7 items from 2011
Michel Piccoli, We Have a Pope
Nanni Moretti's Habemus Papam / We Have a Pope was the top movie of 2011 according to the Cahiers du Cinéma editors and film critics. The Cahiers du Cinéma list is available in the December print edition of the French magazine.
A Vatican-set satire about a newly elected, psychologically fragile pope (European Film Award Lifetime Achievement winner Michel Piccoli) and his therapist (Moretti himself), earlier this year We Have a Pope won six awards from the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, including Best Director and Best Producer (there's no Best Film category). Margherita Buy co-stars as another psychotherapist.
Tied in second place were Manoel de Oliveira's Portuguese drama O Estranho Caso de Angélica / The Strange Case of Angelica, about a photographer (Ricardo Trêpa) who becomes obsessed with the dead daughter (Pilar López de Ayala) of a wealthy hotel owner, and Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, »
- Andre Soares
"Un été brûlant"" (aka "That Burning Summer") is the 2011 French-language drama, directed by Philippe Garrel, starring Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette and Jérôme Robart, following a stormy relationship between an actress and a painter.
Lensed in Rome and Paris, the feature is the second collaboration between Garrel and the French production company Rectangle Productions, receiving co-production support from Italy's Faro Film and Switzerland's Prince Film.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Un été brûlant"...
- Michael Stevens
* Fans of steamy French cinema may have expected a film titled Un Été Brûlant (A Scorching Summer) starring Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel to be a hot, sexually charged affair. Not so, says French auteur Phillippe Garrel. "Part of the reason I cast my son Louis and my father Maurice, is that I can't stand sex scenes. So this is my excuse, I can't film my family in a love scene it would be too weird." »
In the rare instances I’m not for a Philippe Garrel film, I don’t not like the Philippe Garrel film—it’s that I don’t feel it as strongly as I should. He is a unique filmmaker in this regard; he photographs emotions, delicate tenors, trembling moments, people walking on precipices, singular, stunning happinesses and spiritual dejection of an utterly unique kind. And all are fragile, very fragile—the slightest push can knock a film like Un été brûlant into collapse. This is the risk, so powerful when gambled and won, that is undertaken by earnestness and a certain, highly personal and sensitive belief in what cinema can express.
For this film, it is miscast; the central couple played by Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel, the latter of which who was used so well in his father’s Regular Lovers, have faces here devoid of expression, sinking their bourgeois, »
The Berlin Film Festival begins today and in typical Ioncinema.com fashion, I've decided to unveil my predictions for the 2011 edition of the Cannes Film Festival. I've taken the liberty at breaking down the predictions by what should logically fit into what sections: Main Comp, Ucr and the Director's Fortnight sidebar. In the Main Competition category, we should see an increase in the number of titles selected (perhaps hovering around the twenty mark. We can cross out films such as Haneke's latest, Kamen Kalev's The Island, Raymond Depardon's Journal de France, Andrei Zvyagintsev's (2007's Banishment) latest and I wouldn't be surprised if Walter Salles' On the Road isn't completed on time -- and in what should be a vintage year for the festival, these no-shows won't matter. A pair that remain in limbo are the alreasy completed David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method and Pawel Pawlikowski »
We've got what appears to be screen caps for Philippe Garrel's That Summer (Un Été Brûlant) (which was in our Top 100 Most Anticipated List at #73) and which would by all logic, will be ready and preem in for Cannes this May. The pic stars Louis Garrel (who I recently saw in Ferdinando Cito Filomarino's excellent short film Diarchy, alongside Riccardo Scamarcio and Alba Rohrwacher), Monica Bellucci and Céline Sallette (last pic below). Co-written by Garrel, Marc Chodolenko and Caroline Deruas, Un Été Brûlant recounts the torments of a painter whose actress wife has left him. It begins on a hot summer's night, a sports car crashes headlong into a tree. The previous year... Paul meets the painter Frédéric through a mutual friend. Frédéric lives in Italy with Angèle, the actress with whom he is deeply in love. While working as an extra, Paul befriends an assistant - Roland and falls in love with Elisabeth, »
#73. Un Été Brûlant Director: Philippe GarrelWriter(s): Garrel, Marc Chodolenko and Caroline DeruasProducers: Edouard Weil (In the Beginning)Distributor: Rights Available. The Gist: Un Été Brûlant recounts the torments of a painter whose actress wife has left him. The film will open with the suicide of the male protagonist in a car accident and look back in flashback at their stormy romantic relationship.....(more) Cast: Monica Bellucci and Louis Garrel. List Worthy Reasons...: For the record. I don't care much for Garrel's work and in his lengthy filmography, I've only seen his last three. I do enjoy difficult, French films especially dramas that tackle a strained relationship and told in reverse order. If done right, it picks up the slight changes in the dynamic of the relationship, those cues will be done with very little dialogue in this film. Release Date/Status?: Cannes fest premiere followed by »
7 items from 2011
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