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The Lovers Movie Review

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The Lovers Movie Review
The Lovers A24 Director: Azazel Jacobs Screenwriter: Azazel Jacobs Cast: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Jesccia Sula, Melora Walters, Aidan Gillen, Tyler Ross Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 12/11/17 Opens: May 5, 2017 Nobody can slash away better at the notion of marital bliss than Ingmar Bergman, but Azazel Jacobs does it the American way with […]

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‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ ‘Revolting Rhymes’ Top European Animation Awards

‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ ‘Revolting Rhymes’ Top European Animation Awards
Lille, France — “My Life as a Zucchini” and “Revolting Rhymes” topped the first European Animation Awards in Lille, France, on Friday night, scooping best feature and best TV/broadcast production respectively.

Already scoring an Academy Award nomination, Swiss Claude Barras’ “My Life as a Zucchini,” a nonsaccharine, though stop-motion, portrayal of orphanhood, took three awards in all, more than any other title at Lille, winning for best feature animation, and also for its guitar soundtrack and writing, a win for Celine Sciamma, a distinguished director in her own right.

A two-part CGI special produced by Magic Light Pictures for the BBC and created by Magic Light Pictures in Berlin and Triggerfish Animation Studios in Cape Town, “Revolting Rhymes’” took the big TV award for its stylish dramatization of Roald Dahl’s poem reprises of traditional fairy tales. It also won best character design in a TV series.

In one of the most interesting decisions of Academy voters
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Sundance 2018 Shorts Lineup Is 51 Percent Women-Directed

Mariama Diallo’s “Hair Wolf” will screen in the U.S. Narrative Shorts section

Sundance Film Festival has announced its 2018 shorts programs. Thirty-five of the 69 shorts screening, or about 51 percent, are directed or co-directed by women. This marks a very slight increase from last year’s also-impressive 50 percent women-helmed lineup.

“We are always thrilled to discover new voices in filmmaking through the short film program: they take risks in story and style you might not expect,” Sundance Senior Programmer Mike Plante stated in a press release.

Adinah Dancyger’s “Cheer Up Baby” will screen in the U.S. Narrative Short lineup, as will Mariama Diallo’s “Hair Wolf.” The former tells the story of a young woman recovering from a sexual assault, while the latter sees Brooklyn residents trying to defend a local black hair salon from literal culture-sucking white women.

“The Turk Shop,” which will screen in the International Narrative Short section,
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Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films

Women Directors From Europe on Their Foreign-Language Films
With a record 27 women behind the 92 foreign-language film submissions, Variety posed the same questions to a selection of directors about their experiences. What was your biggest obstacle in making the film? What was the key to your breakthrough? What is your creative goal? Who are your filmmaking heroes? What would you like the world to know about being a woman film director and the message you want to send? Here are their stories.

Anahit Abad

Yeva” (Armenia)

“Funding the project is the biggest obstacle, just like for most filmmakers who are trying to make their first film. Particularly, I can say that some of the most important obstacles I faced during the production of my film are being a woman, being of Armenian descent and of course, the fact that I am shorter than average.

“With all the financial obstacles, the fact that I was raised in the Iranian cinema and the location was somehow unfamiliar … I used
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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich

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The 25 Best Movie Moments of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic David Ehrlich
Over the last 12 months, the world seemed to be changing faster than ever, and not for the better. At a time when every day felt like a week, and every week felt like a year, watching a movie felt like a dangerous proposition; you had no idea what the world was going to look like when you walked out of the theater two hours later. Even the most immersive films couldn’t always keep that anxiety at bay, these dark thoughts seeping into even darker rooms and transforming these sacred spaces into elaborate Rorschach tests that tricked us into seeing whatever was scaring us most at that particular moment, or whatever might be needed to give us hope. It was a heightened stretch unlike any in recent memory, but the best films ultimately did what the best films always do: They brought the world into focus, showed it from a fresh sonspective,
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Denis Villeneuve Politely Kicked Ridley Scott Off ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Set

Denis Villeneuve Politely Kicked Ridley Scott Off ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Set
Directing “Blade Runner 2049” was no small task for Denis Villeneuve, especially with Ridley Scott involved so heavily in the film’s development and production. Scott, who directed the landmark 1982 original, was an executive producer, which didn’t exactly relieve any of the pressure Villeneuve was facing. The director revealed to Deadline that having Scott on set wasn’t ideal sometimes, so much so that Villeneuve once asked Scott to leave set.

