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Shower curtains as film artwork: From Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie (image: Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ shower curtain) Alt Film Guide mostly discusses film. This post, however, is about shower curtains. Now, don’t panic. Earlier today, December 20, 2013, the website Dangerous Minds posted a link to ebay listings of shower curtains designed by New York City-based artist Glen Hanson. Those aren’t your average colorful shower curtains; instead, they’re colorful cinematic (or TV-themed) shower curtains. Featured are Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Divine in John Waters’ Pink Flamingos, and a ’60s version of Cher (who did star opposite Sonny Bono in William Friedkin’s 1967 flick Good Times). The Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? shower curtain has already been sold, but Hanson »
- Zac Gille
French actor takes snowy Berlin in her stride as she wins prize at a European film awards dominated by The Great Beauty
The wet snow that fell on Berlin on Saturday evening had nothing on the froideur of Catherine Deneuve, in town to receive a lifetime achievement prize at the European film awards and not best pleased about it either. "Lifetime achievement – those are not good words," the 70-year-old French actor told the press before the ceremony. "To achieve life is to mean that you are dead. It's not an award you give to someone who is still alive."
Deneuve was honoured for an impressive 50-year back catalogue that stretches from roles in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Repulsion and Belle de Jour through to more recent work in the likes of Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and François Ozon's Potiche. Along the way she has been »
- Xan Brooks
Musicals have been tap dancing their way into moviegoers' hearts since the invention of cinema sound itself. From Oliver! to Singin' in the Rain, here are the Guardian and Observer critics' picks of the 10 best
• Top 10 documentaries
• Top 10 movie adaptations
• Top 10 animated movies
• Top 10 silent movies
• Top 10 sports movies
• Top 10 film noir
• More Guardian and Observer critics' top 10s
Historically, the British musical has been intertwined with British music, drawing on music hall in the 1940s and the pop charts in the 50s – low-budget films of provincial interest and nothing to trouble the bosses at MGM. In the late 60s, however, the genre enjoyed a brief, high-profile heyday, and between Tommy Steele in Half a Sixpence (1967) and Richard Attenborough's star-studded Oh! What A Lovely War (1969) came the biggest of them all: Oliver! (1968), Carol Reed's adaptation of Lionel Bart's 1960 stage hit and the recipient of six Academy awards. »
Marrakech, Morocco– Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” Jean-Christophe Dessaint’s artsy toon “The Day of The Crows,” and Marc Fitoussi’s comedy “Pauline Detective” are among the 10 pics set to compete at Unifrance’s fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, an online fest.
U.K.’s Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (“Vincere”) and India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”) have come on board to serve on the filmmakers’ jury which will be presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” who succeeds “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
Pics will also vie for the international press, audience and social networks nods.
Web users will have access to 10 feature-lenghts and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms, including iTunes, in 80 territories.
Fest was created by Unifrance to promote French films that are still available in many international territories. Although the initiative is not exactly lucrative, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Once again this Fall AFI Fest will take place in the heart of Hollywood on November 7-14, 2013. Presented by the American Film Institute and Audi, the 27th edition of the festival encompasses the year's best in cinema from around the world's most important festivals. The program includes some of the most anticipated films that will surely be in the running this Award Season, as well as several Foreign Language Oscar Submissions, films from new voices in cinema, as well as classic films restored for the delight of new audiences. AFI Fest is a World Class film festival that is also, surprisingly, free for the public, which really assures people in Los Angeles, and those who visit for the festival, that they can enjoy great films without any burden.
The festival's director Jacqueline Lyanga talked to us about the specifics of each section in the festival, the arduous selection that begins early every year, and how AFI Fest represents the new, broader way Hollywood operates today.
Carlos Aguilar: Could you briefly discuss the selections process for the festival, given that it is a very eclectic and varied program?
Jacqueline Lyanga: Our festival has evolved over the past few years; we are not a festival that focuses on World Premieres. What we do is, we start looking for films in January at Sundance, and then we go to Rotterdam, Berlin, Tribeca and South By Southwest, Cannes, Locarno, Telluride, and lastly Toronto is the last festival that we attend. We look to bring, as best as we can, a program that serves as a kind of almanac of the year. We look to bring the best films of the year and try to inspire in the local audience, and in those who come to Los Angeles for the festival, dialogues around cinema that we have experience over the course of the year as we go from festival to festival, to showcase the ideas that filmmakers are exploring around the world.
