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Championing French-American cultural ties through film, the fifth edition of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival unspools June 7-14 in the heart of Paris. The famed boulevard is home to several of the city’s finest first-run theaters including the Ugc George V and Gaumont Ambassade. Instead of the usual tentpole pics, the theaters will host a diverse line-up ranging from eight U.S.-backed independents in competition to a political-themed section to archival screenings of acclaimed pics. The fest also features a salute to made-in-Chicago works, master classes and a shorts program, all with a nod to promoting and celebrating Gallic-American cross-cultural influences and relationships.
The brainchild and baby of producer, exhibitor and distributor Sophie Dulac, the festival’s cultural mission is now more important than ever, she says.
“We don’t have a big international film festival in Paris,” she says. “The festival brings people to the most beautiful avenue in the world. »
- Kathy McDonald
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
Executive produced by Rouge International's Nadia Turincev and Julie Gayet (of The French Minister (Quai D’Orsay), directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on Antonin Baudry's graphic novels), Stéphanie Gillard's The Ride with expansive cinematography by Martin de Chabaneix and atmospheric sound recording by Erwan Kerzanet (Léos Carax's unholy Holy Motors and Catherine Breillat's unflinching Fat Girl) takes us on the 300 mile pilgrimage on horseback of the Lakota people through the Badlands of South Dakota.
Jim Harrison's novels, Arthur Penn's Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, Misty Upham and Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, William Heise and William K.L. Dickson's Sioux Ghost Dance for Thomas Edison, and how the filming of The Ride became a personal journey are explored in my conversation with the »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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