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Backstabbing for Beginners Movie Review

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Backstabbing for Beginners Movie Review
Backstabbing For Beginners A24 & Directv Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Per Fly Screenwriter: Per Fly, Daniel Pyne Cast: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset, Belçim Bilgin, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 4/14/18 Opens: April 27, 2018 In 1958 Sherman Adams, President Eisenhower’s chief of staff, was forced to resign. He […]

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Film Review: ‘Backstabbing for Beginners’

The title misleads, but in a way that sets up a pleasant surprise: Per Fly’s “Backstabbing for Beginners” is not some archly tongue-in-cheek takedown of the art of the con, but a relatively serious-minded drama based on the true story of the Oil-for-Food scandal that plagued the United Nations around the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Fictionalizing those incidents just enough to play as a pacy, borderline noirish thriller — available via DirecTV a month before its April 27 theatrical release — Fly and co-writer Daniel Pyne adapt Michael Soussan’s memoir of his time as a bright-as-a-button entry-level U.N. aide whose idealism curdles almost as fast as his star rises within the unwieldy organization.

It’s to the film’s credit that it creates a sense of high-stakes peril despite us knowing the rough outcome from the get-go, and largely without simplifying its moral dilemmas into straightforward choices between heroism and villainy.
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Watch the trailer for thriller Backstabbing for Beginners starring Theo James

Ahead of its release next month, A24 has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming thriller Backstabbing for Beginners. Directed by Per Fly, the film is based on Michael Soussan’s memoirs Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy and features a cast that includes Theo James, Belçim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset, and Ben Kingsley; watch it here…

Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James) working at the Un investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy, that may even involve his own boss (Ben Kingsley), in this gripping and timely thriller.

Backstabbing for Beginners is set to arrive on DirecTV on March 22nd, and a theatrical release on April 27th.

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First Trailer for A24's 'Backstabbing for Beginners' Starring Theo James

"It sickens me to have to stand there and listen to your lies." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for a true story political drama titled Backstabbing for Beginners, from Danish director Per Fly. The film is about a young, idealistic program coordinator at the United Nations, as played by Theo James (from the Divergent series), who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves. Ben Kingsley stars as his boss, and the cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, Christina Dupre, Rossif Sutherland, Belçim Bilgin, Rachel Wilson, and Brian Markinson. This looks like a very compelling political thriller about a kid just trying to do what's right. And, as A24 says in their email, it's a very "timely" film for us to watch these days. Here's the first official trailer for Per Fly's Backstabbing for Beginners, direct from YouTube: Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James
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Foreign Oscar Entry Review: The Butterfly's Dream (Kelebeğin Rüyası)

The Butterfly's Dream, Turkey's Submission for the Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. U.S. : None Yet. Production Company: Bkm Film

Attempting to decrypt, explain, and capture the complexity of the human experience has been the eternal mission of writers. To translate into words the enormity of what surrounds mankind entails the specific talent of using something as complex and rule-bound as language to makes sense of something as unsystematic,mysterious and messy as life. Of all the brave souls that undertake such task, poets, novelists, and philosophers carry on their shoulders all the existentialism avoided by fact-based scribes in journalism or research. Their literary works are as subjective as can be, and interpret the world from a personal standpoint Perhaps that is why connecting to a poem written in the distant past speaks of the writer’s talent. They, like any artist, have to make their unique perception into something universally comprehensible. The difference is that in their arsenal they have as only tools the fixed meaning of words, which they must mold into poetry. Undeniably, the beauty of poems, and even more the poets themselves, fascinates director Yilmaz Erdoğan, so he decided to create his own visual verses in his epic period drama The Butterfly’s Dream.

Set during World War II in Zonguldak, Turkey, this is the real life story of two young poets forgotten by history whose writing developed through strenuous adversity. Muzaffer (Kivanç Tatlitug), the optimist romantic, and Rüştü (Mert Firat) the pessimist dreamer, are a team of aspiring writers whose brotherly camaraderie is based upon their shared loved for the written word and their mutual misfortune. In a time when compulsory labor was imposed on villagers and tuberculosis was rampant among the impoverished population, the two of them remained cheerful that one day their dreams of being published and their poetic vision would materialize. Living in poverty and ill with the terrible respiratory disease, both men write as a form of therapeutic catharsis in the face of so much misery. Advised by their families to pursue other more productive professions, their only encouragement comes from their supportive teacher, and acclaimed poet, Behcet Necatigil (played by director Erdoğan himself).

