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Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.
The touring French Film Festival UK (Nov 5 – Dec 4) will host Cannes titles including Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room (La Chambre Bleue), Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D trip Goodbye to Language (Adieu Au Langage), and Camera d’Or winner Party Girl, directed by Marie Amachoukeli.
The festival, which travels to cities between Inverness and London, will open with Belgian director Lucas Belvaux’s Not My Type (Pas mon genre), the cultural and social divide romantic comedy with Emilie Dequenne and Loïc Corbery.
There will be tributes to the late Alain Resnais, with screenings of a restored copy of his first feature Hiroshima Mon Amour and the director’s last film Life of Riley, as well as films from François Truffaut and Jacques Tati.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
After a new print screened at the 2014 City of Lights City of Angels Festival earlier this spring, Cohen Media Group has released a digitally remastered Blu-ray of Otar Iosseliani’s 1984 classic yet elusive title, Favorites of the Moon. Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 41st Venice International Film Festival, the film, along with most of the Georgian filmmaker’s titles, have long been unavailable to U.S. audiences, a shame considering his prolific stature and important body of work that subversively undermines frameworks within the dominant culture he’s navigating as an exiled dissident.
Taking its title from Shakespeare’s Henry IV describing thieves, “Diana’s foresters, gentlemen of the shade, favorites of the moon,” Iosseliani expounds on the same motif, casting all of humanity in the shade of the moon, a symbol of disorder, chaos and unrest. In essence, the plot is a roundelay, utilizing a set of »
- Nicholas Bell
The Guardian has exclusively debuted a rare early short from comedy maestro Jacques Tati, 1947's "The School for Postmen." As usual, the French auteur writes, directs and stars in this witty 16-minute film brimming with the kind of subtly orchestrated slapstick that would come to define his career, from "M. Hulot's Holiday" to "Playtime." "School for Postmen," which is the precursor to Tati's 1949 debut feature "Jour du Fete," can also be seen in glorious Blu-ray on Criterion's heaven-sent Tati box set, which hits shelves October 28. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
I recently stumbled across the work of Tony Stella, an Italian illustrator who works in Milan and Berlin. Stella’s gorgeous designs, many of which were created as one-off posters for a Berlin cinema club in the 90s, reimagine the art-house cinema of the 50s and 60s with a rare lightness of touch. His poster for The 400 Blows is the only one I’ve seen that captures Antoine Doinel’s joie de vivre. I especially love his designs for Jacques Tati’s films, and he has also done superb posters for Tarkovsky and Jodorowsky, Shindo and Shinoda, Fellini and Fuller, and many more. And it’s not all canonical art-house classics, he also tackles contemporary works, like his striking design for the documentary 5 Broken Cameras.
Stella’s illustrative style—his seemingly effortless pen and ink sketches, his washes of watercolor and his brush-stroke lettering—harks back to an earlier age. »
- Adrian Curry
Watch the digital premiere of the French master comedian's 1947 short The School for Postmen (aka L'Ecole des Facteurs). Containing many of the same jokes and gags as Tati's debut feature Jour de Fête (which was released two years later) it features Tati as a lugubrious mailman undergoing training to improve the efficiency of the French postal service. The School for Postmen distils Tati's genius in embryonic form, and is available as part of The Essential Jacques Tati Collection on Blu-ray Continue reading »
- Guardian film
Written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami
To say that Abbas Kiarostami’s The Wind Will Carry Us is an unhurried film would be quite the understatement. This deliberately crafted and contemplative work, one of the great Iranian director’s finest films, moves at the pace of life. Not life as in the hustle and bustle or stolid banality of one’s everyday experiences, but life as in the gradual evolution of humankind’s basic existence. Reflecting the lives of those who inhabit the rural Kurdish village that serves as the film’s setting, The Wind Will Carry Us unfolds slowly and episodically, with its drama, or lack thereof, coming and going at a capricious moment’s notice.
Kiarostami begins the film as we follow a car driven by disembodied voices that bicker about directions and banter about the countryside. They drive and drive, along winding roads, »
- Jeremy Carr
In a Word: Pulchritude
Buried in Cannes’ most unassuming and roundly ignored sidebar, Acid (an acronym for what translates to “The Association for the Distribution of Independent Cinema”), Ramon Zürcher’s Berlin-preemed debut The Strange Little Cat was among the most assured, original, and moving films to screen on the Croisette’s 2013 batch, a feat all the more remarkable in that the picture was made by a film student. The project is bound to carry some intrigue for anyone aware of the fact that the idea for the film originated from a seminar session conducted by Béla Tarr, yet the story behind that will have to be reserved for the film’s Q&A sessions, as the decidedly un-Tarr-esque film feels nothing like the Hungarian master’s cinema – nor that of pretty much anyone else.
