Film Review: ‘Tito and the Birds’

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As Brazil falls heedlessly into far-right political clutches, the liberal message of Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoto’s ravishing animated feature “Tito and the Birds” turns out to be more unhappily timely than its makers would have hoped: Put simply, a society gripped by fear will never take flight. If the boy-against-the-world allegory carrying this moral is painted with a broad brush, so — often quite literally — is the film itself. Employing a darkly iridescent fusion of oil paint and digital embellishment, it renders a growing dystopia in shifting, seasick colors, distorted into about as much exquisite, Expressionist-inspired nightmare fuel as its family-film remit will allow.

A classy acquisition for newbie distributors Shout! Studios, this Annecy and Toronto premiere is among the 25 titles submitted in this year’s animated feature Oscar race. Comparisons to fellow Brazilian dazzler “Boy and the World,” a surprise 2015 nominee, are both obvious and merited,
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O Nome Da Morte Trailer: When Real Life Goes Haywire

Oh, boy, this could be good. A new trailer for O Nome da Morte really steps up the action after a tranquil beginning. André Mattos, Matheus Nachtergaele, and Marco Pigossi star; Henrique Goldman directed. Fernando Meirelles (City of God) serves as one of the producers. It's based on the true story of Julio Santana, a notorious hit-man who claimed to have killed hundreds of people. Maybe that's why the trailer, which you can watch below, looks so chilling. The film will open in theaters in Brazil on August 9. No word on other distribution yet....

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Full Us Trailer for 'Zama' About a Spanish Officer Stationed in Paraguay

"He who did justice without drawing his sword." Strand Releasing has debuted an official Us trailer for the film Zama, adapted from Antonio Di Benedetto's acclaimed novel, about a Spanish officer stationed in Paraguay separated from his wife and children. Daniel Giménez Cacho plays Don Diego de Zama, a real-life person who struggled with his mental and emotional state as isolation, bureaucratic setbacks, and self-destructive choices begin to compound themselves in his life. The cast includes Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Nahuel Cano, Mariana Nunes, and Daniel Veronese. This received rave reviews from some critics at the festivals where it played last year, though it seems like an acquired taste. Some may be fully into it, others may be bored by it, but it certainly is stunning to look at. See below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Lucrecia Martel's Zama, direct from Strand's YouTube: Zama,
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‘Zama’ Clips: Meet A Man Without Fear In Lucrecia Martel’s New Film

The day is almost here. Tomorrow, Venice Film Festival audiences will be the first to experience Lucrecia Martel‘s “Zama.” It’s the director’s first feature since 2008’s “The Headless Woman,” and one we’ve been eagerly awaiting. And now, a few more clips provide a new peek at the unique experience the filmmaker is bringing to the table.

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Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto, and starring Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Mariana Nunes, and Rafael Spregelburd, the film follows a bureaucrat who patiently awaits a better appointment by the king, even as he watches others around him move on to better placements.

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Watch: 'The Second Mother' Director Anna Muylaert's Berlin Premiere 'Don't Call Me Son' Has an Intense First Trailer

Watch: 'The Second Mother' Director Anna Muylaert's Berlin Premiere 'Don't Call Me Son' Has an Intense First Trailer
Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert's follow-up to her Sundance and Berlin prizewinner "The Second Mother" (2015) follows Pierre (Naomi Nero), a gender-bending 17-year-old, after he finds out that his "adoptive" mother, Arcay (Dani Nefussi), kidnapped him at birth — and as he grapples with meeting his more conservative biological parents, Gloria (also played by Nefussi) and Matheus (Matheus Nachtergaele). Read More: "Fest Hit 'The Second Mother' Brings Success — and Pain" Though it starts off jazzy and freewheeling, the trailer soon gets to the meat of what The Hollywood Reporter calls "an energetic and enlightening look at tangled family ties." Knocked sideways by the news, Pierre, born Felipe, must confront his mother's arrest, his new family's traditional expectations — "You paint your nails?" Gloria asks — and the affect of this clash of nature and nurture on his own identity. Loco reportedly attracted several...
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Top 10: Crime Movies

Article by Dan Clark

With the recent release of Lawless it had me thinking about one of my favorite movie genres. I’m not sure what it is but the crime genre has produced some of the greatest films of all time. That made creating this list even more difficult. One thing I did do to ease my pain a little was I didn’t include Westerns. I figured I would save those for their own list. After much frustration I was finally able to break it down to the Top 30 Crime Films of All Time. I’m sure some of the list will surprise you while others choices will be far more obvious.

Here’s the Top 10, and for the rest check out the full Top 30 rundown on Gcrn.

