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Foreplays #15: Víctor Erice's "La Morte Rouge"

Foreplays is a column that explores under-known short films by renowned directors. Víctor Erice's La Morte Rouge (2006) is free to watch below.In his book The Cinema Hypothesis, Alain Bergala discusses the moment in childhood when a person encounters a film that will become essential in their relationship to cinema, noting that this experience is not subordinated to distinctions of taste or culture, but rather is defined by "aspects of the encounter, in its uniqueness, its unpredictability, and its power to astonish." There is perhaps no more beautiful film dealing intimately with this kind of encounter than Víctor Erice's thirty-minute essay, La Morte Rouge (2006). At the age of five, in the company of his older sister, Erice watched the first film of his life: The Scarlet Claw, a horror-mystery belonging to the Sherlock Holmes series. The screening of The Scarlet Claw is at the heart of La Morte Rouge,
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Film Review: Crazed Fruit (1956) by Ko Nakahira

Based on a novel that was written by the later Governor of Tokyo, „Crazed Fruit“ from 1956 offers a simple story with a messed up „boy meets girl“-plot. Director Kō Nakahira sets himself a controversial monument and immortalized his name in film history by telling the story of two brothers, who fall in love with the same girl.

Crazed Fruit is screening at the Japanese Avant-Garde and Experimental Film Festival

The love triangle is constructed between Eri, the femme fatale, who is married to a rich sugar daddy and has several toy boys besides; Haruji, the young, righteous main protagonist, whose innocence catches Eris attention; and Natsuhisa, who is Haruji’s older and reckless brother. Traveling to Kamakura, Natsuhisa introduces Haruji to his circle of friends. They are part of the so-called „Sun Tribe“, a youth culture based on cynical aimlessness or in their own words: „We live in boring times.
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Oscars: France Selects ‘Memoir Of War’ For Foreign Language Submission

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France has selected Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir of War as its official selection for the Oscars’ Foreign Language film race. The pic, which Finkiel adapted from Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical 1944 novel set in Nazi-occupied Paris, stars Mélanie Thierry in a story of love, loss, and perseverance against the backdrop of war.

Music Box Films holds U.S. rights to Memoir of War and released it in theaters last month.

The film came out on top on a shortlist that included Gaspar Noé’s Cannes buzz title Climax, the late Claude Lanzmann’s Les Quatre Sœurs, Mademoiselle De Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret, and Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu’à La Garde. The choice was finalized today by France’s National Film Center (Cnc), which said the film, known in France as La Douleur (The Pain), has seen 350,00 submissions in French theaters.

The plot centers on Duras (Thierry) who is is an active
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Win Last Year in Marienbad on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Last Year in Marienbad on 17th September, we’ve been given 1 copy to give away on Blu-ray.

A stunning new restoration of one of the most enigmatic and distinctive films ever made, this astounding collaboration between director Alain Resnais (Night and Fog) and leading French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet is a key moment in the French New Wave.

In a baroque spa hotel, an unnamed sophisticate (Giorgio Albertazzi) attempts to persuade a similarly unnamed married woman (Delphine Seyrig) that they have not only previously met, but that they were also romantically involved and had planned to elope together. The woman recalls no such encounter and so begins a sensual and philosophical examination of the uncertainty of truth. Strikingly composed and beautifully shot in Cinemascope by Sacha Vierny, Last Year in Marienbad hypnotically merges chronology to radically blur the boundaries of reality and fantasy. A seductive and utterly fascinating cinematic puzzle,
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‘Memoir of War’ (‘La Doleur’) Written and Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel

‘Memoir of War’ (‘La Doleur’) Written and Directed by Emmanuel Finkiel
Emmanuel Finkiel’s haunting adaptation of seminal author Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical novel The War: A Memoir stars a luminescent Mélanie Thierry in a riveting performance as Duras.

