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Natalia Almada’s “Everything Else” Acquired by Cinema Tropical

“Everything Else”

Natalia Almada’s narrative debut has secured U.S. distribution. Cinema Tropical snagged the rights to “Everything Else,” a press release announced. After making its world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, the award-winning drama went on to screen at fests including Rio de Janeiro, Palm Springs, and Göteborg.

“Everything Else” sees Oscar-nominated actress Adriana Barraza (“Amores Perros,” “Babel”) playing Doña Flor, a 63-year-old bureaucrat who lives in Mexico City. Barraza, whose outstanding acting career includes films with renowned international filmmakers such as Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Sally Potter, Robert Duvall, and Sam Raimi, delivers a bravura performance in her first starring role, in a nuanced and non-stereotypical character for a Latina actress. The pic explores her interior life “as she awakens from her bureaucratic malaise and yearns to become visible again,” according to its official synopsis. “Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucratic dehumanization is a brutal form of violence,
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Tilda Swinton to Star in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s New Film ‘Memoria’

Having worked with Derek Jarman, Wes Anderson, Sally Potter, Luca Guadagnino, Bong Joon-ho, David Fincher, Lynne Ramsay, the Coens, and the list goes on, Tilda Swinton has better taste than just about any other actor. Her next role, however, is certainly the ultimate union of international cinema greats. It’s been revealed that she will star in the new film from Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Titled Memoria, it will mark the Palme d’Or-winning director’s first film shot outside Thailand, with a 2019 production planned in Colombia. “During the 70s and 80s, it was very violent [in Colombia], much more than now… when you were driving, there could be a bomb and sometimes the traffic stops and you don’t know [why],” the director told Screen Daily. “People imagine things and have a fear. The movie is about this, waiting for something you don’t know.”

Swinton’s casting was confirmed by The Independent,
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SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Jenny Murray — “¡Las Sandinistas!”

“¡Las Sandinistas!”

Jenny Murray is the director of two short films and multiple social satire comedy videos. Her most recent short narrative film was selected to screen at Anthology Film Archives in New Filmmakers New York Winterfest. “¡Las Sandinistas!” is her feature directorial debut.

“¡Las Sandinistas!” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 12.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Jm: It’s a story about a handmade Revolution in Nicaragua in 1979 and tells the disappearing stories of women who heroically led combat and social reform in the Revolution.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Jm: The women themselves amazed me. They were funny, fearless, idealistic, and also very real, in a certain way. I felt their stories could offer a real and inspiring reminder of women’s strength and capacities.

When I found out that many of their stories were being
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Tilda Swinton: "Every film I make, I intend to be the last"

Oscar-winning actress discussed her career at Doha Film Institute’s talent-development event Qumra

Tilda Swinton kicked off a masterclass in Qatar on Friday with the surprising admission that she has been trying to quit acting for the best part of 20 years, to focus instead on her first love of writing and other projects.

“I don’t have a sense of myself on screen at all and I think the reason for that is that I never intended to be on screen and honestly I never do,” Swinton said. “Every film I make, I intend to be the last. I have
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Cinemaholics #54: Red Sparrow Review

Special guests Mae Abdulbaki and Kimber Myers join Cinemaholics this week to help us review Red Sparrow, a new spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Francis Lawrence. This is their fourth consecutive film together after three Hunger Games releases, but this time they tackle a decidedly more R-rated story about a Russian ballerina (Lawrence) who gets coerced into becoming a seductress targeting a CIA agent (Edgerton).

Later in the show, Kimber stays on to review Love, Simon, a new teenage “coming out” movie starring Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) and Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why). Maveryke and Jon, meanwhile, rave about the latest season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, offering reasons for listeners who haven’t checked the show out to start binging on Netflix, and Will reviews The Party, a new British dark comedy from writer/director Sally Potter. Finally, Jon finishes out with a first season review of Everything Sucks!
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The Party – Review

Patricia Clarkson as April pops a champagne cork before sparks start to fly, in Sally Potter’s darkly comic satire The Party. Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions ©

In Sally Potter’s The Party, what starts out as a quiet little celebration rapidly transforms into a series of shocking revelations and emotional meltdowns in this delicious dark comedy. The resulting film crackles with energy, head-whipping twists, and whip-smart humor. What starts out as a happy occasion quickly devolves into shocking revelations, verbal fireworks and general debacle.

