Archives for April 2018



TRIBECA 2018: Alysia Reiner and Marianna Palka tackle pregnancy in “Egg”

"Egg" had its world premiere at Tribeca

Tribeca 2018 was truly the year for female filmmakers. With “Egg,” actress and director Marianne Palka (“Glow”) proves that she’s just as talented behind the camera as she is in front of it. Fresh off the success of writing and directing her dark comedy “Bitch" (2017) Palka takes on a more dialogue-driven relationship story. In “Egg,” two art school friends and their husbands meet for an afternoon ... more >

“The Young Karl Marx,” a legacy that endures

The early years of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Jenny Marx, between Paris, Brussels and London
August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps
Directed by Raoul Peck

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the originator of the materialist conception of History. Rising inequality, nearly everywhere around the world, with the richest one percent having now accumulated more wealth than everyone else, means that Marx's ideas are as relevant as ever. We live in an era where the structural crises of the world systems have helped maintain ... more >

Lars Von Trier


Lars Von Trier makes his return to the Cannes Festival after a seven-year absence; five new films added to official selection

HE'S BAAAACK! Lars Von Trier's "The House that Jack Built" will be shown at the Cannes Festival this year, helping to deliver a shot in the arm, a mixture of adrenaline and steroids, to the official selection. Seven years ago, Von Trier was ejected from the Cannes Festival after fumbling his way, with devil-may-care indecency, through a Q&A with the press following the screening of his film ... more >


CANNES FESTIVAL | Ava DuVernay, Kristen Stewart, attached to jury

The Cannes Festival just announced this year's jury composition. The members are, Chang Chen (an actor from China), Ava DuVernay (writer, director, producer), filmmaker Robert Guédiguian (“The snows of Kilimandjaro”), Khadja Nin (a songwriter and composer from Burundi), actress Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, and Russian writer-director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose film ... more >


Vittorio Taviani, one half of brother directors duet, dead at 88

He shot about fifteen feature-length films with his brother

Those of us film lovers lucky enough to have known the cornucopia of the seventies and eighties remember that in the midst of films by great auteurs (who, for some, had started their career way earlier) Pasolini, Fellini, Scola, Bergman, Herzog, Wender, Fassbinder, Resnais, Rivette, Von Trotta, Wajda and so many others in an unending list of quasi-geniuses, anything by the Taviani brothers was the ... more >


Milos Forman dead at 86

He gave us "Amadeus" and "One flew over the cuckoo's nest." Few other filmmakers captured late 20th America like he did

The Czech-born director Milos Forman, who twice won the Academy Award for Best Director for his films “One flew over the cuckoo's nest” (1975) and “Amadeus” (1984) died on Friday at his home in the United States at 86 after a protracted battle with illness. His widow, Martina, told the Czech news agency CTK, "he died peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones.” Forman was a ... more >



It'll be hard to deny it: the Cannes Festival doth Iranian cinema love. Asghar Farhadi's "Everybody knows," which stars Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, will open this 71st edition, in a long tradition of showing deference to Iranian cinema. Jafar Panahi, under house arrest in Tehran by order of Iran's judicial courts (he won the top prize at Berlinale for his "Tehran Taxi" in 2015), has a horse ... more >