14 items from 2016
Exclusive: The inaugural Cinema Rediscovered festival will host screenings, workshops and the Ico’s Archive Screening Day 2016.
Bristol’s arts venue Watershed is teaming with the Independent Cinema Office (Ico), South West Silents and 20th Century Flicks to launch a new international archive film festival.
Supported by the BFI Film Audience Network’s Film Hub South West & West Midlands, Cinema Rediscovered will run in and around Bristol between July 28-31, 2016.
Taking inspiration from Il Cinema Ritrovato festival in Bologna, the event will showcase new digital restorations, film print rarities of early cinema and contemporary classics on the big screen.
Programme highlights include the world premiere of the new restoration of British drama The Lion in Winter (1968) ahead of its release later this year through Studiocanal and a presentation of the 4K restoration of Japanese auteur Nagisa Ôshima’s BAFTA-winning English language debut Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), starring David Bowie.
The Lion in Winter forms the centrepiece of a tribute »
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Simon Columb chats with Mark Cousins…
I Am Belfast, directed by Mark Cousins, is currently playing in a select number of cinemas across the country. Released by BFI, Cousins is an artist who takes many forms. Whether he is writing for Sight and Sound or interviewing David Lynch, Cousins is an expert in each field. A Story of Film: An Odyssey was released in 2011 and it cemented his reputation as an extraordinary filmmaker, whose cinematic knowledge we can only soak up desperately, as his open-armed approach to the art form is one which all film lovers aspire to.
His approach to filmmaking is unique and innovative but he is equally keen to consider how best to digest a film. Documented in Cinema is Everywhere, Tilda Swinton and Cousins travelled Scotland in 2009 with an enormous cinema, creating an independent film festival in the process. But, of course, I began talking to »
- Simon Columb
Mark Cousins indulges his penchant for the unpredictable in a quirky and poetic portrait of Northern Ireland’s capital
The dependably wayward Mark Cousins offers perhaps his most eccentric docu-essay yet, an impressionistic portrait of his home town, with Helena Bereen playing a regal personification of the spirit of place. Cousins teams up with star cameraman Christopher Doyle, the two of them finding subtly coloured beauty in otherwise unpromising urban austerity. The film is least convincing when making overt polemical points, as in its enactment of the funeral of the Last Bigot. Its winning moments come when its poetic revelations speak simply through the visuals, or when we meet characters like the joyously foul-mouthed drinking partners Rosie and Maud. It’s a film that would seem unfocused coming from anyone else – only Cousins would devote a long closing stretch to the story of a woman who left her shopping at a bus stop. »
- Jonathan Romney
This wonderfully inventive meditation on director Mark Cousins’s hometown is refreshingly uncynical and pithy
Mark Cousins has created a meditative tribute to his hometown of Belfast in the “city symphony” tradition that stretches from Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera to Terence Davies’s Of Time and the City. It’s musing, free-associating and visually inventive, with wonderful images from cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Like all of Cousins’s documentary film-making and criticism, it refuses easy cynicism in favour of unashamedly heartfelt human sympathy. This is as refreshing, as ever, yet I wasn’t persuaded by his invention of a fictional wise old woman character who personifies Belfast. She is brutally upstaged by two real-life plain-speaking older women that Cousins interviews. I would have preferred to deal directly with the poetry of Cousins’s own authorial voice.
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- Peter Bradshaw
I Am Belfast, 2015.
Directed by Mark Cousins.
Born in Belfast, director Mark Cousins fondly recalls the poetic beauty of the capital of Northern Ireland
Mark Cousins, filmmaker, artist and writer, has leapt from the expansive, sprawling Gombrichian scale of The Story of Film to the personal and intimate I Am Belfast. It is a recognizable cityscape, shot with the gaze of a painter. Belfast, and all its foibles, is hoisted up onto a reluctant podium. A strange grey area, between drama and documentary, Cousins latest film soaks you into Belfast’s water. From the salt mountains to the fearsome raindrops and storms, I Am Belfast refuses to insult or resent. After his upbringing in Northern Ireland, Cousins moved from the city when he was twenty years old. Clearly, as he notes, the Troubles pushed him out; one »
- Simon Columb
★★★★☆ The city as a symphony of long-forgotten memories, Mark Cousins' I Am Belfast is a refreshingly hopeful depiction of a place habitually represented in cinema as a battleground of sectarian violence. In Cousins' latest essay film, Helena Bereen plays Belfast, the city personified as a 100,000 year-old woman; a voice at once intimate and removed. Her role is to tell the story of Belfast. "Not the whole story," she remarks "but bits, like a movie". "I like movies," replies Cousins with childlike glee. Switching back and forth between past and the present, I Am Belfast paints a psychogeographical portrait of the Northern Irish capital: a city once renowned for shipbuilding and linen; now more commonly known for the Troubles.
