Friday, May 30, 2014

White God

Hungarian writer and director Kornél Mundruczó delivers an interesting mix of drama and fantasy. After a young girl is forced to abandon her beloved dog, she sets out to find and save him from abuse. While Mundruczó succeeds with the drama, his fantasy section fails to live up to the set up of the revolting dogs which was done without the help of CGI. The stunning and deserted Budapest locations adds to the atmosphere but not enough. Young Zsófia Psotta stars with a solid performance along a talented cast of humans and canines. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Exit Marrakech

German writer and director Caroline Link delivered another drama set in Africa, however with mixed results. A German teenager sent to Morocco where he clashes with his estranged father and takes off to the country side which turns into a journey of self-discovery. While the formula story of white Europeans finding themselves in exotic surroundings has plenty of cliches, Link and her talented cast manage to make the best out of it and give the story resonance. Newcomer Samuel Schneider shines in the lead role along a fine supporting cast that includes Ulrich Tukur and Hafsia Herzi. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Writer and director Ned Benson made his feature debut with this unique drama about the disintegration of a relationship. The aftermath of a couple's life whose relationship was torn apart by a tragedy as they try to move on with their lives. Benson who initially made two films to show the story from the perspective of the couple, his and her, made a third version which combines the two and makes for a more conventional film but the story remains the same. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star with outstanding performances along a stellar supporting cast that includes Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Ciarán Hinds and Viola Davis amongst others. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Queen and Country

British writer and director John Boorman delivers the sequel to one of his masterpieces, "Hope and Glory"after more than two decades. During the 50's, the young Bill Rohan has grown into a young man and wants to follow his father in military service where he learns some valuable life lessons. Boorman brings humor and wartime back to show the absurdities of life. While the film is nowhere the equal of "Hope and Glory," it's a solid sequel which makes for an entertaining ride into the the past and British humor. Callum Turner makes his feature debut with an stellar supporting cast that includes David Thewlis, Caleb Landry Jones, Richard E. Grant, Tamsin Egerton, Sinéad Cusack and David Hayman who reprises his role. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Snow in Paradise

British editor Andrew Hulme made his writing and directing debut with this crime thriller. When a petty criminal's actions kills his best friend, his guilt drives him disillusioned which drives to find solace in Islam. Loosely based on the life of Martin Askew who makes a menacing appearance in the film, Hulme and Askew deliver a gritty film about life in a rough London neighborhood. Frederick Schmidt stars in his first leading role with a strong performance along with Askew, David Spinx and Aymen Hamdouchi. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Guest

Director Adam Wingard delivers a terrific ride with this thriller which has elements of horror and camp woven into it. A former soldier visits the family of a fallen comrade and becomes entangled in their daily lives but things take an unexpected turn when his background is questioned. Writer Simon Barrett and Wingard use the audience expectations to deliver a playful and enjoyable film which is more about the ride than any real logic. Dan Stevens shines in the lead with a terrific performance. The solid supporting cast includes Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser and Maika Monroe. 1001 Films' coverage of the 67th Festival de Cannes.

67th Festival de Cannes

The mother of all festivals which makes it the most important festival in the world. Actually it's four festivals in one, besides the Official Competition, there are also Un Certain Regard, the Semaine Internationale de la Critique (Critic's Week) and the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors' Forthnight). The festival also has the biggest film market including the Producer's Network for upcoming films. 

The winners including the coveted Palme D'Or will be decided by the jury that includes Jane Campion
 (President), Carole BOUQUET, Sofia COPPOLA, Leila HATAMI, JEON Do-yeon, Willem DAFOE, Gael GARCIA BERNAL, JIA Zhangke, Nicolas Winding REFN

The Official Competition
Clouds Of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas
Saint Laurent, Bertrand Bonello
Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan Palme D'Or
Maps To The Stars, David Cronenberg  Best Actress
Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Mommy, Xavier Dolan PRIX DU JURY
The Captive, Atom Egoyan
Goodbye To Language, Jean-Luc Godard PRIX DU JURY
The Search, Michel Hazanavicius
The Homesman, Tommy Lee Jones
Still the Water, Naomi Kawase
Mr Turner, Mike Leigh Best Actor
Jimmy’s Hall, Ken Loach
Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller Best Director
The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher GRAND PRIX 
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
Wild Tales, Damian Szifron
Leviathan, Andrey Zvyaginstev Best Script

Out of Competition
Grace Of Monaco, Olivier Dahan OPENING FILM
How To Train Your Dragon 2, Dean DeBloisComing Home, Zhang YimouIn the Name of My Daughter, Andre Techine

Un Certain Regard
Party Girl*, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger & Samuel Theis CAMERA D'OR
Untitled, Lisandro Alonso
La Chambre Bleue, Mathieu Amalric
L’Incompresa, Asia Argento
Titli*, Kanu Behl
Eleanor Rigby, Ned Benson
Fantasia, Wang Chao
Bird People, Pascale Ferran
Lost River*, Ryan Gosling
Amour Fou, Jessica Hausner
Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
Snow In Paradise*, Andrew Hulme
A Girl At My Door*, July Jung
Xenia, Panos Koutras
Run, Philippe Lacôte
White God, Kornél Mundruczó UCR GRAND PRIX
Turist, Ruben Ostlund Jury Prize
Hermosa Juventud, Jaime Rosales
The Salt Of The Earth, Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Harcheck Mi Headro, Keren Yedaya

Midnight Screenings  
The Target, Chang
The Salvation, Kristian Levring
The Rover,  David Michöd

Special Screenings
Of Men and War, Laurent Bécue-Renard

El Ardor, Pablo Fendrik
Red Army, Polsky Gabe

Geronimo, Tony Gatlif
Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa
Eau Argentée, Mohammed Ossama
Caricaturistes – Fantassins De La Démocratie, Stéphanie Valloatto
The Owners, Adilkhan Yerzhanov
The Bridges Of Sarajevo, Aida Begic, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, isild Le Besco, Sergei Loznitsa, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perisic, Cristi Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Teresa Villaverde

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Semaine de la Critique

Più Buio Di Mezzanote*, Sebastiano Riso
The Tribe*, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy 
It Follows, David Robert Mitchell
Gente De Bien*, Franco Lolli
When Animals Dream*, Jonas Alexander Arnby
Hope*, Boris Lojkine
Self Made, Shira Geffen

Faire L’Amour, Djinn Carrénard Opening Film
Hippocrate, Thomas Lilti 
Closing Film
Special Screenings
Respire, Mélanie Laurent
L’Institutrice, Nadav Lapid

* First Feature, eligible for the Camera d’Or
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La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

Queen And Country, John Boorman
Fighters, Thomas Cailley
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle
Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz
Gett — The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem, Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz
These Final Hours, Zach Hilditch
Eat Your Bones, Jean-Charles Hue
A Hard Day, Seong-Hun Kim
Next To Her, Asaf Korman
Tu Dors Nicole, Steìphane Lafleur
Refugiado, Diego Lerman
Cold In July, Jim Mickle
Kaguya-Hime No Monogatari, Isao Takahata
National Gallery, Frederick Wiseman
Catch Me Daddy, Daniel Wolfe
Bande De Files, Céline Sciamma Opening Film
Pride, Matthew Warchus 
Closing Film
Li’l Quinquin, Bruno Dumont
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper (4K restoration)
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