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11 items from 2016


[Cannes Review] Julieta

17 May 2016 6:31 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A woman recalls the pivotal moments of her adult life in Julieta, the latest film from Pedro Almodóvar and his fifth to screen in competition here in Cannes. It’s adapted from a series of short stories of Canadian Nobel prize-winning author Alice Munro and marks a return to the female-centric dramas with which the director made his name, having recently tried his hand at musical (I’m So Excited) and psychological horror (The Skin I Live In). It’s charmingly self-aware in its use of kitsch and melodrama — almost to the point of self-parody — and, while small in scope, it’s also one of his lusher and leaner offerings.

We open on blood red silk and yellow titles, a characteristically strong visual language we’ll gorge on for the rest of the movie. We find the titular woman (played here by Emma Suárez) packing up her worldly belongings. We »

- Rory O'Connor

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Daily | Goings On | Fassbinder, Hu, Ospina

22 April 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Metrograph is screening all ten of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's favorite films: Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar, Howard Hawks's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter, Vasily Shukshin's The Red Snowball Tree, Josef von Sternberg's Dishonored, Max Ophuls's Lola Montes, Michael Curtiz's Flamingo Road, Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, Raoul Walsh's The Naked and the Dead and Luchino Visconti's The Damned. Also in New York: King Hu’s A Touch of Zen and work by Luis Ospina. Screening tonight in Chicago: Nathan Silver's Riot, Mike Ott's Lancaster, CA and William Greaves's In the Company of Men. And we have a few more goings on. » - David Hudson »

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2016 Cannes Classics Line-Up Includes Restored Films By Kieślowski, Tarkovsky, Godard & More

20 April 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now that most of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 line-up has been settled when it comes to new premieres, their Cannes Classics sidebar of restored films is not only a treat for those attending, but a hint at what we can expect to arrive at repertory theaters and labels like Criterion in the coming years.

Today they’ve unveiled their line-up, which is toplined by Bertrand Tavernier‘s new 3-hour and 15-minute documentary about French cinema, Voyage à travers le cinéma français. They will also be screening William Friedkin‘s Sorcerer following his masterclass. Along with various documentaries, both classics in the genre and ones about films, they will also premiere new restorations of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s SolarisJean-Luc Godard‘s Masculin féminin, two episodes of Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s The Decalogue, as well as films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Marlon Brando, Jacques Becker, Mario Bava, and more.

Check out the line-up below. »

- Jordan Raup

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Masters of Cinema Cast – Episode 50 – Max Ophuls’ La signora di tutti

24 March 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

What better way to reach episode fifty than to be joined by one of the most foremost and respected film critics and theorists of her generation, to discuss Max Ophuls’ La signora di tutti we are honored to have Laura Mulvey join us. We hope you enjoy!

From Masters of Cinema:

With the Nazi terror on the ascent, master filmmaker Max Ophuls fled to Italy in 1934 and made La signora di tutti [Everybody’s Lady] — an exuberant, desperate melodrama that, although arriving early in Ophuls’ body of work, ranks comfortably alongside Letter from an Unknown Woman, Madame de…, or Lola Montès in the hierarchy of the director’s achievements.

Isa Miranda, one of Italy’s greatest stars, plays the role of a star revisiting her life in flashback after a suicide attempt leaves her comatose. From the record revolving on a turntable in the picture’s opening moments, Ophuls sets into motion one »

- Tom Jennings

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Classic French Film Festival March 4th -20th at Webster University

15 February 2016 7:04 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Eighth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-produced by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema.

The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations, and we’re especially pleased to present Jacques Rivette’s long-unavailable epic Out 1: Spectre Additional restoration highlights include Jean-Luc Godard’s A Married Woman and Max Ophüls’ too-little-seen From Mayerling To Sarajevo. Both Ophüls’ film and Louis Malle’s Elevator To The Gallows   – with a jazz score by St. Louis-area native Miles Davis — screen from 35mm prints. All films will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (47- E. Lockwood)

Music fans will further delight in the Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra’s accompaniment and original score for Carl Th. Dreyer’s »

- Tom Stockman

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Wide Takes Berlin-Selected ‘Alone’ ‘Streets,’ ‘Us’

4 February 2016 2:44 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based sales-production-distribution house Wide Management has taken world sales rights to a bouquet of Berlin-selected titles – led by “You’ll Never Be Alone,” “Before the Streets,” Nakom” and “One of Us” – as the Wide-sold “Vanity” and ‘Our Loved Ones’ screen at Goteborg.

Playing Panorama, Forum and Generation and the Perspektive Deutsch Kino sidebars, Wide’s Berlin spread of five titles includes three feature debuts, confirming the French shingle’s commitment to discover new talent.

