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Premiering at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival where it went home empty handed from the Jane Campion headed jury, Belgian directing duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne continue their more recent trend of working with critically acclaimed French actresses, concocting one of their most emotionally potent titles to date, Two Days, One Night. Star Marion Cotillard would lose twice to American actress Julianne Moore in the international awards area, who trumped her at Cannes for Maps to the Stars and at the Academy Awards for Still Alice. Still, it’s an increasingly intense boil of a performance, ranging from quiet desperation to an act of selfless defiance that will transcend the trappings of any such contemporary award recognition.
Married and a mother of two, Sandra (Cotillard) has recently returned to work after a period of sick leave following a bout of depression. In her absence, management at Solwal, a local solar panel company, »
- Nicholas Bell
Potentially adding to their list of strong, infatigable and memorable film heroines in the line of Rosetta (Émilie Dequenne), Lorna (Arta Dobroshi), Samantha (Cécile De France) and Sandra (Marion Cotillard), actress Adèle Haenel whom we first discovered in Céline Sciamma’s Water Lilies and has since built herself a recent noteworthy resume with award-winning turns in Katell Quillévéré’s Suzanne, Thomas Cailley’s Love at First Fight (Strand releases this next month) and soon to be seen in a bit role in Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s Sundance gem The Forbidden Room, will now take on the career affirming role as the protagonist in Dardenne Bros.’ The Unknown Girl. Dardenne’s prod co. Les Films Du Fleuve announced that filming is expected to begin this fall in the vertical tricolour of black, yellow, and red nation of Belgium. Peg this as a Main Comp Cannes selecton for ’16. Naturally long »
- Eric Lavallee
It’s a national cinema that we barely mention here on the site, but Lithuania has received some big praise treatment by opening and winning at Sundance, and by having its international premiere in Berlin. In the perfect fairytale continuation of events, The Summer of Sangaile has found a smooching partner in the Strand Releasing folks. Variety reports that Best Director award winner Alanté Kavaïté‘s sophomore picture will show in the U.S. No release date has been announced.
Gist: The coming-of-age romance tale turns on Sangaile (Julija Steponaityte), a 17-year-old fascinated by stunt planes who meets another girl, Auste (Aiste Dirziute), while attending a summer aeronautical show near her parents’ lakeside villa. As the two girls grow closer and fall in love, Sangaile allows Auste, a free-spirited and vibrant young woman, to discover her most intimate secret, and finds in her the only person who truly encourages her to fly. »
- Eric Lavallee
Marion Cotillard is nominated for “Performance by an actress in a leading role” for her work in Two Days, One Night at the 87th Oscars.
For the first time, the Dardenne Brothers have teamed with the Academy Award winner and the result is another masterwork of humanism.
Sandra (Cotillard) has just returned to work after recovering from an illness. Realizing that the company can operate with one less employee, management tells Sandra she is to be let go while the remaining employees will each receive a bonus. Over the course of a weekend, Sandra, often with the help of her loving husband (Fabio Rongione), races against time to convince each of her fellow co-workers to sacrifice their much-needed bonuses in order for her to keep her job. With each encounter, Sandra is brought into a different world with unexpected results while her fate hangs in the balance. The Dardennes have »
- Movie Geeks
In Two Days, One Night, the great Marion Cotillard plays a woman who has to go around her Belgian town trying to convince her co-workers to give up their bonuses in order to win her job at a solar-panel factory back. That may sound like a fairly dry premise for a film, but the results are stunningly suspenseful. That’s because Two Days, One Night is a film by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the two Belgian brothers whose works tread the fine line between socially conscious drama, bleak realism, and incredible tension. Over the past several decades, the Dardennes have built up one of the most acclaimed and unique bodies of work in all of cinema. They’ve been rewarded with two Palmes d’Or at Cannes in the process, for 1999’s Rosetta and 2005’s The Child. (And, given the rapturous reception that each new film from them seems to »
- Bilge Ebiri
5 items from 2015
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