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Paris — Jonathan Nossiter (“Mondovino”), “Long Way North” helmer Remi Chaye, “Full Contact” director David Verbeek and “Gomorrah” cinematographer Maurizio Braucci are among the up-and-coming and established filmmakers set to present their next feature projects at Les Arcs Film Festival’s Coproduction Village.
Hosted in the French Alps Dec. 10-17, the 8th edition of the film festival will once again this year boast a strong industry program with 21 projects spanning 13 countries, on top of Canada, the country of honor.
Alumni of Les Arcs’ Coproduction Village include Laszlo Nemes (“Son of Saul”), Alice Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”), Grimur Hakonarson (“Rams”), Runar Runarsson (“Sparrows”) and Clément Cogitore (“The Wakhan Font”).
Remi Chaye, who made his feature debut with the animated film “Longway North,” one of the six French toonpics pre-selected for the Academy Awards, will present “A Childhood of Martha Jane Canary,” a colorful retelling of Calamity Jane’s youth, with France’s Sacrebleu »
- Elsa Keslassy
Rudy Kurniawan created a bull market in wine by paying huge sums for rare bottles that turned out to be fakes. This documentary tells his story
You can’t con an honest man, goes the old saying, and you can’t sell fake vintage wine to billionaires who aren’t pathetically desperate to prove how cultured they are. This highly entertaining documentary tells the strange story of Rudy Kurniawan, a young man from Indonesia who in the early 2000s electrified the sedate world of Us wine investment by paying colossal sums at auction for rare bottles. He schmoozed the top players in wine, dazzled them with his apparent wealth. Everyone wanted to be Rudy’s friend. Then, riding the crest of his self-created bull-market wave, he began selling his stock at a vast profit. But French wine producer Laurent Ponsot noticed something iffy about some of the bottles, and the »
- Peter Bradshaw
As a movie genre, food porn came of age in the 1980s, when art-house curios like “Babette’s Feast” and “Tampopo” left audiences salivating into their popcorn buckets. To this foodie, however, the taste-sensation aspect of those movies tended to be superior to the stories they told. If you asked me whether I’d prefer to watch a mouth-watering documentary about the succulence of Japanese noodle soup or a wild fairy tale about a samurai/cowboy searching for the ultimate noodle-soup recipe (“Tampopo” was that movie, and it had its fans, though I wasn’t among them), the answer is: The documentary, please!
A great many of us were made for the Food Channel era, in which the spectacle of chefs and recipes and kitchen-confidential trade secrets became a theater all its own. That, in fact, is why the food-porn genre ultimately evolved into documentary — impassioned portraits of culinary mania »
- Owen Gleiberman
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