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The Loft Film Festival 2017

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The Loft Film Festival 2017
Better than ever, now in its seventh year, the spectacular program with its filmmaking guests and a committed community of dedicated and intellectually alive filmgoers invigorates the mind and activist tendencies already in play.

Take for instance, University of Arizona Professor Noam Chomsky, one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world, speaking with Regents’ Professor Toni Massaro about social justice and the environment. Here he is, in person, being honored as every word he speaks is treated as a jewel. Considered the founder of modern linguistics, Chomsky has written more than 100 books, his most recent being Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power. An ardent free speech advocate, Chomsky has published and lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, Mideast politics, terrorism, democratic society and war. Chomsky, who joined the UA faculty this fall, is a laureate professor in the Department of
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The dreamers of dreams by Anne-Katrin Titze

The lineup for Ismael’s Ghosts: Director’s Cut - Mathieu Amalric with Anne-Katrin Titze and director Arnaud Desplechin Photo: Lilia Blouin

Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghosts: Director's Cut (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), screenplay by the director with Léa Mysius and Julie Peyr, cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky (My Golden Days, La forêt), stars Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot.

On the afternoon before the New York Film Festival premiere, Arnaud Desplechin and Mathieu Amalric discussed with me what to do with a phantom, Woody Allen's Bananas and the theme from Marnie, a touch of Claude Lanzmann (Fours Sister - Special Event), de-whispering with Rilke, suffering with Philip Roth, Jackson Pollock and the "real pleasure to do too much", Jacques Lacan's Seminar VIII in Tel Aviv, loving someone like an apple, what makes a good dreamer, second chances, and never abandoning Vertigo.
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Hip Hop Redefined: How Arnaud Desplechin Uses Rap Music to Tell Fragile Stories — Nyff

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Hip Hop Redefined: How Arnaud Desplechin Uses Rap Music to Tell Fragile Stories — Nyff
The following essay was produced as part of the 2017 Nyff Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival.

Arnaud Desplechin may be the only filmmaker with a literary sensibility who understands the storytelling power of rap. His dialogue resembles a specific brand of French intellectualism that manifests in maladroit humor, and he maintains a general focus on epic, convoluted structures and literary motifs — soliloquies that break the fourth wall, omniscient narration, and strongly developed characters (which tie directly with his consistent lengthiness). His characters, while gauche, are irrevocably more privileged — they are artists and filmmakers, occupying large houses and indulgent with their resources.

This is why rap becomes a key contrasting factor in several of his films: Hip hop is not for the bourgeoise. The social issues that the lyrics of the rap songs often tackle have
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New York Film Festival encore highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) director Noah Baumbach: "It's always a pain in the ass shooting food, too." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Mrs. Hyde (Madame Hyde), screenplay by Serge Bozon and Axelle Ropert, cinematography by the director's sister Céline Bozon, starring Isabelle Huppert with Romain Duris and José Garcia; Joachim Trier's Thelma with Eili Harboe in the title role; Noah Baumbach's The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected) with a terrific ensemble cast including Dustin Hoffman, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, Elizabeth Marvel, Ben Stiller, and Grace Van Patten, and Ismael’s Ghosts (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), the director's cut at 132 minutes, starring Mathieu Amalric (whose films on John Zorn and Barbara Hannigan will be shown in Spotlight on Documentary), Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot, directed by Arnaud Desplechin are four more highlights screening in the...
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The 2017 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival

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The 2017 IndieWire Tiff Bible: Every Review, Interview, and News Item Posted During the Festival
Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News

Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Tiff Announces Midnight Madness and Documentaries Slate, Including ‘The Disaster Artist,’ ‘Super Size Me’ Sequel, and More

Tiff Announces Platform Lineup, Including ‘The Death of Stalin,’ ‘Euphoria,’ and ‘Brad’s Status’

Tiff Reveals Full Canadian Lineup, Including ‘Alias Grace’ Series Premiere and Restored Classics

Tiff 2017 Does TV: Primetime Line-Up to Premiere ‘The Deuce’ and ‘The Girlfriend Experience

Tiff Adds More Titles, Including ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ New Films From Brie Larson and Louis C.K., and Many More

Tiff Adds Lady Gaga Documentary & Performance to Special Events Slate

Pre-Festival Analysis

10 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries That Could Shake Up the Oscars

