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Emir Kusturica is the Sarajevo-bor director renowned for being a member of the exclusive Cannes double-Palme club. Like Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers, he has won the Palme d’Or twice, for When Father Was Away on Business (1985) and Underground (1995) – the movies that first stunned audiences with his signature high-energy style, staggeringly ambitious crowd scenes and sustained black-comic action sequences. They were a Fellini-esque profusion of music, crowds, animals and anarchic humour. He is also renowned for making comments (and indeed films) sympathetic to the Serbian side in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, although his movie Life Is a Miracle offered an emollient love story between a Bosnian Muslim and a Serb.
His new movie, On the Milky Road, is a flawed, indulgent »
- Peter Bradshaw
Exclusive: Palme d’Or winner denies reports that he was rejected from the Cannes Film Festival on political grounds.
Two-time Palme d’Or winner and Cannes regular Emir Kusturica has repudiated comments attributed to him that his new film, On The Milky Road, was rejected from Cannes because of his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kusturica, speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, said of the quotes attributed to news agency Russian News Service: “I’m just really confused. I don’t know what is going on. I have absolutely not spoken to anybody.”
One Us trade, quoting the Russian News Service, stated that Kusturica submitted the film to Cannes the day after the deadline and that no one watched the film.
The Serbian director has hit back saying that such claims are preposterous, especially as Thierry Fremaux had watched the film as a work-in-progress and had kept tabs on the project throughout its three year production.
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★★★★☆ "A war is no war until brother kills brother." This is just one of the devastating conclusions of Emir Kusturica's bold and brilliant Underground; his lurid, comically absurd, and deeply divisive parable about the death of Yugoslavia. Kusturica was paraded as Fellini's heir for his exuberant style, but there is more an echo of Andrzej Wajda's Wedding in the drunken nationalistic revelry that consumes this epic tale of betrayal and mutual-destruction which has enraged as many as it has enamoured. One thing is for sure, Underground is bravura filmmaking at its most entrancing and its labyrinthine political context only serves to heighten its fascinating appeal.
- CineVue UK
Ian McKellen will attend the festival on behalf of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film programme.
Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica will head the jury for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (Siff), which will run June 11-19.
This year’s Siff will also present a special Shakespeare on Film programme with the British Film Institute and British Council. Ian McKellen will attend Siff and take part in an event on June 12 to discuss his 1995 film Richard III, directed by Richard Loncraine.
Siff will also build on its collaborations with the Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) and Busan International Film Festival (Biff). In 2015, Siff recommended three Chinese features to Tiff – Young Love Lost, which was selected for Tiff’s Asian Future section, and River and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Director: Emir Kusturica
Writer: Emir Kusturica
We’ve pegged Serbian auteur Emir Kusturica‘s On the Milky Road as a possible release for the past three years. The two time Palme d’Or winner (Time of the Gypsies in 1998; Underground in 1995) hasn’t completed a feature since 2007’s Promise Me This. His long gestating latest is based on his short film Our Life and “unfolds as a three-part narrative recounting three periods in the life of a man (Kusturica): his time as a lucky milkman during the war, perilous escapades and blossoming romance with the woman he loves (Bellucci), and his later life as a monk, looking back over the tumultuous past – both his and his country’s.”
- Nicholas Bell
As I struggled, as every year, to get my end-of-year lists finished in a reasonably timely fashion, it occurred to me that I could publish half of the classical list earlier if I could find a reasonable way to split it into categories. Thus the non-contemporary/contemporary divide this year. The newer composers' work requires more listening; that's the only reason the older repertoire comes first.
1. Ivan Moravec Twelfth Night Recital Prague 1987 (Supraphon) Supposedly this release of a previously unissued concert recording was approved by the pianist shortly before his passing in July 2015. Certainly it's hard to hear anything of significance that he wouldn't have liked about it, because it is a magnificent testament to everything that made him one of the greatest pianists who ever lived: one of the most beautiful piano tones ever heard, allied to liquid phrasing that gave him one of the greatest legato touches ever recorded. »
6 items from 2016
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