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2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film

2018 César Awards: ‘Bpm’ Triumphs With Six Wins, Including Best Film
“Bpm” triumphed at the César Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Antoine Reinartz), Best Male Newcomer (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), Best Original Score, and Best Editing. Robin Campillo’s drama about AIDS activists in Paris also won the Grand Prix at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but wasn’t nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film — a snub that was met with some controversy.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” which is nominated for the Oscar, won the equivalent award. Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” also had a big night, taking Best Director, Best Actress (Jeanne Balibar), and three other prizes. Full list of winners:

Best Film

“Bpm,” Robin Campillo

“Au revoir là-haut,” Albert Dupontel

“Barbara,” Mathieu Amalric

“Le Brio,” Yvan Attal

“Patients,” Grand Corps Malade, Mehdi Idir

“Petit Paysan,” Hubert Charuel

“C’est La Vie,” Eric Tolédano, Olivier Nakache

Best Director

Robin Campillo,
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Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York Unveils Lineup (Exclusive)

Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York Unveils Lineup (Exclusive)
Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” a transfixing film about the celebrated French singer, will kick off the 23rd edition of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in New York, the festival co-organized by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance.

The Rendez-Vous will showcase 24 movies directed by a wide range of directors, from emerging helmers to well-established directors. The lineup includes Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s dramedy “C’est la vie!” (pictured); Albert Dupontel’s comic caper set in Jazz Age Paris “See You Up There”; Laurent Cantet’s “The Workshop”; Hubert Charuel’s “Petit Paysan”; Xavier Legrand’s harrowing domestic drama “Custody,” winner of Venice’s Silver Lion; and Xavier Beauvois’ “The Guardians,” a female-centered set against the backdrop of World War I.

Other titles set to unspool at the Rendez-Vous include Léonor Serraille’s complex portrait of a newly single woman “Montparnasse Bienvenüe,” winner of Cannes’ Golden Camera; Tonie Marshall’s feminist drama “Number One”; [link
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France’s Cesar Awards Lavishes Nominations on Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ and Julia Ducornau’s ‘Raw’

France’s Cesar Awards Lavishes Nominations on Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ and Julia Ducornau’s ‘Raw’
As awards season takes over Hollywood, keep up with all the ins, outs, and big accolades with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences has unveiled the nominees for this year’s Cesar Awards – considered the country’s equivalent to the Oscars – with Cannes Grand Prize winner “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” leading the pack with 13 nods, including best film, best director, best editing, and best original screenplay. Other standouts included Albert Dupontel’s “See You Up There” (13 nominations), Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara” (9 nominations), and “Bloody Milk” (8 nominations). Also of note, Julia Ducornau’s debut film, the vicious horror outing “Raw,” picked up 6 nods.

You can see the full list of Cesar nominations right here. This year’s ceremony will be held on March 2 at Paris’ Salle Pleyel.

Check out the rest of our Awards Roundup below.

– The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) has
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‘BPM (Beats Per Minute),’ ‘Au Revoir La-Haut’ Lead Cesar Nominations

‘BPM (Beats Per Minute),’ ‘Au Revoir La-Haut’ Lead Cesar Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut,” Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s “C’est la Vie” lead the nominations for the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will vie for a record 13 Cesar Awards, including best film, director, male newcomers (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot), supporting actor (Antoine Reinartz), supporting actress (Adele Haenel), costumes (Isabelle Pannetier), design (Emmanuelle Duplay), score (Arnaud Rebotini), cinematography (Jeanne Lapoirie), and editing (Campillo).

Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has garnered several accolades overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film. It also picked up prizes at the Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals. However, it was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and the Oscars.

Playtime sold the
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The Match Factory Acquires Three More Berlinale-Bound Titles (Exclusive)

German independent powerhouse The Match Factory has acquired three more movies bound for the Berlin Film Festival: Philip Gröning’s “My Brother’s Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot” and Axel Petersén and Måns Månsson’s “The Real Estate,” both of which will premiere in competition, and Damiano and Fabio D’Innocenzo’s “Boys Cry,” which will unspool in the Panorama section.

