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Yves Montmayeur to explore feminism in Asian pop culture by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-01-20 15:22:20

Guy Maddin with Kim Morgan in photo booth in Yves Montmayeur's The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin

The director of Michael H - Profession: Director, the documentary about Michael Haneke which features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler, Béatrice Dalle, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, is off to Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. Yves Montmayeur has his sights on Shu Qi (Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin), Michelle Yeoh and Cheng Pei-Pei (Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhao Wei (Ma Jingle and Dong Wei's Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior) and Eihi Shiina (Audition, Tokyo Gore Police) for his "new documentary film on 'Amazons in the Asian Pop Culture'! Or how Asian warrior women are dealing with martial arts and feminism."

The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin director Yves Montmayeur Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

His latest film, The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin, which stars Isabella Rossellini, Udo Kier, Kenneth Anger, John Waters,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #9. Michael Haneke’s Flashmob


Director: Michael Haneke // Writer: Michael Haneke

The cinema of Michael Haneke may be described as cold, distant, even isolating, as the Austrian auteur prizes the examination of estrangement and the discontent of families or individuals trapped within the confines of what we refer to as modern society. He also cares little for coddling audiences, often directly criticizing what we’ve come to expect and desire from cinematic narratives. Starting out as a director in television in the early 1970′s, it would be his 1989 feature debut The Seventh Continent that first garnered attention, followed by 1992′s Benny’s Video (starring Angela Winkler), which played at Director’s Fortnight, as did his 1994 title 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance. In 1997, Haneke would direct a television adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle, starring Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Muhe, the acting couple that would headline one of his most galvanizing titles also that year with Funny Games,
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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' movies

EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' movies
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about those movies that hit a little too close to home. All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there's beastliness roiling within everyone. But let's get real: You don't see news reports about werewolves, vampires,
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The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival Lineup Announcement

Many filmmakers got their start on the independent film circuit.

So who will follow the greats such as Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Oren Peli (“Paranormal Activity”), Marc Forster (“World War Z”) and Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”)?

The Slamdance Film Festival announced their lineup for the Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition after receiving over 5,000 submissions this year.

All of the competing films are directorial debuts with less than $1 million and without Us distribution. The films include 11 world premieres, 4 North American premieres and one Us premiere.

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will take place January 17-23in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn, 255 Main Street.

Here’s the lineup:

Narrative Features Program

Copenhagen – Director & Screenwriter: Mark Raso

(USA, Canada, Denmark) World Premiere

A charming scoundrel visiting the city of his father’s birth, William is drawn to his impromptu guide Effy – wise, spontaneous, and half his age.

Cast: Gethin Anthony,
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Slamdance unveils feature line-up

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Top brass at the upcoming 20th Slamdance Film Festival have revealed their narrative feature and documentary line-up, one day before the first programme announcements are due from Park City neighbour Sundance.

There are 10 narrative and eight documentary films including 11 world premieres, four North American and one Us.

Festival organisers sorted through more than 5,000 submissions to find the 18 titles, all of which are feature directorial debuts budgeted at under $1m and without Us distribution.

Jury awards are presented to feature films in both categories and all films are eligible for the Spirit Of Slamdance Award judged by the film-makers themselves. The festival also presents Audience Awards.

“The 2014 Feature Competition bristles with raw talent and innovative filmmaking,” said Slamdance president and co-founder Peter Baxter. “As an organisation run by film-makers for film-makers, we couldn’t imagine a truer way of representing the first 20 years and beginning our next.”

The 2014 Slamdance Film Festival will run concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival
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Michael H. Profession: Director DVD Review

Director: Yves Montmayeur

Starring: Michael Haneke, Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Beatrice Dalle, Susanne Lothar, Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant,,

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Certificate: 18

Michael Haneke, you either love him or hate him. In fact, some people downright despise him, well his films at least, as Haneke is a directors that constantly challenges the audience and forces them to confront their greatest fears. Michael H. – Profession Director is an in-depth portrait of the German director responsible for such cinematic classics as Funny Games, The White Ribbon, Cache, and Amour.

