6 items from 2014
Jihadist drama Timbuktu will be Mauritania’s entry into the foreign language Oscar race. Director Abderrahmane Sissako’s emotional drama about the occupation of Timbuktu by Islamic rebels had its world premiere in competition at Cannes. Though representing the Malian city, the film was shot in Mauritania. It tells the story of a family torn apart by the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. The Hollywood Reporter’s critic Deborah Young called the project “boldly unorthodox” in her review of the film. “It’s not a film for all audiences, but despite its eccentricities it is always watchable, thanks to strongly drawn characters and the soul-stirring
- Rhonda Richford
Saverio Costanzo "clearly has a thing for horror-romance," writes Deborah Young in the Hollywood Reporter. "Following his 2010 The Solitude of Prime Numbers, a psychological drama about two damaged souls who connect, comes an even weirder love story." Costanzo's In Memory of Me (2006) "seemed to me initially intriguing but finally frustrating, and I have to say something similar applies to his latest film," Hungry Hearts, writes the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw. Even so, the Telegraph's Robbie Collin argues that the new film is ""a terrific showcase" for its stars, Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher. » - David Hudson »
Kanu Behl’s “Titli” has received positive reviews from international trade publications following its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. While critics tend to compare it with last year’s Cannes trailblazer “The Lunchbox”, they have also predicted a good demand for the film in the festival circuit.
Hollywood Reporter critic Deborah Young, who regularly reviews Indian titles for the publication, writes: “This first feature directed by documaker Kanu Behl strikes a nice balance between irony and social realism. It may lack the romantic charm of The Lunchbox, but it partakes of some of the same spirit of little people struggling against their society to find happiness. It should wrangle easy festival berths and scattered sales after its bow in Cannes’ Certain Regard.”
Screen International critic Dan Fainaru writes, “It nevertheless manages to tell »
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The drama movie is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin and focuses on Frank (Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Dorff) who are forced to race across the state to the home of Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Runaways) after Jerry Lee is involved in a hit and run accident.
Although they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee becomes increasing instable from grief, putting them all at risk.
Featuring animation from award-winner Mike Smith (ParaNorman), The Motel Life is the first feature film directed by Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, producers of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans.
Philomena is as surprising in its existence as it is in its ability to transform a story that ought to be cliche syrup into something real and moving. The film’s ability to deliver honest emotion may be more surprising, given the synopsis, but the existence question may need some explanation.
Steve Coogan, of Alan Partridge and other comedic efforts fame, isn’t a name you immediately associate with not only starring in a venture like this, but also co-writing it and becoming something of a driving force behind the production. Moreover, it’s rare to get anyone behind a film that is taking a pretty serious shot at the Catholic Church, much less big names like Judi Dench and Stephen Frears. And, speaking of Stephen Frears, though he manages a lot of variety in his films, ranging from Dangerous Liasions, and Liam, to High Fidelity, and Tamara Drewe, a biopic exploration of hope, »
- Marc Eastman
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company have announced the home entertainment release of the critically acclaimed comedy/drama starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena. Directed by Stephen Frears and co-written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena will be available for digital download on April 4, 2014 before heading to DVD and Blu-Ray™ with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on April 15, 2014.
Philomena premiered in the main competition section at the 2013 Venice Film Festival where it took home the prize for Best Screenplay. Later, the film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The Weinstein Company released the powerful film theatrically on November 22, 2013 where it has grossed over $34 million dollars to date. The film accolades continued with a 2014 Screen Actor’s Guild nomination for Judi Dench for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and 2014 Golden Globe nominations for Judi Dench for Best »
- Michelle McCue
6 items from 2014
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