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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
 

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.

FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. The only branch of the world-renowned arts complex Lincoln Center to shine a light on the everlasting yet evolving importance of the moving image, this nonprofit organization was founded in 1969 to celebrate American and international film. Via year-round programming and discussions; its annual New York Film Festival; and its publications, including Film Commentthe U.S.’s premier magazine about films and film culture, the Film Society endeavors to make the discussion and appreciation of cinema accessible to a broader audience, as well as to ensure that it will remain an essential art form for years to come.

The Film Society receives generous, year-round support from The New York Times, Shutterstock, Variety, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. American Airlines is the Official Airline of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. For more information, visit www.filmlinc.org and follow @filmlinc on Twitter.

October 19, 2016

MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI — TRAILER


Looking forward to seeing this! It opens on November 25th.

MIFUNE

October 12, 2016

Academy Unveils Record-Breaking 85 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled the official submissions of 85 countries for foreign-language Oscar consideration. That’s a record number for submissions. The previous record was 83 in 2014.

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After screenings for voters, the Academy will announce a short list of nine foreign-language films in late December. The five nominees will be named Jan. 24, along with all the other Oscar nominations.

This year, Yemen is a first-time entrant.

Albania, “Chromium” — Bujar Alimani
Algeria “The Well” — Lotfi Bouchouchi
Argentina, “The Distinguished Citizen” — Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Australia, “Tanna” — Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Austria, “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Maria Schrader
Bangladesh, “The Unnamed” — Tauquir Ahmed
Belgium, “The Ardennes” — Robin Pront
Bolivia, “Sealed Cargo” — Julia Vargas Weise
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Death in Sarajevo” — Danis Tanovic
Brazil, “Little Secret” — David Schurmann
Bulgaria, “Losers” — Ivaylo Hristov
Cambodia, “Before the Fall” — Ian White
Canada, “It’s Only the End of the World” — Xavier Dolan
Chile, “Neruda” — Pablo Larraín
China, “Xuan Zang” — Huo Jianqi
Colombia, “Alias Maria” — José Luis Rugeles
Costa Rica, “About Us” — Hernán Jiménez
Croatia, “On the Other Side” — Zrinko Ogresta
Cuba, “The Companion” — Pavel Giroud
Czech Republic, “Lost in Munich” — Petr Zelenka
Denmark, “Land of Mine” — Martin Zandvliet
Dominican Republic, “Sugar Fields” — Fernando Báez
Ecuador, “Such Is Life in the Tropics” — Sebastián Cordero
Egypt, “Clash” — Mohamed Diab
Estonia, “Mother” — Kadri Kõusaar
Finland, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki” — Juho Kuosmanen
France, “Elle” — Paul Verhoeven
Georgia, “House of Others” — Rusudan Glurjidze
Germany, “Toni Erdmann” — Maren Ade
Greece, “Chevalier” — Athina Rachel Tsangari
Hong Kong, “Port of Call” — Philip Yung
Hungary, “Kills on Wheels” — Attila Till
Iceland, “Sparrows” — Rúnar Rúnarsson
India, “Interrogation” — Vetri Maaran
Indonesia, “Letters from Prague” — Angga Dwimas Sasongko
Iran, “The Salesman” — Asghar Farhadi
Iraq, “El Clásico” — Halkawt Mustafa
Israel, “Sand Storm” — Elite Zexer
Italy, “Fire at Sea” — Gianfranco Rosi
Japan, “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” — Yoji Yamada
Jordan, “3000 Nights” — Mai Masri
Kazakhstan, “Amanat” — Satybaldy Narymbetov
Kosovo, “Home Sweet Home” — Faton Bajraktari
Kyrgyzstan, “A Father’s Will” — Bakyt Mukul, Dastan Zhapar Uulu
Latvia, “Dawn” — Laila Pakalnina
Lebanon, “Very Big Shot” — Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya
Lithuania, “Seneca’s Day” — Kristijonas Vildziunas
Luxembourg, “Voices from Chernobyl” — Pol Cruchten
Macedonia, “The Liberation of Skopje” — Rade Šerbedžija, Danilo Šerbedžija
Malaysia, “Beautiful Pain” — Tunku Mona Riza
Mexico, “Desierto” — Jonás Cuarón
Montenegro, “The Black Pin” — Ivan Marinović
Morocco, “A Mile in My Shoes” — Said Khallaf
Nepal, “The Black Hen” — Min Bahadur Bham
Netherlands, “Tonio” — Paula van der Oest
New Zealand, “A Flickering Truth” — Pietra Brettkelly
Norway, “The King’s Choice” — Erik Poppe
Pakistan, “Mah-e-Mir” — Anjum Shahzad
Palestine, “The Idol” — Hany Abu-Assad
Panama, “Salsipuedes” — Ricardo Aguilar Navarro, Manolito Rodríguez
Peru, “Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)” — Juan Daniel F. Molero
Philippines, “Ma’ Rosa” — Brillante Ma Mendoza
Poland, “Afterimage” — Andrzej Wajda
Portugal, “Letters from War” — Ivo M. Ferreira
Romania, “Sieranevada” — Cristi Puiu
Russia, “Paradise” — Andrei Konchalovsky
Saudi Arabia, “Barakah Meets Barakah” — Mahmoud Sabbagh
Serbia, “Train Driver’s Diary” — Milos Radovic
Singapore, “Apprentice” — Boo Junfeng
Slovakia, “Eva Nová” — Marko Skop
Slovenia, “Houston, We Have a Problem!” — Žiga Virc
South Africa, “Call Me Thief” — Daryne Joshua
South Korea, “The Age of Shadows” — Kim Jee-woon
Spain, “Julieta” — Pedro Almodóvar
Sweden, “A Man Called Ove” — Hannes Holm
Switzerland, “My Life as a Zucchini” — Claude Barras
Taiwan, “Hang in There, Kids!” — Laha Mebow
Thailand, “Karma” — Kanittha Kwunyoo
Turkey, “Cold of Kalandar” — Mustafa Kara
Ukraine, “Ukrainian Sheriffs” — Roman Bondarchuk
United Kingdom, “Under the Shadow” — Babak Anvari
Uruguay, “Breadcrumbs” — Manane Rodríguez
Venezuela, “From Afar” — Lorenzo Vigas
Vietnam, “Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass” — Victor Vu, director
Yemen, “I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced” — Khadija Al-Salami