Aguilar: In regards to each section, what is new this year? Could you give us an overview of the distinct sections of the festival?
Lyanga: We have one competitive section for feature films, that’s our New Auteurs section. New Auteurs is a section that highlights first and second time international filmmakers. We look to have it be very international, there is one American filmmaker in it, and we look to showcase films of young filmmakers with a bold new creative vision. That’s a really exciting program, many of these films have won awards at other festivals, and then they play together in the same section at AFI Fest.
World Cinema encompasses a number of kinds of filmmakers, emerging filmmakers, master filmmakers, The Lunchbox is by a first time director, then we have filmmakers like Kim Ki-duk with Moebius, or Sebastian Lelio, who has made a few films, with Gloria starring Paulina Garcia. It showcases a lot of great international performances as well.
The Special Screenings are highly anticipated films often from the Fall Festival Circuit, and of course our Galas, our big nightly red carpets. That section is also very much a combination of studio films, independent films, auteur films, and foreign films. We have The Last Emperor in 3D, we have Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Out of the Furnace, so a lot of different kinds of filmmaking, which really showcases what Hollywood is now, which is really a big part of our message this year.
We want people to see the festival as the way in which Hollywood encompasses icons, masters, and emerging filmmakers, American filmmakers and foreign filmmakers. Our guest Artistic Director is Agnes Varda, as I’m sure you know, she selected a program of films. That program will showcase two of her films Cleo from 5 to 7 and Documenteur, as well as a film that she restored with her children, her daughter Rosalie and her son Mathieu, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, her late husband Jacques Demy’s film.
So we have a really great cross-section of filmmaking in the program. We also have a new section this year called Cinema’s Legacy in which we highlight restoration and film anniversaries, all of the films in that section have a connection to our program the one I just mentioned, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, that Agnes Varda restored. The other two are The Court Jester, which stars Danny Kaye, who also starred in the original The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. It is Danny Kaye’s centennial this year, which we are celebrating. The third film Mary Poppins, which is the film that inspired our Opening Night film Saving Mr. Banks that tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins.
Aguilar: What drew you to select Agnes Varda to be this year’s Guest Artistic Director?
Lyanga: It is really exciting for us that she is our first female Guest Artistic director, and a director that has been so influential to the French New Wave. The French New Wave was extremely influential to American filmmakers especially in the 70’s, so that influence and us seeking for masters in that role like David Lynch, and as you know Pedro Almodovar or Bernardo Bertolucci, and it just seemed perfect to follow those three with Agnes Varda.
Aguilar: Given that you have attended all the major film festivals in the world what makes AFI Fest different or special?
Lyanga: One of the great things about the festival is that it’s free. I think it’s amazing, because of great partners, great sponsors like Audi, American Airlines who helps us bring in the filmmakers, or Motorola who is a big sponsor this year, or Coca-Cola, they enable us to really put on a World Class film festival for free. The audience doesn’t have to worry about the cost of the ticket; the cost of the ticket doesn’t have to be a barrier to experience the best of contemporary World Cinema. I think that’s what makes me really excited every year about programming this festival and then ultimately about Opening Night.
Aguilar: What is the relationship between AFI Fest and the AFI Conservatory Alummi?
Lyanga: The festival offices are on the Institute’s campus, which is where the conservatory is housed. Every year, including this year, we definitely have some AFI Alumni’s films playing at the festival. Drake Doremus, who was a Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner with Like Crazy a few years ago, has a film called Breath In at the festival this year. Producer Brian Udovich is present with a film called We Gotta Get Out Of This Place in our American Independent section, which was at Toronto earlier this year. We have alumni as a screenwriter and another as a cinematographer on Out of the Furnace. Also La Jaula de Oro a Spanish/Mexican Co-Production directed by an AFI cinematography alumni. We have some in the shorts program as well; a short called Whale Valley, another short called Machsom, also Wild Horses by Stephanie Martin. So we have several AFI Alumni with films in the program.
