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19 items from 2016


Tiff 2016. Correspondences #9

18 September 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

MoonlightDear Danny,As I type this final entry in a state of literal suspension—aboard my flight home, between a rainy Canadian morning and a muggy Californian afternoon—I begin to wonder whether my festival choices were too safe. I read your takes on experimental works with pleasure, as well as a hint of envy toward your adventurousness. My sole excursion this year into Wavelengths territory was Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz, which I admired more than you. Concentration-camp tourism understandably dismays the sober director of My Joy, yet there’s a mordant edge to his unbroken views of visitors, including teeming long-shots that resemble Jacques Tati frames. People amble through these zones of unspeakable suffering as if at a particularly prosaic mall, guides barely hang on to their groups’ attention (“Folks, could you not eat in here, please?”), knowledge is shaky and selfie-sticks are ubiquitous. Still, I thought Loznitsa’s »

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Efa to honour Jean-Claude Carrière

13 September 2016 5:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Writer, actor and director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

French writer-director-actor Jean-Claude Carrière is to receive this year’s Efa Lifetime Achievement Award.

He will be honorary guest at the 29th European Film Awards Ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw.

Carrière started out writing short novels based on the films of Jacques Tati. Through Tati he met Pierre Étaix with whom he made several films, among them the short Happy Anniversary (1962), which won them an Oscar.

Together with Luis Buñuel, the Frenchman wrote the screenplay for Diary Of A Chambermaid (1964), in which he also played the part of a village priest. This started a 19-year-collaboration on the scripts of almost all of Buñuel’s later films, including Belle De Jour (1967) and The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie for which they won the BAFTA for Best Screenplay.

He received another BAFTA for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), which he co-wrote with the film’s director Philip Kaufman, and a French »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads The Buzz, And Other Telluride Film Festival Standouts

4 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Telluride Film Festival is a master class in multitasking. It’s easy to envy people like director Rian Johnson and podcaster Karina Longworth, who are staying with producers (and part-time Telluride residents) Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy; they have the luxury of watching rare classics like Fritz Lang’s “Spies” on the big screen.

For others, it’s a frenetic time.

At the film festival opening day Patron’s Brunch, last year’s tributee Rooney Mara (“Carol”) rubbed elbows with Kenneth Lonergan and this year’s tributee Casey Affleck. Mara is back with acquisition title “Una,” adapted by Australian director Benedict Andrews from the David Harrower play about a woman reconnecting with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she had sex with years before. Several distributors are checking out the film, which has found a rapturous reception in its premiere.

Affleck gives the performance of his career in Kenneth Lonergan »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Manchester By The Sea’ Leads The Buzz, And Other Telluride Film Festival Standouts

4 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Telluride Film Festival is a master class in multitasking. It’s easy to envy people like director Rian Johnson and podcaster Karina Longworth, who are staying with producers (and part-time Telluride residents) Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy; they have the luxury of watching rare classics like Fritz Lang’s “Spies” on the big screen.

For others, it’s a frenetic time.

At the film festival opening day Patron’s Brunch, last year’s tributee Rooney Mara (“Carol”) rubbed elbows with Kenneth Lonergan and this year’s tributee Casey Affleck. Mara is back with acquisition title “Una,” adapted by Australian director Benedict Andrews from the David Harrower play about a woman reconnecting with an older man (Ben Mendelsohn) she had sex with years before. Several distributors are checking out the film, which has found a rapturous reception in its premiere.

Affleck gives the performance of his career in Kenneth Lonergan »

- Anne Thompson

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Telluride Review: ‘Lost in Paris’ Does For Slapstick What ‘La La Land’ Does For Musicals

3 September 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No modern comedy group has shown as much commitment to resurrecting the spirit of classic slapstick than Brussels-based husband-and-wife comedy duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon. They have performed for decades, but only brought their talents into feature-length filmmaking in the last 10 years, with films like the wordless “Rumba” and “The Fairy” showcasing their commitment to a humor otherwise absent from contemporary cinema. Their lanky figures are ideal vessels for deadpan visuals that mine territory ranging from Charlie Chaplin to Jacques Tati. “Lost in Paris,” their fourth effort (and first without co-director Bruno Romy), continues that earnest commitment to the genre by tapping into the material’s appeal without reinventing it.