The Match Factory’s Berlinale slate also includes two more competition titles, Christian Petzold’s “Transit” (pictured) and Laura Bispuri’s “Daughter of Mine.”

Gröning’s “My Brother’s Name Is Robert and He Is an Idiot” follows a pair of teenage twins, Robert and Elena, through the turmoil of adolescence. The Match Factory previously worked with Gröning on “The Police Officer’s Wife,” which won Venice’s Special Jury Prize in 2013.

“The Real Estate” is a satirical comedy about Stockholm’s tough housing market. The film centers on 68-year-old Nojet, who inherits
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France’s 2017 Box Office Scores Third-Biggest in 50 Years

France’s 2017 Box Office Scores Third-Biggest in 50 Years
France confirmed its status as Europe’s biggest nation of moviegoers in 2017 with 209.2 million admissions, the third biggest score in the last 50 years, according to the National Film Board (Cnc).

In both euro and dollar terms, France’s 2017 box office was also the third-biggest in modern times with an estimated $1.64 billion (1.36 billion euros) grossed — 2% down on 2016.

While total admissions for American films fell by 8.6% (102.04 million admissions) in 2017, Hollywood films such as “Despicable Me 3” (pictured), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Baby Boss” dominated the chart.

Three French movies showed up in the top 10 highest-grossing films: Luc Besson’s science-fiction pic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and a pair of French-language comedies, Dany Boon’s “Raid Dingue” and Philippe Lacheau’s “,” the only two French-language films which grossed over $25 million in 2017.

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s dramedy “C’est La Vie,” meanwhile, took the 12th slot with an estimated $23.7 million.

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François Ozon on the Playfulness of ‘L’amant double,’ Criticism, and Jury Fights

Ever since making his feature debut with the darkly comical Sitcom, French writer/director François Ozon has been making the world feeling horny and shocked with his films, often at the same time. With a body of work that also includes Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Under the Sand, In the House and the glorious one-two punch of 8 Women and Swimming Pool, you’d think the prolific provocateur might soon be running out of tricks.

Think again. His latest erotic thriller, L’amant double, which premiered in competition at Cannes this year, proved to be the film scandaleux of the festival. Starring Marine Vacth as Chloé, a young woman who one day discovers her psychiatrist partner Paul (Jérémie Renier) might have an evil twin brother and gradually loses herself in a web of deceit and kinks, it’s the kind of dangerously sexy farce at which Ozon excels.

We had
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Film Is A Work Like Any Other: Talking with Christian Petzold and Christoph Hochhäusler

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Christian Petzold's The State I Am In (2000) and Christoph Hochhäusler's The City Below (2010) will be showing in September and October, 2017 on Mubi in most countries around the world.Christian Petzold (left) and Christoph Hochhäusler (right) on the set of Dreileben. Photo by Felix von Böhm.We meet in Christian Petzold’s office in Berlin-Kreuzberg. A giant wall of whispering books, almost like a Borgesian brain of fiction, encircles the table at which Christoph Hochhäusler, myself and the owner take place to discuss their films. The idea of the interview was to get Petzold’s take on Hochhäusler’s The City Below (2010) and Hochhäusler’s take on Petzold’s The State I Am In (2000). In the end, both filmmakers ended up talking about a lot more, as cinema for them has always been something that shines most brightly when remembering it, discussing it and loving it. The fictions proposed
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Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing

Homegrown German Films Makes Global Showing
While German-language films screening at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are scant in number, German talent and market titles nevertheless offer a glimpse of current and upcoming productions, ranging in subject matter from prehistoric adventure and Nazi-era intrigue to modern day terrorism and romance in the face of sorrow.

This year’s crop of local productions follows a standout year for German films, which not only made an impressive showing on the international festival circuit but also at both the domestic and international box office. Maren Ade’s Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann,” a bittersweet comedy about an aging father trying to reconnect with his distant, workaholic daughter, enjoyed a stellar year, winning a slew of international prizes, including five European Film Awards, sweeping this year’s German Film Awards, and leading to Ade’s selection for this year’s Cannes competition jury.