Aguilar: The program includes several Submissions to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award; do you think AFI serves as a platform to increase the chances of these films at getting a nomination?
Lyanga: Often times when we invite a film it hasn’t even been selected yet, so we don’t know, we find out afterwards. It’s always exciting to find that out because it means more opportunities and more attention for the filmmakers. Festivals certainly do have a role to help promote cinema, and to build audiences for the filmmakers, and to help build the filmmakers’ careers. The fact that the festival takes place in Los Angeles provides a great opportunity for those films and those filmmakers to get the attention from both the public audience and the industry audience that might have been difficult for them to attain otherwise.
Aguilar: Lastly, why should people come to AFI Fest 2013, and what are you most excited about this year?
Lyanga: I think a lot of people came to festival over the past two or three years and had a great experience, and discovered new films and new filmmakers, and fell in love with films that they were looking forward to seeing. We will definitely have that again this year. There are some films that people have been hearing about, films like Her, Philomena, Mandela, August Osage County, or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, that people can’t wait to see and they are going to come see them at the festival. There is the return of some great filmmakers like the Cohen Brothers, that’s really exciting, is something great to look forward to. They return to their partnership with T-Bone Burnett. Of course, I think in our New Auteurs section specially, there are some great new directors to discover. Across the World Cinema program, fantastic performances in Child’s Pose, in Gloria, Omar, Bethlehem, Gabrielle, there is a global experience and what filmmakers are exploring and the issues that people are tackling around the word. It’s a great place to escape, to be entertained, and in many way to educate both in documentaries and in narrative films.
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- Carlos Aguilar
AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi, a program of the American Film Institute, today announced the remaining sections and films that will screen in the festival’s World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs. AFI Fest, which redefines Hollywood today as a place where icons and emerging artists bring audiences together to experience global cinema in the movie capital of the world, will take place November 7 through 14 at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year, the American Independents section features work by U.S. filmmakers, Breakthrough highlights work discovered only through the blind submission process, Midnight’s selections tend toward the macabre and Cinema’s Legacy highlights restorations and classic films.
This year’s program includes the return of several filmmakers to AFI Fest »
- Melissa Thompson
Festival top brass have announced the outstanding World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programmes.
The AFI Fest is scheduled to run from November 7-14 in Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, the Egyptian Theatre and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The complete programme includes 119 films (83 features, 36 shorts), representing 43 countries. Twenty-seven films are directed or co-directed by women as are 10 documentaries.
For the fifth consecutive year, AFI Fest will offer free tickets to all screenings, however only the Cinepass Express will provide priority entry to all regular screenings. For the complete programme visit the official site.
World Cinema SelectionsBaby Blues Kasia Rosłaniec (Poland)Bethlehem Yuval Adler (Israel)Borgman Alex van Warmerdam (Neth-Bel-Den)Child’s Pose Călin Peter Netzer (Romania)Closed Curtain Jafar Panahi, Kamboziya Partovi (Iran)The Congress Ari Folman (Isr-Ger-Pol-Lux)An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina-France-Slovenia)Exhibition Joanna Hogg (UK)Gabrielle Louise Archambault (Canada »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The AFI Fest has unveiled the remainder of its lineup for the Nov. 7-14 event, encompassing 119 films representing 43 countries.
The fest, a program of the American Film Institute, will include the World Cinema, American Independents, Breakthrough, Midnight, Cinema’s Legacy and Presentations programs and include 83 features and 36 shorts. The lineup includes 27 films directed/co-directed by women, 10 documentaries and 14 films representing the work of 54 AFI alumni.
The films from AFI alums include “Breathe In” from writer-director Drake Doremus; “La Jaula de Oro” by producer-director-writer Diego Quemada-Diez; “We’ve Got to Get Out of This Place” from producer Brian Udovich and director Zeke Hawkins; and “Machsom” from director Bayard Outerbridge (AFI Class of 2012).