Abel and Gordon have yet to produce a full-bodied work with more originality than references, and “Lost in Paris” doesn’t move the needle in that regard. But it’s another charming doodle that does justice to their brand of studied humor. »

- Eric Kohn

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Links: Movies (and TV) Matter, Garrel Picks Pics, Oscar's Centennial

31 August 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Thrillist "Why everyone was wrong about Warcraft" - the summer's most underrated movie?

Mnpp great moments in movie shelves hits Young Frankenstein

The Wrap looks at Colton Haynes winning an Hrc award. Why Colton, exactly?

Criterion Louis Garrel chooses movies from the Criterion closet. He likes Jacques TatiLoves of a Blonde, and Amarcord among others

FlavorWire looks back at Madonna & Sean's Shanghai Surprise in its Bad Movie Night column

Telerama (in French) Alain Guirardie talks about his filmography - he thinks he can do better than Stranger by the Lake! 

Sbs hilarious satire video on White Fragility in the Workplace

Slate pits Bad Moms against Ghostbusters because women have to be pitted against each other!

NY Times on current film restoration anxiety asking the following question which I swear is going to give me regular nightmares:

What happens to an art when its foundational medium disappears? 

Today's Must Read »

- NATHANIEL R

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Jacques Tati on Charlie Chaplin, ‘Jurassic Park’ Effects, Ira Sachs Visits Criterion, and More

18 August 2016 2:19 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Martin Scorsese‘s latest cut of Silence clocks in at 195 minutes. It’s expected to be released by the end of the year.

Little Men director Ira Sachs visits The Criterion Collection closet (and read our interview with him):

Michael Haneke and Sean Baker have finished shoot their latest features.

Jacques Tati discusses Charlie Chaplin in a 1957 interview at Kino Slang:

This is a very delicate comparison. First, because Chaplin has made (and made well) over fifty films while I made (and failed) with two short films, and almost succeeded with two long films. So you see, it is difficult for me to speak of Chaplin; and »

- The Film Stage

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Weekly Rushes. Nyff, Woody's 1960s, Massive Attack + Cate Blanchett, Tati on Chaplin, John Waters' Mustache

10 August 2016 10:35 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSBarry Jenkins' MoonlightThe New York Film Festival has announced its main slate, which among many of the year's better known titles includes new films by Barry Jenkins, Hong Sang-soo and Alison Maclean. The closing night film will be James Gray's The Lost City of Z.Recommended VIEWINGThe teaser for Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. We are notable fans of this too often derided filmmaker.Another future-set teaser: Denis Villeneuve's sci-fi flick Arrival, which is to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.A third teaser, this one for Woody Allen's series for Amazon, Crisis in Six Scenes.Aussie director John Hillcoat made one of the more under-appreciated big budget films this year, Triple 9, and now he returns to the director's seat for a video for Massive Attack, featuring Hope Sandoval and Cate Blanchett.Recommended READINGThe ShallowsIn a moment when any »

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‘The Little Prince’ Review: Netflix Delivers A Strange, Satisfying, Star-Studded Adaptation Of The Kid Lit Classic

4 August 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In the dedication of his immensely beloved 1943 novella, “The Little Prince,” author and aristocrat (and aviator) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry made a passing remark that succinctly captured the soul of his story: “All grown-ups were children first (but few of them remember it).” While the unique locations and landscapes of Saint Exupéry’s tale might seem to resist adaptation — this is, after all, a narrative that splits its time between the Sahara Desert and a galaxy of tiny asteroids suspended in the stars — there’s a good reason why it’s been reimagined as everything from an opera, to a ballet, a stage play, an anime, a pop-up book, a graphic novel, a television series and a rather terrible live-action film by “Singin’ in the Rain” director Stanley Donen. Despite a multitude of logistical hurdles, the fundamental essence of “The Little Prince” is so pure that the narrative has proven capable »

- David Ehrlich

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Island City – Liff Special Movie Review