Domestically, the refugee crisis was the focus of
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Stars of ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Join Effort to Highlight German Cinema (Exclusive)

Stars of ‘Babylon Berlin,’ Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Join Effort to Highlight German Cinema (Exclusive)
Six German actors have been chosen to lead the second wave of an effort to highlight German cinema around the world after a year that saw the success of such films as Oscar-nominated “Toni Erdmann” and high-end television dramas like “Deutschland 83.”

Volker Bruch (pictured, far left), star of Tom Tykwer’s eagerly anticipated TV series “Babylon Berlin” from Sky, will join up-and-coming actors Louis Hofmann and Jannis Niewoehner as well as more established stars Alexander Fehling, Ronald Zehrfeld and Tom Schilling in the “Face to Face With German Films” campaign. The initiative by national film-promotion body German Films was first launched last fall with six leading German actresses, including “Toni Erdmann” star Sandra Hueller.

The six actors are to serve as ambassadors of German cinema at festivals and events around the world, and will all attend next month’s Cannes Film Festival for the new phase’s official launch.
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The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 2

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 2
As the film-business-crowds move through meetings designed to meet all sorts of movie-related objectives in this vast mix of people, and the movie-going public lines up for films in the Competition, Out-of-Competition, Panorama, Forum and Retrospectives; and families attend the Generation series, some for kindergarteners and others for preteens and some for those 14 and up, and as the constant exchange of ideas continues, there is lots of buzz, mostly positive about the Hungarian Competition film “On Body and Soul”.“On Body and Soul” by Ildikó Enyedi

Buzz continues the next day both pro and con about Oren Moverman’s Competition film, “The Dinner” which is definitely a must-see for each to decide on one’s own response to it. As Scott Roxborough in The Hollywood Reporter says, it “looks like just the political dish the times demand.” Produced by Caldecot Chubb, the script was originally to be written by Moverman for Cate Blanchett to direct.
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SS-gb episode 1 review

Louisa Mellor Feb 19, 2017

This new BBC Len Deighton adaptation SS-gb imagines an alternative 1941 in which Germany won the Battle of Britain

This review contains spoilers.

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Nuance and Nazis rarely go hand in hand. It's the skulls on the hats - they invite more shades of pantomime than subtlety. Mega successful Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade don't miss an opportunity for Nazi or noir cliché in the first episode of SS-gb, their five-part adaptation of Len Deighton’s bestselling alt-history novel.

We’re introduced to high-ranking Nazi officer Standartenführer Huth (Lars Eidinger) overseeing an autopsy from the shadows. His subordinate Kellerman (Rainer Bock) has “the subtlety of a pig” he complains, before stubbing out his cigarette in a specimen dish and stalking off, black cane in leather-gloved hand, promising our hero “We are going to be busy,
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Christian Petzold’s 'Transit' goes to Match Factory

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Exclusive: German sales agent boards next project from the director of Phoenix [pictured].

The Match Factory has boarded international sales for Christian Petzold’s next feature Transit, a contemporary reworking of Anna Seghers’ 1944 novel about refugees attempting to flee through Marseille after the Nazi invasion of France in 1940.

Paula Beer, who won the best newcomer award at Venice last year for iFrancois Ozon’s Frantz, and Franz Rogowski (Tiger Girl) lead the cast on the film, which will begin a 40-day shoot in Marseilles from mid-May.

Transit will mark the 11th collaboration between Petzold and Berlin-based production company Schramm Film after such films as The State I Am In, Yella, Barbara and Phoenix. Schramm Film is in this year’s Competition with Thomas Arslan’s road movie Bright Lights, which is also handled by The Match Factory.

Transit has received €500,000 funding from the German-French Funding Committee and €350,000 from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Marseille-based Neon is on board as co-producer and Piffl
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The People vs. Fritz Bauer

What happens when a prosecutor tracks down one of the most evil criminals of the century, only to find that politics and corruption prevent him from issuing an arrest warrant? This is the true story of the hunt for the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann — not from the Pov of the Israeli agents that pounced on him in Argentina, but a German prosecutor hemmed in on all sides by Nazi sympathizers in his own government bureaucracy.

