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Rome — Jane Birkin, the British actress, singer and muse known for roles in films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Jean-Luc Godard, and Agnes Varda, among others – as well as for the Birkin Bag by Hermes – will be celebrated by the upcoming Locarno Film Festival.
Birkin, 69, is expected to attend the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and auteur cinema, which in a statement hailed her as “a transgressive voice, persona and epitome of panache in the 1960s.”
Birkin is also famous for her 1969 duet with French singer Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in the worldwide hit “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” The song segued into a film with the same title, directed by Gainsbourg.
- Nick Vivarelli
Theodoros AngelopoulosSo consistent was the vision of Theodoros Angelopoulos that nearly any of his films could stand as a leading representative work. When viewing all 13 of his features within a condensed period of time—an extraordinary opportunity to be offered by New York's Museum of the Moving Image July 8 - 24—one sees just how exceptional Angelopoulos’ filmography is, and how each title is an emblematic entry in the late Greek director’s catalog of persistent themes, tonal frequencies, plot points, and, perhaps most indelibly, sheer visual boldness.Landscape in the Mist (1988)IMAGESIt is in this last regard that Angelopoulos instantly and emphatically impresses. His cinema is punctuated by a remarkable succession of single images that linger long after the film has concluded, often retaining in the viewer’s consciousness more than an overall story or specific characters. Silhouetted bodies on a fog-shrouded border fence in Eternity and a Day (1998); a »
London — Thirty years since the Edinburgh Film Festival opened with the U.K. premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue,” the fest is to devote one of its retrospectives to the Cinéma du Look wave of 1980 and early 1990s French filmmaking. Another retrospective, “Pow!!! Live Action Comic-Strip Adaptations: The First Generation,” delves into the evolution of the live-action comic-strip adaptation in cinema.
The Gallic retro will focus on the work of Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, the three directors around which Cinéma Du Look revolved. Titles in the strand will include Beineix’s “Betty Blue” (1986) and “Diva” (1981), Besson’s “Subway” (1985), “The Big Blue” (1988) and “La Femme Nikita” (1990), and Carax’s “Mauvais Sang” (1986) and “Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf” (1991).
The films showcase performances by Jean Reno, Christophe Lambert, Michel Piccoli, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Dominique Pinon and Julie Delpy. Several of the stars will attend the festival, which is headed by Mark Adams. »
- Leo Barraclough
April 14 the Official Selection will be announced at the Cannes Film Festival press conference. While waiting, keep up with all the Festival news online and onFacebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!
The official poster for the 69th Festival de Cannes -- taking place from May 11 to 22 and presided over by Australian director George Mille -- was designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard 's film "Contempt" by Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier. The 2016 visual identity has been created by Philippe Savoir (Filifox).
The festival described the poster as follows:
"It's all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man's ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote used at the beginning of 'Contempt': 'Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires'."
This year Michel Piccoli will open the Red Carpet for the 69th Festival de Cannes from the roof of the famous villa designed by the writer Curzio Malaparte, It's a symbolic choice, since this film about the making of a film - regarded by many as one of the finest ever made in CinemaScope (the Piccoli/ Bardot pairing along with Fritz Lang, Raoul Coutard's cinematography, Georges Delerue's music, and so on and so forth) - had such a considerable impact on the history of film and cinephilia.
On the eve of its 70th anniversary, by choosing to represent itself under the symbol of this simultaneously palimpsest and unambiguous film, the Festival is reiterating its founding commitment: To pay tribute to the history of film and to welcome new ways of creating and seeing. The steps represent a kind of ascension towards the infinite horizon of a cinema screen." »
- Sydney Levine
The Cannes Film Festival lineup may still be the subject of much speculation, but this year’s official poster — annually anticipated, dissected and collected — has now been revealed. Designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt (Le Mépris), the image above of Michel Piccoli invokes the famed Palais steps and surroundings. In a statement today, the fest said, “It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm… »
This year’s Cannes Film Festival poster uses stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film.
Less than a month before the full line-up is revealed, the poster for the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22) has been unfurled.
The poster, which will be emblazoned across the Palais and displayed throughout Cannes, usually features a close up of a film star and in recent years has featured Ingrid Bergman, Marcello Mastroianni and Paul Newman.
This year, the festival has used (remastered) stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film, Contempt (Le Mépris), depicting a man (French actor/director Michel Piccoli) ascending steps against a backdrop of the Mediterranean sea.
The poster was designed by Hervé Chigioni, who has overseen the festival’s posters since 2014, and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
In just about three weeks we’ll be getting the line-up for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, but first, the official poster has landed. For the 69th Festival de Cannes, featuring a jury presided over by Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller, the yellow-tinted poster honors the Jean-Luc Godard classic Contempt. Check out the description below, along with a full version of the poster.
It’s all there. The steps, the sea, the horizon: a man’s ascent towards his dream, in a warm Mediterranean light that turns to gold. As an image it is reminiscent of a timeless quote by Michel Mourlet used at the beginning of Contempt: “Cinema replaces our gaze with a world in harmony with our desires”.
