13 items from 2014
Headed by Gilles Jacob, Cannes film festival’s former president, the Louis Delluc jury chose “Sils Maria” over Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language,” Claus Drexel’s “Au bord du monde,” Pascal Ferran’s “Bird People,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” and Robin Campillon’s “Eastern boys.”
A multi-layered character study, “Sils Maria,” which is repped by MK2 and world premiered in competition at Cannes to warm reviews, stars Juliette Binoche as a middle-aged actress facing insecurities. Kristen Stewart toplines as Binoche’s young assistant.
The female-driven pic was produced by Charles Gillibert’s CG Cinema. A former top exec at MK2, Gillibert launched CG Cinema over two years ago and his recent »
- Elsa Keslassy
In what will be a special week-long theatrical run at MoMA in NYC - for which the filmmaker, Mati Diop, will be present - two of her films ("Atlantiques" (2009) and "A Thousand Suns" (2013)) will be paired, along with the seminal 1972 film, "Touki Bouki," made by her uncle, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety. The weeklong run is a collaboration between MoMA and UniFrance Films, whose new initiative, Young French Cinema, promotes emerging French filmmakers in North America in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. "Touki Bouki" will also be shown 3 times over the course of the week-long theatrical »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Paris– Kicking off France’s awards season, Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Olivier Assayas’ “Sils Maria” are among the eight films set to compete for the prestigious Louis Delluc prize.
Headed by former Cannes film festival president Gilles Jacob, the Louis Delluc jury – made up of film critics — also selected Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language,” Claus Drexel’s “Au bord du monde,” Pascal Ferran’s “Bird People,” Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts” and Robin Campillon’s “Eastern boys.”
As every year, the lineup is almost entirely made up of Cannes’ official selection players:”Saint Laurent” (Gaul’s foreign-language Oscar candidate) starring Gaspard Ulliel as the famed French designer, “Goodbye to Language,” which won Cannes’ jury prize (shared with Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy”), “Sils Maria,” “Bird People” and “Timbuktu.”
The second Delluc prize will honor the best directorial debut among six films, including Thomas Cailley’s “Love at First Fight, »
- Elsa Keslassy
The shortlist for France’s Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country’s highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year’s Cannes crop. Saint Laurent – which is France’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar – by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier Assayas’ Juliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language; Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu; Pascale Ferran’s Bird People, starring Josh Charles; and Claus Drexel’s Au Bord Du Monde will vie alongside Venice pics Trois Coeurs, by Benoît Jacquot, and Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys. Godard, Ferran and Jacquot are all former Delluc laureates. The Debut Feature shortlist is made up of Thomas Cailley’s well-received Fortnight film Love At First Fight; Camera d’Or winner Party Girl; Virgil Vernier »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Mati Diop's highly acclaimed film, "A Thousand Suns" ("Mille Soleils"), which made its world premiere at the 24th annual Marseilles International Film Festival, where it also won the grand prize for the international competition, will make its Chicago premiere for one night only next month. And even more special is that the filmmaker herself, Mati Diop, will be in person for the screening, for an audience discussion and Q & A afterwards. The documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking classic 1972 film, "Touki Bouki," made by Ms. Diop’s, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety, which the filmmakers says »
35 Shots of Rum, 2008.
Directed by Claire Denis.
Father and Daughter, Lionel and Josephine, begin to realise that their set-up at home together needs to change. Through Josephine’s relationship with a fellow neighbour Noe, and friend of the family Gabrielle, the change is inevitable…
At the end of 2009, I noticed somewhat of an anomaly in Sight and Sound. Ranking the best films of the year, the magazine highlighted two films by director Claire Denis within the top ten: White Material and 35 Shots of Rum (on the festival circuit in 2008, 35 Shots was released in 2009 in the UK) . In fact, 35 Shots of Rum earned joint second position alongside The Hurt Locker (The Prophet trumped both at No.1). Therefore, in a recent ‘Jim Jarmusch and Friends’ season, the BFI took the opportunity to screen the film again to celebrate her influences. And »
- Simon Columb
Austrian director Michael Glawogger has tragically died at the age of 54 while shooting in Africa. For more on this brilliant director and his working method read Daniel Kasman's interview from Venice about Glawogger's last film, Whores' Glory (2011). Mubi Us is in the middle of a 30-day run of the director's Workingman's Death (2005).
