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Dave Boyle's fifth feature, Man From Reno, is in many ways both refreshing and frustrating in its pulp leanings. It is far less a typical pulse-pounding thriller, and more a good ol' fashioned mystery with its roots firmly planted in a real world-esque procedural.Fujitani Ayako (perhaps best known to TwitchFilm readers as the star of Michel Gondry's segment in the triptych-spun Tokyo, as well as the Heisei Gamera series from the 1990s) stars as Aki, a famous Japanese crime novelist, who escapes to San Francisco in the middle of her latest book tour. There, she meets a handsome and charming stranger played by Kitamura Kazuki. After one night together he disappears from her bed, but not without leaving behind a suitcase and some intriguing clues....
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CinéSalon's Benoît Jacquot: Leading Ladies (March 3 - 24), curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez at the French Institute Alliance Française in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York included screenings of The Disenchanted (La Désenchantée) starring Judith Godrèche, Marcel Bozonnet and Ivan Desny, introduced by Jacquot; A Single Girl (La Fille Seule) - Virginie Ledoyen, Benoît Magimel, Dominique Valadié introduced by choreographer Blanca Li, who has worked with Pedro Almodovar and Michel Gondry; Villa Amalia - Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Xavier Beauvois and À Tout De Suite - Isild Le Besco, Ouassini Embarek, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laurence Cordier.
Léa Seydoux is lovely and tough as the reader and our heroine in Farewell, My Queen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
On Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30pm, Eye For »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Written and directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
Thermonuclear warfare, famine via overpopulation, zombie apocalypse. Doomsday scenarios exist dearly in human consciousness as evidenced by the plethora of films, television seriesand literature that chronicle it. While it prevails in art, few go about their lives thinking about the realities of a world ending calamity such as a mile wide asteroid.
How does the world react? What is the chain of command? Who will really save mankind? As the creators behind Disaster Playground prefer to put it, the heroes of armageddon aren’t found in Bruce Willis or Jeff Goldblum, but rather Dr. David Morrison and other scientists of his ilk.
Disaster Playground is succinct, bombastic, and a great, fun look at a grave, literally larger-than-life matter. As director Nelly Ben Hayoun takes the audience from Seti offices to disaster training facilities, the world of studying real-life armageddon is »
- David Tran
SXSW 2015 Film Review
complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2015
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice
It’s hilarious. The boundaries of bromance, marriage, friendship and even penis comedy are pushed to a very funny limit with this film. It’s great to see Schilling doing great work outside of “Orange is the New Black.”
Final Score: 8/10
Reclusive small town locksmith, A.J. Manglehorn, who has never recovered from his losing his true love embarks on a new tenuous relationship with a local woman he meets at the bank. Cast: Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, Chris Messina. (U.S. Premiere)
(film synopsis from sxsw.com)
You probably »
- Jeff Bayer
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
With the 2015 Oscars coming up this weekend, we go back ten years to see if the 2005 awards still hold up today...
It was during an interview with Mark Kermode that I asked him how long someone really needs to gestate on a film, and come up with a proper review. "About ten years", he said. I get his point. Each awards season, it's about, at best, what feels like the best film right then. Not the one that settles over a period of time, or shows you new things each time you watch it. But the one that you watched once, and affected you once. It's the only way, anyway, I can think of why A Beautiful Mind won a Best Picture Oscar.
This weekend, then, is the Academy Awards once more. And I thought it'd be worth rewinding ten years, to see whether the Academy's choices on February 27th »
“She creates a circle around her which is her universe, and before each circle closes itself she jumps outside to create a new circle,” Michel Gondry said of the perennially changing musician and visual artist Björk this weekend in the New York Times magazine. “So each album goes into a new direction regardless of the success of the previous one.” Or as she puts it herself, “When people expect something of me it’s the only thing I can’t do.” So yes, Björk has moved beyond the album format and taken her art to another level. For her latest trick, the visually daring, musically idiosyncratic artist has created "Black Lake," a new sound and video installation commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition Björk, which runs March 8–June 7, 2015. The song "Black Lake" appears on Björk’s new album, Vulnicura, so it only »
- Edward Davis
Paris– Thomas Litli’s “Hippocrate” won the Chopard Prize of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online festival put together by Paris-based promo org UniFrance.
A critically-aclaimed dramedy set in the medical world, “Hippocrate” was chosen by a filmmakers’ jury presided by French helmer Michel Gondry (“Be Kind Rewinds”) with Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Israeli helmer Nadav Lapid (“Policeman”).
“Hippocrate,” which world-premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, turns on the unlikely friendship between Vincent Lacoste (“The French Kissers”) and Reda Kateb (“Zero Dark Thirty”), two hospital interns who come from opposite worlds.
The festival was created five years ago by UniFrance to test the VOD market and expand the worldwide auds for French movies beyond arthouse circuits.
Melanie Laurent’s sophomore outing “Breathe,” another Directors’ Fortnight alumni, nabbed the international press award; while Fabienne Godet’s drama “A Place on Earth” with Benoit Poelvoorde snatched up the Lacoste audience kudo.
“A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Abderrahmane Sissako The director of one of the most acclaimed films in last year’s Cannes Film Festival Competition Abderrahmane Sissako who made Oscar-nominated Timbuktu, returns to the Croisette this May (13 to 24) for the 68th edition as president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
The Mauritanian director follows in the wake of illustrious predecessors in the role among them Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese. The juries judge students films and shorts.
