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Sliff 2017 Interview: Marc Meyers – Director of My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer screens Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Director Director Marc Meyers will be in attendance. . Ticket information can be found Here.

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, he was a teenage loner. Conducting grisly experiments in a makeshift backyard lab, Jeff was invisible to most, until his increasingly bizarre behavior unexpectedly attracted friends. Based on the acclaimed graphic memoir by cartoonist John “Derf” Backderf — who was a teenage friend of the nascent serial killer and nearly became his first human victim — My Friend Dahmer chronicles the origins of the man, the monster — and the high-school senior. Ross Lynch portrays Dahmer in a performance that Paper Magazine describes as “haunted, sad, scary, and unforgettable,” and the exceptional cast includes Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser, Dallas Roberts,
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The Legend Of The Holy Drinker Starring Rutger Hauer Available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy September 26th

Director Ermanno Olmi’s The Legend Of The Holy Drinker (1988) Starring Rutger Hauer will be available on Blu-ray from Arrow Academy September 26th

Winner of the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, The Legend Of The Holy DRINKERr is another classic from the great Italian director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto, The Tree of Wooden Clogs).

Adapted from the novella by Joseph Roth, the film tells the story of Andreas Kartack, a homeless man living under the bridges of Paris. Lent 200 francs by an anonymous stranger, he is determined to pay back his debt but circumstances – and his alcoholism – forever intervene.

Working with professional actors for the first time in more than 20 years, Olmi cast Ruger Hauer as Andreas and was rewarded with an astonishing performance of subtlety and depth. Hauer is joined by a superb supporting cast, including Anthony Quayle (Lawrence of Arabia), Sandrine Dumas (The Double Life of Veronique
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Irène Jacob: The Hollywood Interview

Irène Jacob Cuts Deep

By Alex Simon

French-Swiss actress Irène Jacob cemented her status as one of her generation’s greatest talents through her work with legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski: The Double Life of Veronique (1991, for which she was awarded Best Actress at Cannes) and the final chapter of his Three Colors Trilogy, Red (1994).

Jacob comes from an accomplished family: her father Maurice was a renowned French physicist, her mother a successful psychotherapist, and her three brothers are composed of two scientists and a musician. After making her film debut in Louis Malle’s Au Revoir Les Enfants in 1987, Jacob has literally not stopped working. Her latest film, written and directed by her co-star Arnaud Viard, is Paris Love Cut, Viard’s semi-autobiographical tale of a filmmaker trying to balance his personal life, career and sanity in an increasingly shifting landscape. Jacob is delightful as Viard’s very patient (and very pregnant) fiancée.
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Best TV to Watch in November: Colbert's Election 2016, Dolly's Christmas and More

Best TV to Watch in November: Colbert's Election 2016, Dolly's Christmas and More
Welcome to a somewhat light month for traditional new TV programming – all the better to pay attention to the noteworthy broadcasts emerging from more unlikely sources. (There are a few interesting, big-name shows dropping on Netflix and Amazon this month as well, of course – check our Best Things to Stream feature tomorrow for those.) Sure, there's prestige-lite TV like Showtime's temporally tweaked soap opera The Affair, returning for its third season. But how about an autobiographical, Christianity-infused holiday special from Dolly Parton, who cameos as a “working girl”? Or perhaps
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Krzysztof Kieślowski's magnum opus for Polish Television is a transcendent 'cycle' of moral tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. But sometimes it's difficult to get the connection -- these brilliant mini-movies are pretty tricky. Dekalog Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 837 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame; 1:70 widescreen / 583 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Aleksander Bardini, Janusz Gajos, Krystyna Janda, Bugoslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski many others. Cinematography Witold Adamek, Jacek Blawut, Slavomir Idziak, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Edward Klosinski, Dariusz Kuc, Krzysztof Pakulski, Piotr Sobocinski, Wieslaw Zdort Film Editor Ewa Smal Original Music Zbigniew Preisner Written by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Plesiewicz Produced by Ryszard Chutkowski Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the early 1990s I believe my first access to Polish director Krzystof Kieślowski was a laserdisc of his film The Double Life of Veronique. I also remember a big reaction in 1996 when
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Behold The Unique Cinematic Magic Of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Career In One Single Trailer – Watch

Behold The Unique Cinematic Magic Of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Career In One Single Trailer – Watch
You don’t have to live in New York City to appreciate the charms of the Museum of the Moving Image’s new, career-spanning trailer chronicling the works of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. Kicking off later this week and running a full month, MoMI is set to play home to the most comprehensive retrospective of the director to ever hit American shores. Best known for the features “The Double Life of Veronique” and the “Three Colors” Trilogy (Blue, White and Red) and the boundary-busting television mini-series “Dekalog” (“The Decalogue”), the director was one of the most important European filmmakers of the 1990s.

