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"The tragic destiny of the sculptor Camille Claudel will be the focus of Bruno Dumont's seventh feature, which will start shooting next February in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence," reports Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa, where he notes that "the project has just been selected by Arte France Cinéma which will support it through co-production and pre-acquisitions. For the first time in his career, the director of Outside Satan (unveiled on the Croisette in May) and two-time winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes (in 1999 with Humanity and in 2006 for Flanders) has cast a star: Juliette Binoche (set to be seen next year in Malgorzata Szumowska's Elles, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, Sylvie Testud's The Life of Another and Marion Lainé's A Monkey on My Shoulder)."
"[A]lmost as long as there's been a Hollywood in Los Angeles, there has been an off-Hollywood too, the provenance of those toiling at the edge and far outside the mainstream," writes Manohla Dargis in a historical overview for the New York Times. "It's possible to follow one thread in the off-Hollywood story, its histories, productions and personalities in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980, a six-month series coordinated by Filmforum, the longest-running avant-garde film organization in Los Angeles, and one of several moving-image programs in Pacific Standard Time. (Another, La Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, was coordinated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, where it runs until Dec 17.) An initiative of the Getty Institute, Pacific Standard Time is a sprawling collaboration of more than 60 Southern California cultural institutions that aims, as a Getty news release puts it, 'to tell the birth of the Los Angeles art scene »
The French Institute Alliance Française (Fiaf) will celebrate contemporary cinema from Quebec with their new Cinéma Tuesdays series, New Cinéma Québecois. In collaboration with the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, the series will feature 8 films. The series begins November 1 and concludes November 29. Highlights include Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats," winner of the Regards Jeunes Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, as well as Q&A's with the directors »
★★★☆☆ Boys on Film: Bad Romance (2011), the latest anthology from arthouse distributors Peccadillo Pictures, is a selection of tender and sometimes shocking stories from such diverse directors as Christoph Scheerman and Tomer Velkoff. Starring - amongst others - Vincent D'Onofrio and Xavier Dolan, the ten short films mix love, mystery and twist-in-the-tail jolts (a la Tales of the Unexpected), and are probably at their best when dipped into one at a time.
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- Daniel Green
French-Canadian writer, actor and director Xavier Dolan took the festival circuit by storm back in 2009 with I Killed My Mother (also re-released on DVD today). This promising debut quickly stapled his name onto every up-and-coming director list around. Heartbeats (2010) is Dolan's sophomore effort and once again thrust this prolific young man centre stage, as once again he stars both in front and behind the camera.
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- Daniel Green
We are now four days into the Toronto International Film Festival which runs a total of ten days so I felt it would be best to look back at some of the coverage we’ve posted thus far. Admittedly we are all a bit behind but we do intend on catching up before the fest if over. So far this year the festival hasn’t been as exciting for me as compared to previous years. Most of my time is spent running around from one cinema to the next, networking and trying to find some time to maintain the site and do some writing. The first day is usually a write off spent picking up tickets, finding a place to stay and meeting up with some old friends, so unfortunately my movie watching only began on Friday evening. So I’ve decided that in the future, I will arrive in »
So Eddie Murphy it is for Oscar host. I said a few words about that here but it is now confirmed. The one time nominee (Dreamgirls) and legendary standup star will be your host for the Oscars in February.
Ralph Fiennes © Alastair MuirYour Movie Buddy Kurt unloads about bad theater etiquette springboarding from a recent incident at the Alamo Drafthouse. Seriously, what is wrong with people these days in movie theaters? Don't come if you don't wanna be there!
Playbill Guess his directorial debut Coriolanus (coming to movie theaters soon) is not enough Shakespeare for star actor Ralph Fiennes this season. He's currently playing Prospero in The Tempest in London (pictured left).
Alt Screen looks at modern critical takes on the brutal gay film Cruising (1980).
Kenneth in the (212) 'Correction of the Year' from a scandalous book about Vanessa Redgrave and that acting dynasty. »
- NATHANIEL R
i am a good person / i am a bad person
Directed by Ingrid Veninger
2011, Canada, 82 minutes
When it comes to Ingrid Veninger, I suspect that the time has come to invoke that pesky little word ‘auteur’, despite all the baggage that comes along with it. Its use usually strikes me as bizarrely speculative—as if a critic can always reliably judge the degree of a filmmaker’s influence in what is essentially a collaborative creative process—but when it comes to this film and this filmmaker, the word is apt. Given that Veninger wrote, produced, directed, and starred in i am a good person / i am a bad person, it is safe to call her the film’s author. And thank goodness. Along with Xavier Dolan, Veninger is one of precious few Canadian directors guaranteed to give us something fascinating.
i am a good person / i am a bad person »
- Dave Robson
My apologies straightaway that this week's Q & A is so late. A particularly nasty bout of insomnia derailed me for over a day. I was without rail. Back on track now and the time has come to answer your questions, 10 of them at any rate.
