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Bergman's Spell

Mubi is showing the retrospective The Inner Demons of Ingmar Bergman from June 8 - August 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom.I've told this brief story of how I fell under the spell of cinema so many times I've become brazen to it. At eighteen years, in February 1993, I found Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers (dubbed) at the video store. As Woody Allen spoke of the Swede in hushed tones, I decided I should try a film. Ninety minutes later I sat stunned and spellbound, not sure what to do or think, but surely sure I must be onto something. Cinematic rapture still has a psychical aspect for me, the torque the sedentary body goes through while coping with the images before it. I can always tell how good a film is if my armpits smell after. The body doesn't lie. Ingmar Bergman is an easy crush—one writer I know
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Ingmar Bergman documentary to shoot in summer

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Ingmar Bergman documentary to shoot in summer
Cmg to handle sales in Cannes on Ingmar Bergman – Legacy Of A Defining Genius from C-Films, Mondex & Cie co-production

Germany’s C-Films is partnering with Mondex & Cie of France on Ingmar Bergman – Legacy Of A Defining Genius that Cinema Management Group will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Margarethe von Trotta will direct the documentary and production is scheduled to commence this summer.

The film – which is scheduled for delivery in 2018 to mark the centenary of the Swedish auteur’s birth – will explore Bergman’s legacy through interviews with close collaborators and younger filmmakers.

His credits include The Seventh Seal, Cries And Whispers, Wild Strawberries, Scenes From A Marriage, and Persona. Bergman received the Palm of Palms at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

Von Trotta has a close connection to the subject matter. She worked with Bergman’s cinematographer Sven Nykvist as an actress on her husband Volker Schlöndorff’s 1972 film A Free Woman.

In 1982 Bergman
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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How Often Do Foreign-Language Films Score Screenwriting Oscar Nominations Or Wins?

Toni Erdmann’ (Courtesy: Tiff)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It’s not too often that foreign-language films get recognized for anything at the Oscars beyond the best foreign-language film category — but it does happen. And, believe it or not, it happens more for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay than many other categories. A prime example of that is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s submission this year that is proving to be a cross-category threat, which could score a nomination — or a win — for its writing.

The story of Toni Erdmann — which has a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% — follows a father who is trying to reconnect with his adult daughter after the death of his dog. It sounds simple enough but, of course, the two couldn’t be more unalike. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and where it won the Fipresci Prize. Since then, it
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Oscars 2017: The One Thing That Could Keep ‘Lion’ From a Best Picture Nom

Dev Patel in ‘Lion’ (Courtesy: Long Way Productions)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Aside from the amazing characters, acting, and storytelling in Lion, the film had another unique aspect to it: just how much non-English is spoken. The Garth Davis-directed drama is considered a frontrunner by most critics in the best picture at the 2017 Oscars — but will language hold it back in the long run? Let’s take a look at history and see what we can learn.

While a large part of Lion is in English, there is also a substantial part of it that is in Bengali and Hindi. That’s because the plot — based on a 2013 memoir titled A Long Way Home — follows the true story of Saroo Brierley from becoming lost at the age of five, surviving many challenges, getting adopted by an Australian couple, and finding his birth family 25 years later. With the five-year-old
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Directors Who Found Success in Both the Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film Categories

Pablo Larraín (Courtesy: Andrew Cowie/Afp)

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Managing Editor

There’s one director this year that has a chance at being a major crossover success by having two separate films nominated in both the best picture and best foreign language film categories: Pablo Larraín. This filmmaker has Jackie as well as Neruda and could join an elite group of directors who been able to have films — or even one film — in both of these major categories.

Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is considered a frontrunner in the Oscars race this year by this site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. Neruda, which follows an inspector who hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, is Chile’s submission for best foreign language film this year and is considered a major threat in that contest. This would be a great feat — especially for someone who,
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Roger Corman, ‘King of the B’s,’ Says Donald Trump Is Like ‘The Intruder’

Roger Corman, ‘King of the B’s,’ Says Donald Trump Is Like ‘The Intruder’
Locarno, Switzerland — Known as “King of the B’s,” U.S. director and producer Roger Corman churned out some 400 low-budget pictures starting in the 1950s, including early films by Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, James Cameron, and Martin Scorsese. He is at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland as guest of honor and mentor of its Filmmakers Academy.

