10 items from 2015
In today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum's interviews with Mark Rappaport and Béla Tarr and his review of Peter Watkins's La Commune (Paris, 1871); two new books on Stanley Kubrick, one on The Shining, the other on 2001: A Space Odyssey; reviews of Criterion's new release of François Truffaut's Day for Night; "Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history"; interviews with Jerry Schatzberg, Lily Tomlin, Joe Dante and John Magary; a tribute to Mike Leigh; Christopher Nolan's admiration for Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay; a listener's guide to Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising—and more. » - David Hudson »
Top Locarno Film Festival prize for Hong Sang-soo for Right Now, Wrong Then Photo: Locarno Film Festival South Korean director Hong Sang-soo has won the top prize at the 68th Locarno Film Festival for his bitter sweet romance Right Now, Wrong Then (Jigeumeun matgo geuttaeneun teullida).
Jeong Jae-yeong and Kim Min-hee star as a film director and aspiring painter who meet and spend the same day together, twice. Apparently the director shot and edited the first part, screened it for the actors and then filmed the second part with them in the same locations.
The director was previously named best director at Locarno two years ago for Our Sunhi.
This year the best director award went to the veteran Polish director »
- Richard Mowe
The Golden Leopard of Locarno Film Festival’s 68th edition went to Right Now, Wrong Then by South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.Scroll down for full list of winners
The top award comes two years after Sang-soo picked up the Leopard for Best Direction for his previous feature, Our Sunhi.
A previous winner of Locarno’s top award from South Korea was Bae Yong-kyun for Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East? (Dalmaga dongjogeuro gan kkadalgeun) in 1989.
Right Now, Wrong Then – which is handled internaitonally by Fine Cut - also received the Best Actor Leopard for Jung Jae-Young and a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury.
The International Jury – which included German actor Udo Kier, Israeli filmmaker Nadiv Lapid and veteran Us director Jerry Schatzberg awarded its Special Jury Prize to Avishai Sivan for Tikkun, and the Leopard for Best Direction to the veteran Polish director Andrzej Zulawski for Cosmos, his first film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
The international competition jury of the 68th Locarno Film Festival—Udo Kier, Nadav Lapid, Daniela Michel, Moon So-ri and Jerry Schatzberg—has awarded the Golden Leopard to Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then. The Special Jury Prize goes to Avishai Sivan's Tikkun. Best Direction: Andrzej Zulawski for Cosmos. Best Actress; Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara and Rira Kawamura for their performances in Ryusuke Yamaguchi's Happy Hour, which, for Notebook editor Daniel Kasman, "emerged at the end of the festival as one of its best films." We've got the full list of all the award-winners. » - David Hudson »
“Right Now, Wrong Then,” a bittersweet romantic comedy by Hong Sang-soo, has taken the coveted Golden Leopard prize at the 68th edition of the Locarno Film Festival. Awarded the prize by an International Competition jury that included German thesp Udo Kier and U.S. helmer Jerry Schatzberg, the prolific South Korean auteur beat out a heavyweight field that included new works from Chantal Akerman, Andrzej Zulawski and Athina Rachel Tsangari.
Hong’s leading man Jung Jae-young also took Best Actor honors for the film, a structurally playful meditation on social graces and missed chances, in which the same romantic scenario plays out twice with markedly different results. Variety‘s review describes it favorably as “a film of minute observations rather than grand revelations, less concerned with butterfly-effect consequentiality than with the variable human foibles that can turn a bad day into a good one.” The win gives the low-key pic »
- Guy Lodge
Rome — The Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a rich lineup for its 68th edition, comprising new works from U.S. director Jonathan Demme and other established international directors, including Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sang-soo and Andrzej Zulawski, screening alongside potential discoveries within a mix of traditional narratives and more cutting edge cinema.
Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash,” starring Meryl Streep as an aging rock star trying to reconnect with her family, will screen out-of-competition August 5 on the prominent Swiss fest’s open-air Piazza Grande ahead of its U.S. release August 7 via Sony’s TriStar Pictures. Hot pic is penned by Diablo Cody.
For the competition section Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian has secured fourteen world preems, including Greek auteur Athena Rachel Tsangari’s long awaited “Chevalier”; Gallic veteran Chantal Akerman’s docu “Not a Home Movie”; ace Italo filmmaker Pietro Marcello’s docu/feature “Bella e Perduta”; “Right Now, »
- Nick Vivarelli
With the first half of 2015 officially coming to a close, it’s time for our mid-year list of best theatrical releases. As seems to be the trend, a bulk of these titles were selections premiering in the late fall circuit of 2014, a move sometimes granting offbeat art-house selections a bit more breathing room (though not always). Here’s a glance at what represents the best of the year thus far, including two directorial debuts, one posthumous work, and one studio feature:
Premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, German auteur Wim Wenders explores the prolific career of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, here with the help of his son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado serving as co-director. Known for capturing catastrophic events in striking fashion, the documentary finds the artist in search of something positive after decades documenting human nature at its worst. »
- Nicholas Bell
With its raw depiction of young junkies looking for their next fix on the mean streets of New York, "Heaven Knows What" wowed audiences at the Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals earlier this year. Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie wrote the screenplay with Ronald Bronstein, the star of their 2009 film "Go Get Some Rosemary," which was called "Daddy Longlegs" when it screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Read More: Review: Caleb Landry Jones Anchors The Safdie Brothers' Must-See Junkie Drama 'Heaven Knows What' It's almost hard to fathom that "Heaven Knows What" even had a script since the film, which is based on star Arielle Holmes' unpublished memoir about her life as a young addict and her obsession with boyfriend Ilya, blends documentary elements with fictional storytelling. Though the film brings to mind Jerry Schatzberg's 1971 film "Panic in Needle Park" and was shot around the same locations, »
- Paula Bernstein
Read More: SXSW: Complete List of Winners at the 2015 Film Awards In advance of this year's SXSW Film Festival, Indiewire sent out a questionnaire to the filmmakers taking their work to Austin. Below you'll find some of the inspirations for the competing films, both narrative and documentary. Here are the filmmakers' responses: Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti ("A Woman Like Me"): We were inspired by a wide range of movies: "All That Jazz," Agnes Varda's "The Beaches of Agnes," "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm," "Day For Night," "The Wizard of Oz," "Blue Vinyl," "Reds," Abbas Kiarostami's "Close-Up…." Alison Bagnall ("Funny Bunny"): I don't know if certain films inspire me anymore, though Jerry Schatzberg's "Scarecrow" is always an inspiration. Certain directors inspire me. The usual European suspects; Polanski, Pasolini, Fassbinder-but now it's »
- David Ballard
Paris – Lyon’s Institut Lumière is teaming with France’s Cnc film agency to organize Lumiere! Le Cinéma Inventé, a major Paris exhibition-restoration initiative marking the 120th anniversary of the invention of cinema – or at least cinema as we have known it over nearly all of the last 120 years.
Not just a commemoration, however, Lumière! will attempt to deliver a corrective to the legend of two technical geniuses of little vision, ignoring the importance of their invention, and of little art.
Presented Monday night in Paris by Thierry Fremaux – Institut Lumière director as well as Cannes Fest head – and Cnc president Frederique Bredin – the Lumière! exhibition will run March 27 to June 14 at Paris’ Grand Palais, site of its 1900 Universal Exhibition, whose stars included Louis and Auguste Lumière, presenting their five-year-old invention, thanks to which France was to dominate world cinema until World War I.
Exhibition’s bow coincides with the »
- John Hopewell
10 items from 2015
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