Tiff’s Platform Selection: How the Festival’s Buzziest Slate is Pivoting After Launching ‘Moonlight’

Tiff 2017: 12 Lgbtq Films We Can’t Wait to See
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New York Film Festival to screen Ismael's Ghosts by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-08-25 21:20:45

Ismael's Ghosts director Arnaud Desplechin Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Arnaud Desplechin's Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantômes D'Ismaël), starring Mathieu Amalric (whose film C’est Presque Au Bout Du Monde will be shown in Spotlight on Documentary), Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg with Louis Garrel, László Szabó, Alba Rohrwacher, and Hippolyte Girardot will have the director's cut at 132 minutes screened in the Main Slate of the 55th New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The Cannes Film Festival opening night premiere screening on May 17, 2017 was the 114-minute version and it received a theatrical release in France in both runtimes on the same day.

Magnolia Pictures has 2018 plans for the director's cut of Ismael's Ghosts hitting cinemas in the Us.

"Arnaud Desplechin is one of the cinema's great artists, one of the few from whom we can expect to...
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Marion Cotillard Drama ‘Ismael’s Ghosts’ Will Open in U.S. in New Version — Exclusive

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When “Ismael’s Ghosts” opened the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May, the movie was a freewheeling portrait of a neurotic filmmaker, Ismael (Mathieu Amalric), grappling with the reappearance of his long-missing wife (Marion Cotillard) and his new relationship with a more stable woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg). That may or may not have changed, but when “Ismael’s Ghosts” arrives at the New York Film Festival in September, it’s going to look a lot different.

While “Ismael’s Ghosts” clocked in at roughly two hours for its Cannes premiere, Magnolia Pictures will unveil Arnaud Desplechin’s director’s cut at Nyff in advance of its U.S. release. The new version is a full 20 minutes longer. Magnolia Pictures will only release that version into theaters for the film’s release in early 2018.

The news comes months after a tangled back-and-forth between Desplechin and the French distributors of the movie, which
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Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

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Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall festival season. On the heels of announcements from Tiff and Venice, the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival has unveiled its Main Slate, including a number of returning faces, emerging talents, and some of the most anticipated films from the festival circuit this year.

This year’s Main Slate showcases a number of films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner “The Square,” Robin Campillo’s “Bpm,” and Agnès Varda & Jr’s “Faces Places.” Other Cannes standouts, including “The Rider” and “The Florida Project,” will also screen at Nyff.

Read MoreTIFF Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Elsewhere, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner “The Other Side of Hope” and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner “Spoor” come to Nyff after Berlin bows.
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‘From the Land of the Moon’ Exclusive Clip: Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel Make a Promise

After taking on two high-profile Hollywood projects last year with Allied and Assassin’s Creed, Marion Cotillard’s latest roles find her going back to her native country. After Ismael’s Ghosts opened Cannes this year, one of last year’s selections, Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon, arrives in limited U.S. theatrical release today and we’re pleased to debut an exclusive clip.

Set after World War II, the romantic drama follows the actress bound by a loveless and begins an affair. Also starring Louis Garrel and Álex Brendemühl, this clip, courtesy of Sundance Selects, finds the characters played by Cotillard and Garrel making a promise. Check out the exclusive preview below, along with the trailer.

Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard, From The Land Of The Moon is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for passionate
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Natalie Portman & Lily-Rose Depp in New Us Trailer for 'Planetarium'

"Things are so different since you came into my life." Vision Films has unveiled a new official Us trailer for the release of the French film Planetarium, which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals last fall. Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp star as sisters in Paris in the 1930s who have the mysterious supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. The two of them start to put on performances in the city and make films, but end up in some other trouble. The full cast includes Emmanuel Salinger, Amira Casar, Pierre Salvadori, and Louis Garrel. I'm not so sure about this, as I never heard anyone raving about it, there doesn't seem to be much good buzz. It looks intriguing, but also kind of all over the place. Take a look. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium, direct from YouTube: Follows the journey
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False Confessions – Review

Louis Garrel as Dorante and Isabelle Huppert as Araminte, in False Confessions, director Luc Bondy’s French-language adaption of Marivaux’s play “Les Fausses Confidences.” Photo courtesy of Big World Pictures ©

Romantic comedy with a French accent and a love letter to theater both describe the French-language False Confessions (Les Fausses Confidences), the last film by Swiss film, theater and opera director Luc Bondy. Bondy re-sets Marivaux’s 18th century classical play about love, “Les Fausses Confidences,” in modern-day Paris, and stars Oscar-nominee Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Louis Garrel as the would-be lovers at the center of all the twists and deceits.