Read More: ‘Dekalog’ Review: The Best 10 Hours You Will Ever Spend At The Movies

The new retrospective will include all of the Polish director’s features, short films, early documentary work and a marathon viewing of the “Dekalog,” from October 7 through November 6, 2016. The series will also include four
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‘Dekalog’ Exclusive Trailer: Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Magnum Opus Returns To Theaters This Fall

Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski received international acclaim for his filmic masterworks, such as “The Double Life of Veronique,” about a choir soprano and a French music teacher (both played by Irène Jacob) who share a mysterious and emotional bond, and “The Three Colors Trilogy,” three films loosely based on one of the political ideals in the motto of the French Republic: liberty, equality, fraternity.

Read More: Kieslowski, ‘Cat People,’ and the Coen Brothers Lead The Criterion Collection’s September Line-Up

But his magnum opus is “Dekalog” (or “The Decalogue”), a series of ten one-hour films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Originally made for Polish television, the series focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland whose lives become intertwined as they face a variety of emotional dilemmas. The films grappled with complex existential questions about life, death, and everything in between. The series was acclaimed by critics worldwide,
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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard
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Revisit A Masterpiece With The International Trailer For Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Newly Restored ‘The Decalogue’

In a career with no shortage of grand cinematic works — the “Three Colors” trilogy, “The Double Life Of Veronique” — there are few who would argue that Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s “The Decalogue” isn’t his crowning achievement. And while it is currently available in a decent DVD box set from Facets, a release from The Criterion Collection has […]

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Watch: 77-Minute Tribute Documentary To The Great Krzysztof Kieslowski

Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski is undoubtedly one of the most influential modernist filmmakers of all time. His prolific career, which spanned barely 20 years, produced some of the most lush, moving, and important films of his era — especially in Poland. After continuously battling with Polish authorities over the content of his documentaries and feature films, Kieslowski exploded into the international spotlight with “The Double Life Of Veronique,” only to follow that film up with his magnum opus, ‘The Three Colors’ trilogy. Read More: The Essentials: Krzysztof Kieslowski Two years after Kieslowski’s self-imposed retirement, following the biggest film of his career, “Three Colors: White,” the revolutionary auteur sadly passed away. At the time of his death, and despite his retirement, Kieslowski was chugging away on the script for another trilogy with his longtime writing partner Krzysztof Piesiewicz, which only hammers home the talent that we lost far too soon, and...
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New on Video: ‘Blind Chance’

Blind Chance

Written and directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski

Poland, 1987

Blind Chance could very well be the title of nearly every Krzysztof Kieslowski film. Throughout his relatively brief but nonetheless extraordinary career, a number of his films—some connected in a larger opus, some standalone titles—would explore the ways in which our lives intertwine with, or run parallel to, those around us: those we encounter, those we elude, those we know intimately, and those we have never met. Witek (Boguslaw Linda), the main character of Blind Chance, is like so many Kieslowski protagonists; he is, in fact, like so many of all of us. He is variably in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time, and that contingency ultimately determines, one way or another, the precariously irreversible actions that dictate the direction of his life. How much of that, the film then questions, is mere chance?
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Criterion Collection: Blind Chance | Blu-ray Review

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski’s fascination with allegorical intersections took full flight with his 1987 title Blind Chance, a three tiered narrative metaphor for Poland’s options following the accession of Communist Party suppression in 1981. Filmed in 1982, the film was censored and withheld from release by Polish authorities for five years, premiering in January of 1987 shortly before it appeared at Cannes that year in Un Certain Regard. Denied the same reputation as the titles from the auteur’s notable period working in French cinema, such as 1991’s The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colours Trilogy: Blue, White, Red, it’s a fascinating exploration of the psychological and experimental cinematic techniques Kieslowski would go on to develop. Though significantly informed by the political climate of Poland, it’s also a unique narrative from Kieslowski in that it remains in the perspective of a central male character.

Witek (Boguslaw Linda) is
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‘The Assassin,’ ‘Irrational Man’ To Bookend Hk Summer Festival

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” will play as the opening of next month’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (Siff), a popular spin off event of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” will close the festival that runs Aug 11-25.

In between, the Siff will play a further 30 films, including “Wild City,” the return to Hong Kong of top local director Ringo lam, who has not made a Hong Kong film for over 10 years.

Contemporary Japanese films screening include “Love & Peace,” by Sono Sion, “Yakuza Apocalypse,” by Miike Takashi, “Prophecy,” by Nikamura Yoshihiro and “Flying Colors,” directed by Doi Nobuhiro.

Classics include a restored version of “A Touch of Zen,” by King Hu, “The Double Life of Veronique,” directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, and “Love Letter,” by Iwai Shunji.

The festival is also screening a six title Hollywood 1930s retrospective: “Trouble in Paradise,” “It Happened One Night,
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The Auteur Film Festival – Line-up Announced

Taking place at the Curzon Bloomsbury, which reopens on 27th March 2015, the Auteur Film Festival is set to be a week-long celebration of cinema’s greatest directors; and today the full-line-up for the festival has been announced. Tickets for the festival go on sale later today: Intros to the films will be announced in the next few weeks via

A director is considered an Auteur when his or her individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film a recognisable, personal and unique stamp.

