9 items from 2017
Any list of the greatest foreign directors currently working today has to include Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The directors first rose to prominence in the mid 1990s with efforts like “The Promise” and “Rosetta,” and they’ve continued to excel in the 21st century with titles such as “The Kid With A Bike” and “Two Days One Night,” which earned Marion Cotillard a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
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The directors will be back in U.S. theaters with the release of “The Unknown Girl” on September 8, which is a long time coming considering the film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. While you continue to wait for their new movie, the brothers have provided their definitive list of 79 movies from the 20th century that you must see. La Cinetek published the list in full and is hosting many »
- Zack Sharf
Author: Linda Marric
Baring witness to some of the most atrocious events in the history of humanity, 12 Holocaust survivors, mostly in their eighties and nineties, share some of their most harrowing experiences in Claire Ferguson’s hugely affecting documentary feature Destination Unknown. Using unique and intimate testimonies, the film manages to approach this delicate subject in the most respectful and truthful fashion by allowing only those who went through this ordeal to be heard. Ferguson attempts to retrace these brave survivors’ journeys from the outbreak of war, to the misery of the ghettos, all the way through to the unimaginable horrors of the death camps where millions of innocent people perished in the gas chambers or from starvation and disease.
Amongst the survivors being interviewed are those who lost every member of their families in the camps, and those who were lucky enough to be saved by Oskar Schindler, like Mietek Pemper, »
- Linda Marric
Claude Lanzmann is best known for turning the camera on Holocaust criminals and survivors in his landmark documentary Shoah and its feature film offshoots like 2013’s tremendously powerful The Last of the Unjust, but in his new documentary Napalm this master of recording human memory turns the camera on himself.Based a story in the French director’s book The Patagonian Hare, Napalm’s centerpiece is a long recounting to the camera by the 91-year-old Lanzmann of his trip to North Korea as part of an international delegation in 1958. During this long visit, he met a beautiful nurse that didn’t speak his language, yet with whom Lanzmann nevertheless embarked upon an almost unbelievably remarkable day of courtship, political fear, exotic fascination and personal desire. It is no wonder this experience so stuck to his mind. Lanzmann returned to North Korea nearly 50 years later first in 2004 and then in 2015, and »
He said he was making a film about taekwondo. But the great French director was actually on the trail of an old flame he had a secret romance with in the 1950s
At 91, Claude Lanzmann is a virtual folk memory of cinema. He is the former teenage fighter in the French resistance whose Jewish family went into hiding when war broke out. In 1985, he directed Shoah, the eight-hour documentary about the Holocaust composed almost entirely of first-person testimony. Now in Cannes, he has premiered a film about his personal experiences in North Korea. Napalm is a movie that, initially, takes its cue from the underreported fact that the Us used the incendiary weapon in the Korean war of 1950-53.
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- Peter Bradshaw in Cannes
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At 91 years and counting, venerable documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann still has it in him to both inform and go against convention. The creator of the monumental Shoah, as well as several other works on the Holocaust, turns his camera this time on North Korea – a place that few directors have ever ventured into.
What he pulls from it is Napalm, an almost short film by Lanzmann standards (it clocks in at 100 minutes), but one that offers up a very different take on a place that has been on much of the world’s s—t list for as long »
- Jordan Mintzer
A heightened sense of anticipation pervades the days leading up to the 70th anniversary of Cannes Film Festival as we arrange screenings and parties and meetings for an adrenaline filled ten days. May 17 to 28 will be full of surprises as this unique high energy mix of glamour, work, fun and stress unfolds. A broad range of distinctive films in Competition, Un Certain Regard, Directors Fortnight (Quainzaine des realisateurs) and Critics Week (La Semaine de la critique), L’Acid compete with parties from cocktails sponsored by all the countries that are here (60+ including Armenia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan and Singapore) and with late night extravanzas on yachts and at villas in the hills.Claudia Dances! Claudia Laughs! Claudia Lives!
This year’s poster portrays Claudia Cardinale dancing on a fiery red background. The Italian actress moved to Paris a long time ago. As the Cannes Muse this year, her musings illuminate the terrific »
- Sydney Levine
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
The lineup for Cannes 2017 has finally been announced, and it’s a doozy. From the inevitable return of Michael Haneke to the shocking inclusion of television (albeit television from celebrated Cannes alumni David Lynch and Jane Campion), the 70th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival promises to have something for everyone.
We asked our panel of critics to name the Cannes premiere they’re most excited to see, and their answers were unsurprisingly all over the map.
April Wolfe (@awolfeful), La Weekly
My stomach knots are finally unraveling knowing that Ramsay’s about to unleash another »
- David Ehrlich
The Oscar best documentary feature nominee “O.J.: Made in America” is a staggering achievement, a film magisterial in its scope, riveting in its detail. It lets you feel like you’ve finally taken the full haunting measure of the O.J. Simpson saga — cultural, biographical, sociological, legal, forensic. Yet it still seems fair to ask: Why has Ezra Edelman’s five-part epic swept the year-end film critics’ awards, and why is it now the frontrunner to win the Oscar for best documentary? The movie, which is seven hours and 47 minutes long, was first presented as part of Espn’s “30 for 30” series, (and it now has the distinction of being the longest film ever nominated for an Academy Award). It was conceived, and made, to be shown on television.
That may sound like a quibble. “O.J.: Made in America” has been racking up film honors, and is now in the thick of the Academy Awards race, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Politics drama that upset France’s Front National party to market premiere at Rendez-vous with French cinema.
The French release of Lucas Belvaux’s populist politics drama This Is Our Land (Chez Nous) will go ahead as planned in February and without cuts in the face of fierce criticism from France’s far-right Front National (Fn) party, distributor Jean Labadie of Paris-based Le Pacte has vowed.
The Belgian director’s film has been in the eye of a political storm this week following the release of the first trailer on Dec 30, ahead of its scheduled Feb 22 release.
Le Pacte’s international sales team will hold buyers-only screening at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris next week. It will get its festival world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the end of this month.
“The film will be released in February as planned and in its current form. There will be »
9 items from 2017
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