The People vs. Fritz Bauer


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2015 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer / Street Date January 10, 2017 / 30.99

Starring Burghardt Klaußner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Schenck, Cornelia Goöscher, Lilith Stangenberg.

Cinematography Jens Harant

Film Editor Barbara Gies

Original Music Christopher M. Kaiser, Julian Maas

Written by Lars Kraume, Olivier Guez

Produced by Thomas Kufus

Directed by Lars Kraume

As a movie reviewer I’m attracted to certain subjects. I’ve written up
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‘Barbara’ & ‘Phoenix’ Director Christian Petzold To Helm Refugee Drama ‘Transit’

A trifecta of films — “Jerichow,” “Barbara,” and most recently, “Phoenix” — has turned German filmmaker Christian Petzold into an arthouse favorite. And the good news for fans is that his next movie is gearing up, and as always, it sounds promising.

Read More: Guilt And Rubble: 15 Essential Post-War Films

Petzold will direct an adaptation Anna Seghers‘s classic novel, “Transit.” Set at the cusp of WWII after Germany invades France, the story follows a man who escapes a Nazi concentration and flees to Marseilles, where he’s tasked with an assignment that will bring him an intimate understanding of the plight of refugees.

Continue reading ‘Barbara’ & ‘Phoenix’ Director Christian Petzold To Helm Refugee Drama ‘Transit’ at The Playlist.
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Venice: Wim Wenders’ ‘Beautiful Days of Aranjuez’ Leads German Contingent

Venice: Wim Wenders’ ‘Beautiful Days of Aranjuez’ Leads German Contingent
Wim Wenders’ “The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez,” a 3D adaptation of Peter Handke’s play about a man and a woman who share their thoughts on love while sitting in a garden on a summer day, is having its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

It’s one of a slew of German films and co-productions screening at this year’s fest.

Ukrainian helmer Sergei Loznitsa’s “Austerlitz,” a documentary about visitors to memorial sites at German concentration camps, produced by Germany’s Imperative Film, unspools out of competition.

“One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in former concentration camps looking at ovens in a crematorium,” Loznitsa says. “To try to come to grips with this, I made this film.”

Ronny Trocker’s “Die Einsiedler,” a German-Austrian co-production from Berlin-based Zischlermann Filmproduktion about the only
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Munich Film Festival Spotlights Best of German, World Cinema

Munich Film Festival Spotlights Best of German, World Cinema
The Munich Film Festival kicks off June 23 with some 180 feature films, documentaries and TV movies, including Maren Ade’s Cannes competition title “Toni Erdmann,” which opens this year’s event. Festival closes July 2. Germany’s second-biggest film fest offers an ideal summer platform for world cinema, cutting-edge German films, and new discoveries while also showcasing young talents. “We have a fantastic line-up with well-known directors, but also discoveries from countries like Vanuatu or Nepal, which are in our program for the first time,” says festival director Diana Iljine. Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” closes the event.


The Spotlight sidebar is known for presenting lavish productions, big-name filmmakers, and major stars. This year is no different. The lineup includes: Paul Schrader’s “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe; Jason Batemen’s “The Family Fang,” with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken; Werner Herzog’s documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries
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Jews in the News: La Jewish Film Festival to Screen Gripping Television and László Nemes First Film

This is a "go to" festival for international filmmakers with Jewish films who want to have their films premiere in Hollywood. The 11th L.A. Jewish Film Festival May 18th through May 25.

Opening night on May 18 will be a grand, red carpet, star-studded gala at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills. Lajff will recognize the Laemmle Theater family with a special honor for their ongoing commitment to film and filmmakers. This family, headed by legendary Universal studio owner, Carl Laemmle and continuously run by subsequent three generations of Laemmles, is truly a force of nature. The Laemmle Theaters is a 75+ year old family run business which has established a sense of community through film in every neighborhood of Los Angeles they touch. The Laemmle family also supports many local organizations.