Playing Berlin’s Panorma, and the first feature of Chilean composer-turned director Alex Anwandter, “Alone” follows a gay teenage who gets beaten up by homophobic youths. Title “differs from other Lgbt titles, by revolving on the relationship between a gay son and his father instead of a couple’s love story,” said Georgia Poivre, at Wide.

“Emotional and stylish,” “it highlights the tolerance of a father in a conservative country,” she added of the 5Am Producciones and Araucaria Cine coproduction. »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher join Meryl Streep on Berlin jury

2 February 2016 2:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival to honour David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola through special screenings; security to be tightened.

Actors Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Lars Eidinger are to join Meryl Streep in the International Jury of this year’s Berlinale (Feb 11-21) which kicks off next week with the international premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.

The seven-person jury deciding on the Bears, revealed this morning at a press conference in Berlin, also includes the UK film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe and the Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska whose last film Body won a Silver Bear for Best Direction at last year’s Berlinale.

Owen is no stranger to Berlin as he was in town and at Studio Babelsberg in 2008 for the shoot of Tom Tykwer’s The International which opened the Berlinale in 2009, while Eidinger is well known to Berlin theatre-goers as part of the Schaubühne ensemble as well as his film and »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Cilve Owen, Alba Rohrwacher join Meryl Streep on Berlin jury

2 February 2016 2:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival to honour David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola through special screenings; security to be tightened.

Actors Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Lars Eidinger are to join Meryl Streep in the International Jury of this year’s Berlinale (Feb 11-21) which kicks off next week with the international premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.

The seven-person jury deciding on the Bears, revealed this morning at a press conference in Berlin, also includes the UK film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe and the Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska whose last film Body won a Silver Bear for Best Direction at last year’s Berlinale.

Owen is no stranger to Berlin as he was in town and at Studio Babelsberg in 2008 for the shoot of Tom Tykwer’s The International which opened the Berlinale in 2009, while Eidinger is well known to Berlin theatre-goers as part of the Schaubühne ensemble as well as his film and »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Directing in Color

26 January 2016 9:08 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on nine films where some of the most famous directors in the Criterion Collection first directed a feature in color.

Saturate yourself in the vivid stylings of some of our favorite directors, wielding a whole new spectrum of expression for the very first time.

Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

Dodes’ka-den, the Japanese Drama by Akira Kurosawa

The unforgettable Dodes’Ka-den was made at a tumultuous moment in Kurosawa’s life. And all of his hopes, fears and artistic passion are on fervent display in this, his gloriously shot first color film.

Equinox Flower, the Japanese Drama by Yasujirô Ozu

Later in his career, Yasujiro Ozu started becoming »

- Ryan Gallagher

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Picture Tree readies German distribution push

25 January 2016 4:10 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Elisabeth Scharang’s Jack, Simon Jaquemet’s War (Chrieg) earmarked for local distribution.

German sales company Picture Tree International (Pti) is to expand into local theatrical distribution with two titles from its sales line-up: Swiss director Simon Jaquemet’s drama War (Chrieg) and Elisabeth Scharang’s Locarno debut Jack.

Picture Tree has set an April 28 release for War (Chrieg), which debuted at San Sebastian 2014 and screened at Berlin 2015, while Jack is set for release later in the year.

Speaking to ScreenDaily from Sundance at the weekend, Pti managing director Andreas Rothbauer discussed the push into local distribution.

“We initially want to gather some experience with a few of our sales titles provided they weren’t already licensed to a German distributor,” Rothbauer explained.

“World sales is our core business and, depending on this, we will decide which film might make sense for in-house distribution. However, as the German market is very competitive, I think that »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Metrograph, New York City’s Newest Indie Theater, Unveils Impressive First Slate of Programming

20 January 2016 8:54 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each weekend we highlight the best repertory programming that New York City has to offer, and it’s about to get even better. Opening on February 19th at 7 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side is Metrograph, the city’s newest indie movie theater. Sporting two screens, they’ve announced their first slate, which includes retrospectives for Fassbinder, Wiseman, Eustache, and more, special programs such as an ode to the moviegoing experience, and new independent features that we’ve admired on the festival circuit (including Afternoon, Office 3D, and Measure of a Man).

Artistic and Programming Director Jacob Perlin says in a press release, “Jean Eustache in a Rocky t-shirt. This is the image we had in mind while making this first calendar. Great cinema is there, wherever you can find it. The dismissed film now recognized as a classic, the forgotten box-office hit newly resurrected, the high and the low, »

- Jordan Raup

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