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8 items from 2016

Podcast: The Playlist Talks ‘The Neon Demon’ Reactions From Cannes & Interviews ‘The Lobster’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos

20 May 2016 8:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The Playlist Podcast returns for a Cannes episode, in two parts. On the first half, friend of the show and longtime film critic for Nicholas Bell, fresh out of the premiere screening of “The Neon Demon,” joined me via Skype to talk about the early reactions to the latest effort from Nicolas Winding Refn. The second half of the […]

The post Podcast: The Playlist Talks ‘The Neon Demon’ Reactions From Cannes & Interviews ‘The Lobster’ Director Yorgos Lanthimos appeared first on The Playlist. »

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Grasshopper Film Paints “Right Now, Wrong Then” onto 2016 Slate

25 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Grasshopper Film’s Ryan Krivoshey is slowly building his company’s year one slate and has picked up one of the best undistributed films from South Korea’s most prolific auteur filmmaker. The big winner at Locarno this past August, and voted as Film Comment’s Best Undistributed Films of 2015, Hong Sangsoo’s Right Now, Wrong Then will be released theatrically sometime this year.

Gist: This is about an arthouse film director and an aspiring painter meet and spend the same day together, twice. Quite by accident, Chunsu arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist, Yoon Heejung. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to Heejung’s workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Tie Me Up, Eye Me Down: Magnet Releasing Ankles Nicolas Pesce’s “The Eyes of My Mother”

12 February 2016 3:15 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Magnolia was mostly sticking to docu items, but Variety reports that Magnet Releasing have landed worldwide distribution rights to The Eyes of My Mother – Nicolas Pesce’s break-out directorial debut will receive a theatrical debut later this year.

Gist: This centers around a young girl who raises herself alone in isolation after a tragedy besets her family.

Worth Noting: Pesce got his start working in commercial work and video clips including Tei Shi’s Bassically.

Do We Care?: Our #2 pick for the Best New Voice out of Sundance, our Nicholas Bell called this Sundance ★★★★ star standout “a spectacularly gruesome calling card which may deconstruct the notion of the physical lens through which living beings observe the world, but seems to hint these particular organs are hardly inherent windows to the soul.”


- Eric Lavallee

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Faces

5 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.

#10. Royalty HightowerThe Fits.

Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »

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Best of Fest: Sundance 2016’s Top 10 New Voices

4 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Commonly known as a lieu that breeds new filmmaking talents, Nicholas Bell and I look back at the filmmakers who made the most noteworthy splash at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Here are our Top 10 New Voices countdown:

#10. Jim CummingsThunder Road (Short)

Producer on Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others and Trey Edward Shults’s Krisha, Jim Cummings showed everyone who is the “boss” with the devilishly funny, conceptually sophisticated and fastidiously well executed short film. In one stroke, Cummings demonstrates a formal rigour, an impressionable, sumptuous pulse and fall-out-of-your-seat choreography. Winner of the top prize with the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, Thunder Road is a crowd pleaser and one heck of a lucky charm calling card. (El)

#9. Bernardo Britto – Jacqueline (Argentine)

On our radar two years back with his animated short (Yearbook), we were quite surprised by the form and the off the chart text »

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Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women Leads Eric Lavallee’s 2016 Sundance Film Fest Top Ten

3 February 2016 9:10 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With a decent sized sampling of thirty-one features and several four star quality shorts viewed, my assessment of the ’16 edition is as follows: the Premieres category delivered in terms of A quality offerings, the U.S Dramatic Comp had far more “misses” than “hits”, and there is plenty to be excited about from the micro indie auteurs found from the bountiful Next section. To further recognize this section’s importance and cred, I’d definitely create a jury award to go alongside the Audience award — perhaps the composition of that jury could follow the free-thinking artist matching they promote for their Sundance Next Fest. And speaking of the jury folk — I’m a little dismayed that a conventional film such as The Birth of a Nation took precedence over a technically sound, risk-taker film such as Christine. Change appears to be in the air, with Robert Redford contemplating the future »

- Eric Lavallee

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2016 Sundance Film Festival: Eric Lavallee’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

21 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Unlike some other media outlets who are blasphemously drawing up “most anticipated” Sundance lists that come across as a simple rehash of the entire feature film line-up, over here, Nicholas Bell and I pare down this shared enthusiasm in what are individual must see top five lists. The catch: select five films from five sections. In the decade I’ve been coming down here, the U.S Dramatic Comp section was the sure-fire bet for treasures, the Premieres section offered heavyweights and misfires while you had to look elsewhere for the gems. Last year’s Next was where all the riches were at. James White, Entertainment, Tangerine , Nasty Baby, and the upcoming Take Me to the River reminded me why the Next section has become a robust category in itself but surprisingly it might be the Premieres program (half a dozen offerings I could easily see in Cannes) is poised to get the major attention. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: Picks 200-101

4 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s become a great breaking in the new year traditional here at We begin our countdown to the our most anticipated foreign films (anything outside the U.S.) with our own Nicholas Bell curating the best bets for 2016. Here are the titles and filmmakers that didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but are nonetheless “radar” worthy.

101. El Rey del Once – Daniel Burman

102. The Dancer – Stephanie Di Giusto

103. Le CancrePaul Vecchiali

104. While the Women are Sleeping – Wayne Wang

105. TomorrowMartha Pinson

106. Spring Again – Gael Morel

107. CrowhurstSimon Rumley

108. Le Garcon – Philippe Lioret *

109. Marie and the Misfits – Sebastien Betbeder

110. Le Caravage – Alain Chevalier

111. Night Song – Raphael Nadjari

112. Réparer les vivants – Katell Quillevere *

113. Project LazarusMateo Gil

114. Afterimages – Andrzej Wajda

115. Don’t Knock Twice – Caradog James

116. DetourChristopher Smith

117. The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – Shunji Iwai

118. Three on the Road – Johnnie To

119. Le Vin et le Vent »

- Eric Lavallee

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