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“The thing is, he was there a lot and not a lot, for the best (laughs),” Villeneuve said about Scott. “He was there a lot because I was dealing with his screenplay, I was dealing with his ideas, I was dealing with his universe, with his characters. I was thinking about Ridley all the time. I had a responsibility to respect,
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"Root of Darkness", Swedish independent cult film is now out on VOD!

Just like the Swedish cult movie "Cannibal Fog" earlier this week, another Swedish cult film is out now on VOD via the same service, The film is a mix between the old classic Ingmar Bergman movies and the "Evil Dead" franchise - so any curious moviebuff should be pleassantly entertained. Directors/writers: Gustav Ljungdahl & Jesper Danielsson | Producer: Jonas Wolcher | Stars: Jesper Danielsson, Fanny Hedenberg, Hugo Hilton-Brown Erland is about to celebrate his 50th birthday. His wife Greta has invited some friends over to their newly bought cabin for a party. Erland is not happy about the upcoming party especially when some of the guests are relatives to Greta which he doesn’t like. The day before the party hell falls down a dried well...

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Want To See What It’d Be Like If David Fincher Directed Halloween?

Because I’m a giant film geek, I absolutely adore those “what if X directed Y” video mashups. Perhaps my all-time favorites are Patrick (H) Willem’s What If Wes Anderson Directed X-Men and What If Ingmar Bergman Directed The Flash. Now, it looks like we have two new challengers: “Jack and Justin” aka Justin Nijm and Jack Bishop, who you might be familiar with from their online comedy shorts – particularly, Dennis Quaid’s On-Set Freak-Out, which was featured on Jimmy Kimmel.

Recently, they served up a cool-as-hell imagining of what a David Fincher-directed Halloween might look like. Clearly, the pair know their Fincher, as they’ve gone to impressive lengths to emulate the aesthetics and atmosphere of one of his movies, complete with a stabilized camera and color correction. On top of all that, they’ve used Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ remix of the Halloween theme, which
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Canon Of Film: ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’

In this week’s edition of Canon Of Film, we take a look at one of Woody Allen‘s most popular films, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Crimes And Misdemeanors (1989)

Director/Screenwriter: Woody Allen

Part dark tragedy, part dark comedy, or is it all comedy? It’s certainly all dark to say the least. Considered by almost everybody as one of Woody Allen’s very best films (although I’m not sure Woody would agree), ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’, wasn’t his first dramatic film, that was the Ingmar Bergman-esque ‘Interiors,’ and it certainly wasn’t his last comedy, yet it clearly represents the moment in Allen’s career when he started to abandon comedy in favor of drama and tragedy. Well, maybe “abandon,” is the wrong word, but he certainly began to lose interest in comedy around here.
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The Miracle Worker

Anybody that appreciates good theater and good moviemaking will be in awe of Arthur Penn’s marvelous visualization of this tale of a determined woman achieving the impossible — teaching a child that can neither see nor hear. The knock down, drag ’em out scenes between Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke are unique, to say the least.

The Miracle Worker


Olive Films

1962 / B&W / 1:66 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date October 31, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine, Judith Lowry.

Cinematography: Ernesto Caparrós

Film Editor: Aram Avakian

Art Direction: George Jenkins

Original Music: Laurence Rosenthal

Written by William Gibson, from his stage play

Produced by Fred Coe

Directed by Arthur Penn

I can barely believe that Arthur Penn’s obviously superior picture The Miracle Worker wasn’t picked off by Criterion years ago. It’s that good — it ought to
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Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More

Annette Bening Set for Museum of the Moving Image Salute, Willem Dafoe Named Sbiff Cinema Vanguard, and Many More
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

Annette Bening will be honored by Museum of the Moving Image at its 31st annual Salute on December 13 in New York. The news was announced by Michael Barker and Ivan L. Lustig, Co-Chairmen of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and an award presentation, featuring clips from Bening’s career introduced by her friends and colleagues.

