12 items from 2011
Hubert Sauper's Darwin's Nightmare Head-on, Javier Bardem, Imelda Staunton: European Film Awards 2004 European Film Academy Documentary – Prix Arte Aileen: Life And Death Of A Serial Killer by Nick Broomfield & Joan Churchill / UK * Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper / Austria / France / Belgium Die SPIELWÜTIGEN (Addicted to Acting) by Andres Veiel / Germany La Pelota Vasca, La Piel Contra La Piedra (Basque Ball, Skin Against Stone) by Julio Medem / Spain Le Monde Selon Bush (The World According to Bush) by William Karel / France Mahssomim (Checkpoint) by Yoav Shamir / Israel The Last Victory by John Appel / The Netherlands Touch The Sound by Thomas Riedelsheimer / Germany / UK / Finland European Film Academy Short Film – Prix Uip * Prix Uip Ghent: J'attendrai le suivant… by Philippe Orreindy / France Prix Uip Valladolid: Les Baisers des Autres by Carine Tardieu / France Prix Uip Angers: Poveste La Scara "C" by Cristian Nemescu / Romania Prix Uip Berlin: Un Cartus De Kent Si Un Pachet De Cafea »
- Andre Soares
Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of five): *** 1/2
That anyone could steal the thunder out from under an actress as always-fine as Charlotte Gainsbourg is surprising enough; that it would be a small girl named Morgana Davies with but a single credit behind her (for a film unreleased anywhere but in Australia -- and given but a single star on its IMDb site!) is a further oddity.
Yet Davies, in only her second role, excels. The movie is called The Tree, and it is very much worth viewing. The film's director, Julie Bertuccelli (of the much-heralded Since Otar Left), either cast her film strikingly well (every actor is on-point here, including the expansive arboreal giant in the title role) or else she has been able to bring out a remarkable emotional range coupled to an acute intelligence from Gainsbourg’s young co-star. Probably both. »
Still from The Artist
The 2011 edition of Mumbai Film Festival can boast of a strong French connection. Not only does it include a strong line-up of French films in a special section, but it will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cannes Critics Week by presenting a retrospective of 25 films.
The special section called ‘Rendez-vous with French Cinema’ will be co-organized with the French Embassy in India and Unifrance. For those who remember, this is the fourth edition of the event in Mumbai which has been merged with the Mumbai Film Festival this year. The past three editions were held separately as film festivals. This section will bring to Mumbai some of the critically acclaimed contemporary French films which include The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédiguian and Declaration of War by ValérieDonzelli.
The Artist which will open the section competed at the Cannes Film »
- Nandita Dutta
Release Date: Nov. 15,2011
Price: DVD $29.99
Blindsided with anguish after her husband’s sudden death, Dawn (Gainsbourg) and her four young children struggle to make sense of life without him. Eight-year-old Simone (Morgana Davies) becomes convinced that her father is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan fig tree that towers over their house. The family is initially comforted by its presence, but then the tree’s enormous roots slowly begin to encroach on the abode and threaten their fragile existence….
The movie looks to be in the same vein as such 1970s Australia-based classics as Picnic at Hanging Rock and Walkabout, wherein the gorgeous but harsh Australian Outback plays as a lyrical »
Seven years ago the French documentarist Julie Bertuccelli made Since Otar Left, an accomplished feature debut telling the unusual story of a middle-class Georgian family in impoverished post-Soviet Union Tbilisi, sustained by a sense of national and municipal pride and a love of all things French. It's a household of widows, the only man being a doctor forced to work as an illegal labourer in Paris to support the family. When he's killed on a building site, two of them conceal the news from his mother, a deception not easily sustained when they all make a trip to Paris. Bertuccelli has followed up this touching, wryly humorous picture with the singularly disappointing The Tree, about a French widow, Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg), raising four children in the Australian outback after the sudden death of her husband.
