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April 25, 2017

THE 2017 CANNES JURY IS ANNOUNCED

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Under the presidency of the Spanish director, screenwriter and producer Pedro Almodóvar, the Jury for the 70th Festival de Cannes will be made up of eight key figures from the 7th Art, coming from all over the world. Four women and four men will thus help Pedro Almodóvar select from among the films in Competition. The winners will be announced on Sunday 28th May at the Closing Ceremony, following which the Palme d’or will be awarded in the presence of the winning team.

THE  2017 JURY
 
Pedro ALMODÓVAR – President
(Director, Screenwriter, Producer – Spain)

Maren ADE (Director, Screenwriter, Producer - Germany)

Jessica CHASTAIN (Actress, Producer - United States)

Fan BINGBING (Actress, Producer - China)

Agnès JAOUI (Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Singer – France)

Park CHAN-WOOK (Director, Screenwriter, Producer - South Korea)

Will SMITH (Actor, Producer, Musician – United States

Paolo SORRENTINO (Director, Screenwriter - Italy)

Gabriel YARED (Composer – France)

Maren ADE, director, screenwriter, producer - Germany

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In 1998, Maren Ade began studying film production and direction in Munich. During her studies, she co-founded the film production company Komplizen Film. In 2004, Maren Ade first film, The Forest for the Trees, premiered in Toronto and won the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2009, her second film Everyone Else received the Silver Bear for Best Film and for Best Actress. Maren Ade third film, Toni Erdmann, debuted in Competition at the 2016 Festival de Cannes and won numerous awards like the European Film Award. As a producer, she worked on productions like Tabu by Miguel Gomes and Sleeping Sickness by Ulrich Köhler.

 

Jessica CHASTAIN, actress, producer - United States

Jessica

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses of her generation. She has received numerous nominations and accolades for her work, in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, A Most Violent Yearby J.C. Chandor, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby by Ned Benson and Ridley Scott’s The Martian. Jessica Chastain launched a production company Freckle Films. She is currently in production for Susanna White’s period drama Woman Walks Ahead and will be seen in Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

 

Fan BINGBING, actress, producer - China

Fan-bingbing

Born in 1981, Fan Bingbing rose to fame in 1998 with the mega-hit TV series My Fair Princess. In 2003, she starred in Cell Phone, which became the highest-grossing Chinese film of the year. Since then, she has starred in many films, most notably Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), and Double Xposure (2012). In 2014, she participated in the Hollywood blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past. In 2016, she starred in I Am not Madame Bovary and received the San Sebastian Film Festival Best Actress Award as well as the 11th Asian Film Best Actress Award. Fan is selected for the 2017 TIME 100.

 

Agnès JAOUI, actress, screenwriter, director, singer – France

Agnès JAOUI

Multi-award winning artist Agnès Jaoui joined forces with Jean-Pierre Bacri to develop a theatre and film style of which Kitchen with Apartment and Family Resemblances were first to meet with success. They worked with Alain Resnais on Smoking/No Smoking and Same Old Song. In 2000, Agnès Jaoui directed The Taste of Others which won four César. She wrote and directed Look at Me, which won Best Screenplay Award at the 2004 Festival de Cannes, followed by Let’s Talk about the Rain (2008) and Under the Rainbow(2013). She is a singer, and her Latin “Canta” album won a Victoire de la Musique award in 2007. She can be currently seen in Aurore by Blandine Lenoir.

 

Park CHAN-WOOK, director, screenwriter, producer - South Korea

Park-chan-wook

Ever since his Korean box office record breaking Joint Security Area in the year 2000, Park Chan-wook’s diverse body of work has garnered recognition both at home and abroad. These include his successes at the Festival de Cannes in 2004 with the Grand Prix for Old Boy and the Jury Prize for Thirst in 2009. In 2013, Park Chan-wook expanded his œuvre to include English language films with Stoker and also produced Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. In 2016, Park Chan-wook returned to Cannes in Competition with The Handmaiden and won the Vulcan Prize, once again establishing him as one of the most significant talents working in cinema today.

 

Will SMITH, actor, producer, musician – United States

Will-Smith

Two-time Academy Award nominee Will Smith has a vast filmography including portrayals of true-life icons in Ali, The Pursuit of Happiness and Concussion. His headlining credits include Independence Day, I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, Men in Black I, II, & III, and last summer’s Suicide Squad. The two-time Grammy Award winner began his career as a musician selling millions of records worldwide before crossing over into television with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Will Smith is dedicated to working toward the advancement of communities and individuals through the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.

