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Two middle-class French girls fall prey to Isil recruiters in Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s oh-so-earnest hot-button drama “Heaven Will Wait.” Designed as a warning to parents (do you know what your girls are up to?!), the film is armor-plated against criticism because negative evaluations could so easily be accused of suggesting that such things don’t happen, when in truth the problem isn’t the theme but its facile treatment. Including staged group-therapy meetings with real-life counselor Dounia Bouzar is meant to add to the authenticity, yet the “ripped from the headlines” sensationalizing combined with a dull genericism (not to mention unconvincing attempts at countering Islamophobia) mean “Heaven Will Wait” never rises above a TV issue-of-the-week broadcast. Still, the film will likely do decent European business given its topicality.
Audiences who can recall all those late-1970s, early-’80s small screen dramas about young people drawn into cults will recognize the same tropes, »
- Jay Weissberg
The Piazza Grande was subject to an arson attack; Switzerland has selected its 2017 Oscar candidate; The Doc Alliance Selection winner has been revealed; Nyon festival changes afoot.
Arson attack on Locarno’s Piazza Grande screen
Locarno’s world-famous open-air venue on the Piazza Grande was the victim of an arson attack at the weekend.
The fire was quickly brought under control by Locarno’s fire service. Subsequent screenings were not disrupted although there was some damage to bottom of the screen.
A 37-year-old local man was arrested by the police at in the early hours of Saturday morning after Friday night’s screening of Jason Bourne.
The man, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest, is apparently known to the police for previous arson attacks in the region, including other parts of the festival infrastructure in the past.
Following recent events in Europe, security measures had been stepped for this year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Locarno, Switzerland — The Locarno Film Festival’s innovative European Casting Director Award has spawned its first winner(s): France’s Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon for discovering first-timer Rod Paradot and casting him as the lead in Emmanuelle Bercot’s 2015 Cannes opening film “Standing Tall.”
Paradot’s performance as a turbulent teenager who repeatedly winds up in detention centers has drawn critical praise and scored him prizes as most promising French actor at both France’s Cesar and Lumiere awards this year.
Locarno’s new European casting director prize breaks new ground because there are virtually no nods for this key industry category within the global film community. Requests for a casting directors’ Oscar in the U.S. have fallen on deaf »
- Nick Vivarelli
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
In lauding Miguel Gomes‘ three-part, six-and-a-half hour behemoth, it’s perhaps important to consider his background as a critic. Not just in terms of the trilogy’s cinephilic engagement with Rossellini, Alonso, Oliveira, etc.; also in its defiant nature. While it’s easy to assign the trilogy certain humanist and satirical labels from the get-go and just praise these films for following through on them, »
- TFS Staff
Philippe Garrel’s In The Shadow of Women is his Jacques Rivette film: a work of masks, intrigues, labyrinthine deceptions and power games...but applied to the most intimate of relationships. So too is it thus a 69 minute long miracle of economy: We will see the meanings of these frames later. As Garrel says in his press conference: "For me, In The Shadow of Women is a film about the equality of men and women in as far as cinema can achieve this."And insofar as it is a meditation on equality between men and women, it too is also in dialogue with cinema itself.“...a history of cinema as communication between man and woman.” – Garrel, New York 2015 A good alternate title would be: Now, how do we get from point A to point B? “I also use images from my dreams. I am looking for a form of oneirism »
- Neil Bahadur
Usually one doesn’t think of seeing a “best film of the year” contender in what is usually the dumping ground known as January and February. However, distributor Distrib Films and director Philippe Garrel have tossed into theaters not only one of last year’s festival darlings but an early contender for the film of the year for 2015. Those unfamiliar with Garrel may find the black and white photography, pretentious-sounding title and hefty festival pedigree as a calling card for a film that’s more style than substance, but In The Shadow Of Women is a triumph of both direction and narrative nuance.
Women tells the story of documentarians Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and Manon (Clotilde Courau), a husband and wife creative team that crafts shoestring-budget documentaries financed by a series of random jobs that both take on. However, the relationship faces its latest and greatest test when Pierre meets and »
- Joshua Brunsting
Named as one of the best films of 2015 by Cahiers du Cinema, Philippe Garrel's "In The Shadow Of Women" kept eluding us on the festival circuit last year, having made its debut at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight. But the good news is that the movie arrives in cinemas this week, and we have an exclusive clip from the picture. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Starring Stanislas Merhar, Clotilde Courau, Lena Paugam, Vimala Pons, Mounir Margoum, Jean Pommier, Thérèse Quentin and Antoinette Moya, the story follows Pierre, a documentary filmmaker who ends an affair with his mistress Elisabeth when he discovers his partner Manon also has a lover. In the scene below, Pierre makes the boundaries of his relationship with Elisabeth quite clear. Here's the official synopsis: Pierre (Stanislas Merhar) and Manon (Clotilde Courau) make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. When Pierre meets a young trainee, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Mustang,” a pair of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight players, are leading the race for France’s 21st Lumieres Awards, the local equivalent to the Golden Globes.
“My Golden Years,” an ensemble coming-of-ager, is competing for seven nominations including best film, director, male (Quentin Dolmaire) and female newcomers (Lou Roy-Lecollinet).
“Mustang,” which has been nominated for a Golden Globe and reps France in the foreign-language race, is vying for six nods including best film, female newcomer, script and first film.
“Summertime” opened at Locarno and won the Variety Piazza Grande Award. The movie is competing for best film, director, actress (Higelin), script and music. Pic is a 1970s-set period romance drama telling the tale of two women from different backgrounds who fall madly in love against »
- Elsa Keslassy
All caught up with our top 50 films of 2015? It’s now time to look to the new year, and, ahead of our 100 most-anticipated films, we’re highlighting 50 titles we’ve enjoyed on the festival circuit this last year (and beyond) that will likely see a release in 2016. While the first batch have confirmed dates all the way through the summer, we’ve also included a handful that are awaiting a date and some we’re hopeful will get a release by year’s end pending acquisition. U.S. distributors: take note!
We’ve stuck to just 50 here, but we’ve also seen many other notable releases over the next twelve months that we were more mixed on (or worse). There’s The Benefactor, Mojave, Southbound, Remember, and Too Late this winter, as well as Hello, My Name is Doris, Green Room, Miles Ahead, I Saw the Light, The Bronze, Evolution, »
- TFS Staff
9 items from 2016
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