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Croatia big winner in Cottbus; Iceland to the fore in Lübeck

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Croatia big winner in Cottbus; Iceland to the fore in Lübeck
Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun wins hat trick at Cottbus.

Croatia was the big winner at the 25th edition of FilmFestival Cottbus (Nov 3-8) with Dalibor Matanić’s The High Sun taking home three awards, including the Main Prize and Fipresci Prize.

The €25,000 Main Prize was shared equally between Matanić and his producer Ankica Jurić Tilić for the Croatian-Slovenian-Serbian co-production which had its world premiere in San Sebastian in September.

The film’s actress Tihana Lazović was in Cottbus to accept the Main Prize on behalf of Matanić and Tilić, and subsequently picked up the €5,000 Special Prize for Best Actress for her portrayal of three women in three consecutive decades.

The High Sun premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard sidebar where it won the Jury Prize; international sales are handled by Cercamon World Sales for the film which is now Croatia’s submission for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Meanwhile, another Croatian
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Vic + Flo Saw A Bear | DVD Review

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Squeezed between his lavishly received, Sundance preemed docu-portrait of zoo life in Bestiaire, and Joy of Man’s Desiring, a genre blending meditation on factory work which had its debut at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, Canadian auteur Denis Côté took home the Alfred Bauer Award from the Berlinale last year for his latest work of intricately haunting fiction, Vic + Flo Saw A Bear. It seems the stark visual sense found in Côté’s documentary work has carried over to his latest narrative. Squarely framed against spare backdrops within the rural cabin they’ve shacked up in, Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer, who play middle-aged lesbian ex-con couple Vic and Flo, respectively, are trying their hand at the monotony of a normal life, but sooner than later they swiftly find that they can not for all their efforts escape the horrors of one’s past.

Côté’s interests lie
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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize

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Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize
Georgia was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (Siff) which closed at the weekend with the Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Director award going to Levan Koguashvili’s second feature Blind Dates.

The melancholic comedy, which premiered at the Berlinale’s Forum last month, also received the Fipresci International Film Critics’ Prize. Handled internationally by Films Boutique, it is already booked to screen at the April festivals in Wiesbaden (goEast) and Lecce and in Odessa in July.

Presenting the Grand Prix to Koguashvili, the International Jury’s president producer Alexander Rodnyansky said that the jury’s discussion on the top prize had ¨lasted only about 10 minutes and was unanimous. This film has become the absolute winner of this festival!¨

In addition, Vladimer Katcharava of Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Production received the Sofia Meetings’ €10,000 Digimage - Lvt Postproduction Award for Miriam Khachvani’s Dede which he pitched in the Plus Minus
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Sleeping with the “Enemy”; Denis Villeneuve Heavy Fave for 2014 Canadian Screen Awards

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With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.

Best Motion Picture:

The nominees are: Enemy, The Dismantlement, Empire of Dirt, The F Word, Gabrielle, The Grand Seduction, Maina, Tom at the Farm

Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the
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Denis Côté interview about Vic + Flo Saw A Bear

Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer in Vic + Flo Saw A Bear Denis Côté's Vic + Flo Saw A Bear tells the story of ex-con Victoria's (Pierrette Robitaille) attempts to retreat from the dangers she perceives in the world, only to find that the past of her lesbian lover Florence (Romane Bohringer) holds an even greater world of threat. The film opens in at Anthology Film Archives in New York on February 7 and ahead of the release we caught up with Côté to chat about its shifting tones, strong subject matter - and why his films talk about the director himself.

Your films frequently contain very striking female characters - and in the case of Vic + Flo Saw A Bear there are three of them, with the men falling firmly in their shadow. Could you tell us a bit about that choice? Do you think that female protagonists offer you more scope than male ones?
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Violence Begets Violence in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Violence Begets Violence in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
The tendency of violence to beget more violence has been the concern of artists since long before Aeschylus wrote about Orestes, who killed his mother for killing his father for killing his sister. Quebec–based Denis Côté's brutal fable Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is similarly preoccupied by violence's terrible fecundity, and this exceptional French-language film's strongest elements are borrowed from Greek tragedy. It's an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose thunderclap of a climax instills terror and awe of the fates' petty, whimsical cruelties.

Vic and Flo are Victoria (Pierrette Robitaille) and Florence (Romane Bohringer), a lesbian couple reunited after 61-year-old Vic's release from jail. (Her crime is never revealed, but she receiv...
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Lff 2013: 'Vic + Flo Saw a Bear' review

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★★★☆☆ Winner of the Silver Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, arch provocateur Denis Cote's Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2013) is a fascinating experiment in genre and narrative expectation. Elevated by sterling composition and framing, it's a playful, intelligent work in which the formal elegance conceals its prankster ambitions. Though many will be repelled by the blatant traces of the technical cogs at work, adventurous cinephiles will find it a tricksy, unexpected delight. Provided viewers make the necessary leap of faith, its twists and turns will keep them on their toes throughout the film's lean running time.

We're introduced to the titular Vic (Pierrette Robitaille) as she moves to a remote part of the Canadian woods to care for her ailing father, much to the chagrin of the locals who have been looking after him for years. The situation is further complicated by the arrival of Vic's younger, more outgoing
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Day to Rejoice: Deneuve Is Today's TCM Star

Catherine Deneuve: Style, beauty, and talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one of the most beautiful film actresses ever, she’s also one of the very best. In fact, the more mature her looks, the more fascinating she has become. Though, admittedly, Deneuve has always been great to look at, and she has been a mesmerizing screen presence since at least the early ’80s. ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’: One of the greatest movie musicals ever Right now, TCM is showing one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or winner The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), in which a very blonde, very young, very pretty, and very dubbed Catherine Deneuve (singing voice by Danielle Licari
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Renoir Movie Review

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Renoir Movie Review
Title: Renoir Samuel Goldwyn Films Director: Gilles Bourdos Screenwriter: Jerome Tonnerre, Gilles Bourdos, Michel Spinosa, based on the book “Le Tableau armoureux” by Jacques Renoir Cast: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers, Thomas Doret, Romane Bohringer Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 3/21/13 Opens: March 29, 2013 A small percentage of the world’s people have a talent so immense that the rest of us may wonder what goes on in their personal lives to shape their avocations. Many in this elite circle may have unexceptional lives not worthy of the interest of a biographer, a novelist of a filmmaker. Not so Pierre-August Renoir, who may have been genetically privileged to be [ Read More ]

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Morning Brew - Mon. Feb. 18: Carrie Brownstein and Chloe Sevigny are a couple on "Portlandia," a film about ex-con lesbian lovers wins at Berlinale

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A film called Vic and Flo Saw a Bear follows French actresses Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer as lovers who are also ex-convicts. The drama follows the women as they are released from prison and attempt to live normal lives, despite the presence of parole officers. It won the Alfred Bauer Prize at Berlinale this week, and sounds like it might have a bit of comedy to it, despite being referred to as melodramatic.

On Friday's episode of Portlandia, both Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen fall in love with and start dating their roommate, played by Chloe Sevigny. What you really need to know about this is that Carrie and Chloe make out. Thank you, IFC. Thank you.

So apparently Patti Stanger (aka The Millionaire Matchmaker) was once "a lesbian for a year.
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Green, Garcia, Dissident Panahi Among Berlin Award Winners

Berlin 2013: Best Director David Gordon Green This year's Best Director at the Berlinale was David Gordon Green for Prince Avalanche, featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two quite disparate road workers who develop an unlikely friendship. Green also wrote the Prince Avalanche screenplay, from an original story by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson. (Pictured above: David Gordon Green.) Best Actress Paulina Garcia Best Actress winner Paulina Garcia (pictured above holding her Silver Bear) is the star of Sebastián Lelio's dramatic comedy Gloria, which follows a middle-aged woman who rediscovers love in the person of a naval officer in his mid-60s. Roadside Attractions will handle the distribution of the well-liked Gloria in the U.S. Iranian dissident Jafar Panahi receives award The Best Screenplay prize went to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and Kamboziya Partovi for the narrative drama Closed Curtain. While accepting the award, Partovi told the audience that
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #97. Denis Coté’s Vic & Flo ont vu un ours

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Vic & Flo ont vu un ours

Director/Writer: Denis Côté

Producer(s): Metafilms’ Sylvain Corbeil, Stéphanie Morissette (Camion)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Marc-André Grondin, Romane Bohringer, Marie Brassard, Pierrette Robitaille

Ever since his docu-like essay in 2005′s Les états nordiques, Denis Côté has treated us to a body of minimalist work that defies classification with his last item Bestiaire (Sundance, Tiff) best exemplifying his preference for unique observational points and for fringe characters (this case it’s animals, but his other films are populated with the exotic of the human kind). While his 7th film is looking to be his most accessible yet (in the realms of Curling), which comparatively means its still counter-flow to the norm, this will surely have dna from his previous films (offbeat characters enclosed in natural spaces).

