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Monday, November 06, 2017

30th European Film Awards Nominations


Last Saturday, November 4, at the Seville European Film Festival the nominations for the major categories were announced and my spontaneous reaction when watching live the press conference was that nominees are extraordinary films and Academy members will have a difficult task deciding their votes, as for example in the top category, voting between Cannes Golden Palm, Grand Prix and Jury Award is not easy but then you have to add Berlin Golden Bear and on top a movie by master filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. Very difficult decision, not easy at all.

But the category that blew my mind is European Actress were you have Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert, then Paula Beer and Alexandra Borbély, and finish with almost newcomer Florence Pugh!  What an eclectic combination of talent!  To be honest, have skipped Lady Macbeth but after BIFA and now this, imagine will have to "unskip" film (lol).

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

24th European Film Awards Winners


Today awards ceremony live streaming was not flawless like last year as honestly, was truly awful probably due to a bad server that wasn't enough for the demand; still had to watch live and so I did. Winners are in *BLUE. To check the award winners at official site go here.

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05/11

Today at the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy announced the nominations and in my opinion is one very good films selection that surely will make the more than 2,500 EFA members work not easy as how can you chose one movie from the six nominated for best film? Here are the nominations.

Best European Film
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, France
Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Belgium, France and Italy
Haeven (In a Better World), Susanne Bier, Denmark
The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper, UK
Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, France and Germany
*Melancholia, Denmark, Sweden, France and Germany

European Director
*Susanne Bier for Haeven (In a Better World), Denmark
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Gamin au Velo (the Kid with a Bike), Belgium, France and Italy
Aki Kaurismäki for Le Havre, Finland, France and Germany
Béla Tarr for A Torino Lo (The Turin Horse),
Lars von Trier for Melancholia, Denmark, Sweden, France and Germany

European Actress
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Cécile de France in Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike)
Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia
Nadezhda Markina in Elena
*Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin

European Actor
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
*Colin Firth in The King’s Speech
Mikael Persbrandt in Haeven (In a Better World)
Michel Piccoli in Habemus Papam
André Wilms in Le Havre

European Cinematographer
*Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia
Fred Kelemen for A Torino Lo (The Turin Horse)
Guillaume Schiffman for The Artist
Adam Sikora for Essential Killing

European Screenwriter
*Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Gamin au Velo(the Kid with a Bike)
Anders Thomas Jensen for Haeven (In a Better World)
Aki Kaurismäki for Le Havre
Lars von Trier for Melancholia

European Composer
*Ludovic Bource for The Artist
Alexandre Desplat for The King’s Speech
Alberto Iglesias for La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In)
Mihály Vig for A Torino Lo (The Turin Horse)

European Editor
*Tariq Anwar for The King’s Speech
Mathilde Bonnefoy for Drei (Three)
Molly Malene Stensgaard for Melancholia

European Production Designer
Paola Bizzarri for Habemus Papam
Antxón Gómez for La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In)
*Jette Lehmann for Melancholia

European Documentary
*Pina, Wim Wenders, Germany
Stand van de Sterren (Position Among the Stars), Leonard Retel Helmrich, Netherlands
¡Vivan las Antipodas!, Victor Kossakovsky, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina and Chile

European Animated Feature Film
Le Chat du Rabbin (The Rabbi’s Cat), Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar, France
*Chico and Rita, Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal and Fernando Trueba, Spain and Isle of Man
Une Vie de Chat (A Cat in Paris), Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, France and Belgium

European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI
*Adem (Oxygen), Hans Van Nuffel, Belgium and Netherlands
Atmen (Breathing), Karl Markovics, Austria
Michael, Markus Schleinzer, Austria
Smukke Menesker (Nothing’s All Bad), Mikkel Munch-Fals, Denmark
Tilva Ros, Nikola Ležaić, Serbia

To check the nominated shorts go here  or here. Awards ceremony will be on December 3 in Berlin. As in previous years ceremony will be streamed live in the awards site that you can find here.

I do like the selection a lot more than last year but still believe that Academy members like “American-style” films more than what I imagined as Melancholia is the most mainstream (American) movie that Lars von Trier has ever done –according to what he said and me, I absolutely agree with him. Is not a bad movie but definitively Melancholia is far-away from The Antichrist for example. Since I’m talking about this movie have to say that I don’t agree with Cannes as I believe Charlotte Gainsbourg performance –and movie segment/story- is superior to Kirsten Dunst, so hopefully the record could be straighten by the European Academy. But won’t be an easy task as the Best Actress category has very good performance by Cécile de France and even if haven’t seen it yet I know that Tilda Swinton has a very good performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin, so good that has strong Oscar buzz; of course I’m “dying” to watch Elena but sometimes is so hard to be able to finally watch Russian films.

But going back to the best film category, the selection is fabulous (sans Melancholia) as you have the film that won the Best Film Oscar last year as well as the film that won the Oscar in the Foreign Language category, then the film that won the Cannes Jury Prize, the film that everyone is talking about because is black and white plus silent, and the film that I’m “dying” to see by one of my favorite directors that always mesmerize me with outstanding and out-of-the-ordinary films, yep Aki. My award goes to Aki even when haven’t seen his film, that’s how loyal and enthusiast fan I am.

But when we review the director category I’m not that sure about Aki as I know that Béla Tarr is a more than amazing director and no, haven’t seen his latest oeuvre but I’m sure will be mesmerizing; the Dardenne Brothers particular realism style has always puzzled/marveled me. Hope the award stays within these three directors.

Best Actor first impulse is –of course- Colin Firth! But have to admit that I was absolutely taken by Michel Piccoli in Habemus Papam, fantastic performance that should get more accolades than the ones I’ve been hearing.

Almodovar’s film didn’t made it to the top awards but got two nominations for music and production designer, hmm he won’t be pleased! (Lol!) I have been delaying watching Essential Killing as imagine that will be the kind of film that I don’t enjoy but always wondered about the beautiful images I saw in clips plus trailer, so now that got the cinematography nomination maybe I’ll watch.

I have no doubt which film will win this year in documentary HAS TO BE the outstanding, mesmerizing and visually impressive Pina by Wim Wenders, I could give this film the BEST FILM award as to my eyes this film is a lot more than a document about dancing and Pina’s life/oeuvre … is SO well done that becomes a very complete cinematic experience that stimulate ALL your senses.

Last but not least, I’m going to watch some (if not all) of the animated films as I know that French animation is really evolving too fast –still is the best in the world- and have to see the state of their development but who could not enjoy two films about cats? Lol!

As you can see have seen many movies and there are only a few that haven’t seen but are absolutely must be seen for me and for a trio I’m really counting the days until I finally will watch them. Sigh. So we will see what happens on December when we watch the awards live as always.

