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Toronto Film Festival Adds Documentaries From Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Bryce Dallas Howard

Toronto Film Festival Adds Documentaries From Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Bryce Dallas Howard
New works from celebrated documentary filmmakers Alex Gibney, Barbara Kopple, Lauren Greenfield, Alan Berliner, Feras Fayyad, Patricio Guzman, Fisher Stevens and Mark Cousins will be showcased in the Tiff Docs section of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Thursday.

In addition to the 25 documentaries, the festival also revealed more than 50 additional films in the Midnight Madness, Tiff Discovery and Tiff Cinematheque sections.

The documentary section will open with “The Cave” from Feras Fayyad, director of the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo.” The film is set in an underground hospital led by a female doctor in Syria. Other former Oscar nominees and winners showing films at Tiff include Gibney with “Citizen K,” his portrait of Russian oligarch-turned-Putin-critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky; Kopple, with “Desert One,” about an Iranian hostage rescue mission; and Stevens, co-director with Malcolm Venville of “And We Go Green,” a Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film about the Formula
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Toronto unveils Midnight Madness, Discovery, Tiff Docs, Cinematheque

Toronto unveils Midnight Madness, Discovery, Tiff Docs, Cinematheque
Canadian zombie film Blood Quantum, Ugandan gonzo action film Crazy World bookend Midnight Madness.

Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) brass on Thursday (8) unveiled selections in the Midnight Madness, Discovery, Tiff Docs, and Cinematheque programmes set to screen next month.

The 10-strong Midnight Madness programme includes world premieres of Rose Glass’s psychological thriller Saint Maud, Joko Anwar’s Indonesian superhero adaptation Gundala, and Richard Stanley’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space starring Nicolas Cage. Jeff Barnaby’s previously announced zombie outbreak thriller Blood Quantum from Canada and Isaac Nabwana’s Ugandan gonzo action film Crazy World bookend the section.
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A Man Apart: Close-Up on Paul Schrader's "Light Sleeper"

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Paul Schrader's Light Sleeper (1992) is showing June 9-July 9, 2018 in the United States.In the opening sequence of Light Sleeper a man played by a pale-faced yet sleekly handsome Willem Dafoe is being chauffeured through the New York night. Beyond the windows of the car the lights of the city and traffic pass by reflecting on his impassive face, oversized piles of garbage litter the sidewalks and puddles of rainwater line the streets. He sees it all without touching it. On the soundtrack plays an achingly moody song with the line: ‘I trust my life in providence, I give my soul to grace.’ We don’t need the credits to tell us that we are in pure Paul Schrader territory: a man apart sheltered in a car at night, separated and shielded from the world.The man’s name
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Cinema St. Louis’ Classic French Film Festival Continues This Weekend With Alphaville, Lovers On The Bridge, and Pickpocket

The Tenth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series continues this weekend. — The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the mid-1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

There are two more events for the Tenth Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival happening this weekend:

Friday, March 16th at 7:30pm – Alphaville

A cockeyed fusion of science fiction, pulp characters, and surrealist poetry, Jean-Luc Godard’s irreverent journey to the mysterious Alphaville remains one of the least conventional films of all time. Eddie Constantine stars as intergalactic hero Lemmy Caution, on a mission to eliminate Professor Von Braun, the creator of the malevolent Alpha 60, a computer that rules the city of Alphaville. Befriended by the scientist’s beautiful daughter Natasha (Godard
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Paul Schrader: 'television has lost some of its allure'

Paul Schrader: 'television has lost some of its allure'
Writer/director was talking ahead of Rotterdam Film Festival masterclass.

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Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader, who will attend the International Film Festival Rotterdam on Monday (29 Jan) to give a Masterclass, has predicted that he will finish his career working in cinema - and he has warned that TV drama is not the haven for filmmakers that it recently seemed.

“I think I’ll finish out working for the cinema particularly now that television has lost some of its allure,” Schrader said. “You know, there are 500 scripted TV series now being made. Do you really want to get into that world?”