Mélanie Thierry (The Princess of Montpensier), Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher), Benjamin Biolay (Personal Shopper),Shulamit Adar

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Music Box Films, one of the finest of the arthouse distributors will be releasing this emotionally complex story of love, loss, and perseverance against the backdrop of war. Memoir of War opens in New York August 17 at Film Forum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Royal and at the Regal Edwards Westpark 8 in Orange County on August 24. Other cities will follow.

It’s 1944, and Duras is an active Resistance member along with her husband, writer Robert Antelme, and a band of fellow subversives in Nazi-occupied Paris. When Antelme is deported to Dachau by the Gestapo,
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Interview: Emmanuel Finkiel on Adapting Marguerite Duras' Semi-Autobiographical Work in Memoir Of War

It's a big challenge to adapt a book by one of the literary giants, Margeurite Duras. Known for her enigmatic, erotically charged, fiercely political writings and films, Duras was one of the key figures in the most significant French literary movement in the 20th century - Nouveau Roman. She also scripted Alain Resnais' greatest work, Hiroshima mon amour, which shares many of the themes with Memoir of War. Luckily for us, French director Emmanuel Finkiel has made a beautiful film here with Mélanie Thierry in her mesmerizing, star turning performance as Duras, based on her semi-autobiographical book, La douleur. I got a chance to talk to Finkiel about his adaptation process and the film's implication on the current political climate. Screen Anarchy: The film is...

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The Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs takes feature form for the 2018 Venice Film Festival

In a surprise twist no one saw coming The Coen Brothers’ initial anthology series, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, will be featuring at the 2018 Venice Film Festival as a full-length feature in the competition.

The film, which was declared a Netflix original, is made up of 6 of chaptered stories revolving around the American Frontier. As for chapter plot details, information is hard to find. Tim Blake Nelson stars as Scruggs alongside a cast that features names like Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits.

“We’ve always loved anthology movies, especially those films made in Italy in the Sixties which set side-by-side the work of different directors on a common theme,” the Coens said in a statement. “Having written an anthology of Western stories we attempted to do the same, hoping to enlist the best directors working today. It was our great fortune that they both agreed to participate.”

The
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Venice 2018. Lineup

Non-FictionThe programme for the 2018 edition of the Venice Film Festival has been unveiled, and includes new films from Tsai Ming-liang, Frederick Wiseman, Sergei Loznitsa, Olivier Assayas, the Coen Brothers, and many more.COMPETITIONFirst Man (Damien Chazelle)The Mountain (Rick Alverson)Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)The Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)The Ballad of Buster ScruggsVox Lux (Brady Corbet)Roma (Alfonso Cuarón)22 July (Paul Greengrass)Suspiria (Luca Guadagnino)Werk ohne autor (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)Peterloo (Mike Leigh)Capri-revolution (Mario Martone)What You Gonna Do When the World's On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)Sunset (László Nemes)Frères ennemis (David Oeloffen)Where Life is Born (Carlos Reygadas)At Eternity's Gate (Julian Schnabel)Acusada (Gonzalo Tobal)Killing (Shinya Tsukamoto)Out Of COMPETITIONFeaturesThe Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles)They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (Morgan Neville)L'amica geniale (Saverio Costanzo)Il diario di angela - noi
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‘The Favourite’ To Open 56th New York Film Festival

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite as the Opening Night selection for the 56th New York Film Festival. Deadline revealed last week that the film will make its world premiere at Venice, so this will be its New York premiere. That indicates it likely gets a showing at Telluride before the Nyff gala at Alice Tully Hall on Friday, September 28, 2018. Fox Searchlight Pictures releases it November 23. This becomes the second pic announced by Nyff, which recently set Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma to be the centerpiece selection. That film also will have its world premiere in Venice.

In The Favourite, the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) engage in a sexually charged fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) at the height of the War of the Spanish Succession.