The Party packs in a lot in its mere 71 minutes. Shot in a crisp black and white, writer/director Potter gets right down to business of introducing these sharp-witted and often acid tongue characters and hen upsetting what was supposed to be a quiet little celebration with old friends after a long-sought victory, along with everyone’s carefully built world.

Newly-elected British politician Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas
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Ready Player One, Isle of Dogs, Love, Simon and all of the movies you need to see in theatres this March

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Ready Player One, Isle of Dogs, Love, Simon and all of the movies you need to see in theatres this MarchReady Player One, Isle of Dogs, Love, Simon and all of the movies you need to see in theatres this MarchAdriana Floridia3/1/2018 10:04:00 Am

Spring is almost here!

With Spring comes a new slate of movies to watch in March. Some of them we'll bet you've been highly anticipating, such as A Wrinkle in Time or Ready Player One, while others may have only recently entered your radar, like Unsane or Love, Simon.

Whether you already know it or not, there's tons to watch in March, and we're here with our recommendations below!

Red Sparrow

Release Date: March 2nd, 2018

For Fans of: Jennifer Lawrence, Russian accents, cool spy thrillers

See it with: A friend

An all-star cast joins Jennifer Lawrence, giving us her best Russian accent as ballerina-turned-secret agent Dominika Egorova.
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Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sally Potter talk The Party

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Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sally Potter talk The PartyPatricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sally Potter talk The PartyMarni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine2/28/2018 10:00:00 Am

It’s no surprise that small films often tackle the biggest ideas.

Take, for example, writer and director Sally Potter’s The Party, a real-time, black and white film that runs 70 minutes, takes place in a single house (just the main floor, actually), and features only seven actors.

Kristin Scott Thomas plays Janet, an opposition-party politician who’s throwing a party to celebrate her appointment as Britain’s Shadow Minister for Health at the home she shares with her husband Bill (Timothy Spall). Their guests are Tom (Cillian Murphy), an Irish banker, the intellectual lesbian couple Jinny (Emily Mortimer) and Martha (Cherry Jones), and Janet’s American friend April (Patricia Clarkson) and her soon-to-be-ex Gottfried (Bruno Ganz), a German life coach.
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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges

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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges
Looking at the full-page movie ads in the Sunday The New York Times, one might think the upcoming movies are “Phantom Thread,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour.” Nearly all the Arts & Leisure film ads were for Oscar contenders.

That’s where the specialized market finds itself after a successful four-month awards season. But those films, many of which are already streaming, are played out with not much gas left in the tank.

What will fill that void? So far, apart from some late-breaking modest foreign-language Oscar contenders (all lagging behind their predecessors) and minor initial interest in Sally Potter’s British import “The Party” (Roadside Attractions), now in its second week, the cupboards are bare. It looks like trouble at the arthouses until some fresh product opens and hopefully clicks.

“Young Karl Marx” (The Orchard) had a credible two-city debut this week, which is a positive sign. But it isn’t
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Movie Review – The Party (2018)

The Party, 2018.

Directed by Sally Potter.

Starring Kristen Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, and Cillian Murphy.


A celebratory gathering hosted by Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) brings together a generation of friends, lovers, and family members, for a soirée that will escalate beyond family squabbles, to guns, duplicity, and revelations.

Sally Potter’s first film since 2012’s beautifully cold to the touch Ginger & Rosa is a film equally as harsh. Throwing together a shuffling spectre of a husband (Timothy Spall), a cynical best friend (Patricia Clarkson), her faith healing other half (Bruno Ganz), the newly pregnant Jinny and Martha (Cherry Jones and Emily Mortimer), and suave coke sniffing money man, Tom (Cillian Murphy), the barbed exchanges are at first coated in subtlety, before all pretense is dropped and the forked tongues fly.