Cheers!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Le Havre


My first and spontaneous reaction to this movie is that is very strange to watch an Aki Kaurismäki movie and understand what actors say instead of reading subtitles. Not that his movies have lots of dialogue, nor this one, that has but the essential words to guide you into this deadpan faces performances (typical) that with very slight expressions tell everything that characters are feeling in a lovely story (non-typical) that absolutely melted my heart all the way to tears when the movie was over. Yes, also thought that probably I’m the only person that could cry with a Kaurismäki movie.

Then, also spontaneously my first thoughts were to how marvelous is the use of light in this movie and in most Kaurismäki movies, as most of his Finland set movies light allows us to feel the cold both from weather as from situations. Here in lower than Finland geographical setting he does exactly the same but with the use of light eventually what we see in the screen, the weather and the complete film experience becomes warm, very warm. Exceptional. I know the story also helps, but is the use of light what really warms the story, that’s it according to me.

Then you have the most carefully crafted production design, amazing visual compositions, many scenes that look like and thus become awesome photographs, great actors performances –yes most if not all scenes with deadpan faces and almost expressionless body language- that tell all with small, very small details, plus a masterful direction that allows flawless fluidity of story and film. Marvelous.

Literally film tells a story about immigration of the not legal kind, but actually according to me is a very simple story with a clear message and morale: do good and you will receive good. A message executed in the most unusual way you can think of, unless you’re very familiar with Kaurismäki storytelling style and still, maybe, you will also find some oddity that probably comes more from the non-Finland setting.

Kaurismäki movies fascinate and mesmerize me, Le Havre is no exception but this movie had the immense power to make me feel beyond what his other films have done and for this I’ll be grateful as feeling intense (warm) emotions in such a dry environment is kind of explosive. Thanks master filmmaker and can’t wait for your next film.

As we know film is Finland submission to Oscar, had its premiere at 2011 Cannes where was in competition for the Palme d’Or and won the FIPRESCI prize, continued to collect honors up to winning the most prestigious Prix Louis Delluc among other accolades. All honors are more than well-deserved.

I was thinking how could be the experience of watching this film when never seen a Kaurismäki movie before; if that’s your case I strongly suggest you do not start with this movie, watch first any other set in Finland Kaurismäki film and then watch this one, I am sure you will enjoy this movie a lot more if is not your first experience with Kaurismäki narrative and visual storytelling style.

Love the movie and thanks to Cannes 2011 also the director –he’s so funny, exactly like his films that have that kind of humor that travels more to the dark and sarcastic side- but I know that this kind of movies is not for all audiences and believe that his films are an acquired taste that once you taste them and like them, you will strive to have more and more.

Big Enjoy!!!

Watch trailer @MOC

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 7 at Cannes 2011


No, I don’t write the post in order. I write about each film as I see the videos and news appear. Today is an unusual long day because watched ALL videos as found them interesting and as you will see, a few extremely funny. It’s a great day in Cannes.

Main Competition

From Nordic cinema one of directors I always enjoy because his particular style is Aki Kaurismäki and I’m looking forward to Le Havre, another French-speaking film that I’m afraid will be less ironic than what he usually do, but I’m curious about how he was able to transfer, mix or reinvent (?) his style in a French environment and story or if was similar to La vie bohème. Obviously film is must be seen for me and one where the wait will be unbearable. Oh! first comments are very positive.

Photocall starts with Aki and his cigarette, seems is an electric cigarette (lol!), nope is not (lol!) Gosh “Aki pour aqui” (lol!). Photocall is really odd with the director behavior but also for watching cast and him… plus “the finger” (lol!), Aki got red face. Interview starts with a question to Aki and his answer was fabulous but thinks no one got it; gosh he really has the same humor that he shows in his films. Magnifique! Besides his face constantly gets red –from laughing inside as he says such things with a deadpan face that becomes quite funny! He’s impossible to take seriously, great personality. While others talk seriously you wish questions went back to Aki. Aki telling a Kafka story… oh! gosh! LOL! This is exactly my kind of personality! Gee now have to watch press conference hope is as funny as the interview. I laughed loud! I’m crying! Excellent!!

Oh! in the press conference he starts to do his thing, come on! LOL!!! He really is like his movies! LOVE it! But what I love more is that looks like no one gets him… except his colleagues… I’m starting to imagine what the press will say about this conference but, me for one, love it!!! They even have sound problems. Oh no. Yes, is an electric cigarette. Have to admit that’s odd, very odd, but funny! Oh! “my camera wants to kill your mama” … wont write anymore as I’m laughing so much; sorry. Who knows what’s going on but Aki’s face is really red; ah! is the translator translating to him … got so serious, pity. Every time he talks says something quite smart but very funny in his own way, unfortunately press will not play his game. Surely I learned nothing about the movie, which is just great, but I learned a lot about Aki, probably will watch his movies in a different way or maybe not. You have to watch the photocall first, then the interview, last the press conference and most of all, you have to recall his movies, then and only then you will laugh as much as you could laugh in his films with these videos. “Bergman shot two films with camera … I shot 18, is no longer his camera, is Aki’s camera” LOL!

The red carpet stars with Aki and his cigarette, so serious… but soon he gets into his own thing and gloriously the interviewer plays -a little- along. Interviews with cast are not interesting and Aki walks fast the red carpet dancing to the music by Little Bob. As I was told, as soon as he finished dancing, fireworks exploded! That is good timing and a great finale for this iconic director. No, you won't see it in the video.

Second film is Pater by Alain Cavalier that I’m not sure will enjoy as even Thierry Frémaux calls film “one of the strangest films at Cannes this year”. For strange films there is always la Semaine de la Critique parallel section, why include in the main selection a so-called “strange” film too? I like Cavalier films, but this “experiment” definitively doesn’t call my attention.

Out of Competition/Special Screenings

Today is the screening of The Beaver by Jodie Foster –that’s why she came to Cannes yesterday as many photos could tell. Usually I don’t like to mix the artist and the person, but with media coverage is almost impossible not to learn something and get your own opinion about Mel Gibson. I don’t know if I will be able to separate the actor and the person while watching film which could allow me to enjoy film, but I know that I have to watch film just because is by Jodie Foster.

Photocall is crowded and noisy, still photographers yell Jodie! She looks nice not as in yesterday photos where she looked tired. Photocall is short and nice. Of course Interview is with Jodie speaking French –should I say perfect French, as I always do?- good questions and better answers. Yes they talk about the film, but unless you live under a stone, by now we all know what movie is about, so kept watching even if there are mild spoilers. She gets the Mel question and she answers as we already know she will; but liked when she talks about how she does her films. Like when she laughs. Nice interview. Oui, il viens ce soir (Mel). She really looks good in the press conference. Here comes the first Mel Gibson question… and the answer we already know. Oh! press cheered after watching film, hmm even she says that has a more European style, that’s new for me and makes film more interesting to watch –at least for me. Okay, there are spoilers but I’m watching with volume. I like her real-life personality that comes through when she works promoting films, always have liked her and she’s about the only actor that I really will like to meet in person. Another Mel question and the same answer came out, don’t reporters get it? She will only answer one way… have to admit that her way is the right way. At minute 18 turn off volume, big spoiler about the end of the movie. Wow, she talks about herself! Amazing. Usually she’s such a private person. More interesting questions until again the Mel question with the same answer. Ah! (lol) wasn’t aware that Jennifer Lawrence is in this movie, great! LOVE the press conference, should be must be seen if you wish to see Jodie in a different scenario. Red carpet starts with Mel, there is noise from the fans for Jodie and Mel… interesting, after all is Europe or should I say France? Short and nice.