After casually meeting beautiful Suzan (Belçim Bilgin) , the daughter of a wealthy and influential man, the poets make a bet. To decide whom she likes the most they each write a poem for her to choose blindly which one she prefers. Visibly more interested in her, Muzaffer strives to get her attention. Once the lighthearted vagabonds befriend her, she agrees to star in a no-budget play Rüştü about a pair of doomed lovebirds in the forced labor hell of the mines. Their short-lived creative happiness comes to an end once Suzan’s father is informed of the boys’ sickness. Still, the separation only pushes Muzaffer to need her more. Because of their debilitated health, and helped by their loyal teacher, the poets are admitted to a sanitarium, where the course of their lives is altered. Falling in love while facing the possibility of never conquering the long-awaited recognition becomes both their inspiration and their death sentence.

Taking its title from a ancient passage by Chinese thinker Chuang Tzu , in which he pondered on a dream he had where he was a butterfly.Erdoğan’s film deals with the same nature of reality and the things, like art, that serve as antidote to mitigate the pain and hardships one must withstand. Tzu couldn’t be certain if he had dreamt to be the flying insect or if he was really a butterfly that dreamt it was human. There is nothing absolute and everything exist in an always shifting transformative state. The poets couldn’t foresee the future, they couldn’t wake up from their destiny - whether this was a dream or a nightmare. However, they could embellish their existential agony with the sheer joy of their passion for writing. They became masters at speaking of sadness with voices cheerful grace. Tatlıtuğ is splendid as boundlessly positive Muzaffer as is his charismatic sidekick played by Firat. Together with the rest of the noticeably invested cast, they present a movie that despite its overall grandeur, is about their individual wandering, suffering, and redemptive motivations along life’s uncertain roads.

Crafted with the splendor of any Western period film, Yılmaz Erdoğan’s historical feature is classically stunning. Its impeccable photography adorns the frames with a delightful color palette and displays the elaborate sets and production design. This is top-notch filmmaking utilized to retell profoundly meaningful material, it is the perfect mix of visual exuberance and delicate storytelling. Irresistibly lyrical from start to finish, The Butterfly’s Dream is ravishingly elegant, and it is propelled by the rapturous aesthetic bestowed onto every aspect of the piece. Like the most uplifting, yet heartbreaking lines ever written about love, the film entrances the viewer and pays respect to its powerful characters, to their sadness, and beautiful unfulfilled hopes.

Read more about all the 76 Best Foreign Language Film Submission for the 2014 Academy Awards
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Tiff Movie Review - Rhino Season (2012)

Rhino Season, 2012.

Directed by Bahman Ghobadi.

Starring Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Yilmaz Erdogan, Belçim Bilgin, Caner Cindoruk, Arash Labaf and Ali Pourtash.

Synopsis:

After spending 30 years in an Iranian prison, a poet searches for his wife.

Inspired by a friend who was incarcerated during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, filmmaker Bahman Gobadi tells a tale of a poet who seeks out his family after being in prison for 30 years; believing him to be dead they have moved from Iran to Istanbul. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that the former political prisoner was the victim of a jealous chauffer who had sought out and was respited by the woman who became his wife.

The imagery is stark and stylized while the colours are bleached creating a washed look filled with brown and blues. There is hardly any dialogue so it is left mainly to the pictures to tell the
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"Kilometre Zero," "Lubitsch Musicals"

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By Michael Atkinson

The idea of a "national" cinema, expressive of a particular and coherent cultural esprit, is a standard of most cinematic intercourse . until you confront the real map, in which Kosovar cinema is now primed to forge an identity of its own (as the Serbs and Slovenians have done), the ex-Soviet nations of the Silk Road are struggling to differentiate themselves from Russian film and the nationless movies of the Basque, the Romany and the Palestinians still hunt for footing and voice. Add to this gray zone the films of Kurdistan, a non-country standing nevertheless with its own army, government and debatable borders, and a nascent cinema rising with the ascent of the Iranian new wave and from the crater of the American occupation. Even within this context, Hiner Saleem is filmmaker on the roam . an Iraqi Kurd long expatriated to France, Saleem has made seven features, two in France,
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