17 July 2016 12:20 AM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

With Island City, director Ruchika Oberoi presents a tryptich of stories dealing with oppression and alienation in the modern island city of the title, Mumbai. In the first story, “Fun Committee”, Vinay Pathak is perfect as Suyash Chaturvedi, the corporate drone working at Systematic Statistics. The company’s Fun Committee has decided that the best way to combat declining productivity is to subject its employees to orderly, organized, obedient fun. Chaturvedi is taken to the mall in the company “Fun Van”, given an envelope of coupons, and a set of instructions that he is required to follow to maximize his fun. An accidental swap of coupons with a terrorist undergoing a similar experience has him mindlessly gathering the pieces of a rifle and putting them together, something he seems to find more engaging, at least, than gathering up pink teddy bears and riding the carousel in the mall.

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- Katherine Matthews

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Why Paramount Didn’t Want ‘The Little Prince,’ and Netflix Thinks It Can Win An Oscar

12 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Originally set for Paramount release March 18, Netflix will stream the animated movie August 5—and, Netflix tells Indiewire, they will open the movie day and date in theaters in advance of a full-scale Oscar campaign.

Adapted by top American animator Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) from the 1943 French children’s classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (which has been translated into 260 languages and is still a staple on children’s bookshelves), “The Little Prince” premiered at Cannes 2015 to rave reviews.

Since then Osborne has attended 12 international premieres and the $80-million movie has grossed more than $100 million around the world. Designed from the start as an English-language film that would be dubbed for foreign countries, “The Little Prince” succeeded overseas, doing best in China ($25 million), Italy ($10.5 million) and France ($12 million), where it won the Cesar for Best Animated Feature.

Even so, just after the film opened in Canada on March 11, Paramount abruptly pulled it from theaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Paramount Didn’t Want ‘The Little Prince,’ and Netflix Thinks It Can Win An Oscar

12 July 2016 12:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Originally set for Paramount release March 18, Netflix will stream the animated movie August 5—and, Netflix tells Indiewire, they will open the movie day and date in theaters in advance of a full-scale Oscar campaign.

Adapted by top American animator Mark Osborne (“Kung Fu Panda”) from the 1943 French children’s classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (which has been translated into 260 languages and is still a staple on children’s bookshelves), “The Little Prince” premiered at Cannes 2015 to rave reviews.

Since then Osborne has attended 12 international premieres and the $80-million movie has grossed more than $100 million around the world. Designed from the start as an English-language film that would be dubbed for foreign countries, “The Little Prince” succeeded overseas, doing best in China ($25 million), Italy ($10.5 million) and France ($12 million), where it won the Cesar for Best Animated Feature.

Even so, just after the film opened in Canada on March 11, Paramount abruptly pulled it from theaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Going Inside Out with Disney’s ‘Inner Workings’ Short

17 June 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like Pixar, Disney continues pushing the envelope with its shorts program, and “Inner Workings” offers yet another innovation in hybrid animation and quirky narrative.

Director Leo Matsuda (story artist on the Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6” and “Wreck-It Ralph”) takes us inside the cartoony body of a hapless clerk named Paul, whose brain and heart engage in a tug-of-war that nearly tears him apart.

But unlike Pixar’s Oscar-winning “Inside Out,” the intent is purely physical, not cerebral. “I’m a Japanese Brazilian so I’m very disciplined, but I also like to party,” said Matsuda, who was inspired by the human anatomy illustrations from the “Encyclopedia Britannica” that he flipped through as a youth.

Matsuda recreated the graphical look of those layered acetate transparencies in his short along with an ’80s vibe that’s pushed and theatrical. His influences were Jacques Tati, Wes Anderson, Disney’s Ward Kimball and Bruno Bozzetto, »

- Bill Desowitz

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'Slack Bay' ('Ma Loute'): Cannes Review

13 May 2016 4:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Slack Bay (Ma Loute) is a one-of-a-kind outing from perennially outre French auteur Bruno Dumont, a stylized slapstick art film that comingles in-bred upper-class twits and murderous roughneck fishermen on the northern French coast, circa 1910; it’s like an unholy alliance between Jacques Tati and Euro-period Joseph Losey, one that will justifiably cause many viewers to wonder, What have we just seen? More weirdly fascinating than genuinely good, this beautifully made, bracingly eccentric and often arch film will generate a measure of strong support but will bewilder more than entrance most traditional art-house