- CineVue UK
It’s one of the oldest rules in the book, or at least the most resilient since the early ’90s: if Christopher Doyle was involved in a film, said film will look beautiful at every moment. Whether or not Mark Cousins‘ newest documentary, I Am Belfast, stands out for any other reason remains to be seen, but the first trailer is nevertheless a solid showcase for the Australian-Chinese cinematographer’s skill for clarity, depth, shape, and light. Considering the experiential angle being aimed for, that’s as decent a start as any.
Described in every known listing as “a city symphony,” it finds Belfast’s unique properties through aesthetic appreciation and a bit of fidgeting with concepts of what does and doesn’t “fit” within documentary cinema. That’s all well and good as is, and if the picture does, as early reviews have suggested, prove the first to fully »
- Nick Newman
Keen to differentiate his latest work from recent academic film essays such as The Story of Film: An Odyssey and A Story of Children and Film, Mark Cousins switches his own telltale narration for that of a woman, Helen Bereen, who he has rather unusually cast as Belfast itself. Encouraging the city to speak for herself, he proceeds
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- Steven Neish
Director Mark Cousins has spent a career melding the personal and observational, and the historical and the dramatic in his films, creating a distinct body of work that is entirely his own. But for his latest “I Am Belfast” he gets help from some terrific talent to weave together the docu-drama in what looks to be a stirring concoction. Read More: Watch: 93-Minute Compilation Of Interviews By Mark Cousins With Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Dennis Hopper, And More Shot by Christopher Doyle (“In The Mood For Love,” “2046”), and scored by David Holmes (“Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, “Hunger,” “Haywire”), as the title suggests, “I Am Belfast” is a loving portrait of the titular city. Here’s the official synopsis: Creative documentary done in a style unique to Mark Cousins – a visual, poetic depiction of Belfast and its citizens, told with love and passion of someone, who has left the city many »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Best known for his epic, 15-hour documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" (2011), prolific critic, film historian, and director Mark Cousins' new musical, "Stockholm My Love," stars Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry as Alva, a Swedish architect faced with the one-year anniversary of a a traumatic accident. Co-written by Cousins and Swedish producer Anita Oxburgh, and shot by acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle ("In the Mood for Love," "2046"), the film has been picked up by Fortissimo Films, with plans for a festival launch later this year. "Stockholm My Love," which Fortissimo will introduce via promo reel at Berlin's European Film Market, reshapes Cousins' essayistic style into dramatic form, with a soundtrack that includes Abba's Benny Andersson, 19th-century composer Franz Berwald, and five original songs performed by Cherry. The film is produced by Oxburgh, of »
- Matt Brennan
The film, a portrait of the Swedish capital, stars singer Neneh Cherry as a 47-year-old architect who loves buildings and the way that they influence people’s lives. Cinematography is by Chris Doyle, the Hong Kong-based Australian director of photography who has worked extensively with Wong Kar-wai and Gus van Sant.
The story sees the architect (Cherry) still in shock after a traffic accident, and taking long early-morning walks through the city she loves. Cherry also provides voice overs and five songs in the film’s soundtrack.
Fortissimo will represent the film globally outside the U.K. and Sweden and position it for a festival launch later this year. A show-reel will be available at Berlin’s Efm.
The film was produced and co-scripted by Anita Oxburgh of Migma Film, »
- Patrick Frater
SXSW 2016 will open with Richard Linklater‘s Everybody Wants Some, the “spiritual sequel” to Dazed and Confused (1993). Today, the festival's dropped its full feature lineup, which includes new work by Jeff Nichols, Barbara Kopple, Don Cheadle, Mark Cousins, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Mike Birbiglia, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Joe Berlinger, Linas Phillips, John Michael McDonagh, Joel Potrykus, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Jesse Moss, plus docs on Gary Numan, Marina Abramovic and more. » - David Hudson »
Writing for Screen, Geoffrey Macnab notes that the The 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam, running from January 27 through February 7, "opened last night with an unlikely infusion of glamor in the shape of 44-year-old Queen Maxima," attending the festival for the first time. We've collected an interview with the new festival director, Bero Beyer and, so far, reviews of the Iffr 2016 opener, Boudewijn Koole's Beyond Sleep, plus Felipe Guerrero’s Oscuro Animal and Fiona Tan's History's Future. Plus, De Filmkrant's Slow Criticism 2016, with contributions from Thomas Elsaesser, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Adrian Martin, Mark Cousins, Gabe Klinger and many more. » - David Hudson »
Cheer on local talent with these potentially great UK films from 2016, including drama, comedy, action, horror, fantasy & more…
While Batman Vs Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and other mega franchises are expected to dominate cinemas in 2016, let’s hear it for the films below. None are sequels, few have titanic budgets, all of them are British and each of them has the potential to be great.
2016 looks to be a particularly strong year for UK crime drama, with Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and Michael Apted’s Unlocked on their way. Military thrillers are also well represented this year, with Gavin Hood’s Eye In The Sky, Fernando Coimbra’s Sand Castle, and Simon West’s Stratton incoming. There’s also comedy, fantasy, drama, horror and even a musical waiting for you below.
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14 items from 2016
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