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Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho made his narrative directorial debut with 2012’s Neighboring Sounds, which arrived with wide critical acclaim. This year at Cannes he debuted his follow-up, Aquarius, which follows a musician and widow who vows to stay in an apartment complex largely bought out by a company with plans for the location. This leads to conflict and revelation regarding family, her past, and her future. Netflix picked up the film, presumably for a U.S. premiere later this year.
It was one of our favorites of Cannes, and we said in our review, “The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic »
- Mike Mazzanti
The 3rd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards will fete Argentine star Ricardo Darin with a Lifetime Achievement Prize during its July 24 awards ceremony at Uruguay’s Punta del Este.
With this recognition, the Platino Awards‘ steering committee “aims to praise the honesty, talent and charisma with which (Darin) has brought stature to some of the most recognized Latin American films of the last three decades.”
The Buenos Aires-born thesp, one of Latin America biggest marquee draws, starred in Juan Jose Campanella’s 2010 Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which Sony Pictures Classics distributed in the U.S., and also toplined Damian Szifron’s 2014 Cannes hit and Oscar-nominee “Wild Tales,” another Sony Pictures Classics pickup which grossed $44 million worldwide, a standout result for a Spanish-language movie.
The Platino Awards organizers highlighted Darin’s “acting versatility and undeniable »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Brazilian film debuted in Competiton at Cannes.
Mendonca Filho’s story of a strong-willed homeowner’s battle against unscrupulous real estate developers was awarded the top prize at the closing night of the 63rd Sff on Sunday.
Jury president and UK producer Simon Field said Aquarius, which premiered in Competition at Cannes last month, is “a compelling and relevant statement about contemporary Brazil, and the power of an individual standing up for what she believes.”
“Mendonça Filho has created a film that is both political and personal – witty, sexy and playful. A film of effortless verve and intelligence,” he said.
“At the heart of the film is Sonia Braga’s astonishing and brave performance of a fearless character, resisting pressures from her family, and the corporate »
Dan Jackson (right) was the winner of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary
The 63rd Sydney Film Festival closed last night at the State Theatre, with the festival.s award winners announced before a screening of Whit Stillman.s Love and Friendship. . Brazilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho was the recipient of the $63,000 Sydney Film Prize for Aquarius. Jury president Simon Field said the film, starring Sonia Braga, had .effortless verve and intelligence.. .Aquarius is a compelling and relevant statement about contemporary Brazil, and the power of the individual standing up for what she believes,. he said. Sydney filmmaker Dan Jackson picked up the $15,000 Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary for his debut feature In the Shadow of the Hill, also set in Brazil. . Jackson lived in Rio De Janeiro slum Rocinha, which has been under police occupation since 2011, for over a year, documenting the story of a »
- Jackie Keast
Set in a ghetto near Paris where drugs and religion reign supreme, Benyamina’s coming of age drama tells the story of Dounia, a teenager seeking power and success who enlists the help of her best friend to follow the footsteps of a respected dealer and comes across a sensuous young dancer who turns her life upside down.
“Divines” is the first feature film produced by Paris-based banner Easy Tiger. Films Boutique handled international sales.
“We saw ‘Divines’ before it was award-winning, praised by critics and received a standing ovation at Cannes. We immediately recognized it as an extraordinary film and acquired it early on,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix CEO. “We’re passionate about bringing our members great films from around the world »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
It's that time again to look back on the month that was. We're doing a little early to pretend that May is already over. T'was a difficult month for your host with writer's block that wouldn't quit (which is not a common malady at Tfe HQ) but we thank you for your enthusiasms about all we do here. Here's a look back on key posts this month in case you missed any...
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- NATHANIEL R
Some new set photos have arrived online from Marvel’s next Netflix series Luke Cage, which show Mike Colter’s Power Man doing battle with the villain Willis Stryker, a.k.a. Diamondback, played by Erik Laray Harvey (Boardwalk Empire). Check them out here…
[ #LukeCage ]#Spoiler #Photos Aperçu du tournage montrant une scène Luke vs. Willis Stryker (Diamondback). pic.twitter.com/HQaiPvGlE0
— Marvel/Netflix Fr (@Daredevil_FR) May 25, 2016
First look at Diamondback in Luke Cage!#LukeCage #Netflix pic.twitter.com/FTCSqeEepD
— The Yoast – Movies (@The_Yoast) May 25, 2016
After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a »
- Gary Collinson
Back in March, Mike Colter, who plays the title character in the upcoming Marvel/Netflix TV series Luke Cage, revealed that the series will premiere on September 30. Production has been under way since February, and the show is still shooting in New York, although we don't know when filming may wrap. Today we have new photos from the set, which give us our first look at one of the show's previously-unannounced villains, Willis Stryker, a.k.a. Diamondback.
