12 items from 2013
The Past (Asghar Farhadi, France)
I had forgotten what had rubbed me the wrong way about Farhadi's A Separation, but it didn't take The Past more than five minutes before a single cut jolted my memory of the writer-director's schematic, super-literal style of filming his scripts. For such an actor-based approach—the last three films of Farhadi's being heated, nearly claustrophobic personal encounters in small spaces—The Past's lack of a sense of the cinematic freedom one can get from forming a film around the actors (rather than the other way around) is disheartening. The deliberateness of every gesture and prop, every feeling, thought and subtext spoken out loud seems a kind of humanist-realism version of Haneke's relentlessly obvious cinema. It is minus Haneke's chiding, of course, but is certainly didactic, cloaked in the “unfolding” of “drama” (in the Classical Hollywood sense of invisible form, rather than Haneke's clinical-analytic »
- Daniel Kasman
There was plenty of Baz-razzmatazz as the 66th Cannes Film Festival bowed with a mix of fun, lofty hopes and melancholy that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have appreciated.
In the spirit of opener “The Great Gatsby,” a troupe of dancers dressed in 1920s-style outfits burst out of a period car and performed a dance on the red carpet.
Throngs of fans lined the road to the Palais, where the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Gatsby” elicited screams and cheers, and big names glamming it up on the red carpet included Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Fan Bingbing, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Walter Salles, Michel Piccoli, Agnes Varda and Roskino CEO Katya Mtsitouridze. France’s Minister of Culture Aurelie Filipetti and Venice Film Festival topper Alberto Barbera were also in attendance.
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- Timothy M. Gray and Elsa Keslassy
In Cannes news, juries have been rounded out for the Un Certain Regard sidebar as well as the Camera d'Or. It was previously announced that Danish director Thomas Vinterberg -- whose drama "The Hunt" was an official selection up for the Palme d'Or last year -- will lead the tribunal as president for Un Certain Regard. The other members are Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, French actress Ludivine Sagnier, Festival de Rio director Ilda Santiago and Enrique Gonzalez Macho, president of Spain's equivalent of AMPAS. The jury will award one of the eighteen films in the selection the Prix Un Certain Regard, which last year went to Michel Franco's "After Lucia." The Camera d'Or is an award given to the best film out of either the main competition, Critics' Week or Directors' Fortnight (last year's winner was Oscar Best Picture nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild"). On the jury this »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi and French actor Ludivine Sagnier are among the four names on this year's jury for the Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes. Presided over by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, Sagnier and Ziyi are joined by Rio Film Festival director Ilda Santiago and Spanish producer, distributor and exhibition player Enrique Gonzalez Macho. Festival de Cannes organizers also announced April 30 this year's Camera d'or jury, which will be led by French director Agnes Varda. Joining Varda is Spanish director Isabelle Coixet, French helmer Regis Wargnier, Chloe Rolland (Syndicat de la Critique), Michel Abramowicz (Afc), Eric Guirado (Srf)
- Stuart Kemp
The 2013 Cannes Film Festival kicks off in just over two weeks, with the juries for the festival's Un Certain Regard program and Camera D'Or award (going to a first time filmmaker) being finalized. Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg will head Un Certain Regard, while French director Agnès Varda with lead Camera D'Or. Full list of juries in the press release below. The Members Of The Jurys Un Certain Regard And Camera D’Or Un Certain Regard 2013: President Thomas Vinterberg The films of Un Certain Regard will also be granted prizes alongside the films of the Competition. A five-member jury will award prizes, Danish director Thomas Vintenberg being the president. The members of the jury are: President: Thomas Vinterberg (Director - Denmark) Members of the jury Zhang Ziyi (Actress - China) Ludivine Sagnier (Actress - France) Ilda Santiago (Festival de Rio Director - Brazil) Enrique Gonzalez Macho (Producer, distributor, exhibitor - Spain) Eighteen films. »
- Peter Knegt
The Cinémathèque Française is currently running a major exhibition titled Le monde enchanté de Jacques Demy (through August 4) devoted to the great romantic fantasist who brought us such candy-colored musical reveries as The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort and Donkey Skin. What caught my eye was a video on their website (unsubtitled, unfortunately) in which the head of the poster department, Jacques Ayroles, takes us into the Cinémathèque’s vaults (which contain some 25,000 posters) and talks about the various posters for Demy’s films.
