12 items from 2013
The 52nd Cannes International Critics' Week has unveiled its full lineup. Among the 11 features screening in the sidebar is David Lowery's acclaimed Sundance drama "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," screening out of competition. Katell Quillevere, whose debut feature "Love Like Poison" played in the 2010 Directors' Fortnight, will be back this year to open the sidebar with "Suzanne," starring Sara Forestier. Other highlights include Yann Gonzalez's sex comedy "Encounters After Midnight," Quebec filmmaker Sebastien Pilote's rural family drama "The Dismantling," and Agustin Toscano and Ezequiel Radusky's social comedy "The Owners." Read More: Soderbergh, Payne, Polanski and the Coens Lead 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup "Tabu" writer-director (and former film critic) Miguel Gomes heads the Cannes Critics's Week jury this year. The jury, comprised of four film journalists, will vote for one of the seven films playing in the competition. The 52nd International Critics' Week runs May »
- Nigel M Smith
Paris -- The 52nd Cannes’ International Critics’ Week unveiled its lineup Monday afternoon during a webcast released from its Paris headquarters. Among the 11 features screening in the sidebar, which showcases first and second films, are writer-director David Lowery’s Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, playing out of competition, and opening night French film Suzanne, starring Sara Forestier (The Names of Love) and directed by Katell Quillevere, whose debut feature Love Like Poison premiered in the 2010 Directors’ Fortnight. The seven-film competition will be presided over by jury president Miguel Gomes (Tabu) and will include five first-time features spanning
- Jordan Mintzer
Slightly over a year ago, after Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist came home with a Best Picture win and accomplished the unlikely feat of becoming a $100+ million worldwide hit, observations hit the web (ranging from hopeful to snarky) speculating whether or not the critical and financial success of this film would bring about a trend of new silent filmmaking. That the film’s gimmick seemed anathema to any marketing department’s formula for success stood as a provocation to an ever recycling Hollywood, declaring: if you revisit winning formulas, why not this one? Of course, few genuinely expected such a trend to actually come to fruition. In February 2012, David Denby wrote: “We should be happy that The Artist exists at all, of course. Even after being nominated for ten Oscars and winning numerous awards from critics’ groups and the guilds, the film still seems arbitrary—one of those freaks of idealism which sometimes occur in the movies »
- Landon Palmer
A pair of Portuguese-language films quietly examine the standoff between old Europe and modern multiculturalism
As immigration from former empires continues to change the west, a polite silence has settled in modern cinema regarding colonialism. With Pankaj Mishra and Niall Ferguson just two of the figures from other fields currently toiling to rewrite the book of the European powers' past (mis-)adventures, film seems content to sit and wait for clear instructions on how to proceed.
There's not been much colonially set cinema from the west in the past decade – because of what you might call point-of-view difficulties. These stories originally existed to bolster a sense of national identity. But even relatively balanced accounts taking in the conquerors' perspective, such as Zulu, are problematic – and commercially unviable – now that some of the descendants of the natives are probably British citizens.