Corman, 90, spoke to Variety about never actually having made a B-movie in his life; why his low-budget pictures made money; and the similarity between his 1962 drama “The Intruder,” which flopped, and Donald Trump.

You started making movies in the mid-’50s after working at Fox and not getting a credit you deserved. The first 20 titles or so did really well. Then in 1962 you made “The Intruder,” in which William Shatner plays a rabble-rouser in a white suit who arrives in a small Southern town and tries to block integration in schools. Why was it a flop?
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20-Minute Video Essay On The Brilliant Cinematography Of Sven Nykvist

No one manipulated light like Sven Nykvist. Perhaps the greatest cinematographer of our time, the Swedish-born, two time Oscar-winner (“Cries and Whispers,” “Fanny and Alexander“) saw something in people and their surroundings that most of us can hardly fathom. He was a true master, working with notable directors such as Roman Polanski (“The Tenant“), Louis Malle (“Black Moon,” “Pretty Baby“), Philip Kaufman […]

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The Influences of ‘The Witch’ Part Three: Director Robert Eggers on ‘Cries and Whispers’

The Influences of ‘The Witch’ Part Three: Director Robert Eggers on ‘Cries and Whispers’
With The Witch opening this week, we sat down with writer/director Robert Eggers to do something a little different. We asked him to name the three films that most influenced his tremendous new horror movie and we would discuss his work through the lens of what inspired him. In part one of this series, we talked about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining In part […]

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Disc Deals: 50% Off Criterion Blu-rays at Amazon

The Barnes & Noble sale may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy some Criterion Collection releases for 50% off. Best Buy is currently having a 50% off sale on a number of Criterion releases, and Amazon has begun to match their prices.

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A note on Amazon deals, for those curious: sometimes third party sellers will suddenly appear as the main purchasing option on a product page, even though Amazon will sell it directly from themselves for the sale price that we have listed. If the sale price doesn’t show up, click on the “new” options, and look for Amazon’s listing.

I’ll keep this list updated throughout the week, as new deals are found, and others expire. If you find something that’s wrong, a broken link or price difference,
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Episode 167: Criterion Collection Favorites of 2015

To celebrate the past year of Criterion Collection releases, Ryan is joined by David Blakeslee, Scott Nye, Aaron West, Arik Devens and Keith Enright to discuss their favorite releases of 2015.

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Corrections: In the episode, I should have had Aaron go before Arik, since I said I was going alphabetically.

Episode Links & Notes Favorite Covers Arik Odd Man Out by Eric Skillman Aaron Hiroshima mon amour by Sarah Habibi David Moonrise Kingdom by Michael Gaskell Keith Day for Night by Roman Muradov Process post Ryan The Black Stallion by Nicolas Delort Scott Blind Chance by Gérard Dubois Favorite Supplement Arik 65 Revisited Aaron Un tournage a la campagne David Interview with Gregor Dorfmeister, author of The Bridge Keith Reflections on … My Beautiful LaundretteColin MacCabe and Stephen Frears Ryan Restoring the Apu Trilogy by kogonada Scott Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne on Two Days,
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Oscar cliffhanger: Will 'Son of Saul' break into Best Picture race?

“Son of Saul,” Hungary’s official entry to the Oscars, is the early frontrunner to win Best Foreign Language Film. This compelling drama tells the harrowing story of a guard at an Auschwitz death camp who, believing a young boy’s corpse to be that of his son, becomes determined to give him a proper burial. This Sony Pictures Classics release was a senation at Cannes, winning the Grand Prix. And it well could be that rare foreign-language film to cross over into the Best Picture race. -Break- Only nine films in languages other than English have been deemed worthy of a Best Picture bid -- “Grand Illusion” (1938); “Z” (1969); “The Emigrants” (1972); “Cries and Whispers” (1973); “Il Postino” (1995); “Life is Beautiful” (1998); “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000); “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006); and “Amour” (2012) -- and none won. Whethe...
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Eleven Emotionally Horrific Art Films

On Halloween, the tradition is to indulge in films replete with monsters, zombies, and creatures that go bump in the night. But those types of films don’t always provide the psychological terror cineastes may be craving. International and alternative cinema has always been willing to tread where conventional genre cinema dares not be it in films with strong themes, abrasive tones, or emotional depravity. Halloween can be a time not just to indulge in slimy viscera, but in the general suffering of humanity. These are eleven films whose punishment of the viewer with intense emotions and ideas make them not unlike horror films.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) / Day of Wrath (1943)