Sounds like a delicious concoction for some witty repartee and boardwalk back-and-forth,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sally Potter

One of the most artistic entertainment professionals to come out of England is Charlotte Sally Potter. She is a screenwriter, a dancer, and a director. Among her most famous works are Orlando (based on a novel by Virginia Woolf), The Man Who Cried, The Tango Lesson, and Ginger & Rosa. In recent news, Sally Potter (as she prefers to be known) has released a film called The Party. This political movie was inspired by the 2015 British election – one that Potter noticed was comprised mostly of vote-grabbing spin in the headlines instead of any discussion of the actual issues.

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Sally Potter
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‘The Party’ Has Lively Bow; ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Wins Chinese New Year Race: Specialty Box Office

‘The Party’ Has Lively Bow; ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Wins Chinese New Year Race: Specialty Box Office
Updated at 11:15Am Pt with more numbers and analysis. Roadside Attractions opened Sally Potter's black-and-white dramedy The Party in three locations Friday, taking in $36,344 and recording the second-highest per theater average of the weekend. The feature topped a sizable number of limited-release newcomers this weekend, including three titles rolled out in time for Friday's Chinese New Year. Warner Bros.' Detective Chinatown 2 is tracking to be the best of the trio…
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‘Black Panther’ Squashes Specialty Box Office, Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’ Is Best of Limited Openers

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‘Black Panther’ Squashes Specialty Box Office, Sally Potter’s ‘The Party’ Is Best of Limited Openers
As the specialized world begins to move past a rich diet of awards contenders — still providing the bulk of the gross — films from established directors opened in New York and Los Angeles this weekend, led by British auteur Sally Potter’s “The Party” (Roadside Attractions). Mark Pellington’s “Nostalgia” (Bleecker Street), with a similar strong ensemble cast, succumbed to weak reviews.

Russian foreign-language Oscar nominee “The Loveless” (Sony Pictures Classics) opened well for a subtitled release in two cities. While Francois Ozon’s sexy “Double Love” (Cohen Media) got off to a big-city national start during the week, the result is at the low end of the French director’s films.

With all the hype on the stronger-than-average results among this year’s Oscar nominees, comic book movie “Black Panther” in its first three days totaled more than the grosses for the entire runs of even top Best Picture nominees “Dunkirk” and “Get Out.
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Berlinale: ‘The Bookshop’ Review: Dir. Isabelle Coixet (2018)

The Bookshop review: Isabel Coixet adapts Penelope Fitzgerald’s famous novel for the big-screen.

The Bookshop review by Paul Heath.

The Bookshop review

Following their on-screen pairing in last year’ Berlinale delight The Party, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarke reunite for this 1950s-set drama from Spanish director Isabel Coixet.

Adapted from Penelope Fitzgerald’s book of the same name, The Bookshop centres on Mortimer’s lead character Florence Green, a lonely widow who opens a small bookshop in the sleepy English seaside town of Hardborough, England, despite overwhelming local opposition from the surrounding, stale community, in particular the strong-willed Mrs. Gamart (Clarkson).

Introducing the town to some of the best literature of the time, including Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenhei 451’ and Nabokov’ scandalous ‘Lolita’, among others, the bookshop slowly but surely starts to turn a profit, much to the annoyance of her fellow shopkeepers.

While continuously battling her neighbours, and indeed
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Wed Feb 14


Black Panther [my review]

Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Florence Kasumba costar in this comic-book action fantasy as powerful support for a male hero. (male writers and director)


The Boy Downstairs [my review]

Zosia Mamet stars as a New Yorker who discovers that her ex lives in the building she just moved into, prompting her to reconsider their breakup. Written and directed by Sophie Brooks.

The Party [my review]

Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, and Cherry Jones costar in an ensemble black comedy about a friendly get-together that goes sour. Written and directed by Sally Potter.

Western [IMDb]

Valeska Grisebach writes and directs this German drama about (male) construction workers.

Double Lover (L’amant double) [IMDb]

Marine Vacth stars as a Parisian woman who falls in love with her therapist in this erotic thriller. (male writer-director)

The Scent of Rain & Lightning [IMDb] pictured

Maika Monroe stars as a woman
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The Party movie review: bring your own battle

MaryAnn’s quick take… Sally Potter’s brutally snappy take on the classic British drawing-room comedy hauls it into the 21st century with a cutting takedown of the anxieties and hypocrisies of well-off left-wingers. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast; desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

Politician Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas: Darkest Hour, Suite Française) is hosting a small gathering of close friends to celebrate her new job: shadow health minister (sort of like a minority leadership position in American legislatures). It doesn’t go well, to say the least.

It’s been five years since writer-director Sally Potter’s last film — the poignant and powerful teenage girl’s coming-of-age tale Ginger & Rosa — and she is back with a wicked vengeance. The Party
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Sally Potter on Tackling Politics On-Screen in “The Party” and the Future of Feminism

The Party

Sally Potter is the writer-director behind films such as “Ginger & Rosa,” a coming of age tale set against the Cuban Missile Crisis, the romantic, iambic pentameter-performed “Yes,” and the groundbreaking Virginia Woolf adaptation “Orlando.” Her latest film, “The Party,” is a black comedy about a celebratory-turned-nightmarish social gathering. The film — which counts Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, and Timothy Spall among its ensemble cast — won the Guild Film Prize at the 2017 Berlinale.

We recently spoke with Potter about “The Party,” getting political on-screen, the future of feminism, and the importance of representing “soft issues” in film.

The Party” opens in New York and Los Angeles February 16.

This interview has been edited. It was transcribed by Sophie Willard.

W&H: Talk a little bit about what inspired you to make this movie.

Sp: Well first of all I wanted to make a film that allowed people
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Scott Reviews Sally Potter’s The Party [Theatrical Review]

A party has many connotations, at least two of which – a festive gathering and a political organization – are the direct subjects of Sally Potter’s new film. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is throwing a small soiree to celebrate her new appointment as the opposition party’s minister of health (never stated, but based on her stated views, presumably the left-leaning Labour group). This two-fold approach, of a celebration amongst similarly-minded individuals, suggests a unity that is not there. Indeed, in most common understandings of any type of party, a sense of shared purpose and harmony is almost assumed. Potter doesn’t see much of that going around.

Those gathered are Janet’s husband Bill (Timothy Spall), his college roommate Martha (Cherry Jones) and her newly-pregnant partner Jinny (Emily Mortimer), and Janet’s oldest friend April (Patricia Clarkson) and her own significant other Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). Banker Tom (Cillian Murphy) also wanders in,
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Sally Potter Throws ‘The Party’; Spc Bows ‘Loveless’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

Several foreign productions lead the pack of this weekend's Specialty newcomers just as future foreign contenders take the spotlight at the Berlin International Film Festival. Berlinale '17 prize winner The Party by Sally Potter takes its bow in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions. The black and white feature, which along with Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall also features Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones and Cillian Murphy, peppers in a decent shake of…
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Join "The Party"

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the comedy feature "The Party", written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy and Bruno Ganz:

"...'Janet', a politician for the opposition party, has just been announced shadow minister for health and is having a small celebratory party at her house. 

"Invited are her friends 'April', with her estranged German partner 'Gottfried', a life coach and self-proclaimed spiritual healer, Women's studies professor 'Martha', with her partner 'Jinny', a cook, and Janet's colleague and subordinate 'Marianne' with husband 'Tom', a banker.

"Before the party begins and even after the guests arrive, Janet's husband 'Bill' sits in his chair, listening to music, staring vacantly, and drinking wine. All invited guests come, with the exception of Marianne, who Tom says will arrive later. 

"Tom is extremely nervous and immediately locks himself in the bathroom, where
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