 

Paolo SORRENTINO, director, screenwriter - Italy

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Paolo Sorrentino, director and screenwriter, was born in Naples in 1970. Seven of his 8 films have been presented in Competition at the Festival de Cannes, where Il Divo won the Prix du Jury in 2008. In 2014, his film La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as a BAFTA. In 2016, La Giovinezza (Youth) gained an Oscar nomination and won three European Film Awards. In 2016, he made his first TV Series: The Young Pope. He has also published a novel “Hanno tutti ragione” in 2010, and two collections of short stories: “Tony Pagoda e i suoi amici” (2012), and “Gli aspetti irrilevanti” (2016).

 

Gabriel YARED, composer - France

Gabriel-yared

After spending his childhood in Lebanon, Gabriel Yared attended the composition classes of Henri Dutilleux in Paris. He stayed in Brazil and returned to France in 1972, and quickly became an orchestrator and producer sought after by the biggest European singers of the time. Since 1980, he devoted most of his time to film composition. He has written more than a hundred scores to date, of which many have earned him prestigious international awards. He wrote his first score for Jean-Luc Godard, which was followed by successful notable collaborations with Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jean-Jacques Annaud (Cesar for The Lover), Anthony Minghella (Oscar for The English Patient) and Xavier Dolan.


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Pedro Almodóvar © El Deseo D.A.S.L.U. Nico Bustos
Park Chan-wook © SEO Ji-hyoung
Maren Ade © Iris Janke
Agnès Jaoui © Laurent Viteur / Getty Images
Will Smith © Matt Doyle / Contour by Getty Images
Paolo Sorrentino © C. Laruffa Splash NewsCorbis
Fan Bingbing © Sun Jun
Jessica Chastain © Matt Doyle Photo
Gabriel Yared © Ammar Abd Rabbo
 

MAY PROGRAMMING ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK!

 
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro, Blow Out, Zatoichi and timeless classics (that were booed at Cannes)!
 
Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday's Short + Feature: The Sea Horse* and L'Atalante

Taking to the water, this week's Short + Feature offers two very different - but equally dazzling - visions of the life aquatic. Jean Painlevé's mesmerizing short The Sea Horse (1933), a fourteen-minute science film that goes below the surface of the sea to glimpse the strange world of the titular creature, sets the stage for Jean Vigo's timeless masterpiece L'Atalante (1934), an intoxicating love story that takes place aboard a run-down river barge on the Seine.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Wednesday, May 3
Blow Out*: Criterion Collection Edition #562

A conspiracy thriller for the ages, Brian De Palma's 1981 masterpiece features dazzling stylistic flourishes and John Travolta in one of his most memorable performances. The movie hits the Channel alongside all of the supplemental features from our release, including an hour-long interview with De Palma conducted by filmmaker Noah Baumbach, and De Palma's 1967 feature Murder à la Mod, which itself makes a cameo appearance in a scene in Blow Out.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Thursday, May 4
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Criterion Collection Edition #679

Japan's longest-running action series centers on the adventures of Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu), a blind masseur who also happens to be an incomparable swordsman. The inspiration for the blind warrior Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) in Rogue One, this charismatic action dynamo remains one of cinema's most iconic heroes. Our massive edition of the series features digital restorations of all twenty-five Zatoichi films made between 1962 and 1973, along with supplements that include an interview with Asian-film expert Tony Rayns and a 1978 documentary about Katsu, who portrayed Zatoichi through the entire length of the series and directed the twenty-fourth installment.
 
Friday, May 5
Friday Night Double Feature: The Element of Crime* and Europa*

This week's double bill brings together the bookends of Lars von Trier's Europa trilogy, two bold visions from his early career. The expressionist mystery The Element of Crime (1984), the director's stunning debut feature, takes place in a postapocalyptic future, while the Kafkaesque Europa (1991) immerses the viewer in a strangely futuristic Frankfurt in the aftermath of World War II.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Monday, May 8
John Bailey and Haskell Wexler on Days of Heaven

Terrence Malick's 1978 sophomore feature is a period drama of extraordinary visual beauty, depicting labor and leisure amid the wheat fields of the Texas panhandle in ravishing magic-hour images. In this piece, cinematographers John Bailey and Haskell Wexler share their memories of working on the film with Malick and Nestor Almendros, who took home an Oscar for the film's photography.
 