The bizarre reason for making it is that, having failed to get the rights to »
- Philip French
Julie Bertuccelli's film is an outrageously twee, spiritual and supercilious drama, set in Australia, about family and grief
Some critics, with a droll nod to Terrence Malick, have nicknamed this "The Tree of Death". It is from Julie Bertuccelli, the former documentary-maker whose fiction feature debut Since Otar Left, in 2003, was a triple-deckered study of three generations of women. This is her first film since then and it is an outrageously twee, spiritual and supercilious drama, set in Australia, about family and grief. Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Dawn, a woman who lives with her husband and children in remote Queensland. When her man dies of a heart attack, driving his car into a big tree on their property, their youngest daughter takes it into her head that his spirit has gone to live in this tree. Dawn finds herself believing it too. As the tree threatens to damage the house with its gnarly roots, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Dawn, her lead female character played by French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, is the child of a French father and an English mother. The simple and almost throwaway plot point gives Gainsbourg an excuse to sound slightly less than Australian, and gives Bertuccelli the chance to explore ties to her homeland as »
- Nick Andersen
Title: The Tree Directed By: Julie Bertucelli Written By: Julie Bertucelli, from the novel by July Pascoe (“Our Father Who Art in the Tree”) Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgana Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers, Tom Russell Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 6/29/11 Opens: July 15, 2011 It’s an old story. A woman gets divorced or her husband dies. The woman takes up with another man. The children are furious. Julie Betucelli in her second film feature gives the story her personal slant, in line with her first film, “Since Otar Left.” That 2003 movie deals with letters sent to a mother and daughter from an adored son in Paris. When the »
- Brian Corder
Critics' Week has already begun celebrating its 50th anniversary by posting 50 video interviews with directors and actors who've seen their work debut in this section at Cannes. We're celebrating, too. In association with the 4+1 Film Festival, Mubi is presenting a retrospective of some of the greatest films first seen in Critics' Week over the past half-century. And even though the first 1000 views of each of the films will be free to you, the viewer, the rights holders will carry on receiving their duly earned revenue.
The retrospective encompasses over 100 titles in all, but please do keep in mind that rights issues can get complicated and not every film can be available in every country. That said, here's a quick overview of just some of the highlights:
Powerful drama The Tree has a chance to blossom in the Us after a newly-signed distribution deal. The Australian/French co-production, directed by Julie Bertuccelli, produced by West Australian Sue Taylor and starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, has been bought by Zeitgeist Films and will open initially in Los Angles and New York this North American summer. The film, shot in southeast Queensland, has now sold to more than 30 territories, including across Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. .Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julie Bertuccelli have large and loyal followings in the Us and Zeitgeist is the perfect distributor to look after this film,. Taylor said in a statement. The New York-based film company previously distributed Bertuccelli.s Since Otar Left. The »
- Sam Dallas
“Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julie Bertucelli have large and loyal followings in the Us and Zeitgeist is the perfect distributor to look after this film. We’ve now sold to over 30 countries, right across Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East, so it’s great to add the Us to the list. We’ll start with seasons in Los Angeles and New York and then expand the release across the country,” said producer Sue Taylor.The distributor also released director Julie Bertucelli’s debut Since Otar Left.
The Tree was released in France and Australia last year. It was nominated for seven AFI Awards, and it is currently nominated for three César Awards in France, for Best Actress (Charlotte Gainsbourg), Best Adapted »
- Miguel Gonzalez
Zeitgeist Films have done some very late Cannes 2010 shopping at the 2011 edition of the Berlin's Efm with today's title pick-up announcement. After previously releasing Julie Bertuccelli’s brilliant Since Otar Left, the mini art-house distributor have teamed once again with her on sophomore film item, The Tree - which was the festival's closing night film and in a way, exemplified how much of an "off" year it was for Cannes. Gist: Adapted from Judy Pascoe’s novel Our Father Who Art in a Tree, this tells the story of a family in mourning after the death of their father. Dawn (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Peter live together with their children in a suburban neighborhood in Australia. In the middle of their luxuriant garden stands the kids' favorite playground : a massive Moreton Bay Fig tree, whose branches reach high towards the sky and roots stretch far into the ground. One night, »
12 items from 2011
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