Barker said in an official statement, “On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ’20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising.
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Max von Sydow to Receive Career Achievement Award From L.A. Film Critics

Max von Sydow to Receive Career Achievement Award From L.A. Film Critics
Max von Sydow will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s career achievement award this year.

The prize will be given at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 13 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. Other top awards will be decided by the membership on Dec. 3 and presented at the January event.

“We are thrilled to give the career achievement award to such a magnificently talented actor,” said Lafca president Claudia Puig. “Over the six decades he’s commanded the screen, Mr. von Sydow has earned a reputation as the greatest living actor. Among his more than 100 roles, he has played characters as disparate as an assassin, a king, an exorcist, the devil and Jesus Christ — in several languages — and has worked with filmmakers from around the world including Ingmar Bergman, Bertrand Tavernier, Sydney Pollack, Penny Marshall, Martin Scorsese, and Wim Wenders.”

Von Sydow has been nominated for Academy Awards for 2011’s “[link
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Max Van Sydow Getting L.A. Film Critics’ Career Honor

Max Van Sydow Getting L.A. Film Critics’ Career Honor
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association will bestow Max von Sydow with its Career Achievement award, which will be handed out January 13 at the organization’s annual awards dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City. The news comes ahead of the Lafca’s annual movie awards picks which will be voted on December 3. The Sweden-born Sydow rose to fame in the 1950s starring in Ingmar Bergman movies including 1957’s The Seventh Seal, and his credits have stretched…
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Herbert Strabel, Oscar-Winning Set Designer on 'Cabaret,' Dies at 90

Herbert Strabel, the Berlin-born art director and set designer who won an Academy Award for his work on the Liza Minnelli classic Cabaret, has died. He was 90.

Strabel died Oct. 21 in a nursing home in Holzkirchen, Germany, The Munchner Merkur newspaper reported.

Strabel also served as art director on the Germany-set 1978 suspense film Brass Target, which implied that Gen. George Patton's fatal automobile crash was not accidental.

When Ingmar Bergman was living in Germany in a tax-related exile, he hired Strabel for From the Life of...
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Mia Wasikowska to Star in Mirrah Foulkes’ Live-Action Take on “Punch and Judy”

Wasikowska in “Tracks

Mia Wasikowska is bringing a famed puppet story to life. The “Alice in Wonderland” star will topline a live-action reinterpretation of the story of “Punch and Judy,” a play traditionally acted out with marionettes. Titled “Judy and Punch,” the project marks Mirrah Foulkes’ feature debut. A press release announced the news.

Described by Foulkes as “a crazy mix of fantasy, feminism, and fanaticism,” the film is set in the fictional town of Seaside, and according to its press release, “follows two puppeteers — the vain but charismatic Punch and his resilient and talented wife Judy — as they attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town.” The project is said to be “coarse and brutal, bubbling with violence, misogyny, and magic.”

“Judy and Punch” hails from Vice Media Australia and Blue-Tongue Films, and Vice Media (USA) and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, have invested funds. Michele Bennett (“Chopper”) is among its producers.

Mirrah Foulkes is one of the most original new voices in cinema we’ve seen — someone who is able to find the perfect balance of character and chaos, emotion and humor,” said Danny Gabai from Vice Media. “We’ve had the pleasure of watching her develop her talents as a filmmaker over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with our friends at Blue-Tongue and Screen Australia to help make her wildly inventive script into a reality.”

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke,” “ Florence Has Left the Building,” and “Trespass” are among the shorts Foulkes has directed, and they’ve screened at fests such as the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival.

Besides the “Alice” franchise, Wasikowska’s credits include “Crimson Peak,” “Jane Eyre,” and “The Kids Are All Right.” She’s set to star in “Bergman Island,” Mia Hansen-Løve’s upcoming English-language debut. The drama is set on the Swedish island of Faro — the home of the film’s namesake, late director Ingmar Bergman — and centers on a couple, both of whom are filmmakers.

