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There are other things to do with my day, but I must write this review of Suite Française before the film completely vanishes from my mind. Although this France-set, World War II-era romance is not without pleasures both fleeting and consistent there’s little indication that this story requires a telling, or at least a telling by people with such didactic inclinations. “Watching Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts romance one another” is a better reason than most others to make a film, so this one would (naturally) have been a lot stronger if that was the central intention.
For whatever it’s worth, this is a work in which well-dressed people walk around well-dressed rooms, and the visual pleasure of that does not go unnoticed. Nor does the early, elegant establishment of stakes: Suite Française starts off free non-battle conflict, introducing us to Lucille (Williams) and Madame Angellier (Kristin Scott Thomas »
- Nick Newman
The London Film Critics’ Circle, the U.K.’s largest and most established critics’ body, has tapped Kenneth Branagh to receive their annual Dilys Powell Award for excellence in film. The 54-year-old actor-director will accept the honor at the Circle’s awards ceremony in London on January 17, 2016, when the group’s selections for 2015’s outstanding achievements in film will also be named.
“As a young filmmaker, I had the privilege of meeting Dilys Powell,” Branagh said in a statement, referring to the late Sunday Times critic for whom the award is named. “She was passionate, rigorous, humane. Her criticism was illuminating, thoughtful and bracing. This recognition in her name is a great honour to me personally and very meaningful. My sincere thanks to the Critics’ Circle.”
The award acknowledges the Belfast-born Branagh’s 34-year career before and behind the camera, which began humbly as an uncredited bit player in 1981’s Oscar-winning “Chariots of Fire. »
- Guy Lodge
Steamy sex scenes are nothing new in cinema. We.ve had decades of uninhibited simulated sex on screens by now. From Midnight Cowboy (1969) to Last Tango in Paris (1972), and 9 ½ Weeks (1986) to Unfaithful (2002), the use of sex on screen has done a lot to tantalize and surprise movie goers. Actors are usually sheepish about the experience and will, generally, claim to have no favorites when it comes to such things. But, lucky for us, Ralph Fiennes is not one of those actors. While appearing on Watch What Happens Live recently, host Andy Cohen asked the actor what his favorite love scenes were that he.s performed in. And Ralph Fiennes had an answer ready to go for Cohen. He states that he has a number of favorites and then goes on to say that he "liked making love" to Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient (1996), Julianne Moore in The End »
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
The Sutherland Award for most original and innovative directorial debut went to Robert Eggers’ The Witch, while the Grierson Award for Best Documentary was presented to Jennifer Peedom’s gripping and tragic Sherpa.
Chevalier, which debuted at Locarno, screened at Toronto and won prizes at Sarajevo, is a Greek comedy about a contest of machismo among six men on board a yacht.
- email@example.com (Matt Mueller)
Director Athina Rachel Tsangari - who won plaudits for her previous film Attenberg - skewers masculinity with Chevalier, by focusing on six men who decide to play a game of oneupmanship after a fishing trip runs into difficulty.
The president of the jury, Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski said “Chevalier is a study of male antagonism seen though the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker. With great formal rigour and irresistible wit, Athena Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film that is both a hilarious comedy and a deeply disturbing statement on the condition of western humanity”.
- Amber Wilkinson
The 2015 BFI London Film Festival offically wraps up tomorro with a closing night presentation of Steve Jobs, the new biopic from Danny Boyle, but tonight, the festival’s big winners were announced a ceremony at Banqueting House in the City.
The big winner on the night was Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s Chevalier, which won Official Competiton Winner. Also bagging an award was the brilliant Sherpa which got The Grierson Award for Best Documentary, and Robert Eggers’ The Witch, a festival favourite, which got First Feature.
Catch all of our reviews from this year’s festival over here, and the full announcement with the winners below.
London – 17 October 2015: The 59th BFI London Film »
- Paul Heath
London — Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s comedy “Chevalier” won best film at the 59th BFI London Film Festival at the award ceremony at Banqueting House in London Saturday, while Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” took the first feature prize, known as the Sutherland Award.
In her film, Tsangari, who earned critical acclaim with “Attenberg,” lampoons male antagonism and competitiveness. A group of six men are on a fishing trip when they discover a mechanical issue with their yacht, and moor in a harbor to make repairs. While stuck there, they kill time by playing “Chevalier,” a game designed to determine who is “best in everything.”
Jury president, Pawel Pawlikowski, the director of Oscar-winner “Ida,” described “Chevalier” as a “study of male antagonism seen though the eyes of a brave and original filmmaker.” He added: “With great formal rigor and irresistible wit, Athena Rachel Tsangari has managed to make a film »
- Leo Barraclough
Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
Read More: London Film Festival Announces Competition Jury, Including Kristin Scott Thomas and Pawel Pawlikowski The 59th Annual BFI London Film Festival has just announced the juries that will decide the winners of the First Feature, Documentary and Short Film awards this year. The list includes: Director/screenwriter Desiree Akhavan, documentary filmmaker Mark Cousins and Academy Award nominee and BAFTA-winner Daisy Jacobs, who join the already-announced jury member, Academy Award-winning director, Pawel Pawlikowski. The slew of UK film industry professionals have been chosen out of dozens of figures who represented not only the cinematic arts, but also of the theater, music and performing arts world. The aim of the BFI is to expand the UK film industry's impact with its unique relationship with the other cultural communities within London. Akhavan will preside over the First Feature Competition jury, joined by Clio Barnard, James Kent, Allen Leech and »
- Elle Leonsis
The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has revealed the full line-up of its competition juries and announced that presenter and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will host this year’s awards ceremony on Oct 17.
