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Blu-Ray Review: Searing Drama of Intense, Dark ‘Incendies’

5 October 2011 7:49 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Damn, last year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film were a dark, dark bunch. I thought “Biutiful,” “Dogtooth” and “In a Better World” had their brutal edges but I hadn’t yet seen the incredibly intense “Incendies,” a historical drama wrapped in a very personal story. The film is a bit more flawed than some of the critical praise had led me to believe but it’s definitely worth a look, especially for renters looking for international drama.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

This highly-acclaimed suspense thriller is essentially the tale of two children discovering incredible secrets about their mother’s past and the true identity of their father. On her death, a woman leaves a letter for her twin children that instructs them to find the father that they believed was dead and the brother that they never knew existed. The male half of this fraternal twin pair ignores »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Blu Monday: Citizen Anakin and Rosebuds on Tatooine

12 September 2011 5:25 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The 10th Victim (1965)

Synopsis: It is the 21st Century, and society’s lust for violence is satisfied by “The Big Hunt,” an international game of legalized murder. But when the sport’s two top assassins (Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress) are pitted against each other, they find that love is the most dangerous game of all. As the world watches, the hunt is on. Who will become The 10th Victim? The 10th Victim is the international cult classic whose wild action and sexy style has influenced a generation of movies, from The Running Man to the Austin Powers series. Remastered from original archival negative materials, this outrageous satire is presented here in its original Italian language with optional English subtitles. — highdefdigest.com

Special Features:

Marcello: A Sweet Life (2006) (102 Mins.) Theatrical Trailer

3 Women: The Criterion Collection (1977)

Synopsis: In a dusty, »

- Travis Keune

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Incendies — review

25 June 2011 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From its arresting opening to its shattering conclusion, the Canadian film Incendies is muscular, emotional film-making of the highest order, self-confident in its delivery yet always respectful of its characters' plight. It starts in slo-mo, to the sound of Radiohead, in what looks like a children's Qu'ran school, in a desert, where we see boys having their heads shaved by soldiers. One of the boys fixes the camera with a chilling stare as hair falls around his feet.

The film then switches to a law firm in Montreal, where a mother's will is being read to her grief-stricken twins, daughter Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and son Simon (Maxim Gaudette). The lawyer Maître Lebel is played by the great Quebecois actor Rémy Girard, from another Canadian family saga, Denys Arcand's Les Invasions Barbares. This, too, is a tale of family, identity and, perhaps, forgiveness as the will sets Jeanne, a student of pure maths, »

- Jason Solomons

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‘Incendies’ is a masterpiece

28 May 2011 1:02 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Incendies

Directed by Denis Villeneuve

Written by Denis Villeneuve and Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne

Canada/France, 2010, 130 mins.

Spoilers are contained herein.

Incendies is the first unqualified masterpiece of 2011 and the film that should have won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at this year’s Academy Awards. Denis Villeneuve’s film is a perfect adaptation of the wonderful Canadian play by Wajdi Mouawad, a plat that might be the best family drama of the past decade.  Villeneuve and his co-writer Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne strip away an hour out of the play’s running time while still staying faithful to the play’s structure.  What makes the film really work is that it is an intimate family drama set on a global scale that plays out as an engaging and tense thriller.  This is the film that Susanne Bier’s film In a Better World tried so hard and failed to be.

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- Josh Youngerman

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Film Review: Horrors of War Create Mystery in ‘Incendies’

29 April 2011 9:54 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the most honest aphorisms is “the first casualty of war is truth.” Those obscured facts are often the ones that come back to haunt future generations, and that is exceptionally illustrated in the new film “Incendies.” Piecing together a mother’s wartime activities become the basis for solving a mystery after her death.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

The mystery yields a number of shocking revelations, but none more shocking than framing a reserved Jordanian immigrant, leading a normal life in Canada, as a soldier in a wartime frenzy that results in her being a political prisoner of war. Incendies allows for the events of the past to unfold through her twin children, destined to complete her journey and allow her to rest in peace.

The film begins with the reading of a will. Twin siblings Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) get odd instructions rather that the normal recitation of estate. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Incendies

22 April 2011 1:39 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: Denis Villenueve Writers: Denis Villenueve, Valérie Beaugrand-Champagne, Wajdi Mouawad Cinematographer: André Turpin Starring: Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, Rémy Girard Studio/Running Time: Sony Pictures Classics, 130 min. One of the questions at the heart of Incendies is whether the search is as important as what’s found at the end. The taut drama follows a pair of twins trying to fulfill a request from their mother’s will: to find their lost brother and unknown father and hand them a pair of mysterious letters. It soon turns out that the pair knew little of their mother’s life, so their »

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Incendies | Review - SXSW Film 2011

