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SHORT NOTICE: Jacobie Gray’s THE BEEHIVE

Gray is a filmmaker as well as an actress
Before cinema she ran auctions for Christie's in London

Short notice is Screen Comment's new column. It is exclusively devoted to short films. Australian filmmaker Jacobie Gray has directed a vivid, modern-day period piece of a relationship of the kind that Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick were famous for. “The Beehive” explores the affinity between an artist and his muse. Gray portrays the avant-garde culture of the New York art scene in the sixties ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, competition closes with Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here”

Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by Lynne Ramsay

Joaquin Phoenix is in full beast mode in Lynn Ramsay’s “You were never really here,” a head-scratching drama whose action begins in Cincinnatti, curiously, and moves to New York City. Phoenix is muscular, wears a scowl for much of the film, a glint of evil in the stare. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in this film: a sexually-deviant governor, murders with a hammer, underage ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL, Diane Kruger the surefire winner of the acting prize for “In The Fade”? We say yes!

A film about sorrow and justice
Diane Kruger and Numan Acar
Directed by Fatih Akin

The characters in director Fatih Akin’s movies are flawed, they use drugs, they take a contrarian approach to life, they survive life rather than live it (and they listen to fantastic music). While studying the humanities in college Katja (Diane Kruger, in a very strong performance) enjoyed the instant gratification of chemicals and fell for her drug dealer, the virile and handsome Nuri ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, Christopher Doyle gets Excellence in Cinematography award

Doyle studied film at university in Hong Kong

Every year at the Cannes Festival the “Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography” award is given to a director of photography whose work has marked cinema. In 2013 the award was given to Philippe Rousselot, Vilmos Zsigmond got it in 2014 and Roger A. Deakins in 2015, followed by Peter Suschitzky the year after that. This year, which marks seventy for the Cannes Festival, cinematographer ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “Tesnota”

A film from the Sokurov School of filmmaking
Darya Zhovner, Olga Dragunova and Artem Tsypin
Directed by Kantemir Balagov

The first thing that I noticed while watching Kantemir Balagov’s new film “Tesnota” (“Closeness” in the original russian) is the performance by lead actress Darya Zhovner. Her Ilana, the character from whose point of view the film is told, is a tomboy who works in her step-father’s garage and whiles away the days hanging out with her boyfriend. Zhovner, for whom this film represents a first role ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL, “The Beguiled”

Based on the 1971 Don Siegel remake
Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman
Directed by Sofia Coppola

*"The Beguiled" has earned Sofia Coppola the BEST DIRECTING award at the 2017  Cannes Festival* Ever since “Marie Antoinette” filmmaker Sofia Coppola has seemed to suffer from indolence, and that was the case again with “The Beguiled,” her new film debuting today in Cannes. I could not get into this movie in spite of its bravura visual palette, its many funny moments and primo cast composed ... more >

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Roger Moore, the actor who played James Bond, dead at 89

Roger Moore, third actor in the James Bond franchise, died at age 89. Considered the most suave personification of the legendary secret agent, the actor thought there were worse labels to wear the rest of one’s life. As a matter of fact, he considered himself incredibly lucky to have been selected to step into the uninimitable Sean Connery's shoes whom he wisely didn’t try to copy, becoming his ... more >