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The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the lineup for Explorations, a new section featuring bold selections from the vanguard of contemporary cinema, and Main Slate shorts for the 54th New York Film Festival.
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Explorations is devoted to work from around the world, from filmmakers across the spectrum of experience and artistic sensibility. It kicks off with six features, including Albert Serra’s latest, “The Death of Louis Xiv,” featuring a tour de force performance by French cinema legend Jean-Pierre Léaud; Douglas Gordon’s portrait of avant-garde icon Jonas Mekas, “I Had Nowhere to Go”; João Pedro Rodrigues’s “The Ornithologist”, which won him the Best Director prize at Locarno; as well as Natalia Almada’s “Everything Else”, Gastón Solnicki’s “Kékszakállú,” and Oliver Laxe’s “Mimosas.”
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- Vikram Murthi
The Arabic language Western, which won the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes in May, follows a caravan carrying a dying sheikh who wished to be buried with his loved ones in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains.
Krivoshey commented: “Mimosas is an enigmatic, gorgeous work that will enthrall audiences around the country, much as it did in Cannes. We are extremely excited to be working with Oliver, Fiorella, and the entire Luxbox team on this release.”
Laxe’s feature debut You All Are Captains premiered at Cannes in 2010, winning the Firpresci prize.
A “religious western” is how Moroccan-based Spanish director Oliver Laxe describes his second film Mimosas, winner of the top prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. It’s a spiritual, ambiguously-plotted journey through the Atlas Mountains, but those willing to give in to its mystical embrace and gorgeous visuals should find it an sensual, engrossing watch.
There’s spiritualism from the opening scenes: deep in the Moroccan mountains, a group of nomadic travelers are being led to the ancient city of Sijilmasa by their wizened old sheik, a dying man who wants to be buried in his home town. Crossing the Atlas is treacherous, and some in the caravan object, but faith in their leader among the rest carries them through.
The film cuts to what seems like another world – a bustling city, where Shakib (an eminently watchable Shakib Ben Omar) extolls a Quranic tale of the devil in the garden of Eden. »
- Ed Frankl
“Mimosas,” the second feature from Morocco-based director Oliver Laxe, won the Nespresso Grand Prize at this year’s Cannes Critics’ Week, and Nespresso isn’t a terrible idea for anyone who walks in without preparation for this minimalist travelogue and crypto-Western, which offers relatively few clues to its goals and intents. Still, those familiar with the ethnographic works of Ben Rivers (who gets a thanks in the closing credits) and the films of Argentine director Lisandro Alonso (“Jauja”) will find much to admire in the movie’s combination of spiritual musings and stunning landscapes. Favoring longueurs by design, it is a decidedly noncommercial project that asks to be taken or left on its own terms.
Laxe’s first feature, “You All Are Captains” (which showed in Directors’ Fortnight in 2010), combined fiction and documentary elements, and he has said that “Mimosas” was inspired by his own travels with Saïd Aagli, who »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Critics’ Week, whose artistic director is Charles Tesson, had a jury presided by Valerie Donzelli (“Declaration of War”) and comprising Alice Winocour, Nadav Lapid, David Robert Mitchell and Santiago Mitre — all of whom are Critics’ Week alumni.
Sold by Paris-based Luxbox, the lushly-lensed “Mimosas” follows the journey of an elderly and dying Sheikh who travels across the Moroccan Atlas in a caravan, escorted by two rogues. Laxe made his debut feature with the critically-acclaimed “You All Are Captains.”
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- Elsa Keslassy
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