The film is playfully structured, running from Haneke’s most recent project (Amour) and working its way backwards through his filmography. In many ways it shows Haneke’s evolution in reverse, but it’s an incredible watch as the film starts with Haneke stating that he doesn’t like to discuss his films too much, but then shows him being a lot more receptive to the idea.
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Reader Spotlight: Patrick in Germany

We're getting to know the Film Experience community one-by-one. This is going to take us forever! (That's a good thing. Thank you so much for being part of such a big vibrant fanbase.) Today we're talking to Patrick who lives in Germany and writes for, a German site devoted to our favorite awards show.

Hi, Patrick. How long have you been reading The Film Experience?

Maybe 6 years? I like this site so much since it's always interesting topics and wonderful to read.

I know you're really into the Oscars but how about the Lolas, Germany's own movie awards. Which German stars do you recommend our international readers get to know?

The Lolas are not as big of a deal as they should be, but I love some German actors who are still too unknown abroad but doing great work all the time, like: Sibel Kikelli (two time Lola
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Anna Karenina | Review

All Good Movies Are the Same: Joe Wright’s Lavish Tolstoy Adaptation a Decadent Affair

Groaning beneath the weight of its classic source material, not to mention the reputation of past perennial adaptations, appearing every decade or so, Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina manages to bugle itself forward successfully, though this train doesn’t quite avoid significant gaps in its well grooved track. After the success of his 2005 adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, Wright’s decision to tackle another world literary classic for cinematic repolishing is not entirely surprising, though his ingratiating determination to fling muse Keira Knightley into nearly every vehicle doesn’t quite pay off as well as it has with his past projects.

To those uninitiated, in late 19th century Imperial Russia, two somewhat related love stories unfold, tempered by societal obligations and conceptions. We’re first introduced to an infidelity in Moscow, where Oblonsky (Matthew Macfayden), whose wife,
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The Castle DVD Review

Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Ulrich Mühe, Susanne Lothar, Felix Eitner, Frank Giering

Running Time: 123 minutes

Certificate: 12

Language: German with English subtitles

Extras: Trailers, Documentary 24 Realities Per Second (2005)

Synopsis: A man arrives at a distant snowbound village to take up his new post as land surveyor. However in an absurd turn of events, not only is there no post for him, but the mysterious “Castle” is putting obstacles in his way, and K.’s life soon descends into a spiral of futility and helplessness.

Austrian director Michael Haneke’s The Castle (1997) isn’t for everyone. A made-for-tv movie based on Frank Kafka’s novel of the same name, it’s a piece of film-making from his early career, before he went on to international success with The Piano Teacher (2001), Time Of The Wolf (2003) and his most recent work Amour (2012). Now The Castle is finally being released in the UK.

We follow the protagonist known as K.
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Michael Haneke: There's no easy way to say this…

Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or-winning film Amour will strike some as brutal, as its elderly characters grapple with the indignities of ageing. The director proves a challenging subject to interview as he evades and obstructs – much like his films

Michael Haneke likes to say that his films are easier to make than to watch. Cast and crew have fun, but he expects his audience to be disturbed, affronted, even sickened. "On the set I make jokes," he said when we met in Paris to discuss Amour, which deservedly won him the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year. "I can't get too involved, or it turns into sentimental soup. I try to keep it light."

What he tried to alleviate while making Amour was a grim anatomy of elderly debility and dementia, complete with incontinence, forced feeding and the eventual stench of putrefaction. The film follows the decline of an octogenarian musician,
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Susanne Lothar dies suddenly aged 51

Susanne Lothar dies suddenly aged 51
German actor Susanne Lothar, best known for her work with director Michael Haneke, has died suddenly at the age of 51. Her family lawyer, Christian Schetz, confirmed that Lothar died on Wednesday. He added he would not be providing further details "for understandable reasons".