Second is the documentary The Big Fix by Rebeca Tickell and Josh Tickell that revisits the oil spill which occurred in the USA last year, polluting the Atlantic Ocean in an irreversible manner. Not really interested in watching, but very concerned about the fact and also about the fact that the Pacific Ocean –as we speak- is also being polluted in an irreversible way… so, we humans managed to pollute our two main Earth water life reservoirs, aren’t we something? …and not many do a thing. Maybe I should reconsider watching if only to support that someone is trying to do something.

Also today the tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo with a ceremony before the screening of the documentary Belmondo, itinéraire… by Vincent Perrot and Jeff Domenech. Maybe I’m the only one that when think about Belmondo I always thing about Alain Delon; for some reason they are tied together in my memory with many films that I saw a while back, a few with both but most only with one of them in film. Nevertheless fest organizers tie him alongside Jean Gabin and Michel Simon as one of the greatest French actors of all time. At official site the video of the red carpet with Belmondo and his deep-tan look plus a beautiful woman by his side; oh! Jean Rochefort (I knew was going to watch great French actors), Albert Dupontel, Cedric Klapish, Xavier Beauvois, Claude Lelouch, Claudia Cardinale, etc. He’s not young anymore but gee he smiles and looks like him, like he was when his hair was dark. Gosh, the not-young-anymore along the younger generations and a few really young, many are there. Salut Bebel.

Midnight Screenings

Today the second film of only two that the section will screen. Días de Gracia (Days of Grace) by Everardo Valerio Gout -also competing for the Camera d’Or. Film concept attracts me, “one film, three versions” following three football World cups in 2002, 2006, and 2010; plus a cop, a hostage, a woman and corruption, violence, vengeance. I imagine that film has to be raw, like the new wave of Mexican films, which also calls my attention even if I know will “scare” me.

Un Certain Regard

Today two new films and a reprise. The first is the first film in Afrikaans to ever been in Cannes, Skoonheid by Olivier Hermanus -also being considered for the Queer Palm. Hermanus second film calls my attention.

The second is Tatsumi by Eric Khoo a director that I highly enjoy but as some of you recall I’m no fan of animated films; still as animation looks/feels different maybe will give a try to this portrait of Yoshihiro Tatsumi a Manga giant recognized as one of the greatest Japanese artists even in America. Stories seem interesting as deal with Tatsumi’s disenchanting portrait of Japan.

Is in the program today, a reprise of of Bonsai by Cristián Jiménez, which is unusual but gives me opportunity to share with you that saw his first movie and when was over I said: it’s okay. Not much time passed when I started to really think what I saw in the movie and it was an intense voyage of retrospection that hit me hard, very hard. Now his second movie is absolutely must be seen for me.

Cannes Classics

1931’s Niemandsland (No Man’s Land), Victor Trivas a film that was banned by the Nazis because story had a pacifist agenda and most copies were destroyed. Film has a First World War story and no, haven’t seen film.

Cinema de la Plage

1958 A Night to Remember by Roy Ward Baker about the Titanic and winner of the 1959 Golden Globe; haven’t seen movie.

Quinzaine

Two films in the main selection. The first is Corpo Celeste by Alice Rohrwacher that from trailer visuals absolutely call my attention plus story seems that could be enjoyable.

The second is O Abismo Prateado by Karim Aïnouz that also could be considered for the Queer Palm if it has something with LGBT interest. No matter if has or not LGBT interest, story called my attention and will watch movie.

Quinzaine Special Screenings

Also today two films that are special screenings. The first is El Velador (The Night Watchman) by Natalia Almada a documentary that from clips and story probably will watch.

The second is Des Jeunes Gens Mödernes (Kids of Today) by Jérôme de Missolz, a doc that doesn’t call my attention.

Semaine

Avé by Konstantin Bojanov a Bulgarian road trip movie that could be interesting, but as is screened in this section I hope is not too strange for my taste.

Today the premiere of La Collection Canal+ “5 Fois Nathalie Baye” with the actress starring in each of the following five shorts: A l’Abri by Jérémie Lippman, Bye Bye by Edouard Deluc, Dormir Debout by Jean-Luc Perreard, Je Voulais Vous Dire by Romain Delange, and Le Premier Role by Mathieu Hippeau.

ACID

Rue des Cites (Slums Road) by Carine May and Hakim Zohani that doesn’t call my attention at all. Before feature film two short films Devine by Laurent Perreau and Yasmine et la Revolution by Karin Albou.

News

So after all Malick was at Cannes yesterday and attended the screening of his movie; his entrance came as the announcer said his name and he was showered with the rigorous standing ovation.

Today Photos

From The Beaver and my little homage to a great personality: Very nice meeting you, Mr. Aki Kaurismäki! Last, Director/Actress Nadine Labaki at photocall.



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Friday, March 25, 2016

#Cannes2016 Carrosse d'Or


Waking up to great news always makes a great day and I'm truly happy to share with you all that one of my most-favorite directors will be honored this year with the honor given to a director by his peers. La Carrose d'Or (Golden Coach) is a tribute by directors of Société des réalisateurs (SRF) to one of their own, chosen from the international filmmaking community for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work.

The Carrosse d'Or is a bronze statuette inspired by the figures of the Comedia dell'Arte and Jean Renoir's film of the same name – it was created by painter-sculptor Lili Legouvello.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

2011 Prix Louis-Delluc Award Winners


Today the most prestigious award in French cinema was announced by Gilles Jacob, jury president and pleases me to share with all that the winner is Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki and Donoma by Djinn Carrenard, both films are extremely worth-watching. Winners are in *BLUE.

To check the news in French go here and in English go here.

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11/22

Yesterday the nominees were announced for this most prestigious French award and these are the nominated films.

