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Mexican feature The Golden Dream (La jaula de oro) and French drama Suzanne take top prizes at Greek festival.Scoll down for full list of winners
The road movie about teenage Guatemalan immigrants and their journey to the Us scooped the Golden Alexander for best film, the best director nod for Quemada, the audience (Fischer) award and the Greek Parliament trophy for “human values”.
The film won the Un Certain Regard – A Certain Talent Prize at Cannes, where it debuted in May, and also picked up Best International Feature Film at the Zurich Film Festival.
Suzanne, the portrait of a chaotic, unpredictable and fragile woman directed by Katell Quillevere was awarded second prize - the Silver Alexander.
The French drama also won the actress award for Sara Forestier, in the »
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★★★★☆ Hellenic cinema has, for the past few years, been dominated by the Greek 'Weird Wave'. It's a movement that has sought to encapsulate a confused and disorientated country, and which arguably peaked early with Giorgos Lanthimos' familial oddity Dogtooth (2009). Elina Psykou's The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (2013) manages to just about adhere to the national prerequisite of cinematic abnormality but plays with a significantly straighter bat. This is a fine meditation on modern celebrity that's comparatively accessible but maintains an air of the bizarre, with a stimulating, if challenging, final act.
The eponymous Antonis (played with aplomb by Christos Stergioglou) is first seen emerging from the boot of a recently parked car. He and the driver both urinate against a road-side building and then resume the prior positions. When next gets out of the trunk, it is to migrate into a cavernous and deserted hotel where he is left. »
- CineVue UK
A Greek man drives to Bulgaria to buy a newborn from an expectant mother in Milko Lazarov’s painstakingly arty, emotionally wan debut, “Alienation.” Attractively, at times surprisingly lensed using Super 16 anamorphic and a minimalist aesthetic, the pic occasionally plays like an alternate version of “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” but without the punch, never connecting with characters whose hardness, aside from the woman about to deliver, resists penetration. The controlled, slightly simian features of Christos Stergioglou (“Dogtooth”) make an interesting study, but “Alienation” will be only a minor blip on fest calendars.
Lazarov sets the tone in a series of po-faced scenes: Yorgos (Stergioglou) lives with younger wife, Elena (Iva Ognyanova), and his stroke-ridden mother (Dora Markova) in a forested area in northeastern Greece. Conversation is negligible, and affection, if it exists, is undemonstrative: When Yorgos and Elena have sex, it’s perfunctory at best. He withdraws €11,000 ($14,700) from the bank, »
- Jay Weissberg
The tenth edition of the Venice Days program at the Venice International Film Festival unfolds from August 28 through September 7. Its lineup, consisting of 12 feature films, two shorts, three special events and two special screenings, focuses heavily but not exclusively on debuts. Included in this year's just-announced program are John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherien Dabis' "May in the Summer," Josh and Benny Safdie's "Lenny Cooke," and Ava DuVernay's short film "The Door." Full lineup below. All debut films are in the running for the Lion of the Future Debut Film award at the Venice International Film Festival. Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al Mansour ("Wadjda"), the country's first woman filmmaker, is heading the jury. Feature Films: Alienation by Milko Lazarov - First filmWith Christos Stergioglou, Mariana Jikich,Ovanes Torosyan, Iva OgnyanovaBulgaria, World PremiereProduction: Bulgarian National TelevisionA sardonic fairy tale, primordial »
- Beth Hanna
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days, modeled on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 12 pics unspooling in the official selection which marks a departure from its customary Eurocrentric bent, and sees the U.S. playing prominently thanks in part to a pact with Tribeca.
Venice Days and Tribeca have launched a “cultural exchange” initiative under which Venice Days as a special event will screen a U.S. title chosen by Tribeca – this year Josh and Benny Safdie’s docu “Lenny Cooke” – while Tribeca will be showcasing a European pic selected by Venice Days.
As for entries in this year’s more geographically diverse main section, eight are world preems and seven are first works.
These include the world preem of U.S. multi-hyphenate Sean Gullette’s “Traitors,” (pictured) set amid the punk-rock scene in Tangiers where Gullette, who is an actor, scribe, producer, and longtime Darren Aronofsky collaborator, »
- Nick Vivarelli
A crushing or mediocre review from this film trade magazine institution can certainly sink a film, but Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch (now in it’s 16th year running at Karlovy Vary) certainly comes across as a hallmark card to new European talents and in need of a little extra love. And while this curated series won’t prevent the films from slipping the cracks (of the ten, I believe only a pair have U.S. distribution), the filmmakers, producers attached to the 10-pack are deservingly getting one more final push. Day 4′s catch was a fresh, unique, ballsy and brave one beginning with Tokyo Film Fest selected Nina from Italian helmer Elisa Fuksas features the unbelievably cute actress Diane Fleri playing the titular character on a duel journey: one about finding herself and finding a match. This wickedly different viewpoint of Rome is exquisitely shot – I adored the repetition of shots, »
- Eric Lavallee
★★★★★ Despite the tumultuous Greek economy, the country's cinema has been going through something of a renaissance of late, with directors Giorgos Lanthimos and Athina Rachel Tsangari fashioning their own surrealist catacomb of absurdity. Elina Psikou's The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I aionia epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeva, 2013) continues this burgeoning trend to become one of Berlinale's most cherished discoveries. A car trundles at a leisurely pace along a deserted motorway. Eventually, the driver pulls over and gets out, opening the boot and releasing a medium-sized, bearded man - the titular Paraskevas (Christos Stergioglou).
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- CineVue UK
7 items from 2013
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