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Locarno Critics Academy 2017: Meet This Year’s Aspiring Film Critics

Locarno Critics Academy 2017: Meet This Year’s Aspiring Film Critics
The 2017 Locarno Film Festival recently wrapped its 70th edition, where several aspiring film critics participated in the latest edition of the Locarno Critics Academy, an international workshop to educate promising writers in the craft and discipline of contemporary film criticism. This year’s participants will contribute essays on highlights from the festival. Here’s an overview of their backgrounds and interests.

Name: Jaime Grijalba Gómez

Age: 27

Twitter handle: @jaimegrijalba

Home: Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Cinematic area of expertise: Chilean cinema, film festivals, horror cinema

Best movie you’ve seen in 2017: El mar la mar

Favorite book (or piece of writing) about film: Bresson’s “Notes on the Cinematographer”

I’m taking part in the Locarno Critics Academy because… I want to think that criticism today still has a role that goes beyond those interested in film or in making them. It has a role in society, and I want to find it.
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Dekalog

Krzysztof Kieślowski's magnum opus for Polish Television is a transcendent 'cycle' of moral tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. But sometimes it's difficult to get the connection -- these brilliant mini-movies are pretty tricky. Dekalog Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 837 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame; 1:70 widescreen / 583 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Aleksander Bardini, Janusz Gajos, Krystyna Janda, Bugoslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski many others. Cinematography Witold Adamek, Jacek Blawut, Slavomir Idziak, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Edward Klosinski, Dariusz Kuc, Krzysztof Pakulski, Piotr Sobocinski, Wieslaw Zdort Film Editor Ewa Smal Original Music Zbigniew Preisner Written by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Plesiewicz Produced by Ryszard Chutkowski Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the early 1990s I believe my first access to Polish director Krzystof Kieślowski was a laserdisc of his film The Double Life of Veronique. I also remember a big reaction in 1996 when
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Sabrina Carpenter Premieres New Song “Thumbs”

It hasn’t been long since Sabrina Carpenter released her first album, Eyes Wide Open. In fact, it’s only been about a year and a half, but a lot has changed since then. The Girl Meets World actress quickly fine tuned her sound into something much more accessible overnight, and with her new material, she’s solidifying her place in the pop world with ease.

With her newly released song, “Thumbs,” Carpenter has a swagger to her music that was absent from Eyes Wide Open. While the first record took more of a pop rock approach, her new music is taking a page out of the catchy pop-r&B book, similarly to what Bridgit Mendler and Hailee Steinfeld have done with their new material, too. “Thumbs” is taken off Carpenter’s upcoming album, EVOLution, out this Friday, and it’s one of the best offerings we’ve got to hear from it yet.
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'Guilt' Recap: Natalie Learns the Truth About Bruno

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'Guilt' Recap: Natalie Learns the Truth About Bruno
In the eighth episode of Guilt, "Eyes Wide Open," Grace has some gaps in her memory from the night of Molly's murder, so Stan brings in a psychiatrist to help her recover that missing time. Meanwhile, unaware that Prince Theo has been blackmailing Bruno to cover his tracks, Natalie goes to Bruno for help in proving that Theo killed Molly. The walls are closing in on Theo now that both his fiancee and Patrick have figured out his connection to Molly.
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[Watch] 'Guilt' Exclusive Sneak Peek: Will Stan Name the Prince of Wales as Molly's Murderer?

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[Watch] 'Guilt' Exclusive Sneak Peek: Will Stan Name the Prince of Wales as Molly's Murderer?
Episode 8 of Freeform's Guilt, Natalie desperately tries to get anyone she can to help corroborate the story that Neville told her about what he saw the night of Molly's murder. Given that he's locked up in a psych ward, this proves a little more difficult than she had hoped, but she's got to trust her gut. Watch what happens when she brings the news to Stan in BuddyTV's exclusive clip from the upcoming episode, "Eyes Wide Open.".
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ITV News' Noreena Hertz: 'I know I have a lot to learn'

The new economics editor has been criticised for her political ‘leftie’ views and for her lack of broadcasting experience

Noreena Hertz, ITV News’s new economics editor, told her new colleagues that she has a steep learning curve to cut it as TV correspondent on one of the UK’s top flight news programmes.

