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I Never Sang for My Father: The Taviani Brothers and the Prison of Patriarchy
For many, Italian directing duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are best remembered for their output from the late 70s to late 80s, coming to prominence on the international circuit and unveiling a string of notable titles before falling out of critical favor by the mid-1990s. In 2012, the brothers made a resurgence winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, which resulted in bringing their old classics back to new, contemporary audiences. A retrospective featuring new restorations of three important titles begins with one of their most lauded films, 1977’s Padre Padrone, which took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (notably, Roberto Rossellini was the jury president, whose 1946 film Paisan inspired the brothers as filmmakers). Based on a memoir (Gavino Ledda’s The One That Got Away) and originally intended for television, »
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Australian filmmaker will award the Palme d’or at the close of the Festival.
Mad Mad director George Miller is to preside over the jury of the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22), capping a successful 12 months for the Australian filmmaker.
It was in Cannes last May that Mad Max: Fury Road received its world premiere. The action reboot, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, was shown Out of Competition to critical acclaim and has been picking up awards ever since. It is nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, and seven Baftas.
Miller said: “What an unmitigated delight. To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honor. I’ll be there with bells on.”
As well as heading the jury, it will be down to the 70-year-old director to award »
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Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Oscar-nominated Mustang also among nominated titles.Scroll down for list of nominations
France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 41st edition of the awards at its annual news conference at Le Fouquet’s restaurant on the Champs Elysées.
Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.”
The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain Terzian, prexy of the French Academy of Arts and Sciences, during a press conference hosted at the Fouquets restaurant.
Set in the roaring 20s, “Marguerite” stars Catherine Frost as a wealthy woman who embarks on a journey to become an Opera singer in spite of her limited singing talent. Nominated for 11 Cesar nods – best film, actress, director, original screenplay — the pic world premiered at Venice. Fidelite Films produced.
“My Golden Years,” which opened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, »
- Elsa Keslassy
For as often as Nanni Moretti is lumped into a certain “tradition of quality” pile reserved solely for easily digestible foreign-language filmmakers, we found things to admire in his latest picture, Mia Madre. While not a title that stands out among its Cannes, Tiff, any Nyff brethren, “the formal modesty of My Mother is not without its charms, such as when Margherita [Buy]’s daughter driving slowly on her scooter to Jarvis Cocker’s ‘Baby’s Coming Back to Me’ (used multiple times in the film) capturing a small, everyday joy.” If you ask Cahiers du cinéma, we were actually being faint in our praise.
With the picture arriving in U.S. theaters soon, Alchemy have assembled a domestic trailer that sells the mixture of meta-textual and purely emotional drama — and a lot of John Turturro‘s antics are thrown in for good measure, too. However indicative of the final result it is — and I think, »
- Nick Newman
Nanni Moretti's seriocomic Italian film "Mia Madre" made the festival rounds last year, earning the Ecunemical Prize at Cannes and positive notices at Tiff, AFI Fest and the New York Film Festival. With a trailer and a release date set, this Italian production stars Italian actress Margherita Buy and John Turturro, exercising his Italian-language chops. "Mia Madre" is about film director Margherita (Buy), who must deal with onset woes and American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro), in addition to balancing a tumultuous home life. As the mother of a teenage daughter and the daughter of a dying mother, Margherita must face life's punches while focusing on her career and completing her film. Huggins only adds fuel to her production fire, as he can't seem to remember his lines and comes off as a bit of a diva on set. Check out the trailer for "Mia Madre," which looks to be »
- J. Carlos Menjivar
Paris– Rolling off “Hippocrate,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week to warm reviews, doctor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Lilti delved once again in the medical world with “Irreplaceable” (‘Medicin de campagne’) which Le Pacte will unveil at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in New York. The social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who’s come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Le Pacte has already scored a flurry of deals with Athena (Benelux), Caramel (Spain), Mantarraya (Mexico), Sky digi (Tawain), Filmcoopi (Switzerland).
Variety: It’s the second feature you’ve made that’s set in the medical world. What is it about doctors that triggers your inspiration so much?
Thomas Lilti: Since I am a doctor it’s a »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – “Five,” featuring Pierre Niney, “Boss’s Daughter,” a Wild Bunch market premiere, and “Irreplaceable,” on Le Pacte’s books, will all screen at the 18th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the biggest national film market in the world.
Other potential highlights, of new films screening, take in Indie Sales’ “Dofus – Book 1: Julith,” Bac’s “The Great Game,” Films Distribution’s “Good Luck Sam,” a EuropaCorp drama, “Stop Me Here,” Elle Driver’s “Jailbirds,” Pathe’s “Come What May” and The Other Angle’s “The Roommates Party.”
Running Jan. 14-18 in Paris, the Rendez-Vous will also highlight the state and direction of France’s movie export industry, the biggest in the world after the U.S. in its sales agents numbers and, with the U.K. –depending on the definition of what constitutes a U.K. film – in theatrical gross and companies revenues.
Putting this into perspective, the French and U. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
★★★★★ Italian auteur Nanni Moretti is well-known for his bittersweet explorations of love, loss and mortality. Mia Madre (2015), his beautiful, humane portrait of bereavement is his best yet. Film director Margherita (Margherita Buy) finds it hard to accept that her mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. Ada has been hospitalised with an enlarged heart and yearns to go home. Margherita and her brother Giovanni (Moretti) can't bear to tell her that there's nothing more that can be done.
- CineVue UK
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