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In competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, French director Arnaud des Pallières' Michael Kohlhaas is a 16th century revenge drama featuring a strong European cast including the likes of Bruno Ganz (Downfall) and Denis Lavant - star of Leos Carax's refreshingly bonkers 2012 Palme d'Or contender Holy Motors. However, it's Danish man of the moment Mads Mikkelsen who will no doubt be the main attraction here. Last seen at Cannes with Thomas Vintenberg's Jagten (The Hunt, 2012) and currently starring in the NBC TV drama Hannibal as everyone's favourite cannibal, Doctor Lecter, Mikkelsen has repeatedly proved himself both a versatile actor and a powerful screen presence.
The aforementioned Mikkelsen plays the title role of horse-dealer Kohlhaas who, when wronged by a local lord, raises an army and seeks his revenge, spreading violence and fire across the land. The film is part-scripted and directed by Frenchman des Pallières, »
- CineVue UK
Hal Hartley is one of the true originals of modern cinema. A consummate stylist, his work is erudite and eccentric, defiant in its singularity. After making first film The Unbelievable Truth (1989) for just $75,000, Hartley went on to quietly change the face of independent American cinema with his deadpan dialogue, brimming with arch and often philosophical insights on relationships. Over his first few films, Hartley also developed a sophisticated aesthetic to compliment his sharp writing. Over the next few months, Artificial Eye will release The Unbelievable Truth, Simple Men (1992) and Amateur (1994) for the first time on Blu-ray. CineVue's Craig Williams asked Hartley about youth, the Weinsteins and Alan Rudolph.
Hal Hartley: Though I'm not terribly aged, I am older and I have been doing this for a long time so when I »
- CineVue UK
The two-year-old sales-financing-production banner is partnered with producer Sean Finegan on “Americatown”, which examines an ex-cop’s journey from poverty to power in the third-world American slums of world-leader China after the U.S. economy collapses. Aldamisa and Finegan are out to directors.
Aldamisa allied with producer Brooklyn Weaver on “Murder City,” a crime thriller following an ex-con who uses his former law enforcement connections to protect his wife and daughter when he becomes the hunter and target of a ruthless Detroit gangster.
Chairs Sergei and Marina Bespalov said the company aims to get involved earlier in projects as well as considering alternatives to its financing model. »
- Dave McNary
In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. Founded in 1962, Critics' Week aims to promote the work of burgeoning international directors. Jacques Audiard, Bernardo Bertolucci and Leos Carax -- who all had films screen at Cannes last year -- are just a few of the world-renowned directors who got their start there. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). Critics' Week director Charles Tesson told Variety he considered screening a second Sundance film but decided not to. Read Toh's review of "Saints" here. The seven films in the competition ("Saints" will not take part) will vie for the Critics' Week Grand Prize, which last year went »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As we've been tracking Only God Forgives, Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming thriller starring Ryan Gosling, we've noted an excess of brutality, blood, and Bangkok, where the film is set. A new poster, however, shifts things in another direction, reminding me of the poster for Holy Motors. Quality-wise, that pleases me, since the Leos Carax picture is one of my favorites of recent times, but I have no idea how the neon mask is meant to sell anyone on the idea of going to see Only God Forgives, especially those whose interest has not yet been aroused. Point in its favor: I like the weathered effect of the full-size poster. Does the new poster intrigue or mystify? Only God Forgives is due in U.S. theaters on...
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From Dziga Vertov’s Camera-Eye to Buñuel’s sliced-up eyeball, along through Samuel Beckett’s cyclopic Buster Keaton, the lone eye returning its regard from the screen is an ocular sign of reflexivity, of cinema looking not only at us but at itself as well.
The two-eyed regard is the human gaze occurring inside of cinematic artifice, of one character looking at an object. One eye less and the regard becomes the camera’s gaze, reaching from within the film out into the viewer’s space. Whereas binocular vision asserts its perception of the world as truth, the monocular vision is the world elevated into photographic artifice. Close one eye, reduce perception by a dimension; open it again, and reveal the artifice of binocular vision too.
