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Last year, Emmanuelle Riva reaped a Best Actress bid at the Oscars for her French-language performance in "Amour," which had won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes filmfest; she lost to Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook"). This year, Adele Exarchopoulos headlines Cannes champ "Blue is the Warmest Color" but, according to our 25 Experts, she just misses the cut for the final five at the Oscars. Vote for the Best Actress lineup at the bottom of this post. Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") is the overwhelming favorite of our Experts with 20 of them predicting her to prevail while five back the bid by Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"). Although Judi Dench ("Philomena"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County") aren't the top choice of any Experts, they are ranked higher overall than Exarchopoulos. Oscars film »
Instead of dipping into the already repetitive waters of late October Oscar talk, this column will take the next two weeks as an opportunity to discuss a few names that aren't getting as much talk as they may deserve (though here's updated weekly predictions to supplement that). Every year, a few actors from small films manage to make their way into the Oscar race. Like Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" last year (neither of whom were sure bets for nominations going into it), Demián Bichir in "A Better Life" (a huge surprise two years ago), Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone," Woody Harrelson in "The Messenger," Richard Jenkins in "The Visitor"... The list goes on and on. So in keeping with Indiewire's indie spirit, it seemed appropriate to make arguments for twenty performances that deserve to be the next Wallis »
- Peter Knegt
Who knew? All it took to bring back the core males Mia from theaters was a film about an 86- year-old. Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" opened to an easy #1 Friday with $12.6 million (including Thursday late shows). Maybe Emmanuelle Riva should have stuck around a little longer after the Oscars last year. This variation on the long-running MTV show and three previous movies didn't match the opening day of "Jackass 3D" in 2010 ($22 million), but it's still impressive for this series offshoot (with an actual storyline). It retains Johnny Knoxville, playing the old man, and a low budget ($15 million) and enough core appeal to surpass Paramount's low-ball pre-opening prediction of a $20 million weekend. The other opener, Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" (Twentieth Century Fox) opened to a weak #4 with $3.2 million. Facing divisive reviews (ranging from a New York Times Manohla Dargis rave to all-out pans from the Los Angeles Times, Time »
- Tom Brueggemann
This French movie released in India under the PVR Director's Rare banner with English subtitles is a work of art. Its ambiguous title, "love" is as coherent as the emotion itself.
Staged in a non-linear narrative, Michael Haneke's "Amour" is an inspiring, upsetting and tragic story that delicately portrays the intimate lives of an elderly couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva).
Both music teachers with a passion for fineness and all things classy, they live in their insulated world rarely stepping outside their elegant apartment, where the walls are. »
- Diksha Singh
Julie Delpy's second directorial effort is a garrulous, charming argument against Sarkozy's joyless economic crusade
A pleasure to have this on UK release: Julie Delpy's 2011 film Skylab is her second as a director, a lovely, easygoing movie with garrulity and charm, giving us that quintessentially French image of the sun-dappled al fresco family lunch. It is a nostalgic period piece from 1979, when the French public were briefly galvanised by reports that Nasa's Skylab research rocket could be about to crash somewhere in western France. Delpy plays Anna, bringing her children to a colossal family get-together at the ramshackle Brittany house of her mother, played by Emmanuelle Riva – admirers of Haneke's Amour might be relieved to see her safe and well in this gentler film. There is every sort of intrigue and gossip: a virtual week's worth of activity compressed into a single day. Delpy's film suggests that France has lost big-hearted family values, »
- Peter Bradshaw
European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Catherine Deneuve, Jeanne Moreau, Judi Dench are the only three female recipients to date (photo: European movies’ Lifetime Achievement Award-less actress Danielle Darrieux) (See previous post: "Catherine Deneuve: Only the Third Woman to Receive European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award.") As mentioned in the previous post, French film icon Catherine Deneuve is only the third woman to receive the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award since the organization’s first awards ceremony in 1988. Deneuve’s predecessors are The Lovers‘ Jeanne Moreau (1997) and Notes on a Scandal‘s Judi Dench (2008). In that regard, the European Film Academy is as male-oriented as the Beverly Hills-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More on that below. Male recipients of the European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award are the following: Ingmar Bergman, Marcello Mastroianni, Federico Fellini, Andrzej Wajda, Alexandre Trauner, Billy Wilder, »