Tuesday, May 9
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Borom sarret* and Black Girl

The most renowned figure of twentieth-century African cinema, the Senegalese writer-director Ousmane Sembène crafted stark, stirring dramas that addressed urgent social and political concerns. This week's Short + Feature shows that his mastery of the form came early: his acclaimed short Borom sarret (1963), about a luckless cart driver on the streets of Dakar, bears witness to the personal effects of the postcolonial order, as does his harrowing first feature, Black Girl (1966), about a Senegalese woman mistreated by her white employers in a small town on the French Riviera.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, May 10
The Secret of the Grain*: Criterion Collection Edition #527

Six years before winning the Palme d'Or in 2013 for his controversial coming-of-age romance Blue Is the Warmest Color, Tunisian French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche delivered this bustling, multigenerational saga about family and food. Our complete edition of the film arrives this week on the Channel, complete with Sueur, Kechiche's reedit of the film's climactic belly-dancing sequence, as well as interviews with the writer-director and many of his key collaborators.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Friday, May 12
Friday Night Double Feature: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words and News from Home

In celebration of Mother's Day this weekend, we've paired two moving portraits of maternal love. Stig Björkman's 2015 documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words assembles Super 8 and 16 mm home-movie footage, taken by the icon herself, into an intimate view of her complex life as an artist, wife, and mother. Chantal Akerman's melancholy 1976 urban portrait News from Home pairs meditative shots of New York City, where the director relocated in the early seventies, with readings of letters from her mother on the voice-over.
 
Monday, May 15
Booed at Cannes!

From Michelangelo Antonioni to Lars von Trier, some of the world's most lauded auteurs have elicited derisive responses at their Cannes premieres, only to have their polarizing films later hailed as masterpieces. With the seventieth edition of the festival opening this week, we're gathering a selection of these controversial works: Antonioni's L'avventura (1960), Carl Th. Dreyer's Gertrud (1964), Robert Bresson's L'argent (1983), Jane Campion's Sweetie (1989), and von Trier's Antichrist (2009).
 
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Butter Lamp* and Yi Yi

The complex role of photography in everyday life is explored in Hu Wei's 2013 Oscar-nominated short Butter Lamp and Edward Yang's 2000 masterpiece Yi Yi. Hu's film charts the story of a photographer and his assistant as they take family portraits in a remote Tibetan village, in the process observing the erosion of local culture by the forces of globalization. Yang's intimate epic captures the tensions lying beneath the surface of contemporary middle-class Taipei, highlighting the perspective of a young boy who becomes obsessed with his camera.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, May 17
Fish Tank*: Criterion Collection Edition #553

This week, we're turning the spotlight on British filmmaker Andrea Arnold and her Cannes Jury Prize-winning Fish Tank. This gritty work of social realism follows the coming-of-age of a fifteen-year-old housing project resident (the remarkable Katie Jarvis) struggling with her burgeoning sexual attraction toward her mother's predatory new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender). The supplements from our edition include a conversation with Fassbender and three of the director's short films: Milk (1998), Dog (2001), and the Oscar-winning Wasp (2003).
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Thursday, May 18
Blow Up of Blow Up: A 2016 Documentary

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of Antonioni's countercultural masterpiece last year, Italian journalist Valentina Agostinis created this documentary portrait, which revisits key locations in the film, explores the auteur's meticulous approach to art direction and photography, and features interviews with dialogue assistant Piers Haggard, fashion photographer David Montgomery, former Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell, and others.
 
Friday, May 19
Friday Night Double Feature: A Man Escaped and La Haine

This week, we've paired two films that share a spirit of rebellion and skillfully align our sympathies with the underdogs they portray: Robert Bresson's A Man Escaped (1956) and Mathieu Kassovitz's La haine (1995). Both Bresson's suspenseful yet humane jailbreak masterpiece and Kassovitz's gritty look at cultural volatility in contemporary France received the best director award at Cannes.
 