The veteran filmmaker added that the “so called freedom of TV is not as free as you might think”. He said that his latest feature, First Reformed (which premiered in Venice and which is screening at Iffr), could not have been made for television, which is why he plans to stick to making movies. “I think
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Films Announced for Cinema St. Louis’ Classic French Film Festival March 2nd -25th at Webster University

The 10th Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series — celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1920s through the 1990s, offering a revealing overview of French cinema.

This year’s fest kicks off with a screening of Bertrand Tavernier’s acclaimed documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema,” the director’s personal reflections on key films and filmmakers. Several of the works he highlights — such as Jacques Becker’s “Casque d’or” and Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Le Samouraï” — are screened at this year’s fest.

The fest annually includes significant restorations, and this year features New Wave master Jacques Rivette’s visually sumptuous “La belle noiseuse.” The fest also provides one of the few opportunities available in St. Louis to see films projected the old-school, time-honored way, with Jean Renoir
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Dan Talbot, In Memoriam: Exploring His Incalculable Legacy

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Dan Talbot, In Memoriam: Exploring His Incalculable Legacy
Daniel Talbot, a distributor and exhibitor of enormous influence over specialized exhibition and distribution as well as the international film world, died Friday in Manhattan. He was 91. A memorial was held Sunday, December 31 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel with a capacity audience including many leading New York specialized players. Talbot’s wife and business partner, Toby Talbot, as well as daughters Nina, Emily and Sara attended the memorial, where the family spoke fondly about Talbot’s love for the comedian W.C. Fields.

Another more public post-holiday event marking the closing of the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is scheduled on January 28 in New York. The last few weeks have seen Talbot’s legacy celebrated with reaction to the unexpected announcement that the six-screen Upper West Side theater would close at the end of January, at the expiration of its lease. Milstein Properties, who have been the Talbots’ co-partners in the theater since
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Richard Linklater on Robert Bresson, ‘Taxi Driver,’ and Meeting Robert Altman

Richard Linklater’s new film Last Flag Flying may not be in theaters until November, but it opened this year’s New York Film Festival and the director sat down with festival director Kent Jones for extensive at the Walter Reade Theater on Saturday, September 30.

On Cinema is an annual event at the festival where world-renowned filmmakers invite festival goers to learn their cinematic inspiration and influences. Linklater built the conversation around his favorite moments in film, including The Long Goodbye, Pickpocket and Taxi Driver, among others. From the beginning of his talk, it was clear Linklater held reverence for everyone he was to discuss, but none received praise like Robert Bresson and Robert Altman.

Linklater fixates on the passing moments in film, which he calls the stuff we remember from cinema. He’s gifted American cinema with a philosophy unique to the last twenty years of filmmaking and was
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Tiff Review: ‘First Reformed’ Acts as the Full Realization of Paul Schrader’s Vision

Paul Schrader has been open about the original intentions for his most famous work, the screenplay to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. Writing it in the vein of Robert Bresson films like Diary of a Country Priest or Pickpocket, it was his full intention for the film to be directed in a similarly austere fashion. This writer perhaps doesn’t need to further recount what actually happened in the end result of one of the most famous American films of all-time, but nonetheless the multiple authors involved put it in a different direction.

It seems that some of Schrader’s own directorial efforts, be it American Gigolo or Light Sleeper, were certainly an attempt to complete the “Transcendental” experience to one degree or another. Yet four decades later, First Reformed — which, should be mentioned, also seems to be taking from Bergman’s Winter Light and Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice in the
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Rushes. George A. Romero & Martin Landau, Choreographing Rape, Latest Trailers

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSOver the weekend we lost two greats: Filmmaker George A. Romero, best known for inventing the modern version of all things zombie, and actor Martin Landau. Patton Oswalt has pointed out that a 19-year-old Romero worked as a pageboy on North by Northwest, Landau's second movie.The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has again added more names to its membership, and this latest batch includes even more unexpected additions from the world of international art cinema, including directors Pedro Costa, Lav Diaz, Ann Hui, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kira Muratova, Johnnie To and Athina Rachel Tsangari.Did you see that the lineup of the Locarno Film Festival has been announced? With a huge retrospective devoted to Cat People director Jacques Tourneur and a competition including new films by Wang Bing, F.J. Ossang, Ben Russell,
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Welcome to the final film of the aesthetically precise, rigorously austere Robert Bresson, an adaptation of a fateful tale by Leo Tolstoy visualized in Bresson’s frequently maddening personal style. An extreme artist makes a fascinatingly unyielding show: as with the classic paintings that Bresson admires, appreciation requires special knowledge.