Watch this wonderful history of the Laemmle theaters in which Gregory Laemmle, the President of Laemmle Theaters, gives the Beverly Hills Historical Society a summary of the Laemmle family movie theater's history and his programming of the Fine Arts and Music Hall theaters in Beverly Hills.

Opening night film is the North American premiere of “False Flag” /”Kfulim”, a gripping espionage thriller TV series (now known as “filmed entertainment”) which premiered at the Berlinale’s inaugural Special Series section and won the Grand Prize at Series Mania. It comes from the makers of “Homeland” as it first appeared in Israel in 2015 before being remade for U.S. audiences.

Created by Amit Cohen and Maria Feldman, Amit will be present after the screening for a Q&A with actor Angel Bonanni.

Variety, October 2015 called it a “Thrill Ride. Keshet’s hot strike may continue with False Flag”

C21 Hot Picks for Mipcom 2015 said, “’False Flag’ has a touch of ‘Homeland’ about it and could be the next big Israeli drama”.

Directed by Oded Ruskin, it stars Ishai Golan, Ania Bukstein, Angel Bonanni, Roy Assaf and Orna Salinger who play five Israeli citizens who find themselves plunged into a gripping international espionage affair overnight. These ordinary people, going about their daily business, wake up one morning to discover that they are implicated in a ruthless kidnapping operation following the disappearance of the Iranian Defense Minister while on a secret visit to Moscow. News bulletins repeatedly flash their names and passport photos on screen, linking them to video footage from the kidnapping.

French pay TV channel Canal Plus acquired exclusive rights to “False Flag” for France from Keshet International. Will it be remade for U.S.??? We shall see.

In addition to the opening night ceremony, this year will be the first year for a new award. Lajff will establish the Marvin Paige Hollywood Legacy Award. Marvin Paige who died in 2014 was a classic Hollywood casting director, the go-to Hollywood star wrangler of anybody and everybody needing to get a hold of a celebrity. He worked with Lajff for its entire 11 years and his work continues with his former protégé.

Read Leonard Maltin on Marvin Paige

The Marvin Paige Hollywood Legacy Award will be presented on closing night, Wednesday, May 25th, at the iconic Beverly Hills theater, The Fine Arts, to legendary actress Marsha Hunt, formerly blacklisted and still known as a free speech and humanitarian activist today at age 98!).

Closing night film Wednesday, May 25th is the classic, 72 year old movie ”None Shall Escape” starring Marsha Hunt and directed by André De Toth, starring Marsha Hunt, Alexander Knox, Henry Travers, and written by Alfred Neumann and Joseph Than (Alfred Neumann and Joseph Than were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story.)

"None Shall Escape" is a 1944 war film. Even though the film was made during World War II, the setting is a post-war Nuremberg-style war crimes trial. Production began August 31, 1943 and finished October 26, more than eighteen months before the war in Europe ended. About the career of a Nazi officer as shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal, the film will be discussed by film historian, Professor Jan Christopher Horak with Marsha Hunt in person.

There will also be a very special screening of Israel’s beloved, 1966 film musical, “Sheni Kuni Lemel”/ “The Flying Matchmaker” featuring an appearance from L.A. local celebrity and star of the film, Mike Burstyn who starred in the film when he was just 19 years old. This is the first screening of the newly restored print from Israel - the first to be shown in the U.S. Lajff will honor this classic Israeli star with an award on the first night of the screening for “Sheni Kuni Lemel”. (Learn more here:

Another film definitely to be seen is the first film made by Oscar-winning director of “Son of Saul”, László Nemes. The 2008,14 minute short, “ With a Little Patience” will be playing before “Fever at Dawn” on May 23. Director László Nemes fixes the camera on the evocatively stoic face of a young female office clerk, capturing her every nuance as she methodically goes about her daily routine, which leads to a solemn revelation just outside the window, where a man is waiting. The film premiered at the Venice International Film Festival

and was the winner at the 14th Drama International Short Film Festival.