Said
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Rushes. Claude Lanzmann, Kodak Tour, Football Movie Sponsorship

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSClaude Lanzmann, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Satre, 1967. Photo via Rithy Panh.Shoah director and singular cinematic chronicler of the Holocaust, Claude Lanzmann has sadly left us. Daniel Lewis provides a comprehensive remembrance for The New York Times. Last year, we wrote on his last five films films, Napalm and The Four Sisters, a quartet of documentaries.Recommended VIEWINGEven through his perhaps more artistically compromised mainland blockbusters, we remain dedicated fans of Tsui Hark's daring, punk cinematic vision. We especially highly regard his Detective Dee films, and thus are very excited for the forthcoming Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, which has received this ecstatic new trailer.An oddly modern trailer showcasing the new gorgeous restoration of Jacques Rivette's first masterpiece (starring Anna Karina!), The Nun (1966). In a qualitative sense, Yorgos Lanthimos' films
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Film Review: ‘The Second’

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Film Review: ‘The Second’
“This is what happens when you make up stories,” one character says about three-fourths of the way through the confidently ambitious “The Second,” and the line is a succinct summation of the deceptively deep goings-on beneath the film’s faintly sordid surface. The maiden project developed and produced under the Screen Queensland Originals program in partnership with the streaming service Stan (the film is playing commercially now and will commence it’s Stan stand July 20), “The Second” is a sexy and satisfying thriller that toys with time, memory and the provocative side of storytelling.

In keeping with the mysterious spirit of the proceedings, shhh — no names, please: riding the crest of her well-received and best-selling erotic thriller, the Writer (Rachael Blake) is off to her family’s sprawling and regally laid-out country estate for a sex-fueled working weekend with her boyfriend the Publisher (Vince Colosimo). Soon after they settle in,
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Scores on Screen. The Obvious Necessity for Memory: Music and Memory in "Hiroshima, mon amour"

Scores on Screen is a column by Clare Nina Norelli on film soundtracks.When French documentarian Alain Resnais was commissioned to produce a short film about the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, it initially seemed to him an impossible and daunting task. How does one convey onscreen the sheer magnitude of the horrific atomic attack and its devastating effects; how to reproduce on celluloid the ongoing trauma of that fateful August morning as experienced by the Japanese people? Resnais ultimately decided to focus his film on the “impossibility” of talking about, or fully knowing, the tragedy of Hiroshima. Eschewing the documentary form he was familiar with, the director instead embarked on his first narrative film, Hiroshima, mon amour (1959), enlisting the help of the celebrated French writer Marguerite Duras to write the film’s scenario and dialogue. Resnais still retained documentary-style images of the ruins of Hiroshima and the city’s survivors, but
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Cannes 1968: Like Today, Student Protests Lead the Way to Major Changes

Cannes 1968: Like Today, Student Protests Lead the Way to Major Changes
The teenagers from Parkland, Fla., who led the recent March for Our Lives should know that student protests can have long-range effects. Case in point: The May 1968 protests at the Sorbonne, which led to the premature shutdown of the Cannes Film Festival and major changes in the festival, the French film industry and even the government.

The 21st Cannes Film Festival opened as scheduled on May 10, 1968. That same evening, Paris police attacked an estimated 20,000 Sorbonne students, who had rallied against the policies (including education) of the conservative government under Charles de Gaulle. Hundreds of cops and students were hospitalized. Two days later, 2 million French workers declared a general strike in sympathy to the students and shut down federal and municipal services. The one-day strike was extended as millions more walked out of factories and offices.

The festival was to run May 10-24, with competition films including works by Alain Resnais,
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Cannes kiss sets the mood for Festival by Richard Mowe - 2018-04-11 12:30:25

In the mood for Cannes - star kiss between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina from this year’s Cannes Film Festival poster Photo: Festival de Cannes

With just a day to go before the official launch of the full programme in Paris, the organisers of the Cannes Film Festival have unveiled the poster for the 71st edition.

It features a still taken from Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot Le Fou (1965), and is said to be inspired by the work of Georges Pierre (1927-2003), stills photographer who worked on the shoots of more than 100 films in a 30-year career that began in 1960 with Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle. The image features a passionate embrace between stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.

