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A first look into what’s ahead from some of our favorite auteurs, 2013′s CineMart (held during the Int. Film Festival Rotterdam) boosts an impressive selection of projects from the likes of Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) who’ll be lensing Zama – the adaptation of a period piece about Don Diego de Zama, a 17th-century official for the Spanish crown based in Asuncion del Paraguay, who awaits his transfer to the city of Buenos Aires. We’ve got Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos from Dogtooth and Alps fame, who the last time we spoke to mentioned how he was looking to break into English language film territory and we think The Lobster might be that first foray. Among the other Cannes Film Festival introduced filmmakers who’ll be seeking coin in Rotterdam we have Michael Rowe (Leap Year) who brings Rest Home, Alice Rohrwacher (Corpo celeste) who tackles Le Meraviglie, »
- Eric Lavallee
14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.
Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)
International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors
1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)
Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)
Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)
Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)
4. The Wall (Die Wand)
Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)
5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)
Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)
Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col. »
Corpo Celeste (2011) is the assured debut feature from Italian director Alice Rohrwacher. Centring around a community in urban Italy through the eyes of the adolescent Marta the naturalistic and allegorical film examines this microcosm from an outsiders view, and in particular the role of the church in modern Italian society. With the film out on DVD this/next week, CineVue were lucky enough to put a few questions to the director.
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- CineVue UK
★★★★☆ Italian director Alice Rohrwacher's debut feature Corpo Celeste (2011) is a gently confident story of a young girl, attempting to survive her adolescence and understand her faith against the backdrop of an alien Italian community. Thirteen-year-old Marta (Yle Vianello) returns to southern Italy with her mother and older sister after spending her childhood in Switzerland. As she struggles to readjust to her new life, she begins to take catechism in preparation for her Confirmation and also in order to find new friends.
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- CineVue UK
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, September 10th 2012.
Pick(S) Of The Week
American Pie: Reunion (Blu-ray/DVD)
All the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. »
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Running Time: 94 minutes
Extras: Forty minute interview with director and producer
Corpo Celeste is a coming of age tale that, fittingly, is the debut feature film of documentarian Alice Rohrwacher and the first appearance of newcomer Yle Vianello. Vianello plays Marta, a 13-year-old girl who has just moved to a small Italian town. She is soon enrolled in catechism classes to prepare her for her Confirmation. The film is a very quiet look at the fundamentals of religion. Marta is a very clever girl that is intrigued by the idea of Jesus Christ but never follows it blindly. She questions how he must have felt on the cross and searches for answers that often the ‘experts’ and adults fail or refuse to give her.
Marta’s journey of self discovery runs alongside the story of the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
To celebrate a raft of new Artificial Eye home entertainment releases making their way onto DVD and Blu-ray this Monday (10 September), we have kindly been provided with Two DVD bundles - which include Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse, Mia Hansen-Løve's Goodbye First Love and Alice Rohrwacher's Corpo Celeste - to give away to our readership. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Writen by Alice Rohrwacher
Directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Corpo Celeste acts as a guide for the uninitiated into the oppressive realm of religious fundamentalism and traditional thinking. The lens under which viewers examine this heady subject matter belongs to a budding adolescent named Marta (played with precocious dignity by newcomer Yile Vianello). Marta has spent most of her formative years growing up in Switzerland, but at the outset of the movie she and her mother have recently returned to Calabria, Italy, the village of Marta’s birth. Her initiation into what feels like a completely alien society comes with catechism classes, since life in Calabria revolves entirely around the Catholic faith. Marta is only marginally acquainted with Catholicism, but she must suffer through confirmation if she hopes to gain acceptance or if she ever wants to get married.
Debut filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher achieves no small task in »
It’ll be slim pickings in the month of June as there isn’t much in terms of U.S. indie, foreign and documentary films that stand out. There are exceptions as pointed out in the top 3 below, and then there are indie items dating back to Tiff of last year with Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz (06.29 – Magnolia Pictures) and/or Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse (06.12 – Brainstorm Media) and then more recent break-outs from Sundance 2012 in docu item Searching for Sugarman (06.27 - Sony Pictures Classics) and a sci-fi comedy that the fans boys liked and which I didn’t care much for is also a Park City item that could essentially be the beginning of a “Mark Duplass”a-thon. Safety Not Guaranteed (06.08 – FilmDistrict) could be book-ended with the July release of The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, but right dab in the middle I strongly suggest his performance in Lynn Shelton’s best work to date. »
- Eric Lavallee
Solid Debut Casts a Divine Spell, if never Quite Ascending to its Promised ‘Heavenly’ Heights
Alice Rohrwacher launches into fictional filmmaking with Corpo Celeste – a realist and spiritually-minded take on the coming-of-age genre. Literally meaning ‘Heavenly Body’, Rohrwacher forms the crux of her narrative around a near-teen protagonist who faces her looming Catholic confirmation. Feeling like an airier – and less effective – Dardenne brothers picture, the loungey pacing and thin dramatic thrust put pressure on tiny details and simple pleasures, which only emerge intermittently. As a debut, though, it stakes the Italian helmer as one to definitely keep an eye on.