Gist: This is the portrait of two recently released prisoners (Pierrette Robitaille and Romane Bohringer
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up Renoir

Gilles Bourdos' Renoir romance goes to Samuel Goldwyn Films for U.S. distribution The official selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival, playing on Friday night in Un Certain Regard, will be sent out by Goldwyn spring 2013, reports Variety. Directed by Gilles Bourdos, Renoir stars Michel Bouquet, Romane Bohringer and Thomas Doret, and is set in the Côte d'Azur in 1915. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's is suffering from the loss of his wife, as well as news of his con being wounded in action. However, when a young girl comes into the picture, the painter in his twilight years has a spark of new energy, which inspired some of his best work including The Bathers ("Les baigneuses).
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Samuel Goldwyn Films Picks Up Renoir

Gilles Bourdos' Renoir romance goes to Samuel Goldwyn Films for U.S. distribution The official selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival, playing on Friday night in Un Certain Regard, will be sent out by Goldwyn spring 2013, reports Variety. Directed by Gilles Bourdos, Renoir stars Michel Bouquet, Romane Bohringer and Thomas Doret, and is set in the Côte d'Azur in 1915. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's is suffering from the loss of his wife, as well as news of his con being wounded in action. However, when a young girl comes into the picture, the painter in his twilight years has a spark of new energy, which inspired some of his best work including The Bathers ("Les baigneuses).
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Claude Miller obituary

French film director and close associate of François Truffaut

The film director Claude Miller, who has died aged 70 after a long illness, was continually dogged by comparisons to his friend and mentor François Truffaut. Hardly a review of his films failed to mention Truffaut in some way or another. This came about for various reasons. Miller was Truffaut's production manager on several occasions and made subtle references to the older director's work in many of his own films, almost always mentioning him in interviews. He had a small role in Truffaut's L'Enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child, 1970) and adapted La Petite Voleuse (The Little Thief, 1988) from a 30-page screenplay that Truffaut had written a few years before his death.

When Truffaut was once asked whether he had started a school of directors, he denied it. "These people are more influenced by other directors than myself. If Claude Miller has points in common with me,
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Le bal des actrices (The Actress' Ball)

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Being a movie enthusiast can be depressing for women, especially when "majors" believe they only adore romantic films and, to a lesser extent, comedies. Despite a few plot holes, Le bal des actrices is worth your time. In fact, the film tries - by taking the form of a documentary - its best to address the difficulties that actresses face in the movie industry.

A female movie director (Maïwenn Le Besco) is making a documentary about what it means to be an actress in France with an Hdv camera. In the process, Maïwenn conducts interviews actresses that are either well-known, more or less known and unknown.

Mélanie Doutey, a blockbuster actress, receives a lot of script to read, clothes/jewels from fashion companies (ex: Chanel) to wear at big-shot events and deals from magazines that want to put her face (note from the editor: and what a lovely one!) on their cover.
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DVD Playhouse--October 2009

DVD Playhouse—October 2009

By

Allen Gardner

The Wizard Of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’S Edition (Warner Bros.) A true highlight in digital restoration technology, Warner Bros. restoration of the 1939 classic is cause for celebration. The Technicolor of the late ‘30s looks as though it was shot yesterday, and is especially stunning on Blu-ray, which was produced by scanning each of the film’s original Technicolor camera negatives using 8K resolution. From this scan, a final “capture” master was created in 4K, yielding twice the resolution seen in the master utilized for the film’s previous DVD release. Judy Garland’s Dorothy is charming as ever, and the entire cast: Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch, are all stellar. Four disc set bonuses include: Sing-along track; Documentaries and featurettes; Two 1914 silent films produced by Oz author L. Frank Baum, based on his stories
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Harrison Ford to enjoy Deauville honor

Harrison Ford to enjoy Deauville honor
Paris -- Harrison Ford, Robin Wright Penn and Andy Garcia are among the famous faces set for career tributes during the star-spangled 35th edition of the Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

Ford will be the guest of honor at Deauville, which kicks off on Sept. 4 in the Normandy seaside town. The fest also plans homages to Garcia, whose film "City Island" from Raymond de Felitta will screen at the fest, and Wright Penn, whose "Private Lives of Pippa Lee" will unspool out of competition.