Monday, May 23, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, Beverly Hills program introduction by Consul General of Hungary, Laszlo Kalman

Another top film here is “The People Vs. Fritz Bauer”. If you saw the German submission for the Academy Award this year, “Labyrinth of Lies” you will know the story, but will find this film much,much more authentic and engrossing. It is the real story of the boss of the young man “Labyrinth” who is the true life hero.

Audience Award Winner at the Locarno International Film Festival, World Premiere Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Cohen Media has U.S. rights.

Its L.A. premiere will be Tuesday, May 24, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall. Drama, Germany, 2015, 105 minutes, Director: Lars Kraume, in German with English subtitles

Top German actors Burghart Klaussner (“The White Ribbon”) and Ronald Zehrfeld (“Barbara”, “Phoenix”) star in this riveting historical thriller, which chronicles the staggering efforts of German district attorney Fritz Bauer to bring Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann to justice.

Few figures encapsulate the conflicted character of postwar Germany better than Fritz Bauer, the Attorney General who was instrumental in bringing the elusive Adolf Eichmann to trial in Israel. This film is both a portrait of this complex man and a riveting historical thriller that chronicles the Herculean efforts and tremendous risks undertaken en route to apprehending the chief engineer of the Nazis' Final Solution.

In the late 1950s, Germany flourishes under the economic miracle, and grows increasingly apathetic about confronting the horrors of its recent past. Nevertheless, Fritz Bauer (Burghart Klaussner) relentlessly devotes his energies to bringing the Third Reich to justice. One day Bauer receives a letter from Argentina, with information about Adolf Eichmann. He is excited by the promising lead, but obstructed at every turn by authorities with Nazi ties, many of them former higher-ups under Hitler, now in top government positions. Bauer journeys to Jerusalem to seek alliance with Mossad, the Israeli secret service. This is an act of treason — yet committing treason is the only way Bauer can serve his country.

Fritz Bauer was the Attorney General portrayed in “Labyrinth of Lies.” This is the story that led up to the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials.

Introduction: Deputy Consul General Stefan Biedermann of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany

“A La Vie” / “To Life”

Drama, France, 2014, 104 minutes

Director: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann

Starring: Julie Depardieu, Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément

Audience Award Winner at Warsaw Jewish Ff 2015

Breaking Glass has U.S. rights.

Veteran French writer/director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (“He’s My Girl” - Lajff 2011) sets his engaging new drama in postwar Paris where Hélène (Julie Depardieu), a young Auschwitz survivor rebuilds her life while searching for her friends from the camp, Lily and Rose (Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément). When the women are finally reunited, they share a watershed vacation in 1962 in a seaside resort, enjoying the intimacies of life, love and faith. This emotionally complex film about the sustaining power of women’s friendship was inspired by the director’s mother and her annual vacation with the friends she made in the camps. Don’t miss this masterful film starring a trio of award-winning actresses.

Children Of Giant

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La Premiere

Documentary, United States 2015, 85 minutes

Director: Hector Galan

Thursday, May 19 at the Laemmle's Town Center, Encino at 7:30 pm

Marilyn Moss, George Stevens biographer, M.G. Lord, Elizabeth Taylor biographer Plus Earl Holliman (actor from the film) and Jim Silke join the panel discussion, moderated by Nick Redman.

Sixty years after the Hollywood blockbuster that dared tackle the issue of prejudice against Mexican-Americans, “Children Of Giant” explores the cultural and social legacy of the landmark 1956 drama. Starring a legendary trio—Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James DeanGiant is the epic story of a powerful West Texas ranching dynasty, and the Anglo-Latino tensions their characters encounter. Edna Ferber, the daughter of a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, whose own encounters with discrimination informed her work, bases the film on the novel. Similarly stirred to address human rights issues after his WWII military service, Oscar-winning director George Stevens embraced the book’s controversial themes of feminism, class division and racism in the post-war American Southwest. The lavish production had an enormous impact on the dusty little town of Marfa, Texas, and the Mexican-Americans who saw it as a first exposure to their second-class status.