Monday, May 22
All the Screen's a Stage

This series lifts a curtain on the passions, triumphs, illusions, and foibles of theater people-and shows how such cinematic masters as Ingmar Bergman, Jean Renoir, and Max Ophuls have drawn inspiration from the art of stagecraft. The lineup - which includes Marcel Carné's Children of Paradise, Jean Renoir's The Golden Coach, and Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander - features a series introduction by Criterion Channel programmer Michael Sragow.
 
Tuesday, May 23
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Next Floor* and Babette's Feast

Treat yourself to a two-course meal: an early short by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) gives a grotesque new meaning to the phrase "all you can eat," while Gabriel Axel's Oscar-winning adaptation of a story by Isak Dinesen serves up a feast for the spirit.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Wednesday, May 24
I Knew Her Well: Criterion Collection Edition #801

Antonio Pietrangeli cuts commedia all'italiana with a dose of melancholy in this underappreciated classic, an episodic portrait of a beautiful young woman making her way through the celebrity-obsessed and sexually liberated Rome of the 1960s. This edition's supplements include a recent interview with actor Stefania Sandrelli (The Conformist), as well as archival footage from her audition for the film.
 
Thursday, May 25
Adventures in Moviegoing with Guillermo del Toro

In the latest installment of our Adventures in Moviegoing series, the director of Pan's Labyrinth and Cronos joins MythBusters' Adam Savage to talk about his cinematic passions and influences. To accompany their conversation, del Toro has selected some of the inspirations - including Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face and Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast - that have helped fuel the nightmares and fantasies that play out in his own visionary films. Past contributors to the series include Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, Roger Corman, and Michael Cera.
 
Friday, May 26
Friday Night Double Feature: Rome Open City and Brief Encounter

What does Roberto Rossellini's revolutionary portrait of a city under occupation have in common with David Lean's achingly sad story of a love affair? Both of these heartbreakingly humane films were among the winners of the top prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
 
Monday, May 29
Observations on Film Art No. 7: Staging in The Rules of the Game

In the latest installment of our Observations on Film Art series, Professor Kristin Thompson maps out the intricate staging of Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. Famed for its deep-focus photography, the film nimbly traces the intersecting loves, rivalries, aggressions, and jealousies that play out over the course of a weekend at a country estate. Watch Thompson's analysis to learn how Renoir sets his tragicomic machine in motion, then check out the other entries in the series for more insights from her and her fellow authors of the canonical textbook Film Art: An Introduction, David Bordwell and Jeff Smith. Previous subjects include the music in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, the editing in Akira Kurosawa's Sanshiro Sugata, and landscapes in the work of Abbas Kiarostami.
 
Tuesday, May 30
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Cailleach* and I Know Where I'm Going!

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger set their sprightly romantic comedy I Know Where I'm Going! in the gloom of the remote Scottish Hebrides. That story of a headstrong woman's unexpected romance with a handsome naval officer is paired with Cailleach, a short documentary from 2015 that profiles another independent woman in the same location-one who knows where she's staying above all. Rosie Reed Hillman's tender portrait of Morag, an elderly sheep farmer who has lived her whole life in the rugged area, makes for a poetic complement to the Archers' effervescent fable.
*Premiering on the Channel this month.
 
Complete list of films premiering on the Criterion Channel this month:

May 1
Bitter Victory, Nicholas Ray, 1957

May 2
The Sea Horse, Jean Painlevé, 1933

May 3
Blow Out, Brian De Palma, 1981

May 5
The Element of Crime, Lars von Trier, 1984
Europa, Lars von Trier, 1991
The Marriage of Chiffon, Claude Autant-Lara, 1942
Douce, Claude Autant-Lara, 1943
Sylvia and the Phantom, Claude Autant-Lara, 1946

May 9
Borom sarret, Ousmane Sembène, 1963

May 10
The Secret of the Grain, Abdellatif Kechiche, 2007

May 12
Nacional III, Luis García Berlanga, 1982
Barrios altos, Luis García Berlanga, 1987
La boutique, Luis García Berlanga, 1967

May 16
Butter Lamp, Hu Wei, 2013

May 17
Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold, 2009

May 19
Katzelmacher, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1969
Chinese Roulette, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976
Satan's Brew, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976
Querelle, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982

May 23
Next Floor, Denis Villeneuve, 2008

May 30
Cailleach, Rosie Reed Hillman, 2014
 
 
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April 18, 2017

LAURA POITRAS'S RISK PREMIERES ON MAY 2

  

