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Mar Del Plata– A high-profile French movie “My Golden Days”, helmed by Arnaud Desplechin (“Kings and Queen,” “A Christmas Tale”) opened the 30th Mar del Plata Film Festival, after the inaugural gala on Friday Oct. 30.
World premiering in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, “Days” is sold by Wild-Bunch, which has a strong lineup of big well-reviewed arthouse big fest hits that are of large appeal for Latin America’s big crossover distributors, and big festivals as well.
Distribited by Le Pacte, film grossed $1.5 million in France, down on Desplechin’s domestic B.O. high of $4.6 million for “A Christmas Tale,” but suggesting a hometurf audience base for the Gallic auteur.
A Proustian vividly tender coming-of-ager – according to reviewers – “Days” received enthusiastic critical plaudits, »
- Emilio Mayorga
An aching nostalgia for a life that never quite existed courses softly through “Song of Songs,” a brief, oblique and rather lovely study of independence asserted and childhood dreams dashed within the Hasidic Jewish community. Tracing the slow-burning near-romance between two young inhabitants of an isolated Ukrainian shtetl at the beginning of the 20th century, Eva Neymann’s lyrical third feature is adapted from multiple texts by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Alecheim, with a fragmented, feeling-driven narrative affording ample room for reserved (yet never chilly) cultural observation. Designed and assembled with devoted exactitude, this beguiling excursion into a world seemingly disappearing before its own eyes has minimal commercial potential, but fest programmers — particularly within the faith-specific sector — will gladly sing along.
The opening frames of Neymann’s film set viewers up for a more sentimentally elegiac examination of time and place than the measured one it ultimately delivers: Through the window of a low, »
- Guy Lodge
Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
- Steve Montgomery
3 items from 2015
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