The economist and author has come in for criticism from some quarters for her lack of news reporting experience and for having “leftie” political views.

Related: Eyes Wide Open by Noreena Hertz – review

Surprised to see myself described today in papers as a Marxist. No truth whatsoever in this story. #MadeUpNonsense

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First look at Winona Ryder in the supernatural Netflix series Stranger Things

Netflix is running riot on the original programming field of late. Through the revival of once-popular shows to the ground-hit-running success of new shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black the streamers are here to stay. Eyes wide open then for the first look at their next big thing. Starring […]

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Criterion Reflections – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Ld #60

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer:

My quick take on 2001: A Space Odyssey is that, after carefully rewatching the film and reading a fair amount about it over this past week or so, I arrived at the conclusion that it’s my favorite movie of all that have ever been made. I have said the same thing in the past, but that was many years ago, long before I had become familiar with so many classics of world cinema and Hollywood’s past that preceded my birth. My deep immersion over the past decade into a self-directed study of film history led me to temporarily suspend judgment on so momentous a question as what I consider to be “the greatest film ever made,” but now I’m pretty comfortable with saying that it’s this one, without any doubt on my part. That’s subjectively speaking,
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Man in the High Castle's Frank Spotnitz and Stars Talk Spies, Subterfuge and the SS in Revisionist Amazon Drama

Man in the High Castle's Frank Spotnitz and Stars Talk Spies, Subterfuge and the SS in Revisionist Amazon Drama
Imagine that the American flag flying over your home, your school and your town park had a large swastika where the stars should be.

The violent incongruity of that visual, executive producer Frank Spotnitz says, is emblematic of — and often seen in — his new Amazon series, The Man in the High Castle.

RelatedHand of God: 5 Things to Know About Amazon’s Dark Look at Faith

The hour-long drama, which is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, is set in an alternate reality 1962, where the Allied Powers lost World War II. Japan rules the West Coast,
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Locarno Q&A: Israel Film Fund’s Katriel Schory Says ‘We Don’t Have an Agenda, We Don’t Raise Flags’

Locarno Q&A: Israel Film Fund’s Katriel Schory Says ‘We Don’t Have an Agenda, We Don’t Raise Flags’
Katriel Schory, who has been the executive director of the Israel Film Fund for the last 17 years, is an institution in himself. Through these years, Schory, who graduated from Nyu and returned to Israel in 1973, has financed 230 films and wrestled with many crisis to preserve the independence of the fund from the government. Schrory, who is well over 60, is now facing new challenges with the arrival of Israeli minister of culture and sports Miri Regev. The minister vowed the axe funds for filmmakers and artists who “defame” Israel, but Schory says the annual budget allocated to the film industry – a global 18 million Euro envelope – for the next five year was approved in 2013 and is therefore valid until 2018. Through his mandate, the fearless exec has signed 13 co-production treaties and has given coin to the majority of Israeli films that have traveled worldwide, notably “Gett: The Trial of Vivianne Amsalem,” “Waltz With Bashir” and “Lebanon.
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Photo Coverage: Cheyenne Jackson Brings Eyes Wide Open to Cafe Carlyle

Cheyenne Jackson, with stage credits including The Performers, 8, Finian's Rainbow, Damn Yankees and Xanadu television appearances on 30 Rock, Glee, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Ugly Betty and film work including Love is Strange, United 93, Price Check and Lola Versus, just made his debut at Cafe Carlyle, continuing through January 24. The two-week engagement, entitled Eyes Wide Open, takes a personal and humorous look at loss, love, revelation and recovery with music ranging from Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga. Check out photos from his opening night below
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Exclusive Interview With Thomas Gold At Edc Orlando 2014

Thomas Gold stormed onto the Edm scene in 2006 and has not looked back ever since. The Berlin born DJ has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry, who seek out Gold for his trademark melodic sound. Whether it’s through his own singles like “Sing2Me,” “Remember” and the recently released “Colourblind,” or remixes he’s done for other artists, like Adele’s “Set Fire To The Rain,” Thomas Gold is always impressing and delivering fresh and exciting new tunes that only help to solidify his status as one of the hottest talents out there.