The photos have surfaced throughout Twitter, where it has been confirmed that Diamondback is being played by actor Erik Laray Harvey. The photos showcase a street fight between Diamondback and the Power Man himself, Luke Cage, but we don't have too many details about how this character is introduced, or if the show will stick close to this character's comic book roots. It isn't known how many episodes of the first season »
Miami-based Cisneros Media Distribution (Cmd) has snagged exclusive worldwide representation rights to the award-winning slate of Brazil’s first family of cinema, the Barreto clan. Deal follows a similar pact recently unveiled at the L.A. Screenings with Brazilian indie production powerhouse, Medialand.
“We are extremely proud to represent these unique work of art that reflect so many different times of Brazilian cinema,” said Marcello Coltro, executive VP of Cisneros Media Distribution. “The Barreto family members – Luiz Carlos and Lucy and their children, Bruno, Fabio and Paula – are internationally renowned for having produced, written, directed and filmed movies that have received many awards and a vast gallery of fans in the globe,” said Coltro, who is also Brazilian.
Among the gems in the Barreto catalog is “Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands,” helmed by Bruno Barreto and produced by his parents. Starring Sonia Braga, “Dona Flor” topped Brazil’s box office ranking for 35 years, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Cannes — We say it every year — often repeatedly — over the course of Oscar reason, as we puzzle over the quirks and oversights of the Academy’s choices: Actors and filmmakers are not critics.
We don’t say it as often at the Cannes Film Festival, though it’s just as often applicable. For every year the Cannes jury — composed mostly of working industry professionals — echoes their approval of a critics’ pet in Competition (“Blue is the Warmest Color” or “Amour,” to name two recent Palme d’Or winners), there’s another where they express a very different preference.
Last year provided a good example of that, as Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” took the top prize from a Coen brothers-led jury, despite a critical reception that was more respectable than ecstatic. That mild divergence, as it turned out, was a mere warm-up act for the surprises of this year’s Competition awards, »
- Guy Lodge
If bruised societies give rise to the best art, then Brazil is about to have a major filmmaking renaissance, and when that happens, “Aquarius” suggests that director Kleber Mendonça Filho will be at its forefront. A stunningly intelligent and considered sophomore feature (after the impressively austere “Neighboring Sounds“) it works as both a political parable and […]
- Jessica Kiang
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- Kate Erbland
Owen Gleiberman: Today I saw my final film of the festival, Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” starring Isabelle Huppert as an outwardly placid and conventional Parisian bourgeois who is secretly an addict of depravity. (In the opening scene, she gets raped — and the movie suggests that she half enjoys it.) My central thought, apart from how odd it was to see Verhoeven show up at Cannes with a screw-loose psychodrama that’s like “Basic Instinct” impersonating an art film, is that “Elle” is entertaining, provocative, but not, in the end, truly convincing. And I think that’s the case with a number of films I’ve seen here. I didn’t buy “Personal Shopper,” Olivier Assayas’ drama in which Kristen Stewart may be getting visits from the ghost of her dread brother. It wants to be a supernatural fable for adults, which I respect, but there’s not enough there there. »
- Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge
During an interview with EW, actor Mike Colter has been speaking about Marvel’s next Netflix offering Luke Cage, which will see him reprising his role from last year’s Jessica Jones. During the chat, Colter divulged a few plot details for Power Man’s solo series:
“There are politicians and then there are shady characters that function on the other side of the law. Who does what? I won’t say, but this becomes a situation where there are a lot of people who want to help Harlem and think they have Harlem’s best interests, but, ultimately, just because they think or say they have Harlem’s best interests, sometimes they’re being very selfish or being very short-sighted. So sometimes what they’re doing is actually harming the community.
“So this is where Luke comes in because Luke is a person who likes to, he observes and »
- Gary Collinson
Mike Colter’s Luke Cage was one of the highlights of the first season of Jessica Jones and ever since he made his debut, fans have been eagerly anticipating the Power Man’s solo Netflix series, which is scheduled to premiere on September 30th.
