Oh no they didn’t ! (yes, they did) China delivers “morally-sound” BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY to audiences

A heavily-redacted biopic about Freddie Mercury that omits a substantial part of the singer's life? Yes, that is possible—in China (among other countries). Morally cleansing the story of “Bohemian Rhapsody” to conceal some uncomfortable (for some) truth is unfortunately part of the orthodoxy in this otherwise grand, wonderful, but sometimes perplexing, country that is China. But this could've ... more >

Agnès Varda leaves us, she was 90

French cinema, the movie world, we've lost big

Agnès Varda, gone? Is this even possible? Wasn’t she the one renewing herself with every decade, with every year, always growing new skin, always morphing into a new language, another mode of expression, breaking barriers, making art forms flow into each other? Wasn’t she the little lady with the funny hair who started out as a photographer, commissioned by no less a luminary than Jean Vilar to ... more >

Korean cinema : paradox, ideology and cultural exceptionalism

Korea emancipates itself from the Hollywood-imposed orthodoxy to produce vital, first-rate cinema: overview

Korean cinema was born at a time when the peninsula was still under Japanese control (since 1910). It immediately became a tool of resistance, with communists, especially, seizing on this opportunity. Na Un-gyu directed, in 1926, the first known (but since lost) film, “Arirang.” And yet, cinema as we know it today was borne of the civil war (1950-1953), a conflict that resulted in the country ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL: Nadine Labaki to head jury of non-competition section

Labaki rising. Last year she won the Jury Prize at Cannes, and went on to get nominations at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes for "Capharnaum." This year, Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki will be taking over from actor Benicio Del Toro (he held the job in 2018) as President of the Un Certain Regard Jury, for the 72nd edition of the festival. Labaki's three feature films have gained ... more >

INDIA CINEMA NEWS: Biopic about India’s PM Narendra Modi, played by Vivek Oberoi, to roll out in India’s theaters in the first week of April

Produced by Legend Studios
Vivek Oberoi, Boman Irani and Barkha Bisht
Directed by Omung Kumar

Narendra Modi now has his own biopic. It will come out early next month. Modi is played by actor Vivek Oberoi, with Rajendra Gupta, Prashant Narayanan, Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Boman Irani, Darshan Kumar and Yatin Karyekar, among others, in the supporting roles. This biopic was directed by Omung Kumar, who has earlier helmed films such "Mary Kom," "Sarbjit and Bhoomi," two of which ... more >

Film history in brief : 1935’s “The Informer,” directed by John Ford

Produced by RKO Radio Pictures

It’s 1920 and Ireland is at war with the British during the War of Independence. Gypo (Victor McLaglen) snitches on a sinn fein militant, eventually getting fingered, and attacked. He stumbles into a church and dies. Directed by John Ford, "The Informer" was made in spite of the producers (RKO Pictures) having major doubts about its commercial prospects. And yet, the film was hailed, at the ... more >

“Twin” to be featured at next SERIES MANIA

8 Ep. / 45 min.
Language: Norwegian
Produced by Nordisk Film Production

(TV/Netflix) "Twin," a much-anticipated drama series that includes the dramatic and picturesque settings of Lofoten in Norway, will be shown at Series Mania, a festival that's launching in Lille France, tomorrow. The lead actor is Kristofer Hivju, best-known outside of Norway for his role as Tormund Giantsbane in "Game of Thrones." Besides starring in the series Hivju, also co-created ... more >