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8 items from 2017

Berlinale: Catherine Deneuve Talks About Her Free-Spirited ‘Midwife’ Role

14 February 2017 10:47 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French actresses Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot discussed their first-ever meeting on the big screen at the Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday following screening of their out of competition entry “The Midwife,” by writer-director Martin Provost.

The film focuses on Claire (Frot), a middle-aged midwife who after many years is reacquainted with Béatrice (Deneuve), the one-time mistress of her late father, who is seeking her help.

“We didn’t know each other very well,” Deneuve said at a press conference. “We had never had the chance to meet each other before.” The actress said it was actually better for the film that they had never met before because there was no sense of intimacy between the two women. “It works well for the film.”

Comparing herself to her character, a loud, colorful and egocentric glamourpuss with an extremely free-spirited approach to life, Deneuve said she was nothing like Béatrice, though she really liked the part. »

- Ed Meza

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Directing Nominees Confess Biggest Hurdles, On-Set MVPs

7 February 2017 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With five such different cinematic visions represented, what do this year’s Oscar nominees for director have in common?

It depends on whom you ask. Kenneth Lonergan, nominated writer-director of “Manchester by the Sea,” links the final five this way: They each “focus on deep connective tissue on a human level, even though they are all very different stylistically and in subject matter,” he tells Variety.

Mel Gibson, director of “Hacksaw Ridge,” invokes the process itself. “What do we have in common?” he asks. “At some point, somebody asked each of us a thousand questions a day and we had to make snap decisions.”

Each shares a fierce inventiveness, necessitated by the time and budget constraints each faced mounting their creatively ambitious projects.

“These movies couldn’t be more different,” points out “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins. “The movies I like best are the ones where you can feel the curiosity »

- Marshall Fine

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Beauty vs Beast: Direct to the Death

6 February 2017 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here - for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" we're celebrating what would have been the 85th birthday of one of the most important figures in cinema, the French critic turned director François Truffaut. What's your favorite Truffaut film? I know the "right" answer is The 400 Blows (or possibly Jules & Jim) (or maybe Day For Night) but I've always had a real soft spot for Mississippi Mermaid - Catherine Deneueve and Jean-Paul Belmondo all sweaty and sexy ? Sign me up.

But it's a different sexy pair I'm going to focus in on for this week's contest -- namely the director himself with his seminal book (recently turned documentary) Hitchcock / Truffaut, which linked him forever with the "Master of Suspense" himself. That's right - I found a way to make this series about Hitchcock again! Life finds a way, you guys.

Previously Last week Dario Argento's candy-colored »

- JA

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Cinema St. Louis’ Classic French Film Festival March 10th -26th at Webster University

30 January 2017 7:07 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Ninth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the mid-1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, which this year includes films by two New Wave masters: Jacques Rivette’s first feature, “Paris Belongs to Us,” and François Truffaut’s cinephilic love letter, “Day for Night.” The fest also provides one of the few opportunities available in St. Louis to see films projected the old-school, time-honored way, with both Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad” and Robert Bresson’s “Au hasard Balthazar” screening from 35mm prints. Even more traditional, we also offer a silent film with live music, and audiences are sure to delight in the Poor People of Paris »

- Tom Stockman

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Oscars 2017 Animated Features: Disney Scores Two With ‘Zootopia’ and ‘Moana’

24 January 2017 11:32 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the most competitive animation Oscar race ever, the power of Disney still prevailed, with both “Zootopia” and “Moana” making the cut. They were joined by “Kubo and the Two Strings,”(Laika’s fourth nom), “My Life as a Zucchini” (Gkids’ ninth nom), and the Studio Ghibli co-production, “The Red Turtle.”

However, Disney was the only major studio represented, with Pixar’s “Finding Dory” sequel getting snubbed despite becoming the number one animated movie of all time. Also left out were Illuminaton’s “Sing” and DreamWorks’ “Trolls.”

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But with so many international entries, the biggest question was how many would get nominated, considering how inclusive the multi-branch animated feature film committee has been in recent years. Two other prime contenders were both Japanese hand-drawn movies: the body-switching hit, “Your Name” (honored by »

- Bill Desowitz

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Roman Polanski Pulls Out of Cesar Presidency Amid Protests

24 January 2017 1:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Roman Polanski has pulled out of the presidency of France’s Cesar Awards, the country’s equivalent to the Oscars, after widespread protests, Variety has confirmed.

Protests across France were spearheaded by local feminist organization Osez le Feminisme, which said that appointing the French-Polish filmmaker as president was “an insult to rape and sexual assault victims” and called for a boycott of the Cesars. The organization collected about 60,000 signatures on a petition to have Polanski withdrawn. After days of outcry, the director’s lawyer told the Associated Press that Polanski had given up the Cesar presidency, an honorary role which entails giving an opening speech at the awards ceremony.

Polanski is still wanted by authorities in the U.S. for having sex with a minor, in a case dating back to 1977. A bid by the U.S. to have him extradited was recently rejected by Poland’s supreme court. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlinale Adds New Films Starring Catherine Deneuve, Geoffrey Rush

20 January 2017 6:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New films from Stanley Tucci, Martin Provost and China’s Liu Jian complete the Berlinale’s competition lineup and will see their world premieres at the next month’s festival.

Only Liu’s film, the animated “Have a Nice Day,” will actually compete for the Golden Bear. “Final Portrait”, Tucci’s biopic of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti with actor Geoffrey Rush, and “Midwife,” starring Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, are part of the official competition section but will not actually vie for the main awards.

In all, the competition lineup features 24 films, all but two of which will have their world premieres at the festival and 18 of which will compete for the prestigious Golden and Silver Bears.

The festival also announced the Berlinale Special, which will once again present a selection of television series as part of the official program. It marks the third time TV programming has featured at Berlin, »

- Robert Mitchell

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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 16

7 January 2017 5:12 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Mondo poster for The Graduate (Mike Nichols, USA, 1967); artist: Rory Kurtz; lettering: Jay Shaw.On my daily movie poster Tumblr I don’t make a habit of posting fan art or art prints—call them what you will—because I’m most interested in the intersection of commerce and art that is the theatrical movie poster. But I make an exception when something stands out, and nothing stood out last year quite like Rory Kurtz’s beautiful, elegant and unexpected Mondo illustration for The Graduate, which quite rightly racked up over 200 more likes than even its nearest competitor. But its nearest competitor was fan art too: a brilliant poster for Badlands by the insanely talented Adam Juresko, whose art poster for In the Mood for Love (featured in my Maggie Cheung article) was also in the top four. What makes art posters easy to like—beyond their extraordinary artistry »

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