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The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.
Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »
- Kellvin Chavez
If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.
“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »
- Jordan Raup
Cannes– Paris-based Haut et Court, the talent-driven outfit behind French hit supernatural drama “The Returned,” is joining forces with U.S. powerhouse Anonymous Content (“Spotlight,” “The Revenant”) to co-produce Pierre Mezerette’s “United We Stand,” a European, English-language TV series exploring the world of soccer.
Haut et Court’s Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal are developing the series with Richard Brown at Anonymous Content, which is having an outstanding year having just won the Oscar for best film with Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight” and four Academy Awards for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant.”
An ensemble series created by Mezerette, “United We Stand” follows the trajectories of several characters working in various fields of high-level football — from club managers to players, agents, medical teams, supporters and journalists.
Boasting a singular concept and taking place in an unspecified European country, “United We Stand” won’t contain any game footage and »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – Comedies don’t travel, right?
Wrong. A pioneering French study, unveiled by its movie export org UniFrance Monday is Paris, showed that, contrary to industry, lore Gallic laffers were France’s No. 1 export line over 1995-2014, followed by thriller/adventure fare: Think Luc Besson EuropaCorp actioners, led by “Taken” installments.
That said, what distinguishes France, the world’s second-biggest film exporting nation, is its arthouse production, UniFrance president Jean-Paul Salomé observed. Drama indeed, after genre, is France’s fourth biggest export biz, in terms of international box office.
Boasting a wealth of detail and range of analysis typical of UniFrance (as Cnc French film board) studies, French Film Genres suggested Gallic movies sold 326 million tickets abroad, 1995-2014. That compares to 234 for thriller/adventure, 120 million for fantasy, sci-fi and horror and 97 million for drama. Next best sellers were documentaries (41 million), animation (40 million), war/period films (34 million), biopics (21 million), and crime »
- John Hopewell
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
We’re expecting French director Rebecca Zlotowski‘s third feature, Planetarium to enhance the burgeoning auteur’s status on international radar. Her first two films, both starring Lea Seydoux, include the 2010 debut Belle Epine (which won the Louis Delluc Award for Best Debut at Critics’ Week) and the beautiful sophomore feature Grand Central (programmed in 2013’s Un Certain Regard – read review) and are still in need of Us distribution. Since her next is headlined by names like Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Melody Depp (daughter of you-know-who), there’s already enhanced interest. We’re more curious about the narrative, concerning two spiritualist sisters touring Europe in the 1930s, co-written by the talented Robin Campillo (who penned screenplays for several of Laurent Cantet’s best films including Heading South and The Class, and whose sophomore feature Eastern Boys was another underrated 2013 title).
Cast: Natalie Portman, »
- Nicholas Bell
5 items from 2016
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