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The enigmatic French filmmaker Leos Carax started young, unveiling his idiosyncratic, imaginative debut, Boy Meets Girl, when he was all of 23. But in three decades since, he’s only completed four more features: the romanticized noir riff Mauvais Sang; The Lovers On The Bridge, which was at one point the most expensive film ever made in France; the dark Herman Melville adaptation Pola X; and the unclassifiable meta-whatsit Holy Motors. Fans have learned long ago not to trust reports on new projects.
Partly that’s because Carax movies (even the ones that get made) often sound too good to be true. Case in point: Annette, the English-language musical that director has been readying for the last couple of years, with a song by the art-pop duo Sparks. But as noted by The Playlist and confirmed by Variety, the project is now ready to go, with Adam Driver and Rooney ...
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Acclaimed French director Leos Carax’s last film “Holy Motors” is one of the most acclaimed films of the young century. It premiered at Cannes in 2012 and won the Award of the Youth, and garnered universally positive notices upon release in the United States. It most recently placed at number 16 on the BBC’s recent list of the 21st century’s greatest films with Drew McWeeny writing that it’s “an act of grief designed as an expression of love.” Now, Carax returns with “Annette,” a new music drama starring Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”).
According to Variety, the film follows the rise and fall of a love affair and will reunite the “Holy Motors” crew. It will be Carax’s first English-language debut, and will be produced by Paris-based Arena Films, Swiss company Vega, Japan’s Eurospace and Belgium’s Wrong Men. »
- Vikram Murthi
Although the wait for Leos Carax‘s next feature tends to be a long, tough one — especially when the overall promise of director, stars, and concept meeting can be terribly strong — his existing filmography is so rich, in terms of both what’s evident and what’s suggested, that it could always do us some good to look back before thinking ahead. Take, for instance, his 1991 feature The Lovers on the Bridge: I’d argue it’s one of the greatest films of the ’90s, yet the lack of proper U.S. distribution ensures that many — even, say, among those who love Holy Motors — haven’t actually seen the thing.
I’m glad, then, that it gets some due praise in a new video essay by Adrian Martin and Cristina Álvarez López, who use numerous compositions and formal strategies to highlight Lovers‘ numerous elements (some harsh and some gentle »
- Nick Newman
Noah Isenberg tells the story behind Vicki Baum's Grand Hotel, from its publication through its stage adaptations, including one starring Gustaf Gründgens, through to her attending the premiere of the MGM movie (featuring Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford) with Noël Coward. Also in today's roundup: The New Yorker's Richard Brody recommends Penny Lane's Nuts!, Anna Biller’s "wild and gory comedy" The Love Witch, Chad Hartigan’s Morris from America and Zia Anger's My Last Film. Plus an honorary Palme d'or for Jean-Pierre Léaud, news of forthcoming work from Jonás Cuarón, Bryan Cranston and Jesse Eisenberg and video essays on Raoul Walsh's Pursued and Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge. » - David Hudson »
The fourteenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing Leos Carax's The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) May 10 - June 9 in the United States.Leos Carax’s Les amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) is a true monument of 1990s cinema. It covers a lot of ground, on every level: starting down in the gutter and looking a little like a documentary about Paris’s homeless, it soon reaches a point where an inner switch is flicked and surrealistic, romantic poetry literally lights up the screen. Alex (Denis Lavant)—an emblematic tramp in the tradition of silent cinema, only muckier—spies the equally lost soul, Michèle (Juliette Binoche, never better than here), an artist who, due to encroaching blindness, is on the run from her bourgeois background. Once the film explodes with the rapture of their »
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) (June 15-26) has announced that the world premiere of Tommy’s Honour will open the 70th edition of the festival on June 15.
Shot entirely on location in Scotland, Tommy’s Honour is based on the true story of golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his turbulent relationship with his son Tommy.
Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith, War Horse) and Jack Lowden (War & Peace) take on the roles of father and son and lead a ensemble cast including Ophelia Lovibond (Man Up), Peter Ferdinando (Hyena) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) in the role of Alexander Boothby. Key cast are set to be in attendance on opening night.
Director Jason Connery said: “It’s so exciting! I remember standing in the middle of a field in Fife during the shoot and saying to Peter and Jack, Tommy’s Honour might get into the Edinburgh International Film Festival »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — Thirty years since the Edinburgh Film Festival opened with the U.K. premiere of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Betty Blue,” the fest is to devote one of its retrospectives to the Cinéma du Look wave of 1980 and early 1990s French filmmaking. Another retrospective, “Pow!!! Live Action Comic-Strip Adaptations: The First Generation,” delves into the evolution of the live-action comic-strip adaptation in cinema.
The Gallic retro will focus on the work of Beineix, Luc Besson and Leos Carax, the three directors around which Cinéma Du Look revolved. Titles in the strand will include Beineix’s “Betty Blue” (1986) and “Diva” (1981), Besson’s “Subway” (1985), “The Big Blue” (1988) and “La Femme Nikita” (1990), and Carax’s “Mauvais Sang” (1986) and “Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf” (1991).
The films showcase performances by Jean Reno, Christophe Lambert, Michel Piccoli, Isabelle Adjani, Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Dominique Pinon and Julie Delpy. Several of the stars will attend the festival, which is headed by Mark Adams. »
- Leo Barraclough
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Mauvais sang is playing April 2 - May 1 and Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax April 3 - May 3, 2016 in the United States.When lighting cigarettes, characters in Mauvais sang (1986) never shield the flame from wind. The smoke doesn't dissipate, but slithers away in tendrils. The air hangs, heated by an overpassing Halley's Comet that turns the cobblestone streets into a fire-walk. The male characters conduct their business shirtless, sometimes wrestling with a homoeroticism more Greek than closeted. A city-wide suicide spree, exacerbated but maybe not caused by the AIDS-like retrovirus "Stbo", leaves alive only thieves, fare-hoppers, vandals, gangsters. They inhabit Jean-Pierre Melville's exsanguinated Paris, designed as a hermetic MGM backlot. Red leaks down the walls. Holed up in an old butcher's shop, three thieves plan their last big score: stealing a serum to Stbo. The money will allow »
- Mike Opal
Your decision lands yourself and the organization you lead in a political turmoil. You have the power to go back in time and save everyone from it. Would you do anything differently? Busan International Film Festival (Biff) director Lee Yong-kwan wouldn’t.
In a rare exclusive TV interview, Lee explained his decision to screen a controversial documentary on the Sewol ferry disaster The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol/Diving Bell at 19th Biff in 2014.
On Jtbc, he expressed his thoughts about the importance of artistic freedom and standing by his program selection panels’ autonomy . “If I was put in that situation again, I would still screen Diving Bell. I have no other choice.”
The decision to screen the exposé was followed by Korean Film Council, a government body, cutting its funding for the festival by 45%. Biff organizers had to fight the local government front as well when Busan city »
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