The exhibition seems to place particular emphasis on Peau d’Âne or Donkey Skin, Demy’s beloved Cocteau-esque fantasy which, in 1970, was his greatest success (with over 2 million admissions in France) and which came hot on the heels of one of his most disappointing flops, the L.A.-set Model Shop. Based on the 17th-century fairytale by Charles Perrault (famously illustrated by Gustave Doré »
- Adrian Curry
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Eleanor Burke & Ron Eyal (Stranger Things) provided us with a combined/all time top ten film list (dated: April 2013).
Les Quatres cents Coups Blows (400 Blows) – Francois Truffaut (1959)
“I saw this when I was at secondary school (high school) and there was something in it that really spoke to me. It’s the film that made me want to be a director.” (Eb)
“Truffaut was getting out there onto the streets of Paris with the camera and capturing life. I love the playful scene with Antoine turning upside-down on the Rotor, and that final breathtaking tracking shot as Antoine runs down to the sea.” (Re)
- Eric Lavallee
Director Jane Campion will be presented with the Carrosse d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony on May 16.
The kudos is awarded annually by the Film Directors Guild and sponsored by CanalPlus Cinema. It is a tribute paid to a director honoring the innovative qualities, the courage and independence of his or her work.
Campion, who will be in Cannes as president of the Cinefondation and short film jury, will also take part in a “conversation with the filmmaker” event.
Created in 2002, the Carrosse d’Or award has gone to Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, Ousmane Sembene, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch, Naomi Kawase, Agnes Varda, Jafar Panahi and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. »
- Variety Staff
New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose superb neo-noir "Top of the Lake" series is running on Sundance Channel, will receive the Carrosse d’or at Cannes this year. The Society of Film Directors (Srf) will award her with their prize during the opening ceremony of the 45th Directors' Fortnight (May 16 - 26), a sidebar of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. Winner of the Palme d'Or for 1993's"The Piano," Campion is heading to Cannes next month anyway as head of the shorts jury. According to CineEuropa, the Carrosse d’or rewards innovation, boldness and intransigence in directing and production. Since 2002, winners include Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, Ousmane Sembene, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch, Agnès Varda, Jafar Panahi and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. »
- Anne Thompson
Agnes Varda, irrepressible octogenarian -- “say I’ll be 85 in May” -- and filmmaker whose 1954 feature debut, "La Pointe-Courte," precipitated New Wave cinema, is artist-in-residence at the University of Pennsylvania this week, dispensing wisdom, teaching master classes and sharing some of her 33 films, including her 2009 cine-memoir, "The Beaches of Agnes." Here’s what she had to say about her career when I had a sit-down with her earlier in the week. It occurred to me that she is among the oldest filmmakers currently active (Alain Resnais, who was the editor of "La Pointe-Court" is a few years older, and the indefatigable Manoel de Oliveira is 100-plus years) although her vitality and vivacity is that of someone a fraction of her years.I just listened to her teach a master class at Scribe Video Center where my favorite question came from an aspiring documentarian who asked, “It always seems that you’re teaching your subject. »
- Carrie Rickey
Landmark and controversial Gay movies at Lacma On March 23, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be screening two film programs inspired by its current Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit: "America’s Most Wanted: The Queer Underground," featuring Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures, Jean Genet's Un Chant d'Amour, and Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising; and "Temptations: My Hustler and Mala Noche," featuring Andy Warhol's My Hustler and Gus Van Sant's Mala Noche. The screenings are free of charge. The 26-minute Un Chant d'Amour is Genet's sole film; considering its theme and stylistic approach, the film, as to be expected, faced censorship issues at the time of its first screening in the U.S. in 1966 (sixteen years after it was made). The Lacma release (see below more information on each film) describes Un Chant d'Amour (aka "A Song of Love") as "an iconic landmark of queer cinema for its lyrical, »
- Andre Soares
Blu-ray Release Date: May 7, 2012
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
In the Nouvelle vague classic, two restless young men (Sweet Movie’s Sami Frey and Eyes Without a Face’s Claude Brasseur) enlist the object of both of their fancies (Pierrot le fou’s Anna Karina) to help them commit a robbery—in her own home. An audacious and wildly entertaining French New Wave gem, Band of Outsiders is at once sentimental and sour, effervescently romantic and melancholy, and it features some of Godard’s most memorable set pieces, including the headlong race through the Louvre and the ultra-cool Madison dance sequence.
Criterion released a DVD edition of Bande à part back in 2003 which is still available. »
12 items from 2013
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