9 items from 2014
Shining a light on two new European talents to track, the 14th Marrakech Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Golden Star, to Russian Ivan Tverdovsky’s “Corrections Class” while Swiss Simon Jacquemet’s “Chrieg” scooped both its Jury Prize and best actor nod for Benjamin Lutzke.
Feature debuts, both deliver bleak, but not unsparing, takes on the fortunes of Europe’s youth, leavened by their protagonists’ vitality.
Post Cannes Critics’ Week winner “The Tribe,” yet another withering portrait of special needs education in Eastern Europe, here lacerated via a callously indifferent teaching staff, bullying and attempted gang rape, “Corrections Class,” Tverdovsky’s first fiction feature, already won Karlovy Vary’s East of West Award and the Thessaloniki Fest’s Audience Award. »
- John Hopewell
The Public Theater’s thrilling production of the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim disco musical Here Lies Love—and its remarkable concept album featuring everyone from Florence Welch to Steve Earle to Cyndi Lauper—didn’t seem like they could get any more boogie-down. But the immersive disco musical about the rise and fall of Philippines power couple Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos (which earned an ‘A’ grade in its initial review by senior writer Kyle Anderson last year) is now issuing a remix album featuring these artists and more —including Tori Amos, Sia, and St. Vincent.
All proceeds from the album »
- Jason Clark
This story first appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. With his heavy-lidded gaze, impeccably tousled hair and brooding turns in such films as The Dreamers, Regular Lovers and Love Songs, 31-year-old Louis Garrel is French cinema's ultimate hipster heartthrob. In his latest movie, Jealousy (opening Aug. 15 in New York and Aug. 22 in Los Angeles), Garrel gives his most mature performance to date as a divorced stage actor juggling career, fatherhood and a stormy new mistress. You're a star in France but not as well-known in the U.S. Any
- Jon Frosch
Distrib Films has acquired all U.S. rights to master director Philippe Garrel's 'Jealousy.' Starring Louis Garrel ('Love Songs') and Anna Mouglalis ('Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky'), the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and earned strong reviews at the New York Film Festival. "Philippe Garrel is one of the world’s great filmmakers. Jealousy is not only one of his most beautiful films but also his most accessible. We hope we can make this his most successful film in America ever," said François Scippa-Kohn, President of Distrib Films. »
- Luke Slattery
Pop Music Is Tired of Romance and Other Lessons from 100 Years of Love Songs What might we glean about modern love by looking back at America’s favorite love songs? We decided to find out. By Benjamin Solomon Popular music has always reflected the times in which we live. War, equality, depression; we can trace the evolution of America through some of its greatest songs. Marvin Gaye captured a generation’s frustration with Vietnam on “What’s Going On;” Aretha Franklin said what was on every woman's mind in “Respect;” and Nirvana made the establishment take kids seriously with “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Equally so, our love songs — or, more specifically, our songs about searching for love, falling in love, and making love — have reflected the state of American relationships. So what might we glean about modern love by looking back at America’s favorite love songs? We [...] »
- Benjamin Solomon
I feel it’s been long enough now, the Valentine’s Day effect has settled and passed; love is no longer in the air. Don’t get me wrong, songs are predominantly about love or at least sex, and sometimes even sexy love or lovey sex. I mean, I had a crack at giving you lovers out there some Alternative Love Songs to spice up your Valentine’s and/or love life. A What Culture colleague, of course, offered up a list of Anti-valentine’S Songs, and rightly so.
However, you had your love songs, and your anti-love songs a week ago now. Well, love doesn’t last; whether it be a mutual falling out of, a one-sided departure from the feeling for or by you, affairs of the genitals, or whatever other reason you’d care to name. Hell, there’s a strong possibility those beautiful expressions of love last week are already over. »
- Morgan Roberts
Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. Especially now that Valentine’s Day is upon us; that one day in the year where everyone truly shows their love for their significant other (or others). Regardless of your negative feelings towards the day; commercialism; meaningless sentimentality; why shouldn’t people share their love in the same way every day; I am alone and I hate anyone who is happy and in love. It’s here, once again, and it’ll be right back next year.
So to mark the occasion I am gifting you lucky people with my Valentine’s Day gift to you; a list of 14 love songs for you to enjoy with that special someone, or even on your own. However, you’re going to be bombarded with lists of the greatest love songs ever today, so I thought I’d do something a little different. »
- Morgan Roberts
As the local card shops and gift stores remind us, Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching – a time to celebrate everything that’s romantic and full of joy in your life with that special someone. It’s also the time of year in which singletons mingle with their single friends wondering whether sparks will fly – or just whether quite serious one night mistakes will be made?
Valentine’s Day is that time of the year that men stand awkwardly around the lingerie department wondering whether a red two piece is really the best expression of undying love, while women always make the statement “it’s Ok, you don’t have to get me anything” and you know full well the very last thing you should ever do is fail to get her a Valentine’s gift.
If you’re fortunate enough (or perhaps unfortunate in some cases) to be »
- Wayne Madden
As a follow up to the songs of heartbreak article, which featured my favourite ever comment by the way – ”This list should have been accompanied by a suicide prevention hotline number” – here’s the other side of the coin, a reminder that music isn’t all about the blues, that it has the unbeatable ability to make you walk down the street with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. As with the songs of heartbreak, this includes well-worn classics, contemporary gems and some stories that have undeservedly fallen under the radar.
Love songs are all too easily derided, and seem to be under the ownership of 60′s Motown and cheesy modern chart pop right? Well sort of, whilst Gary Barlow seems to have cornered the contemporary market, let’s not underestimate the wonderful storytellers past and present who’ve written about the upside of love so magnificently, »
- Ed Nash
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