6 items from 2015
How nice it's been to anticipate another set of tales from modern Portugal in the form of Miguel Gomes's Arabian Nights! The film's three parts have been shown every other day here in Cannes, and I've finally caught the last and I must say I already miss the idea that Gomes and his Scheherazade will unspool even more for me two days hence. If she told the stories to her king to stave off her death, I feel Gomes is telling me stories, among many others reasons, in order to stave off the powerful aura of respectable averageness prevalent at Cannes 2015.Arabian Nights Volume 3: The Enchanted One had me smiling for a good forty-five minutes in a row. After a brief glimpse of Gomes's modern version of Scheherazade in Volume 1, we finally get to spend some time with her in "Baghdad," wandering the landscape encountering lovers and bandits, »
- Daniel Kasman
In the seven years since Hou Hsiao-hsien began working on a ninth-century wuxia epic, his admirers have been madly curious about how the Taiwanese auteur known for such refined historical panoramas as “Flowers of Shanghai” and minor-key urban portraits like “Cafe Lumiere” would handle his rite of passage into one of China’s most storied and vigorous popular genres. We have the answer at long last in “The Assassin,” a mesmerizing slow burn of a martial-arts movie that boldly merges stasis and kinesis, turns momentum into abstraction, and achieves breathtaking new heights of compositional elegance: Shot for shot, it’s perhaps the most ravishingly beautiful film Hou has ever made, and certainly one of his most deeply transporting. Centered around a quietly riveting performance from Shu Qi, the film is destined for a limited audience to which gore-seekers with short attention spans need not apply. Still, with a Stateside »
- Justin Chang
Variety has promoted Hong Kong-based critic Maggie Lee to the position of chief Asia film critic.
In her new assignment, Lee will continue to cover a broad range of Asian cinema, from new theatrical releases to premieres at major film festivals including Cannes, Toronto, Busan and Shanghai. Her promotion solidifies an international team of Variety reviewers that includes chief film critics Justin Chang (based in Los Angeles) and Scott Foundas (New York), chief international film critic Peter Debruge (Paris), and international film critics Guy Lodge (London) and Jay Weissberg (Rome).
Lee joined Variety in 2012 after serving as Asia chief critic for the Hollywood Reporter.
“Maggie brings a peerless depth of knowledge and passion to one of the toughest, most demanding and important beats in the industry,” Chang said. “There are few critics out there who are as hip to the latest trends in manga adaptation as they are conversant with »
- Variety Staff
Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).
The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.
The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.
Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.
The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Cannes Classics 2015 lineup this year features Costa-Gavras, tributes to Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles, plus Manoel de Oliveira's Visita ou Memórias e Confissões, Kent Jones's new documentary, Hitchcock/Truffaut, and restorations of Luchino Visconti's Rocco and His Brothers, Louis Malle's Elevator to the Gallows, Ousmane Sembène's Black Girl, Lino Brocka's Insiang, Fernando Solanas's Sur, Kenji Mizoguchi's The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum, Kinji Fukasaku's Battles without Honor and Humanity, Miklós Jancsó's The Round-Up, King Hu's A Touch of Zen, Marcel Pagnol's Marius and more. » - David Hudson »
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
6 items from 2015
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