16 items from 2011
Roundups on some of the more interesting titles opening this weekend have been updated through today: The Last Picture Show, 50/50, Margaret, Take Shelter and My Joy — see, too, Daniel Kasman's review — as well as another on the documentaries.
"Hillbilly horror is nothing new," writes Cheryl Eddy in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Some might mark its heyday as the 1970s, a decade containing Deliverance (1972), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), and I Spit On Your Grave (1978). Others might point to Herschell Gordon Lewis's immortal Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), probably cinema's most persuasive example of why Yankees road-tripping below the Mason-Dixon Line should never, for any reason, detour off the main highway…. But what if, asks Eli Craig's Tucker and Dale vs Evil, you were totally misjudging those sinister-seeming whiskey-tango yokels? What if, despite being a little unwashed and fond of sharp objects and power tools, they »
Today, Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma (Fnc), which will take place between October 12 to 23. Here's the complete line-up of feature films according to the press release we received.
Opening and closing
The 40th edition of the Fnc kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, with Declaration of War by Valérie Donzelli (France) at Cinéma Impérial (Centre Sandra & Leo Kolber, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). This critically-acclaimed second feature by Valérie Donzelli (The Queen of Hearts) tells the love story of Roméo and Juliette who are battling to save their sick child. The director and her producer Edouard Weil will be in attendance.
Ten days later, on Saturday, October 22, Monsieur Lazhar (Quebec/Canada) by Philippe Falardeau will close the Festival. Selected to represent Canada at the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film, Monsieur Lahzar shows the efforts of an Algerian schoolteacher to help his Grade 6 students come to terms with their teacher’s death. »
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I will soon post a list of films I have already seen that I highly recommend as well as a list of my most anticipated films screening at this year’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema. For now here is the press release from the festival. Make sure you read carefully because there are a ton of great films to check out.
Montreal, Tuesday September 27, 2011– Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma will be celebrating its 40th edition from October 12 to 23. For the past 40 years, Canada’s oldest film festival has offered film buffs a selection of the year’s most exciting new films — a bold lineup with plenty of whimsical and surprising elements, but one that also turns its lens on social realities and the evolution of film and new technologies. Over the course of this year’s 11-day Festival, audiences of all ages can take in features and shorts, fiction films and documentaries, »
Yesterday I reviewed Hellacious Acres: The Case of John Glass for all my independent-minded Sf cohorts here at Boomtron. Today I am thrilled to bring you an exclusive and extensive interview with the film’s director, Pat Tremblay.
Before we jump into the Q&A, I invite you to check out the official movie trailer, which gives a great tease for the delights and horrors that await you on those hellacious acres of post-apocalyptic ground….
Elena Nola: What’s your background with science fiction in general and Sf movies in particular? For ex., did you grow up watching b-side campy stuff with your parents, or was it a genre you came to in adulthood?
Pat Tremblay: Well, I remember clearly at 7 years old going to my school on a couple of Sundays in what seemed to be a heavy winter, just to go see films they were playing in 16Mm in the gymnasium. »
- Elena Nola
Music Box Films Presents
*** César Awards 2011 – Winner – Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay ***
*** Col-Coa Film Festival 2011 – Official Selection ***
*** Cannes International Film Festival 2010 – Official Selection ***
Opening In Los Angeles And New York On June 24
Baya Benmahmoud (Sara Forestier), a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results – until she meets Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin), a Jewish middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. Bound by common tragic family histories (the Algerian War and Holocaust under Vichy), the duo improbably fall in love. Amid the bubbly amour, humorous lasciviousness and moments of sheer madness, filmmaker Michel Leclerc injects satirical riffs on such hot-button sociopolitical issues as Arab-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, immigration, and racial and cultural identity.
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- Melissa Howland
The 15th City of Lights, City of Angels, a festival with both a handy acronym, Col•Coa, and a winning subtitle, "A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood," has opened with Philippe Le Guay's Service Entrance and closes on Sunday with Dany Boon's Nothing to Declare. In all, 34 features and 26 shorts will be screened, and we're teaming up with the festival to present five of those shorts for free. All five have been made by students of La fémis in Paris (whose alumni, by the way, include Laurent Cantet, Costa-Gavras, Claire Denis, Louis Malle, Arnaud Desplechin, Claude Miller, François Ozon and Alain Resnais). You can view our offering here.
China's rapid expansion, Myleene Klass does Vermeer and a smug film about cancer
The Chinese are taking over the world. Such, at least, is the premise of The Chinese Are Coming (BBC2). Justin Rowlatt investigated what Chinese influence meant for African countries, nicely skewering racist presumptions about China as he travelled. Intriguingly, the Chinese have often revivified old British colonial infrastructures. But are they as rapacious as we were? Tough call. Zambians resented their new imperialist yoke, while Angolans and Tanzanians seemed pleased by their countries' reinvigoration.
Could the Chinese do the same for Britain? Probably not. At least Africans have stuff – copper, cobalt, cheap labour – that the Chinese want. What do we have? Our coal and oil are depleted, our manufacturing base destroyed; our only surplus is celebrities. Perhaps we could trade Myleene Klass and Stephen Fry for an overhaul to the railway network. The Chinese probably wouldn't go for that. »
- Stuart Jeffries
The Fighter (15)
Just when America needed a tale of blue-collar dreams, hard-up families coming together and a Hero with Heart, along comes this bracing boxing drama. What distinguishes it from Rocky and co is that it's based on a real boxer ("Irish" Micky Ward), and there's not much boxing in it. The emphasis is on Wahlberg's colourfully unhelpful family, particularly his formidable mother (Leo) and crack-addicted brother (Bale). There's so much big acting going on, our quiet contender can't compete, but hey, he's got Heart.
