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For more than 30 years, Robert Guediguian and his merry band of loyal actors made deeply humanistic films set among Marseille’s working class — sunlit, somewhat fanciful variations on Ken Loach’s grittier oeuvre. But as the bonds of worker solidarity have grown increasingly fragile, the director has transported his repertory of regulars into other times and spaces and, in “Ariane’s Thread,” squarely into dreamland. Though this joyful proletarian commedia dell’arte lacks the mythical dimension of Renoir’s “Golden Coach” or Fellini’s “8½,” and is unlikely even to enjoy the popularity of Guediguian’s “Marius and Jeanette” (1997), the helmer’s fans will not be disappointed.
Seemingly abandoned by friends and family on her birthday, Ariane (the helmer’s lifelong partner and muse, Ariane Ascaride), leaves her suburban apartment and winds up, sans money or phone, in a picturesque seaside restaurant. The place caters to an elderly clientele of habitués »
- Ronnie Scheib
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
In today's roundup of interesting projects that have been announced in the past week or so: Iggy Pop and Dario Argento are collaborating on an adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Sandman"; an interactive documentary on Ken Loach is in the works; Bertrand Tavernier is working on a personal exploration of French cinema; Bruno Dumont is open to the idea of a second season for P'tit Quinquin; Scarlett Johansson is will star in and executive produce an eight-episode adaptation of Edith Wharton's 1913 novel The Custom of the Country; Stephen Sondheim is at work on a new musical with the playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur) based on two renowned films by Luis Buñuel, El ángel exterminador and Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie; and more. » - David Hudson »
You’ll know Ian Hart’s face, even if you can’t quite place his name. It’s a great face, his, adaptably young and old, as comfortable atop a tracksuit as it is underneath a period trilby. Since his first real role as Scouse tearaway Rabbit in 1983 drama One Summer (alongside childhood friend and The Driver co-star David Morrissey), Hart has avoided type-casting by leaping from role to role and film to film with convincing ease. He’s played scallies, authors, footballers, drug dealers, psychiatrists, CIA agents, physicists and nineteenth century gangsters. He’s played Beethoven, Nobby Stiles, Hitler, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Voldemort (sort of), and John Lennon (thrice).
Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »
- Andre Soares
Short-listed projects included On Screen Off Screen and How To Kill Uffie.
As previously reported by ScreenDaily, the production will explore Loach’s career through the battles he and his team faced to make his films.
The Flickering Flame was among eight projects in the running for the Arte prize, all of which were pitched at the Pixel Market Finance Forum on Wednesday (Oct 8) and then discussed in one-to-one meetings in the Pixel Market the following day.[p »
The Flickering Flame will explore the director’s 50-year career through the battles he fought to make films.
“At the project’s centre will be an interview-led documentary which explores the different battles that not only inspired Ken’s films but have also arisen in the process of getting them made,” said producer Rebecca O’Brien, Loach’s long-time collaborator at production house Sixteen Films.
Loach’s son, Jim Loach, has been commissioned to direct the film, which will feature interviews with the filmmaker’s detractors as well as his collaborators.
O’Brien said these “battles” ranged from the political, referring to the rage in the UK’s right-wing press over the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes The Barley; to the social, as was the »
★★★☆☆Nuance might be a feature of Ken Loach's work that has long since left the building, but that's not to say his latest work doesn't fail to charm. The story of James "Jimmy" Gralton, the only Irishman to be deported from his own country, has Loach on tempestuous, didactic form, parleyed by sensitive performances from its cast that give more depth than Paul Laverty's agitprop script seems to give. Jimmy's Hall (2014), like the second half of its closest Loach relative, The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), pits itself in the aftermath of the Irish war of independence and the awkward political situation of Ireland in the early 1920s, where the progressive branches of republicanism were just as buried as they were under the British.
- CineVue UK
Data will be key to successfully reaching audiences in the future, according to Buzzfeed’s John S. Johnson.
“Data and optimisation”, “rapid prototyping” and “iterative design” were the buzz phrases at the annual Power to the Pixel Cross-Media Forum (Oct 7-10) on Tuesday, looking at the latest developments in audience engagement, new formats and innovative funding.
Kicking off the opening conference, John S. Johnson, co-founder of internet news platform BuzzFeed, urged filmmakers and other creatives “to embrace data and optimisation” when developing their projects.
“The train is leaving the station and you need to be on it for all our sakes. You need to embrace it, make it your own and make great work,” he told delegates at London’s BFI Southbank.
Johnson is also founding executive director of the New York-based Harmony Institute (Hi), a research body exploring the impact of entertainment media.
He cited My Sky is Falling (MSiF), an immersive storyworld aimed at creating »
Neil Calloway begins his new weekly column looking at the state of ‘British’ cinema in 2014…
*high pitched voice* British cinema friends.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, UK cinema audiences were down 8% on last year this summer, with only The Inbetweeners 2 and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (both sequels And based on material from elsewhere) performing well. Apparently the reason for this is the good weather, and big sporting events kept people out of the cinema. Given England’s World Cup performance, I’m surprised more people didn’t decide to shut themselves away in dark theatres away from the action, or lack of it, from Roy Hodgson’s team.
