Almodovar and BAFTA’s respect for international directors

Here’s the brand new trailer for Pedro Almodovar’s Los Amantes Pasajeros. (thanks to Jesus Alonso) The question came up on Twitter yesterday, What if Michael Haneke Won the BAFTA for Bes Director. Made me curious to see how often the BAFTA have awarded international...
Posted On 01 Feb 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

This year, Best Director seems to be pairing up in interesting ways. Tarantino has launched into the race in a spectacular 11th hour surge. Whether this means he will, in fact, steal the last director’s slot from Tom Hooper or David O. Russell is still not known. But what...
Posted On 20 Dec 2012

The Enduring Flame: Love in the time of Old Age

“Every step of the way we walk the line. Your days are numbered. So are mine.” – Bob Dylan Four of the best performances this year come from two films about love and marriage in the twilight years. What’s interesting about both is that they come at a time...
Posted On 13 Aug 2012

The White Ribbon: It takes a village

“I believe that children are our future Teach them well and let them lead the way..” ~ Whitney Houston Stop reading right now if you’d rather work out the underlying meanings of Michael Haneke’s WWI-era morality tale, The White Ribbon on your own....
Posted On 12 Oct 2009

FESTIVAL DIARY — Days 9 & 10

Day 9 Three screenings on this day. The first film, the Italian film, I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is one of the most beautifully shot films I have seen in awhile. The cinematography by Yorick Le Saux has a look similar to some of the best in 60’s Italian cinema such...

The White Ribbon wins FIPRESCI “Best Film of the Year”

(enlarge) More good news for The White Ribbon, as a day after it’s submitted as Germany’s entry for Best Foreign Film, it wins a prize for Best Film of the Year. (Period. Foreign or otherwise.) Awards by the F√©d√©ration Internationale de la Presse Cin√©matographique,...
Posted On 27 Aug 2009

The White Ribbon

I’m by no means fluent in either French or German, but somehow the sense of this scene comes across to me with most of the meaning intact. Maybe it’s because she’s explaining death to a child, and the language is simplified to my level of comprehension. Or maybe...
Posted On 24 May 2009

Haneke’s ‘The White Ribbon’ wins FIPRESCI prize …. Von Trier wins Anti-award for ‘Best Misogynist’

Thanks to Jesus Alonso for the Cannes update, letting us know that Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon has earned special mention from the ecumenical jury. The White Ribbon also won the FIPRESCI prize, given by the International Federation of Film Critics, as the best film in...
Posted On 24 May 2009