The other week, Gold touched down in Florida to play a set at Edc Orlando, and we caught up with him for an exclusive interview before he went on stage. Though he only had a bit of time to spare, the producer touched on working with Kate Elsworth, why he loves Edc so much,
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Cohen Media Group Captures Paris: 'My Old Lady'

Some of my favorite movies are about Paris! How I loved “Funny Face” which made me love everything Audrey Hepburn did. How I loved “American in Paris” and Gene Kelly forever after. And the classic French films of Paris, from René Clair’s “The Rooftops of Paris”, “Modigliani of Montparnasse”, “Elevator to the Scaffold” to “Amelie”…oh la la!

Now a new Paris classic is in the making! If only they would change title to reflect the love of Paris transforming a couple of sad victims of their scandalously delicious parents’ love affair into lovers. Kevin Kline, a luminous Kirsten Scott Thomas and a decrepit but spirited Dame Maggie Smith star in a film, to be released September 10, which I only hope will come out with a different title.

Now entitled, “My Old Lady” (what’s that supposed to mean?) Dame Maggie Smith as Mathilde belongs to no one. A free spirit who had a dalliance with no less than …., at 92 she cannot be evicted from the apartment Kevin Kline comes to Paris to sell, an apartment hidden behind walls in Paris we wish we could penetrate and which Kevin Kline, in the character of Mathias Gold, cannot see, so intent is he on selling to procure some filthy lucre. I kept waiting for Kevin to embody his Academy Award winning hilarity in “A Fish Called Wanda”, but he played it straight, an unhappy, intellectual with great talent on the piano, three unpublished novels, three divorces and not a cent in his pocket. Angry, self-righteous Mathias Gold discovers that real-estate and relationships send him into a turmoil that he never imagined.

Adapted for the screen and directed by Israel Horowitz from his 2002 of-Broadway production, “My Old Lady” the property was further developed into a screenplay with Kevin Kline himself who dropped by the playwright’s Greenwich Village residence for intermittent readings as the film script branched out from its theatrical roots.

Dame Maggie Smith read the script and was the first actor to officially sign on to the film version. Israel Horovitz traveled to London to meet with her and she accepted the part amid 25 competing scripts offered to her at the time. Horovitz recalls Smith joking during the meeting that it was the only script in the stack that didn’t end with her character dying. Adds Horovitz: “To my knowledge, it’s the first time Dame Maggie’s done a movie in which she doesn’t wear a wig.”

Produced by the writer-director’s own daughter, the well-known-in-our-circles- from-her-days-at-New Line (and later at Revolution Studios), who began her career as a publicist of Dino De Laurentiis on the film “Blue Velvet” which I happened to foster as the acquisitions executive at Lorimar when we acquired it: Rachael Horovitz (“Moneyball”, HBO’s “Grey Gardens”) and Gary Foster (“The Soloist”, “Sleepless in Seattle”), got the script to Kristin Scott Thomas who immediately signed on to play Mathilde’s confrontational daughter Chloé. The main casting was complete.

Chloé takes the story away from the developing and deepening relationship between Mattias and Mathilde and makes it her own…thus the misplaced title of the movie. It is no longer Mattias and “his old lady” Mathilde’s story but the threesome’s, and what a great story it is.

Complex and compelling, the story of two people who have been destroyed by the same love affair understand each other’s problems better than any fourth party could ever understand, and we, as the fourth party, are given access to their journey towards love…in Paris. Only in Paris could these events unfold with such panache.

The other supporting actors are those veteran French actors you have seen and loved in other Parisian settings. Dominique Pinon as the helpful real-estate agent Lefebre who explains the complex codes of the “viager” system” appears like an old friend to those of us who saw and loved Jean-Jacques Beineix’s “Diva”, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “Amelie” and “A Very Long Engagement”, “City of Lost Children” and Jeunet’s and Marc Caro’s 1991 film “ Delicatessen”. Noémi Lvovsky, the writer-director-actress who plays Mme. Girard’s physician, actor-director Stéphane Friess (“Welcome to the Sticks”) and the rapacious property developer Francois Roy who wants to buy Mathias’ apartment and turn it into a sleek hotel – as his father tried to do a generation earlier (how French!) -- round out a great supporting cast.