"Offering streaming links to almost their entire programme, the festival can be consumed from a couch, in sporadic order and with no regard for curatorial intent, which beggars the question: Is a collection of Vimeo links really a film festival? Should this sound like an ontological foray into digital existence, apologies, but the issue is not going away; Hot Docs likewise offers a multitude of link-based screeners to accredited journalists. It is a less than »
- Adam Cook
The 2014 Art of the Real series, running from April 11th through the 26th at New York's Film Society Lincoln Center, could not have possibly asked for a more appropriate film with which to kick off its exploratory ruminations on documentary filmmaking. Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s La última película is, among several things, a meta-commentary on its own layered being, a jocular doomsday journey through the collapsed scaffolding of the medium itself. Largely riffing on Dennis Hopper’s 1971 acid anti-Western The Last Movie (as well as its behind-the-scenes companion piece, The American Dreamer), Martin and Peranson employ varying film formats—everything from Super 8mm to HD digital—to weave a postmodern quilt that’s forever ripping at the seams. It’s a purposely paradoxical work, caustic and vulnerable, playful and grave, a flickering montage of photographs and an upside-down tracking shot—and, in its mingling of artifice and raw materials, »
- Fernando F. Croce
Mati Diop's latest, Mille Soleils (A Thousand Suns), continues to travel the international film festival circuit, and will next screen at Art of the Real 2014, Film Society Lincoln Center's new annual series of nonfiction showcase founded on the most expansive possible view of documentary film. The inaugural edition features new work from around the world alongside retrospective selections by both known and *forgotten* filmmakers. It's co-programmed by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes. Diop's documentary explores the legacy of the seminal 1972 film, Touki Bouki, made by her uncle, the late Senegalese auteur, Djibril Diop Mambety. In the film, Diop journeys in search of her »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The 52nd annual Ann Arbor Film Festival will be a jam-packed experimental feature and short film screening event running for six days and nights, this time on March 25-30.
Opening Night will feature a reception and an after-party, and stuffed between those will be a block of nine short films, including new ones by Bryan Boyce, Michael Robinson, Jennifer Reeder and Martha Colburn, as well as a never-before-released work by the legendary Bruce Baillie called Little Girl in which Baillie captured scenes of natural beauty.
Special Events scattered throughout the festival include a retrospective of indie filmmaker Penelope Spheeris that will feature her rock ‘n’ roll-based work, including the original The Decline of Western Civilization, plus The Decline of Western Civilization Part III, her influential punk film Suburbia (screening twice) and a collection of short films.
There will also be several films and presentations by filmmaking scholar Thom Andersen, such »
- Mike Everleth
Winners are from UK, Finland/Romania and Chile/Poland/Denmark
Tonight in Rotterdam, the festival awarded its three equal Canon Tiger Awards for Short Films to:
The winning filmmakers each receive a cash prize of €3,000, and a Canon video camera.
The Chimera of M. was also nominated to compete in the short film category of the annual European Film Awards (Efa).
The jury said in a statement: “We were not necessarily looking for craftsmanship in the way the shorts were executed, but rather at the approach taken by the maker towards the story or subject matter, and the ambition to celebrate the power of the cinema in personal, thorough or witty »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Tenth edition of the Glasgow Film Festival to host a record 60 UK premieres; Under the Skin to receive Scottish premiere as closing film.
With the festival celebrating its tenth edition this year, its opening gala recalls their first-ever closing gala, Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which will also receive a screening during the festival on Glasgow’s Tall Ship.
This year’s edition (supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland and Creative Scotland) will feature a record 60 UK premieres, including Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo; Sandra Nettelbeck’s Mr. Morgan’s [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2013—in theaters or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2013 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2013 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch in that perfect world we know doesn't exist but can keep dreaming of every time we go to the movies.
13 items from 2014
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