Born in Hamburg, to actor parents, Lothar cut her teeth in theatre before winning the German federal film prize for her screen debut in the 1983 drama Strange Fruit. She went on to star in the likes of Snowland, the political saga If Not Us, Who? and Stephen Daldry's Oscar-winning Holocaust drama The Reader.

Lothar, however, was most acclaimed for her quartet of films with Haneke, starting with The Castle in 1997. She played an imperilled bourgeois in the controversial Funny Games, an anguished mother in The Piano Teacher
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The White Ribbon Actress Susanne Lothar Dead at 51

German actress Susanne Lothar, whose credits include Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "The White Ribbon" (2009) and Stephen Daldry's Oscar-winning "The Reader" (2008), died Wednesday. She was 51. No other details have been provided. Lothar was one of the most celebrated German character actors of her generation. At the German Film Awards, the local equivalent of the Oscars, she received four best actress nominations, winning once, in 1983, for her debut performance as Marga Schroth in Tankred Dorst's "Eisenhans" (1983). The actress was a favorite of Haneke, who cast her alongside her husband Ulrich Muhe as the parents of a family besieged by a pair of psychopaths in "Funny Games" (1997). Muhe, best-known for his starring role in the Oscar-winning drama "The Lives of Others," died of cancer in 2007. Lothar also appeared alongside Isabelle Huppert in Haneke's "The Piano Teacher" (2001) and as The Midwife in "The White Ribbon," which received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film.
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Susanne Lothar Dead: 'The Reader' Actress Dies At 51

Acclaimed German actress Susanne Lothar died on Wednesday at the age of 51. The Hamburg-born actress appeared in dozens of German films, but was best known for her roles in Michael Haneke's "The White Ribbon" in 2009, and the Oscar-nominated 2008 movie "The Reader," directed by Stephen Daldry. She also appeared in two other Haneke movies: In the 2002 drama, "The Piano Teacher," about a troubled but talented pianist, and in the original version of the psychological thriller "Funny Games," where she played one-half of a married couple who are terrorized by two intruders. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, Lothar was one of the most "celebrated German character actors of her generation," having been nominated for four German Film Awards (Germany's equivalent to the Oscars), and having one once for her role as Marga Schroth in the 1983 film "Eisenhans." Details have not yet been released on the cause of death. [via THR]
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'The Reader' actress Susanne Lothar dies, aged 51

'The Reader' actress Susanne Lothar dies, aged 51
Susanne Lothar has died, aged 51. The German actress starred in several-critically acclaimed films including Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner The White Ribbon and Stephen Daldry's Oscar-winning The Reader. Lothar's family lawyer confirmed that she passed away on Wednesday (July 25), but no details have yet to be released, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation in her home country, and was nominated for four 'Best Actress' prizes at the German Film Awards. Lothar won the award for her role as Marga Schroth in Eisenhans in 1983. Her other (more)
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Christoph Waltz Gives an Award for a Change

receving awards for Inglourious Basterds, is now giving them out. There he is (left) giving Best Actress to barefoot Sibel Kekilli at Germany's Oscars "The Lolas". I've never seen anyone accepting a Best Actress trophy while barefoot before but I hope to see someone do so sometime real soon.

If you've never heard the name Sibel Kekilli before, please do yourself a favor and rent Fatih Akin's erotic drama Head On (aka Gegen die Wand) She's got thunderclap force in that movie.

The Winners

Picture (Silver), Editing & Score: Hans-Christian Schmid's Storm, a war crime drama

Picture (Bronze) & Actress: When We Leave starring Sibel Kekilli

Supporting Actor: Justus von Dohnnanyi in Men in the City.

Children's Film: Lena Olbrich & Christian Becker's Vorstadtkrokodile which translates to something like Suburban Crocodiles

Documentary: Ernst Ludwig Ganzert and Ulli Pfau's The Heart of Jenin about a Palestinian father who donates his
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Modern Maestros: Michael Haneke

Robert here, continuing my series on great contemporary directors. I thought I’d stay overseas this week and feature a somewhat daunting European presence.

Maestro: Michael Haneke

Known For: difficult movies about human treacherousness and the breakdown of society.