But without Paris, this familiar and yet totally unfamiliar Paris, the film would never have played out with such love. As a Paris habituée of many years, I kept searching for signs to tell me where this apartment was located. Was it a hotel particulière of the Marais?

Here is a little known secret of Paris: It was shot in la Manufature, located in les Gobelins in Paris’s 13th Arrondisement, operated and maintained by the French Ministry of Culture. A vast complex comprising several main buildings and a slew of apartments (now used to house government functionaries), la Manufacture is the historical site of tapestry manufacturing for French royalty dating from the 17th century to the present day. Because there is no longer a huge demand for artisan tapestries in France, la Manufacture doubles as an ersatz soundstage for film and television productions, in this case standing in for the more central and tourist trod Marais, where Mme. Girard and Chloé reside. The Girard’s sprawling residence, overlooking a verdant garden came to life. Israel Horovitz and his crew jumped at the opportunity to film there.

He says, “Almost the entire movie was shot inside the compound. At one point in its history, la Manufacture was its own city within the city, with a thousand people living there. We could park our trucks inside the gated compound and shoot in a way we never could in the busy Marais. Finding the apartment we used, with its creaky floors and general disrepair, was really what made the movie possible. It was like having our own little studio.” The film shot in Paris for 24 days in autumn 2013.

At 75, Horovitz -- a veteran playwright who wrote “The Strawberry Statement” which won the Jury Prize at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival and who collaborated with István Szabó on the 1999 historical drama “Sunshine” about a Jewish family living in Hungary during the turbulent first half of the 20th century –decided to direct this, his first, film as he wrote the screenplay.

How was it working for your father? One might ask Rachael. Her answer: “He was the most prepared director I’ve ever worked with.” She praises Horovitz pére for his professionalism, sense of humor and grace under pressure, each one a boon for the intimate, familial-themed “My Old Lady”. “There is real humanity in this film thanks to those factors, “ she concludes. “Working with a family member is always a pleasure because there is the shorthand of communication you have with very few others.”

Producer Gary Foster also praises Israel Horovitz for his human touch, including his considerable grasp of human nature and conflict. “This movie is at its core about family and how people deal with the many challenges of their lives, “Foster states. “Everyone has harbored secrets at some point. ‘My Old Lady’ examines how people with secrets reveal themselves emotionally in order to locate truth. What’s special about Israel’s craft is how organic and truthful it feels. So much of this movie depends on the actors working with dialogue-rich scenes set inside cramped rooms with little action and no special effects – you have to buy into the dimensionality of these characters. Israel is at his best writing and directing scenes that feel real, al though you were a fly on the wall amid the revealing of this family’s secrets. He’s not afraid of being overly sentimental and open with emotions, and I think that’s hugely valuable.”

I completely agree. This is a marvelous movie, filled with marvels of France and family.

The Jewish side of this film is never touched on, but I must touch on it here because in these days of turmoil over the Jewish state and the state of the Jews living in the Diaspora, those in France are also in fearful flux. But this shows a France at its splendid best today and I think it is because of the love the filmmakers have for the story, the craft and the country. Producer David C. Barrot produced “ Eyes Wide Open” the 2009 Cannes’ Un Certain Regard film that dared open the subject of homosexuality in Jerusalem’s Orthodox community. I cannot speak of the provenance of Daniel Battsek the Executive Producer who between 1985 and 1991, was managing director of Palace Pictures where he was involved in all aspects of marketing, distribution and acquisitions in the U.K. and Ireland. He began his industry career at The Hoyts Film Corporation in Sydney where he quickly rose through the ranks to general manager in Victoria State overseeing distribution.

