7 items from 2015
As a lucky group of Reykjavik fest attendees earlier this month consumed a special eight-course tasting menu at the city’s upscale Hotel Borg courtesy of head chef Anita Ingolfsdottir, while watching globe-trotting docu “Foodies,” word broke that Icelandic helmer Runar Runarsson’s “Sparrows” had nabbed top prize at Spain’s San Sebastian fest. The news provided further confirmation, if any was needed, that Icelandic helmers are enjoying a banner year.
In September, Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur’s Hollywood pic “Everest” debuted to strong reviews and box office while his Icelandic TV skein “Trapped,” an atmospheric policier, sold stateside to the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, after a well-received premiere in Berlin, Dagur Kari’s appealing dramedy “Virgin Mountain” took best feature, screenplay and actor kudos at the Tribeca fest. Perhaps most promising of all, Grimur Hakonarson’s touching humanist drama “Rams,” above, captured Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award as well as prizes in the Hamptons, »
- Alissa Simon
I received news Sunday that Sólveig Anspach had died. She was a brilliant filmmaker, a dear colleague, a generous friend. She died of cancer, age 54. Sólveig's father was a Romanian Jew from Brooklyn who was demobbed to Paris after WWII; her mother was an Icelandic woman who'd come to Paris to study architecture. (What a fine, rich clash of cultures!) Sólveig grew up in France, attended l'idhec/La Femis, and made films, many films, glorious and gloriously diverse. There was a documentary on a death-row inmate in Texas; a comedy of manners set in the marijuana-dealing community of Reykjavik (and its sequel!); a biopic of Paris Commune heroine Luise Michel. Perhaps her most well-known film here, the 1999 "Haut les Coeurs!," won a César for its lead Karin Viard. It's a quietly harrowing, deeply moving film about a woman who while pregnant discovers that she has breast cancer. Sadly: it was autobiographical. »
- Howard Rodman
Filmmaker was in post production on comedy Aquatic Effect.
Icelandic-French filmmaker Solveig Anspach died on Friday (Aug 7), aged 54, after a battle with cancer.
The Iceland born writer-director was a graduate of La Femis in Paris.
Her fictional debut feature was 1999’s Haut les Coeurs!, which was Cesar nominated. The director, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the time, told the fictional story of a pregnant musician who is told she has cancer (played by Karin Viard, who won a Cesar for the role).
Anspach’s 2003 film Stormy Weather, about a young psychiatrist who becomes fascinated by a young woman who refuses to speak, screened in Cannes Un Certain Regard.
Her 2012 film, Queen of Montreuil, won the Lina Mangiacapre Award in Venice Days and the audience award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
She was in post-production on her latest film Aquatic Effect (L’effet Aquatique), which was intended as the final film in an offbeat comedy »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Sólveig Anspach, the award-winning Icelandic-French filmmaker, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54. A prolific writer-director of feature films and documentaries, Anspach was honored at the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 for her Made in the USA, a searing exploration of an execution in Texas. Her Queen of Montreuil took home the Audience Award at the 2011 Reykjavik International Film Festival, and she won the best director award at the Ghent… »
The Oscar-nominated film, about the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on a rural community in Mali, has taken on new resonance in France following a series of terrorist attacks by extremists in Paris last month.
The other contenders for best film comprised Bertrand Bonello’s Yves Saint Laurent biopic Saint Laurent, Benoît Jacquot’s 3 Hearts, Eric Lartigau’s La Famille Bélier, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de Fille) and Lucas Belvaux’s Not My Type (Pas Mon Genre).
Belgian Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night - for which lead actress Marion Cotillard is nominated for an a best actress academy award - won the best prize for best foreign, Francophone film.
France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for this year’s César Awards at its traditional news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées on Friday morning.
Biopic Saint Laurent - exploring fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent’s life from 1967 to 1976 - led the pack with 10 nominations including best film, best director for Bonello, best actor for Gaspard Ulliel and best supporting actor for Louis Garrel.
Jalil Lespert’s rival biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, secured seven nominations. While it missed out in the best film and director categories, it scored nods with Pierre Niney for best actor, Charlotte Le Bon for best »
They didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but here is a list of foreign film titles that are on our radar for 2015. We being with…
198. Kills on Wheels – Dir. Attila Till
197. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend – Dir. Yuen Woo-ping
193. Flaskepost – Dir. Nikolaj Arcel
192. The Lady in the Van – Dir. Nicolas Hytner
191. Zoom – Dir. Pedro Morelli
190. Away from the Sea – Dir. Imanol Uribe
188. Ulrike’s Brain – Dir. Bruce La Bruce
187. Tsunami – Dir. Jacques Deschamps
186. And Your Sister? – Dir. Marion Vernoux
185. There Was Las Vegas – Dir. Alexandre Castas
183. Stepne – Dir. Maryna Vroda
182. Irreplaceable – Dir. Olivier Masset-Depasse
181. Histoire de Judas Iscariot – Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
180. The First, the Last – Dir. Bouli Lanners
179. Selection Officielle – Dir. Jacques Richard
178. Desierto – Dir. »
- Nicholas Bell
7 items from 2015
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