Influences: Imagine the love-child of Robert Bresson and Franz Kafka. Then again, maybe don’t.

Masterpieces: The White Ribbon and Caché

Disasters: Not sure why Funny Games worked reasonably well in Europe but was a real misfire in it's American version. But it was.

Better than you remember: Let’s put it this way. If you remember a Haneke film as being bad because it was unpleasant, then it was probably better than you remember.

Awards: Nothing from the establishment, expectedly. But they love him in Europe, giving him the Palme d’Or for The White Ribbon and Best Director for Caché and the same for both films at the European Film Awards.
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The White Ribbon: 13 German Film Award Nominations

The White Ribbon, Michael Haneke’s depiction of rural Germany on the eve of World War I — and how the cute (if dangerous) little children of that era grew into the Nazis and their followers of the 1930s and 1940s — received 13 nominations for the Lolas, the German version of the Academy Awards. In the Lolas’ top categories, the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee (which lost to the Argentinean drama The Secret in Their Eyes) is up for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (also Haneke), Best Actor (Burghart Klaussner) and Best Actress (Susanne Lothar). Additionally, cinematographer Christian Berger is up for a Lola as well. Several weeks ago, Berger became the first cinematographer to [...]
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German Academy Awards 2010: Lola Nominations

The 2010 German Academy Award winners will be announced on April 23 in Berlin. Best film Everyone Else, dir. Maren Ade When We Leave, dir. Feo Aladag Soul Kitchen dir. Fatih Akin Storm dir. Hans-Christian Schmid The White Ribbon dir. Michael Haneke Desert Flower dir. Sherry Hormann Best documentary The Woman with the 5 Elephants dir. Vadim Jendreyko The Heart of Jenin dir. Marcus Vetter, Leon Geller Best children’s film Lippel’s Dream dir. Lars Buchel The Suburban Crocodiles dir. Christian Ditter Best director Maren Ade for Everyone Else Feo Aladag for When We Leave Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon Hans-Christian Schmid for Storm Best actress Corinna Harfouch for This Is Love Sibel Kekilli for When We Leave Susanne Lothar for The White Ribbon Birgit Minichmayr for Everyone Else Best actor Fabian Hinrichs for Schwerkraft Henry Hubchen for Whiskey [...]
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White Ribbon, The (Das weisse Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte) | Review

Director: Michael Haneke Writer: Michael Haneke Starring: Christian Friedel, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur, Ursina Lardi, Burghart Klaussner, Maria-Victoria Dragus, Rainer Bock, Susanne Lothar Welcome to the cold and grey environs of the Protestant north-German village of Eichwald during the fall harvest of 1913. Not long before the outbreak of World War I, Eichwald is still functioning as a semi-feudal society. The lord of the manor – the baron (Ulrich Tukur) – possesses a majority of the wealth and workforce of the village; the pastor (Burghart Klaußner) and the doctor (Rainer Bock) also wield some power due to their societal status. The three men enjoy absolute moral authority over the women, children and peasants of Eichwald. The baron treats his workers like slaves, caring little of their health and safety – one woman falls to her death through rotten floorboards of the baron’s sawmill, yet no one seems to care but her children. The
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The White Ribbon | Film review

A superb and disturbing film, Michael Haneke's vision of pre-first world war Germany offers no easy answers. By Peter Bradshaw

The White Ribbon is a ghost story without a ghost, a whodunnit without a denouement, a historical parable without a lesson, and for two and a half hours, this unforgettably disturbing and mysterious film leads its viewers alongside an abyss of anxiety.

It has chilling brilliance and icy exactitude, filmed in black and white with the lustre of liquid nitrogen, and its director, Michael Haneke, achieves a new refinement of mastery and audacity. He has created a film whose superb technical finish and closure seems to me in contrast to its status as an "open" text, a work which resists clear interpretation. It reminded me of the group-guilt dramas of Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Max Frisch, and also the 1980 novel Wie Deutsch Ist Es? by Walter Abish, in which the son of a 1944 anti-Hitler plotter,
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