Best Film
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de maison close) (House of Tolerance) by Bertrand Bonello
L'Exercice de l'Etat (The Minister) by Pierre Schoeller
La Guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War) by Valérie Donzelli
*Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki
Hors Satan (Outside Satan) by Bruno Dumont
Les Neiges by Kilimandjaro by Robert Guédiguian
Pater by Alain Cavalier
The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius
Tomboy by Céline Sciamma

Best First Film
17 filles (17 Girls) by Muriel Coulin and Delphine Coulin
*Donoma by Djinn Carrenard (WOW! Movie budget: Euros 150 … have to see this! Very curious about film check this)
Jimmy Rivière by Teddy Lussi-Modeste
Mafrouza (5 films) by Emmanuelle Demoris
Nous, Princesse de Clèves by Régis Sauder

I’m so happy as have seen many, not all but many of the films; still there are some, like Aki’s film that I’m really “dying” to see and hopefully will be the great winner this year but I know that Pater, Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro and The Artist are also great contenders. As we realize in the best film category all –except one- films come from Cannes; the exception is Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy that is a very interesting film but in my opinion not as good as her extraordinary Naissance des pieuvres that won the Prix Louis Delluc for first film in 2007.

Awards ceremony will be in Paris on December 16. To check the news at allocine go here; for English go here.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

17th Prix Lumière Award Winners


I'm currently watching the awards ceremony live, so here are the winners in *BLUE.

Very glad that a female director got the best director award, but not so happy that Aki got no honors at all. To check winners in all categories go here, soon winners will be listed as ceremony is almost over.

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12/19

A few moments ago the International Press Academy announced the nominations for the French equivalent to the Golden Globes and here they are.

Best Film
L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close, Bertrand Bonello
*The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
L’exercice de l’Etat, Pierre Schoeller
Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki
Intouchables, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache

Best Foreign Film in French
Curling, Denis Cote, Canada
Et maintenant, on va où ?, Nadine Labaki, France, Lebanon, Italy
*Incendies, Denis Villeneuve, Canada
Le gamin au vélo, Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne, Belgium, France, Italy
Les géants, Bouli Lanners (Belgium, Luxembourg, France

Best Director
Bertrand Bonello for L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Aki Kaurismäki for Le Havre
*Maïwenn for Polisse
Pierre Schoeller for L’exercice de l’Etat

Best Actress
*Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Catherine Deneuve et Chiara Mastroianni in Les bien-aimés
Valérie Donzelli in La guerre est déclarée
Marina Fois et Karin Viard in Polisse
Clothilde Hesme in Angèle et Tony

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Olivier Gourmet in L’exercice de l’Etat
JoeyStarr in Polisse
*Omar Sy in Intouchables
André Wilms in Le Havre

Best Female Newcomer
*Alice Barno in L’ Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close
*Adèle Haenel in L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close
Zoé Heran in Tomboy
*Céline Sallette in L’Apollonide, souvenirs de la maison close
Anamaria Valtoromei in My Little Princess

Best Male Newcomer
Grégory Gadebois in Angèle et Tony
Guillaume Gouix in Jimmy Rivière
Raphaël Ferret in Présumé coupable
*Denis Menochet in Les adoptés
Mahmoud Shalaby in Les hommes libres

Awards ceremony will be on Friday, January 13, 2012 and hope to watch it live as I did last year. The nominations eventually will be at the official site in the meantime go here available only in French.

Have not seen many of these movies and there are two or three that I’m “dying” to see yet hope to be able to watch them ASAP. It’s kind of true that this year nominations resemble Cannes more than in previous years as there are only 11 of 40 nominees that don’t belong to a film screened at 2011 Cannes. I imagine that Cesar categories will look very similar to these as all the great movies plus the ones with much buzz are included in the list.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Oscar Foreign Films Predictions


Is almost sure that today Tuesday, January 17 the Academy will announce the 9-film shortlist as will give nominees 48hrs to comply with the following requirement:

III. SUBMISSION G. - Countries whose motion pictures are shortlisted will be required to provide a second English-language subtitled print or DCP of the film to facilitate voting screenings. This second print or DCP is due at the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

Still if is not today then has to be tomorrow.

As many I’m really curious about what films the Academy will select this year and to entertain myself and hopefully you readers, here are my predictions.

Will be nominated FOR SURE
Iran: جدایی نادر از سیمین Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader and Simin, A Separation), Asghar Farhadi

So, I just need to guess 8 more… hmm…
Germany: Pina, Wim Wenders (not really sure as will be nominated as Best Documentary)
Poland: W ciemności (In Darkness), Agnieszka Holland
China: 金陵十三釵 (The Flowers of War), Zhang Yimou
France: La guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War), Valérie Donzelli
Finland: Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki
Mexico: Miss Bala, Gerado Naranjo
Brazil: Tropa de Elite 2 (Elite Squad: The Enemy Within), José Padilha
Israel: הערת שוליים (Footnote), Joseph Cedar

Above are the ones I’m guessing Academy will short list, but if selection depended from one person, me, then the list should look like this:

Turkey: Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Germany: Pina, Wim Wender
Sweden: Svinalängorna (Beyond), Pernilla August
Lebanon: وهلّأ لوين؟ Wo Hallah La Wen? (Where Do We Go Now?), Nadine Labaki
Iran: جدایی نادر از سیمین Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader and Simin, A Separation), Asghar Farhadi
Finland: Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki
France: La guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War), Valérie Donzelli
Italy: Terraferma, Emanuele Crialese
United Kingdom: Patagonia, Marc Evans

… and my Award goes to… well, not yet but believe that we all know who will win and if does it will be extremely well –deserved.

Cheers!

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

64th Festival de Cannes Award Winners


With a “Blue Screen of Death” in the middle of the broadcast I watched the live Cannes 2011 ceremony (yay!), I’m so glad to have a fast, lean, clean machine that starts again FAST! Ceremony was fast, which is very welcomed by everyone. So, here are ALL the Cannes 2011 winners.

Main Competition

Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, USA

Grand Prix (tie): Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Le Gamin au Vélo (Boy with a Bike), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium, France and Italy

Jury Prize:Polisse, Maïwenn, France

Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive, USA
Best Screenplay:Joseph Cedar for Hearat Shulayim (Footnote), Israel

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, Lars Von Trier, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and Italy
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin in The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, France

Honorary Palm d’Or: Bernardo Bertolucci and Jean-Paul Belmondo

Camera d’Or: Las Acacias, Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina and Spain (from La Semaine de la Critique)

Short Films
Palme d’Or: Cross (Cross-Country), Maryna Vroda, France and Ukraine
Special Mention: Badpakje 46 (Swimsuit 46), Wannes Destoop, Belgium

Un Certain Regard

Un Certain Regard Prize (tie): 아리랑 Arirang, Kim ki-duk, South Korea and Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track), Andreas Dresen, Germany
Jury Prize: Elena, Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia
Best Director: Mohammad Rasoulof for Bé Omid é Didar (Good Bye), Iran

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight)

Label Europa Cinemas: Atmen (Breathing), Karl Markovics, Austria
Art Cinema Award: Les Géants, Bouli Lanners, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
Prix SACD: Les Géants, Bouli Lanners, Belgium, France and Luxembourg
Séance "Coup de coeur": Play, Ruben Östlund, Sweden, France and Denmark
Carrosse d'Or: Jafar Panahi

Semaine de la Critique (Critic's Week)

Feature Films
Grand Prize: Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols, USA
Special Mention of the President: Snowtown by Justin Kurzel, Australia
SACD Prize: Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols, USA
ACID/CCAS Support: Las Acacias, Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina and Spain
OFAJ (Very) Young Critic Award: Las Acacias, Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina and Spain
Grand Rail d’Or: Las Acacias, Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina and Spain

Short Films
Best Short: Blue, Stephan Kang, New Zealand
Special Mention: Alexis Ivanovitch vous êtes mon héros, Guillaume Gouix, France
Discovery Award: Dimanches, Valérie Rosier, Belgium
Petit Rail d’Or: Junior, Julia Ducournau, France

Cinéfondation

First Prize: Der Brief (The Letter), Doroteya Droumeva, Germany,
Second Prize: Drari, Kamal Lazraq, France
Third Prize: Ya-Gan-Bi-Hang (Fly By Night), Son Tae-gyum, South Korea

To read award winners plus info about each film please go here.