In Les Amants du Pont Neuf (English title: The Lovers on the Bridge), when Denis Lavant’s monomaniacal tramp Alex falls incorrigibly in love »
Mma 2013 winners The MTV Movie Awards 2013 came to an end earlier this evening at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, after relatively speaking veteran Brad Pitt announced last year's Best Film. Which one was it? Michael Haneke's old-age drama Amour? David Cronenberg's white-limo drama Cosmopolis? Steven Spielberg's historical piece Lincoln? Ben Affleck's political thriller Argo? Kathryn Bigelow's other political thriller, Zero Dark Thirty? Nope. None of the above. Was it Leos Carax's other limo movie, Holy Motors? Are you insane? Why don't you try The Avengers, Joss Whedon's special-effects-laden flick starring grown men and women dressed in Halloween costumes. Admittedly, if only most Halloween parties were that successful: The Avengers collected a mind-numbing $1.51 billion worldwide. Take that, The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and This Is Not a Film! Pictured above: Best Shirtless Performance winner Taylor Lautner, with his shirt on for a change. »
- Andre Soares
In her new film, The Place Beyond the Pines, she ditches glam, playing a hard-grafting waitress opposite real-life partner Ryan Gosling. She talks about how the role mirrors her upbringing and, er, why her dog's face should be pixellated
"If you see Mike Leigh," says Eva Mendes, "tell him Mendes really wants him. And I do a good cockney." So I did. Or, rather, I emailed his agent. Mendes had already done the heavy lifting. "I sent him a note maybe like eight years ago," she says, a little giddy, "and I'm sure he had no idea who I was. And then I ran into him and he was lovely. So I just hope these last eight years I've maybe done something that he's liked or could see potential in, so we could possibly work together." His films are magical, she says; they move her to tears. "I come from »
- Catherine Shoard
You may still think of Eva Mendes as the woman from Hitch, or from the shampoo commercials, or from tabloid-ready relationships. But the actress who could easily spend a career coasting on her beauty has taken the last 4 years to make a series of risky and under seen films, from the gonzo Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans with Werner Herzog to the intimate Last Night with Massy Tadjedin to the surreal French experiment Holy Motors with Leos Carax. Now the latest acclaimed director she can add to her Rolodex is Derek Cianfrance, who broke out with Blue Valentine several years ago and who is back with the sprawling, emotional, and really good The Place Beyond the Pines. Mendes plays Romina, a woman who hooked up with Ryan Gosling's character Luke while he was in town with a traveling carnival. When Luke comes back in town Romina reveals »
Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Last year Eva Mendes teased us with a small role in Leos Carax' Holy Motors but this weekend she returns to the big screen with a meatier role alongside Bradley Cooper and real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the drama explores the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. In celebration of the film, we compiled a few fun facts on the gorgeous Eva Mendes. 1. Mendes didn’t audition for her role in The Place Beyond the Pines. She showed up to the audition in character: no makeup, big hoop earrings, a big baggy T-shirt and a pair of 1990s high-waisted jeans. Moments before she read her lines director Cianfrance asked...
- Elisa Osegueda
Cine Latino covers, well, all things relating to Latino culture and the movies, every Wednesday. Last year Eva Mendes teased us with a small role in Leos Carax's Holy Motors but this weekend she returns to the big screen with a meatier role alongside Bradley Cooper and real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the drama explores the unbreakable bond between a father and a son. In celebration of the film, we compiled a few fun facts on the gorgeous Eva Mendes. 1. Mendes didn’t audition for her role in The Place Beyond the Pines. She showed up to the audition in character: no makeup, big hoop earrings, a big baggy T-shirt and a pair of 1990s high-waisted jeans. Moments before she read her lines director Cianfrance asked...
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We saw her bend expectations in Leos Carax‘s mindtrip Holy Motors last year and Eva Mendes set out to do the same when it came to her audition for The Place Beyond the Pines. Having admired her worked in films such as We Own the Night and The Other Guys, director Derek Cianfrance jumped at the opportunity when Ryan Gosling recommended Mendes for the [...] »
- Jordan Raup
Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” took a tidy sum in limited release last weekend, and add that to a $3 million+ opening in France and Korine’s film is already off to great start, and will easily be his most successful film ever. Cast your mind back now to a pre-commercially successful Korine so you’re in the right headspace to watch one of his shorts, “Crutchnap.” Just 42-seconds long and made back in 2009, the same year that saw the release of “Trash Humpers,” it was part of a project entitled "OneDreamRush." Created by a New Zealand vodka company 42Below, they enlisted directors Mike Figgis, David Lynch, Gaspar Noe, Leos Carax, Carlos Reygadas, Abel Ferrara, Larry Clark, Kenneth Anger, and more to create super brief shorts, all running 42 seconds. The video’s certainly very surreal, if nothing like any dream we’ve ever had (thank goodness), and sees our cameraman, presumably Korine, »
- Joe Cunningham
Chicago – One of the best movies of 2012 had monsters, action heroes, animation, heart-breaking drama, Christ imagery and a sense of redemption in all of what it conveyed. “Holy Motors” may have been ignored at Oscar time, but it’s destined to make an impact for cinema fans in generations to come, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 26th.