Fans of director Bondy, writer Marivaux, the film’s star Isabelle Huppert or just theater in general, will find much to like in this enjoyable, clever film adaption. Passions, doubts, jealousies and tempers are all aroused in this dizzy, funny tale, in a production that blends film and theater in a creative fashion.
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Jerusalem Film Festival opens with laughs not politics

Jerusalem Film Festival opens with laughs not politics
Michel Hazanavicius and Louis Garrel attend with opening night screening of Redoubtable.

The 34th edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival kicked-off on Thursday night with an open-air screening of Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard comedy Redoubtable and a stripped down opening ceremony aimed at keeping the spotlight on cinema.

Jff’s opening nights in the Sultan’s Pool amphitheatre in the shadow of the Old City walls have been politically-charged in recent years, thanks mainly to the presence of Israel’s controversial Culture Minister Miri Regev.

The former Israeli Defence Force spokeswoman’s views on how cultural funding should be redistributed away from the traditional cultural hubs of cities like Tel Aviv and not be meted out to works criticising the country have made her deeply unpopular within the country’s left-leaning cinema world.

Jeers for Regev

There were no politicians on stage on Thursday evening apart from the city’s mayor Nir Barkat, who handed
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July 2017 Film Preview

Girls Trip

As “Wonder Woman” becomes the highest-grossing live action film directed by a woman, July promises to bring even more interesting, powerful women to the big screen — whether they are in front of camera or behind it. July starts with a fascinating documentary from director Lara Stolman. “Swim Team” follows swim athletes on the autism spectrum and explores how the team gives its young men a chance to feel included and in control, sometimes for the first time ever.

The second weekend in July brings a pair of noteworthy women-centric films. Netflix’s “To the Bone” is inspired by writer-director Marti Noxon’s own struggles with anorexia, and charts her unconventional road to recovery. And Shakespeare gets an update from writer Alice Birch in “Lady Macbeth,” whose titular character discovers her own power after engaging in a dangerous affair.

Things get a bit lighter on July 21, with a pair of comedies about the complex ties between women. In Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” two sisters unexpectedly bond after discovering their father’s affair. “Girls Trip” sees four lifelong friends reconnecting at a rowdy, unforgettable weekend in New Orleans.

The month closes with a female-led action flick, and an urgent documentary sequel. Charlize Theron stars in “Atomic Blonde,” the story of an extremely talented MI6 agent who is sent to deliver a sensitive dossier to the destabilized city of Berlin. “An Inconvenient Sequel,” a follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is a potent reminder of the imminent danger of climate change, greed, and the apathy of those in power. Co-director Bonni Cohen follows Al Gore as he makes climate change’s dangers known to the entire world — and the film is being updated to include the United States’ decision to retreat from the Paris Climate treaty.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in July. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

July 5

“7 From Etheria” (Anthology) — Written and Directed by Karen Lam, Heidi Lee Douglas, Arantxa Echevarria, Martha Goddard, Anna Elizabeth James, Barbara Stepansky, and Rebecca Thomson

Etheria is the world’s most respected showcase of the best new horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films made by emerging women directors. Terrifying home invasions, unexpected carjackings, and hilarious jelly wrestling are just the start; before you’re through watching this anthology, you’ll visit a Tasmanian penal colony in 1829, prove Kurt Gödel’s time-travel theorem, be victimized by strange alien substances, and dare to venture out into a devastated nuclear wasteland. “7 From Etheria” is a wild ride, so please strap on your seat belt for your own safety.

July 7

Swim Team” (Documentary) — Directed by Lara Stolman (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

Swim Team

In New Jersey the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. “Swim Team” chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning.

