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Movie Review – Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (2017)

Bpm (Beats Per Minute), 2017.

Directed by Robin Campillo.

Starring Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud, Aloise Sauvage, Catherine Vinatier, Saadia Bentaieb, and Coralie Russier.


120 Bpm. The average heart rate. The protagonists of 120 battements par minute are passionate about fighting the indifference that exists towards AIDS.

There is a scene during the middle of Bpm (Beats Per Minute) where the French activist group for AIDS invades a public high school to warn the teenagers about the possibility of contracting the deadly disease while promoting the use of condoms and safe sexual intercourse. The members also go on to mention that a person does not have to be a homosexual to get AIDS; it can come from unclean syringes whether it be from hospitals or injecting drugs. Not so surprisingly for the 1990s, the rebels with a cause are met with disdain and not taken seriously,
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Record Number of European Oscar® Entries at Efp’s La Screenings

European Film Promotion highlights 28 European films for the 90th Academy AwardsPutting a spotlight on a record number of 28 European Oscar® entries, Efp (European Film Promotion) offers additional screenings of the films in L.A. for Academy members, journalists, U.S. distributors and international buyers. With the special support of the Efp member organizations, the event helps the productions to stand out among a record number of 92 submissions for the 90th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

This year the Efp Screenings Of Oscar® Entries From Europe were held from November 2–15 at the state of the art Dick Clark Screening Room. The campaign is financially supported by the Creative Europe — Media Programme of the European Union and the participating Efp member organizations.

Many of the European Oscar submissions feature European Shooting Stars or were made by Efp-related filmmakers. Notably four films were realized by participants of this year’s edition
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Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)

Official Oscar® Entry Best Foreign Language Film from France: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)
In this year’s foreign-language race, a number of Lgbt-oriented titles are vying for attention. France’s Bpm (Beats Per Minute), directed by Robin Campillo, could be the favorite: a rich, sensual, impassioned study of early AIDS activism and gay awakening in Paris, it took the Grand Prix at Cannes and has been winning hearts on the festival circuit and kudos from critics.

After Cannes, Bpm (Beats Per Minute) played Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival among others, winning many awards along the way.

“Impassioned and deeply absorbing. Notable for both its hot-blooded sensuality and its intricate, bittersweet play with memory.”

- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Broadly enlightening and piercingly intimate. A vital contribution to queer and political cinema. Campillo has given his movie the breath of true life. It grieves and triumphs and haunts with abounding grace and understanding, its heartbeat thumping with genuine, undeniable resonance.
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New Us Trailer for Powerful, Inspiring French Activism Film '120 Bpm'

"Our friends are dying. Fight! Fight!" The Orchard has unveiled the Us trailer for a French film titled 120 Bpm, also known as Bpm (Beats Per Minute) in America, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. I am a big fan of this film, it's an emotional, powerful, inspiring recreation of the true story of a group of AIDS activists in the 90s fighting for medicine & support against indifference & intolerance. The film won the Grand Prix Jury Prize at Cannes, as well as the Fipresci Prize. "A film about love. A film about life. Life stronger than death. A film as a glimpse of hope." 120 Bpm's ensemble cast includes Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud, Médhi Touré, Aloïse Sauvage, Simon Bourgade, and Catherine Vinatier. This film is definitely worth your time. Here's the official Us trailer (+ French poster) for Robin Campillo's 120 Bpm,
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‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Trailer: Cannes-Winning AIDS Drama is France’s Powerhouse Oscar Entry

‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Trailer: Cannes-Winning AIDS Drama is France’s Powerhouse Oscar Entry
“The Square” may have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year, but Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” was by far and away the critics’ favorite. The drama ended up with the Grand Prix, the second most prestigious honor at the festival, and now The Orchard is bringing it to U.S. theaters as France’s official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film.

Read More:French AIDS Crisis Gets Definitive Big Screen Treatment In ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ — Cannes 2017 Review

The official synopsis reads: “The organization is Act Up, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.”

Nahuel Pérez Biscayart,
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The Unknown Girl Movie Review

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The Unknown Girl Movie Review
The Unknown Girl The Un(La fille inconnue) Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Written by: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Cast: Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, Louka Minella Christelle Cornil Screened at:Critics’ link, NYC, 9/1/17 Opens: September 8, 2017 At a time that the American people are faced with both threats and exhortations by our president […]

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Dardenne Brothers on Finding the Rhythm of ‘The Unknown Girl’ and Forgetting the Past

Those with any standing interest in the Dardenne brothers are well aware that The Unknown Girl is not a standard project, at least in how it’s traveled from creation to release. Breaking their long-standing one-every-three-years tradition, premiering but two (two!) years after Two Days, One Night, is one thing, and a forgivable thing at that had it earned the critical plaudits and awards handed them every single go-round. That it hobbled out of Cannes with, at best, “friendly” notices (if that) and nothing else in tow is, in and of itself, enough, but then the perfectionist pair went and reedited the film on account of these issues. Are some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers handing us a damaged object?