Still, it’s not all bad, according to the BFI statistical yearbook for 2014, which looks at the UK film industry in 2013, the film industry has doubled its Gdp in the past twenty years, contributing £2.9 billion »
- Oliver Davis
The 58th BFI London Film Festival has announced its 2014 industry program to bridge the gap between UK and international filmmakers, and for film professionals to share their knowledge and experiences. The new industry events program is structured into four strands. Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of DreamWorks Animation, will headline the 2014 Industry events program in a keynote conversation with festival director Clare Stewart. Previous keynote speakers have included James Schamus, Ken Loach, Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein Cbe. Revered director Stephen Frears ("My Beautiful Launderette," "Philomena," "The Queen") will join Scott Foundas, chief film critic of Variety and one of the festival's competition jurors, to discuss his career. "Wild" producer and "Gone Girl" executive producer Bruna Papandrea will talk what it takes to thrive as a leading producer working out of Australia, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
When Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall (2014) premièred at this year's Cannes Film Festival, there were murmurings that after fifty years of executing his own Loachian brand of social realism, the director had opted for a softer approach. When we spoke to Loach and his longtime screenwriting partner Paul Laverty, their reaction suggests this may not have been the intention. Set in a small town in 1930s Ireland during the struggle for independence from Britain, Jimmy's Hall presents a conflict within a conflict as the protagonist, Jimmy (Barry Ward), fights to save his local community hall from closure by the Catholic Church. Loach's recent documentary The Spirit of '45 (2013), a film about the rise and fall of British Keynesian politics, was a direct look to the past for solutions to present day problems.
- CineVue UK
Jeffrey Katzenberg will headline the industry events program at the BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off Oct. 8 with many Cannes favorites part of the lineup. Organizers said Wednesday that the DreamWorks Animation CEO will be featured in a keynote conversation with festival director Clare Stewart. In October, the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary. Previous keynote speakers at the festival have included James Schamus, Ken Loach, Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein. The news comes amid talk about the future of Dwa. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Katzenberg has recently been in negotiations with Japanese telecom and tech giant
- Alex Ritman
To celebrate the release of Ken Loach’s political drama Jimmy’s Hall – which is out on DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK on Monday, September 29th – we have a copy to give away to our readers courtesy of Entertainment One. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream….but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.
A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Co. Leitrim from the Us »
- Gary Collinson
What have you just been filming?
Peaky Blinders moves to London, and when it moves to London it moves to the world of Noah [Taylor] and Tom Hardy and different gangs and so it all has a much more epic scope. I think that Steve [Knight, the writer] established so much in the first six episodes that you don’t need to do it any more, so there’s a much faster pace. The scene I’ve just been doing is set in the Shelbys’ new offices, which are quite a step up from what it was, as we start to earn more money, »
For someone who famously hypnotised Christopher Nolan with his performance, and his penetrating eyes, in not one but two Batman movies, Cillian Murphy seems keen to pass as anonymously as possible in interviews: a dad of two young sons, with his partner of almost 20 years (visual artist Yvonne McGuinness), he lives in the unglitzy London borough of Kilburn and says his only vices are Tabasco on everything and Dragons Den. I can watch Dragons Den for hours, he says. Why are they in that warehouse? Why is the music so ominous? Why are they sitting there with piles of cash like mini-dictators. Such terrible people, all of them. Its riveting.
Youd never guess that as a teenager this slight, unassuming man »
- Nosheen Iqbal
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
London – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.
Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.
The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.
This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.
The festival’s market, »
- Naman Ramachandran
The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.
The International Competition includes Benjamin Naishtat’s History Of Fear, Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, fresh from its Venice success. The India Gold competition includes Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Avinash Arun’s The Fort (Killa) and Ms Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).
Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic will head the India Gold jury, while the Dimensions Mumbai short film competition jury comprises directors Gauri Shinde and Homi Adajania, actors Satish Kaushik and Huma Qureshi and critic Rajeev Masand.
Key films outside the competition sections include Xavier Dolan’s [link »
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Acclaimed French actor Catherine Deneuve, known for her iconic roles in films such as Repulsion (1965), Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970), and more recently in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and 8 Women (2002), will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The festival will screen a selection of her movies as a tribute.
Side bar events of the festival include master classes by internationally acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, of Paranoid Park, Lady in the water, Psycho, In the Mood for love and Chunking Express; and noted director and writer Mahamat Saleh Haroun known for his films, Girgis, Bye Bye Africa, A Screaming Man.
Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice “Lion of the future” winner Court is the only Indian film in international competition. The India Gold competition will showcase films like Avinash Arun’s Killa, Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Venu’s Munnariyippu, Dr. Biju’s Names Unknown and Vivek Wagh’s Siddhant. »
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