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5 items from 2006


Soderbergh To Direct Back-to-Back Che Biopics

1 November 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ocean's Eleven director Steven Soderbergh is set to shoot two back-to-back films about Latin American revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro, who will play Guevara, have been working on the movies since they made Traffic together in 2000. The films will also likely star Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benjamin Bratt, who are currently in talks for key roles. Both films pick up after the formative Guevara years captured in Walter Salles' film The Motorcycle Diaries. The first movie, The Argentine, begins as Guevara and a band of Cuban exiles - led by Fidel Castro - reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. The second film, Guerilla, begins with Guevara's trip to New York City, where he spoke at the United Nations in 1964 and was celebrated in society circles. He then disappeared into the jungles of South America. When he tired to use Bolivia as the catalyst for more revolution, he was captured and executed. The movies will be shot back-to-back beginning next May in Mexico and South America. »

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Interview: Alice Braga

19 June 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- A new wave of movies is once again reshaping the so called idea of ‘avant-garde independent cinema’. No, we are not going backwards in time, living again in the sixties, when the feeling of ‘new’ and ‘fresh’ and ‘alive’ was packaged by French innovators like Godard or Truffaut, who conquered audiences through small movies carrying big hearts and souls. The sixties are long gone and the nouvelle vague of our days doesn’t speak French anymore and nor does it speak English. The Sensuality Of The Brazilian New Wave: Alice Braga Fortunately enough, there are other countries talking the ‘independent’ language. The whole South American continent, with its puzzle of countries and cultures, is giving birth to movies that matter, and Brazil is one of the new movie nations that speaks loud and clear. The latest example is Lower City, the second feature film of Sergio Machado, »

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Wenders, Salles bound for TIFF

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- Directors Wim Wenders and Walter Salles are set to appear at Greece's long-running Thessaloniki International Film Festival, whose 47th edition will run Nov. 17-26. Wenders will be present for a retrospective of his work, to conduct a master class and to attend an exhibition of stills from his films taken by his wife, Donata. Festival director Despina Mouzaki will program the International Competition section, which offers two main awards -- the Golden and the Silver Alexander, which carry a €37,000 ($47,557) and €22,000 ($28,277) prize, respectively. After an homage to Mexican cinema last year, Brazilian cinema will be feted this year, with Salles set to attend. Chinese cinema gets similar treatment, and there will be a new strand titled Focus -- this year looking at teenage lust/teenage angst -- and paying tribute to Larry Clark's photographic series Teenage Lust (1983). »

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Wenders, Salles bound for TIFF

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- Directors Wim Wenders and Walter Salles are set to appear at Greece's long-running Thessaloniki International Film Festival, whose 47th edition will run Nov. 17-26. Wenders will be present for a retrospective of his work, to conduct a master class and to attend an exhibition of stills from his films taken by his wife, Donata. Festival director Despina Mouzaki will program the International Competition section, which offers two main awards -- the Golden and the Silver Alexander, which carry a €37,000 ($47,557) and €22,000 ($28,277) prize, respectively. After an homage to Mexican cinema last year, Brazilian cinema will be feted this year, with Salles set to attend. Chinese cinema gets similar treatment, and there will be a new strand titled Focus -- this year looking at teenage lust/teenage angst -- and paying tribute to Larry Clark's photographic series Teenage Lust (1983). »

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Paris, I Love You (Paris, Je t'Aime)

18 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Being in Paris is to be inside a work of art, and it is no surprise that in the charming collection of vignettes that make up Paris je t'aime, the art is love. This is a Paris where Oscar Wilde can reappear beside his grave at Pere Lachaise to give squabbling lovers a sense of humor. A vampire may pounce on an unsuspecting backpacker in the Madeleine. A cowboy on horseback can bring a grieving mother back to her family. A paramedic may fall in love with her bleeding patient.

Love in all its weird and wonderful forms is the subject of 18 short films made by an assortment of international directors who bring individual vision to a collective love letter to the French capital. Most of the directors have written their own pieces, and they range from whimsical to romantic, to dramatic and tragic.

With many familiar faces including Juliette Binoche, Fanny Ardant, Natalie Portman, Nick Nolte, Steve Buscemi, Bob Hoskins and Gena Rowlands, the film is necessarily uneven but has an overall winning charm and can expect a warm reception in art houses around the world.

Buscemi and Coen brothers completists will not want to miss their hilarious tale of an American tourist on the Metro stop at the Tuileries learning firsthand how accurate his guidebook is. Forget The Da Vinci Code -- anyone who sees this film will never look at Mona Lisa's smile again without thinking of the matchless Buscemi.

An offbeat sense of humor is established from the opening story, subtitled Montmartre, in which a frustrated young man (writer-director Bruno Podalydes) struggles to find a parking spot only to spend the time parked complaining aloud about why he can't find a girlfriend.

Then a lovely young woman (Florence Muller) faints beside his car. It's Paris.

Writer-director Gurinder Chadha spends a few minutes showing how a young man (Cyril Descours) can learn more from a modest hijab-wearing young woman (Leila Bekhti) than from his leering buddies.

Isabel Coixet manages to find great humor in a story of a failed love affair given new life after one of the lovers (Miranda Richardson) is diagnosed with terminal leukemia, while Oliver Schmitz's new paramedic (Aissa Maiga) learns how fleeting love can be while treating a stab victim (Seydou Boro).

Several sequences begin with misdirection so that Nolte's May-December romance turns out to be not that at all, while Hoskins and Ardant's strip club encounter involves more than a little planned artifice. Tom Tykwer's tale of an actress (Portman) trying to break off her affair with a blind linguist (Melchior Besion) also holds a surprise. Sylvain Chomet's item involving mimes is pleasingly self-mocking, and Alexander Payne's narrative of a Denver matron (Margo Martindale) visiting the city to improve her halting French begins in sarcasm and ends in sympathy.

Binoche grieves for her dead son in Nobuhiro Suwa's parable about a cowboy (Willem Defoe) who rides the midnight streets of Paris to ease her pain. Director Barbet Schroeder has fun along with Li Xin in a wacky musical fantasy by Christopher Doyle. Wes Craven naturally gravitates to a graveyard for his oddball contribution involving Wilde.

The cinematography is varied and wonderful. Pierre Adenot's music fits the bill, and there's a great waltz at the end with English adaptation by Oscar-winning lyricist Will Jennings.

PARIS JE T'AIME

Victoires International in association with Arrival Cinema

Credits:

Directors: Bruno Podalydes

Gurinder Chadha, Gus Van Sant, Joel and Ethan Coen, Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas, Christopher Doyle, Isabel Coixet, Nobuhiro Suwa, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuaron, Olivier Assayas, Oliver Schmitz, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Wes Craven, Tom Tykwer, Frederic Auburtin & Gerard Depardieu, Alexander Payne

Producers: Claudie Ossard & Emmanuel Benbihy

Co-producer: Burkhard Von Schenk

Executive producers: Chris Bolzli, Gilles Caussade, Sam Englebardt, Ara Katz, Chad Troutwine, Frank Moss, Rafi Chaudry

Original idea: Tristan Carne

Concept: Emmanuel Benbihy

Production designer: Bettina von den Steinen

Editing supervisors: Simon Jacquet, Frederic Auburtin

Original music: Pierre Adenot

No MPAA rating

Running time -- 120 minutes »

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