The original king of despair, Carl Dreyer didn’t just gravitate toward miserable material, he embraced it with a technique so perfected, it felt predestined. In The Passion of Joan of Arc, a film consisting almost solely of close-ups,
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Mister Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer

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"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture,
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Ingmar Bergman's 3 Rules for Moviegoing

Ingmar Bergman's 3 Rules for Moviegoing
We dug up this story from the Sight and Sound archives penned by Ingmar Bergman's daughter Lena, who remembers her father's very specific movie-watching habits. Inside a converted barn on Fårö island, just off the mainland of southeast Sweden, Bergman had his own private cinema, where he watched his favorite movies every day at 3 o'clock. Except on Saturdays, when movies started at 2. Bergman, who died in 2007 and was also known for his vast personal library of film titles including thousands of VHS tapes, watched films six days a week using a film projector. Read More: Ingmar Bergman's 'Cries and Whispers' Endures on Criterion Blu-ray "I have tried to calculate the number of hours that Ingmar must have spent in his cinema watching movies – sitting, or rather lying, in the armchair in the front row, his feet on the footstool," wrote Lena Bergman. "Imagine: every day after his noon nap,
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New Devious Maids Season 3,Episode 8 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By Lifetime

Recently, Lifetime delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Devious Maids" episode 8 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Cries and Whispers," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting stuff go down as a new side of Jesse gets exposed to Marisol. Carmen gets creative on a double date, and more. In the new, 8th episode press release: Carmen will get creative when her new boss invites her on a double date. Zoila is going to get in the middle of Genevieve and her new boyfriend. Marisol will discover a new side of Jesse. Rosie and Ernesto will disagree about her working at the Stappord home, and Taylor is going to struggle to deal with the aftermath of the latest police discovery. Episode 8 is set to air on Monday night, July 20th at 9pm on Lifetime.
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Criterion Blu-ray Reviews: Cries And Whispers, Sullivan’S Travels & Hoop Dreams

The latest batch of Criterion films offers Preston Sturges screwball romp Sullivan’s Travels, Ingmar Bergman’s Cries and Whispers, and Steve James’s documentary Hoop Dreams and all could be called masterpieces, so it’s a strong showing. Sullivan’s Travels starts with director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea) bemoaning that he’s been making frivolous films like “Ants in Your Plants of 1939,” and now wants to make important movies, something like an adaptation of the serious novel “O Brother Where Art Thou” (and yes, this is where Joel and Ethan Coen got the title for that movie). The studio bosses point out that John has had no experience with being destitute - he’s been pampered his whole life - and so John plots to become a man with only a dime in his pocket and only the clothes of what he assumes a homeless man would have.
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Bergman's Final, Disturbing Masterwork About Religion, Power and Child Abuse

'Fanny and Alexander' movie: Ingmar Bergman classic with Bertil Guve as Alexander Ekdahl 'Fanny and Alexander' movie review: Last Ingmar Bergman 'filmic film' Why Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander / Fanny och Alexander bears its appellation is a mystery – one of many in the director's final 'filmic film' – since the first titular character, Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) is at best a third- or fourth-level supporting character. In fact, in the three-hour theatrical version she is not even mentioned by name for nearly an hour into the film. Fanny and Alexander should have been called "Alexander and Fanny," or simply "Alexander," since it most closely follows two years – from 1907 to 1909 – in the life of young, handsome, brown-haired Alexander Ekdahl (Bertil Guve), the original "boy who sees dead people." Better yet, it should have been called "The Ekdahls," for that whole family is central to the film, especially Fanny and Alexander's beautiful blonde mother Emilie,
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LatinoBuzz: Leaders of the New Nyu Film School

First Run Film Festival runs April 16th-19th at Nyu’s Cantor Film Center showcasing amongst the best films coming out of Tisch School of the Arts at Nyu. The festival features promising filmmakers short films as they journey towards leaving an imprint with their feature films. LatinoBuzz wanted to show some love to Latino filmmakers representing at this years festival. Remember these names!

Omar ZÚÑIGA Hidalgo – "San Cristobal"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you want to ultimately want to say?