LAURA POITRAS’S RISK WILL HAVE ITS NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE AS THE CLOSING NIGHT FILM OF ART OF THE REAL FESTIVAL ON MAY 2

Laura Poitras Q&A to follow screening


New York, NY (April 18, 2017) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced today that Laura Poitras’s Risk will have its North American premiere as the Closing Night selection of Art of the Real, FSLC’s essential showcase for boundary-pushing nonfiction film, on May 2. The festival opens this Thursday, April 20, with Theo Anthony’s Rat Film; the complete lineup, featuring an eclectic, globe-spanning host of premieres and discoveries, can be found here

After laying bare Edward Snowden the man and the myth in her Oscar-winning Citizenfour, Laura Poitras returns to the knotty territory of political truth-telling and international espionage with this years-in-the-making portrait of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. A hero to some, a pariah to others, Assange comes across in this compelling documentary as guarded and inscrutable despite his crusade for complete transparency. Not interested in painting a simple portrait of one man fighting the system, Poitras traces his journey from 2011 all the way through this year’s election, finally admitting in voiceover: “This is not the film I thought I was making.” Significantly updated since its Cannes premiere last May, Risk is a film about principles, power, and human contradiction, and is not to be missed. Poitras will also appear in person for a post-screening discussion. 

NEON will release the film theatrically nationwide on May 5th. Risk is Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Tickets for Risk are $20; $15 for students, seniors, and members. Learn more, and buy tickets now, at filmlinc.org.

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April 17, 2017

APRIL ON THE CRITERION CHANNEL ON FILMSTRUCK... CONTINUES!

       
 
Includes Adventures in Moviegoing with Michael Cera, 
AntichristTatsuya Nakadai on his films, and Split Screen!
 
Just added to the calendar:
Friday Night Double Feature: The Trip and The Trip to Italy
 
 
Monday, April 17
Tatsuya Nakadai on Five Japanese Masters
Japanese icon Tatsuya Nakadai stopped by Criterion to discuss his storied career, sharing some of the lessons he learned from working with luminaries Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse, Masaki Kobayashi, Kihachi Okamoto, and Hiroshi Teshigahara. Alongside the interview, we present a genre-hopping selection of films that feature his most pivotal roles: Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954), Yojimbo(1961), and Sanjuro (1962), Kobayashi's Black River (1956), The Human Condition(1959), and Harakiri (1962), Okamoto's The Sword of Doom (1966), and Naruse's When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960).

Tuesday, April 18
Tuesday's Short + Feature: Pay Day and A Taxing Woman
On the heels of Tax Day, this week's Short + Feature pairs two playful films that follow the money: Charlie Chaplin's 1922 Pay Day, a silent short about the wage-related bickering of a bricklayer and his wife, and Juzo Itami's 1987 A Taxing Woman, a tax-collector comedy that the Tampopo director was inspired to make after joining a higher tax bracket himself.
 
Wednesday, April 19
Antichrist*: Criterion Collection Edition #542
Take in Lars von Trier's Antichrist in all its controversial glory, as the graphic psychodrama arrives on the Channel with the complete supplements from the edition, including several behind-the-scenes videos and a documentary on the film's now-legendary premiere at Cannes.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
 
Thursday, April 20
Cinéastes de notre temps: Jean Vigo
As part of our ongoing presentation of episodes from Cinéastes de notre temps(1964-72), a French television series that profiled filmmakers from around the world, we're spotlighting one of the show's first installments. In this 1964 documentary, French New Wave director Jacques Rozier chronicles the life of one of cinema's great enfants terribles, Jean Vigo, who died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-nine after making just a handful of films, including the redoubtable masterpiece L'Atalante(1934). Compiling interviews with a variety of friends and collaborators of Vigo's, this program attests to the rebellious and poetic spirit the director brought to his work.
 
Friday, April 21
Friday Night Double Feature: Red Desert and The Last Wave
Environmental threats hang over these two atmospheric mood pieces, featured on the Channel just in time for Earth Day. Antonioni's first color film evokes the creeping malaise that comes with industrialization, while the apocalypse itself looms nigh in Peter Weir's beguiling mystery, a dreamlike investigation of the fissures between colonial and aboriginal Australia.

