State of Siege (1972)
As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...
Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.
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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner)
An ecstatically original work of film-history-philosophy with a digital-cinema palette of acutely crafted compositions. Amour Fou seamlessly blends together the paintings of Vermeer, the acting of Bresson, and the psychological undercurrents of a Dostoevsky novel. It is an intensely thrilling and often slyly comic work that manages to combine a passionately dispassionate love story of the highest order with a larger socio-historical examination of a new era of freedom,
Winner of a Cannes Un Certain Talent Award, “Jaula” tracks three teens, one a young Tzxotzil native, from Guatemala across the length of Mexico as they dodge migration cops, clash with gangs and travel on train-tops to a white-knuckle climax on the U.S.-Mexico border.
After immigration, “Operacion Atlas” takes another hot-button issue: Civil resistance to multinational corporation development projects backed by local governments – hydroelectric dams, massive deforestation and various fossil-fuel programs (oil, mining, fracking) – which is a recurrent narrative throughout Latin America.
As he made his own shorts – such as American Film Institute graduation film “A Table is a Table” which won an Asc Best Cinematography award, Quemada-Diez
It’s no surprise that the director, while doing press for Love here in New York City, picked the aforementioned film upon a stop-in at the Criterion Collection closet. His other choices included Seconds (which says he had planned to remake), Pigs, Pimps, and Prostitutes: 3 Films by Shohei Imamura, Master of the House, Safe (a film he’s seen “two or three times”), State of Siege, Sundays and Cybèle, Jigoku, Island of Lost Souls, The Naked Prey, and his optimal double bill: Yukio Mishima‘s Patriotism and
The alliance was launched last year. Current releases include “Five Easy Pieces,” “Hiroshima Mon Amour,” “State of Siege,” “My Dinner with Andre” and “The Black Stallion.” Upcoming titles include “A Room with a View,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Breaker Morant,” “Day for Night” and “Mulholland Drive.”
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Anton Ludvik (Yves Montand), also known as Gerard from his days in the French Resistance, is vice minister of Foreign Affairs in Czechoslovakia.
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Twilight Time new releases for June will go live for pre-order Wednesday, May 27the st 4 Pm Eastern: Absolute Beginners (1986), State Of Grace (1990) , Mississippi Mermaid (1969), The Young Lions (1958) , The Night Of The Generals (1967) the approximate street date is June 9th.
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Seventh Son This one I did see and it is quite the trainwreck.
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Bette Midler exploded onto the screen with her take-no-prisoners performance in this quintessential film about fame and addiction from director Mark Rydell. Midler is the rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster (known as the Rose to her legions of fans), whose romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperiled by the demands of life on the road. Incisively scripted by Bo Goldman and beautifully shot by Vilmos Zsigmond (with assistance on the dazzling concert scenes by a host of other world-class cinematographers, including Conrad L. Hall, László Kovács, Owen Roizman, and Haskell Wexler), this
Introduced to foreign distributors at the 17th UniFrance Rendez-vous with French Cinema, which opens Thursday in Paris, Kg’s first sales/distrib slate will feature “Graziella,” from Mehdi Charef (“Tea in the Harem”), plus fellow Algerian Salem Brahimi’s “Maintenant Ils peuvent venir” and “A Mon age je me cache encore pour fumer,” directed by Rayhana, also from Algeria.
The slate will also take in restored versions, mostly in 4K, of four Costa Gavras modern classics: “Z,” “The Confession,” “State of Siege,” and “Hanna K,” Kg Productions is also restoring Charef’s films.
Screening at the Rendez-vous, and from an original screenplay by Charef, “Graziella,” a kind of love story, turns on two cons from the same hamlet in France: Antoine, an ex-projectionist (Leos Carax muse Denis Lavant), and Graziella,
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Kazmi who is a Kashmiri Muslim found the precondition strange. "I knew what I was talking about in Identity Card. The issue of Kashmiri militancy and how brutally it affects local Kashmiri civilians is very close to my heart. So when after the censor panel viewed my film I was told it would have to be viewed by a Muslim, I was confused."
Finally though, Kazmi whose gripping film releases this week heaved a sigh of relief, as only two cuts were ordered and the film was passed with a 'UA' certification.
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Since his debut in 1965, the Greek-born,
Filmmaker Constantine Costa-Gavras made his first mark on world cinema with his incendiary 1969 political thriller Z, which told the true story of the assassination of a progressive Greek politician in the early 1960s. After the film won a host of awards, including two Oscars, Costa-Gavras spent his career tackling controversial, politically and socially-charged subjects, the highlights being films like State of Siege (1972), Missing (1982), Music Box (1989) and Amen (2002). Before there were "issue" filmmakers such as Oliver Stone and Michael Moore, Costa-Gavras set the stage.
2013 finds Costa-Gavras, at age 80, still at the peak of his cinematic powers. Captial focuses on the world of international banking as a newly-minted CEO (Gad Elmaleh) of a French bank finds his moral compass quickly going south as he tries to maintain the balance of power in his professional and personal lives. Co-starring Gabriel Byrne, Natacha Régnier,
As part of the festival highlights, Costa Gavras will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony in the presence of His Excellency Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India who will grace us with his presence especially for this occasion. Among others, Nathalie Baye, jury member of the international section, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, director of the film “Grigris”, Guillaume Brac, director of the film “Tonnerre” (Competition) and Leos Carax, well known film maker who will be conducting a masters class.
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