- Jordan Raup
Off With Head: Iosseliani Returns with Breezy Cluster of Vignettes
Fans of Georgian auteur Otar Iosseliani will be delighted to find the octogenarian in top form with his latest effort, Winter Song (Chant d’hiver), as the filmmaker enters his sixth decade in filmmaking. Revealing a new title every five years or so, Iosseliani continues to work in French, though this latest filmed partially in Georgia as well. Lovers of his first French production, 1984’s masterful Favorites of the Moon should be pleased to note his latest is modeled via the same series of vaguely interconnected vignettes across time periods. Several notable names float around in the vast cast in this mirthful, even silly portrait of a modern Parisian apartment block unknowingly haunted and connected to the skull of a French aristocrat who met an unhappy end with the guillotine. Hardly as macabre as its grisly beginning would indicate, Iosseliani »
- Nicholas Bell
For those many aspiring artists who make the pilgrimage to Los Angeles in hopes of finding their silver screen dreams, the city can take on a magical and enticing air. More often than not, small town beauty queens and football stars hoping for fame shoot for the stars and land among the trash. As beautiful a city as it is, Hollywood is also a place where the strong eagerly use and discard the weak with a frightening frequency. Can’t take the pressure? Don’t fret. There is certainly no shortage of wide-eyed kids waiting to take your place.
In Knight of Cups, the latest film by Terrence Malick, Christian Bale stars as a Hollywood screenwriter drifting through the sights and sounds of contemporary Los Angeles. To mark the occasion, we’ve taken a look back at the finest films portraying the dark side of Hollywood — the broken hearts and crushed dreams. »
- Tony Hinds
Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin are being celebrated in New York with 19 films and a series of conversations. After a screening of Agnès Varda's Jane B. Par Agnès V., Birkin spoke about working with Jacques Rivette on L’Amour Par Terre with Geraldine Chaplin, 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup, La Belle Noiseuse with Michel Piccoli, and taxidermy.
Claude Miller's L'Effrontée; Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves); Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden; Yvan Attal's My Wife Is An Actress (Ma Femme Est Une Actrice); Birkin's Boxes (Les Boites); Claude Miller's The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse); Varda's Kung Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour); Serge Gainsbourg's Charlotte For Ever; Jacques Doillon's The Prodigal Daughter (La Fille Prodigue); Bertrand Tavernier's Daddy Nostalgia »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Jacques Rivette, one of the leading lights of the French New Wave who died on Friday at age 87, was celebrated throughout the day with a series of homages from several French public figures, including President Francois Hollande, Gilles Jacob, Bulle Ogier, Claude Lelouch and Serge Toubiana.
In an official statement, Hollande called Rivette “one of the biggest filmmakers (who) marked various generations. … He was a director of women. Through films such as ‘Suzanne Simonin,’ ‘La Religieuse de Diderot,’ ‘L’amour fou’ or ‘La Belle Noiseuse,’ he offered major roles to actresses who entered the history of cinema,” said Hollande.
The actress Bulle Ogier, Rivette’s muse who notably starred in “Le pont du nord,” “L’amour fou” and “The Gang of Four,” said “(Rivette) was not only a great figure of cinema, but also a personal friend.”
“(Rivette)’s body of work was inventive, researched and well structured. Nothing but making films interested him, »
- Elsa Keslassy
A French film director who was an integral part of the French New Wave (or Nouvelle Vague), has died in Paris at the age of 87.
Jacques Rivette’s celebrated films include Paris Belongs To Us, Celine And Julie Go Boating in 1974 and the four-hour La Belle Noiseuse with Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Piccoli and Jane Birkin in 1991 (dealing with an elderly artist and his creative rebirth). He worked alongside the likes of François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol in whose apartment he shot his first short film Le Coup de Berger. He was also a writer with Cahiers du Cinema magazine and assumed the editor’s chair from 1963 to 1965.
He borrowed money from the magazine to fund his first feature, Paris Belongs To Us, which was released in 1961. Its plot revolved around a group of actors »
- Richard Mowe
I first saw Le Mépris many years ago in a print so faded that everything was pale pink; it felt like gazing at an artefact from an immeasurably distant past. Watching the film now, with its reds and Mediterranean blues restored to their full intensity, the film is still redolent of a lost antiquity, not least because Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 feature is so steeped in melancholy and a sense of mourning.
Related: Jean-Luc Godard: 'Film is over. What to do?'
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- Jonathan Romney
Le Mépris, 1963.
Directed by Jean-Luc Godard.
Playwright, Paul Javal, is approached to write an adaptation for a film, directed by Fritz Lang. While he is conflicted about how he should proceed with such a commercial enterprise, his marriage to Camille is on the rocks and he is not entirely sure why…
The cool hats, imitating screen gods like Humphrey Bogart and Dean Martin, is integral to Jean Luc-Godard’s iconic films such as À bout de souffle, Bande à part and Le Mépris. What separates Le Mépris from the others is how sex and filmmaking is merged into one, using the iconic Brigitte Bardot to subtly dominate the screen with her sensual presence.
Panning slowly, through tricolour filters, Godard caresses Bardot’s body in the opening. As Camille, Bardot asks her husband Paul Javal (Michel Piccoli), whether he likes her »
- Simon Columb
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