The jury for the Sutherland Award for the First Feature Competition includes:
The jury for the Grierson Award for the Documentary Competition includes:
The jury for the Lff’s first Short Film Competition includes:
Daisy Jacobs, director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
An Affair to Remember: Corsini’s Enjoyable, Brightly Hued Period Piece
Catherine Corsini returns with her ninth feature film, Summertime (La Belle Saison), an early 70s period piece recuperating the energy of changing cultural climates through two distinct and naturalistic performances. It is, perhaps, the French director’s most personal film to date, which is significant considering an impressive body of work featuring stellar roles for some of cinema’s most accomplished modern actresses (including Kristin Scott Thomas and Catherine Frot).
Her latest rides on the considerable chemistry between its two leads, particularly thanks to a vibrant performance from Cecile De France, who manages to be as endearing as she is provocative. As more complex characterizations of queer bodies, attitudes, and sensibilities continue to proliferate world cinema, Corsini manages to avoid drowning her characters in the particular politics of the period, even as they inform the narrative structure. Instead, »
- Nicholas Bell
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“Tell me about Jenny,” Terence Stamp’s ex-convict Wilson demands in the opening moments of “The Limey.” But what follows is a confession in the form of prismatic memory shards—a brain-teaser, at times flirting with midnight movie stoner pretension, that somehow keeps both its storyline and its emotions clear, »
- TFS Staff
Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) has been tapped to lead the BFI London Film Festival’s competition jury as its president. In a particularly strong year, producer Christine Vachon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Mabel Cheung make up the rest of the jury. Vachon’s Carol, which she produced alongside Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Tessa Ross, is one of the hot tickets at this year’s festival. Chinese star Cheung stars in A Tale of Three Cities, based on the… »
London — AMC’s U.K. channel, which launches on pay TV platform BT on Aug. 28, will boast a wide array of movie and TV series premieres, including “Fear the Walking Dead.”
The channel, which will be called AMC from BT, will be the exclusive U.K. home of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the companion series to global hit “The Walking Dead.” The first episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” will be made available free of charge to all audiences on the BT Showcase Channel on the Freeview platform, as well as premiering on AMC from BT on Aug. 31. The AMC from BT channel will be available for free to all BT TV and BT Sport subscribers.
The channel will also premiere the drama “Rectify,” from the producers of “Breaking Bad,” exclusively on Sept. 1.
AMC from BT will also feature the exclusive U.K. television premieres of several movies, including “Only God Forgives, »
- Leo Barraclough
Everything old is new again. No, really. Everything old is new again today. Winona Ryder says a "Beetlejuice" sequel is actually happening, the latest trailer for the "Jem and the Holograms" remake was released today (truly, truly outrageous) and "AbFab" is headed for the big screen. Yes, Edina and Patsy, your favorite British Bff's and gay icons, are once again ready to crash every fashion show, charity event and posh soiree in the greater London metropolitan area and beyond. According to Deadline and confirmed by HitFix, Fox Searchlight is in negotiations to co-finance and distribute the long awaited "Absolutely Fabulous" movie. The movie will be based on the BBC TV Series which began way back in 1992 and ran for three initial seasons. It proved so popular that there have been numerous specials, two more seasons (2001, 2005) and a 20th Anniversary special that tied into London's 2012 Olympic Games. Now, series creator Jennifer Saunders »
- Gregory Ellwood
★★★☆☆ Given that its source material is a beloved book with a potent history, the film adaptation of Suite Française (2014) is a sincere disappointment. Its a middling exercise in schmaltz, often overflowing with heavily wrought dialogue and oft-deployed melodramatic tactics. Despite two leads of notable standing, this is a misstep for all involved. Sadly, Suite Française seems to be headed for a lifetime of relegation to 'rainy Sunday home viewing' fare. Its 1940 in a rural French town and Lucille Angellier (Michelle Williams) lives with her domineering step-mother, Madame Angellier (the always watchable Kristin Scott Thomas).
- CineVue UK
Director: Saul Dibb
Special Features: The Cast / Production Design / The Book / The Story / The Look
Based on the bestselling novel written in secret by Irène Némirovsky in 1941, but only discovered fully 50 years later after being kept by her daughter, Suite Francaise is a moving tale of the struggles people faced during the German occupation in France and the huge risks some took in the name of others survival.
What’s particularly unique about this story is the authenticity of literally being written during World War II. This compelling re-telling on the small screen really brings forward the heart of the people within it. Nemirovsky’s words were originally believed to be an every day journal but what they actually reveal is a genuine insight into the domestic lives of regular people at the »
- Dan Bullock
Jia Zhangke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland will serve on the first jury for the Toronto International Film Festival's new competitive program, Platform. Laura Poitras, director of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, is suing the U.S. government for having been subjected to "Kafkaesque harassment." Kristin Scott Thomas has been named an officer of the Legion d’Honneur in France. Someone's stolen F.W. Murnau's skull. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Leos Carax, Robert Greene on Joshua Oppenheimer and Adam Curtisç, Grady Hendrix on Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Man Who Stole the Sun—and more. » - David Hudson »
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
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