2 items from 2013
Half Nelson: Chadwick’s Biopic Stretched Thin
An attempt to cover fifty years in the life of South African President Nelson Mandela in the time span of two and a half hours seems as exhausting to sit through as it was daunting to piece together, even if it is based on Mandela’s own autobiography. To their credit, Justin Chadwick and screenwriter William Nicholson have made a well-paced film, albeit one that gives us a rudimentary glance at Mandela’s development, doggedly comprehensive without taking any opportunities for depth or subtlety. Its rather conservative depiction of apartheid further places the film into a textbook category and seems an appropriate and elementary learning tool for those ignorant of the subject matter. Despite adhering to the trappings of generalization as seen in many genuinely produced biopics that would have been better served by sticking to one particular moment or period, Chadwick »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky
Writer(s): Khrzhanovsky and Vladimir Sorokin
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Winner at Rotterdam in 2005 for his debut film 4, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s artistic ambition is unmatched by any I’ve seen in a very long time. His second feature film has turned into a real life Synecdoche, New York. A production so epic that it mkes Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut appear like an easy shoot. An on-going production that took a life of its own has had thousands of extras, has taken over an entire town and has stretched well beyond the norms in terms of what occurs on set. As described by some published articles, we either have a mad genius or a mad man running the show.
Gist: This is a biographical film about Lev Landau.
Release Date: Crossing my fingers for Cannes this year. »
- Eric Lavallee
2 items from 2013
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