Monday, April 24
Adventures in Moviegoing with Michael Cera
In the latest installment of our Adventures in Moviegoing series, the star of Juno, Superbad, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stops by our office to tell us how he became a cinephile and to share some of his favorite films, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Fox and His Friends (1975) and Nagisa Oshima's Empire of Passion(1978). Past contributors to the series include Bill Hader, Jonathan Lethem, Mary Karr, and Roger Corman.

Tuesday, April 25
Tuesday's Short + Feature: J. M. Mondésir* and Rashomon
It's all about point of view in this week's Short + Feature, which pairs Akira Kurosawa's 1950 psychological thriller Rashomon with the 2012 French short J. M. Mondésir, about a man who dies after an encounter with the police. Taking a cue from Kurosawa's hallowed classic, writer-director Alice Colomer-Kang examines the elusive nature of truth and interpretation by telling her story from multiple perspectives.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 

Wednesday, April 26
The Tree of Wooden Clogs*: Criterion Collection Edition #854
Director Ermanno Olmi (Il posto) evokes the rhythms of a bygone way of life in this 1978 Palme d'Or winner, tracing the lives and labors of northern Italian peasants through the seasons. This newly restored masterpiece makes its debut on the Channel complete with all of the special features that appear on its recently released disc edition, including a television program that pays a visit to the farm where the film was shot and an introduction by Mike Leigh, whose own films reflect the naturalistic rigor of Olmi's craft.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 

Thursday, April 27
Observations on Film Art No. 6: Camera Movement in Three Colors: Red
In our ongoing, Channel-exclusive series Observations on Film Art, film scholars David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson, and Jeff Smith explore the nuts and bolts of cinematic style through individual works by great auteurs. In the latest episode, Smith walks us through the eerie metaphysics of Three Colors: Red, demonstrating how director Krzysztof Kieślowski uses camera movements to establish mysterious connections between two characters who are largely unaware of each other. Previous entries in this series have examined topics like Sanshiro Sugata's lightning-fast editing and Abbas Kiarostami's evocative use of landscape.

Friday, April 28
Friday Night Double Feature: The Trip* and The Trip to Italy*
"Gentlemen to bed, for we rise at 9:30-ish!" Now on the Criterion Channel, the first two hysterically funny entries in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's epicurean travel series. With wine, food, and celebrity impersonations galore, the UK's sharpest comedy duo make their way through England and Italy. Soon they'll hit the road again in The Trip to Spain, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.
*Premiering on the Channel this month. 
The Triplimited engagement, ends October 27.
The Trip to Italy: limited engagement, ends October 27.
 
Saturday, April 29
Split Screen Season Four
Your wild ride through the indie film world-by filmmakers, for everyone. From 1997 to 2001, producer and author John Pierson and his band of cinephiles roved the U.S., seeking pockets of movie madness for this irreverent, sixty-episode IFC series. The result is an indispensible portrait of the American independent film scene at the turn of the millennium. Seasons one through three are already on the Channel, and this month, we debut season four!

April 13, 2017

2017 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

CANNES 70

For its 70th festival, Cannes breaks with its well-guarded tradition of opening the festival with a Hollywood movie. Festival regular Arnaud Desplechin takes that significant honor with “Ismael’s Ghosts,” about a filmmaker (played by Mathieu Amalric) whose life is upended when a lover from his past shows up as he’s about to start shooting his latest picture. Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Louis Garrel also star.

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Hollywood's absence at Cannes extends across the films in competition for the Palme d'Or, and across the entire festival. Hollywood has clearly lost its place on the premiere stage for Global Cinema. — R.I.P. Hollywood. Superhero Movies Killed The Motion Picture Star.

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Conventional wisdom has it that Cannes traditionally skips a year as regards the quality of films shown every year. It is yet to be decided if this year’s selection will pale in comparison to last year’s imperfect lineup. Palme d'Or Competition films by Michael Haneke, Hong Sangsoo, François Ozon, Naomi Kawase, Todd Haynes, and Lynne Ramsay promise to give critics and jury judges some high-quality films to choose between.

French New Wave veteran Agnès Varda’s “Visages, Villages” is sure to be a hot ticket at a determinedly French festival that never forgets its own. Oh Cannes, how we adore you! 

