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Screenwriter Evan Daugherty has teamed up with Maker Studios’ Polaris to release “The Four Players,” a series of short films reimagining the characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise, the company announced Thursday.
“The Four Players” includes “The Fixer,” which offers a new take on Mario, as well as “The Addict” (Luigi), “The Star” (Princess Peach), and “The Soldier” (Toad). “The Fixer” and “The Addict” will debut on Polaris beginning Thursday, while “The Star” and “The Soldier” can be viewed starting Friday.
As the scribe behind “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the upcoming “Divergent,” Evan Daugherty is no stranger to adaptations. Much like his treatment of the Snow White material, Daugherty’s versions of the Super Mario Bros. characters offer a darker, grittier perspective on the foursome.
“Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing,’ while having a little fun treating one »
- Allegra Tepper
Claire Denis goes all-out noir in Bastards, a brooding, nocturnal thriller where innocents get punished and good men die. With a star studded cast, Denis creates a film experience so seductive and mesmerizing, it reminded me of the exhilaration that I haven't felt in theaters since, gosh, maybe Mulholland Dr.?The film's strong sexual contents are stirring controversy since it debuted at Cannes (in Un Certain Regard section). It will be a divisive film for sure. But there is no question that the film demonstrates Denis as a filmmaker in her prime. I had a pleasure of chatting with her for the second time since her last outing to Nyff with White Material in 2010.Twitch: Bastards plays out like a hardboiled film noir in the vein...
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Claire Denis, one of the leading lights of contempo French cinema, will be feted at next month’s Stockholm film festival with a Lifetime Achievement nod, following the footsteps of Jean-Luc Godard and Quentin Tarantino.
and the Nordic premiere of her latest film, “Bastards,” which bowed in Un Certain Regard in Cannes.
”Claire Denis refuses to close her eyes to the creative and destructive force unleashed by human weaknesses. A bold explorer of post-colonial Africa and the dark corners of modern society, who invites the audience to an exposed universe that is beautiful and raw,” said the jury, which comprises Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei. “This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a filmmaker who continues to seek what others turn away from, always fearless and with a rare eye for visual poetry.”
Through her career, which spans 25 years, the critically-hailed Denis has directed more than 20 films, making her debut »
- Elsa Keslassy
Nenette et Boni
Directed by Claire Denis
A more urban escapade for Denis, Nenette et Boni looks at two conflicted siblings searching for normality in one another. Boni, an over-sexualized and underachieving pizza maker lives a remarkably uneventful life, lusting over the local baker-lady and chronically masturbating. It’s only when his estranged sister Nenette shows up with a devastating secret that Boni begins to question the validity of his lifestyle and decisions.
The plot is focused on the burgeoning relationship between the siblings, but it’s undeniable that Denis shot this film with the intention of painting a picture of everyday people. Being a slice-of-life movie helps illustrate the commonality of the siblings’ issues, more or less so as to get across that everyone encounters similar problems. The film is shot well and is full of visual metaphors that do more »
- Taegan J. Brown
Photo © 2013 Wild Bunch - Alcatraz Movies - Arte France Cinema - Pandora Film Produktion.
Bastards [Les salauds] begins, like Garrel's Un été brûlant, at night, with a suicide. An explanation for the gesture will never come, although, through the film's near imperceptible ellipses, it comes close. A film of profoundly somber gloam, of loneliness and anger and even stifled madness, of complicity and solitude, its sadness is almost absolute.
A torrid string connects a cast predominantly made up from Claire Denis' family of actors: Vincent Lindon, Michel Subor, Alex Descas, Grégoire Colin. There are so many of them that they stand out as coming from somewhere before, some shared place, and their figures seem at once human and also something more so, grander, archetypal. (Lola Créton creates a similar effect in a small role with such a brief but so recognizable presence that it both reaches outside the story, as well as expanding something within. »
- Daniel Kasman
Sensuous. Challenging, Mysterious. Dark. Maddening. Just a few words that have been used to describe the cinema of Claire Denis. Her work is being illustriously shown in the retrospective ‘Objects of Desire: The Cinema of Claire Denis‘ by Tiff Cinematheque this October.
Grasping for a word to capture her early work, notably Chocolat and I Can’t Sleep, this word would undoubtedly be spellbinding. In Chocolat, Denis’ poised directorial debut, a secondary character notes that the house where most of the proceedings occur has a spell on it, and the same can be said of the film’s bewitched viewers. In this personal and semi-autobiographical work, the film explores themes of colonialism, family relations, and conscious isolation and distance (exhibited in the characters’ relationships to one another, within themselves, and geographically on a much more monumental scale). These themes are oft explored in Denis’ early filmography, and recur in her later White Material. »
- Leora Heilbronn
Bastards director first woman to receive Stockholm’s lifetime achievement award.
French director Claire Denis is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17).
She will receive the Bronze Horse on Nov 7 following a screening of Bastards (Les Salauds), which played in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in May.
