3 items from 2009
Yesterday, the nominees for the Globe de cristal were announced. The purpose of this event is to allow the French press hand out awards in arts and culture. The artistic domains in question are cinema, television, architecture/design, literature, music, fashion, cultural exhibitions (read: museums) and stage shows.
Best film of 2009:
* Un prophète, by Jacques Audiard.
* Le concert, by Radu Mihaileanu.
Best actress of 2009
* Chiara Mastroianni in "Non ma fille, tu n'iras pas danser".
* Marie-Josée Croze in Je l'aimais.
Best actor of 2009
* Tahar Rahim in Un prophète.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Anh Khoi Do)
Next week blogging will return to normal but this weekend I'm mostly offline. That's normally hard for me (My name is Nathaniel and I'm an internet addict) but this wedding weekend is such a blast that I haven't much though of movies... except for when we passed the Alamo Ritz earlier.
Before I left I took in my last Tribeca film, All About Actresses [Q & A] which is a French mockumentary about actresses and their neurosis. The actresses play themselves... but comedic false versions of themselves. The writer/director/star Maïwenn looked So familiar to me and I just couldn't place her. This is what IMDb is for. Turns out she played the diva Plavalaguna in The Fifth Element. Well, how about that? I always loved her scene in that movie. Her new film is... unusual... but despite my francophilia, I feel like more knowledge of French cinema would have definitely helped »
- NATHANIEL R
French actress Maïwenn Le Besco (Haute Tension, The Fifth Element) has been gravitating towards a career behind the camera as a writer/director. In her second directorial film, All About Actresses, she brings it all together: Le Besco wrote the screenplay and then played herself in the movie, as a director of a documentary about the lives, dreams and careers of French actresses. There are also musical numbers. After the screening, Maïwenn flipped the usual order of a Q and A and threw a question to the amused audience 'Did you understand that it was not a documentary?' She wanted the audience to be uncertain. 'Is it real? It is false?' she asked. 'Is it a documentary or a fiction? That was the goal.' She cites This is Spinal Tap as an inspiration for her musical mockumentary 'You have to see that movie. It's so great.' »
3 items from 2009
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