7 items from 2013
Watching Xavier Dolan’s nearly three-hour long Laurence Anyways is like being enveloped in a grand 500-page novel written by a master in the making. There are frequent moments of genius where you are rendered blissfully immobile by the onscreen carryings-on; uncountable witticisms you wish you yourself had dashed off; unbridled passions that hit the heavens and then bounce back harrowingly; several paeans to those filmmakers who’ve inspired him (e.g. Ken Russell); and now and then a slight unwieldiness that’s easy to sidestep.
At 24, Montrealer Dolan, a former child actor, has now directed three acclaimed films with a fourth on the way (Tom a la ferme). His first, the deliciously comic yet lyrical I Killed My Mother (2009), dealt with a substantially high-strung gay teen’s love/hate relationship with his mom. Mostly hate. Heartbeats (2010) chronicled the friendship of a gay man and his best gal pal, and »
- Dusty Wright
Gay erotic thriller Stranger by the Lake wins Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival (photo: Pierre de Ladonchamps, Christophe Paou in Stranger by the Lake) Writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake / L’inconnu du lac has won the 2013 Queer Palm handed out to Cannes Film Festival movies featuring gay, lesbian, bi, tri, multi, transgender, etc. characters. Stranger by the Lake was screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Set near an idyllic lake where hot-and-heavy gay cruising takes place during the summer season, Guiraudie’s sexually charged thriller revolves around Franck (Pierre de Ladonchamps), a young man who falls in lust with brawny suspected murderer Michel (Christophe Paou). Strand Releasing will handle the distribution of Stranger by the Lake in North America. Stranger by the Lake: Mixing explicit sex with explicit love As quoted by Agence France Presse, Alain Guiraudie explained the (purportedly) graphic sex scenes in Stranger »
- Andre Soares
The 27th London Lgbt Fest offers tons of screenings in the coming days (Pictured above: Underground transgender superstar Divine in John Waters' 1974 sorta class Female Trouble) This year's London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival officially opened with a gala presentation of Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine this past Thursday. In the coming week, the festival will be showcasing dozens of features and shorts featuring characters of various forms of sexual orientation and gender identity from all over the world. Among tonight's features is John Waters' 1974 camp classic Female Trouble, starring Waters' muse Divine as a youngster who, after running away from home on Christmas Day, getting raped and pregant, and becoming a single mom, is transmogrified from loving schoolgirl to tough criminal. Waters' stock player Edith Massey plays Aunt Ida, who has obviously spent her life hanging out with the wrong straight crowd, remarking at one point in »
- Andre Soares
Breaking Glass Pictures has debuted a trailer for the Us release of Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways, starring French actor Melvil Poupaud as the title character. The film premiered at Cannes last year, where I first saw it and very much enjoyed it. It's almost 3 hours long (at least the cut I saw) and is an epic, but beautiful and mesmerizing look at the life of a man who wants to be a woman, and his best friend Fred, played by Suzanne Clément (with the crazy red hair). Yea, it sounds odd, but Dolan (Heartbeats) has a unique visual-musical style that plays well and enhances the story. It's set during the 80s/90s, so there's an outstanding soundtrack as well and some of that is used here to make the trailer music video-esque. Enjoy! Watch the full theatrical trailer for Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways, from Apple (via The Film »
- Alex Billington
One of the better films I saw last year, but I left it off my top ten list because it still hadn't hit theaters, was Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways. I made sure to give it a special mention because I didn't want to forget it, and come June I'll have a chance to see it again as Breaking Glass Pictures picked up the rights and will be bringing it to theaters. Starring Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement, the late-'80s set drama centers on Laurence Alia (Poupaud) as he celebrates his 30th birthday at which time he tells his girlfriend, Fred (Clement), he wants to become a woman. I go into greater detail in my review from Cannes, but if that's enough to get you hooked, I'd recommend just giving the trailer a peek if you need anymore convincing and I also posted a clip showcasing Clement previously, which you can watch right here. »
- Brad Brevet
#5. Interior. Leather Bar
Who: While everyone may be familiar with actor/director James Franco, they not be as aware of the filmmaker he’s paired with to direct Interior. Leather Bar, Travis Mathews. With a background in documentary, Mathews professes to use this and his Masters in Counseling Psychology to make films that focus on gay men and intimacy. He already has a series of short films about gay men and bedrooms and a well received 2012 feature film, I Want Your Love to his name.
Where: Franco’s interview also features a clip, while Franco’s co-director posted the trailer on his vimeo channel.
When: Shot in Los Angeles, CA over the course of a day in July, 2012, produced by RabbitBandini Productions »
- Nicholas Bell
Geneviève Bujold is back: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 [See previous post: "Canadian Screen Awards: Oscar-Nominated War Witch Tops."] In addition to War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch’allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L’Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film’s plot: Cromwell’s desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts. (Photo: Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell Still Mine.) The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson’s Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston »
- Andre Soares
7 items from 2013
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