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Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
At once overly buttoned-down and thoroughly improbable, Gracia Querejeta’s “15 Years and One Day” plays like a standard telenovela with all the juiciest parts excised. Never allowing its overstocked cast of characters much breathing room, the film lurches from Afterschool Special-style moralism to perfunctory murder mystery to sappy melodrama with all the tonal consistency of a rusted tuba, stranding several excellent actors in the process. Winner of several prizes at the Malaga Film Festival, and recently announced as Spain’s foreign-language Oscar submission, “15 Years” could perhaps drum up moderate interest in some Spanish-speaking territories, but it won’t get much further than a qualifying run Stateside.
Newcomer Aron Piper more or less stars as Jon, a disgruntled 14-year-old who has been expelled from school after a series of rather mild transgressions (he pulled a prank on a teacher and called the lunchlady “a cow”). The standout in a strong cast, »
- Andrew Barker
Review: The Great Beauty
Click here for Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2013
The film reunites Sorrentino with Il Divo star Toni Servillo in the story of a jaded, ageing writer who tries to resuscitate his career but is floundering in high life parties and the memory of a former love.
It was considered a frontrunner for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May; won five Silver Ribbons at the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists awards; and a Globi d’Oro (Golden Globes) for Luca Bigazzi’s cinematography.
The Great Beauty marks the first Oscar submission for Sorrentino, who has screened five of his features in Competition »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
San Sebastian – Spain has chosen Gracia Querejeta’s “15 Years Plus a Day” as its foreign-language Oscar submission.
Winning best film and screenplay at April’s Malaga Festival, Spain’s biggest nation cinema showcase, “15 Days” reprises Querejeta’s central concern of family dynamics played across generations, here the troubled relations between a mother, her unruly son and her father, an ex military man and strict disciplinarian who takes the boy in when he’s expelled from school.
A classical film focusing on characters and actor performance, “15 Years” is sold by Madrid-based Latido Films and produced by Gerardo Herrero and Manuela Besuievsky at Tornasol Films, which already won a foreign-language Academy Award in 2010 for Juan Jose Campanella’s Argentine entry “The Secret in Their Eyes,” which Tornasol co-produced.
“15 Years” beat out three other short-list contenders: Manuel Martin Cuenca’s “Cannibal, »
- John Hopewell
San Sebastian, Spain – Gracia Querejeta’s 15 Years and One Day will represent Spain in the foreign language Oscar race, the Spanish Film Academy announced Wednesday. The drama, starring Maribel Verdu, beat out Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal, Sanchez Arevalo’s La Gran Familia Espanola and Santiago Zannou’s Alacrán enamorado for the coveted spot. Photos: 100 Oscars Gowns The film won rave reviews for Verdu's performance as a mother navigating her relationship with her son in the shadow of her own mother. "We know what it is to win an Oscar and what it takes to do so," the film's producer Gerardo Herrero told journalists
- Pamela Rolfe
2012 saw a surge of Snow White films, but there might be one that you missed. The Spanish, silent film Blancanieves is a retelling of the classic fairy tale set in 1920s Seville. Based on the packaging, you might confuse the film with a new Criterion release, but the conspicuous “C” (squared instead of round) is for the Cohen Media Group. Yet this unique, beautiful film could easily be part of Criterion’s curated collection.
Innocent little Carmencita (Sofia Oria) is no princess, and her father (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) is no king. Instead, he is a famed bullfighter who is “gruesomely gored” in a high profile bullfight. His nurse, Encarna (Maribel Verdu), manipulates him into loving her and taking her as his new wife. She soon dispatches of her invalid husband and sends her driver to strangle her now-older ward Carmen (Macarena Garcia). Carmen is soon saved by 6 bullfighting dwarves who »
- John Keith
Chicago – There’s something even more bittersweet and poignant about the beautiful, mesmerizing “Blancanieves,” new to Blu-ray and DVD, when one thinks that it was one of the last movies that Roger Ebert fell in love with. The legendary critic adored this film so much that he programmed it for the Overlooked Film Festival, which unspooled shortly after his death. Seeing the film now and the way it deals with loss while also paying homage to the history of cinema, it seems almost like a tribute to the man who engendered a love of film for so many people. Although the connection to Ebert is only the final beautiful twist to a major piece of work, one of the more engaging and well-made films of 2013. This film is a special one. Don’t miss it.
