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RESET | Talking with Benjamin Millepied

"Reset" was screened in the SPOTLIGHT section at this year's Tribeca Festival
The Opéra national de Paris co-produced the film
Co-directed by Thierry Demaizière and Alban Teurlai

To most people Benjamin Millepied is both the choreographer for Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-nominated film "Black Swan" and the husband of Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, for the same film. In the world of ballet, however, Benjamin Millepied has been a trailblazer for young dancers as the Director of the Paris Opera Ballet during a span of two years starting in 2014. Millepied was at the Tribeca ... more >

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INTERVIEW | Lydia Tenaglia, director of “Jeremiah Tower: the last magnificent”

Film premiered at this year's Tribeca Festival
Lydia Tenaglia has worked with Anthony Bourdain on several different projects for television

Who is Jeremiah Tower? Does anyone know? Jeremiah Tower is the first American celebrity chef, a culinary pioneer of American cuisine who started rising to fame in the seventies and has been recognized amongst foodies and culinary circles as the genius behind the style of cooking known as California cuisine. A solitary, outrageous and charismatic figure, Jeremiah Tower makes for a fascinating ... more >

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Crimson Peak

Jessica Chastain has pushed the dark to the limit
Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska
Directed by Guillermo del Toro

"Ghosts are real. That much I know." So begins Guillermo del Toro’s spellbinding dark fairy tale, CRIMSON PEAK. Set in the late 1900s it follows aspiring fiction writer Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) as she falls for, and marries, a penniless, seductively handsome English Baronet, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Along with his older sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas brings Edith back ... more >

TFF2015 | TALKING with David Oelhoffen, director of “Far from men”

Interview with Director David Oelhoffen
Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb
David Oelhoffen

Screen Comment met with Director David Oelhoffen to discuss his newest film: FAR FROM MEN starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb. Over a good steaming cup of coffee, he explains how a short story: L’Hôte, written sixty years ago by Albert Camus, needed to be made into a film because of the original text’s potency with today’s world. Two men journey to Tinguit, at the break of the Algerian War, ... more >

TFF2015 | Gaskets and blacktop dreams, it’s HAVANA MOTOR CLUB!

Film premiered at Tribeca on 4/19
Buena Vista Social Club, the blacktop edition
Directed by Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

Sports nearly took center-stage at Tribeca (this year just as much as in years past) with a documentary like Cosima Spender’s PALIO being shown here as well as Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt's HAVANA MOTOR CLUB, the latter which I'm discussing here. More than a documentary about illegal car racing in Cuba, HAVANA MOTOR CLUB is a frank attempt at illuminating car racing as a metaphor for freedom of ... more >

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FRIGHT AND HORROR IN DOWN UNDER. It’s The Babadook!

runtime: 95 mins
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall and Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
Directed by Jennifer Kent

Jennifer Kent’s Australian horror film “The Babadook” is bound to enthrall those who see it for, unlike in most contemporary horror films, that which terrorizes us is suggested rather than being blatantly represented on screen. “The Babadook” follows Samuel, a young boy with a grand imagination who becomes obsessed with a monster from one of his pop-up books The Babadook which he forces his ... more >

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INTERVIEW: Josef Wladyka of MANOS SUCIAS

From NYU to Colombia
Film was shot in Buenaventura
Wladyka is the winner of a Spike Lee Fellowship award

A collaboration grew from inside a New York University graduate classroom and expanded beyond the Pacific Coast to one of the world's most dangerous cities. The result is "Manos Sucias" ("dirty hands" in Spanish) an action-packed film with a humanitarian bent that's helped train the spotlight on living conditions in Buenaventura, Colombia, a place filled with talented people who are exploited ... more >