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18 items from 2011


Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui Retrospective at Bengaluru International Film Festival

13 December 2011 9:59 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Dariush Mehrjui

4th Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) that will commence on December 15 will hold a special Retrospective of Iran’s Dariush Mehrjui, who is the guest of honour at the festival. The retrospective will include The Lodgers, Sara, The Pear Tree and The Music Man.

Biffes has announced a competition section for the first time and received about 40 entries. The films in competition include When We Leave by Feo Aladag, Invisible by Michal Aviad, Apartment in Athens by Ruggero Dipaola and Lucky by Avie Luthra among others.

There will be a Retrospective of Michael Cacoyannis of Greece featuring Our Last Spring, The Trojan Woman, Iphigenia, The Cherry Orchard and Sweet Country.

Theodoros Angelopoulos Retrospective comprises Landscape in the Mist, Eternity and a Day and The Weeping Meadow.

Taiwanese director Hsiao-hsien Hou’s Retrospective comprises Cafe Lumiere, Goodbye South Goodbye, Good Men Good Women, A Summer at Grandpa and Daughter of the Nile. »

- NewsDesk

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John Landis Making Another Monster Movie

11 August 2011 4:50 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Recently I had the chance to interview John Landis after his North American premiere of Burke And Hare which screened at the Fantasia Film Festival. During the interivew (part of which you can hear on episode 284 of the Sound On Sight podcast), I mentioned to Mr. Landis that although he was looked upon as a master of horror, he really was a director of comedies. Looking back on his career most people remember American Werewolf In London, but the majority of his work is anything but horror. Well now with the 30th anniversary release of An American Werewolf in London coming up, Landis says that he’s returning to horror movies. Recently promoting Burke And Hare, he responded to Bloody Disgusting‘s question about returning to the genre with a few details:

“You know what? Actually, I’m writing one with Alexandre Gavras (son of director Costa-Gavras) and we’re »

- Ricky

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John Landis Planning French Monster Movie

11 August 2011 2:35 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

John Landis is returning to horror.After ending his lengthy absence from feature films with Burke And Hare Landis yesterday told Bloody Disgusting that he is currently working with Alexandre Gavras - the son of Costa-Gavras - on the script for a new monster movie to be shot in Paris.It's interesting...my cast has to be bilingual because it's being shot in French and English. We know who's gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now [so I can't tell you who they are].Right, kids, let the speculation begin. John Landis. Paris based monster movie. Bilingual cast. Any guesses on who might be in this thing? Is it too much to hope for a Vincent Cassel? »

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John Landis Talks French Horror Flick

11 August 2011 1:46 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Out doing U.S. press for "Burke and Hare", filmmaker John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London") spoke briefly about his next project which will see him return to the horror genre.

"I'm writing it with Alexandre Gavras and we're shooting it within the next two years in Paris. We know who's gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now, so I can't tell you. It's interesting: the cast has to be bilingual because it's being shot in French and English" he tells Bloody Disgusting

Gavras is the son of the Greek film director Costa-Gavras who cameoed in Landis' "Spies Like Us". »

- Garth Franklin

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John Landis to make French horror

11 August 2011 2:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Landis has revealed that his next film after Burke and Hare will be a horror set in France. The director will be writing the film with Alexandre Gavras, whose director father Costa-Gavras has made cameos in Landis's The Stupids and Spies Like Us. Landis told Bloody Disgusting that the production will begin in Paris within the next two years. He said: "We know who's gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now, so I can't tell you. It's interesting - the cast has to be bilingual because it's being shot (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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John Landis Planning French Horror

10 August 2011 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Burke and Hare came out in the UK aaaages ago, but it's only just arriving in the Us. Out on the publicity trail once again, director John Landis has revealed a few sketchy details of his next project, "a little monster movie" with a Gallic setting.Landis told Bd that the film has no title yet, but "I'm writing it with Alexandre Gavras and we're shooting it within the next two years in Paris." Pressed for specifics he remained cagey, but it seems the project is already some way along: "We know who's gonna star in it, but this is all off the radar right now, so I can't tell you. It's interesting: the cast has to be bilingual because it's being shot in French and English."Alexandre Gavras is the son of the Greek film director Costa-Gavras. The family connection to Landis goes back some years - Costa-Gavras has »

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Gandhi to Hitler: entertainment that won’t make history

30 July 2011 12:55 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Director: Rakesh Ranjan Kumar, Actors: Raghuveer Yadav, Neha Dhupia, Aman Verma

One hardly knows what to expect of a film which comes with such an ambitious and ambiguous title. It is far from being a masterpiece on world peace (as it likes to promote itself), neither is it a chronicle of world history. But for whatever it is worth, if one takes it with a pinch of salt, it provides two hours of wholesome entertainment. It shouldn’t be written off, merely for its attempt at being a historical film with decent production value.

