5 items from 2016
Best known for his epic, 15-hour documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey" (2011), prolific critic, film historian, and director Mark Cousins' new musical, "Stockholm My Love," stars Swedish singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry as Alva, a Swedish architect faced with the one-year anniversary of a a traumatic accident. Co-written by Cousins and Swedish producer Anita Oxburgh, and shot by acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle ("In the Mood for Love," "2046"), the film has been picked up by Fortissimo Films, with plans for a festival launch later this year. "Stockholm My Love," which Fortissimo will introduce via promo reel at Berlin's European Film Market, reshapes Cousins' essayistic style into dramatic form, with a soundtrack that includes Abba's Benny Andersson, 19th-century composer Franz Berwald, and five original songs performed by Cherry. The film is produced by Oxburgh, of »
- Matt Brennan
Wong Kar-wai at the Berlin Film Festival 2013/Cc-Attribution 3.0 Unported
Wong Kar-wai’s Jet Tone Films Ltd. will be honored at the upcoming Hong Kong Film Festival on March 21 to April 4, 2016 and some of the production company’s well-known movies will be screened during the course of the festival in spring.
Although a definitive list is yet to be released, you can look forward to some of these movies on the Hkiff screening.
This 1990 drama stars Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and Jackie Cheung. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a consummate playboy who breaks the heart of Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Mimi (Carina Lau). The film casts light into the characters’ psychological drama, but has been labelled as frustrating by many audiences because it does not present a clear plot. This project started Wong Kar-wai’s collaboration with premier cinematographer Christopher Doyle »
- Kat Meneses
The Assassin review: Sight & Sound critics’ choice of best film of 2015 makes its way to the UK. The Assassin review
There are some directors out there who don’t give a damn what you think. Their style and cinematic expertise working as merely a way for them to convey the stories they want. Such directors can usually never be pigeonholed and fly in the face of the auteur theory. They can also be very difficult to love, but hard not to respect. Anybody wanting a conflicting time at the movies may very well wish to check out the films of Hsiao Hsien Hou. From his Yasujiro Ozu inspired Cafe Lumiere, to the bizarre and magical Flight Of The Red Balloon, while never forgetting the brilliance of Flowers Of Shanghai, Hou is constantly rebranding himself, and he does it once again with The Assassin, which arrives in the UK having already »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The festival will screen a selection of Jet Tone signature movies. Wong will also hold a master class and a the festival will publish a book about Jet Tone with rare photos and interviews.
“Jet Tone is known by cineastes worldwide for its unique brand of artful filmmaking,” said the festival.
Its credits include “Happy Together,” “In the Mood for Love,” “2046” and†”The Grandmaster,” by Wong himself. It has also produced”Miao Miao,” and “Touch of the Light.” Its first film under a deal with Alibaba Pictures Group is the now-in production “The Ferryman.”
- Patrick Frater
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Calling Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence the year’s finest documentary is not inaccurate; the film certainly deserves that crown. Yet it’s hard not to feel like such a classification does Silence a slight injustice. The film is, after all, an overwhelmingly emotional modern classic. Like Oppenheimer’s 2012 masterpiece The Act of Killing, this stunning follow-up features the actual perpetrators of the Indonesian killings of 1965–66. With shocking openness, these »
- TFS Staff
5 items from 2016
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