Austin Found” — Co-Written by Brenna Graziano (Also Available on VOD)

Austin Found

Leanne Miller (Linda Cardellini, “Freaks and Geeks”) is a 36-year-old wife and mother whose hunger for fame and fortune leads her down a dangerous path. A former beauty queen and prom queen, Leanne is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle and decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities. Teaming up with her ex-boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich, “Riverdale”), and his ex-con buddy, Jebidiah (Craig Robinson, “The Office”), Leanne conspires to have her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Ursula Parker, “Louie”), kidnapped for just a month or two. All Leanne has to do is keep the local press (Kristen Schaal, “Bob’s Burgers”) and Sheriff (Patrick Warburton, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) focused on the case at hand and off hers. What could go wrong?

The Rehearsal” — Directed by Alison Maclean; Written by Alison Maclean and Emily Perkins

The Rehearsal

New York-based filmmaker Alison Maclean returns to her native New Zealand to tell this potent, emotionally textured coming-of-age story set among a group of budding acting students. Stanley (James Rolleston), a naïve first-year student, meets Isolde (Ella Edward) and begins a sweet, first love affair. Goaded by Hannah (Kerry Fox, “An Angel at My Table”), the charismatic, domineering Head of Acting, Stanley uncovers a talent and ambition he didn’t know he had. When his group hits on a sex scandal that involves Isolde’s tennis prodigy sister as fertile material for their end-of-year show, Stanley finds himself profoundly torn.

July 12

“500 Years” (Documentary) — Directed by Pamela Yates (Opens in NY)

“500 Years”: Daniel Hernández-Salazar

From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, “500 Years” tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

Bronx Gothic” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Bronx Gothic

An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, “Bronx Gothic.” Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui — who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor — fuses dance, song, drama, and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, “Bronx Gothic” allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

Julius Caesar” (Filmed Stage Production) — Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Opens in the UK)

Julius Caesar”: donmarwarehouse.com/Helen Maybanks

Julius Caesar” depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric.

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Available on Netflix)

To the Bone

Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, “To the Bone” shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins) and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey — navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Birthright: A War Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Civia Tamarkin; Written by Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Birthright: A War Story

Birthright: A War Story” is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated, and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts, and religious doctrine to govern whether, when, and how women will bear children. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Wish Upon” — Written by Barbara Marshall

Wish Upon

Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect — until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life — leading her down a dark and dangerous path.

“The Midwife” (Opens in NY)

“The Midwife”

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from director Martin Provost (“Séraphine”).

Footnotes

Footnotes

Footnotes” is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie (Pauline Etienne), a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position at a women’s luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the boss’s spunky receptionist Sophie (Julie Victor) and the ever-charming factory truck driver Samy (Olivier Chantreau), Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But Julie’s dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory.

Chasing Coral” (Documentary)— Co-Written by Vickie Curtis (Available on Netflix)

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

False Confessions” — Co-Directed by Marie-Louise Bischofberger (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

False Confessions

Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Louis Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Araminte’s manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections.

Blind” — Co-Written by Diane Fisher

A novelist blinded in the car crash (Alec Baldwin) that killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife (Demi Moore) of an indicted businessman (Dylan McDermott).

July 19

Desert Hearts” (Theatrical Re-Release)— Directed Donna Deitch; Written by Natalie Cooper (Opens in NY)

Desert Hearts

Based on Jane Rule’s 1964 novel, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was… complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

July 21

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm

Landline

When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, “Landline” is a warm, insightful, and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies.

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver

Girls Trip

When four lifelong friends — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish — travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The Untamed” (Opens in NY)

The Untamed

Alejandra (Ruth Ramos) is a young mother and housewife who raises her children with her husband, Angel (Jesús Meza), in a small town. His brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio) is a nurse at a local hospital. Their provincial lives are altered with the arrival of the mysterious Veronica (Simone Bucio). Sex and love are fragile in certain regions where family values ​​exist and hypocrisy, homophobia, and sexism are strong. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby forest, in a secluded cabin, there is something that is not of this world but that is the answer to all their problems.

Scales: Mermaids Are Real

Siren Phillips (Emmy Perry) has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a mermaid at the age of 12, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying goodbye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of hunters are after her. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town must rally behind her and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find her.