Gandhi to Hitler presents a contrast between Hitler’s violence that brought about the fall of Germany and its people, and Gandhi’s non-violent means that won India independence. The focus of the film, however, is on the life of Hitler during his final days in Berlin. The part of history that the film has chosen »

- Nandita Dutta

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Jorge Semprún obituary

9 June 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Spanish communist, writer, politician and Buchenwald survivor

Leader of the communist underground in 1950s Madrid, prize-winning 1960s screenwriter, minister in Spain's socialist government in the 1980s, and novelist and memorialist of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp, Jorge Semprún, who has died aged 87, was an outstanding participant in and witness of 20th-century Europe.

The experience of 18 months in Buchenwald, from 1943 to 1945, underlay all he thought and did. To the end of his life he suffered nightmares of the camp. His last public appearance, in April 2010, was to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation. He spoke then, on the same esplanade where he had seen people killed, of his belief in a united Europe rising from the ashes of Buchenwald's crematoria.

The fourth of seven children, Semprún was born in Madrid into an upper-class family. His maternal grandfather was the Conservative prime minister Antonio Maura. His mother died when he was eight. »

- Michael Eaude

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Gabriel Byrne Enters 'Le Capital', Irish Actor in Talks To Star

8 June 2011 8:20 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

It has been confirmed that Irish actor Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, The Usual Suspects) is in talks to join the cast of Oscar-winning director Costa Gavras latest film 'Le Capital'. Based on Stéphane Osmont's novel of the same name, 'Le Capital' tells the story of the head of a giant European investment bank who desperately clings to power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy them out. »

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Mathieu Kassovitz & Gabriel Byrne Join Costa-Gavras' 'Le Capital'; Naomi Campbell Sought For Role

31 May 2011 11:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Costa-Gavras has rightfully earned his place among the great filmmakers thanks to films like "Z" and "Missing," let's be honest for a moment, he hasn't really resonated on the arthouse front since "Amen." in 2002 (and we'll forget "Mad City" ever happened). But it looks like the helmer is coming back in a big way as the stars seem to be lining up for his next project, the topical financial world drama "Le Captial." In case you missed it Vincent Cassel is already on board and Variety reports that Mathieu Kassovitz (who starred in "Amen.") and Gabriel Byrne have… »

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Mathieu Kassovitz Joining Costa-Gavras’ Capital

31 May 2011 10:28 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Just a few days after it was revealed that actor Vincent Cassel would be teaming with director Costa Gavras for his upcoming financial thriller, Capital, the film appears to be moving along at one hell of a clip.

Variety is reporting that actor/director Mathieu Kassovitz (La Haine), has joined the film’s cast, and will play the role of president of one of Europe’s largest investment banks. He’ll play Marc Tourneuil, President of Europe’s Phoenix Bank, who becomes the target of the U.S.’ largest hedge funds.  Trying to stay in power, he makes a move to pick up a Japanese bank with considerable debt.

Gabriel Byrne has also joined the film’s cast, and will play one of Phoenix’s “new main shareholders.”

As a fan of Gavras’ work (such as Z and Missing), he is absolutely the perfect name to see take on the financial crisis. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Costa Gavras to direct 'Capital' starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Gabriel Byrne

31 May 2011 5:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Matthew Kassovitz will star in Capital with Gabriel Byrne, directed by Costa Gavras (Z, The Ax). According to Variety, Kassovitz plays the president of one of Europe's biggest investment banks in what Gavras is calling "a human drama-thriller. Kassovitz plays Marc Tourneuil a 41-year-old from France's elitist Ecole Polytechnique, who is made top dog at Phoenix Bank in Europe, the target of a hostile takeover by U.S. hedge funds. Now, having to answer to shareholders as well as fighting off French enemies, Tourneuil makes a desperate play for a debt-laden Japanese bank suffering from debt, in order to maintain his power. »

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Costa Gavras to direct 'Capital' starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Gabriel Byrne

31 May 2011 5:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Matthew Kassovitz will star in Capital with Gabriel Byrne, directed by Costa Gavras (Z, The Ax). According to Variety, Kassovitz plays the president of one of Europe's biggest investment banks in what Gavras is calling "a human drama-thriller. Kassovitz plays Marc Tourneuil a 41-year-old from France's elitist Ecole Polytechnique, who is made top dog at Phoenix Bank in Europe, the target of a hostile takeover by U.S. hedge funds. Now, having to answer to shareholders as well as fighting off French enemies, Tourneuil makes a desperate play for a debt-laden Japanese bank suffering from debt, in order to maintain his power. »