- Andre Soares
The final feature from the recently passed French director Claude Miller (A Secret, Alias Betty) is a blandly handsome adaptation of François Mauriac's bitter 1927 novel Thérèse Desqueyroux—previously filmed 50 years ago, with Amour's Emmanuelle Riva in the title role. Here, it's Audrey Tautou, sullenly shaking off her pixie-cute Amélie whimsy and climbing into the bell jar as a dispassionate Jazz Age aristocrat suffocated by her fiscally beneficial marriage to narrow-minded, provincial landowner Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), brother of her best friend, Anne (Anaïs Demoustier). Unenergetically paced and too tasteful by half, the film tries to get into the troubled yet enlightened headspace of pouty, chain-smoking T »
Check out what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Epic (animated family adventure; voices of Colin Farrell, Amanda Seyfried; rated PG) Scary Movie 5 (horror-spoof comedy; Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale; unrated) Amour (drama; Jean-Louis Trigtignant, Emmanuelle Riva; PG-13) Jayne Mansfield's Car (drama; Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon; pretheatrical release; rated R) No One Lives (horror; Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens; rated R) No Place on Earth (documentary; Chris Nicola, Saul Stermer; rated PG-13) A...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke tells the heart-wrenching story of an elderly couple fighting against the deterioration of the body and mind in this brutally honest French drama. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) are retired octogenarian music teachers whose lives vastly alter when Anne suffers from the first of several strokes. Georges struggles to take care of his wife as watches her gradually lose her ability to move and speak.
Why We're In: One of the most powerful films in recent years and winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, "Amour" shows love at its most harrowing. Known as a horror master, Haneke uses slow-pacing and raw storytelling in this film to truly show life's real horrors. With some of the best performances ever from Riva and Trintignant, "Amour" is not merely a film that will make you weep, »
- Erin Whitney
Michael Haneke is one of the most enigmatic writer/directors working today. Taking a look at his filmography, you’ll see such challenging films as Cache, which tells the story of a family being terrorized by strange videotapes, and the Palme d’Or-winning The White Ribbon, which revolves around odd happenings in a small village. However, Haneke has not been without his faults. He is also responsible for Funny Games, a dreadful film he remade in English ten years later. Now he continues his perplexing ways with his latest project, Amour, a film that not only won him the Palme d’Or at Cannes yet again, but also garnered the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar earlier this year.
The film tells the story of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), an elderly couple who are retired music teachers. Their lives are very simple, periodically attending concerts by their formers »
- Jeff Beck
Also new this week is this year's Best Foreign Language Film, "Amour"; Robert De Niro and John Travolta going mano a mano in "Killing Season"; and "Scary MoVie," the latest sequel in the unkillable horror spoof series.
Box Office: $107 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 64% Fresh
Storyline: There is an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil in this animated adventure from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio." When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she bands together with a ragtag group of wild characters in order to save their world … and perhaps ours. "Epic" features the voices of Colin Farrell, Beyonce Knowles, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Knoxville, Aziz Ansari and Christoph Waltz. »
- Robert DeSalvo
Prepare to feel very, very bad about your accomplishments: Jennifer Lawrence turns 23 today.
Ever since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough role in 2010's Winter's Bone, the Kentucky-born actress has gone from strength to strength professionally, winning both the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and a 'Best Actress' Oscar this year for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
Which is all well and good. But it's Lawrence's grounded off-screen persona that has really made her beloved, as was made clear during Oscars week when she effectively became a one-woman internet meme factory.
Here, Digital Spy rounds up 23 of Lawrence's defining moments both on and off-screen.
