19 items from 2014
A man and a woman bump into each other on a transatlantic flight. He’s charmed. She’s unimpressed. They both wear impeccably tailored suits. She banters. He flirts. A freak accident lands them on a Russian cruise ship. Their banter gives way to conversation. Their flirtation leads to longing looks and rose-tinted kisses. They both fall in love. But they’re engaged to other people.
If the opening to Love Affair sounds familiar, that’s because it is. It’s not a Tracy/Hepburn comedy, nor a Bogie/Bacall noir. In fact, it’s a remake of a remake, told first in 1939 (Love Affair starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer), then in 1957 (An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr), and later canonized in Nora Ephron »
- Anne Marie
About half way into Three Times—it's 1911, though a few frames before it was 1966—a sudden rupture occurred. Either a hand had slipped somewhere or Hou Hsiao-hsien is more radical, more reckless, and profoundly more Joycean than I had thought. It took a minute to register—the jump. A man and a woman silently in love and unrequited inhabit a series of spare rooms, their lingering glances and soundless words punctuated by an old servant lighting the hallway lanterns as the sun sets. Then, in a cut like half a breath, the pale lights cast by the turn of the century transform into the pixilated, sleepless light of a cell phone screen; a dejected, disintegrating romance appearing black and jagged in the characters of errant text messages meant for an off-screen lover.
Immediately a voice called out from the back rows of the theatre: That's fucked up. And then in response, »
- Jon Auman
Gun culture, racism and the court system are revolving themes in docu subject matters and if there is a common thread to find between his Marc Silver’s latest docu 3 and ½ and his 2013 Sundance premiered docu-narrative mixer Who is Dayani Cristal? it might be that homicides are hardly ever an open and shut case. There are unfathomable long term repercussions. Surely combining his investigative and probing docu-style, while his last film featuring Gael García Bernal was about the silenced, this spiritual cousin to Fruitvale Station is about a longer fight for justice in the face of injustice. Having received some coin from Britdoc Foundation, 2014 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, Good Pitch donation from Candescent, this past September the filmmaker was invited to Sundance Institute’s annual Music and Sound Design Lab. Currently somewhere between production and the post-production phase, my thinking is that everyone involved would be pressed to get this »
- Eric Lavallee
As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).
Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.
The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men »
- Steve Chagollan
Set in snowy Finland, “A Man and a Woman” is a melodrama dealing with the forbidden love between two people who are already in relationships.
Jeon is currently »
- Nemo Kim
One of the prize-winners from the Sundance Film Festival, Whiplash, added further accolades to its reputation by scooping the Grand Prize at the Deauville Festival of American Cinema on Saturday night (13 September).
The prize was bestowed by the jury including new new president of the Cannes Film Festival Pierre Lescure and veteran French directors André Techiné, Costa-Gavras, and Claude Lelouch, whose iconic Sixties romantic fable A Man And A Woman was filmed on the beach here.
From director Damien Chazelle, the film stars Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz (J. K. Simmons). It received a standing ovation at its screening, »
- Richard Mowe
Aug. 21-Sept. 1
Montreal World Festival
Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.
Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Telluride Film Festival
Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind. »
- Iain Blair
Film music novices Alex Ebert, Arcade Fire and Pharrell Williams are among the first-time nominees competing at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards on Oct. 25, the culmination of Film Fest Ghent. The first-time nominees will be joined by Wsa perennials Alexandre Desplat and Hans Zimmer at the annual event, the first of its kind, which takes place at Kuipke, a velodrome that’s converted into a concert hall for the occasion in Ghent, Belgium.
Not only will awards be handed out for composer of the year, original film score and original song written directly for film, but the evening will feature the Brussells Philharmionic, as is custom, during a program that will pay tribute to a couple of career honorees, including another pop artist-turned-film composer, Cliff Martinez (“Traffic,” “Only God Forgives”), and Lifetime Achievement Award winner Francis Lai (“A Man and a Woman,” “Love Story”).
Ebert (pictured above), also known as »
- Steve Chagollan
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).
The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.
A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings, »
- Steve Chagollan
The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.
French composer Francis Lai is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards which take place during the 41st Gent Film Festival, which will this year focus on France.
Born in Nice in 1932, Lai’s composing credits include Claude Lelouch’s Oscar winning A man And A Woman (1966). Lai went on to collaborate with Lelouch on numerous films. In 1970 Lai scored his biggest international hit with the soundtrack to Love Story.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Written by Pierre Uytterhoeven
Directed by Claude Lelouch
In a driving scene roughly thirty minutes into A Man and a Woman, the host on a station playing from the car radio says, “I can tell you right away that the weather forecast is rainy. There’ll be rain all over France.” He’s certainly not wrong, as Claude Lelouch’s Cannes prize-winner might be the drizzliest film ever made, with light rain, or at least overcast skies, pervading as backdrop for most of its exterior scenes; even those without have either snow or the dimming light of dusk to encourage its characters to bundle up. It’s a film where the warmth of an emerging romance happens amid perpetual chill – Baby, It’s Cold Outside was apparently not a working title.
A widowed man (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and a widowed »
- Josh Slater-Williams
The Sinhala and Tamil-language film will release with English subtitles in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad.
With You, Without You features Indian actress Anjali Patil with Shyam Fernando, Wasantha Moragoda and Maheshwarie Ratnam. Anjali Patil won the award for Best Actress at International Film Festival of India (Iffi) for this film.