Wasikowska has said that she’d like to work with more women directors because “people respond to females a little bit differently — there’s less of a hierarchy on set.” Her dream collaborators include Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola.

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Interview, Audio: Artistic Director Mimi Plauché on 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – In May of this year, Cinema/Chicago – the parent organization of the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (Ciff) – announced that Mimi Plauché was the new Artistic Director of the Fest. She assumed the position that had formally been held by Ciff founder Michael Kutza, who continues as President and CEO.

Mimi Plauché grew up in a film-loving family, but ended up in Asian studies during college, focusing on a doctorate in Japanese literature and film. She joined Ciff as a programmer in 2006, and was Programming Director before her promotion. As Artistic Director, she is responsible for all film programming at the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago’s year-round film slate, and community partnering. She also identifies established and emerging filmmakers for inclusion into the festival, and has already represented Ciff at other festivals throughout the world.

Mimi Plauché, the New Artistic Director for the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s Final Film ‘The Sacrifice’ Receives Trailer for Theatrical Restoration

After a gorgeous restoration of his landmark existential sci-f film Stalker earlier this year, another Andrei Tarkovsky masterpiece has been remastered and is coming to theaters. The director’s final film, The Sacrifice, has recently undergone a 4K restoration and ahead of a screening at New York Film Festival and theatrical run starting at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, a new trailer has arrived.

Judging from the trailer, this restoration does justice to Tarkovsky’s swan song with no shortages of haunting imagery. The Sweden-shot film follows an upper-class family who learns World War III is upon them. Starring Sven Vollter, Alexander Erland Josephson, Allan Edwall, Valerie Mairesse, Gudron S Gisladottir, and Susan Fleetwood, check out the trailer and poster below.

The sacrifice in Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film, completed only months before his death from cancer at the age of 54, is performed by Alexander, an aging professor who
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Reformed character by Anne-Katrin Titze

Paul Schrader‬ with ‪Kent Jones‬ on Martin Scorsese casting Albert Brooks in Taxi Driver: "Whenever he had a bad role, he put a comic in it." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival's added sneak preview of Paul Schrader's First Reformed as a Special Event, starring Ethan Hawke and Cedric the Entertainer with Philip Ettinger and Amanda Seyfried was presented by the director at Alice Tully Hall. Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones joined Schrader on stage for a post-screening discussion.

The influence of Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Ingmar Bergman, Ethan Hawke's character coming from Robert Bresson's Diary of a Country Priest, Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski's encouragement, and what Martin Scorsese's casting of Albert Brooks in Taxi Driver had to with Cedric the Entertainer being in First Reformed were confessed by Paul Schrader.
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Criterion Reflections – Episode 3 – Spring 1969

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe, Trevor Berrett, Keith Enright, John Laubinger, and Robert Taylor to discuss five titles from the Spring of 1969: Ingmar Bergman’s The Rite, Louis Malle’s Calcutta, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Masahiro Shinoda’s Double Suicide and John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy.

Episode Time Markers: Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:11:00 The Rite: 0:11:01 – 0:45:20 Calcutta: 0:45:21 – 1:02:12 Easy Rider: 1:02:13 – 2:00:17 Double Suicide: 2:00:18 – 2:33:06 Midnight Cowboy: 2:33:
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‘Baa Baa Land’ Is an Eight-Hour Meditative Sheep Film That Actually Exists — Watch

‘Baa Baa Land’ Is an Eight-Hour Meditative Sheep Film That Actually Exists — Watch
Sometimes a thing exists that is so bizarre you just have to shrug and say, “Sure, why not?” In the tradition of slow cinema, the folks behind meditation app Calm have commissioned an eight-hour long film of sheep grazing in a meadow. Brilliantly titled “Baa Baa Land,” the movie’s tag line: is: “The dullest movie ever made? We think so. We hope you do too.”

“’Baa Baa Land’ is the first screen epic entirely starring sheep,” says the trailer in voiceover. “In a world of constant stress and information overload, of anxious days and restless nights, comes the chance at last to pause, to breathe, to calm our racing minds and fretful souls, to sit and stare — at sheep.

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At the film’s recent premiere in London’s West End,
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