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Interview with Paolo Virzi about Human Capital

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Paolo Virzi on Human Capital: "Money knows no borders."

When I spoke with Paolo Virzi the day before the Tribeca Film Festival Us premiere of his film Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano) we discussed Alexander Payne with a touch of Como, George Clooney's clothes in The Descendants, François Truffaut's La Peau Douce, guilt, his choice of music from Amy Winehouse to Vivaldi and the impact a sweet and sour Frank Sinatra Christmas rendition can have.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Carla and Valeria Golino as Roberta give brilliant performances entangled in the web of what is perhaps the most revolting selection of male characters in a film I have seen at least this year. Fabrizio Gifuni and Fabrizio Bentivoglio play two of the men in their lives.

Human Capital director Paolo Virzi with Anne-Katrin Titze on globalization: "We seem like each other more than before." Photo: Will Carrington

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Article about the career of Gabriel García Márquez

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Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez was a literary giant, one of the greatest writers of his age, and no less so in the cinema. As a screenwriter he wrote 15 films (or parts of films) and as an author he saw 11 of his novels and 12 of his short stories adapted for the big screen. He also tried his hand at acting and even directed a short film. Now that he has passed away from illness at the age of 87, it's time to look back at some of the films through which his poetic visions will be remembered.

Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

An Italian-Colombian co-production set in Márquez's original Latin American village, this film tells of a man whose murder is expected, so taken for granted that few serious attempts are made to stop it. Filmed with aspects of documentary styling that reflect the author's journalistic prose, »

- Jennie Kermode

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Article about the Marco Bellocchio book launch luncheon and retrospective at MoMA

17 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Marco Bellocchio at the 2013 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema for Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata): "So the issue, the theme of awakening back to life is very present." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Museum of Modern Art and Luce Cinecittà organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator in the Department of Film at MoMA, and Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Luce Cinecittà are presenting Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective running from April 16 - May 7, 2014. This is the third collaboration, following exhibitions for Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci.

Il Gattopardo luncheon for Marco Bellocchio in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The opening night screening of The Wedding Director (Il Regista di matrimoni) starring Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, and Sami Frey was introduced by Marco Bellocchio. Tonight, Bellocchio and Maya Sansa will introduce Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) which stars Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio and Sansa at MoMA.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Cannes: the waiting game is over

17 April 2014 3:50 AM, PDT

Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones in The Homesman

At last the carefully manipulated suspense is over: Thierry Fremaux, the Cannes Film Festival’s director, today launched the 67th edition at a Parisian media gathering at the Ugc cinema on the Champs Elysées – and unveiled a host of familiar and anticipated names from previous editions as well as a smattering of new contenders and pretenders to the ultimate prize: the Palme d'Or.

They include the likes of the UK’s Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, Canada’s David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan and wunderkind Xavier Dolan, the Belgian Dardenne Brothers and France’s Olivier Assayas, Bertrand Bonello and Michel Hazanavicius as well as that essential New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard.

Another of Cannes favoured choices Tommy Lee Jones will return to the Riviera with a frontier drama The Homesman which he directs and stars in with him and Hilary Swank playing »

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Mastroianni stars on Cannes poster

15 April 2014 5:52 AM, PDT

A spectacle of debonair allure ... Marcello Mastroianni, poster icon for Cannes 2014 With only 29 days to go before the start of the Cannes Film Festival 2014 the organisers today unveiled an iconic image of Marcello Mastroianni which will feature as the poster for the 67th edition.

It is based on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s 8½ which was presented in the Festival’s official selection in 1963.

The poster’s designer Gilles Frappier, as might be expected, waxed lyrical about the results of his endeavours: “The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness. The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together.”

Meanwhile Mastroianni’s daughter Chiara was equally ebullient: “I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet »

- Richard Mowe

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Interview with Frédéric Tcheng

14 April 2014 8:44 AM, PDT

Raf Simons' first House of Dior haute couture collection: "It was beautiful and very very moving."

In part 2 of our conversation, Frédéric Tcheng reveals the role David Fincher, Todd Haynes, Jean-Luc Godard, Claire Denis and Olivier Assayas played in the making of Dior And I. Jeff Koons' Flower Puppy inside out, Alice In Wonderland, Gertrude Stein, and glimpses of Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence and Sharon Stone at Raf Simons' first House of Dior haute couture collection pop up and a quote from Jean Renoir frames it all.

In part 1 of our conversation, the director spoke about developing musical themes for Christian Dior and Simons with Ha-yang Kim and the genesis of the project through House of Dior's Olivier Bialobos and Omar Berrada's introduction of Marina Warner's book Phantasmagoria.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Did Raf say 'yes' right away to have you follow him with cameras?

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Malaysia challenges Thailand as film location

14 April 2014 6:45 AM, PDT

Only God Forgives was shot in Bangkok

Looking for an east Asian filming location with beautiful beaches, stunning jungle scenery and good local facilities? Traditionally the choice has been Thailand, but now Malaysia is emerging as a serious rival. In response, Thailand's Department of Tourism has pledged to develop new incentives to keep international film productions coming back. It is also likely to renew tax exemptions for foreign actors who appear in Thai-shot films, making it easier for local productions to attract international stars.

Malaysia's developing advantage is thanks in part to a partnership with Pinewood, with the new Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios already partly operational and set to open fully later this year, offering an unprecedented amount of film production space for the region. The country already offers a tax rebate of up to 30% of production costs.

Thailand has seen planned productions move elsewhere in recent months due to »

- Jennie Kermode

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