9 items from 2017
Picking the best movies of any century is hard, but it’s especially challenging when dealing with a century of cinema as boundary-pushing as the 21st. IndieWire critics Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich made their own top 10 picks last summer, with Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” taking the top spots, and now some of the best filmmakers in the business have weighed in with their own choices in a new survey from The New York Times.
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The newspaper reached out to the likes of Coppola, Denis Villeneuve, Antoine Fuqua, Alex Gibney and more to pick their brains on what is the best cinema has been over the last 17 years, and their answers are as expected (of course “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” have a »
- Zack Sharf
While the Cannes Film Festival lineup is consumed by thousands of audience members over the course of 10 days, much of the dealmaking takes place elsewhere. Buyers are less likely to dig through the official selections than they are to spend time in the market, watching clips and presentations for unfinished work. As a result, it’s rare for many big deals emerge from the world’s most glamorous film festival, and the 2017 edition was no exception. Though Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” sold to A24 after a fierce bidding war that lasted several days, it was in the minority. Still, there were plenty of first-rate movies from this year’s Cannes that have yet to land U.S. distribution. Here’s a look at some of the ones we think deserve audiences far beyond the Croisette.
“Gabriel and the Mountain”
Few outside of Brazil know about Gabriel Buchmann, the »
- Eric Kohn, David Ehrlich and Anne Thompson
If there’s one thing Germans love more than techno, it’s Werner Herzog. The legendary German New Wave director experienced a renaissance of sorts with “Grizzly Man” in 2005, propelling him to cult status amongst Millennials, and he has been riding that high ever since.
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Tonight, Herzog will sit down at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to discuss how music inspires his films, using clips to illustrate his unique ear. Throughout his more than 50-year career, Herzog has collaborated with a wide array of musicians, including krautrock band Popul Vuh, German composer Klaus Badelt and Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger. The event is part of the Red Bull Music Academy, an annual series of music workshops and festivals that travels to a different city every year. Founded in Berlin with an emphasis on techno and DJ culture, »
- Jude Dry
Now in its sixteenth year, New York City’s own Tribeca Film Festival kicks off every spring with a wide variety of programming on offer, from an ever-expanding Vr installation to an enviable television lineup, but the bread and butter of the annual festival is still in its film slate. This year’s festival offers up plenty of returning favorites with new projects, alongside fresh faces itching to break out. From insightful documentaries to fanciful features, with a heavy dose of Gotham-centric films (hey, it is Tribeca after all), there’s plenty to dive into here, so we’ve culled the schedule for a few surefire hits.
This year’s Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 20 – 30. Check out some of our must-see picks below.
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“A Gray State”
It might be the craziest story »
- Indiewire Staff
Legendary director Werner Herzog is known for his sometimes fanatical commitment to his films, including moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill in the Amazon for 1982’s “Fitzcarraldo” — and the way he puts his characters in some of the most extreme and dire situations imaginable (have you seen “Grizzly Man”?). His latest film, “Salt and Fire,” is no different, as it has one of the protagonists trapped in a vast salt flat with two blind boys. But the director himself said he’s not scared of those situations — or anything at all — when asked about his fears by »
- Matt Pressberg
U.S. audiences are finally going to have the opportunity to see Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Gertrude Bell in “Queen of the Desert.” The biopic of the renowned British archaeologist, explorer, writer, traveler, cartographer, spy, and political officer’s life will be released April 7 in La and NY, and will also be available on VOD, a press release has announced.
Written and directed by Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man”), “Queen of the Desert” made its world premiere at the Berlinale in 2015. The drama follows “a trailblazing woman who found freedom in the faraway world of the Middle East,” its official synopsis details. “Gertrude Bell (Kidman) chafes against the stifling rigidity of life in turn-of-the-century England, leaving it behind for a chance to travel to Tehran. So begins her lifelong adventure across the Arab world, a journey marked by danger, a passionate affair with a British officer (James Franco), and an encounter with the legendary T.E. Lawrence (Robert Pattinson). Stunningly shot on location in Morocco and Jordan, ‘Queen of the Desert’ reveals how an ahead-of-her-time woman shaped the course of history.”
“I think I’m good at casting and that’s a very decisive part of what I do. And Nicole Kidman is the ideal,” Herzog has said. “She gives a performance that is unprecedented. I have not seen anything like this at least in a whole decade from any actress in any film. So it’s of a phenomenal caliber.”
The “Lion” actress is receiving excellent reviews for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The limited series sees Kidman playing a woman in an abusive relationship. Kidman is also serving as an executive producer on the murder mystery.
Kidman’s upcoming projects include Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” set during the Civil War, Season 2 of Jane Campion’s feminist mystery series “Top of the Lake,” Rebecca Miller’s comedic drama “She Came to Me,” and “Photograph 51,” the story of an X-ray crystallographer and the role she played in the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.
Check out the new trailer for “Queen of the Desert” below. “I’m not afraid. For the first time in my life I know who I am,” Gertrude says. “My heart belongs to no one but the desert.”
“Queen of the Desert” Gets a U.S. Release Date and New Trailer was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“He’s the first time you have a real independent. [Trump has] turned against the Republican Party, and he’s vehemently against the media, justifiably so to some degree, and I find this a very significant novelty,” the “Grizzly Man” director told Rolling Stone. “Trump and Bernie Sanders stuck out because he’s authentic. And it’s mysterious how Trump is getting away with literally everything. I see it with great, strange fascination. Very, very unusual.”
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- Yoselin Acevedo
Dan Winters for Rolling Stone
Not far from the big round dome atop the Griffith Observatory, leaning on a railing that overlooks the Greater Los Angeles sinkhole, the German director Werner Herzog, 74, removes a tissue from his pocket and dabs at his eyes. His eyes are leaking. They've been leaking for the past hour or so. The tear fluid builds up in the corner of one of his blue eyes, then starts to cascade down his cheeks, halted only when he dab, dab, dabs.
He does not explain this. In fact, »
The Society of Film Directors (Srf), which brings together top French filmmakers, said it was honoring Herzog with the Carrosse d’Or to “pay tribute to [his] relentless energy and [his] great creativity,” as well as his “ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, feature films and television, reason and madness.”
“We also pay homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness,” the Sfr added.
Launched in 2002 by Srf, the Carrosse d’Or recognizes a director each year for “the innovative qualities in his/her films, »
- Elsa Keslassy
9 items from 2017
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