A statement from the Stockholm jury said: “Claire Denis refuses to close her eyes to the creative and destructive force unleashed by human weaknesses. A bold explorer of postcolonial Africa and the dark corners of modern society, who invites the audience to an exposed universe that is beautiful and raw.
“This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a filmmaker who continues to seek what others turn away from, always fearless and with a rare eye for visual poetry”.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
In late-2004, Catherine Breillat suffered a debilitating stroke that paralyzed the left side of her body and precipitated a five-month hospital stay. After learning to walk again, she soon returned to work, finalizing pre-production on The Last Mistress (2007). Her next project was to have been an adaption of her novel, Bad Love, starring Naomi Campbell and Christophe Rocancourt, a notorious criminal who, by the time Breillat met him, had already served five years in an American prison for defrauding his victims out of millions of dollars.
In a 2008 interview, Breillat said of Rocancourt: "He is so intelligent, so sincere, so arrogant. You have to be arrogant to achieve anything in this life. When I first saw him, I knew he would be perfect for my film." Breillat was, in fact, under the spell of Rocancourt at the time of that interview. Borrowing small sums at first, he would eventually swindle her out of nearly 700,000 euros, »
- Darren Hughes
World Bank study recommends 51 films using development as a plot device - sometimes at expense of accuracy and complexity
International development is just about at the bottom of the list of things that the average westerner thinks about each day. News organisations are closing their foreign bureaus. One of the big Us television networks turned down more money for global health reporting after a series, entirely funded by grants, led to a dip in viewers. In other words ratings were so bad that the network turned down millions of dollars. It is that tough.
Aside from advocacy efforts like (the much-criticised) Kony 2012 and Oxfam advertisements, how do people learn about the world around them? The answer could be Hollywood. Reporting on Africa does not get much attention in the Us, but a film staring Leonardo DiCaprio about Sierra Leone does.
A film like Blood Diamond, setting aside its problems, brings »
Oscilloscope Laboratories is bringing Andrew Dosunmu’s second feature, “Mother of George,” to the big screen. The film, starring “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira along with Isaach De Bankole, Yaya DaCosta Alafia, Tony Okungbowa, Bukky Ajayi and Angelique Kidjo, focuses on a how a couple’s conception worries complicates their marriage and family relationships: “After the joyous wedding between Adenike (Gurira) and Ayodele (Isaach De Bankolé, White Material, Night On Earth), a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn, marital complications arise out of their inability to conceive a child. The problem devastates their family and defies cultural expectations, leading Adenike to make a shocking decision that could either save her family or [ Read More ]
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The stunningly gorgeous first trailer for director Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George" has arrived. Winner of the U.S. Dramatic Cinematography Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film stars Danai Gurira (AMC's "The Walking Dead") and Isaach De Bankole (Claire Denis' "White Material") as a Nigerian couple in Brooklyn whose marriage is tested by their struggle to conceive. (African actress Gurira spoke her mind on Comic-Con's Kick-Ass Women panel.) Written by Darci Picoult, this is Dosunmu's second feature following the 2012 immigrant drama "Restless City." Variety writes that "Mother of George" is a film of "stark, poetic power" and "extraordinary visual and sonic acumen"; THR says the film is dramatically modest but "often striking"; Indiewire's Shadow and Act blog calls it "truly remarkable...not only wonderfully infused with African culture, but [it] takes turns of Shakespearean proportions that leaves you guessing until the very last frame." Oscilloscope »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The new film from Andrew Dosunmu ("Restless City"), "Mother of George," premiered at Sundance this year and went on to get picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories. The film, which tells the story of a Nigerian family that must deal with the realization they may not be able to have children. The film stars Danai Gurira ("The Walking Dead," "The Visitor") and Isaach De Bankolé ("White Material," "Night on Earth") as well as Yaya Decosta Alafia ("The Kids are Alright") and Tony Okungbowa ("The Ellen Degeneres Show"). The film was produced by Indiewire influencers Parts & Labor. Check out the film's gorgeous trailer below: »
- Bryce J. Renninger
French filmmaker Claire Denis has become a respected force in the filmmaking community over her career, having written and directed features such as Beau Travail and 35 Shots of Rum, getting nominated for the Cannes Film Festival’s prestigious Palme d’Or for her first feature, and serving on the jury of the Venice Film Festival. Many were thus interested in her next film, the first since 2009′s White Material, when it made its debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Titled Les Salauds, or Bastards, Denis takes the directing helm once again on the film, as well as co-writing the screenplay with Jean-Pol Fargeau, and works with a cast that includes Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni. The first trailer for the film, which is in french, has now been released, and can be seen below.
The post ‘Bastards’, the latest effort from Claire Denis, releases its first trailer appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The insidious web of money, sex and power — a vintage film noir premise — entangles all of the characters in “Bastards,” a hypnotic nocturnal thriller from Claire Denis. Taking its loose inspiration from Kurosawa (the corporate revenge drama “The Bad Sleep Well”) and a startling act of sexual violence from Faulkner’s “Sanctuary,” this powerfully acted, unsettling roundelay of damaged lives is sure to offend gentler tastes (as it did in its divisive Cannes premiere), even if Denis has made that increasingly rare film in which the graphic acts depicted seem more necessary than superfluous. Fests and arthouse distribs that have long supported the maverick helmer should prove ready takers for this provocative item, which opens Aug. 7 in France.