Moving in with her family in a run-down, but democratically aestheticized town by the name of Calabria, Marta enters a world seething in kitschy rituals. She attends a catechism to prepare for her confirmation, and embraces all of the angsts typical for a dislocated pre-teen with a mannered and calm maturity. »
- Blake Williams
In a piece for Design Observer on "The Enduring Influence of Richard Hollis," Rick Poynor suggests that the graphic and book designer, writer and lecturer "is probably best known for his books Graphic Design: A Concise History (1994) and Swiss Graphic Design (2006)," but I'd imagine that most of us first encountered Hollis's work the day we first picked up a copy of John Berger's Ways of Seeing (see, too, of course, the recent roundup on the television series). The impact of that layout, with the opening lines of text beginning right there on the cover, incorporated as a visual component, and the way that, in turn, as Hollis himself notes, "images behave almost as text" is unforgettable: "This is an attempt to replicate the experience of the television viewer, who looks and listens at the same moment."
Back to Poynor:
In 1981, working at a book production company called Reproduction Drawings, »
The Easter battle
With schools breaking up for the Easter holiday last Friday, box office was always going to be a prize worth fighting for, and several major films entered a market already dominated by The Hunger Games. The Suzanne Collins adaptation experienced a relatively modest 33% drop from the previous weekend, holding on to the top spot with a solid £2.99m. In the Us, the drop was a steeper 62%, albeit falling from a towering $153m opening that was always going to see a large decline. With £9.85m so far, The Hunger Games is well positioned to build a solid total over the holiday period.
- Charles Gant
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)
Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.
Into The Abyss (12A)
(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins
Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.
Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.
Wrath Of The Titans (12A)
- Steve Rose
Entering the increasingly crowded arena of streaming film services is Curzon On Demand, a companion service to the Curzon Cinema chain which upholds its central tenet of throwing a spotlight on independent film.
Key to the success of these services is ease of use, competitive pricing and, crucially, a unique set of films. The films on offer “In Cinemas – On Curzon” are chosen from a growing range of the best independent fare; Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste is the current film of the week and new titles are being added all the time. Looking through the catalogue there’s much to entice.
I counted among them Werner Herzog’s Into the Abyss, the Oscar winner A Separation, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights and Lynne Ramsay’s brilliant and chilling We Need to Talk About Kevin. Works from Takashi Miike, The Dardennes, Michael Haneke as well as the Three Colours Trilogy »
- Jon Lyus
It’s Friday, so you know what that means – lots more films released in cinemas across the country! Yes, after last weeks box-office behemoth that was The Hunger Games this week seems positively chock-full of movies to suit every taste – from animation to fantasy, dance flicks to documentaries, there literally is something for everyone in the latest cinema releases. Here’s the highlights:
Nationwide Releases: The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists
Hugh Grant, starring in his first animated role, is the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award. »
★★★★☆ Italian writer/director Alice Rohrwacher's debut feature Corpo Celeste (2011) is a hugely confident examination of faith and rebellious youth with an assured central performance from relative newcomer Yle Vianello. She stars as the 13-year-old Marta, whose impending confirmation clashes with her own physical passage into womanhood and forces her to question and consider all she has previously accepted.
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The Kid With A Bike (12A)
Once again, the Dardenne brothers pull you into the world of a poor, marginalised soul and keep you there, without resorting to any fancy tricks. How do they do it? In this case it's impulsive young Cyril: no mother, rejected by his father, no friends, and only his talismanic bike to cling to. What's to become of him? It sounds rather worthy but, in fact, it's an effortless watch – powerfully acted, paced like an action movie, and shifting into a higher gear of spiritual grace when it needs to.
The Hunger Games (12A)
Teens are signed up, trained up and scrubbed up for a reality TV game of death in this »
- Steve Rose
The Miners' Hymns (2011) is "an elegant, elegiac found-footage work from Bill Morrison, best known for his silent-film reverie Decasia," writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times. "A miner himself of a type, Mr Morrison has dug into the archives of the likes of the British Film Institute to cull primarily black-and-white images so rich, so alive with dirty faces, shadows and the occasional pit pony that they resurrect a world that for many has long been lost to history." It screens from today through Tuesday at Film Forum with three of Morrison's shorts, previewed by Cinespect's Ryan Wells. Release (2010) "uses found footage of the 1930 release of Al Capone from Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary," while Outerborough (2005) "gorgeously catches a ride on a trolley making its voyage across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. Morrison gives us a split screen with two perspectives: a camera facing Brooklyn, another looking back at Manhattan. »
Norwegian film Kompani Orheim (The Orheim Company) was awarded the Dragon Award for the best Nordic film at the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival held from January 27 to February 6,2012. Directed by Arild Andersen as part of a trilogy about a personage named Jarle Kepp,the film is a dark, but warm, humorous, and moving tale of Jarle’s childhood at the hands of an alcoholic and brutal father. Strongly in contention for the award were 10 Timer Til Paradis (Teddy Bear), a Danish feature directed by Mads Mattheisen, about a mature adult trying to escape the imposing presence of his mother, and Pojktanten (She Male Snails), a documentary feature directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark, which won a special mention from the jury as well as the audience award for best Nordic feature.
The Göteborg international film festival held in Sweden’s second largest city is a mecca for films from Norway, »
- Asha Kasbekar
The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau said that a child should not be taught about religion until he or she asks about it independently. Sadly, Rousseau's wisdom has rarely been taken to heart and parents ship their bored children to go through the motions of religious rights of passages via part-time schooling. With a little effort, one could craft a captivating tale involving a bored priest and an ineffective teacher failing to instill faith in a young girl who wants religion in her life, or at least wants to understand it. Corpo Celeste takes a passing glance at that tale and then meanders about in an inept, self-important manner where simple points are turned into filler, characters fail to develop, and every "big" moment is ruined by clumsy, heavy-handed direction. Instead of thinking about faith, our minds can only ponder "Why was the premise for a short film turned into a bloated, »
- Matt Goldberg
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