Collateral Awards

FIPRESCI Awards
Main Competition: Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, France and Germany
Un Certain Regard: L'Exercice de l'Etat (The Minister), Pierre Schoeller, France
Semaine de la Critique: Take Shelter by Jeff Nichols, USA

Ecumenical Jury Award: This Must Be the Place, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, France and Ireland
Special Mention: Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, France and Germany and Wo Hallah La Wen? (Where Do We Go Now?), Nadine Labaki, Lebanon and France

Prix de la Jeunesse: La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
Prix du Jeune Regard: Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin, USA

Queer Palm: Skoonheid (Beauty), Olivier Hermanus, South Africa, France and Germany (gay interest)

Prix François Chalais: Wo Hallah La Wen? (Where Do We Go Now?), Nadine Labaki, Lebanon and France
Special Mention: Bé Omid é Didar (Good Bye), Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran

Prix France Culture Cinema Award: Céline Sciamma and Alexandre Astruc
MEDIA European Talent Prize: Virág Zomborácz (Hungary) and Hanna Sköld (Sweden)
Chopard Newcomers: Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Niels Schneider

Palm Dog: Uggy in The Artist
Jury Grand Prix: Laika in Le Havre

Le Festival de Cannes c'est fini ... à l’année prochaine!!!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

67th Berlinale Complete Lineup


Today I start the VERY LONG annual post with (almost) ALL movies in the current edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, better-known as Berlinale. Since late last year, festival organizers have been releasing information in drop by drop basis but recently the press releases started to pour with selections in the multiple fest sections.

As every year, post will be in progress until fest uploads films to their official site; until then post will have constant updates with whatever new info becomes available.

On Friday, January 20th fest organizers released the last press release with all films in competition and in Berlinale Special section, so we can assume that the final count is twenty-four (24) films in the festival main selection with eighteen (18) in competition and six (6) out of competition.

The selection has quite a few well-know directors like Hong Sangsoo, Calin Peter Netzer, Alex de la Iglesia, Agnieszka Holland, Danny Boyle, Sally Potter, Sebastian Lelio and more; but, none excites me as much as one of my most-favorite director.  Yes, Aki Kaurismäki has a new movie that's in competition at Berlinale 2017 and I'm already dying to watch it!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

67th Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners


There were some surprises but none as big as the top award winner as film critics were favoring other films.  Once again we have proof that what film critics like is not what juries (or voters) like and sometimes, not even what audiences like.

Many including me -but I'm totally biased- were expecting Aki Kaurismäki to win the Golden Bear so, when he was called for the Best Director award it was evident that was all for him and his surely glorious film. Sigh.  Then my second hope was for Sebastian Leilo, so when he wins Best Script all hopes were over.  I'm glad both films won something but obviously for me would have been fantastic if any of those two won the top award.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017 Lux Prize Official Selection Update


Yesterday morning during the press conference presenting the Giornati degli Autori selection, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, announced the three (3) finalists films for the current edition of this award.

Seems the 2017 edition could be another year where everyone prediction will win as seems BPM has become a favorite among critic's and audiences, so perhaps will also be honored with more prestigious awards like this one.  Yes, Robin Campillo's Beats Per Minute is a finalist along with Amanda Kernell's Sami Blood and Valeska Grisebach's Western.

The three films in the Official Competition showcase the LUX Film Prize's desire to embrace an unpredictable variety of genre and tones like never before:

-Robin Campillo's third film follows a group of Act Up activists who fight to lend the AIDS problem more visibility in 1992 France and encourage faster progress to be made in terms of research and prevention.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

#EFA2017 People's Choice Awards


Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for: the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees for the awards ceremony in Berlin!

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Laitakaupungin Valot (Lights in The Dusk)


The concluding chapter by Aki Kaurismäki Finland/Loser trilogy (after Drifting Clouds and Man Without a Past) explores the theme of loneliness and what you can do when you become ostracized from others. The previous movies explored unemployment and homelessness and if you haven’t seen them I suggest you do before watching this one.

Kaurismäki is well known for his wry, deadpan humor, off-center characters and absurdist tone and with this cinema noir movie he wrote, produced, edited and directed he challenges himself and viewers anew. This dark comedy/drama is the closer I have seen to a contemporary silent movie with color and even if sounds contradictory: with sound.

I was very impressed with Man Without a Past directing style and actors performances, but this one is in my opinion is far superior as not only pokerfaced performances are outstanding (not even one smile here) but cinematography and framing are spectacular with scenes that look like lonely, icy and cold urban sharp-colorful paintings.

One of the most interesting things about this movie is the music, it opens with a very famous tango Volver performed by Carlos Gardel, another tango now sing in Finnish by Olavi Virta; has music by L’Ensemble Mastango and the rock group Melrose. So you can say that the music is quite eclectic which suits perfect to the cold- icy style of the story and narrative.

This is a complex movie due to the peculiar Kaurismaki style so I suggest reading about this movie and his trilogy before watching it. Here is one interesting article about this movie you may like to read and if you want to read more about him and his movies just google his name.

The movie has wins and nominations in European festivals and awards, and was premiered in competition at the 2006 Cannes. Also was Finland official submission for the 79th Academy Awards but the director declined for some interesting reasons, so that year there was no Finnish entry in the Academy Awards pre-selection.

This is a movie I strongly recommend only to those that are familiar with this outstanding director and to those that dare to get to know a very unusual movie style that is absolutely not for all audiences.

Enjoy!!!

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Thursday, August 07, 2014

2014 Cinema Biennale Check #5 - Made in Sweden


Sweden representation in Venezia71 goes to none other than one of the most interesting contemporary Swedish directors, one that is recognized for his very particular cinematic style and one that I highly enjoy.

Roy Andersson

Born on March 1943 in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden. In 1969 he did his first feature-length film, A Swedish Love Story that went to win honors at 1970 Berlinale. After Andersson went into deep depression and is in 1975 when he does his second film that became a financial and critical disaster. Andersson took a 25-year break from film directing.