To my mind, no. The Unknown Girl is über-Dardenne brothers, a seemingly slight detective story collapsing nearly innumerable aesthetic, formal, and thematic interests into a warm embrace, reminding
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10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas

10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas
It's September: The young 'uns are back in school, going outside doesn't mean you'll automatically sweat through half your clothes and the movies bounce back from the annual August lull. Translation: Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence invite you to a casual gathering from hell; a gruesome Stephen King adaptation gets served up; the kids get a new Lego movie (this time it's Ninjago!); and Jake Gyllenhaal plays a real-life hero and does a Boston accent, which must mean the awards-circuit season is starting up. Here are your 10 best reasons to
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Guilt as Madness: An Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

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Photo by Darren HughesThe Unknown Girl opens with a handheld close up of Dr. Jenny (Adèle Haenel) examining a patient. “Listen,” she says, handing her stethoscope to Julien (Olivier Bonnaud), a medical student who is interning at her clinic. Never ones to shy away from a glaring metaphor, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne announce in that brief exchange their film’s driving thematic and formal concerns. When Jenny later learns that her decision to not allow a late-night visitor into the clinic might have contributed to the young woman’s death, she puts her skills and training to new purpose: listening for clues that might help solve the murder.The Unknown Girl differs from the Dardennes’ previous fiction films only in its more obviously generic plotting. This seems to have contributed to the uncharacteristically mixed reviews that greeted the film at its 2016 Cannes premiere, where it was faulted for failing to
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U.S. Trailer for the Dardennes’ ‘The Unknown Girl’ Uncovers a Mystery

It’s been a long wait for the latest drama from Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, but now after some re-tooling, The Unknown Girl, which premiered at Cannes to mixed reviews (including our own), will get a release this fall. Following a young doctor (Adèle Haenel) who is propelled to uncover the identity of a patient who died after refusing treatment, Sundance Selects have now debuted a new trailer.

In our review, we said, “The plot is entirely predicated on the kind of contrived coincidences that any screenwriting 101 professor would urge against, persistently dispelling the film’s realism.” Starring Adèle Haenel, Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella, check out the trailer below.

The new film from acclaimed directors the Dardenne brothers (Two Days, One Night) is a searing saga of guilt and redemption. One evening after work hours, Jenny (Adèle Haenel), a young doctor, allows the door buzzer at
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New Us Trailer for Dardenne Brothers' Latest Film 'The Unknown Girl'

"Think it over before giving up your career." Sundance Selects has revealed an official Us trailer for the film The Unknown Girl, the latest from French filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, to mixed reviews from critics, and is just now finally getting a release in the Us (after already opening in every other country). Adèle Haenel stars in The Unknown Girl as a young doctor at a clinic. After refusing to open the door after hours, the next morning the police come to question her about a person found dead nearby. She also starts her own obsessive investigation, attempting to figure out the woman's identity. The cast includes Olivier Bonnaud, Jérémie Renier, and Louka Minnella. If you're into the Dardennes' films, it's worth a watch, otherwise it's hard to recommend. Here's the official Us trailer (+ intl. poster) for the Dardennes' The Unknown Girl,
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Trailer Watch: A Doctor Investigates a Murder in “The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

A doctor makes a life-changing decision not to open a door in a new trailer for “The Unknown Girl.” Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel, “Love at First Fight”) and her assistant have worked more than an hour past closing when someone buzzes the door of the clinic they’re working in. Jenny is haunted by her choice not to answer when she finds out that the caller she refused has been murdered. The police can’t identify the girl’s body and their investigation leads them to Jenny.

“I can’t accept the idea they’ll bury her with no name,” Jenny says in the spot. Her guilt and sadness prompt her to do some digging of her own. She repeatedly asks the police for updates, and is told the case is none of her business. “We’re detectives, not you,” a surly officer explains.

It’s clear that Jenny’s obsessed with the case, and her desperate need for answers is causing her to risk her career. “She’s in my head all the time. But a good doctor has to control her emotions,” Jenny admits.

Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (“Two Days, One Night”), “The Unknown Girl” hits U.S. theaters September 8. The French-language film made its world premiere at Cannes last year.

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Nocturama Movie Review

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Nocturama Grasshopper Films Director: Bertrand Bonello Written by: Bertrand Bonello Cast: Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Doré, Robin Goldronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheuz, Adèle Haenel. Screened with Critics’ link, NYC, 8/7/17 Opens: August 11, 2017 In his movie two years ago, […]

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Cannes Winning Best Actor and Lanthimos' Quirky 'Family' Thriller Academy Award Chances?

'120 Beats per Minute' trailer: Robin Campillo's AIDS movie features plenty of drama and a clear sociopolitical message. AIDS drama makes Pedro Almodóvar cry – but will Academy members tear up? (See previous post re: Cannes-Oscar connection.) In case France submits it to the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, screenwriter-director Robin Campillo's AIDS drama 120 Beats per Minute / 120 battements par minute, about the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s, could quite possibly land a nomination. The Grand Prix (Cannes' second prize), international film critics' Fipresci prize, and Queer Palm winner offers a couple of key ingredients that, despite its gay sex scenes, should please a not insignificant segment of the Academy membership: emotionalism and a clear sociopolitical message. When discussing the film after the presentation of the Palme d'Or, Pedro Almodóvar (and, reportedly, jury member Jessica Chastain) broke into tears. Some believed, in fact, that 120 Beats per Minute
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Summer 2017 Film Preview

Girls Trip

By Joseph Allen and Kelsey Moore

If the movies are any indication, then we are in for one hot yet refreshing summer. Some of the season’s biggest and action-filled flicks feature powerful, female-led narratives, and goodness, do they come out in full force. The much anticipated female-led “Wonder Woman” is the first to hit summer screens, and if that’s not giving the finger to the male-dominated blockbuster, we don’t know what is.

July also has its fair share of action with Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde.” This spy thriller sends Theron’s character to Berlin during the Cold War in order to save one agent whilst exposing others.

In between superheroes and spies, however, there are plenty of festival darlings and lighthearted comedies to enjoy. Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” which premiered at Sundance, features Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia. The film is based on Noxon’s own experience with an eating disorder and truthfully tackles the fine line between self-acceptance and despair. Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” reunites Robespierre with “Obvious Child’s” Elisabeth Holm and Jenny Slate. It tackles the messiness of family, growing up, and adultery.

Girls Trip,” on the other hand, is the perfect comedy to help beat the summer heat. Featuring the talents of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, this ensemble film follows four friends as they rekindle both their friendships and sense of adventure during a girl’s weekend to New Orleans.

August brings a slew of socially conscious titles, including several directed by women. Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit,” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, and speaks to our present moment, one where it feels like little has changed in the 50 years since.

“Whose Streets?,” a documentary about the Ferguson protests, speaks to “Detroit’s” continued relevance as a story of racial animus. Co-director Sabaah Folayan gives us an inside look at the protests, and takes the temperature of a community still filled with righteous anger.

Sundance breakout “Step,” directed by Amanda Lipitz, also debuts in August. The documentary chronicles the hardships of a Baltimore school’s step team during their senior year, and explains how important the team has become for the girls on it.

Here are just some of many women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films releasing this summer. Be sure to keep up with Women and Hollywood for exhaustive monthly previews!

All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

June 2

Wonder Woman” — Directed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Did you know? Gal Gadot has been very adamant about the film’s feminist framework, stressing that Diana is “free of internalized sexism and any knowledge whatsoever of socialized gender roles.”

June 9

“Beatriz at Dinner”

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt (John Lithgow) is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Did you know? “Beatriz at Dinner” opens this year’s Sundance Film Festival London, and certainly feels like a timely release. In fact, John Lithgow’s character reminds us of a certain real-world real estate developer who is currently inhabiting the Oval Office.

June 16

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White


Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippling arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, they become a couple. “Maudie” charts a woman seeking her personal freedom, her unending fight to sustain it, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Did you know? Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who possessed no formal training. “Maudie” — which is currently playing in Canada — has ignited a renewed interest in her work. In fact, a painting recently found in a thrift shop just sold for $45,000, approximately three times its appraised value.

Rough Night” — Co-Written and Directed by Lucia Aniello

Rough Night

In this edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Did you know? Some would call this a gender-reversed redo of the late ‘90s film “Very Bad Things,” starring Christian Slater. But, let’s be honest: with this ensemble of A-listers and comedic geniuses — we’re looking at you, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer — Aniello’s film is sure to bring a lot more laughs and intrigue.