Of special interest is Satybaldy Narymbetov's Kazakhstan entry “Amanat,” an epic historic drama that spans three epochs of Kazakh history.

AMANAT

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

September 10, 2016

DAVID LYNCH: NEO-GOTHIC SLEEPWALKER — VIDEO ESSAY


July 01, 2016

Nouvelle Vague — Golden Brown (The Stranglers)



It just doesn't get better than Nouvelle Vague! "Golden Brown" (by The Stranglers) is a perfect song for them to cover. Love the library location!

Here's a bonus track!

June 12, 2016

LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) on iTunes

It's true! LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) podcast (with Mike Lacy and myself) is now available on iTunes. Click on the link and subscribe. Listen to LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) on the subway, in your car, or anywhere you damn well please.

LA GRANDE BOUFFE (THE BIG FEAST) on iTunes

The Big Feast

May 27, 2016

CANNES 2016 — PHOTO JOURNAL

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HELL OR HIGH WATER

David McKenzie with Chris Pine and Ben Foster at HELL OR HIGH WATER screening.

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Dinner w: pals

April 30, 2016

GREG PALAST ON AMERICA'S SYSTEMIC VOTER FRAUD



America's last investigative journalist Greg Palast tells you what you need to know about the country's ongoing system of voter-theft. There is so much corruption and no accountability in this country; we can't go on like this for very much longer.

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