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‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts

16 October 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Perched at the top of this week’s flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it’s a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.

It’s part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts coming this weekend, including the controversy-minded Sundance award-winner Dear White PeopleWilliam H. Macy‘s directorial debut RudderlessKristen Stewart‘s Camp X-Ray, Jason Schwartzman‘s Listen Up Philip, The Golden Era, Summer Of Blood, and one great revival, Alain Resnais’ 1959 landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour.

To get a sense of Fox Searchlight’s ambitions for Birdman, the film closed the New York Film Festival last weekend to strong reviews, but then »

- David Bloom

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Claude Sautet: The Things of Life

15 October 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Lumière Festival’s Claude Sautet retrospective is being presented under the banner “The Age of Sautet (1960-95),” and that just about says it all. In the years he was active, few French directors better channeled the spirit of their times — not in grand, sweeping gestures, but rather miniature brushstrokes: the way a man and a woman might sit in a boulevard cafe, and the things both spoken and unspoken that might pass between them there; the moments of ease and anxiety around a family dinner table; the disappointments of parents in their children, and vice-versa. These are films that are at once indelibly French but also unassailably human. When I programmed a Sautet retrospective for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2012, I chose an even simpler title, taken directly from one of his own films: “The Things of Life.”

That movie, made in 1970, was actually Sautet’s fourth, »

- Scott Foundas

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