Thursday, April 17, 2014

Live from Cannes

Live from Cannes.


Are you hearing the names? I am...like Cronenberg...Mathiew Amalric...Juliette Binoche...Marion Cotillard...Michel Hazanavicious, The Search...Jean-Luc Godard...
Well there you go...I'll make a list soon.

Ok, let's start with the big one, with ours brilliant Jane Campion, the President of the Official Competition:

"Captives" (Canada) dir. Atom Egoyan
"Foxcatcher" (U.S.A.) dir. Bennett Miller
"Goodbye To Language" (France) dir. Jean-Luc Godard
"The Homesman" (U.S.A./France) dir. Tommy Lee Jones
"Jimmy's Hall" (U.K) dir. Ken Loach
"Leviathan" (Russia) dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev
"Maps To The Stars" (Canada) dir. David Cronenberg
"The Marvel" (Italy) dir. Alice Rohrwacher
"Mommy" (Canada) dir. Xavier Dolan
"Mr. Turner" (U.K) dir. Mike Leigh
"Saint Laurent" (France) dir. Bertrand Bonello
"The Search" (France) dir. Michel Hazavanicius
"Sils Maria" (France) dir. Olivier Assayas
"Still The Water" (Japan) dir. Naomi Kawase
"Timbuktu" dir. Abderrahmane Sissako
"Two Days One Night" (Belgium) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardennes
"Wild Tales" (Argentina) dir. Damian Szifron
"Winter Sleep" (Turkey) dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan


With Grace of Monaco opening the festival.

Our boy Xavier Dolan has made it to the big leagues. Finally, he says! His fifth feature film Mommy becomes part of the official selection, and it's a film that centers around two women.
Per usual, you may recognize most of the names mentioned above, most of us were already expecting them. In eighteen films, we have two female directors, the Italian Alice Rohrwacher and the Japanese Naomi Kawasi. Names missing out Paul Thomas Anderson, Vinterberg, Malick, J.C. Chandor and french director Mia Hansen-Love, for instance.

Yes, this is possibly my most anticipated film.

Un Certain Regard brings:
President of the Jury is the Argentinian Pablo Trapero.


"Amour Fou" (dir. Jessica Hausner) 
"Bird People" (dir. Pascale Ferran)
"The Blue Room" (dir. Mathieu Amalric
"Charlie's Country" (dir. Rolf De Heer) 
"Eleanor Rigby" (dir. Ned Benson) 
"Fantasia" (dir. Wang Chao) 
"A Girl At My Door" (dir. July Jung) 
"Harcheck mi Headro" (dir. Keren Yedaya) 
"Jauja" (dir. Lisandro Alonso) 
"Lost River" (dir. Ryan Gosling) 
"The Misunderstood" (dir. Asia Argento) 
"Party Girl" (dir. Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis) 
"Run" (dir. Philippe Lacote) 
"Salt Of The Earth" (dir. Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado) 
"Snow In Paradise" (dir. Andrew Hulme) 
"Titli" (dir. Kanu Behl) 
"Tourist" (dir. Ruben Ostlund) 
"Unhappy Youth" (dir. Jaime Rosales) 

"Xenia" (dir. Panos Koutras)

There are more female names here.

Other films:

Out of Competition
"Coming Home" (China) dir. Zhang Yimou
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" (U.S.A.) dir. Dean DeBlois

Midnight Screenings
"The Rover" (dir. David Michod) 
"The Salvation" (dir. Kristian Levring) 
"The Target" (dir. Chang) 

Special Screenings
"Bridges Of Sarajevo" (anthology film) 
"Caricaturists: Fantasies Of Democracy" (dir. Stephanie Valloatto)

"Eau Argentee" (dir. Mohammed Ossana)
"Les Gens Du Monde" (dir. Yves Yeuland) 

"Maidan" (dir. Sergei Loznitsa)
"Red Army"  (dir. Polsky Gabe)

For moments, I forgot the Cannes Film Festival is actually a month ahead. So plenty to study.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Cannes 2014


Here I go here I go here I go.
It's my favorite time of the year.

Monday, April 14, 2014

When did I become Us?

This week there are two major things happening on my world, and on a few other people’s worlds!
Orphan Black! It’s one thing. Cannes announcements! It’s the other thing. These are two major things. It’s the best time of the year, the best time of the year! And it’s approaching. P.S. And then it’s June…It’s fast…June, Orange is the new Black…yes.


It’s been crazy over this syllable called tumblr, where everything is Orphan Black. It’s like an event. It is in fact an event, with each day, announcing new teasers and other things.

In New York.
At Coachella.

Films!

The other week I recapped Orphan Black, watched the last five or six episodes straight. Just to catch up on my questions and doubts and NO ONE CAN’T BE TRUSTED. There are loads of conflicts. And that’s what’s so great about this show. There’s only so much you have to look for. But after reviewing the show again and again, it still hits you. I feel like literally forcing everyone to watch it. I want people to realize the talent of these people, the writers, the technical department, the acting. Their brilliant work and effort, their passion and finally this story that’s unfolding, always so heartfelt, always so compelling.
Tatiana Maslany is always so heartfelt, it’s unbelievable and beautiful and just utterly impressive. Every time I think about it it’s like I’m hit with what she actually has done and then I realize her brilliant work.



With the Cloneversation, happening this weekend, I still have a hard time dealing with the fact that when I look at Tatiana Maslany I’m in fact dealing with Sarah Allison Cosima Rachel Helena. It’s like I’m kind of always waiting for Cosima to appear or something. Evelyne Brochu has the same problems. It’s really a weird and challenging mind set, which only adds to the fun of it all. On top of being this amazing show, you have this wonderful and charming group of actors, so supporting and complementary.


Orphan Black becomes this quite special show because it’s like the underdog, the little show that can, the heartfelt one, and so people should support it for a number of reasons. Not only the show brings a poignant theme, a theme for our times, it also brings other lines such as the empowerment of women, they bring women representation, as a whole, not staying in one or two dimensions, but in various dimensions and also brings the gay, and it brings all of this in a serious and sober manner, by crossing it over, by just becoming something inherent.
So let’s support Orphan Black and all its glory.

Orphan Black, the comedy.

Orphan Black, the drama.

Bonus:
You're the Puppy.
A brief history.





There, the puppy history.
I am trying really really hard to not watch the teasers...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carol, on Set

Miss Belivet and Richard.

As I show you these recent pictures from the on going filming of Carol, Carrie Brownstein has been the most recent cast addition to the film. She'll be playing Genevieve Cranel (a minor role).


Also, I would like to point out this ordinary society standard situation that starts to occur, which is the way The Hollywood Reporter is describing the film - a lesbian drama, which I'm sure they won't be the only ones. As much as it might not be...inaccurate, it is so much more than that, it's really something more, something transcendent, something that everyone can relate to really; it's about discovering what love is and the terrifying idea of it all, it's about fighting for what's supposed to be everyone's rights, human rights, it's about the search for meaning in life, it's representing a generation, so to say it's a lesbian drama, it immediately narrows the essence of it, and it's wrong. We don't need it, I don't thing we ever really need stereotypes.

Pic of the Day


Madame Vice President is back!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Carol, on Set


Good day Miss Carol Aird and Miss Belivet.



The Drop


Formerly known as Animal Rescue.
From the director of "Bullhead".
James Gandolfini's last picture.