But “history” — as in the public study of past events, and the way they are positioned and discussed by society at large — has been ambiguous about the Armenian Genocide. Even that label is a point of contention among contemporary Turks, who resist the “G word” (coined in 1944 by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin to describe Germany’s systematic murder of Jewish citizens) as a legal definition that, they say, should not retroactively
More than half a century after its debut, it serves as a cinephile’s cauldron of competing ideologies, storytelling traditions and global perspectives, unspooling against the high-art backdrop of Lincoln Center. One more reason it remains especially relevant in industry circles: It is timed to the start of Oscar campaign season.
This year’s 55th edition, which runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 15, promises to also be something of a referendum on the nature of cinema, capping off a year of vigorous debate about that topic. From Cannes to SXSW, festivals of all sizes and missions have been grappling with the flow of filmmakers, talent and creative capital from independent film to the episodic realm.
Are series created for such streaming services as Netflix, Amazon
There’s the gala slots (Last Flag Flying, Wonderstruck, and Wonder Wheel), Main Slate selections (featuring Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, The Square, Mudbound), two films from Film Twitter phenom Hong Sang-soo, and much more, as well as a 24-film Robert Mitchum retrospective and a delectable line-up of restorations.
So rather than single all of these out for our yearly preview, we’re looking at a handful of under-the-radar highlights from across the festival. Check them out below and return for our coverage.
Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
There are few directors who would choose to take a semi-sincere approach to a lengthy pseudo-philosophical science-fiction film — especially not one that lightly pries into our fundamental psychological
The hour-long Trouble No More constitutes lost footage from Dylan's 1979/80 tour during his "born again" phase, with the singer performing in Buffalo and Toronto with an esteemed backing band in support of his Slow Train Coming.
Directed by Jennifer Lebeau, Trouble No More's uncovered footage has all been newly restored, with Luc Sarte-penned sermons read by actor Michael Shannon interspersed throughout the live video.
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Susan Lacy’s “Spielberg” traces the filmmaker’s personal and professional life from childhood to “Jaws” to DreamWorks to now, with interviews with fellow film directors (Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas) and regular collaborators (Tom Hanks, John Williams). The movie is part of a NYFF lineup of special-event films that also includes Jennifer Lebeau’s “Trouble No More,” featuring concert footage from Dylan’s” “born again” period in the late 70s and early 80s; “The Opera House,” Susan Froemke’s movie about the Metropolitan Opera; and “Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast,” Weber’s in-the-works documentary about Mitchum, built
Other standouts include four brand-new films from Claude Lanzmann, a sparkling new restoration of G.W. Pabst’s “Pandora’s Box.” Elsewhere, Kate Winslet will be on hand for a career-spanning chat
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The directors will be back in U.S. theaters with the release of “The Unknown Girl” on September 8, which is a long time coming considering the film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. While you continue to wait for their new movie, the brothers have provided their definitive list of 79 movies from the 20th century that you must see. La Cinetek published the list in full and is hosting many
Baring witness to some of the most atrocious events in the history of humanity, 12 Holocaust survivors, mostly in their eighties and nineties, share some of their most harrowing experiences in Claire Ferguson’s hugely affecting documentary feature Destination Unknown. Using unique and intimate testimonies, the film manages to approach this delicate subject in the most respectful and truthful fashion by allowing only those who went through this ordeal to be heard. Ferguson attempts to retrace these brave survivors’ journeys from the outbreak of war, to the misery of the ghettos, all the way through to the unimaginable horrors of the death camps where millions of innocent people perished in the gas chambers or from starvation and disease.
Amongst the survivors being interviewed are those who lost every member of their families in the camps, and those who were lucky enough to be saved by Oskar Schindler, like Mietek Pemper,
At 91, Claude Lanzmann is a virtual folk memory of cinema. He is the former teenage fighter in the French resistance whose Jewish family went into hiding when war broke out. In 1985, he directed Shoah, the eight-hour documentary about the Holocaust composed almost entirely of first-person testimony. Now in Cannes, he has premiered a film about his personal experiences in North Korea. Napalm is a movie that, initially, takes its cue from the underreported fact that the Us used the incendiary weapon in the Korean war of 1950-53.
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What he pulls from it is Napalm, an almost short film by Lanzmann standards (it clocks in at 100 minutes), but one that offers up a very different take on a place that has been on much of the world’s s—t list for as long...
This year’s poster portrays Claudia Cardinale dancing on a fiery red background. The Italian actress moved to Paris a long time ago. As the Cannes Muse this year, her musings illuminate the terrific
The lineup for Cannes 2017 has finally been announced, and it’s a doozy. From the inevitable return of Michael Haneke to the shocking inclusion of television (albeit television from celebrated Cannes alumni David Lynch and Jane Campion), the 70th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival promises to have something for everyone.
We asked our panel of critics to name the Cannes premiere they’re most excited to see, and their answers were unsurprisingly all over the map.
April Wolfe (@awolfeful), La Weekly
Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.”
My stomach knots are finally unraveling knowing that Ramsay’s about to unleash another
That may sound like a quibble. “O.J.: Made in America” has been racking up film honors, and is now in the thick of the Academy Awards race,
The French release of Lucas Belvaux’s populist politics drama This Is Our Land (Chez Nous) will go ahead as planned in February and without cuts in the face of fierce criticism from France’s far-right Front National (Fn) party, distributor Jean Labadie of Paris-based Le Pacte has vowed.
The Belgian director’s film has been in the eye of a political storm this week following the release of the first trailer on Dec 30, ahead of its scheduled Feb 22 release.
Le Pacte’s international sales team will hold buyers-only screening at Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris next week. It will get its festival world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the end of this month.
“The film will be released in February as planned and in its current form. There will be
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The Holocaust has been an ethical and cinematic conundrum for film-makers almost since the camps were liberated 70 years ago. Jean-Luc Godard has often said that the absence of footage of the gas chambers in action marks a signal failure of the 20th century’s signature art form to illuminate the 20th century’s greatest atrocity. Conversely, Claude Lanzmann, who spent decades making Shoah and the ancillary documentaries that have followed it, not only refused for years to countenance the representation of the Holocaust in fictional films (by any film-maker), but even declined to use historical footage in his own work. Instead, he hit the issue literally where it lived: in the memories of its survivors and perpetrators.
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