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The Criterion Collection 886

1983 / Color / 1:85 anamorphic 16:9 / 85 min. / Money / Street Date July 11, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Christian Patey, Vincent Risterucci, Caroline Lang, Sylvie Van den Elsen, Báatrice Tabourin, Didier Baussy.

Cinematography: Pasqualino De Santis, Emmanuel Machuel

Production Designer: Pierre Guffroy

Film Editor: Jean-Francois Naudon

Written by Robert Bresson from a short story by Leo Tolstoy

Produced by Antoine Gannagé, Jean-Marc Henchoz, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Written and Directed by Robert Bresson

Some movies need disclaimers, and many of the pictures of Robert Bresson could use a caption reading, ‘not for beginners.’ Bresson’s filmography includes the spiritually mysterious Diary of a Country Priest
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Once Upon A Time: Alessandro Comodin Discusses "Happy Times Will Come Soon"

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The woods hold an unmistakable allure, familiar yet unknown, idyllic, yet fraught with peril. They are the heart of Happy Times Will Come, shot in natural light, which often means that viewers are abandoned in darkness to develop our senses. Indeed, the film thrusts us into the stark indigo night where a pair of fugitives scurrying up a steep hill are long heard before they are seen. Once the sun peeks out, dappling everything in its midst to beguiling effect, it’s not difficult to acclimate to the sights–the crooked crags aside a crisp brook or a verdant curtain of trees. Meanwhile, the young men, peculiarly unplaceable in time, forage for mushrooms or tussle in the high grass. Combining personal history and fabricated folklore, Italian director Alessandro Comodin imbues the alpine setting, already easy on the eyes, with a spectral glow and timelessness. The effect extends to a brief interlude of talking head interviews,
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'Love Off The Cuff' to open Hong Kong film festival

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Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy will have its world premiere at the event.

Pang Ho-cheung’s Love Off The Cuff, the third installment in the Hong Kong filmmaker’s romantic comedy series, will receive its world premiere as the opening film of this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hkiff).

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue are resuming their roles as star-crossed lovers Cherie and Jimmy in the film, which follows Love In A Puff (2010) and Love In The Buff (2012). In this third episode, set in Hong Kong and Taipei, the couple’s relationship is tested when Jimmy’s childhood friend asks him to donate sperm for her artificial insemination.

Hkiff also recently announced that it will screen all seven of late Taiwanese filmmaker Edward Yang’s films in a section entitled ‘Edward Yang, 10-year Commemoration’.

The festival will also present digitally restored versions of four classics directed by French auteur Robert Bresson and three from Filipino
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Christopher Nolan Inspired by Robert Bresson and Silent Films for ‘Dunkirk,’ Which Has “Little Dialogue”

We’re less than half-a-year away from Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk, one of our most-anticipated summer studio films (alongside Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, of course), and one of our biggest questions is how (or if) his approach to a period epic will feel different than his recent features. Inspired by Operation Dynamo, a miracle of a mission in 1940 where nearly 340,000 Allied troops were rescued after being trapped by the Nazis in this northern area of France, more details have now arrived.

“I spent a lot of time reviewing the silent films for crowd scenes –the way extras move, evolve, how the space is staged and how the cameras capture it, the views used,” Nolan tells Premiere Magazine. The director revealed that he brushed up on silent films such as Intolerance, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, and Greed, as well as the films of Robert Bresson (notably Pickpocket and A Man Escaped,
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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Ana Lily Amirpour Loves Robert Bresson’s ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’

IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Ana Lily Amirpour Loves Robert Bresson’s ‘Au Hasard Balthazar’
For a film with an animal protagonist, Robert Bresson’s “Au Hasard Balthazar” says a lot about humanity. Writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”) argues that the film’s central idea lends a timeless honesty, one that resonates half a century later.