Deauville also will pay homage to the late director-producer Robert Aldrich and will honor the careers of directors-screenwriters-producers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker.

Nine films will compete for the event's top prizes, four of which are first features, namely Oren Moverman's "The Messenger," Cary Joji Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre," Daniel Davila's "Harrison, Montgomery" and Sophie Barthes' "Cold Souls" starring Paul Giamatti and Emily Watson.
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Tribeca, French Actresses, Gay History

Next week blogging will return to normal but this weekend I'm mostly offline. That's normally hard for me (My name is Nathaniel and I'm an internet addict) but this wedding weekend is such a blast that I haven't much though of movies... except for when we passed the Alamo Ritz earlier.

Before I left I took in my last Tribeca film, All About Actresses [Q & A] which is a French mockumentary about actresses and their neurosis. The actresses play themselves... but comedic false versions of themselves. The writer/director/star Maïwenn looked So familiar to me and I just couldn't place her. This is what IMDb is for. Turns out she played the diva Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element. Well, how about that? I always loved her scene in that movie. Her new film is... unusual... but despite my francophilia, I feel like more knowledge of French cinema would have definitely helped
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Le Petit Poucet

Le Petit Poucet
Director Olivier Dahan made a big impression with his first full-length feature, a film noir entitled "Already Dead". His eagerly awaited second movie, "Le Petit Poucet" ("Tom Thumb"), moves from one genre to another. This time he has made a horror movie, but a horror movie with a twist -- it is seemingly aimed at children.

"Le Petit Poucet" is based on a children's story by Charles Perrault, but moviegoers expecting a Disney-like tale of simple folk will be sorely disappointed. The movie opened strongly with more than 50,000 admissions on the first day with audiences undoubtedly drawn by the glittering cast of Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer and Samy Naceri.

Poucet (Nils Hugon) is the youngest of five brothers born to a desperately poor peasant family. The mother (Bohringer) and father (Pierre Berriau) struggle to feed the family. Then war is declared and all food is requisitioned, first by the enemy and then by the government.

The parents decide they would rather leave the children to fend for themselves in the forest than watch them die of hunger. Poucet overhears their plan and manages to save his brothers by leaving a trail they follow back home. A second attempt at abandoning the children is more successful and Poucet and his brothers are caught up in a spine-chilling adventure that includes baying wolves and a child-eating ogre. This being a fairy-tale, the ending is predictably happy ever after, but not before an average 6-year-old will be screaming to go home.

Dahan shot the movie entirely in the studio, doing his best to create a somber mood. This is a twilight world never troubled with sunlight. The sky is either slate gray or blood red and the forest is a mist-soaked, foreboding place.

Into this hellish existence, Dahan drops two horrific characters: a soldier with an iron leg (Naceri), who wants to burn the children to death on a bonfire, and a seven-foot tall-ogre (Dominque Hulin) who wears an iron mask with huge metal fangs.

Classic children's stories are no stranger to frightening characters and base their very existence on a panoply of witches, giants, ogres and wolves. But there is a huge difference between fear and terror. "Le Petit Poucet" relies heavily on well-honed, horror-movie techniques. In one scene, where the ogre stabs his own daughters to death, the shot of the flashing knife is accompanied by a pastiche of the music from the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho". Dahan demands of a young audience a maturity and sophistication that is beyond their capabilities.

The younger members of the cast perform well and appear suitably terrified, although one asks just how much of this is due to their acting ability. The adult actors are required to do very little and are often upstaged by costumes and makeup. Dahan would have done well to pay less attention to form and more to content.

LE PETIT POUCET

La Chauve-Souris

Producer: Eric Neve

Director: Olivier Dahan

Writers: Olivier Dahan, Agnes Fustier-Dahan

Music: Joe Hisaishi

Set designer: Michel Barthelemy

Costume designer: Gigi Lepage

Editor: Juliette Welfling

Stereo/color

Cast:

Poucet: Nils Hugon

Rose: Hanna Berthault

Poucet's mother: Romane Bohringer

Poucet's father: Pierre Berriau

Ogre: Dominque Hulin

Ogre's wife: Elodie Bouchez

Soldier with iron leg: Samy Naceri

The Queen: Catherine Deneuve

Running time -- 90 minutes

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