I’ll admit that I didn’t see “Blancanieves” in theaters and kind of avoided it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Title: Blancanieves by: Pablo Berger Starring: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Sergio Dorado Running time: 105 minutes, Rated PG-13, Available on Blu-Ray Special Features: The Making of Blancanives: Director’s Introduction; Blancanieves: Live Concert in Barcelona & Madrid A re-telling of the classic “Snow White” comes a tale of a matador who gets gored during a bullfight and becomes paralyzed. His wife goes into labor and dies in childbirth, the man is so overcome with grief that he refuses to see the baby. An opportunistic nurse takes advantage of his fragile state and gets him to marry her. The baby’s maternal grandmother names the baby Carmencita after her daughter, [ Read More ]
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Starring Maribel Verdú, Daniel Giménez Cacho and Ángela Molina, Pablo Berger's Blancanieves (2012) is a stark and beautiful visualisation of the classic fairytale of Snow White, set in 1920's Spain. This silent fantasy has certainly been making waves, earning fantastic critical acclaim for its excellent performances and impressive cinematography. To celebrate the DVD release of Blancanieves this Monday (5 August), we've kindly been provided with Three copies of the film to give away, thanks to StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
In Blancanieves, our young heroine Carmen (Macarena García) escapes her malevolent stepmother (Verdú) to join a travelling troupe of bullfighting dwarves and rises to fame in the corrida. The combination of a much loved fairytale and a female bullfighter crossed with Goya visuals ensures »
- CineVue UK
★★★★☆ The Brothers Grimm's pitch black fairytale Snow White is transformed by the Flamenco rhythms of 1920s Spain in director Pablo Berger's sumptuous and beguiling Blancanieves (2012), out now on Collector's Edition DVD. An unabashed homage to the silent cinema of twenties Europe, Berger's film is a delightfully mischievous reinvention of this age-old fairytale. Last year saw two larger-than-life adaptations of the Snow White story - Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror and Rupert Sanders' angsty Snow White and the Huntsman - yet Berger's direction is far more outlandish and indirect than both aforementioned renditions.
Setting his version in Seville, Berger presents his audience with a silent, black and white tale of the daughter of famous bullfighter Carmenita (played as a child by Sofía Oria, and later by Macarena García), raised by an evil stepmother after her father is paralysed during a performance. Instead of seven dwarfs, we have six miniature bullfighters, »
- CineVue UK
There's a special kind of magic involved in the creation of a really great pop movie, something that manages to capture both the electrifying thrill the music and the tangible air of the period. Like Steve Rash's The Buddy Holly Story, which still stands up to repeat viewing after 35 long years, Good Vibrations (2012, Universal, 15) is a nostalgic gem blending just the right amount of fact and fantasy as it tells the story of Belfast's "godfather of punk", Terri Hooley. Brilliantly played by Richard Dormer, Hooley is the budding DJ and owner of a proudly non-sectarian record shop whose life is transformed by seeing Rudi perform an ebulliently boisterous live gig and hearing the Undertones play Teenage Kicks. Believing that "New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason", Hooley starts his own fantastically ramshackle record label, a venture driven entirely by love, »
- Mark Kermode
Top 10 Mark Harrison 5 Aug 2013 - 07:12
Weary from the explosions and effects of the blockbuster season? Then Mark has 10 perfect alternative movies for you...
August is usually considerably less busy for summer blockbusters, especially since Hollywood has increasingly moved the start of the season to earlier and earlier dates. This year, Iron Man 3 kicked things off in the UK on April 25th, and the cavalcade of superhero films and action movies has continued right through May, June and July.
There's a sense that by August, audiences will be a little worn out by the noise, the spectacle and the crashy-bangy. In a summer this overcrowded, with big tentpole pictures under-performing at the box office every other week, that's especially true. At this point, we have about the same appetite for explosions as Mr Creosote does for wafer mints in Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life: just one more and we would, »
Bogota, July 27 (Ians/Efe) Spanish actress Maribel Verdu said here that she would be interested in filming in Colombia and praised the selections made for a retrospective of her work to be screened in the Andean nation.
"I miss Colombia and I'd love to (film there) because the country fascinates me," Verdu, who has appeared in movies shot in Mexico, Chile and Argentina, said.
Verdu was the star of Spanish director Pablo Berger's highly acclaimed 2012 film "Blancanieves" (Snow White), which has been chosen to kick off the second edition of the Muestra de Cine Español (Exhibition of Spanish Cinema), an event whose sections include a retrospective of the Madrid-born actress's work.
"They put together a selection. »
- Diksha Singh
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Pacific Rim (12A)
You can boil this sci-fi spectacle down to Transformers vs Godzillas, but with Del Toro at the helm it's the thinking person's big, dumb blockbuster: an unironic, city-stomping smash-up mixing state-of-the-art effects with curiously antiquated action-movie dynamics. There's just enough human interest to sustain it, but this is all about giant machines, giant aliens and deafening destruction.
Animal House for pre-schoolers? The college setting is questionable and the originality scarce, making this an acceptable, colourful prequel rather than another Pixar triumph.
The Deep (12A)
Visceral but unsensational »
- Steve Rose
Snow White is recast as a talented bullfighter in this wonderfully eerie and erotic silent film treat
Audiences are entitled to be suspicious of critics who start raving about another new silent film in black-and-white, so soon after the Oscar-winning success of Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist. Fad? Cinephile affectation? Maybe, but during the fuss over The Artist, the haute cinephile thing to say was that it was all nonsense compared to Aki Kaurismäki's 1999 silent film Juha. All I can say is that there's a flash of pure inspiration, unfakeable and unmistakable, in this extraordinarily enjoyable film, a silent-movie melodrama version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves set in southern Spain in 1910. It feels saturated with pleasure: it is extremely pleasurable to watch, and shows every sign of having been extremely pleasurable to make.
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★★☆ Blancanieves (2012), the new film from Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger, is rooted in the cinema of old. It's both a rude adaptation of a classic fairytale, Snow White, and a return to the postmodern glamour of silent film. Like Michel Hazanavicius' Oscar-winning The Artist (2011) and Michel Gomes' Tabu (2012), Berger has been drawn to the obscure purity of monochrome images, boxed ratios, overloaded gestures and silent film cards. Blancanieves is a nostalgic tribute to the lost innocence of early cinema, longing to recapture that magical sense of discovery and enchantment in a ruthlessly cynical age.
Set in Seville during the 1920s, the golden era of silent film, the film centres around another lost showpiece, bullfighting, and a dark eyed young girl called Carmencita (played first by Sofia Oria). The daughter of a noble matador (Daniel Giménez Cacho) and flamenco dancer (Inma Cuesta), when her mother dies in childbirth, her father »
- CineVue UK
In May 2011 the Spanish writer-director Pablo Berger was busily prepping his second film, Blancanieves. After an eight-year struggle to raise funding, he was finally about to start shooting a film whose uniqueness he was convinced would surprise and delight audiences the world over. After all, this was the sort of mainstream entertainment that hadn't been seen in decades — a black and white, silent movie, complete with lush orchestration.
But then came the Cannes film festival, and The Artist.
"Nobody knew about The Artist until it appeared in Cannes," he recalls, with a reflex ruefulness. "It was completely out of the blue. I was in my office in Madrid, doing the storyboards for my film, when a producer »
- Demetrios Matheou
Following on from Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, there seems to be a trend in cinema at present to bring the treasured fairytale to the big screen. Thankfully – and unlike previous efforts – Pablo Berger’s unique adaptation Blancanieves offers a completely different twist on the original story, presenting his tale in the form of a black and white silent movie, as we delve into 1920′s Spain.
Following notorious bullfighter Antonio Villalta’s (Daniel Giménez Cacho) life-threatening accident , his wife is rushed into labour for the birth of their first child. When she tragically passes away during childbirth, and with Antonio confined to a lifetime in a wheelchair, the surviving daughter Carmencita (Sofía Oria) is raised by her grandmother. However she is eventually taken in by her father and her belligerent and unwelcoming step-mother Encarna (Maribel Verdú). Treated with hostility, Carmencita (played as an adult by Macarena Garcia) finally manages to escape, »
- Stefan Pape
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
Spain’s Blancanieves gives us a new twist on the Snow White tale by not only setting the film in a romanticized southern Spain of the 1920s, but making it a silent film shot in black and white.
The movie, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, tells the familiar tale of our heroine Snow White, but this time, she is a female bullfighter stars as Carmen, the titular Blancaieves which literally translates to “Snow White.” As a young girl, Carmen learns the art of bullfighting from her father, and with his passing, becomes so hated by her evil stepmother Encarna, played by Maribel Verdú (Pan’s Labyrinth, Y Tu Mama Tambien) that she runs away with a troupe of dwarves, herself becoming a legendary matador.
Step into the bullring with this exclusive clip from Blancanieves after the jump! »
- Rachel West
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