6 items from 2016
Cannes — Lebanese actress-turned-helmer Nadine Labaki, whose latest film “Where Do We Go Now” won prizes in Cannes and Toronto, is set to direct her third pic, “Cafarnaúm” (Capernaum), a $4 million feature set in a Middle Eastern town.
Labaki is reteaming with her regular French producer, Anne-Dominique Toussaint at Les Films des Tournelles — the Paris-based outfit behind this year’s Directors Fortnight player “Tour de France” directed by Rachid Djaidani. Labaki and her husband, Khaled Mouzanar, who is a popular music composer, will co-produce via their newly-launched outfit in Lebanon.
“Cafarnaúm” (Capernaum) wil start shooting at the end of the summer in Liban.
A political and contemporary fable in the vein of Labaki’s first two movies, “Cafarnaum” centers around a child who rebels »
- Elsa Keslassy
After being largely confined to auteur ghettos and fest circuits, Arab directors are increasingly shifting toward making more accessible pics that can connect with larger audiences, both at home and abroad.
A desire to appeal to a wide audience is nothing new, since historically there have been directors such as Egypt’s late great Youssef Chahine, who gave Egyptian cinema international exposure and also played well domestically. But since the so-called Arab Spring, a wider range of genres is surfacing, including comedies, thrillers and fantasy pics, just as a younger generation of filmmakers tackle the timely often tragic issues impacting daily life in the Arab world.
These issues — especially Islamic fundamentalism — are now seeping into more innovative types of narratives that can can give Arab cinema a wider reach besides being fodder for bona-fide dramas.
“There is a new generation of Arab directors who understand that they have to make »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rio, I Love You is the third in the “Cities of Love” series begun with “Paris, Je T’Aime” (“Paris, I Love You”), which bring together famous directors and stars to create a series of little romantic stories around one city. The city getting the love-letter this time is Rio, home of the upcoming Olympics. However, despite its impressive list of directors, there is little to impress in “Rio, I Love You.”
Rio, I Love You boasts a more impressive line up of directors that the last one, “New York, I Love You,” but nonetheless continues the series decline in quality from the first one. Directors include Paolo Sorrentino (“Youth”), Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), and Sang-Soo Im (“The Housemaid”), among others, but none of them shine in this mixed-up film. Rather than having the stories start and end clearly, as in the first two films, several stories make false »
- Cate Marquis
You probably know how these [City], I Love You films work: a collection of directors — and some very prestigious ones, at that — create short films that are set in and, perhaps in some way, defined by the area in question. This is a great idea that most would say has never exactly taken off, considering the tepid reception afforded Paris, je t’aime and New York, I Love You, as well as the absolute lack of attention paid to Tbilisi, I Love You. For better or for worse, there’s now Rio, I Love You, which collects the likes of Paolo Sorrentino, José Padilha, Fernando Meirelles, Guillermo Arriaga, and John Turturro to direct, among others, Harvey Keitel, Emily Mortimer, Vincent Cassel, Jason Isaacs, and Turturro himself.
The latest trailer — which arrives more than 18 months after an initial pair and the film’s premiere — is more promising, if only because it displays »
- Nick Newman
The concept is a good one: gather up some top shelf filmmakers and have them create an omnibus of shorts centered around a particular city. Previously we've seen "Paris, je t'Aime" and "New York, I Love You," and as it goes with the format, some segments are always better than others. Now the focus goes to Brazil for "Rio, I Love You," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Interview: Paolo Sorrentino Talks 'Youth,' The Happiest Moment Of Filmmaking, Michael Caine, Sun Kill Moon & More Filmmakers Guillermo Arriaga, Stephan Elliott, Im Sang-soo, Nadine Labaki, Fernando Meirelles, José Padilha, Carlos Saldanha, Paolo Sorrentino, John Turturro and Andrucha Waddington have each crafted shorts taking place in the lively city, and Emily Mortimer, Rodrigo Santoro, Harvey Keitel, Vincent Cassell, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Kwanten and Fernanda Montenegro appear in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Plus: Screen Media picks up Rio, I Love You; Lionsgate to adapt Magic Tree House children’s books; and more…
Bleecker Street will open Matt Ross’ recent Sundance world premiere starring Viggo Mortensen via theatrical roll-out on July 8. Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof, Shivani Rawat, and Monica Levinson produced the story of an eccentric father to a clan of children in the Pacific Northwest.
Screen Media Films has acquired Us rights from WestEnd Films for the collaborative film Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities Of Love trilogy featuring Paris Je t’Aime and New York I Love You. Rio, I Love You features ten short stories and their respective transitions of love in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Andrucha Waddington, Paolo Sorrentino, Fernando Meirelles, Stephan Elliott, John Turturro, Guillermo Arriaga, Sang-soo Im, Carlos Saldanha, Jose Padilha, Nadine Labaki, and Vicente Amorim direct a cast that includes Fernanda Montenegro, Emily Mortimer, and Vincent Cassel »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
6 items from 2016
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners