4 items from 2016
Now here’s a premise for a movie – a beautiful woman shows up to a party; a man recognizes her, but she denies his claim as to who she is. The woman, Alice, is played by Rachel Weisz. The man, Tom, by Michael Shannon. Really, honestly now…how could you lose?
She’s a research scientist; he’s a business advisor. He’s married, but his wife wants to move across the country to attend an exclusive academic program; he’s less convinced this is the right move for both of them. She just happened to meet his business partner at lunch, who invited her to Tom’s birthday party. Is it really all such a coincidence that she should secure such an invitation when he is so sure he recognizes her? And if her recognizes her and feels the need to call her out, just how close must they have been? »
- Scott Nye
★★★★★ The opening shot of Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour observes the entwined limbs of two lovers as ash settles on their skin before the image dissolves into those same bodies beaded with sweat. The ash, of course, suggests the nuclear fallout of the atomic bombing of the titular city in August of 1945 eliding time as it falls onto Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada some fourteen years later. Resnais had a preoccupation with time throughout his career - his next feature Last Year at Marienbad would step outside of it almost almost entirely - and Hiroshima Mon Amour drifts backwards and forwards through it to groundbreaking expressive effect. When challenged that such non-linear narrative techniques had been employed before, as in Citizen Kane, Resnais argued "yes, but in my film time is shattered."
- CineVue UK
Following initiatives in tandem with the Tribeca and Venice film festivals, Prada is stepping up its commitment to the movie world by launching a non-conventional film school in Venice.
The Italian fashion house announced its new film-related project during a high-profile screening series currently underway at the Prada Foundation in Milan titled “Flesh, Mind and Spirit,” co-curated by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and U.S. critic and film scholar Elvis Mitchell (pictured at the opening).
Called “Belligerent Eyes,” the Prada film school will experiment with new ways of teaching and delving into film and related fields, according to a statement. It will run between May and September 2016 in the Prada Foundation’s Venetian venue at Ca’ Corner della Regina.
The program is recruiting international academics, professionals and a select group of students in various fields that besides film include architecture, journalism, and digital communication.
The purpose of the school is “to »
- Nick Vivarelli
Les Soviets plus l’électricitéFrance’s central place within film culture may have its ups and downs when it comes to adventurous film-making, but its reputation as a hub of international film viewing holds strong. Yet beyond the central role of Cannes in the yearly festival rigmarole, and references to the riches of the Paris film-going scene and to vaguely understood state subsidies, little attention is actually paid to the wider infrastructures of a film-going culture which, after all, provided more ticket sales for Uncle Boonmee than the rest of the world combined. To say this is not to trumpet French exceptionalism far and wide: Olaf Möller has spoken lovingly of the key role of film programming on West German television in the 1970s, and Italian critics would no doubt be able to provide similar insight into the workings of Rai 3 or the myriad smaller festivals which continue to »
- Nathan Letoré
4 items from 2016
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