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Peter Monsaert’s “Le Ciel Flamand,” Yu Liu’s “One Hundred and Fifty Years of Life” and Gabe Klinger’s “Porto,” featuring one of the last performances by Anton Yelchin, will contend in San Sebastian’s New Directors competition, whose 2016 lineup was announced Tuesday.
Also featuring, Federico Godfrid’s “Pinamar” and Jean-Gabriel Periot’s “Summer Lights” which complete the list of five second features at New Directors edition, following their director’ prizewinning debut at international festivals.
Framing films from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, China, France, Greece, Israel, Moldavia, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and the U.S., this year’s New Directors competition addresses themes such as women relationships, family feuds and coming-of-age.
With 2012’s “Offline,” a drama about second chances in life, Belgium’s Monsaert won a best film award at the Amiens Festival and a Jury Special Prize in Festroia, among other plaudits. In his new film, “Le Ciel Flamand, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: Equity inspires a look back at other films set in the corporate world.
Human Resources (1999)
A young man finds himself caught between management and workers in Human Resources, Laurent Cantet’s subtly complex portrait of the strains between the upper and working classes, and the way in which men define themselves through their work (and, in turn, are defined by the system as cogs in a machine). Returning to his Normandy hometown, young Franck (Jalil Lespert) accepts a desk-job internship at the company where his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has toiled for decades on the factory floor. Having recently laid off workers, the firm is beset by distrust between the establishment’s boss (Lucien Longueville) and the union’s leader (Danielle Mélador). Even greater friction ensues once the enterprising, cocky ...
- Nick Schager
Josetxo Moreno, co-founder and co-chief of respected Spanish art-house distributor and exhibitor Golem has passed away at the age of 62-years-old.
Pamplona-born Moreno was passionate about cinema from an early age. He founded Golem in 1980 alongside Otilio Garcia Gobeo and Pedro Zaratiegui, having cut his distributor teeth running a series of cinema clubs throughout the late 1970s.
The trio caught the wave of cultural liberation and experimentation in Spain at the time, which followed the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975 and the end of his repressive 40-year dictatorship.
They grew the company into onto one of the most important art-house distributors in Spain.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
Cannes– Paris-based Haut et Court, the talent-driven outfit behind French hit supernatural drama “The Returned,” is joining forces with U.S. powerhouse Anonymous Content (“Spotlight,” “The Revenant”) to co-produce Pierre Mezerette’s “United We Stand,” a European, English-language TV series exploring the world of soccer.
Haut et Court’s Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal are developing the series with Richard Brown at Anonymous Content, which is having an outstanding year having just won the Oscar for best film with Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” and four Academy Awards for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.”
An ensemble series created by Mezerette, “United We Stand” follows the trajectories of several characters working in various fields of high-level football — from club managers to players, agents, medical teams, supporters and journalists.
Boasting a singular concept and taking place in an unspecified European country, “United We Stand” won’t contain any game footage and »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – Comedies don’t travel, right?
Wrong. A pioneering French study, unveiled by its movie export org UniFrance Monday is Paris, showed that, contrary to industry, lore Gallic laffers were France’s No. 1 export line over 1995-2014, followed by thriller/adventure fare: Think Luc Besson EuropaCorp actioners, led by “Taken” installments.
That said, what distinguishes France, the world’s second-biggest film exporting nation, is its arthouse production, UniFrance president Jean-Paul Salomé observed. Drama indeed, after genre, is France’s fourth biggest export biz, in terms of international box office.
Boasting a wealth of detail and range of analysis typical of UniFrance (as Cnc French film board) studies, French Film Genres suggested Gallic movies sold 326 million tickets abroad, 1995-2014. That compares to 234 for thriller/adventure, 120 million for fantasy, sci-fi and horror and 97 million for drama. Next best sellers were documentaries (41 million), animation (40 million), war/period films (34 million), biopics (21 million), and crime »
- John Hopewell
Paris– Rolling off “Hippocrate,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week to warm reviews, doctor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Lilti delved once again in the medical world with “Irreplaceable” (‘Medicin de campagne’) which Le Pacte will unveil at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in New York. The social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who’s come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Le Pacte has already scored a flurry of deals with Athena (Benelux), Caramel (Spain), Mantarraya (Mexico), Sky digi (Tawain), Filmcoopi (Switzerland).
Variety: It’s the second feature you’ve made that’s set in the medical world. What is it about doctors that triggers your inspiration so much?
Thomas Lilti: Since I am a doctor it’s a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
We’re expecting French director Rebecca Zlotowski‘s third feature, Planetarium to enhance the burgeoning auteur’s status on international radar. Her first two films, both starring Lea Seydoux, include the 2010 debut Belle Epine (which won the Louis Delluc Award for Best Debut at Critics’ Week) and the beautiful sophomore feature Grand Central (programmed in 2013’s Un Certain Regard – read review) and are still in need of Us distribution. Since her next is headlined by names like Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Melody Depp (daughter of you-know-who), there’s already enhanced interest. We’re more curious about the narrative, concerning two spiritualist sisters touring Europe in the 1930s, co-written by the talented Robin Campillo (who penned screenplays for several of Laurent Cantet’s best films including Heading South and The Class, and whose sophomore feature Eastern Boys was another underrated 2013 title).
Cast: Natalie Portman, »
- Nicholas Bell
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