of the imagination. As quoted at First Showing, Coppola says the film “‘was inspired by the eerie writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe’ and came to him in a vivid dream he had while on a trip to Istanbul.” There’s also Elle Fanning picking up on her zombie role in Super 8; Kilmer reuniting, on screen, with his ex, Joanne Whalley; and, in the credits, Tom Waits and Don Novello (!). And, as he did in his previous picture, Coppola seems to be experimenting with effects work that doesn’t hide its video origins. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

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