So how does colonialism fit in terms of the European story today? »
- Phil Hoad
"Tabu" writer-director (and former film critic) Miguel Gomes will head the Cannes Critics's Week jury this year, it was announced by the festival today. The jury, comprised of four film journalists, will vote for one of the seven films playing in the competition. Making a name for himself in the industry with only three feature films ("The Face You Deserve," "This Dear Month of August" and "Tabu"), "Miguel Gomes perfectly embodies the mission of the Week: to discover new auteurs through a first or second work and be on the international scene," Cannes said. Gomes' latest, "Tabu," won both the Fipresci Prize and Alfred Bauer Award at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. He's currently preparing his next feature. Cannes runs May 16-24. »
- Nigel M. Smith
Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" led the 10th Annual International Cinephile Society Awards, taking prizes for best film, best director, best actor (Denis Lavant) and best film not in the English language. Other major winners included "Amour," which won best actress for Emmanuelle Riva, and "The Master," which won best supporting actor and best supporting actress for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, respectively. Full list of winners below. Picture 01. Holy Motors 02. Tabu 03. Amour 04. Zero Dark Thirty 05. The Master 06. Moonrise Kingdom 07. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 08. Django Unchained 09. Lincoln 10. Cloud Atlas Director Leos Carax – Holy Motors runner-up: Miguel Gomes – Tabu Film Not In The English Language 01. Holy Motors 02. Tabu 03. Amour 04. Once »
- Peter Knegt
The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, offering dozens (and dozens) of world premieres across mutliple sections. By the time the festival's Golden and Silver Bears are handed out next weekend, we'll have a good idea as to some of the best world cinema coming to theaters near you (eventually, that is -- some of last year's program is just coming out Stateside now). In the past few years, the festival has proven itself -- perhaps more than it has in some time -- as an excellent platform for emerging and proven talent in world cinema to debut their work. The past two years have collectively offered the likes of Miguel Gomes' "Tabu," Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation," Wim Wenders' "Pina," Christian Petzold's "Barbara," Paolo & Vittorio Taviani's "Caesar Must Die," Michael R. Roskham's "Bullhead," Benoit Jacquot's "Farewell My Queen," Bela »
- Peter Knegt and Eric Kohn
Following on from 2008's Our Beloved Month of August, Portuguese director Miguel Gomes returned victoriously last year with monochrome marvel and Berlin Film Festival hit Tabu (2012), an engaging, provocative and poetic drama set both in Portugal and in an unnamed African location. To celebrate Tabu's home entertainment release on 14 January, we've kindly been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to our loyal readers, courtesy of our good friends at New Wave Films. 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
Just as Sundance gets underway, another snow-covered city across the ocean is gearing up for a huge celebration of auteur-driven international film. Featuring the best international cinema from across the world, including Portugal, China and Russia, and bringing in many noted filmmakers to speak, including Carlos Suares (Post Tenebre Lux) and Miguel Gomes (Tabu), Black Movie Festival in Geneva promises to keep the focus on cinema, and only cinema, from January 18 - 27. I'll be there starting in the middle of next week posting dispatches and reviews, in between building snowmen, of course. Stay tuned!Check out their website for more information. Here's the full lineup:El muerto y ser feliz (The Dead Man and Being Happy) - Javier RebolloSofia's last ambulance - Ilian MetevEspoir voyage -...
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★★★★☆ The power of the lens to deconstruct colonial history is a primary concern in Miguel Gomes' third feature, Tabu (2012). Partitioned by two distinctive halves, it's a mesmeric example of how to unravel filmic modes without clogging up the narrative. The first section is set in modern day Lisbon and follows pious elderly woman Pilar (Teresa Madruga) and her concerns about neighbour Aurora (Laura Soveral), who's convinced that her African maid (Isabel Cardoso) is using voodoo against her. Pilar tracks down Ventura, a man from Aurora's past whom she once married at the foot of Africa's Mount Tabu, over 50 years prior.
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Slightly belatedly, Ricky D, Julian Carrington and Simon Howell unite for the first Sos of 2013 in order to count down their respective Top 10s of 2012, along with brief discussions about the year in general and Django Unchained in particular. The retrospective talk is accompanied br reviews of three of our favorite films of the year, heretofore unreviewed on the show: Michael Haneke’s Amour, Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, and Miguel Gomes’s Tabu.
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Donnie and Jow Emerson – “Baby”
Here We Go Magic – “Over the Ocean”
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Happy New Year and welcome to 2013 one and all! The last twelve months truly offered something for all cinematic tastes, with barn-storming Hollywood blockbusters such as Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, Joss Whedon's Avengers Assemble and Sam Mendes' box office-busting Skyfall sating the appetites of mainstream audiences, whilst arthouse gems such as Michael Haneke's Amour, Miguel Gomes' Tabu and Peter Strickland's Berberian Sound Studio challenged and delighted in equal measure. But what does 2013 have in store, on top of new releases from Kathryn Bigelow, Steven Spielberg and Zack Snyder? A handful of CineVue's finest contributors have provided a rundown of their own personal Top 5 releases of 2013 below.
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12 items from 2013
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