Read More: Watch: ‘Jackie’ Director Pablo Larraín Discusses ‘Movies That Inspire Me’ in New IndieWire Video Series Presented by FilmStruck

Following the respective journeys of young Marie and her donkey Balthazar, the film shows how the two face hardships of different kinds as they grow older. In true Bressonian fashion, those various abuses are tempered with quiet, graceful moments of beauty. The result is a portrait of lost innocence that’s also a work of great empathy.

As part of our ongoing series of filmmaker conversations, presented in partnership with Filmstruck, Amirpour spoke with us about seeing “Au Hasard Balthazar” during a
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Oscar-winning French Comedian and Director Pierre Étaix Dies At 87

Oscar-winning French Comedian and Director Pierre Étaix Dies At 87
Le Monde reports that Pierre Étaix, the Oscar-winning French comedian and filmmaker, has died at the age of 88. He’s best known for his acclaimed short- and feature-length films in the 1960’s, all of which were tied up in rights disputes for over 20 years until their eventual restoration and revival in 2012, courtesy of Janus Films. These films include “Le Grand Amour,” “As Long as You’ve Got Your Health,” “Land of Milk and Honey,” “Rupture,” “The Suitor,” and “Yoyo.”

Read More: A Comic Master Gets His Due

Étaix began his career as a designer before meeting director Jacques Tati in 1954 when he worked as a gagman and assistant director on his film “Mon Oncle.” His apprenticeship with Tati eventually led to his collaboration with Jean-Claude Carrière, whom he wrote his short film “Happy Anniversary,” which won the Oscar for Best Short Subject in 1963. Étaix and Carrière would collaborate on the
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Watch: 4-Minute Video Essay Puts A Hand Into Robert Bresson’s ‘Pickpocket’

Robert Bresson was an abstemious filmmaker. He paid the utmost attention to detail and divulged his entire self into each of his 13 feature films. Compared by Jean-Luc Godard himself to the likes of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bresson’s enigmatic, minimalist films leave viewers with a lingering sense of solidarity, as if you’ve just been a part of something […]

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Explore Bresson’s ‘Notes on Cinematography’ in a Video Essay on ‘Pickpocket’

Consider only his reputation as the ultimate minimalist filmmaker, and it becomes awfully easy to forget about the meat of Robert Bresson’s oeuvre — not just how very strange their mechanics are, but how these oddities burrow into the most elemental pieces of cinematic construction. Recently seeing The Devil, Probably on a big screen was as transportive for its sound and sense of movement as the rigid and, yes, “minimalist” compositions, sometimes to the point that a closing door or opened book could practically create a taste in the viewer’s mouth.

For all the mystery that can come with watching, Bresson’s philosophies and strategies are never clearer than when reading his staple text Notes on Cinematography, in some ways a written guide to what’s been put onscreen. Wisely, the people at Film Scalpel have created a video essay that overlays excerpts onto what is perhaps the most Bressonian film,
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Daily | Goings On | Godard, Mekas, Bresson

In today's roundup of special events, we note that Richard Linklater will introduce and then discuss Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959) in Austin on Tuesday. The other goings on are in New York: screenings of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino, Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, Jonas Mekas's Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham, Simone Rapisarda Casanova's The Creation of Meaning, Dreams Rewired, narrated by Tilda Swinton, and the ongoing series pairing films by David Lynch and Jacques Rivette. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Goings On | Godard, Mekas, Bresson

In today's roundup of special events, we note that Richard Linklater will introduce and then discuss Robert Bresson's Pickpocket (1959) in Austin on Tuesday. The other goings on are in New York: screenings of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground with Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino, Jacques Tourneur's Nightfall, Jonas Mekas's Scenes from the Life of Raimund Abraham, Simone Rapisarda Casanova's The Creation of Meaning, Dreams Rewired, narrated by Tilda Swinton, and the ongoing series pairing films by David Lynch and Jacques Rivette. » - David Hudson
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