The fest will be held at the Chinese Theatre, the Chinese 6 Theatres, »
- Dave McNary
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival is to host sidebar programmes for restored classics and Indian cinema.
Sidebar ‘Pieces of Time: Classic Odysseys. The Art of Preserving and Restoring Cinema’ will include Dial M for Murder, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Red Shoes and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The festival runs from Oct 24 to Nov 2. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Wild Bunch Distribution awaits first figures to see whether controversy has impacted film’s performance at the box office.
Filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche may have declared he didn’t want Adèle: Chapter 1 & 2 to be released after a public bust-up with its co-stars over his directing techniques but it has been business as usual for the film’s French distributor Wild Bunch Distribution (Wbd).
The Palme d’Or-winning picture, also known as Blue is the Warmest Colour, opens on 300 screens across France tomorrow [Oct 9].
“We expect the film to seduce a wide audience in spite of its length (179 minutes) and it’s 12-certificate. Wherever it has played it has been hailed as a masterpiece. We’re aiming for at least 800,000 admissions,” Wbd chief Thierry Lacaze told ScreenDaily.
Notwithstanding era and country of origin, it would be imprudent to associate Jacques Demy with the French New Wave. Unlike Godard's or Resnais's interest in innovation, Demy's traditionalism never bothers to subvert or transgress cinematic convention. The tenderness he felt—and inspires—for his characters situates Demy best within established systems, be it the Hollywood musical genre from which he most popularly borrowed in The Young Girls of Rochefort and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, or the resplendent Technicolor saturation that became one of his signatures, most lushly in Model Shop. His appeal, often underappreciated, lies primarily in his romantic sensibilities, with the onscreen result being a world that is at once fantastic yet relatable. Tho »
Catherine Deneuve: 2013 European Film Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Catherine Deneuve has been named the recipient of the the European Film Academy’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for her "outstanding body of work." And outstanding it is. Yesterday, I posted an article about Dirk Bogarde (Victim, Death in Venice, Despair), one of the rare performers anywhere on the planet to have consistently worked with world-class international filmmakers. The Paris-born Catherine Deneuve, who turns 70 next October 22, is another one of those lucky actors. (Photo: Catherine Deneuve at the Potiche premiere at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.) Deneuve’s directors have included an eclectic and prestigious list of filmmakers from various countries. Those include Belle de Jour and Tristana‘s Luis Buñuel; Le Sauvage and La Vie de Château‘s Jean-Paul Rappenau; The Hunger‘s Tony Scott; Un Flic‘s Jean-Pierre Melville; The Mississippi Mermaid and The Last Metro‘s François Truffaut »
- Andre Soares
The European Film Academy will honor international screen icon Catherine Deneuve with a lifetime achievement award for her outstanding body of work. The ice-cool French beauty, now 69, has played everything from a bourgeois housewife turned prostitute to a bisexual vampire, and worked with a formidable roster of auteurs throughout her career: Luis Bunuel ("Belle de Jour," "Tristana"), Roman Polanski ("Repulsion"), Jacques Demy ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg"), Jean-Pierre Melville ("Un Flic"), Francois Truffaut ("The Last Metro"), Andre Techine ("Ma Maison Preferee," "Les Voleurs") and Arnaud Desplechin ("A Christmas Tale") -- and this is just naming a few. She has starred in over 100 films. Deneuve will be an honorary guest at the upcoming European Film Awards, along with director and fellow honoree Pedro Almodovar. The ceremony is set to take place December 7 in Berlin. »
- Beth Hanna
Catherine Deneuve, whose decades-long career has made her a prominent name in French cinema, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Film Academy.
Her roles in Jacques Demy’s “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” in 1964 and “Repulsion” by Roman Polanski in 1965 catapulted her to stardom, and since then she has gone on to work with industry heavyweights such as the late Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel in “Belle de Jour” and “Tristana,” French director and screenwriter Jean-Pierre Melville in “Un Flic” and Andre Techine in “Ma Saison Preferee” and “Les Voleurs.”
Deneuve earned her first Cesar in 1981 for her role in “The Last Metro” by Francois Truffaut, and received another Cesar and an Oscar nomination for her role in Regis Wargnier’s “Indochine.” Her other accolades include a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and a Berlin Silver Bear.