CANNES 70 OFFICIAL SELECTION

OPENER

Ismael's ghosts

“Ismael’s Ghosts” (Arnaud Desplechin)

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COMPETITION

“120 Beats per Minute” (Robin Campillo)

“The Beguiled” (Sofia Coppola)

“The Day After” (Hong Sangsoo)

“A Gentle Creature” (Sergei Loznitsa)

“Good Time” (Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie) 

“Happy End” (Michael Haneke)

“In the Fade” (Fatih Akin)

“Jupiter’s Moon” (Kornél Mundruczó)

Killing of a Sacred Deer

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (Yorgos Lanthimos)

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“L’amant double” (François Ozon)

“Le redoubtable” (Michel Hazanvicius)

“Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

“The Meyerowitz Stories” (Noah Baumbach)

“Okja” (Bong Joon-Ho)

“Radiance” (Naomi Kawase)

“Rodin” (Jacques Doillon)

“Wonderstruck” (Todd Haynes)

“You Were Never Really Here” (Lynne Ramsay) 

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UN CERTAIN REGARD

“After the War” (Annarita Zambrano)

“April’s Daughter” (Michel Franco)

OPENER — “Barbara” (Mathieu Amalric)

“Beauty and the Dogs” (Kaouther Ben Hania)

“Before We Vanish” (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

“Closeness” (Kantemir Balagov)

“The Desert Bride” (Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato)

“Directions” (Stephan Komandarev)

“Dregs” (Mohammad Rasoulof)

“Jeune femme” (Léonor Serraille)

“L’Atelier” (Laurent Cantet)

“Lucky” (Sergio Castellitto)

“The Nature of Time” (Karim Moussaoui)

“Out” (Gyorgy Kristof)

“Western” (Valeska Grisebach)

“Wind River” (Taylor Sheridan) 

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OUT OF COMPETITION

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“Blade of the Immortal” (Takashi Miike)

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” (John Cameron Mitchell)

“Visages, Villages” (Agnès Varda & JR) 

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MIDNIGHT SCREEENINGS

“Prayer Before Dawn” (Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire)

“The Merciless” (Byun Sung-Hyun)

“The Villainess” (Jung Byung-Gil)

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SPECIAL SCREEENINGS

“12 Jours” (Raymond Depardon)

“An Inconvenient Sequel” (Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk)

“Claire’s Camera” (Hong Sangsoo)

“Demons in Paradise” (Jude Ratman)

“Napalm” (Claude Lanzmann)

“Promised Land” (Eugene Jarecki)

Sea Sorrow

“Sea Sorrow” (Vanessa Redgrave)

“They” (Anahita Ghazvinizadeh)

70TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

“24 Frames” (Abbas Kiarostami)

“Come Swim” (Kristen Stewart)

“Top of the Lake” (Jane Campion)

“Twin Peaks” (David Lynch)

VIRTUAL REALITY

“Carne y arena” (Alejandro G. Iñárritu)

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Can’t We All Just Overbook? BY TED RALL

Phone video captured a United Airlines passenger being dragged off an airplane for refusing to be bumped after he had boarded. The airline said the flight was overbooked (lie) but it highlighted the practice of selling the same seat twice. Why can't the rest of us do the same thing?

Phone video captured a United Airlines passenger being dragged off an airplane for refusing to be bumped after he had boarded. The airline said the flight was overbooked (lie) but it highlighted the practice of selling the same seat twice. Why can’t the rest of us do the same thing?

 

April 11, 2017

RISK — TRAILER

Laura Poitras's new documentary [about Julian Assange] premiered at Cannes last year where I saw the film in a packed house on the croisette. Global action heroes don't come any smarter or more composed than Julian Assange in the face of massive corporate and political malfeasance. "Risk" arrives this summer. If you only see one documentary this year, make sure it's RISK.

April 10, 2017

XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE — DONNIE YEN POSTER

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Either Donnie Yen is drinking from the fountain of youth, or someone took a lot of liberties with this painting for "XXX: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE." Either way, the watercolor is a nice touch.

April 06, 2017

DEMOCRATS: BORN TO LOSE — BY TED RALL

Democrats aren't used to fighting so they're understandably nervous about taking on Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster. The good news for them is, it won't work.Democrats aren’t used to fighting so they’re understandably nervous about taking on Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster. The good news for them is, it won’t work.

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