BBats: What young director (3 or less films) are you most excited about seeing over the next decade?
Nathaniel: This is a great question but difficult because then you have to really stop and think about who made which pictures when and you have to set aside people you've been rooting for forever that will seemingly be 70 before they birth a third feature (I'm talking to you Jonathan Glazer and Kimberly Peirce). It'd be weird to say John Cameron Mitchell since he's been making great movies for a decade now but in fact he's only made three. Still it's hard to argue with that diverse, unique »
- NATHANIEL R
With the Toronto International Film Festival just around the corner, many of us are busy trying to plan our schedules and prepare ourselves mentally for the onslaught. blogTO writer Julian Carrington is one of the lucky folks out there with full press credentials, and he asked if we would be interested in publishing some of his capsule reviews from the festival. How could we say no to more Tiff coverage? Julian got things started early by catching advance screenings for a handful of this year's films. After the jump, check out his thoughts on some noteworthy flicks including Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, Lars von Trier's Melancholia, and Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz. Stay tuned for plenty more updates starting next week! Take This Waltz A Tiff sensation in 2000, it's fitting that Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love seems to have served as potent inspiration for two wunderkinds of Canadian filmmaking. »
DVD Playhouse—August 2011
By Allen Gardner
High And Low (Criterion) Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 adaptation of Ed McBain’s novel King’s Ransom is a multi-layered masterpiece of suspense and one of the best portraits ever of class warfare in post-ww II Japan. Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy businessman who finds himself in a moral quandary when his chauffer’s son is kidnapped by ruthless thugs who think the boy is Mifune’s. Beautifully realized on every level. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Kurosawa scholar Stephen Prince; Documentary on film’s production; Interview with Mifune from 1984; Trailers and teaser. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 4.0 surround.
Leon Morin, Priest (Criterion) One of French maestro Jean-Pierre Melville’s rare non-crime-oriented films, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a devoted cleric who is lusted after by the women of a small village in Nazi-occupied France. When Fr. Morin finds himself drawn to a »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Directed by: Jacob Tierney
Written by: Jacob Tierney
Neighbors are like family: you're stuck with the hand fate deals.
There's not much you can do to escape them, other than murder those individuals who really piss you off. Jacob Tierney's adaptation of Chrystine Brouillet's 1982 novel, Chère Voisine, explores the lives of three Montreal apartment dwellers with a hankering for homicide that will be familiar to anyone who has ever cursed thin interior walls.
Neurotic, twitching Victor (Jay Baruchel) is new to the building, and finds it no easy task to befriend his neighbors, cat lady Louise (Emily Hampshire), and wheelchair bound jock Spencer (Scott Speedman). Victor lacks the social skills to take 'No' for an answer and bulldozes Spencer into holding a dinner party. A fragile three-way connection builds from there. Confined to their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce building by the harsh Canadian winter, »
This week on the small screen, Todd Solondz revisits the characters from "Happiness," Canadian up-and-comer Xavier Dolan gets his heart broken and much more. DVD/Blu-rays This Week What to Buy "Life During Wartime: The Criterion Collection" Why It's a Must Own: Described by Todd Solondz as a "quasi-sequel" to "Happiness," the sixth feature from the acclaimed auteur of the uncomfortable, finds the director once again working with a stellar cast »
Entertainment One will release the 2010 hipster romantic comedy-drama Heartbeats on DVD on July 26 for the list price of $24.98.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan when he was just 20 years old (he also co-stars), the movie tells the tale of two best friends, Francis (Dolan) and Marie ((Monia Chokri, The Age of Ignorance) who both fall for the same guy, the aloof Nicolas (Niels Schneider, Everything Is Fine). The two friends vie for Nicolas’s attention, but the closer Francis and Marie get to their object of romantic desire, the more unobtainable he seems to appear—and the more frayed their own bonds become.