Through its history, the Bloomsbury cinema has been associated with director of singular vision, so it is fitting to reopen the doors with a festival dedicated to their work. The Auteur Film Festival is presented to acknowledge the diversity in world cinema, to celebrate the resurrection of a cultural institution, and reignite debate
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Stephen Daldry, Alan Rickman Pay Tribute to Cinematographers, Kieslowski at Camerimage

Stephen Daldry, Alan Rickman Pay Tribute to Cinematographers, Kieslowski at Camerimage
Bydgoszcz, Poland – British director Stephen Daldry paid tribute to the cinematographers who he had worked alongside, when he accepted the excellence in directing award at the opening ceremony on Saturday of the 22nd edition of Camerimage, a festival in Poland devoted to the art of cinematography.

“It has been my privilege to work with some extraordinary cinematographers in my career. First of all Brian Tufano, who held my hand and told me what to do and what not to do on ‘Billy Elliot,’” Daldry said.

He went on to list the “wonderful” Seamus McGarvey on “The Hours,” and the “legendary” Chris Menges on “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.”

Daldry picked up Academy Award nominations in the director category for “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours” and “The Reader,” making him the only director to be nominated in this category for his first three films.

He finished by honoring the cinematographer on his most recent film,
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Natalie Portman Starts Shooting Feature Directing Debut 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' in Jerusalem Updated

Natalie Portman Starts Shooting Feature Directing Debut 'A Tale of Love and Darkness' in Jerusalem Updated
Update: Natalie Portman began production on her first feature film as a director February 11 in Jerusalem. She's adapting celebrated Israeli author Amos Oz's 2002 autobiographical novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness," while also taking on the role of playing Oz's mentally ill mother. Slawomir Idziak is the Dp -- he shot "Blue" and "The Double Life of Veronique," both gorgeous, for the late Polish auteur Krysztof Kieswlowski. David Mandil ("Footnote") is producing. Earlier: Natalie Portman will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz's 2002 autobiographical novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness," about his youth in war-torn Jerusalem in the 1940s and '50s. Per Israeli film officials, Portman has written the screenplay, and will star in the film as the troubled mother of the lead character. Portman will reportedly head to Israel in October to cast local actors, with a production start
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Anton Yelchin Joins Paul Schrader's 'Dying Of The Light,' Greta Gerwig Hatches 'Maggie's Plan' & More

Seemingly loving this whole social media thing, Paul Schrader was a steady presence through 2013 on Facebook, during the highs and lows of getting his low-budget sizzler "The Canyons" out in the world. Now, he's kicking off 2014 by making a new film, "The Dying of the Light." The director revealed today, using Mark Zuckerberg's site, that Anton Yelchin, Irene Jacob ("Three Colors" trilogy, "The Double Life Of Veronique") and Swedish actor Alexander Karim have rounded out the principal cast for the movie, led by Nicolas Cage, which will start shooting on January 27th. Nicolas Winding Refn (who was attached to helm an earlier incarnation of the movie) will produce the Schrader-penned movie about a C.I.A. agent who starts to become afflicted with blindness while on his last mission. Schrader working with this cast on this material? Yeah, we're excited. Director Rebecca Miller—wife of Daniel Day-Lewis, and helmer
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Weinstein Company in Miramax deal

Harvey and Bob Weinstein to go into business with Miramax, the indie outfit they set up in 1979 and later sold to Disney

Never say never. In one of the most remarkable turnabouts in the recent corporate history of the film industry, Weinstein Company co-chairs Harvey and Bob Weinstein are to go into business with Miramax, the legendary indie outfit they set up and were outbid when they tried to repurchase it in 2010.

Now it has emerged that the Weinsteins have signed a co-production and co-distribution agreement with Miramax, which is owned by investment companies Qatar Holding and Colony Capital.

The deal specifically includes new works developed from Miramax's extensive back catalogue – possible future projects cited include TV series based on Good Will Hunting and Flirting with Disaster (the latter directed by David O Russell and starring Ben Stiller in 1996), and possible sequels or spinoffs for the likes of Swingers and Shakespeare in Love.
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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

The box sets of three American TV dramas are great for those of us who crave bawdy fun, while Blinkbox threatens to upstage Netflix

I've never cared for the term "guilty pleasure", which ascribes an odd moral burden to honest fun, but it's how most would describe three gleefully salacious Us television dramas, all with new box sets out tomorrow, and all ones I've devoured while sensing that I'm supposed to be cracking on with Breaking Bad.

Revenge (Disney, 15) may be the least fashionable good series on TV right now. Pacing primly at the corner of Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, it's a knowingly ludicrous Hamptons-set mystery swaddled in bales of white linen – all the better to show up the blood. The second season finds knife-lipped Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) continuing in her quest to bring down the billionaire family that in turn brought down her late father. (For baffled newcomers,
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