Battsek was first introduced to Disney in 1991, when he was asked to start up a U.K. Company as part of the worldwide distribution network for Buena Vista International. In 1992, he officially joined The Walt Disney Studios. Battsek was quickly promoted to vice president/managing director where he handled all aspects of theatrical film distribution in the U.K. He was later promoted to vice president, managing director and European acquisitions director of Bvi (U.K.) Limited. His responsibilities also included involvement in the acquisition of distribution rights across numerous territories for such films as “Muriel's Wedding”, “Shine”, “Central Station”, “Kolya”, and “ Ice Storm”. In 1998, he was promoted to senior vice president, Bvi (U.K.) Limited where he oversaw approximately 35 films per year from the Disney, Touchstone and Miramax labels. With his expanding role, Battsek began acquiring and developing British film projects for worldwide distribution. He created the Bvi U.K. Comedy Label which produced four films, likeHigh Heels and Low Lifes,Hope Springs,Calendar Girls, and Kinky Boots.

On 24 July 2005, he was named President of Miramax Films, after Harvey and Bob Weinstein left the company, due to creative and financial differences with Disney exec, Michael Eisner. Since he took control of the company, Miramax released such films asThe Queen,No Country for Old Men or Doubt, refocusing on producing films of high quality but low budget and was instrumental in acquiring, green-lighting or distributing such renowned and award winning films as “Tsotsi” winner of Best Foreign Language Oscar, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, “There will be Blood” among others. On 20 January 2010, Battsek became President of National Geographic Films where he brought in the Oscar-nominated “Restrepo”. He is now President of Cohen Media Group where he plays a key role.

Nor can I speak authoritatively of Producer, Nitsa Benchetrit, and Executive Producers, Raphaël Benoliel, Russ Krasnoff, but I have my suspicions. Certainly the Executive Producer, President and CEO of Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, one of the country’s most important commercial real estate owners/ developers s well as an influential patron, innovator and visionary of culture and the arts, Charles S. Cohen (also founder of The Cohen Media Group in 2008, on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Moca) in Los Angeles, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, The Lighthouse International Theater, The Public Theater, the Stella Adler Studio and the Film Society of Lincoln Center) is living up to his name.

Even Kevin Kline suddenly seems to land inside this charmed circle of Diaspora Jews whose development and dedication to the finest

arts of the 21 st century must be praised and seen as a flowering of culture today.

While this is in no way a film which may ever be shown in the Jewish film festival circuit, it should be remarked that it is, in its way, a Jewish film because of the credentials of the filmmakers, because of the loving treatment of the neurotic family members and because it shows the natural habituation of people allowed to live in freedom in a society which values life.

I bring all this up in light of the reevaluation occurring today in the worlds of gender and religions and I want to go on record as pointing out that this film is an example of the flowering of culture; this is part of the culmination of centuries of developing a humane, forgiving and civilized way of life.

I say this as I contemplate the state of the world today to remind myself that art, not war, is my choice for my life and I believe the film is an affirmation of life above all.

Chapeau, Hats Off to the team that brought this film to life. Just change the title if you want to attract more people!
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stunning look at Cannes 2014

Check out the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stunning in her Roberto Cavalli gown on the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival! We hear the actress confirmed not only Sanjay Gupta’s film but also a Mani Ratnam project but more on that later!

For now take a look at Aishwarya looking even more beautiful than ever, if that is even possible. Husband Abhishek certainly thinks so, he tweeted, “Almost 52hrs without sleep! Eyes shutting… and the Mrs. Shows up looking like this!! Ok.. Eyes wide open now!”

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Slash-happy Wolverine cuts out the thrills, but Easy Money is a satisfying slice of Scandi-drama

The Marvel brand is rather testing its own name with the sheer ubiquity of its comic-book adaptations; with a new one seemingly hitting our screens every month, maintaining one's sense of awe becomes rather difficult. It's more of a challenge still when they're as listless as The Wolverine (Fox, 12) – or so one would like to think, though summer box-office figures suggested fans' enthusiasm for Marvel's most hirsute superhero has yet to wane.

Hugh Jackman's clearly has though. Shedding the gusto (and only some of the body hair) of his Jean Valjean earlier this year, the Australian is on indifferently chesty form in his sixth outing as burly mutant fighter Logan. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) attempted to tell his back story, but proved so unpopular that a second go was deemed necessary.