3 April 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Denis Villeneuve Writers: Denis Villeneuve, Wajdi Mouawad Starring: Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette After their mother Nawal’s (Lubna Azabal) death, twins Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) are faced with a puzzle that they must solve in order to fulfill their mother's last will and testament. According to their mother's most recent employer (Rémy Girard) -- a notary who was designated as the will's executor -- two letters must be delivered, one to their father and one to their brother. This is a puzzle because Jeanne and Simon assumed that their father was long dead and this is the first time that they have ever heard about the existence of any siblings. Simon wants nothing at all to do with their lunatic mother's crazy mind games, so it is Jeanne (quite purposefully a mathematician, therefore a staunch believer in absolute answers) who embarks upon the journey »

- Don Simpson

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[Ndnf Review] Incendies

25 March 2011 10:58 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The message running throughout Incendies is clear enough. It’s so clear, in fact, that those watching are in danger of injury, due to intense bludgeoning of said subject matter. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve, delves into the moral fiber and traumatic tree rings of war more than most films have or most likely ever will, but without one clear vantage point or emotional anchor.

Olivier Assayas‘ Carlos, which similarly tackles military revolt and the collateral damage that comes with it, is focused and dense, never diverting from its narcissistic, passionate title character. Villeneuve’s central character, Nawal (Lubna Azabal), is a cipher. A survivor who does just that and not much more. She survives. She survives the bombing of her village, a bus ride that ends riddled in bullets, a never-ending stint in prison complete with every kind of torture and so much more, including separation from her first-born child. »

- Dan Mecca

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CBC Renews 'InSecurity' for a 2nd Season

11 February 2011 6:50 PM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

CBC, a Canadian TV network, announced today that it will renew its half-hour spy comedy InSecurity for a second season. For the moment, tno premiere date has been announced for the second season.

The show is centred on Alex Cranston (Natalie Lisinska), the team leader of a group of spies. Together, they work for a fictitious Canadian federal organization called the National Intelligence Security Agency (Nisa). While these spies always screw up on a mission, they always find a way to succeed at the end of the day.

The show also stars Richard Yearwood, Grace Lynn Kung, Matthew MacFadzean, William deVry and Rémy Girard. »

- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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'Incendies' Premieres In La and NYC on April 22

4 February 2011 4:00 AM, PST | The Cultural Post | See recent The Cultural Post news »

The web site iTunes Movie Trailers announced that the Canadian film Incendies, which is nominated for the Oscar of Best film in a foreign language, will be released in Los Angeles and New York on April 22.

For the moment, nothing indicates that the latest film from director Denis Villeneuve will get a rollout in other major American cities.

The film is about a mother's last wish which sends Jeanne and Simon, two twins living in Canada, on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots.

The film stars Lubna Azabal, Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Rémy Girard and Abdelghafour Elaaziz.

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- anhkhoido@gmail.com (Anh Khoi Do)

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'Incendies' trailer.

2 February 2011 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for Incendies, starring Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. In theaters April 1, 2011, the drama is directed and written by Denis Villeneuve, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad. Incendies is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive. See the Incendies trailer below. When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed »

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'Incendies' trailer.

2 February 2011 9:58 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

See the trailer for Incendies, starring Lubna Azabal, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Maxim Gaudette. In theaters April 1, 2011, the drama is directed and written by Denis Villeneuve, based on the play by Wajdi Mouawad. Incendies is a deeply moving story that brings the extremism and violence of today’s world to a starkly personal level, delivering a powerful and poetic testament to the uncanny power of the will to survive. See the Incendies trailer below. When notary Lebel (Rémy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair of envelopes – one for the father they thought was dead and another for a brother they didn’t know existed »

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SXSW 2011 Unveils Feature Film Line-Up

2 February 2011 8:21 PM, PST | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival announced its feature film line-up Wednesday, piling heaps of cinematic goodness on an already stellar program that includes Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, Duncan JonesSource Code, Ti West’s The Innkeepers, Conan O’Brien’s tour documentary, and the latest Simon Pegg-Nick Frost comedy, Paul, with Seth Rogen.

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) returns to the festival with her latest film, Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried, after the writer-director spoke on a screenwriting panel in 2009.

Plus a few favorites from the Sundance Film Festival last month, like Tom McCarthy’s Win Win, Morgan Spurlock’s The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, and Max Winkler’s Ceremony.

I’m extremely excited, even if I’m already having flashbacks to intense sleep deprivation.  Like the last two years, I’ll be on the ground covering as much of the festival as I can within the packed 9 days of screenings, »

- Jeff Leins

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SXSW Film Festival Line-Up Announced

2 February 2011 5:08 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Readers of Sound On Sight can be sure that we will indeed be covering the SXSW Film Festival once again. As previously reported, Duncan Jones’ latest film Source Code is opening the festival and there will also be premieres for the documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Greg Mottola’s Paul, and Jodie Foster’s The Beaver. Now the full line-up has been announced it is incredible.