June 23

The Beguiled” — Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Limited Release; Opens in Wider Release June 30)

The Beguiled

The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Emma Howard, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke) take in an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell). As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Did you know? Director Sofia Coppola does not consider this a remake of the 1971 film. Instead, she wanted to “tell the same story, but flip it to the women characters’ point of view” as they were the ones “cut off during that time, left behind during the war.”

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Also Available on Netflix)

To The Bone

Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly, anorexic 20-year-old who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves). Surprised by the unusual rules — and charmed by her fellow patients — Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons. (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? This is a deeply personal project for Noxon. As she discussed with Women and Hollywood, she, too, battled anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years. By exploring this experience in her film, Noxon aims to show just how real these diseases are and how far they are from “an issue of vanity.”

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch (Opens in NY and La)

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age (Paul Hilton), and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker (Cosmo Jarvis) on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Did you know? Though she made a memorable impression in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and TV crime thriller “Marcella,” this marks the first major leading role for Florence Pugh, who is receiving fantastic reviews for her performance.

July 21

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver, Karen Mccullah, and Erica Rivinoja

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Did you know? Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have not been onscreen together since 1996. Their first collaboration, “Set it Off” (also starring Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), examines the personal and financial struggles of four women who decide to start robbing banks together.

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm


The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Jenny Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother (Edie Falco). (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm previously collaborated on critically acclaimed “Obvious Child,” which also stars Jenny Slate. As Ropespierre told Women and Hollywood, her new film explores the “female perspective of monogamy across multiple generations.”

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Did you know? Charlize Theron fought for her character’s no-strings-attached, one-night stand with a female agent. After all, as Theron herself rhetorically asks, “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie” and nobody questions his lack of emotional investment?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Did you know? During an interview with Women and Hollywood, Cohen explained that she wanted audiences to leave the film feeling “empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.” This thirst for change continues throughout her personal work; she is a co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, which provides development funding and informal mentorship to documentarians.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man (Louis Garrel) when she is sent away to the Alps to treat an illness. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Did you know? “From the Land of the Moon” was one of only three female-directed films that played in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Garcia’s work was in good company, as Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” also graced the screen. Think this year’s Cannes is any better? Check out Women and Hollywood’s infographic and festival thoughts.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz


Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Did you know? “Step” was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017 and was picked up at the festival by Fox Searchlight for $4 million.

Detroit” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


In the summer of 1967, a handful of rioters took over the city of Detroit following a police raid on an unlicensed bar. Army paratroopers, National Guardsmen, and state and local police were called on to help put a stop to the rioting, which lasted for five days. What sparked the riots was the racism and discrimination of the police force that was felt within the city by the African American population.

Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked together on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” Both Bigelow and Boal won Oscars for the latter.

August 11

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s Bff material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who threatens to tear down her façade. (Sundance Film Festival)

Did you know? “Ingrid Goes West” won the Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2017, and was picked up by distributor Neon.

The Glass Castle” — Co-Written by Marti Noxon

The Glass Castle

Based on one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers, “The Glass Castle” tells the story of Jeannette Walls’ (Brie Larson) unconventional upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson), and her journey towards acceptance and fulfillment.

Did you know? The film is based on a true story, and Jennifer Lawrence was originally set to star. Brie Larson eventually replaced her.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan

“Whose Streets?”

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.

Did you know? As Sabaah Folayan told Women and Hollywood, “Whose Streets?” exists to “honor those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line to fight for our constitutional rights.”

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Did you know? The film has been compared to “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” but it’s a departure from these films because its central figure is a woman. “Patti Cake$” examines the barriers women face in entering the world of hip hop. At the same time, it questions whether its central figure is appropriating black culture.

August 25

“The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel) runs a busy bare-bones medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, hours past closing time, Jenny ignores a buzz at the clinic’s door. The next morning she learns that this buzz came from a young woman in need of help, and that this unidentified caller is now dead. Weighed down by guilt and the thought of an unknown girl in an unmarked grave, Jenny applies her methodical, diagnostic mind to the case, making it her mission to find out who this woman was, and who, or what, was responsible for her death. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did you know? The film’s directors, the Dardenne brothers, initially wanted to cast Marion Cottilard in the role, but ended up casting her in the Oscar-nominated “Two Days, One Night” instead.

