Archives for July 2012


WAR! IRAN to boycott Venice Film Festival

Sanctions weigh heavily on Iranian censors' minds

Iran may boycott the Venice Biennale because of sanctions imposed on its oil and economy and the fact that--horror!-- the European Union is applying pressure on this country to abandon its nuclear program. "Taking into account the fact that the E.U. has imposed the highest inhuman and illegal sanctions against Iran, we're naturally thinking of boycotting the Venice Film Festival," said Alireza ... more >

Farewell My Queen

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Diane Kruger, Farewell my Queen

Farewell my Queen

A new and convincing take on the trials of Marie Antoinette
Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen and Léa Seydoux
Directed by Benoît Jacquot

Fanciers of period pieces, stay away. The Marie-Antoinette of Benoît Jacquot’s film is no dimpled and fashionable clueless Austrian princess busy trying on new wigs. Instead, she (Diane Kruger) is red-eyed with distress and worry, not so much out of awareness of gathering storms but because her bosom friend, the haughty Duchess of Polignac (Virginie Ledoyen) is not present enough. The time is ... more >

The Imposter

An epic identity theft story - a must-see!
Frederic Bourdin, Adam O'Brian and Carey Gibson
Directed by Bart Layton

Director Bart Layton produced and directed several episodes of the T.V. series “Locked Up Abroad,” an experience which prepared him, in all likelihood, for the filming of “The Imposter,” a new documentary full of mistaken identity plots and international intrigue. Nothing could have nevertheless prepared him—or us—for the powerfully bizarre tale he recounted, through interviews and ... more >

The Imposter

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Bring on the Zoes
Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan
Directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton

We’ve been struck by an invasion of Zoes. Of owl-eyed ingénues with perky, quirky, life-embracing formulas for living. Whose sole purpose is to brighten the lives of pasty young men who could use sunshine in both body and soul. The Zoe in question in "Ruby Sparks" is Zoe Kazan, not only the star, but the writer of the script. In a strange round of metafictional Twister, she has written a story ... more >


Terrence Malick has thrown things into high gear and, two years after his Cannes victory will be presenting a film starring Ben Affleck at this year's Italian competition, a 112-minute feature called "To the wonder." Michael Mann will be presiding over this year's jury and Paolo Baratta (pictured), who oversees the entire Biennale organization, will this year also run the cinema section. Here ... more >