11 items from 2017
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Evolution (Lucile Hadžihalilovic)
Near the beginning of Evolution, there’s a shot that hangs underwater, showing a seemingly harmonious aquatic eco-system that’s glimpsed just long enough to create the sense of something that, while somewhat familiar, is distinctly outside the human world. This fleeting image though shows the promise of the film Evolution could’ve been. – Ethan V. (full review)
Where to Stream: Netflix
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- The Film Stage
Barcelona — “Rara,” “Neruda” and “A Monster Calls” have made the first cut, alongside another 142 features, for this year’s 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, the region’s highest-profile movie event. It is organized by Egeda Spanish Producers Rights Collection Society and backed by the Ibero-American Federation of Film and Audiovisual Producers (Fipca). National film academies and film funding boards across Latin America also back the Platinos.
The long-list was announced at this week’s Guadalajara Film Festival. It was made up from a record number of 847 submissions, according to organizers. In the most major innovation of this year’s edition, the Platino Awards will adds a TV series category.
“Rara,“ from Chile’s Pepa San Martin, weighs in as the film with most category confirmations, a somewhat remarkable fact given its a first feature. A Lgbt/arthouse family drama, “Rara” turns on two daughters, their biological mom and her partner, »
- Emilio Mayorga
This is the Pure Movies review of Neruda, directed by Pablo Larraín, and starring Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba and Diego Muñoz. Written by Camilla Brown. Pablo Neruda was a prominent advocate of communist dogma and when the newly appointed President González Videla outlawed communism in 1948 an order was issued for his arrest. Underground, removed from his former society life, Neruda experienced a transformative creative period – resulting in his 1950 masterpiece Canto General, an epic celebration of Latin America and its people. Two decades later, when receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature, Neruda declared that it was as a fugitive that he learnt the true meaning of fraternity. He recalled receiving acts of kindness from everyday people as he evaded the right wing government, and eventually escaped across the Argentinean border. Reflecting on his exile, Neruda professed he was uncertain as to whether he lived it, »
- Camilla Brown
Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” settles into a defiantly grounded drama about a trans woman fighting through her grief, but it starts with some incredible sleight of hand.
Set at the height of a Santiago summer, the film begins with a man named Orlando (“The Club” actor Francisco Reyes) as he gets a massage at his local sauna. Fifty-seven years old and looking like a gentler Jeremy Irons, Orlando leaves the health club and steps into the tired Chilean sun, eventually making his way to a nearby nightclub. He locks eyes with the singer onstage as soon as he steps inside, and she returns his attention with interest. Her name is Marina (first-time actress Daniela Vega), she’s roughly half Orlando’s age, and she’s very much in love with him. The feeling is mutual.
Later that night, the two of them have sex against the floor-to-ceiling window »
- David Ehrlich
Multiple mirrors abound in frame after frame of “A Fantastic Woman,” repeatedly reflecting the woman of the title — young, beautiful, headstrong Marina — in all her, well, fantastic glory. It may seem an obvious, even clichéd, visual trope for the resourceful Chilean director Sebastián Lelio to fall back on, until it dawns on us that its very obviousness is precisely the point: We’re given every conceivable opportunity to see and perceive Marina for exactly who she is. So why do so many of those around her struggle to do the same? In this exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice, Lelio has crafted perhaps the most resonant and empathetic screen testament to the everyday obstacles of transgender existence since Kimberly Peirce’s “Boys Don’t Cry” in 1999. Mingled with a wily, anxious streak of noir styling, »
- Guy Lodge
Pablo Larrain gained attention with American audiences with his stunning drama Jackie, about Jackie Kennedy immediately after the assassination, but the Chilean-born director has another outstanding film opening in theaters now. The Spanish-language Neruda focuses on Nobel Prize winning poet, essayist and politician Pablo Neruda, a beloved national figure in his native Chile and throughout South America, who became a target of a political crackdown after WWII.
Neruda is both an entertaining and intellectually stimulating film. Rather than a conventional biopic, director Larrain tells this story as a chase, with the poet/politician pursued by a police detective played by Gale Garcia Bernal.. Neruda has a streak of dark humor and begins with strong film noir elements, which eventually give way to the surreal, while exploring Neruda’s life and work. »
- Cate Marquis
Read More: Sebástian Lelio’s Berlin Competition Film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Unveils Evocative First Trailer — Watch
Chilean filmmaker Sebástian Lelio’s latest film stars Daniela Vega as a transsexual woman coping with her boyfriend’s death. As she tries to maintain a civil relationship with her dead lovers’ relatives, she’s confronted with the restrictive social norms that put her own livelihood in danger. The movie was screened to buyers at the European Film Market.
“‘A Fantastic Woman’ is something special, timely, magical, dramatic and mysterious,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement.
Lelio’s fifth feature film, “A Fantastic Woman” is produced by Lelio, Pablo Larraín, Juan de Dios Larraín and Gonzalo Maza. The film also stars Luis Gnecco, who played the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, »
- Graham Winfrey
Berlin Film Festival entry “A Fantastic Woman” (“Una Mujer Fantastica”) has released its first trailer three days before the start of the fest, and Chilean filmmaker Sebástian Lelio’s latest movie looks every bit as provocative as his 2014 drama “Gloria.” (Lelio is a regular at Berlin, where he lives and owns a restaurant, also called Gloria.)
Read More: 5 Exciting Films in the 2017 Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup
“A Fantastic Woman” stars Daniela Vega as a transsexual woman coping with her boyfriend’s death. As she tries to maintain a civil relationship with her dead lovers’ relatives, she’s confronted with the restrictive social norms that put her own livelihood in danger. The movie premieres in Competition at Berlin and will be screened to buyers at the European Film Market. Peter Danner’s Funny Balloons is the international sales agent for the film, while Participant Media is selling U.S. rights. »
- Graham Winfrey
Cannes is getting into the television game by planning to launch its own international TV festival by 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The city’s mayor’s office confirmed the news, adding that Cannes is one of five cities, including Bordeaux, Lille, Paris and Nice, which are “currently under consideration for a government-sponsored festival.” Though, the cinema mecca is moving forward with their own plans before the decision is made.
Per Mayor David Lisnard, the Cannes television festival will run alongside one of the TV markets, which takes place in April and October. No additional details were revealed about the event but THR reports that Cannes plans to model the international competition after the film festival. It also hopes to have roughly 30 teams pitching potential funders, an online competition and public screenings.
Read More: How My First Trip to Cannes Changed My Perception of the Independent Film World
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- Liz Calvario
Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.
There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Chicago – “In me nothing is extinguished or forgotten…” is a single line from a poem by Pablo Neruda (“If You Forget Me”), and succinctly describes the film tribute to him, written by Neruda’s fellow Chilean countryman Guillermo Calderón, and directed with grace by another Chilean, Pablo Larrain.
Hot off Larrain’s other superior biography, “Jackie,” this exploration of an important life moment of Pablo Neruda is finely tuned, literary and archly cinematic. It’s a dreamlike journey, but never floats away, and is anchored by passionate characterizations from Luis Gnecco as the title character, and the always interesting and sharp Gael García Bernal. It is a cat-and-mouse game that may be just cat or just mouse, depending on how your point of view actualizes the story. Although bordering on vague, it ultimately is entrancing, and makes for a variable comparison to the equally virtuous “Jackie.” Larrain might have »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
11 items from 2017
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