Monday, October 26, 2020

CRITICS FIND 2019 BERLINALE FILMS UNEXCITING

February 13, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

The collection of films selected by Dieter Kosslick and his associates as he presides over his 18th and final year as director of the Berlin International Film Festival — the Berlinale — is taking a beating from critics. The British trade journal Screen Daily, which publishes a daily “grid” indicating how a selection of eight […]

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING HERE AND HE KNOWS WHAT IT IS

February 11, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Although director Agnieszka Holland scatters clips of George Orwell (played by Joseph Mawle) typing his manuscript for Animal House throughout Mr. Jones, she could just as tellingly (apart from commercial considerations) have inserted the rantings of any contemporary would-be autocrat.  Her based-on-true-facts film takes place in the early 1930s. Welsh journalist Gareth Jones (James Norton), […]

ISN’T IT GOOD, NORWEGIAN WOOD? CRITICS REPLY

February 10, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

In her review of Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s Out Stealing Horses (Ut Og Stjaele Hester), which premiered Saturday at the Berlin Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young described the film as “a hugely accomplished meditation on life, guilt and responsibility” and predicted that it would “have no trouble finding its preordained audiences and […]

FRENCH FILM SPOTLIGHTS SEX ABUSE BY LYON PRIEST

February 9, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Veteran French writer-director François Ozon, who generally makes women the hub of his screenplays, has now turned his camera instead on a group of men who courageously take on the Catholic Archdiocese of Lyon, France for its alleged actions to cover up abuse by a pedophile priest. Gràce á Dieu (By the Grace of God), […]

69th BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL OPENS

February 8, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

After the traditional red carpet procession of dignitaries and the principals of the opening-night film, The Kindness of Strangers, the 69th annual Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — kicked off Thursday night. The opening-night audience gave a standing ovation to outgoing festival director Dieter Kosslick, who, in his 18-years of supervision, lifted the festival […]

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL: THE WINNERS

May 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo: 2018 Fuji Television Network/Gaga Corporation/AOI Pro Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters, about a family that survives on petty theft, has won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival, while U.S. director Spike Lee has won the second-place Grand Prix award for his satire about a black cop who infiltrates the KKK, BlacKkKlansman. […]

SPIKE LEE MAKES TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO CANNES

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Until Spike Lee entered the room, the third-floor auditorium at Cannes’ Palais des Festivals where press conferences are conducted, had been virtually Trump free. Hardly any mention of the U.S. president had been uttered by the international filmmakers, several of them card-carrying radicals, as they sat for interviews following the screening of their films. And […]

FILM FEMS GIVE MOVIE BIZ A DRESSING DOWN

May 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

They are an accepted element of the annual Cannes Film Festival: protests and demonstrations, either involving those attending the festival or groups who are mindful of the fact that the international news media turn out by the hundreds to cover the event. Official security staff plan for the prospect of disruptive activities for months in […]

SOMETHING’S NOT HAPPENING HERE AND YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT’S NOT

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The walkouts during the press screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book (Le Livre d’Image) at the Cannes Film Festival began at about 15 minutes into the film. One by one, several critics and working journalists covering the festival began rising from their seats, hunching over so as not to block the view of others, […]

AT CANNES, THE SOVIETS COLLAPSE AGAIN

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At the Cannes Film Festival, two films, set in the waning years of the Soviet empire, have debuted to reviews so lukewarm that some critics attending the festival have wondered in print whether they’re not a portent of even inferior things to come. After all, the festival usually makes a noticeable effort to launch with […]

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