7 items from 2012
Filmed among the driftwood and insects of the Mississippi swamps, Behn Zeitlin's film is being hailed as an Oscar contender. The director and eight-year-old star recall making it
'Did you cry at the end?" It's the day after her first ever premiere at the Cannes film festival, which ended in a standing ovation, and New Orleans schoolgirl Quvenzhané "Nazie" Wallis – eight years old, going on 30 – is taking the whole circus in her stride. Calm and unruffled, she is a force of nature, one minute sitting quietly, the next skipping round her endlessly patient parents. "She really is an old soul in a little body, and always has been," says her director, 29-year-old first timer Benh Zeitlin. "It's funny, because it seems she really gets it – she knows what she's doing, she knows how to be a little star. But at the same time it doesn't faze her."
This "it" is Zeitlin's debut movie, »
- Damon Wise
Cologne, Germany - Acclaimed European directors Francois Ozon and MIchael Winterbottom and veteran German producer Karl Baumgartner (Le Havre, Underground) were the big winners Friday night at the closing ceremonies for the 22nd Cologne Conference. The festival cum industry confab honors excellence in European television and film with a week-long showcase of the latest big and small screen productions and a series of workshops and one-on-ones with the continent's top talent. Story: Toronto 2012: Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Winterbottom, Michael Haneke in Masters Lineup Ozon, fresh from San Sebastian, where his intellectual mystery thriller In The House took the Golden Shell for best
- Scott Roxborough
As we all know, “Palme d’Or” is French for Feather Button Hand of Gold Achievement. Or something. Google Translate wasn’t loading this morning. Regardless, it’s as prestigious as awards get, although it hilariously almost never lines up with the Oscars (for good reason). Past winners include Barton Fink, Taxi Driver, Mash, The Third Man, Black Orpheus, La Dolce Vita, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and nearly one hundred other films that should be on a rental queue somewhere. That list also includes Michael Haneke‘s The White Ribbon which took the price in 2009 and, as of yesterday, his latest film Love (Amour). That’s 2 wins for the director in 4 competition years. It ties him for Most Palmes d’Or Ever (no director has won more than two), where he joins Alf Sjoberg (Iris and the Lieutenant, Miss Julie); Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation, Apocalypse Now); Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The Best Intentions »
- Cole Abaius
Amour: director Michael Haneke, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant The Cannes Film Festival 2012‘s Palme d’Or winner? Well, though the two — critical raves, Palme d’Or — don’t always go hand in hand, the most widely acclaimed presentation at Cannes this year was Michael Haneke‘s tale of love and death, Amour / Love, starring veterans Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Huppert. So, I’m betting on Amour. [See also Cannes 2012: Best Actor Predictions; Cannes 2012: Best Actress Predictions; several Amour review snippets; the French-language Amour trailer.] In case Amour does take home the Palme d’Or, that’ll be Michael Haneke’s second win in three years: Haneke’s The White Ribbon, about Germany’s Nazi generation (long before they became Nazis), received Cannes’ top prize in 2009. That would also be a record-breaking small gap between Palme d’Ors: Bille August had to wait four years (Pelle the Conqueror, 1988; The Best Intentions, 1992); Francis Ford Coppola five years (The Conversation, 1974; Apocalypse Now, 1979, tied with Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum »
- Andre Soares
Filmmakers have got that anthology fever. Just look toward the next couple of years, which are set to present the multi-story format from Woody Allen, V/H/S, the Stephen King-written Reaper’s Image, The Turning, and Sydney Unplugged. Now it’s time to throw one more into the fray — possibly the most enticing of them all, too.
And it’s all thanks to independent artist Sara Driver, who told The Huffington Post (via ThePlaylist) that she’s wrangled together a tidy collection of talent for her folk tale project Tales from the Hanging Head. Along with herself, the “European production for children” will see contributions from Alfonso Cuarón, Michel Gondry, Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), and Emir Kusturica (Underground).
Connected via a “common thread of metamorphosis,” Hanging Head will, as told to The Columbia Spectator, feature modern reworkings of Serbian folk tales, suited for each director’s native country; while live-action, »
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Michael Gondry and Alfonso Cuaron along with several other filmmakers are teaming up for the new European kiddie-oriented anthology feature "Tales from the Hanging Head" according to The Huffington Post (via The Playlist)
Frequent Jim Jarmusch collaborator Sara Driver along with Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis") and Emir Kusturica ("Underground") also helm segments, based on a series of folk tales, which will have the "common thread of metamorphosis".
Driver tells The Columbia Spectator that "They’re from different countries, and the stories are from different countries, and Marjane is going to tie it all together with her incredible animation. The directors have to do every effect in camera or by light and shadow or in very tangible ways so that it brings magic to children. I also made all the fairy tales—I adapted them and brought them up to the present, so it’s also about bringing magic into the present day, »
- Garth Franklin
A decade after No Man’s Land, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic returns to his home turf with Cirkus Columbia, set in a Yugoslavian village on the eve of the war that split the country. The coming strife, however, is mere backdrop to the story of a man returning home after decades abroad with repatriation and revenge on his mind. Miki Manojlovic, the star of Emir Kusturica’s great Underground, has not-so-patiently spent 22 years waiting for the end of Communist rule, and now that the old guard is out and his cousin is the mayor, he can’t wait to »
7 items from 2012