6 items from 2015
'Sleepless in Seattle': Meg Ryan 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his "Three Colors" trilogy, the word "magic" is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is just about everywhere in that lyrical tale about love and fate. On the other hand, the word "magic" seems to crop up every other minute in writer-director Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron and fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriters Jeff Arch and David S. Ward (plus an uncredited Delia Ephron) were apparently trying to create screen magic through the power of suggestion. If you repeat it often enough... Following in the footsteps of Claude Lelouch's 1974 hit And Now My Love, with added touches borrowed from Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember (itself a remake of McCarey's own 1939 Love Affair), Nora Ephron »
- Andre Soares
The thorny subject of German historical memory binds the characters in Barbet Schroeder’s “Amnesia,” a thoughtful, sensitive character study that reps a minor-key comeback for the veteran Swiss filmmaker, helming his first theatrical feature since the critically and commercially drubbed “Inju” in 2008. This low-budget passion project — a second career reboot of sorts, following the director’s acclaimed “Our Lady of the Assassins” in 2000 — also serves as a homecoming for Schroeder, returning him to the Ibiza location of his 1969 debut feature, the druggie classic “More,” and to a story inspired by events in the life of his own mother. The result is a leisurely paced, talky two-hander that always has its heart in the right place, even when its dramatic engines aren’t running at full blast. Older arthouse audiences of the “Woman in Gold” persuasion could take to this, despite the lack of marquee names.
Like Schroeder’s own mother, »
- Scott Foundas
Berenice Bejo will star in Belgian helmer Joachim Lafosse’s “L’economie d’un couple,” a contemporary drama that also stars Marthe Keller. Lafosse’s 2012 film “Our Children” played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.
The dramedy centers on a middle-class couple with kids who separate and argue over who owns what. Their solution is to continue living under the same roof.
“This subject is so universal and so contemporary. In every society and social class, separations can reveal the worst in human beings and once love is over, money often becomes the crux of the battle,” said Sylvie Pialat, who produces the movie via Les Films du Worso, in co-production with Belgium’s Versus.
Shooting will start on June 8.
Laos’s latest film, “The White Knights,” will likely premiere at a fall festival.
- Elsa Keslassy
With the arrival of the lineup for this year's Cannes Film Festival it means we will slowly begin receiving information on more of the films that we weren't so familiar with before and the first has already. Below is the trailer for Barbet Schroeder's Amnesia, a new drama starring Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz and Corinna Kirchhoff that will be playing among the Special Selections at this year's fest. Here's the synopsis courtesy of The Playlist: Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first as a DJ in the new nightclub on the island, Amnesia. Martha has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years. One night Jo knocks on her door. Her solitude intrigues him. They become friends »
- Brad Brevet
Well, the official Cannes Film Festival line-up is here, and it's a terrific slate for 2015, with lots of big name, international auteurs, but one you might forget as a familiar face on the Croisette is Barbet Schroeder. The Oscar nominated director ("Reversal Of Fortune") has been at Cannes twice previously, with "Barfly" in 1987 and "Terror's Advocate" in 2007. And now he's back with "Amnesia," which will get a Special Screening at the fest. The first trailer is here. Starring Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt, Bruno Ganz, and Corinna Kirchhoff, the movie tells the tale of the relationship that develops between a young man and an older woman, and the secrets from the past that surface. Here's the official synopsis: Ibiza, the early nineties, Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer. He has come over from Berlin and wants to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by getting a job first »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marc Allégret: From André Gide lover to Simone Simon mentor (photo: Marc Allégret) (See previous post: "Simone Simon Remembered: Sex Kitten and Femme Fatale.") Simone Simon became a film star following the international critical and financial success of the 1934 romantic drama Lac aux Dames, directed by her self-appointed mentor – and alleged lover – Marc Allégret. The son of an evangelical missionary, Marc Allégret (born on December 22, 1900, in Basel, Switzerland) was to have become a lawyer. At age 16, his life took a different path as a result of his romantic involvement – and elopement to London – with his mentor and later "adoptive uncle" André Gide (1947 Nobel Prize winner in Literature), more than 30 years his senior and married to Madeleine Rondeaux for more than two decades. In various forms – including a threesome with painter Théo Van Rysselberghe's daughter Elisabeth – the Allégret-Gide relationship remained steady until the late '20s and their trip to »
- Andre Soares
6 items from 2015
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