Contained almost entirely in the domain of a cramped German apartment, the film could be »
- Blake Williams
Ramon Zürcher's ode to tension and release squeezes Jacques Tati-style preoccupations into the space of a tiny apartment. Compression and strain moves the one character apparently unbothered by any of it: the eponymous cat, an orange tabby who sleeps, paws and purrs his way around the domestic grind. In a way Ramon Zürcher positions the cat as the central figure of the film—not only the one which connects the others and stands outside their drama but also, in an important sense, the one whose perspective we’re encouraged to adopt. The Strange Little Cat has been described as the world seen through feline eyes, and that seems as good as description of what’s going on here as any: it accounts for how utterly strange even the most ordinary household objects and actions suddenly appear. Our rituals and social contracts are incomprehensible to our cats, who doubtless »
Written and directed by Jacques Demy
Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort is the Oscar-nominated follow-up to his immensely popular and successful The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), which with all of its dialogue sung was something of a reinvention of the movie musical, an almost experiential musical. Young Girls, on the other hand, is simply a great musical. To be sure, Umbrellas is an excellent film as well (see my take on it here), but while it surely resonates with its tale of love unhappily ever after, and it radiates in attractive Eastmancolor, it’s in some ways hampered by its own novelty. There is of course more to it than merely the fact that everyone sings everything, but to many it’s probably best known as the movie where everyone sings everything. Young Girls is more traditional in that it has dialogue »
- Jeremy Carr
In today's roundup of news and views, Grady Hendrix writes up a terrific appreciation of Kinji Fukasaku; Film Comment's pulled up from its archives remembrances of Luis Buñuel by Michel Piccoli, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Bulle Ogier and Franco Nero; Chris Marker is remembered on his birthday; in 1962, Studs Terkel interviewed Jacques Tati; Thom Andersen writes about Francesco Vezzoli; Nina Menkes reports on this year's Jerusalem Film Festival; Matt Zoller Seitz remembers James Shigeta; and more. » - David Hudson »
★★★★★Comprised of all six of the director's small but remarkable directorial output, The Essential Jacques Tati Collection is a lovingly crafted celebration of one of France's most beloved filmmakers, offering a timely reminder of just how influential he both was and continues to be. Perhaps more renowned for his cinematic, socially inept alter ego Monsieur Hulot - who he played to wide and memorable acclaim in four of his features, Tati was a particularly skilled filmmaker when it came to his deft mixing of perfectly choreographed physical comedy and themes regarding a Western fixation with consumerism and materialism, social class struggles and the (then) unsteady environment of modern society.
- CineVue UK
Just prior to its one week stint over at the FilmLinc in August, TheWrap reports that Fandor have put The Strange Little Cat in their sandbox. Ramon Zürcher’s dramedy has been a favorite of ours on the site — will receive a day & date release on August 1st.
Gist: Siblings Karin and Simon return home to visit their parents and younger sister and to help prepare dinner for their extended family. Events unfold leisurely, but with plenty of underlying and unstated tensions inevitable in a flat overstuffed with a mother, father, children, grandmother and cat. The eponymous ginger feline offers consolation and possibly the film’s point of view.
Worth Noting: The little 72 minute film that could moved from the Berlin Film Fest in 2013 to the Acid section in Cannes, then Tiff, AFI Film Fest and New Directors/New Films in 2014.
Do We Care?: Our Blake Williams found some »
- Eric Lavallee
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati
Running Time: Tbc
What can be said about the legend that is Jacques Tati which has yet to be said? Throughout his career Tati created a series of exceptional comedic adventures which also captured his very French spirit as well as often giving us a slice of light yet powerful social commentary. This astonishing collection brings together 6 of the writer/director/actor’s most iconic features as well as a disc containing his exemplary short films.
Tati’s films mostly provide a masterclass in visual comedy. Tati was a man just vacating the silent era and so often put dialogue behind the aesthetics and scene construction. This wasn’t always the case though, and Tati was also very adept at writing quaint and memorable exchanges, as evidenced in The Big Day.