Blu-Ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
The film is monumentally impressive, even just considering the mix of familiar film genres the writer/director Leos Carax presents and deconstructs. There is no winking at the camera per se, but each of the nine “appointments” have a sense of ripe satire, a broad and expressive urgency that suggests a good chain pulling. Within this context, there is beauty and truth, social/economic class tweaking, symbolism and interpretive elements that will challenge film students in perpetuity. “Holy Motors” is a movie of movies, containing a number »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
When we spoke with Juliette Binoche at the Berlin International Film Festival, our conversation touched on directors she's worked with like Michael Haneke, Anthony Minghella, Leos Carax, Abbas Kiarostami and Bruno Dumont (she stars in that director's latest "Camille Claudel 1915"). But we suppose arthouse movies only pay so much, or perhaps she just wants a complete change of pace and a brand new experience, because the actress is now stepping into her first bonafide studio blockbuster. Variety reports that Binoche -- yes, Juliette Binoche -- is in negotiations to join "Godzilla." What. The. Fuck. That's cool, but wow, something we just were not expecting at all. Anyway, plot details on Gareth Edwards' movie are being kept secret for now, but the trade does note that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are also working out deals, though there is no mention of the previously linked Bryan Cranston. This isn't the first time Binoche has. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Just a couple of days after the Oscars, you'd think there might be a handful of nominees trying to capitalize on the extra exposure, but it's actually a pretty slow week with the exception of P.T. Anderson's The Master (which is definitely a buy). Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague also hits stores this week along with Leos Carax's divisive art house classic Holy Motors. Other less prestigious releases include The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (which hits stores on Saturday), feminist thriller Girls Against Boys and Chasing Mavericks starring Gerard Butler. The Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy also debuts on Blu-ray through the Warner Archive Collection, while Criterion offers up new editions of Chronicle of a Summer and Sansho the Bailiff. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump. Amazon.com Widgets
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No other film threw convention to the wind while exploring such rich and textured territory like Leos Carax’s exquisite, divisively referential patchwork of cinema history that is Holy Motors. Both a bold deconstruction of the profession of acting and an audacious requiem for the physicality within the medium of film, the director’s return to long form cinema is a ravishing feast for the hardcore cinephile, blatantly giving the cold shoulder to those not in on the joke. Forced to accept financial defeat after nearly a decade of feature frustrations, Carax embraced the digital realm for it’s substantially cheaper production costs, but you’d be hard pressed to find fault with the on screen results. The film is a stylistic snake, wriggling from one cinematic mode to the next through a loose cannon series of utterly unpredictable sequences which all feature the auteur’s brilliant, amorphous stand-in, Denis Lavant. »
- Jordan M. Smith
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: Indiewire's top film of 2012; one of the most harrowing documentaries of last year; Julia Loktev's haunting follow-up to "Day Night Day Night"; Paul Thomas Anderson's most ambitious film to date; and the live action debut the filmmakers behind "Persepolis." #1. "Holy Motors" "Holy Motors," the film that topped Indiewire's 2012 year-end critics' poll, marks Leos Carax's first feature in 13 years. Beloved at Cannes, where many pundits thought it had a shot at the Palme d’Or (Michael Haneke’s "Amour" won out), "Holy Motors" proves that the French auteur has lost none of his verve or ingenuity, but maybe some of his mind. In the odyssey that is "Holy Motors," Carax's longtime collaborator Denis Lavant plays a rich man named Oscar who, with the help of his trusty female chauffeur, inhabits 11 different characters over the course of one »
- Nigel M Smith
Holy Motors I don't know how many of the people that included Leos Carax's Holy Motors on their year end top ten were doing it to seem hip or actually, truly loved it, but I remain unconvinced that anyone can separate this movie from any other nutty, "what the hell?" movie that hits cinema screens each year. That isn't to say it's a bad film, in fact it was one of the more entertaining when it came to post-screening conversation in Cannes last year, but best of the year? Eh, I guess that depends on how you qualify such a status. I determine my year end best by those movies I want, and have a desire, to watch again. Holy Motors doesn't fit in that category, but I suggest all of you at least give it a watch to see what you get out of it. You can read »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood's Costner takes home Honorary Award Speaking of Hollywood, the French Academy has frequently given its Honorary César (an equivalent to the Lifetime Achievement Award) to some curious group of Hollywood celebrities. Among those are Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Quentin Tarantino, Hugh Grant, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Spike Lee, Andie McDowell, and Sylvester Stallone. This year, they've made another curious choice: Kevin Costner, whose Honorary Award was a tribute to his "fabulous contribution to cinematic history." Costner, among whose movie credits as actor and/or director are Dances with Wolves, Bull Durham, JFK, The Bodyguard, The Postman, and Waterworld, thanked the French Academy of Film Arts and Sciences for embracing him "for who I am." Other César winners Among this year's other César winners were, in the supporting categories, Valérie Benguigui and Guillaume de Tonquédec for What's in a Name? / Le Prénom, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patelliere. »
- Andre Soares
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