Enter the confusingly discontinuous The Wolverine,
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Out in the Dark | Review

Nobody Knows: Mayer’s Debut Explores Personal is Political with Tragic Gay Love Story

For his screen debut, Israeli born director Michael Mayer’s Out in the Dark further complicates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving us a story about two young men from opposite sides of the track, as it is, falling in love. The result is a complicated series of road blocks for the couple, a situation that causes not only familial strife, but political and violent turmoil. Mayer has tapped into a predicament not often visited cinematically when exploring the ever present conflict in the Mid-East, and he’s managed to not only make a memorable debut, but an unflinching document about the violence and hardships Lgbt people face in this hostile territory.

Sneaking dangerously across the border one night to get from Ramallah to Tel Aviv, Nimir (Nicholas Jacob), a young Palestinian student is on his way to see his close friend,
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The Carrie Diaries Season 2 Set Scoop: Life in The Big City

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October 25 can’t come soon enough for The Carrie Diaries and the fans who fell in love with a young Carrie Bradshaw and her group of friends in the mid-1980s this past spring on The CW.

The Sex and the City prequel will be back soon enough, but the good news is that the cast is busy at work in New York City shooting the second season.

I dropped by the set last week to check in with stars AnnaSophia Robb (Carrie), Brendan Dooling (Walt) and Freema Agyeman (Larissa) to see what I could find out about the new season. Scroll down now for some fun, exclusive scoop...

Sexy Summer: According to Robb, we’ll start the new season in the big city with Carrie and Walt still enjoying their summer. As Robb describes it, “we start my summer in the city, hot and sexy.” In fact, as Dooling revealed,
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Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline to Star in ‘Old Lady’

Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline to Star in ‘Old Lady’
London — Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon are set to topline “My Old Lady,” a Paris-based dramedy marking the film directorial debut of playwright and screenwriter Israel Horovitz, who adapted his play for the screen.

Principal photography begins in Paris on Sept. 9.

Protagonist Pictures will introduce the project to international buyers at Cannes; Cinetic Media is handling the North American sale.

Kline plays Mathias, a down-and-out New Yorker, who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge, valuable apartment he inherits from his estranged father. Mathias discovers a refined old lady, Mathilde, played by Smith, living in the apartment with her daughter Chloe (Birkin). Mathias discovers that Mathilde and his father were lovers for more than 50 years.

Rachael Horovitz (“Moneyball,” “About Schmidt”) is producing with Raphael Benoliel (“Midnight in Paris,” “Les Miserables”), Nitsa Benchetrit (“The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond”) and David Barrot (“Eyes Wide Open,” “Battu”). French stage-producer Marie-Cecile Renauld co-produces.
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This past week: Popular articles posted on Sound On Sight

There is so much great content published every week here at Sound On Sight, that even we have trouble keeping up. So, every Sunday, we will drop a list of the best articles delivered by our hard working, and extremely talented staff.

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Sound on Sight 400th Anniversary Recording: ‘Goodfellas’, Video Games Vs. Film and the Life and Death of Videostores

After a month or so of teasing it, our 400th recording – that’s 350 Sound on Sight episodes and 50 Sordid Cinemas – is finally upon us. We brought in as many of our previous co-hosts as possible for individual talk spots on a miscellany of subjects, from videogame culture to tales from the video store that served as the impetus for all things Sound on Sight. First, though, we dive back into our staff-wide Top 10 Greatest Films of All Time list with the help of newly minted co-host Josh Spiegel of Mousterpiece
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25 Great Gay Sex Scenes from Modern Movies

Back in 2007, we ran an article called Gay Sex Scenes that Made Movie History. A delightfully naughty exploration of firsts and foresk- ... er, foremosts in terms of gay male intimacy on the silver screen, it celebrated some of the films that blew the celluloid closet to bits, one modesty sock at a time.

Six years later, it's shocking just how far pop culture has come in terms of normalizing gay characters and stories, and how much bolder the gay film audience has grown in demanding films that speak truthfully to their sexual experience (though, it must be said, the films that answer the call are usually decidedly outside of the mainstream). So we've decided to bring you an update to our foundational piece that looks at what has happened since. Of course, since most of the ground breaking was done over the last four decades or so, our focus is
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