6 items from 2015
Early on in her seminal text, From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, critic Molly Haskell makes dismissive note of the “modern” movie, something that was then purported by many to be a corrective to classical filmmaking. One of its chief tenets, she claimed, was that we came out of the theatre feeling superior to the foibles and insanity of the characters. Furthermore, she points to John Cassavetes’ Minnie & Moskowitz as representational of where modern screen romance stood, claiming its disorganized, improvised approach (“letting it all out”) was a poor substitute for the way an old Hollywood master (e.g. Howard Hawks) created order and understanding out of the chaos of relationships.
If Cassavetes was synonymous with what drove the culture wars of the 1970’s, then what do we make of his supposed compatriots and kindred spirits, particularly Maurice Pialat, the one labelled by many as »
- Ethan Vestby
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.
The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.
AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
The currents of desire, jealousy and resentment that flow through a relationship over time receive an exquisite close-up from director Philippe Garrel in “In the Shadow of Women,” a tightly focused romantic drama that exudes the narrative terseness of a good short story and the lucid craftsmanship of a filmmaker in full command of the medium. Like so much of Garrel’s work, this intensely personal rumination on life, politics, art and the battle of the sexes is a very particular brand of cinema for a very specific crowd — which should stand “Women” well in territories where the veteran French auteur has established a small but passionate following.
Garrel began making movies in the late 1960s, as the Nouvelle Vague was giving way to yet another new generation of cinematic enfants terribles, and many of the nearly 30 features he’s made since then have addressed similar themes of personal and »
- Scott Foundas
Distrib Films U.S. has picked up all U.S. rights to Philippe Garrel’s “In the Shadow of Women” (“L’Ombre des Femmes”) a week before the film is set to premiere on the opening night of Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
Written by Jean-Claude Carriere (“Belle de Jour,” “Certified Copy”), Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langmann and directed by Garrel, the film stars Clotilde Courau, Stanislas Merhar and Lena Paugam in a story about two documentary filmmakers whose romantic relationship is complicated when one of them takes a young lover.
Garrel’s film “The Virgin Bed” screened as part of the first Directors Fortnight at Cannes in 1969.
Distrib Films U.S. released Garrel’s previous movie, “Jealousy,” last year. The distribution deal for “In the Shadow of Women” was inked by Distrib Films U.S. president Francois Scippa-Kohn with Carole Baraton and Olivier Barbier of Wild Bunch. »
- Gordon Cox
Distrib Films Us, which releases high-quality French indie films stateside, has acquired all Us rights to Philippe Garrel's romantic drama "In the Shadow of Women," which opens the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes. Veteran Garrel's film "The Virgin Bed" screened in the debut edition of the Director's Fortnight in 1969. "In the Shadow of Women" is written by honorary Oscar-winner Jean-Claude Carriere ("Belle du Jour"), Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langmann. Distrib Films Us released Garrel's previous film "Jealousy" last summer. Pierre and Manon (Stanislas Merhar and Clotilde Courau) are a couple who make low-budget documentaries and live off odd jobs. After Pierre meets a young trainee, Elisabeth (Lena Paugam) they start an affair. But Pierre doesn't want to leave Manon -- he wants to keep both women. But Elisabeth discovers that Manon also has a lover, and tells Pierre. So Pierre begs Manon to »
- Anne Thompson
6 items from 2015
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