6 items from 2013
Big Gigantic is known for their explosive live sets. For their vastly anticipated new album, titled The Night is Young set for release February 2014, Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken have captured the energy they have accumulated over the last two years of non-stop touring. Today (Tuesday, December 10), the duo is offering fans everywhere a listen to its first official single with “Touch the Sky.” Listen to “Touch the Sky” now at: https://soundcloud.com/biggigantic/touch-the-sky Wordpress code: [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/124110524?secret_token=s-IDsaQ" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] “Touch the Sky”—an electro-leaning dance track drizzled with jazzy sax tones courtesy of Lalli and live drums per Salken--comes in advance of Big Gigantic’s New Years Eve shows at the legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York »
- April Neale
Perhaps the most soaring, touching moment in last year's Holy Motors — a movie steeped in melancholy yet gloriously alive — occurs when Kylie Minogue's character sings, "Who were we/When we were/Who we were/Back then?" The answer to this question from Leos Carax's fifth film is discovered while watching his second, Mauvais Sang (1986), a salute, at once moody and ebullient, to the cinema of the past and the ferocious intensity of youth.
Mauvais Sang — or "Bad Blood," a title shared with the second section of Rimbaud's A Season in Hell — was released in France just a few days after Carax had turned 26 and certified him as the nation's reigning enfant terrible. Like its predecessor, Boy Meets Girl (1984), Mauvais San »
The 15th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) presented by Reliance Entertainment and organized by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (Mami) scheduled between 17th-24th October is all set to showcase the best of contemporary French cinema and welcome artists for the 6th edition of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema co-organized with The French Embassy in India, Institut Français en Inde and Unifrance films.
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.
The special section “Rendez-vous »
- Pooja Rao
No sleep for cinephiles as the fall festival season keeps stacking one enticing movie upon another. In case you thought it was only new movies worth paying attention to, guess again, as the New York Film Festival has unveiled a slate of restored films (along with with their Documentary, Applied Science and How Democracy Works Now programming) that will be heavenly manna for those looking to check out classic films in crisp new editions. So what can you look forward to? Martin Scorsese's underrated and pretty gorgeous "The Age Of Innocence" gets a restoration. Two Nicholas Ray films get spruced up — his rodeo western "The Lusty Men" and film noir classic "The Live By Night" — while French filmmaker Leos Carax also gets two movies restored with "Mauvais Sang" and "Boy Meets Girl." Legends Luschino Visconti and Alain Resnais get "Sandra" and "Providence" touched up respectively while filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasetakhul, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Documentaries and restored narrative pics dominate the sidebar programming of the 2013 New York Film Festival, with more than 30 titles — including producer-thesp Gael Garcia Bernal in docu “Who is Dayani Cristal?” and a newly restored version of Martin Scorsese’s “The Age of Innocence” — added to the fest to screen alongside the 36-film main slate.
With the docs grouped thematically, this year’s collection of sidebar films seems presented and organized with a bit more clarity than has been the case in prior years. That could be a product of the fest’s new topper, Kent Jones, who this year stepped into the role of director of programming and selection committee chair following the exit of longtime leader Richard Pena.
Three sections make up Nyff’s lineup of sidebar documentaries. One group, “Motion Portraits,” focuses on feature-length looks at individuals, including “Dayani Cristal,” Marc Silver’s Sundance alum that features Bernal »
- Gordon Cox
The Toronto International Film Festival is about to launch a retrospective celebrating the work of Holy Motors director Leos Carax, arguably the most important, or at least interesting, working French director. The director's triumphant return to the cinema with Holy Motors last year after a 13 year absence from feature filmmaking is indeed a cause for celebration, and a perfect opportunity to revisit his singular career. The Tiff retro will include all 5 of Carax's feature films: Boy Meets Girl, Mauvais Sang, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, Pola X and Holy Motors.Over the last 30 years, Carax has made only 5 features, along with a couple of shorts, music videos and some cameo appearances in other directors' films -- Jean-Luc Godard's King Lear (1987), Lituanian...
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6 items from 2013