- Scott Foundas
Bastards [Les Salauds] (Claire Denis, France)
Un Certain Regard
Bastards [Les salauds] begins, like Garrel's A Burning Hot Summer, at night, with a suicide. An explanation for the gesture will never come, although, through the film's near imperceptible ellipses, it comes close. A film of profoundly somber gloam, of loneliness and anger and even stifled madness, of complicity and solitude, its sadness is almost absolute.
A torrid string connects a cast predominantly made up from Claire Denis' family of actors: Vincent Lindon, Michel Subor, Alex Descas, Grégoire Colin. There are so many of them that they stand out as coming from somewhere before, some shared place, and their figures seem at once human and also something more so, grander, archetypal. (Lola Créton creates a similar effect in a small role with such a brief but so recognizable presence that it both reaches outside the story, as well as expanding something within.) The string »
- Daniel Kasman
★★☆☆☆ French director Claire Denis has maintained a wonderful run, from her 1998 debut Chocolat to recent efforts such as 36 Shots of Rum and White Material. Her latest, Bastards (Les Salauds, 2013), shows not in the main competition at Cannes - which, as ever, is woefully short on women - but instead in the Un Certain Regard strand. In retrospect, however, this decision might be just for Bastards, a broken revenge tragedy set in a rainswept France - a misstep, if not a downright stumble. A man commits suicide and his teenage daughter, Justine (Lola Créton), is found wandering the streets with blood running down her thighs.
The recently-deceased gentleman's friend and brother-in-law, Marco (played by Vincent Lindon, who many will remember from 2009's Welcome), is a ship's captain on an oil tanker stationed out in the Middle East. However, on hearing the tragic news, he returns immediately to France to find out »
- CineVue UK
Clair Denis' The Bastards begins as a simple, slow-burn revenge thriller, and then very quietly morphs into one of the bleakest, most twisted neo-noir films of the decade. As is often the case with Denis (35 Shots of Rum, White Material, Trouble Everyday), the implications of the story settle in slowly, and don't even fully reveal themselves until a fair amount of post-viewing reflection, and maybe even discussion.Not to say the film is a difficult watch. In terms of pacing and plotting, this is some of Denis' most accessible work. From the opening, exquisitely shot images of dense rain, a suicide crime scene and a naked woman wandering the dimly-lit streets, Denis establishes a sublime sense of intrigue that deepens as the film continues in...
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Chandor, who made an impressive debut with Margin Call in 2011, ventures far from Wall Street — and dry land — for this followup, starring Robert Redford as a man lost at sea in a movie that purports to have even less spoken dialogue than “The Artist.” “Life of Pi” minus the tiger? Ideal viewing for Cannes’ beachside Cinema de la Plage? Only time will tell.
“Behind the Candelabra” (Steven Soderbergh)
Though it will premiere on HBO while the festival is still in full swing, it’s still hard not to be excited by the prospect of this long-planned Liberace biopic from retiring renaissance man Soderbergh, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon” (two actors Soderbergh has made excellent use of in the past) surrounded by Rob Lowe, Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds. Bring on the sequins!
With its raw, feral performance by »
- Scott Foundas, Justin Chang and Peter Debruge
Claire Denis’ last two features, “35 Shots of Rum” and “White Material,” were both critically adored and ended up on a lot of Best Of lists when they debuted between 2008 and 2009. Her back catalogue is equally impressive, so it’s no wonder then that her follow-up that we’ve been waiting four years for is highly anticipated. We first heard about “The Bastards” last July when Denis was preparing to shoot the film with Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastrioani in the lead roles, but not much was known about the plot. But now we have an update on the feature with production company Wild Bunch dropping the first images from the film as well as a synopsis. Here’s what to expect Container ship captain Marco Silvestri is called urgently back to Paris. His sister, Sandra, is desperate...her husband has comitted suicide, the family business has gone under, her daughter »
- Joe Cunningham
With author Stephenie Meyer's bodysnatching romp The Host due in cinemas shortly, and the underrated Beautiful Creatures sadly failing to fill the Twi-hard gap, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012, EntertainmentOne, 12) ships up on disc alongside the boxed set The Twilight Saga – The Complete Collection. The last time I defended Bella, Edward and Jacob in these pages, it provoked a barrage of Guardianista messageboard abuse, so let me say that if you're not already on board, there's nothing here for you – just move along. For everyone else, the second part of this final instalment finds safe pair of hands Bill Condon (who provides a commentary track) having more campy fun than he did in Part 1, with Kristen Stewart's long-suffering heroine finally growing a set of vampire teeth and taking command of centre stage.
- Mark Kermode
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