Pierre also worked in partnership with Robert Enrico, Yves Robert, Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Zulawski, Andrzej Wajda, and of course Jean-Luc Godard. Committed to achieving recognition for stills
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Cannes Film Fest Poster 2018: Stolen Kisses In Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Pierrot Le Fou’

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For the second time in recent memory, a Jean-Luc Godard film has inspired the annual Cannes Film Festival poster — this year with an image from his 1965 crime/romance pic Pierrot Le Fou. It’s a fitting tribute to have another Godard movie memorialized given this year’s event marks half a century since the legendary filmmaker played a part in halting the 1968 proceedings amid a wave of civil unrest throughout France. The last Godard movie to inspire the poster was Contempt (Le Mépris) in 2016.

The fest has been teasing out info ahead of tomorrow’s lineup reveal and today unveiled the official affiche — a collectible that’s annually anticipated and dissected.

Pierrot Le Fou, based on the 1962 novel Obsession, starred Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina. He’s a TV executive bored by his bourgeois Parisian life who drops everything and runs off with an old girlfriend (Karina) who’s being chased by hitmen.
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Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official 2018 Poster Featuring Godard Film

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Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official 2018 Poster Featuring Godard Film
The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its official poster for this year’s 71st edition, featuring an image from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film “Pierrot le Fou.”

The poster, designed by 27-year-old graphic designer Flore Maquin, is inspired by the work of French stills photographer Georges Pierre and features “Pierrot le Fou” stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina.

The new poster shows Belmondo and Karina leaning out of their cars to share a kiss. The two play lovers on the run who settle for a time on the French Riviera, which is also where the Cannes Film Festival takes place.

Across a 30-year career starting in 1960, photographer Pierre, who died in 2003, worked with some of the biggest names in French cinema, including Godard, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Louis Malle, Robert Enrico, Claude Sautet and Bertrand Tavernier, as well international filmmakers such as Polish directors Andrzej Żuławski and Andrzej Wajda. He also
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Cannes Film Festival reveals 2018 poster inspired by 'Pierrot Le Fou'

Cannes Film Festival reveals 2018 poster inspired by 'Pierrot Le Fou'
Image shows a kiss between Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karia, taken by stills photographer Georges Pierre.

A still image from Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film Pierrot Le Fou of Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina) kissing features in the official poster for the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Released ahead of tomorrow’s (April 12) Cannes line-up announcement, the poster is based on a still taken by photographer Georges Pierre, who worked on films by Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais and Louis Malle amongst others, as well as Godard.

He also founded the Association des Photographes de Films, with the intention of
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Cannes: Martin Scorsese To Receive Golden Coach Award At Directors’ Fortnight

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Cannes: Martin Scorsese To Receive Golden Coach Award At Directors’ Fortnight
The French Directors’ Guild will present Martin Scorsese with the honorary Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) Award at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.

Scorsese will receive the award on May 9, the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In its announcement, the guild said it was “proud to celebrate an outstanding and inspiring filmmaker.” The tribute will include a screening of Mean Streets, which Scorsese presented at Directors’ Fortnight in 1974, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker.

Launched in 2002 by the Srf, Carrosse d’Or recipients are chosen for “innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.”

Previous recipients include last year’s winner Werner Herzog, along with Jia Zhangke, Jane Campion, Jim Jarmusch, Clint Eastwood and Alain Resnais.

The Cannes Film Festival runs May 8-19.
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Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award

Martin Scorsese to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d'Or award
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese

Carrosse d’Or to Martin Scorsese
Directors’ Fortnight honour; 50th anniversary screening of Mean Streets.

French directors guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has named Martin Scorsese this year’s recipient of the Carrosse d’Or, to be awarded during the opening night of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in May.

As part of this year’s 50th anniversary Directors’ Fortnight, Scorsese’s Mean Streets (originally presented in the 1974 Fortnight) will screen on May 9, with a conversation with the filmmaker to follow.

The Carrosse d’Or has been awarded since 2002 by the Srf to honour one of its own during the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
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