Omar: I became interested in film as a viewer when I was a teenager. I would spend entire afternoons in an arthouse theater in downtown Santiago. I didn't really expect to be a filmmaker back then. But it was clearly an interest. During the years that followed I discovered the passion slowly, I went to a communications undergrad in Chile, and then to Nyu for my Mfa. I don't see myself doing anything else now. I'm interested in the visual language that it has, and also in how emotional it can be. There are themes that I unconsciously come back to, There is no deliberate objective. Every film comes out of an intuition, where I'm at, at that moment in particular. But looking back on my work, somehow I get back to masculinity and how men are taught to avoid showing how fragile they can be, or to people who are in constant movement (which is what I've been doing for the past few years). I seem to want to explore these types of characters.

LatinoBuzz: You are younger than the current wave of Chilenos, and I brought it up with Marialy Rivas and Andres Wood, but they grew up under the dictatorship and I was curious how it affected them as they became artists. What about Chile conditioned you?

Omar: Dictatorship didn't affect me directly. I was born just a few years before it ended, so I don't have clear memories of it. I've only learned about its devastating nature after the fact. There is something eminently Chilean about avoiding confrontation, or about not clarifying the way you feel sometimes. It's a particular culture, where emotions are not discussed as profusely with your family or friends, nor shown in an explicit manner. I believe that's something that's somehow in my work, where people can't articulate too clearly how they feel about things. It is very familiar and natural to me to not have to define so exactly the nature of actions that people take. We don't have that over-analyzing attitude about things.

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Omar: I wouldn't remake a film.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Omar: "San Cristóbal" will continue its route internationally this year. I am also developing a feature project based on the short, and trying to put together its financing. It's always incredibly difficult, but we're trying to make our best. - omar@cinestacion.cl

Paulo Henrique Falsarella Testolini – "Suriname Gold"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you ultimately want to say?

Paulo: I'm not sure exactly how film came to me and why, I guess it was just a natural progression from recording my parents expeditions when I was a kid, playing with the camera in high-school and escaping (as much as I could) the business future my family had intended for me. In the end, film was the best way to put myself into endless adventures, while attempting to tell the world the many stories that can be uncovered on the way. There are always stories out there, tales of bravery from every corner of the world - they can seem so exotic, yet so relatable to our modern society.

LatinoBuzz: Suriname, obviously is not considered a 'Latino' nation but does have a fascinating place in South American - where did the idea to shoot there come from?

Paulo: It was late 2009, the last Sunday of the year, and I sat in my living room listening to the news about an attack in the gold mines of Suriname. It was very weird - though I had grown up in Suriname's neighboring country of Brazil, I didn't know much about the place, let alone its gold and the thousands of lives migrating across the borders in search of it. The more I researched about that fascinating land, the more I craved to visit it and learn about that little corner of the world of which so few people have heard. What I've tried to do with Suriname Gold is reveal a human story within a somewhat hidden world, the characters may be fictional, but their experiences are real. My hope is that viewers will be entertained by the film's sense of adventure, and more importantly, that audiences will learn something new about this complex nation and the continuous exploitation of the Amazon (and the lives taken on the way).

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Paulo: That's a hard one... I would love to make a new version of Disney's "Newsies", more based on the play than the 90s movie. The lead? I've always wanted to work with English actor Jamie Bell, a great inspiration when I was first getting into film. One day, right?

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Paulo: It's been some years now since we shot the short film of Suriname Gold. I've been developing, with the producers, the feature length version of that story, as well as some other scripts that are set in that environment. Once the story reaches the right point, I hope to gather our adventurous crew and cast back together, fly to the Amazon and embark on this journey again. - pht218@nyu.edu

Reinaldo Green - "Stop"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you ultimately want to say?

Reinaldo: Film is still one of the few mediums that you can reach a mass audience. It's an opportunity and a platform to share content with depth, meaning, culture, and value, regardless of genre, to inspire and make people think. Ultimately I want to use the art form to share, inspire and make meaningful change in people's lives. My favorite movies have had profound meaning in my life well past the end credits.

LatinoBuzz: Did the tragic deaths of young males of color propel you to write 'Stop' or is it something that has long lingered?

Reinaldo: The genius of the film has been something that had been brewing for a while. It really came into focus for me with the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman decision. I thought to myself, what if that were me? What if I was walking home at night and a cop stopped me, what would I do if I were in that situation? So, we decided to make a film about it.