“The Fencer” — Written by Anna Heinämaa

“The Fencer”

A young man, Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi), arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion — fencing. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

July 26

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Catherine Bainbridge

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

“Rumble” tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, “Rumble” shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

Oscar-winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in “Atomic Blonde,” a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Incredible Jessica James” (Available on Netflix)

The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”, “Get Out”) and Noël Wells (“Master of None”) co-star.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary)— Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Strange Weather” — Written and Directed by Katherine Dieckmann (Also Available on VOD)

Strange Weather

Academy Award winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this engrossing story of a woman’s quest for rectitude in the wake of harrowing loss. Steeped in a strong sense of place and peopled by convention-defying characters, Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather” draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a backroads trek you won’t soon forget.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cottilard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman in a loveless marriage, and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André (Louis Garrel).

It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly (Brittany Allen) — a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past — finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail (Juan Riedinger). Easily able to outpace her un-dead pursuer at first, things quickly become a nightmare when it dawns on her that the zombie will never need to stop and rest. This is the epic story of one woman’s journey to outrun not only the immediate threat that follows her, but the demons who have chased her all her life.

July 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Trailer Watch: Marion Cotillard Longs for Her Lover in Nicole Garcia’s “From the Land of the Moon”

“From the Land of the Moon”: Genevieve Jacobson (Cmpr)

“All I do is wait,” Marion Cotillard writes to her lover in a new trailer for “From the Land of the Moon.” “I need you to talk to me,” she begs. The trailer suggests that many of her letters have gone unanswered, but still she persists. She refuses to give up on love.

Nicole Garcia’s period drama sees Cotillard playing Gabrielle, a free-spirited woman from a small town who dreams of romance and true love despite pressure from her parents to embrace a more stable, conventional relationship.

The spot for the French-language romance doesn’t reveal much of the film’s plot, but an official summary helps fill in the blanks. Gabrielle’s “parents marry her to José (Àlex Brendemühl), an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her,” the synopsis details. “Despite José’s devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post World War II society until the day she is sent away to a hospital in the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire.”

But Gabrielle and André won’t be able to run away together if he refuses to correspond with her. Gabrielle threatens that she won’t continue to write to him, but wonders, “What will I do? What can I do?”

In addition to directing, Garcia penned the script for the film. It’s an adaptation of Milena Agus’ 2006 best-selling novella of the same name.

“From the Land of the Moon” received eight nominations at the César Awards — France’s equivalent of the Oscars — including Best Director, Best Film, and Best Actress.

Cotillard won an Academy Award in 2008 for portraying French singer Édith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.” She earned a second nomination in 2015 for “Two Days, One Night.”

Garcia’s previous directing credits include “Going Away,” “A View of Love,” and “Charlie Says.” She’s also an actress. “My American Uncle,” “Alias Betty,” and “Little Lili” are among her acting credits.

“From the Land of the Moon” opens July 28.

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Marion Cotillard Finds Passion in U.S. Trailer for ‘From the Land of the Moon’

While she recently opened Cannes with Ismael’s Ghosts, a Marion Cotillard-led feature from last year’s festival will now get a release next month. Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon is a period weepy, set after World War II, which follows the actress bound by a loveless and begins an affair. Also starring Louis Garrel and Álex Brendemühl, Sundance Selects has now released a new U.S. trailer.

We said in our review, “We haven’t even reached the midway point of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but it’s probably safe to assume that Nicole Garcia’s From the Land of the Moon will be the least-ambitious film this year’s competition has to offer. Based on Sicilian author Melena Agus’ 2006 novella of the same name, it is a weepy Sunday matinee melodrama of the most run-of-the-mill variety, full of pretty people in pretty clothes feeling Big Emotions. A Tchaikovsky leitmotif reminds us of the protagonist’s wary heart. There are at least four shots of Marion Cotillard curled in a ball on the floor crying. You can probably see where this is going.”

Check out the trailer below.

Based on the international best-selling novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Marion Cotillard, From The Land Of The Moon is the story of a free-spirited woman fighting for passionate dreams of true love against all odds. Gabrielle (Cotillard) comes from a small village in the South of France at a a time when her dream of true love is considered scandalous, and even a sign of insanity. Her parents marry her to José (Àlex Brendemühl), an honest and loving Spanish farm worker who they think will make a respectable woman of her. Despite José’s devotion to her, Gabrielle vows that she will never love José and lives like a prisoner bound by the constraints of conventional post World War II society until the day she is sent away to a hospital in the Alps to heal her kidney stones. There she meets André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), a dashing injured veteran of the Indochinese War, who rekindles the passion buried inside her. She promises they will run away together, and André seems to share her desire. Will anyone dare rob her of her right to follow her dreams?