10) No Country for Old Men

Directed By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Written By: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Cormac McCarthy

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones,
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Torino Glbt Film Festival 2009: Feature Lineup

Torino Glbt Film Festival 2009: Feature Lineup Feature Films In Competition Rückenwind (Light Gradient) by Jan Krüger (Germany, 2009) friday 24 april, 18.30 – saturday 25 april, 14.30 El patio de mi cárcel (My Prison Yard) by Belén Macías (Spain, 2008) friday 24 april, 22.45 – saturday 25 april, 11.30 Gu huo (Fire in Silence) by Shen Weiwei (China, 2008) saturday 25 april, 18 – sunday 26 april, 14.15 Leonera (Lion’s Den) by Pablo Trapero (Argentina/South Korea/Brazil, 2008) saturday 25 april, 20 – monday 27 april, 11 Selda (The Inmate) by Ellen Ramos, Paolo Villaluna (Philippines, 2008) saturday 25 april, 22.15 – sunday 26 april, 11 A Festa da Menina Morta (The Dead Girl’s Feast) by Matheus Nachtergaele (Brazil, 2008) sunday 26 april, 18.15 – monday 27 april, 15.45 Serbis (Service) by Brillante [...]
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Best Bets Cannes 08: Un Certain Regard

  • I’m guessing that with one third of the films representing first time efforts, this year’s Un Certain Regard section will be a crapshoot for buyers and critics alike. Those that stick out among the pack come from promising directors with sophomore features such as…: Milh Hadha Al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea) (Annemarie JacirAnnemarie Jacir
[/link])We often see stories about the immigrant struggle in a country that is not theirs…this is the flipside Pov a former Palestinian finding it difficult to find her footing in her native land. Jacir’s debut looks like a sure bet for a healthy film festival circuit. Los Bastardos (Amat Esclante)Crossing the line for a pair of Mexican immigrants appears to take on a whole new meaning with Amat Esclante’s 2nd feature. His debut, Sangre belongs to the contemporary, art-house bunch of films that portrays a dismal life. Los Bastardos
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Complete 2008 Cannes Line Up: Main Comp, Ucr, Director's Fortnight & Critic's Week

  • Here is the complete 2008 Cannes Line Up. Main Competition: Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
[/link] - Three Monkeys (Turkey-France-Italy) Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne - Le Silence De Lorna (France-Belgium)Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Story (France) Clint Eastwood - Changeling (Us)Atom Egoyan - Adoration (Canada) Ari Folman - Waltz With Bashir (Israel) Philippe Garrel - La Frontiere De L'Aube (France) Matteo Garrone - Gomorra (Italy)Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York (Us) Eric Khoo - My Magic (Singapore) Lucretia Martel - La Mujer Sin Cabeza (Argentina-Spain) Brillante Mendoza - Serbis (The Philippines) Kornel Mondruczo - Delta (Hungary-Germany) Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas - Linha de Passe (Brazil) Paolo Sorrentino - Il Divo (Italy) Pablo Trapero - Lion's Den (Argentina-South Korea) Wim Wenders - The Palermo Shooting (Germany) Jia Zhangke - 24 City (China)Steven Soderbergh - Che (Us-Spain-France) -- one four-hour competion title comprised of The Argentine and Guerrilla Out of competitionSteven Spielberg -
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2008 Un Certain Regard Selections: Strong Batch of Contempo Auteurs make up Slate

[/link], last year’s Un Certain Regard Section had its share of misfires – films that took the experimental route but felt more like - old bath tub water. This year’s batch of twenty titles includes another mix of veteran and first time filmmakers with perhaps the James Toback's bio-docu on friend (Iron Mike) Tyson, Abel Ferrara’s latest work Chelsea On The Rocks and finally Bong Joon Ho, Leos Carax and Michel Gondry collab Tokyo! to garner the most attention from buyers and critic crowds. The five films I’m most looking forward to are Germany’s Wolke 9 by Andreas Dresen, Los Bastardos by Amat Escalante (he is the was the Dop for Carlos Reygadas’ first two films and a couple of years back he released another dismal portrait of Mexico with Sangre.
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Latin Wave Hits Cannes

  • South American cinema comes in like a lion at the 61st Festival de Cannes, with three films competing for the Palme D’or. That’s not even counting Steven SoderberghSteven Soderbergh
[/link]’s Che films (The Argentine and Guerilla) which also heavily represent the region. Walter Salles, who’s The Motorcycle Diaries competed for the Palme in 2004 (winning two awards), returns to the fest with Linha de Passe, a Brazilian production set in Sao Paolo’s urban projects. The film follows four soccer-obsessed brothers as they fight to escape poverty and realize their dreams. Argentina has two films in competition, both by Cannes neophytes. La Mujer Sin Cabeza by female director Lucrecia Martel, considered one of the pioneers of New Argentina Cinema, is a politically charged women’s drama. The highly buzzed Leonara by Pablo Trapero tells the story of a young mother trying to raise her son from prison. The
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