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Almodovar and BAFTA’s respect for international directors

Almodovar and BAFTA’s respect for international directors

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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 directors (directors who aren’t from the UK or US or Aus whose native language isn’t English). The Oscars have only done so 6 times since 1970…

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

Oscarwatch: The Directors – Seven Contenders, Five Slots

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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 is known is that Django Unchained and Lincoln are two views of the same moment in our history.  Both are satisfying…

Michael Haneke’s Amour, domestic trailer

Michael Haneke’s Amour, domestic trailer

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The Enduring Flame: Love in the time of Old Age

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“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 when the majority of films star and favor youthful stories. It is as though we’re caught in an endless loop of…

The White Ribbon: It takes a village

The White Ribbon: It takes a village

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“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. …ees eet safe? Safe to proceed for those who already know and anyone else who doesn’t mind knowing? ok, I suppose it’s pretty obvious to anyone who’s…

FESTIVAL DIARY — Days 9 & 10

FESTIVAL DIARY — Days 9 & 10

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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‚Äôs Italian cinema such as Visconti and Antonioni. Tilda Swinton plays a Russian who has married into a very wealthy Italian…

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

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

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(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, recent winners of the FIPRESCI Best Film of the Year include There Will Be Blood, 4 Months 3 Weeks 2 Days, and Volver, so not only…

The White Ribbon

The White Ribbon

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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 the universal clarity is a sign of great cinema?

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

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

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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 competition. The winner in the Un Certain Regard section was Police, Adjective, a Romanian movie about a policeman who refuses to arrest a schoolboy…