Rabbit Hole (12A)
A couple's marriage reaches breaking point after their son's death in an everyday trauma-drama that's carefully handled. Nothing too depressing, hysterical, boring or serious, but it's still emotional, and Kidman has never been better.
Brighton Rock (15)
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- The guide
Our King's Speech coverage came early this week, what with the SAGs and DGAs happening last weekend. Which left the rest of the week free for … what, exactly?
In fact, it's been quite a quiet week for film; a lull before the storm of next week's awards blow out (Monday: Evening Standard film awards, Thursday: Critics Circle film awards, Sunday: Baftas) and after last weekend's King's Speech hoorah at the SAGs and the DGAs. Tom Hooper's drama has even been knocked off the top of the UK box office by princess pretender Tangled (though over the pond it's still doing remarkable business). But don't worry. We haven't abandoned our commitment to running at least one sizeable King's Speech think piece each week. This time round, it was the turn of Christopher Hitchens, who weighed in with some objections to the historical accuracy, especially re Churchill.
• Maria Schneider, »
French actor whose youthful role in Last Tango in Paris was to dominate her career
Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972) revolves around the spontaneous sexual chemistry between a bitter middle-aged American widower and a naive French girl about to be married. They are drawn into an entirely physical relationship, some of it involving butter, after a chance meeting in an empty Paris apartment. They know nothing about each other, not even their names. The man was played by one of the most famous and admired actors in the world, Marlon Brando. The woman, Maria Schneider, was completely unknown. For better or worse, it was the role with which Schneider, who has died of cancer aged 58, would always be associated.
- Ronald Bergan
Bertrand Blier has been picking at France's metaphorical scabs since the mid-70s, but hasn't had any serious impact since Trop Belle Pour Toi, back at the dawn of the 1990s. This film might presage something of an Indian summer. It's about a raffish middle-aged novelist called Charles (Jean Dujardin) who answers the door one day to an awkward man in a suit; the latter blandly announces he is his "cancer". So commences a relationship more akin to a haunting, or a hallucination. As a device, it's perhaps a little stagey, but there's something pleasantly medieval about a personification of death – and, in any case, Blier's penchant for deep-black humour allows him to get some funny, nasty jabs in at Charles's self-pitying, petit-bourgeois existence.
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- Andrew Pulver
Seventy-one-year-old provocateur Bertrand Blier is still going strong – and ushering in cancer as a character in his latest film
At the start of Bertrand Blier's new film, The Clink of Ice, a sinister-eyed man walks up to the security gates of an alcoholic writer's high-end country house. "I'm your cancer!" he says by way of introduction. "I thought it would be a good idea if we got to know each other." Like a malevolent version of a daemon from a Philip Pullman novel or like Eric Morecambe two steps behind Ernie Wise, Cancer becomes the writer's shadow. There's a scene in which the two lie in bed together like a bad taste Laurel and Hardy.
I know what you're thinking: sounds like an ideal date movie. So how on earth did Blier get anyone to bankroll this film? "With great difficulty," giggles the 71-year-old. "The original funders abandoned me »
- Stuart Jeffries
Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" was shut out of the Oscar nominations, and the writer-director likely wouldn't travel to the United States for the ceremony if he was in the running – but the Henri Langlois Awards, which were held in France on Monday night, reemphasized that the controversial filmmaker doesn't need to leave Europe to win awards this season. Polanski was honored with a career tribute at the ceremony in Vincennes, which also gave prizes to the Christopher Thompson film "The Last Summer Tour" and the Bertrand Blier drama "The »
Disney's animation formula might be 50 movies old, but after a thorough 21st-century overhaul it sparkles anew here. The classical elements are present and correct: rejigged fairytale (Rapunzel), musical numbers, expressive animals, problematic mother-daughter dynamic. But the animation is bright, the comedy tight, and the dialogue high-school-friendly. It's like Shrek without the irony, which is kind of refreshing. Little to challenge the status quo (or Pixar), maybe, but it does feature a great comedy horse.
Barney's Version (15)
Giamatti was made to play this comically disgraceful antihero – a boozy, philandering New York Jewish sleazeball/charmer – whose belief in romance shapes his unreliably narrated life, even as it ruins those of others.
- The guide
Xavier Beauvois' "Of Gods and Men" dominated the nominations of the 36th Annual Cesar Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. "Of Gods" received 11 nominations total and will compete against Heartbreaker (L'Arnacoeur), Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), Mammuth, Le Nom Des Gens, The Ghost Writer, and On Tour for Best Film.
Here is the full list of nominees:
Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes Et Des Dieu), dir: Xavier Beauvois
Gainsbourg (Vie Heroique), dir: Joann Sfar
The nominations for this year’s César Awards (France’s Oscar equivalent) has been announced. In addition the awards ceremony has also chosen Quentin Tarantino as the recipient of the ceremony’s honorary award. Alain Terzian, the president of the Académie des arts et techniques du cinéma announced at a press conference this morning confirmed that the director would be present to ick up his award in person.
The 36th edition of the Césars will take place on February 25 in Paris.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
L’arnacoeur by Pascal Chaumeil
Le nom des gens by Michel Leclerc
16 items from 2011
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