7 items from 2015
The latest batch of Criterion films offers Preston Sturges screwball romp The Palm Beach Story, Kihachi Okamoto’s The Sword of Doom, and Martin Rosen’s animated adaptation of Watership Down and it seems there’s little connective tissue between them. So let’s start with The Palm Beach Story. Preston Sturges was in the middle of his incredible run at Paramount when he made 1942’s The Palm Beach Story (a run that includes Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels and The Miracle at Morgan’s Creek), but as the supplements note, it was the beginning of the end. The film didn’t do that well at the box office, and Sturges - one of the first writer/directors - was no longer in favor on the lot. None of that is reflected in the finished product as the film itself is great, but that said, Sturges »
- Andre Dellamorte
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).
Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »
- Nicholas Bell
"Art of the Real" is returning to the Film Society of Lincoln Center with a celebration of Agnès Varda (who will attend!) and more:
"The 2015 edition, taking place April 10-26, will again feature dozens of new works from around the world and in a variety of genres alongside retrospective and thematic selections. Opening Night will premiere new works by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata (The Last Time I Saw Macao, Mahjong), Eduardo Williams, and Matt Porterfield (I Used to Be Darker), with all filmmakers attending the evening."
Above: For The Criterion Collection, kogonada's new video essay, "Mirrors of Bergman." Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of Timbuktu, will be heading Cannes' Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury. In his NY Times home video column, J. Hoberman writes on Richard Linklater's Boyhood and Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg. Richard Brody writes about Spike Lee's Da Sweet Blood of »
Johnnie To is defying expectations once again with this trailer from one of his latest projects, the film Design For Living. Design For Living is an adaptation of the 2009 musical and reunites To with stars Chow Yun Fat and Sylvia Chang. The trio last worked together on To's breakout drama All About Ah-Long in 1989. Eason Chan and Tang Wei also star.I am already in love with the production design in this film. I wonder how much of this comes from To's admiration of French New Wave cinema. We would not be surprised if Design For Living is part of the lineup at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival next month....
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Exclusive: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.
Media Asia is unleashing a trio of Johnnie To projects at Efm, including an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.
The as-yet-untitled project will include segments directed by To, John Woo, Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, Ringo Lam, Patrick Tam, Sammo Hung and Yuen Woo-ping. To will also produce through his Hong Kong-based Milkyway Image.
“The idea is that each of them will focus on one decade of Hong Kong’s history, although it may not end up being as strict as that,” explained Media Asia general manager and head of sales and international co-productions Fred Tsui.
Ann Hui has already started shooting her segment, set in 1940s Hong Kong, which delves into social commentary with a tale about kindergarten classes that were held on rooftops.
To is also »
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Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang has been chosen as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff).
The festival (March 23-April 6) plans to screen 13 of Chang’s films, including the world premiere of her new work, Murmur Of The Hearts.
Other films to be screened include Legend Of The Mountain (1979), That Day, On The Beach (1983), Passion (1986), Queen Of Temple Street (1990), Tempting Heart (1999) and 20 30 40 (2004).
Chang will also attend a “Face to Face” seminar on April 5 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre to share insights on her films, art and life.
Born in Chiayi City, Taiwan, Chang moved with her family to Hong Kong and New York before returning to Taiwan aged 15.
She made her acting debut in 1973 in Wei Lo’s The Flying Tiger and her directing debut in 1981 by completing Once Upon A Time, after the film’s original director, Tu Chung-hsun, died in a car accident.
In 1995, Chang »
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7 items from 2015
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