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Cannes 2017: 120 Beats Per Minute Review

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Author: Jo-Ann Titmarsh

A week after the news that those infected with HIV now have a “near normal” life expectancy, Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute, in competition in Cannes, is a timely reminder of the long hard road travelled to reach that statistic.

Set in early 90s Paris, the film opens with a group of activists waiting to ambush a conference about AIDS research. We then cut to the activist group meeting: the group is Act Up and their name is an apt one, for there is something of a drama group about them. However, the real drama is the virus sweeping across the world and the French government’s inaction in terms of prevention and research. The meeting provides an opportunity to meet the main characters: new boy Nathan (Arnaud Valois), team leader Thibault (Antoine Reinartz) and the impish and cute Sean (Pérez Biscayart).

The group is open
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Cannes 2017: 120 Battements Par Minute review: Dir. Robin Campillo

120 Battements Par Minute review: A sure contender for the best of the fest at this year’s Cannes, Robin Campillo’s epic and heartbreaking film is equally compelling and demanding – and rightly so.

120 Battements Par Minute review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival des Cannes 2017.

120 Battements Par Minute review

Arriving in the weekend program of the 70th Festival des Cannes is Robin Campillo’s grueling, though utterly compelling and important 120 Battements Par Minute (Bpm [Beats Per Minute].

Set in the early 1990s following the breakout of the AIDS pandemic, the film focuses upon a group of Paris activists, Act Up Paris, who we are first introduced to at one of their weekly meetings, an organiser seen immediately introducing four new recruits. We witness them reflect on a recent intervention at a political conference – some of them still stained for the remnants of the fake blood they covered officials in – and plan future action
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’
What does it take to fight a pandemic? Knowledge, courage and resilience, certainly, but also rough-and-tumble argument, a range of friendships both consoling and abrasive, a healthy sense of gallows humor and soul-sustaining supplies of loud music and louder sex. French writer-director Robin Campillo understands all of this in “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” his sprawling, thrilling, finally heart-bursting group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. A rare and invaluable non-American view of the global health crisis that decimated, among others, the gay community in the looming shadow of the 21st century, Campillo’s unabashedly untidy film stands as a hot-blooded counter to the more polite strain of political engagement present in such prestige AIDS dramas as “Philadelphia” and “Dallas Buyers Club.” Candidly queer in its perspective and unafraid of eroticism in the face of tragedy, this robust Cannes competition entry is nonetheless emotionally immediate enough to break out of the Lgbt niche.
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'Toni Erdmann' triumphs at Germany's Lolas

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'Toni Erdmann' triumphs at Germany's Lolas
Maren Ade named best director as female filmmakers flourish.

Toni Erdmann continued its triumphant run at the German Film Awards on Friday night, taking home six coveted Lola statuettes in an evening dominated by strong women filmmakers.

Maren Ade’s tragicomedy received the Golden Lola for Best Feature Film as well as double honours for Ade (pictured at left) herself as director and screenwriter, plus statuettes for her lead actors Sandra Hueller (pictured at right) and Peter Simonischek, and a Lola for the film’s editor Heike Parplies.

Handled internationally by The Match Factory, Toni Erdmann began winning the hearts of critics and audiences around the globe following its premiere in Cannes’ Official Competition last year.

It picked up five European Film Awards in Poland’s Wroclaw last December – in the same categories as the Lolas except for editing – as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Hours before Friday night’s ceremony in Berlin, the film’s
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Bar talk by Anne-Katrin Titze

At the bar with Nocturama director Bertrand Bonello Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After being seated next to Django director Étienne Comar and Reda Kateb (who portrays Django Reinhardt) at the uniFrance Locanda Verde lunch, I had a conversation with Bertrand Bonello on his latest film. Nocturama, shot by cinematographer Léo Hinstin, edited by Fabrice Rouaud, costumes by Sonia Philouze with music by Bonello. It has an ensemble cast that includes Finnegan Oldfield, Vincent Rottiers, Hamza Meziani, Manal Issa, Martin Petit-Guyot, Jamil McCraven, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laure Valentinelli, Ilias Le Doré, Robin Goldbronn, Luis Rego, Hermine Karagheuz, and Adèle Haenel.

Finnegan Oldfield as David in Nocturama Photo: Carole Bethuel

When I spoke last year with Thomas Bidegain on Les Cowboys about actor Finnegan Oldfield, who stars in both his and Bertrand's film, he told me that Nocturama was being edited the day of the Bataclan attack in Paris.

Nocturama, a highlight of
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