Born in Mauritania but brought up in Mali he trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union. His films cross cultures and continents. Timbuktu represented a cry from the heart for the country of his childhood in West Africa and was perfectly balanced between hope and despair. His work has been acclaimed for its humanism and social consciousness, exploring the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of his. »
- Richard Mowe
Abderrahmane Sissako's pastoral political drama "Timbuktu" is among the five films vying for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this weekend. In May, the director will head up the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24). The Mauritania-born Sissako follows in the footsteps of inimitable directors Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Campion, Michel Gondry, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Martin Scorsese, and more, who've held this post. Raised in Mali and trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union, Abderrahmane Sissako's films explore the complex relations between North and South as well as the fate of a much-beleaguered Africa. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
After decades of award-winning musical and film performances, legendary musician-actress Björk is set to receive a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The career of Björk, a Grammy- and Oscar-nominee who was named among the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone, will be examined through a chronological demonstration of her innovative musical compositions and groundbreaking music videos. Together with frequent collaborator Michel Gondry (director of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), her work has blurred the line between music and film. Her 1999 single "All Is Full of Love" was the first ever to be released on DVD. Below is a trailer for her upcoming single "Black Lake," which will appear in Björk's upcoming album and has also been commissioned by MoMA as a new multimedia installation for the exhibition. It perfectly represents the profound influence and creative idiosyncrasy of her »
- David Canfield
Paris– Abderrahmane Sissako, whose latest film “Timbuktu” played in competition at Cannes last year and nommed for a foreign-language Oscar, is set to return to the croisette to preside the Cinfondation and Short Films jury.
“I would never want to make a film that somebody else could make, and I want to see films that I would never make,” said the African director. “What’s important to me is the cinema of anonymity – addressing the conflicts but above all the suffering endured by anonymous people – empowering them and making them visible, testifying to their courage and their beauty. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
Abderrahmane Sissako, who was in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival with Timbuktu, is to return for the 68th edition of the festival (May 13-24) as the president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
Born in Mauritania but brought up in Mali and trained in filmmaking in the Soviet Union – at the Moscow Vgik – Sissako’s films explore the complex relations between North and South of Africa.
The Game, directed by Sissako during his final year at film school, was presented at Cannes Critics’ Week in 1991, followed two years later by the medium-length Octobre, at Un Certain Regard.
Life on Earth and Waiting for Happiness, both featured in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 1998 and Un Certain Regard in 2002.
Bamako, a political »
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A Place on Earth: Silver’s Period Commune Channels Cinema-Verite
While his 2014 title Uncertain Terms still awaits theatrical release as it makes the rounds of the festival circuit after premiering last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the increasingly prolific Nathan Silver unveils his fifth feature. Stinking Heaven represents a change of pace stylistically and dramatically within Silver’s preferred parameters examining human beings tossed vicariously into strained living situations, where they often wear each other down to an inevitable breaking point. A period piece set within the confines of a well-meaning commune in early 90s suburban New Jersey, the grainy look and feel of Silver’s film lends it a vintage realism that aligns it with the cinema-verite styling of documentary filmmaker Allan King, whose films like Warrendale and A Married Couple focused, unobtrusively, on isolated groups or units of people in similar fashion.
Lucy (Deragh Campbell) and »
- Nicholas Bell
The term ‘hybrid’ has become increasingly debatable when discussing the divide between fiction and nonfiction, though it’s a rather apt description of the French artist Pierre Bismuth’s cinematic inquiry, Where is Rocky II? Perhaps best known for his Oscar winning collaboration with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry on the script for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Bismuth became obsessed with a fake rock, called Rocky II, that Ed Ruscha placed amongst its geological counterparts in the Mojave Desert around the release of the eponymous Stallone film in 1979. The pitch of Where is Rocky II?, Bismuth explained in an email, “is that a […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Park City, Utah – HollywoodChicago.com’s coverage of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival is far from over. This is the latest batch of reviews of movies that I’ve seen there. One film was a triumph while the other two are titles that I wouldn’t want to be stuck talking to at a party.
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Running equal portions of dry goofiness and finite inspired storytelling, Jared Hess’ “Don Verdean” is a rewarding comedy about Biblical archaeology that’s necessary for times in which religious institutions crave sensationalism to get their good word across. For those who read “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” before its child author said he made it all up, or those who saw “Heaven Is For Real” as a type of precursor to their own death’s aftermath, this movie is for them. It’s a brilliant take »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie, Inside Llewyn Davis) on Friday told a film and technology forum in Dublin about the risks of the industry's transition to digital filmmaking and how he felt a Harry Potter movie he worked on had an "awful" script, but great set. Discussing his work on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at Digital Biscuit in Dublin, he said he found the script "not very interesting," even "awful." He added: "But I loved the set." It was "absolutely stunning," he said. Read more Michel Gondry Talks CGI, Geometry and Why
- Georg Szalai
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
If Chance the Gardner, the TV-educated savant played by Peter Sellers in “Being There,” had lived together with his six siblings, it might have looked something like “The Wolfpack,” a truly stranger-than-fiction portrait of a New York family who’ve taken great pains to shelter their children from the outside world, but not from the world of Hollywood movies. Indeed, so weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes “The Wolfpack” were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature, which if nothing else begs a where-are-they-now sequel a few years down the road.
There’s a certain fated coincidence to the fact that “The Wolfpack” premiered in Sundance on the same day as Alex Gibney’s “Going Clear,” another documentary about a hermetic community started by a self-styled guru with entertainment-industry aspirations. »
- Scott Foundas
For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference, attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.
“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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