In 1996 he starts to do the first installment in the Living Trilogy, Sånger från andra våningen (Songs from the Second Floor) a film poem inspired by Peruvian poet César Vallejo that took him four years to make and went to win the Jury Prize at 2000 Cannes. His very particular style starts to show in this movie but is with the second installment -AWESOME- Du Levande (You, the Living) that is the movie that introduced me to this fantastic director and his peculiar cinematic style that can be described as dry/black humor, cold ambiance-color palette, deadpan and (fantastic) broken narrative. This film took him one year less to make it, meaning, only three years.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

6th Paris Cinema International Film Festival


This is a fest that I really wish I could attend only because it is in Paris! But then, it will be hard to be in Paris and go indoors instead of enjoying the outstandingly beautiful outdoors… lol! Anyway, the fest will run from July 1st to 12th and here are the films in competition.

Adhen (Dernier Maquis) Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, France and Algeria, 2008
Dorothy, Agnès Merlet, France and UK, 2007 (with Carice Van Houten!)
Kabei (Kabei – Our Mother), Yoji Yamada, Japan, 2007
Lake Tahoe, Fernando Eimbcke, Mexico, 2008
Mange, ceci est mon corps (Eat, for This is My Body), Michelange Quay, France and Haiti, 2007
Tejut – Ambient Movie (Milky Way – Ambient Movie), Benedek Fliegauf, Hungary and Germany (Very interesting Experimental film)
Tribu, Jim Libiran, Phillippines, 2007
Zuo You (In Love We Trust), Wang Xiaoshuai, China, 2008
Versailles, Pierre Schoeller, France, 2008
Young@Heart, Stephen Walker, UK, 2007 (Documentary)

There will be a special tribute to Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki; the 'Country of Honour' is Philippines and some interesting Professional Workshops and meetings. To check the fest site go here. If you read French I suggest you check the French version of the site that has more information about the event. Soon there will be online videos available.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tbilisi 8th International Film Festival


This festival held in Georgia started last Monday and will end on December 9th. This are the films they will screen.

Opening Film
FLANDERS - Bruno Dumont, France, 2006
Closing Film
THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY - Ken Loach, Ireland / UK / Germany / Italy / Spain / France, 2006

International Competition
A MAN'S JOB - Aleksi Salmenperä, Finland, 2007
ALL I KNOW ABOUT LOLA - Javier Rebollo, France / Spain, 2006
FATA MORGANA - Simon Gross, Germany, 2006
MAGNUS - Kadri Kousaar , Estonia / UK, 2007
MY FATHER MY LORD - David Volach, Israel , 2007 - Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize
PINGPONG - Matthias Luthardt, Germany, 2006
SIMPLE THINGS - Aleksei Popogrebsky, Russia , 2006 - Winner of the Silver Prometheus
SONHOS DE PEIXE - Kirill Mikhanovsky, Brazil / Russia / USA, 2006
THE RUSSIAN TRIANGLE - Aleko Tsabadze, Georgia, 2007
THE TRAP - Srdan Golubovic, Serbia / Germany / Hungary , 2007
TRICKS - Andrzej Jakimowski, Poland, 2007- Winner of the Golden Prometheus and the Parajanov Award

Forum of European Cinema
CZECH DREAM - Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda, Czech Republic, 2004
EGG - Semih Kaplanoglu, Turkey / Greece, 2007
GALLE ROAD: THE VOLUNTEER DIARIES - Alexander Kamionsky, Sam Klebanov, Vasily Maslennikov, Sweden / Russia , 2006
HEADING SOUTH - Laurent Cantet, France / Canada, 2005
I’M NOT HERE TO BE LOVED - Stéphane Brizé , France, 2005
JUST ABOUT LOVE? - Lola Doillon , France , 2007
KOROLYOV - Yuri V. Kara, Russia, 2007
LIGHTS IN THE DUSK - Aki Kaurismäki, Finland / Germany / France, 2006
MONOTONY - Juris Poskus, Latvia , 2007
NOTES ON A SCANDAL - Richard Eyre, UK, 2006
ONE OF ME - Salome Jashi, UK, 2006
PEDRA.A REPORTER WITHOUT BORDERS - Villi Hermann, Switzerland, 2006
READY AND DONE - Inese Klava, Latvia , 2006
ROMANCE OF ASTREA AND CELADON - Eric Rohmer, France / Italy / Spain, 2007
TEODORS - Laila Pakalnina, Latvia , 2006
THE EMPIRE OF EVIL - Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Germany, 2007
THE LOST MAINLAND - Nana Ekvtimishvili, Germany, 2007
VICTORY - Renger van den Heuvel, The Netherlands, 2007
WAITER - Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands , 2006

Horizons
BRANDO - Mimi Freedman, Leslie Greif , USA, 2007
I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ALONE - Ming-liang Tsai, Taiwan / France / Austria, 2006
SEX AND PHILOSOPHY - Mohsen Makhmalbaf, France / Iran / Tajikistan , 2005
STILL LIFE - Zhang Ke Jia, China / Hong Kong, 2006
TAKESHIS’ - Takeshi Kitano, Japan, 2005
TIME - Ki-duk Kim, South Korea, 2006
TUYA'S MARRIAGE - Wang Quanan, China , 2006

Made in Germany
A FRIEND OF MINE - Sebastian Schipper, Germany, 2006
FOUR MINUTES - Chris Kraus, Germany, 2006
LONGING - Valeska Grisebach, Germany, 2006
ONE WHO SET FORTH: WIN WENDERS' EARLY YEARS - Marcel Wehn, Germany, 2007
WILD CHICKS IN LOVE - Vivian Naefe, Germany, 2007
YELLA - Christian Petzold, Germany, 2007

Unifrance: Masters’ Collection
A STORY OF WATER - Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, France , 1958
ALL THE BOYS ARE CALLED PATRICK - Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1959
LOVE EXISTS - Maurice Pialat, France , 1961
OVERTIRED - Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, France, 1957
THE BAKER OF MONCEAU - Eric Rohmer, France , 1963
VERONIQUE AND HER DUNCE - Eric Rohmer, France, 1958

Unifrance: New Collection
ANGEL! DREAM! - Eric Vanz de Godoy, France , 2006
CUT! - Alain Riou, France, 2006
EVEN IN DREAMS - Alice Taylor , France , 2006
HONEY MOON - François Breniaux, France, 2006
IT’S IN THE AIR - Yohann Gloaguen, France, 2005
PEN-PUSHER - Guillaume Martinez, France , 2006
QUIET! - Fanny Franssen, France , 2005
SHADOW OF VEIL - Arnaud Demuynck, France / Belgique, 2006
THE DINNER - Cécile Vernant, France , 2006
THE RED JACKET - Anne Flandrin, France , 2003
THE WHITE WOLF - Pierre-Luc Granjon, France , 2006
TIME OF CHERRY - Jean-Julien Chervier, France , 2005