Hit the jump to check out the line-up, and be sure to visit our site during the event.

The 2011 SXSW Film Festival runs from March 11 – 19th in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Film Announces 2011 Features Lineup

Austin, Texas – February 2, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year’s Festival, March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers. »

- Ricky

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South By Southwest Film Festival Unveils 2011 Lineup! (“Yelling To The Sky” & “Blacktino” Make The Cut!)

2 February 2011 12:39 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) just announced their entire 2011 feature film lineup, and there’s isn’t a lot of note, with regards to this blog’s focus.

Titles you should be aware of – all of which we’ve previously profiled on Shadow And Act – include, Victoria Mahoney’s feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky (which will actually make its world debut at the Berlin Film Festival later this month); plus Blacktino, the first feature film from writer/director Aaron Burns, a self-described “blacktino nerd from Austin, Texas,” who got his start at Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios doing visual effects; Benda Bilili, a documentary about a band of homeless, disabled Congolese; and last, but not least, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, a documentary about the black man that happens to be the man behind the puppet (which also played at Sundance).

There might be »

- Tambay

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SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Features Lineup

2 February 2011 11:59 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump. SXSW Film Announces 2011 Features Lineup Austin, Texas – February 2, 2011 – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year’s Festival, March 11 – 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers. The Midnighters and SXFantastic feature sections, along with the short film program, will be announced next week. “This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discovery in 2010, we can finally unveil the line up for this year’s event,” says Film Conference and Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “SXSW prides itself on taking chances, sifting for »

- Peter Sciretta

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‘Incendies’ Trailer – Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film of 2010

1 February 2011 7:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Incendies premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to extremely positive reviews [1], but with such a limited audience, it hasn't had a chance for much buzz to spread. Of course, its recent nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars should change all that. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Maelstrom), this Canadian film tells the story of two twins who, upon hearing their mother's last wishes, journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play 'Scorched', the movie is described as a "powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love". It was also featured on Peter's list of Best Movies of 2010 That You Probably Haven’t Heard Of [2]. Watch the trailer after the break. The movie looks interesting, but as tends to be the case for many indie »

- Adam Quigley

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Academy Award-Nominated ‘Incendies’ Receives Domestic Trailer

31 January 2011 1:20 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’ve heard nothing but raves for Denis Villeneuve‘s Oscar-nominated foreign drama Incendies. While I missed it at both Toronto and Sundance, it will finally get a limited theatrical release this spring. The drama stars Remy Girard, Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette, and Lubna Azabal. Out of the Foreign Oscar nominations, Dogtooth has been the best I’ve seen thus far. Last year I thought there was no way anything could beat A Prophet, but then I saw The Secret In Their Eyes a few months later and, well…you know what happened. Could we have another 2010 on our hands? Take a look, Apple has our first domestic trailer, which can see below.

Synopsis: When notary Lebel (Remy Girard) sits down with Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Melissa Desormeaux Poulin, Maxim Gaudette) to read them their mother Nawal’s will (Lubna Azabal), the twins are stunned to receive a pair »

- Jordan Raup

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One of Sundance’s Best: Incendies

29 January 2011 1:10 AM, PST | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

One of the best films on the 2011 Sundance roster is winding down its festival run and gearing up for the Best Foreign Language Oscar competition. Incendies, Denis Villeneuve‘s drama (adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s play) brings a young woman’s past hell into the present day, while a sister and brother are compelled to learn their recently deceased mother’s personal history.

As twins Jeanne and Simon Marwan (Mélissa Désormeaux Poulin and Maxim Gaudette) learn the specifics of the will prepared by their mother, Nawal (Lubna Azabal), they are handed two envelopes by Lebel (Rémy Girard), a notary, family friend, and Nawal’s long-time employer. One envelope is for the father they presumed to be dead, the other is to be handed to the brother they didn’t know existed. Once delivered, Nawal can have a proper burial; until then, she is to be interred naked, »

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Nine International Movies Compete for Best Foreign Language Oscar

19 January 2011 2:27 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Algeria, Hors la Loi (Outside the Law), Rachid Bouchareb, director

Canada, Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, director

Denmark, In a Better World, Susanne Bier, director

Greece, Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos, director

Japan, Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima, director

Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu, director

South Africa, Life, above All, Oliver Schmitz, director

Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Ic&#237ar Bolla&#237n, director

Sweden, Simple Simon, Andreas Ohman, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's »

- MovieWeb

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