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Reinaldo: I'd remake "Drive" with Benicio Del Toro. There's nothing wrong with the original, I just think it'd be a fun experiment.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Reinaldo: The Green Brothers will be making a feature (or two) over the next year, look out for them!

Twitter @greenbrosfilms / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenbrosfilms - rmg412@nyu.edu

Carlos Valdivia – "Writing Lessons"

LatinoBuzz : Why film and what do you want to ultimately want to say?

Carlos: Why not film? I think cinematic storytelling is the most impactful. It has the greatest reach out of any art form. My focus has always been to increase the representation and visibility of people (particularly Lgbtq people and people of color) that are often neglected or completely erased from the big screen. I'd like to do it with empathy and intelligence, but without ever diluting the complexity of individuals and their lived experiences. So I'd say I ultimately want to challenge preconceived notions with authenticity.

LatinoBuzz : How much yourself turns up in your narrative?

Carlos: A lot! With "Writing Lessons" I wanted to recreate a most exciting time and place from my first year in New York, when I moved here to attend Nyu as a freshman. My best friend and I both ended up getting in with a crowd of much older Columbia academics and we were regular guests at their gatherings where we were by far the youngest people. It was very exciting and I was always fascinated by the convergence of young naiveté and older indifference and how people often desire the one they don't have. Young people trying to grow up too quickly and older people who wish to be younger is a central source of conflict in the film. At the same time, I also wanted the film to reflect the experience of being the only person of color in almost exclusively white environments. I purposely had Julian be the only non-white person in the narrative. Julian is fascinated by his professor's world but he will never really be a part of it. I strongly relate to being an outsider with a desire to fit in. Even though race is never explicitly stated in the film, it's clear that he will always be an outsider in this environment. I think this is how race operates in highly liberal environments today, rarely spoken out loud and yet still relevant and highly impactful.

LatinoBuzz : Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Carlos: This is a tough one. Generally, I'm not a fan of remakes. But I'd love to remake Ingmar Bergman's "Cries and Whispers" with Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek as sisters, playing the Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Thulin roles. Maybe Gina Rodriguez can play their dying sister. That would be a dream project.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Carlos: I finished Writing Lessons very recently, so I've only just begun submitting it to film festivals where I hope the film can get some exposure. After that, I'll definitely be sharing it online. Programmers, call me/email me! - carlos.e.valdivia@gmail.com

Fidel Ruiz-healy- "A Band of Thieves"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you want to ultimately want to say?

Fidel: Unfortunately I make films because I don’t know how to do anything else. It’s all I’ve thought about since elementary school and when it came to growing up and picking a career I feel like I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. I think your films grow up with you so what you want to say with them all comes down to what you are currently living through. I think films are inherently influenced by the social and political environments that surround you and its up to the writer to choose how on the nose they want to be.

LatinoBuzz: How important was shooting in Texas? Do you feel it shaped you as a storyteller?

Fidel: The movie had to be in Texas. It’s about the crazy things you do when its 100 degrees outside and creating a lawless playground to play cowboy. For me the only place for that is Texas. When looking up references from old westerns and bank heist movies, I quickly realized that what I was looking for was just locales I saw growing up. After that it was just a matter of finding out how to produce a film in San Antonio from New York, and that’s what we did. In terms of being shaped as a storyteller by Texas, I think everyone is influenced a bit by the city they grew up in. At he end of the day that’s what shapes your image of the world. The people and places you interact with as a kid define your perspective on things, and for me that was growing up around the San Antonio suburbs wanting to live life like I saw in the movies.

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Fidel: It would have to be "Alphaville". It’s one of my favorites. Remaking a Godard films seems like some kind of filmic taboo, so that would make it hard. You would have to get it right or else a lot of people would hate you, (Remember the remake of Breathless? Not very many people do) so finding the way to recreate that film in a modern context seems like a great challenge. As for the lead, I have no idea. Maybe someone from Texas? I’m kind of going through a weird Texas love phase in my life right now, so instinctively I’m leaning towards some Texan faces. But either way, I would have to watch the imaginary casting tapes with my casting director a couple of times to make a final decision. But maybe I would just be forced to make it with talking CGI farm animals - "Alphaville" for kids. Maybe that’s the best approach and one Godard would respect. Mr. Godard if you’re reading this - Just picture this: CGI farm animals as Lemmy Caution and Natacha von Braun.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Fidel: I’m currently writing a feature and developing a short film that deals with the border violence in south Texas. It’s kind of like Blood Simple meets Halloween but in the desert. I’m looking to shoot later this year in West Texas. - fidelrrh@gmail.com

Carlos Arata – "An Evening with Oliver"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you want to ultimately want to say?