The young, Montreal-based Dolan has been compared to such world-class filmmakers as Francois Truffaut (Stolen Kisses), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist) and Wong Kar-wai (Happy Together), while the film itself has »
Quebec has been doing a great job of fostering a wave of young directors who take a quiet, self assured approach to material. By this point, everyone's either seen, or at least heard of, Xavier Dolan who made a big splash with 2009's I Killed my Mother and last year, I was introduced to another up and coming talent by the name of Maxime Giroux whose debut Jo for Jonathan (review) stood out among a great line-up of films at the Whistler Film Festival. With the release of a teaser trailer for Guy Édoin's full length debut Marécages, it looks like we have a trifecta.
Édoin's family drama takes place in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, allowing for some gorgeously haunting images. Not too many details on the plot but Telefilm describes is as " On a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships, in the middle of a drought and while the land is parched, »
The French Sales Agent, Theatrical Distribution and Production company based out of Paris comes to the fest with a pair of items (Cristian Jimenez's Bonsai and Liza Johnson's Return) but Rezo also got a pair of must sees in Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York (which we could technically find at Tiff and will once again back a Stéphane Brize project -- his A Few Hours of Spring is currently in pre-production. Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi - Completed Le Tableau by Jean-François Laguionie - Post-Production Resistance by Amit Gupta - Post-Production Return by Liza Johnson - Completed 2 Days In New York by Julie Delpy - Post-Production A Few Hours Of Spring by Stéphane BRIZÉ - Pre-Production BONSÁI by Cristian Jimenez - Completed Magic Valley by Jaffe Zinn - Completed Neon Flesh (Carne De Neon) by Paco Cabezas - Completed Prey (Proie) by Antoine Blossier - Completed Amigo by John Sayles »
This wispy French-Canadian comedy has an epigraph by Alfred de Musset: "The only truth is love beyond reason." It's mostly about what strange magic attracts members of the same sex and opposite sexes to each other, usually reluctantly and rarely happily. The articulate characters, all well-heeled students in Montreal, discuss it over coffee and across the dinner table. Marie, the heroine, talks about it post-coitally with a succession of boyfriends, and she becomes part of a triangle. The other members of the chaste ménage are her best friend Francis, a somewhat callow gay man (played by the film's talented young writer-director, Xavier Dolan), and the androgynous Nicolas, whom someone calls an Adonis. Together they make up a Jules et Jim trio, but with the narcissistic Nicolas as the obscure object of the others' desire. The style is nouvelle vague but more Godard than Truffaut, and it's likeable enough, though »
- Philip French
He's young (22), talented, he directs, writes, produces and acts: don't you hate Xavier Dolan already? Those green with envy will find plenty to object to about the French-Canadian's second movie, not least the fact that it's rather good. It's a love triangle for our times: at its apex a charming Adonis who becomes the covert object of desire for two friends, a guy and a girl. Like its characters, it's not quite as sophisticated as it wants to be, but it's honest, accomplished and recklessly romantic.
The Hangover Part II (15)
The location is different (Bangkok – or at least the movie version) but this sequel to the hit amnesiac prenuptial buddy comedy takes no risks with formula or cast (even Mr Chow is back). The adult humour, though, »
- Steve Rose
“The only truth is love beyond reason”, says the opening quotation of Heartbeats, warning us that what follows won't always be easy viewing. We're propelled straight into the bitterness of rejection as three people speak of tales of love triangles that parallel the film's central story.
When “self-satisfied golden Adonis” Nico (Niels Schneider), attracts the attentions of best friends, Marie (Monia Chokri) and Francis (Xavier Dolan), their relationship starts to feel the strain as they both unsuccessfully compete for his affections, constantly trying to undermine each other. Spoilt Nico lives off the rent money his father gives him, and his mother's allowance, existing in his own bubble oblivious to the affections of his latest über-cool admirers: Marie resembles Audrey Hepburn in Technicolor while Dolan himself looks like an underwear model, young James Dean or Michelangelo statue (a parallel he is certainly aware of).
Heartbeats is jam-packed with excruciating scenes, such »
Twenty-two-year-old Xavier Dolan directs and stars in this talky triangle of love, set in French-speaking Quebec. He is Francis, a gay man who is best friends with Maria (Monia Chokri). She is straight, but their friendship is tested severely when they both conceive a passion for a new kid on the block: gorgeous, blond Nicolas (Niels Schneider). They are mad about the boy. But Nicolas, perhaps almost without realising it, has a genius for teasing and manipulating them. The precocious Dolan has certainly shown his talent in putting a plausible feature film together, his second. He interestingly tries for a new wave-ish feel, with hints of Bande à Part and Jules et Jim. But there is something rather flimsy about Heartbeats. That said, it certainly »
- Peter Bradshaw
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