Though we already knew Luke’s adventures would take him to Harlem and deal with him reluctantly getting back into the hero game, specific plot details have been practically nonexistent… until now. During an interview with EW, Colter opened up about what we can expect from the “shady characters ” and “politicians” that kick Cage’s solo story into gear.
There are politicians and then there are shady characters that function on the other side of the law. Who does what? I won’t say, but this becomes a situation where there are a lot of people who want to help Harlem and think they have Harlem’s best interests, »
- Mark Cassidy
Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho began his career as a film critic, attending Cannes for the first time in 1999. He hasn’t missed a year since, debuting his short “Green Vinyl” at Directors’ Fortnight in 2004. His first feature, “Neighboring Sounds,” positioned him as one of Brazil’s top talents, paving the way for follow-up, “Aquarius.”
Initially, I was playing with the idea of finding some amazing unknown sixtysomething woman who could play the role, but it’s too demanding. We’re with the character almost 100% of the time. She lives in the last old-style building on the safe side of Recife. (“Neighboring Sounds” was maybe 150 meters inland, whereas “Aquarius” takes place on the waterfront.) This construction company wants to buy her apartment so they can tear it down and build a modern building, »
- Peter Debruge
“Aquarius”, former film critic Kleber Mendonça Filho’s second feature film starring Brazilian screen legend Sonia Braga, had quite an eventful Cannes premiere yesterday with the film’s crew taking out printed A4 sheets with slogans against President Rousseff’s impeachment while mounting the red carpet staircase. This was met with applause inside the Grand Théatre Lumière, that continued once the “Aquarius” crew made their entrance into the theatre still displaying the Dilma support slogans.
“Aquarius” stars Brazilian veteran Sonia Braga as retired music journalist/writer Clara, living a relaxed beachfront retirement in a seaside building named “Aquarius” in the posh part of Recife’s coastal strip. Most of the neighbours have left the ageing bourgeois building, their apartments having been bought out by a powerful property developer who plans to raze the “Aquarius” and build a high-rise apartment building similar to the ones sprouting along the coastal avenue in its stead. »
- Zornitsa Staneva
We'll update the Oscar charts when Cannes wraps up but for now let's talk about the buzziest actresses of the festival. We should note, however, that Cannes juries are notoriously hard to predict and there are still a few competition films left to premiere. What's more, every year people say "this is a shoo in for that!" and it does not come to pass -- especially when it comes to the acting prizes.
But here are five gorgeous and talented actresses at their premieres* who have garnered enough buzz to make us go "hmmmmm"
From left to right...
Sandra Hüller stars in the nearly 3 hour comedy Toni Erdmann about a prank loving father and his overly serious daughter. The film comes from German director Maren Ade who had a critical hit several years back with Everyone Else (2009). Hüller's chief claim to fame is the drama Requiem (2006) for which she won Best Actress in Germany. »
- NATHANIEL R
It was the fifth, count ’em fifth, movie of the day for me here on this Tuesday in Cannes. I saw everything in languages ranging from Spanish (Almodovar’s Julieta) to Tagalog (Mama Rosa) to Portugese (a delicious Sonia Braga in Aquarius) and English channeled thru French director Olivier Assayas (Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper — and there were No boos at my screening). All of these are official contenders in the main Cannes Competition. But it was in the lesser but… »
Last year, we got underdog “Dheepan” and “Dheepan” got the Palme D’Or.
This year, the same day saw the bourgeois artifice of Pedro Almodóvar’s uninspiring “Julieta”, “Aquarius” from Brazil that fetishes its glamorous, ageing bourgeois muse in a quasi Almodovarian fashion, and small-time Manila drug-dealer drama “Ma’ Rosa” from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza screening in the official competition. “Ma’ Rosa” is the film that so far comes closest to the ethos of “Dheepan” – ditching the gimmicks (“Ma Loute”s cannibals anyone?), the glamour (that will be 5000 Euro for two bags and a belt and Kristen Stewart won’t bat an eyelid in “Personal Shopper”), the muse overdose (we get that Sonia Braga has divine hair in the first half hour of “Aquarius”), and transporting us to an Asian slum where the characters need to scrape for their existence. I already slated Ken Loach for his insipid instalment of »
- Zornitsa Staneva
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