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The 18th Motovun Film Festival, held in the picturesque mountaintop town in Croatia from July 25-29, will screen 120 films this year including 20 films in its main programme.
Selections will include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster; The High Sun (Zvizdan) by Dalibor Matanic; The Postman’s White Nights by Andrei Konchalovsky; Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut; Virgin Mountain by Dagur Kari; The Falling by Carol Morley; You’re Too Ugly by Mark Noonan; and Bridgend by Jeppe Ronde.
Themed programmes this year include include French films in the Festival of France in Croatia (including Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin and Melanie Laurent’s Breathe); 20 years of Dogme 95 and Danish film; European TV series; and religious extremism.
Motovun’s president of the Council of Advisors, Mike Downey, said: »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd Haynes’ Carol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.
In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »
- Eric Lavallee
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Time's inimitable critic, Richard Corliss (1944 - 2015), pictured above. Visit David Hudson's roundup at Keyframe Daily for coverage. In the past week there's been more additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including new movies by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase and Gaspar Noé.When Manoel de Oliveira died earlier this month, word spread that he had made a film that would be released only upon his death, Memories and Confessions. Now word has come that its premiere screening will be on the 4th of May in Porto.Above: We're on the fence whether we should be excited for this, but the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit certainly has us intrigued.New York's essential film listing site Screen Slate has turned to Kickstarter to help fund its project. Speaking of New York, this May the Museum of the Moving »
The poster for 2015's Critics' Week
As the many and myriad elements of this year’s Cannes Film Festival start to come together ahead of next week’s launch of the official selection, the Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) today (7 April) unveiled this year’s poster image.
The designers have used a still from last year’s entry - Respire, the second film by actress turned director Mélanie Laurent. It depicts actress Lou de Laâge who played the heroine and who, in the words of the organisers, sums up “the vivacity, audacity, and free-thinking” of the selectors who concentrate on emerging talents.
Since its creation in 1962 the Critics’ Week has thrown a sharp focus on new talents in world cinema with a selection comprised mainly of first or second features as well as shorts.
- Richard Mowe
[Editor's Note: This interview was originally published last October. "Clouds of Sils Maria" opens this Friday, April 10 in select theaters.] Juliette Binoche, also known as La Binoche, is one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation. The first actress to win the Triple Crown (Best Actress awards at Cannes, Venice, and Berlin), she's appeared in some of the most widely-praised films of the last several decades, and worked with directors such as Leos Carax, Abbas Kiarostami, Jean-Luc Godard, and Krzysztof Kieslowski, among others. This year, she appears in four of vastly different films: "Words and Pictures," "Godzilla," "Clouds of Sils Maria," and "1,000 Times Good Night." We sat down to speak with the beloved actress about her acting philosophy and the unreliability of the internet. "1,000 Times Good Night," which marks her latest release, opens in select theaters and is available on video on demand platforms on »
- Greg Cwik
The capital of Lithuania will soon open its gates to cineastes, with the Vilnius Film Festival "Kino Parsavaris", the largest cinematic event in Lithuania. Roaming the streets of the second biggest city of the Baltic states. The fest runs from March 19 until April 2.The twenty year anniversary of Vilnius will be celebrated with a full retrospective of French enfant terrible, Leos Carax . After 18 years Carax comes back to Vilnius with the Alex trilogy (Boy Meets Girl - 1984, The Night is Young- 1986, The Lovers on the Bridge- 1991) to the enigmatic Holy Motors. The retrospective also includes Tessa Louise-Salomé's documentary on the man, Mr. X.Among the selections are Lisandro Alonso's Jauja, Chaitanya Tamhane's directorial debut Court, the Turkish coming of...
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The Town That Dreaded Showdown: Bouchareb Returns to New Mexican Landscape with Mixed Results
French director Rachid Bouchareb’s long celebrated filmography has garnered two of his titles Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (Dust of Life; Days of Glory), along with a host of other accolades for a body of work that often revolves around either Algerian experiences in France (modern and period), or explorations of race and/or gender within unique narratives. A long-time producer of Bruno Dumont’s work, Bouchareb has been pursuing a variety of international productions. His latest, Two Men in Town, is a morality exercise that happens to take place in roughly the same Us locale as his last effort, 2012’s Just Like a Woman. Despite a notable cast and several rather arresting performances, the end result never elevates beyond a standard dramatic exercise that ends in more or less the same »
- Nicholas Bell
Qui aime les films français ?
If you do and you live in St. Louis, you’re in luck! The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series begins March 13th. The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations.