Transcaucasian Documents
0,047% OF LAND - Gela Kandelaki, Georgia, 2007
AKHMETELI 4 - Archil Khetaguri, Georgia / Romania, 2006
All-IMPORTANT - Liana Jaqeli, Georgia , 2007
AMERICA IN A SINGLE ROOM - Davit Kandelaki, Georgia, 2007
BASIS - Mirsadyg Agazadeh, Azerbaijan, 2007
BLOSSOMING OF ROSE AND POMEGRANATE - Irakli Kochlamazashvili, Georgia / Russia, 2007
ELDAR SHENGELAIA’S EXTRAORDINARY EXHIBITION - Nino Axvlediani, Georgia, 2006
EXODUS - Nika Shek, Karine Verdyan , Armenia, 2007
FORGOTTEN PORTRAIT IN INTERIOR - Vakhtang Kuntsev-Gabashvili, Georgia, 2006
FRAGMENTS FROM TAO-KLARJETI HISTORY - Karlo Ghlonti, Levan Ghlonti , georgia, 2006
GEORGIAN MAMELUKES IN EGYPT - Merab Kokochashvili, Georgia, 2007
HOME AND BACK - Levan Ghlonti, Georgia, 2006
ISLAM IN GEORGIA - Buba (Ramaz) Khotivari, Georgia, 2007
PERI GALA - Ilgar Safat, Mikail Mikailov, Azebaijan, 2007
RETURN OF THE POET - Harutyun Khachatryan, Armenia, 2006
RETURNING TO GOBUSTAN - Ilgar Safat, Azerbaijan, 2007
ROBIKO STURUA - Manana Anasashvili, Mikheil Basinov, Georgia, 2007
SHORT MONOLOGUES - Shamil Najafzada, Azerbaijan, 2003
SILENSE - Shorena Tevzadze, georgia, 2007
SUNNY NIGHT COLOURS - Niko Tsuladze, georgia, 2007
WESTERN ARMENIA – LOST MOTHERLAND - Hayk Harutyunyan, Armenia, 2007

Georgian Panorama
16+ - Mariam Katsarava, Georgia, 2006
6 PICTURE OF A UNIVERSE - Bidzina Kanchaveli, Germany / Georgia, 2007
A LEGEND ABOUT WINE - Vladimer Sulakvelidze , Georgia / Germany, 2006
ANGALO - Vladimer Sulakvelidze, Georgia / Russia, 2006
C'EST LA VIE - Rusudan Chkonia, Georgia, 2007
GOLDFINCH - Vladimer Sulakvelidze , Georgia / Russia, 2007
GRANDPA FROM KUTAISI - Zaza Kolelishvili , Georgia, 2007
HOW THE MOON APPEARED - Vladimer Sulakvelidze , Georgia / Russia, 2006
POPPY SEASON - Sandro Jandieri, Georgia, 2006
REVOLUTION - Vano Tvauri, Georgia, 2007
SMALL CITY - Davit Iashvili, Georgia, 2006
SUBORDINATION - Archil Kavtaradze, Georgia, 2007
THAT'S HIM - David Apkhaidze, Georgia, 2006
TRIGGER TIGER - Salome Machaidze, Georgia / Germany, 2006
TWO MUSICIANS - Nikoloz Bezhanishvili, Georgia, 2006
WORDLESS LOVE - Maia Burduli, Georgia, 2007

Special Screening
PIROSMANI - Giorgi Shengelaya, Georgia, 1969
PRATER - Ulrike Ottinger, Austria / Germany , 2007

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
CHINESE ROULETTE - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany / France , 1976
LILI MARLEEN - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1980
THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN - Rainer Werner Fassbinder , West Germany, 1979

Bob Rafelson’ Masterclass
FIVE EASY PIECES - Bob Rafelson, USA, 1970
THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS - Bob Rafelson, USA , 1972
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE - Bob Rafelson, USA / West Germany , 1981

These are the awards that will be given in the closing ceremony.

Golden Prometheus for the best film
Silver Prometheus for the best direction
FIPRESCI prize
Parajanov prize for the outstanding poetic vision

To check all the movies and fest info go here.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Light Side of Cannes 2011 – Part 2


Yesterday I left out so many “Big Hollywood Stars”, many greater Actors/Actresses and filmmakers that have to do a second post to complement the previous.

Thursday May 12
Today is Tilda Swinton day and she will walk the red carpet which is always an event.

Friday May 13
Always enjoy watching films by and with Nanni Moretti who will premiere his much anticipated movie Habemus Papam. Perhaps the only Korean director that I really understand will be seen today, Kim Ki-Duk.

Saturday May 14
Yes already talked about Pedro but this Pedro is Almodovar and has to be talked twice and many more times. Hope to enjoy his latest film that he claims is “different” to all his previous works, but know that just watching Elena Anaya, Antonio Banderas, and Marisa Paredes in an Almodovar film will be priceless.

Sunday May 15
The day of Cecile de France walking the red carpet with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne nearby. At la Quinzaine is the day of Urszula Antoniak.

Monday May 16
From the main selection the film that surely will generate some scandalous buzz Bonello’s L’Apollonide Souvenirs de la maison close and we will watch the red carpet to see the some of the actresses that are in the trailer, of course wearing clothes. Won’t miss seeing beautiful Nadine Labaki.

Tuesday May 17
The day of Aki Kaurismäki!!! Plus I’ll watch Alain Cavalier and Vincent Lindon for sure. Yes is Jean-Paul Belmondo Tribute and we will watch some of his colleagues.

Wednesday May 18
One of my favorite directors will walk the red carpet: Lars von Trier! I’m so curious about Naomi Kawase film which is one of the few that hasn’t released a clip or trailer, for sure will watch the photo call, press release and red carpet for the film

Friday May 20
Paolo Sorentino’s first English movie will premiere and walking the red carpet Sean Penn and probably Frances McDormand sans husband (?). Also the Drive cast Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and hopefully Christina Hendricks too. Today is the day of Bakur Bakuradze.

Saturday May 21
Great Radu Mihaileanu and surely Hafsia Herzi (remember her from The Secret of the Grain?). Waiting to catch a glimpse of two of my favorite directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Andrei Zviagintsev.

Sunday May 22
So sad. The Party will be over.

So the above complements what we talked yesterday but today the first photos of the huge movie posters are starting to appear with movies like The Smurfs (yes the blue guys), Zookeeper (with Kevin James), Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson’s The Adventures of Tintin, Daniel Craig’s Cowboys & Aliens, Super 8, Transformers 3, Ender’s Game, Cars 2, Puss in Boots and with smaller displays many more mainstream movies plus others that are “for sale” in the huge world market that Cannes is inside buildings and outside in the street.

Today’s main gossip is that Lady Gaga will perform a special show that will be later broadcasted on Le Grand Journal TV show.

That’s it until tomorrow.

Cheers!!!

