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The First Beautiful Thing Movie Review

12 July 2011 7:18 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The First Beautiful Thing Director: Paolo Virzi Starring: Micaela Ramazzotti, Valerio Mastandrea, Claudia Pandolfi, Sergio Albelli, Fabrizia Sacchi A major box office player in its native Italy, and the country’s official 2011 selection for Best Foreign Film Academy Award consideration, ‘The First Beautiful Thing’ (also known as ‘La Prima Cosa Bella’) is a movie that’s both heartrending and heartwarming, and never falsely so. Fabulously staged and rapturously acted, it’s an honest and perceptive tale of adult reconciliation — of coming to the recognition that one’s parents are actually people too, and loving them with their faults and shortcomings, all the same. The story opens in 1971, at a small town fair, »

- bsimon

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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Wild Bunch

31 May 2011 1:50 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

We complete our look at the key players in the Cannes market with the sales agent that has the most number of highly anticipated film projects. Wild Bunch came to the fest with popular items such as Polisse, The Artist and The Kid With a Bike, and it looks like they might outfit Venice and Tiff with some premium titles with Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters being one of the most sought after titles this coming August/September. Here's their lengthy list of auteur film projects.  Bye Bye Blondie by Virginie Despentes - Post-Production In Turmoil (Dans La Tourmente) by Christophe Ruggia - Post-Production That Summer (Un Ete Brulant) by Philippe Garrel - Post-Production Bollywood - Completed Declaration Of War by Valerie Donzelli - Completed Hideaways by Agnes Merlet - Completed Leila by Audrey Estrougo - Completed Michel Petrucciani/ Body And Soul by Michael Radford - Completed Polisse by Maïwenn »

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"The Princess of Montpensier," "Imperialists!," More

18 April 2011 8:31 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The finest Western you'll see this year is set in aristocratic 16th-century France, in the heat of Counter-Reformation," declares Nick Pinkerton. Segueing into his interview with Bertrand Tavernier, Aaron Hillis, also in the Voice, sums up the gist of The Princess of Montpensier: "Adapted from Madame de la Fayette's classic novel, the film concerns a nubile, wealthy heiress (Mélanie Thierry) who loves a rugged hothead from the wrong clan (Gaspard Ulliel), but is forced by her father to marry another prince (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet), leaving her to dwell on the too-modern desire for free will — defiantly bucking against the rigid traditions of her breed." Back to Pinkerton: "The setting always serves the performers rather than vice versa — though the film is also greatly enhanced by the costuming, the rugged French countryside photographed in outdoor-adventure CinemaScope, and Philippe Sarde's baroque-tribal score, its martial and romantic poles matching a tale of »

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Weekend Preview: Indie & Foreign Films to See: Princess of Montpensier, Screaming Man, Armadillo

15 April 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Here's Toh's weekend preview of the mainstream box office contenders. And for the smart-movie demo, here's a look at the weekend's new indie and foreign language offerings, from Bertrand Tavernier's The Princess of Montpensier (gorgeous, as pictured) and Danish war documentaryArmadillo, to Italy's Oscar submission The First Beautiful Thing and the France/Belgium/Chad co-production A Screaming Man, which indieWIRE's Eric Kohn calls Divine. Less well-embraced are Robert Redford's The Conspirator (Caryn James defends it here), despite its fine cast, and a widely excoriated adaptation of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Details, trailers, images and reviews are below: The Princess of Montpensier, IFC (France) Dir: Bertrand Tavernier; Cast: Melanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Gaspard Ulliel | 76% Metacritic | 82% Tomatometer | B indieWIRE, plus Gaspard Ulliel »

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Oscar 2011: Biutiful, Dogtooth, In A Better World Among Foreign Language Film Semi-Finalists

19 January 2011 3:06 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Javier Bardem, Biutiful The nine semi-finalists in the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 2011 Academy Awards were announced this morning. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Algeria, Hors la Loi (Outside the Law), Rachid Bouchareb Canada, Incendies, Denis Villeneuve Denmark, In a Better World, Susanne Bier Greece, Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos Japan, Confessions, Tetsuya Nakashima Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu South Africa, Life, Above All, Oliver Schmitz Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Iciar Bollain Sweden, Simple Simon, Andreas Ohman, director. The first thing I noticed is that the Oscar's two favorite countries, France (officially) and Italy, are no longer in the running. Neither Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men nor Paolo Virzi's The First Beautiful Thing is to be found among the semi-finalists. Both are surprising omissions. Widely praised at Cannes, Of Gods and Men was the National Board of Review's Best Foreign Language Film, »

- Andre Soares

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