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Biopics are best when focused on segmented portions of emotional turmoil, professional escalation or some perfect combination of the two, rather than trying to collapse entire lives into just a couple hours time. Hal Ashby’s 1976 retelling of Woody Guthrie’s popular ascent from dust bowl deadbeat to socially conscious folk music figurehead in Bound For Glory coolly pursues the latter with genuinely endearing, authentic feeling results. With David Carradine aptly filling the role of the humbly charismatic, musically driven drifter and a fully stocked catalog of Guthrie songs adapted for the screen by Leonard Rosenman, Ashby’s oddly conventional mid-period picture was in competition for the Palme d’Or, but ultimately lost to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Padre Padrone.
- Jordan M. Smith
"I owe a good part of my sensibility, if not my career, to the films of Mark Rappaport, an American director who now lives in Paris," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at the top of his interview for RogerEbert.com. We've also gathered interviews with Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Ben Rivers, Sean Baker, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, Philippe Grandrieux (Malgré la nuit), Peter Greenaway (with Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti), cinematographer Edward Lachman, Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Lee Grant, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Michael Winterbottom, Owen Wilson—and in Interview, you'll find Peter Dinklage talking with Paul Dano. » - David Hudson »
Italy’s revered filmmaking duo, the Taviani Brothers, Paolo and Vittorio, emerged way before the Coens, the Hugheses and the Wachowskis and are amazingly still active, well in their 80’s. They spoke, in unison, to Variety about their three classics “Padre Padrone,” “Night of The Shooting Stars,” and “Kaos,” which will screen in L.A. as part of a Taviani tribute, and also about their more recent works “Caesar Must Die,” the 2012 Berlin Golden Bear winner, and “Wondrous Boccaccio” which opened the Beijing fest last year. The Taviani tribute will be presented Jan.29-Feb.4 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre by Cohen Media Group’s Classics of Cinema Film Collection.
It’s well-known that Rossellini loved “Padre Padrone.” He presided the Cannes Jury that awarded it the Palme d’Or in 1977. It’s also known he was a great inspiration to you when you were both very young. Can you »
- Nick Vivarelli
“The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The London-born helmer, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010, will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize.
As previously announced, Susanne Bier will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. As part of the tribute, Bier will host a masterclass and present two of her best-known movies: Oscar-winning “In a Better World” and “Freud Leaving Home.”
Goteborg will also showcase eight directorial debuts which will compete for the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut. The lineup of first films comprises Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader,” Yaelle Kayam’s “Mountain” and Senem Tüzen’s “Motherland.”
- Elsa Keslassy
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