Rare behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the movie complement interviews with surviving cast and crew, film historians, as well as residents whose lives mirrored the social issues explored onscreen.

“Golan: A Farewell To Mr. Cinema”

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La Premiere

Documentary, UK/Israel, 74 minutes

Directed by Christopher Sykes

Sunday, May 22, 7:00 pm, Laemmle’s Music Hall, Beverly Hills

Speakers for Golan: Farewell to Mr. Cinema. Sam Firstenberg and Sybil Danning.

This film is the final chapter in the extraordinary life and career of Menahem Golan, Israeli movie director, producer, mogul and 'madman'. Golan and his cousin Yoram Globus, pursued the American Dream and turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and becoming the most powerful independent film company in the world; Cannon Films. Golan produced movies featuring such stars as Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Charles Bronson.

In his eighties and living in Jaffa, Golan looks back to his great days in Hollywood, forward to a new blockbuster, and dreams of the Oscar he has always wanted...

In Search Of Israeli Cuisine

La Premiere


Documentary, United States 2015, 97 minutes

Thursday, May 19, 7:30 pm Laemmle’s Music Hall, Beverly Hill

Q&A with Amelia Saltsman, cookbook author and personality and Rob Eshman, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal.

Sunday, May 22, 4:30 pm, Laemmle’s Town Center, Encino

Q&A with Elana Horwich, owner of Meal with a Spiel

Director: Roger Sherman

Starring: Michael Solomonov

Michael Solomonov, the James Beard award-winning celebrity chef-restaurateur travels across Israel to savor a food revolution rooted in centuries-old tradition. Developed in only the last 30 years and using both ancient farming techniques and high-tech innovations, Israel’s food scene is among the most dynamic in the world. From Tel Aviv’s most exclusive eateries to street bazaars, Israeli-American Solomonov interviews chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today — Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, and Druze. This journey to his homeland reaffirms that Israeli cuisine is a beautiful and delectable reflection of the country’s unique diversity.

In a gastronomical expedition, celebrity chef-restaurateur Michael Solomonov zigzags Israel to savor a food revolution rooted in centuries-old tradition.

Israel’s food scene is among the most dynamic in the world, extending beyond falafel and hummus to include tasty ethnic and regional specialties. Having won the James Beard award for embracing these authentic flavors, Israeli-American Solomonov returns to his homeland to discover his culinary heritage anew. From Tel Aviv’s most exclusive eateries, to street bazaars, to simmering pots in family kitchens, “In Search Of Israeli Cuisine” excites the taste buds with multi-cultural recipes passed on and elevated. But even food is not immune to sectarian conflict, as Palestinian cooks chafe when their savory secrets are adapted by Jewish chefs. Equally eye-opening is the story behind the ingredients that Israel produces using both ancient farming techniques and high-tech innovations. Combining a procession of mouthwatering dishes and interviews with chefs, home cooks and farmers of all backgrounds, Oscar-nominated documentarian Roger Sherman presents a diverse portrait of the Israeli people told through the very personal language of food.

Rob Eshman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Jewish Journal, Blog “Foodaism” to lead discussion. Additional guests Tbd. Sponsored by the Jewish Journal and the Consulate General of Israel

Food sponsored by Mickey Fine Pharmacy & Grill and Yrf Darca

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What's contemporary Europe got that we ain't got? Powerful, serious filmmaking like that by Christian Petzold, starring the impressive Nina Hoss. Their sixth collaboration is a loaded narrative that takes some pretty wild narrative themes -- plastic surgery, hidden identities -- and spins them in a suspenseful new direction. Phoenix Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 809 2014 / Color / 2:39 widescreen (Super 35) / 98 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date April 26, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Imogen Kogge. Cinematography Hans Fromm Film Editor Bettina Böhler Original Music Stefan Will Written by Christian Petzold, Haroun Farocki from ideas in the book Le retour des cendres by Hubert Monteilhet Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber Directed by Christian Petzold

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I had seen only one Christian Petzold feature before this one. 2012's Barbara is an excellent Deutsche-Millennial thriller starring Barbara Hoss as an East German doctor trying to do
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