Carlos: Film is the ultimate medium through which to tell stories, and when I was younger, it was a way of visually expressing myself. Now, it’s become a way for me to see the world as I did then. When you are young, everything is fresh, magical – you don’t have to have it all figured out. You experience a lot of things for the first time, with a heightened sense of reality…and naivety, too, and it’s wonderful. The world is much more interesting that way. I want my audience to experience the most fascinating version of the world, to feel their feelings in a way they haven’t in a long time, and to look at the world in a way they don’t normally do.

LatinoBuzz: Is there a particular childhood memory you would like to realize in a film of yours one day?

Carlos: I have a distinct memory of being lost in Disneyland at five-years-old. I would like to revisit that experience of roaming the park alone – The feeling of being lost against the backdrop of the "happiest place on earth" interests me.

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Carlos: If I could remake any film it would have to be "The Warriors." I used to and still watch the film all the time, and caught it whenever it played at the nearby art house. It has an amazing vibe, and of course, a story that is still relevant in our day. I’d cast Chris Pratt as Swan, Kid Cudi as Cochise, and Danny Trejo involved somewhere in the mix.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Carlos: I’m developing a feature version of my short film, "An Evening with Oliver," and in the process of writing an animated feature, as well as a TV pilot (and of course, looking for opportunities to produce both!) - carlosaratafilms@gmail.com

Felipe Prado - "Partiu"

LatinoBuzz: Why film and what do you ultimately want to say?

Felipe: I grew up with my mother taking me and my brother Joao (who produced "Partiu") to watch “cult” movies - as we used to call them - during the week; and my father making us watch Scorsese’s filmography with him during the weekend. Quite inappropriate for kids, but it taught me a lot about movies and shaped who I am. I believe in films that make the audience uncomfortably entertained and have people walking out of the theater with their subconscious still in the story. It needs to be breathtaking and bring new perspectives.

LatinoBuzz: Which is the ‘Brasil' you would like the world to see through your lens?

Felipe: A ‘Brasil’ through unpleasant reality based films with characters, personalities and events deconstructed to their core, avoiding the common subjects that have already been over-explored. Certain stories need to be told, but not as many times as it has been done over the last few years. Brazil is much more than “cine-favela” and soap-opera-like comedies. "Central Station," "City of God" and the "Elite Squad" movies are great, but not every Brazilian film needs to be like them. With very few exceptions, in the last few years those were the themes explored by the majority of the films produced in our culturally diverse country. Brasil is desperate for new stories that don’t underestimate the audience.

LatinoBuzz: Pick a film to re-make (you have to!) Who is the lead?

Felipe: That’s are many choices, but I would really love to adapt ‘Ashes and Diamonds’ to the current South American political turmoil. There are a few recent cases of assassinations of prosecutors and whistleblowers that could base a great remake. The lead… Joao Miguel, who’s in ‘Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures’, ‘Xingu’ and many other great films. In my opinion he’s one of the most complete actors in Brazil’s cinema.

LatinoBuzz: Where to next?

Felipe: I am currently working on a story of faith and corruption involving money-making mega-churches. I am also working on a feature version of "Partiu" as I created the short in order to explore the subject in deep. This is also my thesis project for Nyu Tisch School of the Arts. - felipe.prado@nyu.edu

You can find screening times and more info at: http://www.firstrunfestival.com/

Written by Juan Caceres . LatinoBuzz is a feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow [At]LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook
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'Cries and Whispers' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

Whenever I sit down to review an Ingmar Begman movie I tend to bounce over to IMDb just to see how many of his films I've seen. Obviously when you're talking about Bergman we all pretty much start with the well known classics (The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, etc.) and then slowly begin to explore his lesser known films. Well, having now finally seen Cries & Whispers, what very well may be the last of his well known classics I had left to see (except for "Scenes from a Marriage"), I feel there are only lesser known corners of his oeuvre for me to explore. However, with over 65 films credited to him as a director on IMDb it would seem I've still only scratched the surface as I've only 14 of his films under my belt. Criterion's new Blu-ray release of Cries and Whispers is an upgrade from their 2001 DVD release, arriving
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