From the Land of the Moon opens on July 28.
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New Us Trailer for 'From the Land of the Moon' with Marion Cotillard

"I am planted within you. I am alone with you." IFC Films has debuted an official Us trailer for the French drama From the Land of the Moon, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year (not this year). This romantic story from filmmaker Nicole Garcia stars Marion Cotillard as a French woman from a small village in the South of France who falls in love with a man she meets in the Alps. Set right at the end of World War II, she is married to a man she doesn't really love, only to find the man she really loves when she goes to a clinic in the mountains to heal her kidney stones. The full cast includes Louis Garrel, Alex Brendemühl, Brigitte Roüan, Victoire Du Bois. From the looks of it, this seems to be a very sensual, sultry thriller about a woman being allowed to be with her true love. Is that so much to ...
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French Model Laetitia Casta Is Married! Get All the Details on the Secret Ceremony

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French Model Laetitia Casta Is Married! Get All the Details on the Secret Ceremony
Another day, another celebrity wedding to report! It’s confirmed that French model-turned-actress Laetitia Casta tied the knot to French actor Louis Garrel in a very intimate, super-secret ceremony in Lumio, Corsica.

Le nozze segrete di #LaetitiaCasta e #LouisGarrel; il nuovo amore di @FinallyMario; le confessioni di @_AnnaTatangelo_ … #SolosuChi pic.twitter.com/VcI5g7hrKZ

— Chi Magazine (@chimagazine) June 14, 2017

They said ‘I do’ on Saturday at a ceremony at the mayor’s office and afterward partied at a beach-themed reception on the island of Spano. They matched the bohemian theme of the wedding with their simple, relaxed style choices. Casta
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From the Land of the Moon review – feverish melodrama

Marion Cotillard stars as a free-spirited woman trapped in an unhappy marriage

An overwrought tale of amour fou, this tumultuous melodrama wilts under scrutiny, its torrid hothouse blooms doused in iced water. Marion Cotillard stars as Gabrielle, a young woman whose spirit is a little too free for provincial 1950s France. Shamed by her overt sexuality, her parents give her a stark choice – wed a stranger, or be committed to a mental asylum. The marriage is as successful as you might expect, given the circumstances. But when Gabrielle is sent to a mountain sanitorium to be cured of her abdominal pains, she meets Andre (Louis Garrel). Smouldering, poetic and doomed, he is her ideal mate, and becomes the focus of an obsession that eats up the subsequent years. It’s a handsome enough production that shares with Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth a striking mountain-top location. But the final twist ramps
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From the Land of the Moon Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

Venerable filmmaker Nicole Garcia returns to the silver screen with From the Land of the Moon, an intense, profound and intimate character study that takes a candid exploration into the fragile mind of our protagonist.

Set in the 1950s, Marion Cotillard takes on the role of Gabrielle Rabascal, considered insane from those around her, including her parents, who wilfully encourage her to marry Spanish farmworker José (Alex Brendemuhl). Stating from the offset that she has no intention of ever loving her new husband, Gabrielle is eventually sent to a rehabilitation clinic in the Alps to help treat her kidney stones. It’s here she discovers the sensation of real love, as she falls for fellow patient, the lieutenant André Sauvage (Louis Garrel), with dreams of abandoning her loveless, isolated existence and starting afresh with the injured army veteran.

When dealing with a film that lingers tirelessly on
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Big World Pictures

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Big World Pictures

Founded in 2013 and run almost single-handedly by Jonathan Howell, Big World Pictures is a non-profit distribution outfit dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema to film enthusiasts across the United States.

“As an expansion of the mission of our critically-acclaimed short film distribution wing, The World According to Shorts, Big World Pictures is dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema to film enthusiasts across the United States. We acquire only three to four feature films annually for theatrical release, in addition to several short films (to be released through The World According to Shorts), and ten to twelve feature films annually for video/VOD/TV release.”

Opening at Laemmle’s Royal in L.A. day and date with New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on June 23, Luc Bondy’s modern-day adaptation of the classic Marivaux play, “False Confessions”, starring Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel and Bulle Ogier
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