A pretty photo from today in Cannes

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

O’Horten


I found this Bent Hamer film sad, very sad, even when it is a bittersweet drama about the age of retirement, being a loner –yet not being lonely- and having a very unexpected happy end. I like the so special Nordic humor, but here the jokes and situations were more sad than funny. Then the movie is dark, too dark; I do not mean the humor, but most of the scenes are at night or in dark places and even when some visual compositions were really interesting, the total feeling is that is dark.

But there is a reason for everything, as this movie tells the story of Odd Horten that after 40 years as a locomotive engineer he is retiring. Opening scenes briefly show how orderly his life is and when he is “forced” to have nothing to do, he is lost in many more ways than just the obvious. In what I imagined as a the torment of finding what to do in his life-changing moment, he embarks in a series of odd situations that start the very night when after 40 years all he gets from his colleagues is a silver locomotive that looks more like a trophy! So you will follow him facing the most odd situations you can imagine until the very end that turns around the story to make it totally sweet and happy.

I find the story and film style very similar to Finish Aki Kaurismäki style, as has impeccable production values, great deadpan performances, slowish pace and outstanding very cold cinematography with the most magnificent views of a train riding alone the white surroundings. Obviously in the last happy scene cinematography changes and the transition is visually spectacular.

The film that was screened in the Un Certain Regard at 2007 Cannes and went to collect honors in many awards and fests; definitively not for all audiences as you have to really enjoy Nordic cinema and deadpan performances in visually interesting compositions and cinematography.

I found it too sad –not crying sad, but makes you feel sad- so it is not one movie to watch when you’re feeling blue; but I definitively enjoy it more for the great cold visuals.

Enjoy!!

Watch trailer @ Movie On Companion

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

64th Festival de Cannes Official Selection Lineup - Update 3


Talking about Jafar Panahi has become a must at most film festivals and I do believe that international pressure to solve his situation is important, but wonder releasing a semi-clandestine film will help him. Nevertheless the film reached Cannes just a few days before the opening and has become part of the Official Selection in the Special Screenings.

The film depicts a day in Panahi's life while he was waiting for the veredict of court appeal, which indeed offers an overview of the current situation of Iranian cinema. Directed by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmas (a documentary filmmaker and former assistant director) will be screened on Friday May 20th and is called: In Film Nist (This is not a Film).


--end of update 3--

5/4/11
As fest organizers show information at the official site, a new film is shown in the Special Screenings and post is updated with the Egyptian film Tamantatashar Yom (18 Days) by several directors. Final link to films in the official festival site is at the end of post.

--end of update 2--

5/4/11
Today's press release announced that there will be twenty (20) films in competition as The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius is joining the Official Competition.

--end of update--

4/14/2011
In the press conference earlier today Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux dissipated this year’s much gossipy speculation about the selection and to my surprise, there were not many surprises! Perhaps the greatest and most positive is that Almodovar latest film is in competition! Still, there are some surprising omissions but let’s hope movies will appear in the parallel sections that will be announced next Monday.

Without further comments, let’s dive into the Official Selection that has nineteen (19) films In Competition.

Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, USA
Habemus Papam, Nanni Moretti, Italy and France
朱花の月Hanezu No Tsuki, Naomi Kawase, Japan
Hearat Shulayim (Footnote), Joseph Cedar, Israel
Ichimei (Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai), Takashi Miike, Japan (aka 切腹 Seppuku) movie site
L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la Maison Close (House of Tolerance), Bertrand Bonello, France
La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In), Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
La Source des Femmes (The Source), Radu Mihaileanu, Belgium, Italy and France
Le Gamin au Vélo (Boy with a Bike aka Set Me Free), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium, France and Italy
Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, Finland, France and Germany
Melancholia, Lars Von Trier, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and Italy
(*) Michael, Markus Schleinzer, Austria (he was the casting director of The White Ribbon…)
Pater, Alain Cavalier, France
Polisse, Maïwenn, France (yes is Le Besco)
(*) Sleeping Beauty, Julia Leigh, Australia
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius, France
The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, USA
This Must Be the Place, Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, France and Ireland
We Need to Talk About Kevin, Lynne Ramsay, UK

Competition Jury
President: Robert De Niro, Actor/Director, USA
Martina Gusman, Actress/producer, Argentina
Johnnie To, Director/producer, China/Hong Kong
Olivier Assayas, Director, France
Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Director, Tchad
Nansun Shi, Producer, China
Uma Thurman, Actress/script writer/producer, USA
Jude Law, Actor, UK
Linn Ullmann, Critic/Writer, Norway

The most remarkable aspect of the above In Competition selection is that for the first time EVER includes FOUR female directors in competition, which of course has become major news since the press conference. As is an extraordinary event let me list the four directors to congratulate them: Japan’s Naomi Kawase, France’s Maïwenn, Australia’s Julia Leigh, and UK’s Lynne Ramsay.

Out of Competition
Opening Film: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen, Spain and USA
La Conquête, Xavier Durringer, France
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rob Marshall, USA
The Beaver, Jodie Foster, USA
Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeffrey Zimbalist, (documentary done exclusively for Cannes)
Closing Film: Les Bien-aimés (The Beloved), Christophe Honoré, France (yes is a musical!)

If we check the American films in and out of competition we find that Cannes 2011 will have Red Carpets that will look more like those that happen in America; then if all the “stars” come we will have perhaps the most American Cannes that I can remember, starting with this year jury president. Not much excited with this year Americanization of Cannes, but let’s hope world cinema and world filmmakers prevails in this Cannes edition.

Midnight Screenings
(*) Días de Gracia (Days of Grace), Everardo Valerio Gout, Mexico
Wu Xia (Swordsmen), Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong and China

Special Screenings
(*) Labrador (aka Out of Bounds), Frederikke Aspöck, Denmark
Duch,Le Maître des Forges de l’Enfer (Duch, Master of the Forges Hell), Rithy Panh, France and Cambodia (Documentary)
Michel Petrucciani, Michael Radford, France, Italy, and Germany (Documentary about one of my favorite Jazz musicians!)
Tous Au Larzac (Leader-Sheep), Christian Rouaud, France (Documentary)
(*) La Khaoufa Baada Al'Yaoum (No More Fear), Mourad Ben Cheikh, Tunisia (documentary)
The Big Fix, Rebecca Tickell andJosh Tickell, USA, France and Germany (documentary)
Tamantashar Yom (18 Days), Ahmad Abdallah, Mariam Abou Ouf, Kamla Abu Zikri, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Ali, Sherif Arafa, Sherif El Bendary, Marwan Hamed, Khaled Marei and Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt (Compilation of 9 short films)
In Film Nist (This is not a Film), Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmas, Iran, 2011

(*) First Film, competes for Camera d’Or

To read the official press release please go here; later, on April 22, films will be on the site and will post link. Film list are at the site, but no movies info yet. Go here.  To check info, synopsis, photos, and some videos from all films go here.

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