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FRENCH CINEMA TAKES OVER NYC’S OUTDOORS

Films on the Green is proposed by the French embassy, the city's Parks and Recreation and FACE foundation
Festival is in its seventh year
French films, from recently to less so

You can flashmob to Pharrell ‘til you’re blue in the face, but, in terms of things we do en masse nothing gets people gathering ‘round in the soothing glow of community like outdoors movie night. Even if it’s a subtitled movie. That seems to be the wager made by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, the city’s Parks Department and FACE foundation in presenting FILMS ON THE ... more >

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Kim Ki-Duk film to open Venice Fest sidebar showcase

Venice Days was inaugurated in 2004
Sidebar event promotes greater ties between filmmaker and audience

Now on his twentieth film South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk has chosen Venice Days for the international debut of his latest effort, "One on One" (original title, Il-dae-il), which has just come out in South Korea. Anticipation for this new film is running high, just one year after the director's Moebius, one of the most controversial premieres at last year's Venice Film Festival. Already ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – BILGE CEYLAN HANDED PALME D’OR

His "Winter Sleep" more than deserved it
Some disappointments, an even bigger triumph
Closing ceremony lasted 45 minutes

The 67th Cannes Festival was capped with a lively closing ceremony last night. There were tears, there was comedy and there was scandal. Some of the night's victories were well-deserved—Timothy Spall's winning of the best actor prize was a fait accompli, his turn as the British painter Turner in Mike Leigh's romanticized biopic rating well above par. Xavier Dolan sharing his prize with French new ... more >

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CANNES DAY 8: GODARD’S ADIEU AU LANGAGE

In competition
Godard was absent from the premiere
70 minutes long

Major rush trying to get into the Lumiere theater for the mid-afternoon premiere of Godard’s “Adieu au Langage” yesterday, people pushing, shoving, huffing and puffing their way inside the theater. “We’re about to go watch the new Godard film in Cannes,” I told my colleague in the rush to the theater, “it’s incredible.” In the end, it felt more like we were stuck in a space-time continuum. ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL – DAY 8: THE SEARCH

An unlikely encounter develops in war-town Chechnya
Bérénice Bejo

"The Search," which screened for the press yesterday morning is a two-and-a-half hour-long war drama set in war-torn Chechnya in 1999. In this new film by "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius we follow four different people as they contend with the vagaries of war, the main one being about a woman who's separated from her brother after a bombing attack and goes on the search of the title. ... more >

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CANNES DAY 6 – XENIA

From the Cannes Festival official selection
"Strella," "Xenia"

My knowledge of Greek cinema is imperfect, I admit--but am I alone? Greek cinema has historically suffered from a lack of promotional support abroad, which leaves moviegoers with scant information about the Greek canon. I remember watching Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Dogtooth” in Cannes a few years ago and feeling unnerved but also strangely delighted. Lanthimos took risks by putting characters that were ... more >

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CANNES DAY 3: WINTER SLEEP (Kış Uykusu)

Our favorite at Cannes this year--thus far
Ceylan has already won accolades for three different films at Cannes

It would be difficult to write a review of this year's Nuri Bilge Ceylan Cannes film in the space we normally intend for this type of article in Screen Comment. Our reviews are usually about 350 words and this word count just would not do it justice (plus, there's always another movie to go watch during Cannes). Instead, I'll give some impressions of it, by far my favorite one in this 67th edition ... more >