Tati was also an accomplished comedic actor and invented one of cinema’s greatest creations, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Criterion has announced their October titles, and as always, the collection continues to manufacture must-own titles. This October, they will add one of John Ford’s most celebrated westerns to their collection, My Darling Clementine, along with Frederico Fellini’s beloved La Dolce Vita. They’ve also put together The Complete Jacques Tati, which includes all six of the director’s films. Additionally, the following titles will now be getting re-released in Blu-ray: George Sluizer’s thrilling The Vanishing and Orson Welles’ brilliant, unique documentary F for Fake. Hit the jump to check out the cover art and special features for these upcoming Criterion titles.
- Matt Goldberg
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: Senses of Cinema has a new issue—and a new look! The Locarno Film Festival has announced their juries & lineup. We've a separate post with all the details here. The good folks at The Brooklyn Rail have assembled a very impressive Critics Page, with various contributors offering their takes on the state of film art. Well worth browsing every piece here. The Venice Film Festival has announced its selection of 21 restored Classics for this year's edition. Above: Criterion's slate for October is one of their best in a while. John Ford's My Darling Clementine, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, a Complete Jacques Tati box set (!), and more. At the Jerusalem Film Festival, a group of Israeli filmmakers, including Keren Yedaya, Tali Shalom, Nadav Lapid, Efrat Corem, Shira Geffen, Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, and Bozi Gete, have called for a ceasefire. For Interview Magazine, Matthew McConaughey »
The first entry into my "Best Movies" section was Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (read my essay here) and after rights to the film were finally decided I speculated as to whether or not Criterion will finally get their hands on the absolute classics. The answer is a resounding Yes as the Blu-ray release of the film has just been announced for October 21 with the following features: New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New visual essay by : : kogonada New interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, who worked as assistant director on the film Scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy's history when the film was made New interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film Audio interview with actor Marcello Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann Felliniana, »
- Brad Brevet
For the most part, The Criterion Collection tends to serve up four or five films each month, and perhaps something in their Eclipse line of down and dirty releases. But this October, they've got stuff coming that's so big, they're keeping the focus where it should be, rather than spreading themselves too thin. First up is "The Complete Jacques Tati," which as the title suggests, will feature his six feature length films — "Jour de fête," "Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday," "Mon oncle," "PlayTime," "Trafic," and "Parade" — along with seven short films as well. Needless to say this has all been beautifully restored, and yes, it will be coming absolutely packed with extras. This thing will be teeming with documentaries, archival interviews, visual essays and much, much, much, more. It's everything you could want as a Tati fan or newcomer alike, so get on it. A bonafide classic, Criterion has finally got their mitts on. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Laurent Durieux has spent two decades as a designer and teacher, but the 42-year-old Brussels illustrator and graphic artist was only recently discovered in the United States, thanks to a number of high-profile awards and marquee commissions. After contributing a piece entitled, François à l’Americaine, for a show celebrating the French director, Jacques Tati, Laurent was selected by Lürzer’s Archive magazine as one of the top 200 illustrators for 2012. In 2013, his screenprint of Jaws, caught the attention of Steven Spielberg and since his name has become synonymous with exquisitely rendered illustrations. His art is often described as a blend between the retro-futuristic world of H.G. Wells and the 1960s pop-culture. Laurent’s work has such beautiful compositions, vibrant colours, and meticulous detail, that you just can’t look away.
The post Twenty Reasons Why Laurent Durieux Creates the Best Movie Poster appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Kyle Reese
The Austrian Film Museum has made video excerpts available online of forty years worth of Q&As with various filmmakers and actors. This is really interesting: Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience is going to become a television series written and directed by Lodge Kerrigan & Amy Seimetz. In their continuing series of English translations of Cahiers du cinéma articles, Indiewire have published a review of Mia Hansen-Love's Goodbye First Love by Florence Maillard. For Criterion, Geoffrey O'Brien writes on "The Secret Heart of Judex":
"That images so hauntingly beautiful should carry such an edge of anxiety comes close to the secret heart of Judex. It is a cinematic paradise, evoking a world that at that very moment was being irrevocably swept away. For Franju, it was linked, as he acknowledged, to his memories of childhood. He was four years old when Feuillade’s film came out (although there is »
- Adam Cook
If you’ve never seen Playtime, the movie that almost broke Jacques Tati, 2014 could be your year. A new seven-disc box set of Tati blu-rays hits the UK in July, and Criterion should have its own set for release soon in the Us. Along with the blu-rays comes a 4K restoration of Tati’s incredible film Playtime. I […]
- Russ Fischer
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