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Costa Gavras to direct 'Capital' starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Gabriel Byrne

31 May 2011 5:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Matthew Kassovitz will star in Capital with Gabriel Byrne, directed by Costa Gavras (Z, The Ax). According to Variety, Kassovitz plays the president of one of Europe's biggest investment banks in what Gavras is calling "a human drama-thriller. Kassovitz plays Marc Tourneuil a 41-year-old from France's elitist Ecole Polytechnique, who is made top dog at Phoenix Bank in Europe, the target of a hostile takeover by U.S. hedge funds. Now, having to answer to shareholders as well as fighting off French enemies, Tourneuil makes a desperate play for a debt-laden Japanese bank suffering from debt, in order to maintain his power. »

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

28 May 2011 11:24 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

A little late this week, mainly because of my own random b.s. that one goes through when attempting to juggle too many things at once. Try not to do it kids, because it means a Hulu article gets sidetracked a bit. A ton of stuff was added since I last was here, but unlike last week’s where I focused on 10 specific films that weren’t in the Collection, this time it’s a bunch of familiar (and not so) faces, be it in their great Eclipse sets or in Criterion’s own pantheon.

A huge thanks to who have already used this link to enjoy their own Hulu Plus and in turn keeping this series of articles up and running. We can always use the help, so please sign up using that specific link. Every little bit does keep this nice and polished. But enough about that. You »

- James McCormick

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Mélanie Thierry Banned For Ysl's "Belle d'Opium"

13 March 2011 11:36 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek actress Mélanie Thierry ("The Princess Of Montpensier") fronting a campaign for the Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, "Belle d'Opium", inspired by Stefano Pilati, Artistic Director of Ysl and created by Perfumer Alberto Morillas :

"...What you feel when I dance, what you feel in the trance, are the spirals of spicy white flowers, addictive Casablanca lily, stimulating gardenia, bitter and elegant mandarin. It reminds you of the intoxicating mists of a nargileh accord, a soaring alliance of smoky, tobacco, amber and fruity notes around scorched woods, velvety peach, and vibrant incense. What remains when I go, the sensual lash of white pepper escorted by a warm, enigmatic and deep wake of dark patchouli, creamy sandalwood, noble and precious woods..."

The accompanying commercial, directed by Romain Gavras (son of director Costa Gavras) is choreographed by Akram Khan, set to music by composer Nitin Sawhney. The spot was recently banned for »

- Michael Stevens

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Minority View: Hadewijch by Bruno Dumont

8 March 2011 9:42 AM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

If one contemplates the history of political cinema, it would appear that the greatest political films were made when a discursive framework – usually Marxist or liberal-democratic – was readily available. Rarely have political films not assumed ‘complete understanding’ of a political subject and this understanding has been provided by accepted ideological viewpoints. Instead of being tentative in their approach to their subjects, political films have been categorical – because of their confidence in their moral/ political positions. To illustrate, the anti-colonialism of Gilo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1966) which is post-Marxist and perhaps owes to Frantz Fanon, could not have been opposed. Costa Gavras’ Z (1969), which is set in an unnamed country (perhaps Greece) under a military junta, is confident of the universality of liberal-democratic values. Political films made after the end of Communism, works like The Lives of Others (2006), plead for freedom from tyranny and uphold similar liberal-democratic values which, »

- MK Raghvendra

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Minority View: Heading South by Laurent Cantet

10 February 2011 5:14 AM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Laurent Cantet, who won the Palm d’Or at Cannes for one of his lesser films The Class (2008), is one of the best political filmmakers in the world today although his political cinema is of a different kind than that of past masters like Francesco Rosi, Gilo Pontecorvo and Constantin Costa-Gavras. Distinguishing Cantet from the others is his disinclination to ‘probe’ underneath the surface and provide an overriding analysis. His films do not try to see the whole picture – examine an event from different viewpoints – as Costa-Gavras does in Z (1969) – but tries to stick to one viewpoint. If his films lack an analytical side, their ambiguity perhaps also brings them closer to art.

Heading South (Vers le Sud, 2005) is set in poverty-stricken Haiti in the 1980s and tells the story of three middle-aged women tourists Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), Brenda (Karen Young) and Sue (Louise Portal) who arrive there individually with »

- MK Raghvendra

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