This year features recent restorations of eight works, including an extended director’s cut of Patrice Chéreau’s historical epic Queen Margot a New York-set film noir (Two Men In Manhattan) by crime-film maestro Jean-Pierre Melville, who also co-stars; a short feature (“A Day in the Country”) by Jean Renoir, on a double bill with the 2006 restoration of his masterpiece, The Rules Of The Game, and the »
- Tom Stockman
Everyone gets excited about movies for different reasons. There are plenty of times that something is announced and I look at Twitter or Facebook and see that people are going nuts for it, and I'm left cold by the news. Sometimes it's because a nostalgia button's been pushed, sometimes it's because of the creative elements involved. And there are plenty of times I put up a piece of news here and I'm thrilled about it and there reaction from you guys is a sort of deafening silence. So when I say that this is the most exciting film news that I've heard so far in 2015, I accept that my own excitement level may be pitched somewhere different than yours. But there's no way I can downplay the dopamine rush I got when I read that Leos Carax is deep into development of a new movie musical that will feature music by Sparks. »
- Drew McWeeny
Pioneering electro-disco band Sparks just wrapped a two-night stint in Los Angeles of an orchestral concert version of their pioneering 1974 album Kimono My House. In an interview with Chris Willman at Billboard, the band (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) teases two upcoming film projects. The first is with Guy Maddin, news of whom seems to regularly filter out into the film blogosphere. The second, however, is with Leos Carax, who usually holds his upcoming project cards closer to the vest. Here’s Russell Mael on both projects: The other thing we’ve been doing is two movie musical movie projects. One […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Paris – Co-productions with the world’s fastest growing film market, China, was the subject of this year’s 15th Dream Industry (Feb. 4-6), integrated within the Paris Images Trade Show.
The event included round tables with representatives from French and Chinese film agencies, directors and producers, and a master class with guest of honor, Chinese helmer Wang Chao (“Fantasia”).
Discussions provided fascinating insights into the different working models prevailing in France and China, and how industry players have come to terms with this complex reality.
Key French-Chinese coproductions discussed during the event included Wang Chao’s romantic tale, “Looking for Rohmer,” Jean Jacques Annaud’s epic production, “Wolf Totem,” Pascal Morelli’s animation feature, “108 Demon-Kings,” Philippe Muyl’s “The Nightingale,” Pengfei Song’s “Les Vagabonds de Pékin”and Emmanuel Sapolsky’s “The Eye of Silence,” plus Zoltan Mayer’s 100% French production, “Voyage to China,” and Leon Lai’s Chinese action comedy, »
- Martin Dale
While 2014 saw the passing of (reluctant) New Wave icon Alain Resnais, there was an intense resurgence of interest in the directorial efforts of Last Year at Marienbad (1961) scribe Alain Robbe-Grillet. Grillet and Resnais would never collaborate again, but it left the screenwriter with his own directorial options, which he used to explore his abstract fetishes in a filmography that would span ten films, many of which never made it to the United States. Kino Lorber’s Redemption label resurrected five rare titles for Blu-ray over the past year, including his 1963 debut L’immortelle and New Wave classic Trans-Europ-Express (1967). But it would be Grillet’s eighth feature that would serve to be his most internationally renowned, the 1983 La Belle Captive, which chanteys its way into Blu-ray this month courtesy of Olive Films. No more cohesive than any of the other puzzling titles in his filmography, the stunning work from DoP Henri Alekan »
- Nicholas Bell
Amir here, to welcome you to the third edition of Team Experience Awards, one of the most prestigious critics’ prizes around the world, bestowed on the best in cinema by members of this website sans Nathaniel. We previously honoured Leos Carax’s Holy Motors (with a lot of support for The Master) and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (with several awards for Gravity). There was a similar situation this year, with two films gaining most of our attention across the categories. Our pick for best picture, however, was a clear consensus favourite and won by a very comfortable margin.
As always, individual ballots proved a lot more interesting than the final results, making the otherwise tedious process of making up spreadsheets really exciting for me. Though there is no sign of it on the list of winners here, there was passionate support for films as varied as We Are the Best! »
- Amir S.
New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).
Broadcasters, distributors, film funders, festivals and producers from Europe and North America will attend pitching sessions for the East European Forum, Project Market and the second edition of the cross-media showcase Doc Tank.
200 applications were submitted for the 15th edition of the East European Forum which will be presenting ten projects including:
Georgian film-maker Salomé Jashi’s The Station about the aspirations of the only journalist and anchor-woman of a small provincial TV station
Estonian Jaak Kilmi’s People From Nowhere which will also be presented at next week’s When East Meets West co-production gathering in Trieste
Jakub Piatek’s A Film For My Mom, a home video documentary with fictional scenes
Vitaly Mansky’s highly topically Close Relations – The Ukraine Crisis, My Family »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
In today's roundup of best-of-2014 lists and awards, we've got fuller lists from Film Comment, a DVD/Blu-ray poll from Sight & Sound, nominations from guilds and from abroad, but the most intriguing of the bunch is the poll conducted by Kevin B. Lee: "Now that we are midway through the 2010s, what are the best films of the decade so far?" The top five: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret and Leos Carax's Holy Motors. » - David Hudson »
16 items from 2015
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