Deneuve has also delved into Hollywood, having guest starred in »
- Alex Stedman
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Catherine Deneuve, one of the true grande dames of French cinema, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at this year's European Film Awards in Berlin on Dec. 7. Deneuve, whose decades-long career as one of Europe's most recognizable actresses has earned her two French Cesar awards, a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival, a Berlin Silver Bear and an Oscar nomination, will attend the 26th EFAs to receive her award. Photos: 100 Oscars Gowns A fixture on the art house scene since her breakthrough with Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964, Deneuve has worked
- Scott Roxborough
The American Film Institute (AFI) announced a program of four films selected by Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda to screen at AFI Fest 2013 presented by Audi. Varda, once a resident of Los Angeles, makes a rare return to present and discuss her work at AFI Fest. As an additional tribute to Varda, photos from her influential French New Wave film Cleo From 5 to 7 (CLÉO De 5 À 7) are featured in this year’s festival marketing and programming materials.
As Guest Artistic Director, Varda has selected films that have inspired her throughout her six-decade career: Pickpocket (Dir Robert Bresson, 1959), A Woman Under The Influence (Dir John Cassavetes, 1974), The Marriage Of Maria Braun (Dir Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1979) and After Hours (Dir Martin Scorsese, 1985). In addition, the festival will be screening a selection of Varda’s films, including restored versions of Cleo From 5 To 7 (CLÉO De 5 À 7) and Documenteur. »
- Melissa Thompson
The American Film Institute’s guest artistic director Agnès Varda has unveiled her pick of four films to screen at this year’s AFI Fest.
The French director will return to Los Angeles to present a program of movies that have inspired her six-decade-long career. The movies are: Robert Bresson’s 1959 crime drama “Pickpocket,” John Cassavetes’ 1974 “A Woman Under the Influence,” Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1979 war tale “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” and Martin Scorsese’s 1985 “After Hours”
The festival will also screen a selection of Varda’s films, including a restored versions of “Cleo from 5 to 7” (“Cléo de 5 à 7”) and “Documenteur,” as well as her late husband Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” Varda and her daughter Rosalie Varda recently oversaw the restoration of the film in honor of its 50th anniversary.
“It’s always good to be chosen, but it’s funny to be chosen to choose, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Starry-eyed dreamer of the French New Wave, Demy's frothy, seductive fairy tales may not have been as political or naturalistic as the work of his peers, but their exuberant sense of mise-en-scène still offers timeless appeal. Leading up to a revival of Demy's newly restored, all-sung Catherine Deneuve rhapsody The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (October 18–24), Film Forum's unmissable two-week series includes many more restorations, from his 1961 debut, Lola (starring Anouk Aimée as a yearning cabaret singer), through his final 1988 feature, Three Seats for the 26th, an Yves Montand vehicle by way of MGM song-and-dance homage. Los Angeles plays itself in Demy's only American stint, Model Shop »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read August’s pick), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Destin Daniel Cretton (who sees his Short Term 12 receive its theatrical release on August 23rd) appears to be very busy on his press tour, as he puts it…”this is impossible for me, so I’m just going to list the first ten that come to mind.” So here is Destin Daniel Cretton’s Top Ten List (as of August 2013).
It’s a Wonderful Life – Frank Capra (1946)
“If I could even come close to telling a story as complicated and beautiful as this, I would be a very happy man. »
- Eric Lavallee
Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema. This August, we get to once again profile an American Independent filmmaker who had the wind blowing in his sails moments before he launched his micro-budgeted I Am Not a Hipster at Sundance in 2012. Before unleashing his sophomore film, the character-rich, emotionally textured Short Term 12 in March, Destin Daniel Cretton had won over the Sundance jury with the short film going by the same name (2009 Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking). Winner of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award (worth mentioning, of which I was a proud member of) and an Audience Award at a handful of fests since SXSW, its the folks at Cinedigm who’ll be launching the film in select theaters on August 23rd. Here is our profile on Destin Daniel Cretton and we’re lucky enough that »
- Eric Lavallee
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