The Red Dress
It's easy to forget that Jennifer was already an Oscar nominee before she found fame in The Hunger Games. At 20, she became the third-youngest actress ever to be nominated for the 'Best Actress' Academy Award as Winter's Bone's Ree Dolly. »
Hiroshima mon amour
Directed by Alain Resnais
Written by Marguerite Duras
Hiroshima mon amour was the first feature film of director Alain Resnais, whose only previous work had been a few short films. Most notably, Resnais had debuted Night and Fog at the Cannes Film Festival in 1955. The film was a documentary about Nazi concentration camps and was the direct catalyst to his involvement with Hiroshima mon amour. Resnais was approached to make a documentary about the atomic bomb. Wary of repeating his previous work, Resnais teamed with Marguerite Duras to create a wholly innovative fiction film that encapsulated Resnais’ struggles in making a film about the atomic bomb and the impossibility of coming to terms with such horrific events.
The film concerns a series of conversations, or one extended conversation, over a 36-hour period between a French actress only credited as She (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect, »
- Katherine Springer
While there’s certainly an audience out there that would be more susceptible to the offerings of Michael McGowan’s latest effort, Still Mine, it has the misfortune to be released soon after a healthy string of similarly themed (and better made) films contending with aging heterosexual couples. While featuring two well-known leads from the annals of cinema, whose presence here is bound to attract a certain interest to the title, they are unfortunately encapsulated in a film as flat as a plateau and barren as wintry tundra.
Only in contact with two of their seven children, Craig and Irene Morrison (James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold) are basically left to fend for themselves on their farm and many acres of land in New Brunswick. Forced to sell off his cattle since he can longer take care of everything »
- Nicholas Bell
Instituto Cervantes New York hosted a press conference with Pablo Berger, director/screenwriter of Blancanieves, and director/screenwriter Paula Ortiz of Chrysalis aka De tu ventana a la mía, moderated by Richard Peña for the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Spanish Cinema Now. Maribel Verdú, Leticia Dolera and Luisa Gavasa give masterful performances in Ortiz's feature debut as they weave in and out of narratives that could be reflections of Lillian Gish from Victor Sjöström's The Wind or Emmanuelle Riva from Alain Resnais' Hiroshima, Mon Amour.
In my conversation with Paula Ortiz we spoke about the telling of three women, three destinies and the history of Spain in the 20th century.
Fairy tales are present in her movie, as they are in Blancanieves by Berger, with whom I had a snow white »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Among the 276 artists invited to join their ranks this year, the Academy including a pleasing selection of world cinema luminaries, ranging from recent first-time Oscar nominee Emmanuelle Riva to Romanian New Wave cinematographer Oleg Mutu. One name, however, that was particularly applauded from all sides was trailblazing Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi. Still serving a sentence of six years' house arrest for propaganda against the Iranian government, Panahi has made his last two features within these restrictions -- though in bold defiance of the government's decree that he not engage in any filmmaking activity for 20 years. The first of these, »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
- Ryan Adams
On Friday (June 28), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 276 artists and executives they've invited to join the esteemed organization for 2013.
"These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," Academy President Hawk Koch said in a statement. With visionary directors Behn Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and Steve McQueen ("Shame) and legendary actress Emmanuelle Riva ("Amour") invited, he's on to something.
So what in all that is holy is Jennifer Lopez doing on the list?
Lest we offend any "Selena" fans, we'll admit that Lopez turned in some fine work in the 1997 biopic, as well as 1998's "Out of Sight." But, come on. The woman who starred in "Monster-in-Law" and "Anaconda" is not one of the best filmmakers working today.
The Academy only began revealing its invitee list in 2004, and in the time since, it's made a few other head-scratching decisions. (After all, »
The Motion Picture Academy invited 276 new members to its roster this year, a 57% bump from last year's 176 additions. The larger number of Academy invitations is due to the elimination of a quota system that had restricted the number of new members in years past. Among the noteworthy names joining the acting branch are Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jason Bateman, Jack Huston, Emily Mortimer, and 2012 Best Actress nominee Emmanuelle Riva. The directors branch welcomes Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids"), Todd Phillips ("The Hangover"), and 2012 Best Director nominee Benh Zeitlin ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"). New writers among the Academy membership include a trio of women also known for their work in front of the camera: Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy, and Lena Dunham, as well as Rian Johnson, Jeff Nichols, and Oscar-winning "Argo" writer Chris Terrio. The Academy, revealed in a Los Angeles Times survey to be pr »
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