Set in post-war Sri Lanka, the film brings us close to two characters who collide quite accidentally, and through them we experience the deep and seemingly unbridgeable chasm that conflict almost always creates. Will love help them cross the bridge? Or will the past continue to color the present? A man and a woman from the two ends of the thirty-year-old bloody civil war in Sri Lanka discover that the color of love is blue, »
Ned Benson appears on the Croisette with bittersweet The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. With an exceptionally starry cast, this is part of a strange trilogy of films telling the same story from two different perspectives. What makes the trilogy strange is that it was originally conceived as two films, Him and Her, and was shown as a work in progress in Toronto as such. The film which played in Cannes is a recut combination of the two films, entitled Them.
We first meet Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) and her husband Conor Ludlow (James McAvoy) in a restaurant, from which they do a runner, and we see them happy, carefree and in love. Then we take a sudden leap into the future as Eleanor leaps into the Hudson. What brought this about? It soon transpires that they have lost a child. When she is discharged from hospital, Eleanor doesn’t head back to the city, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Palais des Festivals at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalPhoto: RopeofSilicon.com The 2014 Cannes Film Festival begins in just two days and since I won't be able to attend this year I still wanted to do something Cannes-related. I started looking back over the years of the festival, which is celebrating its 67th edition this year. I considered going back and reviewing 15-16 films from a specific year in the past, but I thought of it too late. I then started looking over the history of past winners, and while I realize I haven't seen even half of the Cannes Film Festival winners I thought it would be fun to take a look at a list of the top ten I had seen, assuming readers could add their thoughts in the comments, suggesting some titles I have not yet seen or those you believe belong in the top ten. As we all know, »
- Brad Brevet
Women in love, men who betray them, resentful daughters, and endless other roles all exist within the genealogy of Claude Lelouch's films. What can life still teach a man who at 76 has not only lived an outstanding existence, but who has used his experiences to imbue many of his 44 films with pure realism. He has reinterpreted his joys and regrets into vivid pieces of cinema for more than half a century. Winner of the Palm d’Or, two Oscars, three Golden Globes, and garnering a collection of other nominations and awards, Lelouch’s career is one marked by its longevity. His extensive filmography includes titles such as the international hit "A Man and a Woman," "Bolero," "Live for Life," "Les Miserables," "And Now My Life," "Happy New Year" and "Crossed Tracks." Perpetually developing a new project, he as prolific now as he was at the beginning, and he has »
- Carlos Aguilar
City of Lights, City of Angels -- Los Angeles' premier French film festival, and surely one of the biggest Francophile fests this side of Cannes -- sure knows how to throw a party. The line was out the door Monday evening at the DGA Theater on Sunset Boulevard as ticket-holders eagerly awaited Colcoa's opening night gala, a lavish fete followed by a screening of Claude Lelouch's "We Love You, You Bastard," a quaint French family drama that juggles romance, melodrama and mystery with the help of an eclectic acting ensemble.Lelouch, 76, is the tireless French director of 44 films including, most notably, "A Man and a Woman," the 1966 heart-clutching romance starring New Wave titans Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant, which won the Cannes Palme d'Or and took two Oscars including Best Foreign Language Film. With "We Love You, You Bastard," Lelouch proudly wears his particular brand of earnest, middle-of-the-road dramedies. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the lineup for the 18th edition of the City of Lights, City of Angels (Colcoa) film festival. Running April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the fest will present 41 features, including three international premieres, and many North American and Us premieres. (Trailers below.) The opening night film is "We Love You, You Bastard," the new film from director Claude Lelouch ("A Man and a Woman") starring Johnny Hallyday and Sandrine Bonnaire. The closing night double bill, on April 28, will be announced during the festival. Other notable films on the lineup include Roman Polanski's Best Director Cesar-winning "Venus in Fur," Catherine Breillat's latest collaboration with Isabelle Huppert "Abuse of Weakness" and Francois Ozon's "Young and Beautiful," with Charlotte Rampling. Films "Marius" and "Fanny" by French actor Daniel Auteuil ("Cache") will also make their way to the fest, along with "Jacky in the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Angelenos will have a chance to discover Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum” — the film that beat “Blue Is the Warmest Color” to win the French industry’s top prize, the Cesar — and 40 other Gallic pics at this year’s City of Lights, City of Angels festival, unspooling April 21-28 at L.A.’s Directors Guild Theater.
Now in its 18th year, the premiere-powered showcase serves up a mix of new talent and old masters, including the latest from Oscar winner Claude Lelouch (“A Man and a Woman”), whose “We Love You, You Bastard” will open the event. This year’s edition also boasts new features from Francois Ozon (“Young and Beautiful”), Catherine Breillat (“Abuse of Weakness”), Francois Dupeyron (“One of a Kind”), Paris-based Roman Polanski (“Venus in Fur”) and Cedric Klapisch (“Chinese Puzzle”), the subject of an in-depth Focus on a Filmmaker spotlight on April 24. Klapisch’s producer, »
- Peter Debruge
A drunk driver barreled through a crowd at SXSW in Austin, killing two people and injuring at least 23 others.
Local police were in pursuit of a suspected drunk driver, who was spotted driving the wrong way on a one-way street. The driver was fleeing from the police when the deadly crash occurred. The driver in question sped straight into a crowd of festival attendees around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13. A man and a woman, who had been riding light motorcycles at the time, were pronounced dead on the scene. Twenty-three people were hospitalized for injuries resulting from the crash; 5 were critical. According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, 8 people hurt in the crash are still in the hospital.
The driver reportedly broke through a SXSW barricade, driving straight into the crowd before hit two cars, coming to a stop after about one block. The driver tried to escape on »
19 items from 2014
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