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- Todd McCarthy

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Winter Song | 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

8 March 2016 1:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Off With Head: Iosseliani Returns with Breezy Cluster of Vignettes

Fans of Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani will be delighted to find the octogenarian in top form with his latest effort, Winter Song (Chant d’hiver), as the filmmaker enters his sixth decade in filmmaking. Revealing a new title every five years or so, Iosseliani continues to work in French, though this latest filmed partially in Georgia as well. Lovers of his first French production, 1984’s masterful Favorites of the Moon should be pleased to note his latest is modeled via the same series of vaguely interconnected vignettes across time periods. Several notable names float around in the vast cast in this mirthful, even silly portrait of a modern Parisian apartment block unknowingly haunted and connected to the skull of a French aristocrat who met an unhappy end with the guillotine. Hardly as macabre as its grisly beginning would indicate, Iosseliani »

- Nicholas Bell

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Daily | Goings On | Kurosawa, Borden, Eisenstein

17 February 2016 11:32 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

New York's Film Forum presents a new 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa's Ran (1985) from February 26 through March 3, but first, starting on Friday, Chris Marker's A.K., also from 1985 and also restored, sees a week-long run. More goings on: Lizzie Borden's Born in Flames and Regrouping at Anthology Film Archives, witches at Bam, Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams at Film Forum, Ernie Gehr at MoMA, Alexander Mackendrick in Paris, Sergei Eisenstein and Jacques Tati in London and what to see at the Glasgow Film Festival. » - David Hudson »

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Directing in Color

26 January 2016 9:08 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on nine films where some of the most famous directors in the Criterion Collection first directed a feature in color.

Saturate yourself in the vivid stylings of some of our favorite directors, wielding a whole new spectrum of expression for the very first time.

Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

Dodes’ka-den, the Japanese Drama by Akira Kurosawa

The unforgettable Dodes’Ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

Equinox Flower, the Japanese Drama by Yasujirô Ozu

Later in his career, Yasujiro Ozu started becoming »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Metrograph, New York City’s Newest Indie Theater, Unveils Impressive First Slate of Programming

20 January 2016 8:54 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each weekend we highlight the best repertory programming that New York City has to offer, and it’s about to get even better. Opening on February 19th at 7 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side is Metrograph, the city’s newest indie movie theater. Sporting two screens, they’ve announced their first slate, which includes retrospectives for Fassbinder, Wiseman, Eustache, and more, special programs such as an ode to the moviegoing experience, and new independent features that we’ve admired on the festival circuit (including Afternoon, Office 3D, and Measure of a Man).

Artistic and Programming Director Jacob Perlin says in a press release, “Jean Eustache in a Rocky t-shirt. This is the image we had in mind while making this first calendar. Great cinema is there, wherever you can find it. The dismissed film now recognized as a classic, the forgotten box-office hit newly resurrected, the high and the low, »

- Jordan Raup

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Sylvain Chomet Moves Into Production on ‘The Thousand Miles’ (Exclusive)

5 January 2016 3:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four-time Academy Award nominated Sylvain Chomet, the multi-talented French writer-helmer-animator-composer, is moving into production on “The Thousand Miles,” his anticipated return to feature animation direction after 2003 debut “The Triplets of Belleville” and 2010’s “The Illusionist.”

Having completed a lengthy development process, Chomet and his animation team will initiate character design and storyboarding later this month, followed by production animation with actors. “The Thousand Miles” is slated for a 2017 release.

With dialogue playing an uncharacteristically larger part of the Chomet’s third animation feature, after mere garbled utterance in his first and second, “Miles” also marks Chomet’s effective English-language debut. Two iconic American actors with Italian roots will voice the lead characters. Produced by Savoy & Gregory, a London-based joint venture company managed by the film’s producer Demian Gregory, “The Thousand Miles” also introduces James Lipsius, a 27-year-old actor chosen by Chomet, in his feature debut. Beyond that, voice cast »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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