7 items from 2010
Shirin Neshat's Women Without Men is the latest in a long line of great Iranian movies
The first decade of the 21st century has been an extraordinary time for Iranian film-makers, starting with joint Caméra d'Or wins for Hassan Yektapanah's Djomeh and Bahman Ghobadi's A Time for Drunken Horses at the 2000 Cannes film festival. Since then we have been treated to such wildly differing visions as Rafi Pitts's haunting It's Winter, with its oddly epic sense of domestic turmoil, and Jafar Panahi's Offside, arguably the best football movie ever made. In 2008 Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis picked up an Oscar nomination, while in 2010 Cannes favourite Abbas Kiarostami steered Juliette Binoche to a best actress award in Certified Copy.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the problems of film-making in Iran (Panahi was unable to sit on the jury at Cannes this year because he was in prison for allegedly »
- Mark Kermode
Is it acceptable for biopics to make things up – and even tell lies? Ryan Gilbey speaks to the film-makers and screenwriters who are shaking up the genre
In the opening credits of Gainsbourg, a new biopic about the legendary French singer, chain-smoker and lothario, the star is shown swimming among fish who are all puffing away on cigarettes. A little later, Gainsbourg is menaced by a four-armed monster who has sprung from a Nazi propaganda poster. Then there's the small matter of him being followed around by a life-size puppet that only he can see.
This, you realise, is not your run-of-the-mill biopic. And Gainsbourg is not the only example of how the genre is being shaken up. It used to be all about sticking to the truth, with a conventional narrative: they're born, they live, they die. Now biopics are using invention, and even lies, to tell their stories. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Iran in turmoil is the backdrop to this enigmatic and impressive debut. By Peter Bradshaw
The Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi recently revealed that Jon Snow had told her about a conversation he had once had some years ago with the then prime minister, Tony Blair. The premier had asked Snow, plaintively, why Iran hated the British so much. Snow replied hesitantly: "Well, you know, because of Mossadeq …" – that is, the left-leaning Iranian leader, toppled in 1953 by a coup instigated by the British and American governments because of his determination to nationalise oil. Blair replied blankly: "Who?" Perhaps watching this excellent movie would be a way for Blair, and the rest of us, to brush up on British and Iranian history.
With this debut feature, the photographer-turned-director Shirin Neshat has made a picture with vision, poetry, sexual frankness and historical sinew. It brings together, on screen, the personal and the political »
- Peter Bradshaw
Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the duo who adapted Satrapi 2000’s graphic novel Persepolis, are re-teaming to adapt Satrapi’s 2006 book Chicken with Plums with Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). The live-action adaptation, which will be re-titled Waiting for Azrael, is also a true story of life in Iran, this time focusing on her great-uncle Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran’s most revered musicians. Ion Cinema also reports that Amalric will be joined by an American A-list actor but wouldn’t say who at this time.
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Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love. »
- Matt Goldberg
With filming set to begin this Summer at the Studio Babelsberg just outside Berlin, Celluloid Dreams has a little leeway and might make the big announcement on the Croisette, the lieu where that Persepolis was launched, that not one, but two actresses that will be signing onto Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Waiting for Azrael, the book to live-action adaptation of Satrapi's illustrated novel Chicken with Plums. - With filming set to begin this Summer at the Studio Babelsberg just outside Berlin, Celluloid Dreams has a little leeway and might make the big announcement on the Croisette, the lieu where that Persepolis was launched, that not one, but two actresses that will be signing onto Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Waiting for Azrael, the book to live-action adaptation of Satrapi's illustrated novel Chicken with Plums. According to undisclosed sources, the one that would star flashback portions »
Looking to make the pre-sales in Berlin, Celluloid Dreams will be pitching a project without having not worry about pitching a project with voice talent as Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the duo behind Persepolis are set to embark on their second collaboration - and this time they'll be using the Satrapi's graphic novel source material as the basis for a live-action film. - Looking to make the pre-sales in Berlin, Celluloid Dreams will be pitching a project without having not worry about pitching a project with voice talent as Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the duo behind Persepolis are set to embark on their second collaboration - and this time they'll be using the Satrapi's graphic novel source material as the basis for a live-action film. Going by the title of Waiting for Azrael, this is based on Satrapi's 2006's Chicken with Plums and judging from the »
Chicago – In developing Top Ten film lists every year, the “critic” tends to move on and simply forget what they said in previous annual evaluations. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com looks back, with less fear than expected.
The following list is a little different from the typical film decade analysis. There will be a showcase of all number one films in each of the decade’s years, according to McDonald, and then a reassessment as to if that film still belong in that top spot. If it doesn’t, another film from that year will replace it. Hindsight rules!
So rev up the flux capacitor and pilot the DeLorean back, as Patrick McDonald studies the effects of the number one films of the last ten years.
The Year 2000: ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’
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7 items from 2010
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