10 items from 2016
She’s only been making feature films for less than a decade — and truly only gained international recognition this decade — but it seems as if the talents of Mia Hansen-Løve as a writer-director are already fully formed. This isn’t to discount room for certain growth in her relatively young career, but with Goodbye First Love, Eden, and now Things to Come, her ruminations on life are expressed as if conveyed by an elder master director. Looking at her eclectic list of all-time favorite films — provided for the latest Sight & Sound poll — one can get a glimpse at her impeccable taste and where her formative influences come from.
“All of my films are my versions of Heat,” she recently told us, speaking about one of her picks. “Because Heat is actually a film about melancholy, about action, and it’s action vs. melancholy and self-destruction — action becoming self-destruction. It’s a couple. »
- Jordan Raup
Pablo Larraín (Courtesy: Andrew Cowie/Afp)
By: Carson Blackwelder
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, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Academy Award Submission for Nomination Best Foreign Language Film: Cuba: ‘The Companion’ Interview with Pavel Giroud1988, Cuba, those infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS were given free room, board and medical treatment at a beautiful facility called “Los Cocos”. Except for the criminals who shared prison cells, the patients shared apartments with other patients. These apartments were so comfortable that some healthy people wanted to have AIDS so they could live in such conditions. But the patients were also treated as prisoners, living under military guard. One day a week they were allowed a day of freedom when they could leave the facility, but they had to have a companion assigned to be with them at all times.
“The Companion”/ “El acompañante” is a very Cuban film because the government’s treatment and control over the spread of AIDS was very particular to Cuba. The story is based on »
- Sydney Levine
The late Ingmar Bergman is best known for films such as “Fanny and Alexander,” “Smiles Of A Summer Night” and “Wild Strawberries,” among many others. With a career spanning over 60 years, he’s recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time.
Many cinephiles know about his work and films, but there’s one in particular that was unknown to many, until now.
According to Reuters, a previously unknown script written by Bergman for a collaboration with Akira Kurosawa and Federico Fellini, titled “Sixty-Four Minutes With Rebecka,” will be turned into a movie by Swedish director Suzanne Osten.
Read More: The Essentials: The 15 Greatest Ingmar Bergman Films
The screenplay, written in 1969, was shelved after the project fell through and later found in the early 2000s when Bergman donated his collections to set up what would be the Ingmar Bergman Foundation. The “highly intense” story revolves »
- Liz Calvario
Hannes Holm’s comedy-drama won three Guldbagges, Sweden’s top local film prize.
Sweden has selected Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove as its submission for this year’s foreign-language Oscar race.
The film, adapted from Fredrik Backman’s bestseller, has been a record-breaking box-office success in Sweden.
The heartfelt comedy-drama is about a cantankerous old man, Ove (Rolf Lassgård), whose very ordered world is shaken when he has to interact with his new neighbours.
“That A Man Called Ove would be selected as the Swedish contribution to the Oscars feels like a fairytale that never ends. It’s just fantastic and such an honour,” commented Annica Bellander Rune, who produced alongside Nicklas Wikström Nicastro.
Music Box Films has North American rights and will release on Sept 30.
TrustNordisk handles sales and other key distributors are Paradis for France, September for Benelux, Telemunchen for Germany, Silver Box/Russian Report for Russia, Medallion For Japan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The Norwegian Intl. Film Festival handed out its prizes Aug. 25, with Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s documentary “Magnus” nabbing the Ray of Sunshine prize from the the Norwegian Exhibitors’ Assn. A hit at several international festivals, “Magnus” tells the story of 26-year-old Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s rise to the top.
For the first time the International Film Critics Assn. presented its Fipresci prize at Haugesund, with Danish director Jesper W. Nielsen’s “The Day Will Come” taking the honors. The Norwegian Film Critics’ favorite was Maren Ade’s Cannes hit and German B.O. hit, “Toni Erdmann,” while “Perfect Strangers,” from Italy’s Paolo Genovese, took the Audience Award.
Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August was presented at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival Aug. 24 with Ullmann Award, named after the legendary actress-director Liv Ullmann and presented to August by the trophy’s namesake, for “her significant contribution to film art, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
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 […]
The post 20-Minute Video Essay On The Brilliant Cinematography Of Sven Nykvist appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Samantha Vacca
Now in limited release is one of the summer’s must-see films, Luca Guadagnino‘s I Am Love follow-up A Bigger Splash, which we called “a sweaty, kinetic, dangerously unpredictable ride of a film” back at Venice last year. To celebrate its arrival, today we’re highlighting the Italian director’s 10 favorite films, which he submitted for the last Sight & Sound poll.
An eclectic batch of titles from all over the world, they include an underrated Brian De Palma thriller, Nagisa Oshima‘s controversial erotic drama, an 8-part project from Jean-Luc Godard, an Italian staple from Roberto Rossellini, and more. Expanding upon one of his picks, he told The Guardian, “I am a Hitchcockian – I still believe that Psycho sets the standard for mother/ son relations.”
Speaking about another one of his choices, Fanny and Alexander, he recently discussed the behind-the-scenes documentary available on Criterion’s excellent box set. “You see the master at work. »
- Jordan Raup
If I had to select the contemporary filmmaker who’s most attuned to the relationship between thought and action — more specifically, the contemporary filmmaker who can best articulate the gap between these modes through cinema’s tools of expression — Arnaud Desplechin might be my strongest answer. Deeply empathetic toward its wounded characters, formally energized to the point of a viewer’s (appreciated) exhaustion, and often marked by a wicked sense of humor, they’re so alive because a writer and director of total ingenuity is branding them with his sensibilities.
His newest picture, My Golden Days — a prequel to 1996’s My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument, which you should see in the first place but don’t have to see in order to understand this effort, because such is the nature of prequels — jumps between decades, countries, and states of mind via protagonist Paul Dedalus, played »
- Nick Newman
For a classic novel whose fans insist that Hjalmar Soderberg’s 1912 romance not only holds up but reads with fresh relevance today, “A Serious Game” yields a drearily old-fashioned costume drama — one that’s mired less by its turn-of-the-century setting than an unfortunate early-1980s directorial style, when such productions had a regular home on the small screen. Around that time, actress-turned-helmer Pernilla August herself appeared in Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” which might have been a fine model, had not her every creative choice — from the fusty Euro-tv acting to an almost-square Academy aspect ratio — made this Lone Scherfig-scripted adaptation feel so airlessly uncinematic.
Funny how a two-hour film can sometimes feel longer than a six-hour miniseries, if only because it fails to supply the qualities that might bring its characters to life. Perhaps those already familiar with Soderberg’s “The Serious Game” (source material beloved in Sweden, »
- Peter Debruge
10 items from 2016
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