omplete QPORIT: February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA 2012


RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA
March 1-11, 2012

The Film Society of Lincoln Center,
UNIFRANCE FILMS,
the IFC Center and BAMcinématek


OPENING NIGHT
FRENCH SENSATION THE INTOUCHABLES

IN-PERSON APPEARANCES INCLUDE
MATHIEU AMALRIC, CAROLE BOUQUET, FRANCOIS CLUZET,
MATHIEU DEMY, BENOIT JACQUOT, VINCENT LINDON,
TAHAR RAHIM, AUDREY TAUTOU AND MANY MORE

PLUS!

DOCUMENTARIES AND RARELY SEEN CLASSICS
IN THE NEW SIDEBAR
RENDEZ-VOUS +

(For more about RENDEZ-VOUS + please scroll down!)

More than two dozen New York premieres will be showcased during the 17th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, including box-office sensation THE INTOUCHABLES; new work from master directors André Téchiné, Benoit Jacquot and Alain Cavalier, a beautifully restored print of one of the best-loved masterworks of French cinema and the special Centerpiece, Marcel Carné’s CHILDREN OF PARADISE; plus the Closing Night selection, DELICACY, the latest from Audrey Tautou, who will be on hand to present the film.

This year also marks the first collaboration with Emerging Pictures on a select number of titles including Delphine Gleize’s MOON CHILD, Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche's SMUGGLERS’ SONGS, Alain Cavalier's PATER, Laurent Achard's THE LAST SCREENING, Daniel Auteuil's THE WELL-DIGGER'S DAUGHTER and Mathieu Amalric’s THE SCREEN ILLUSION. The films will be showing in over 50 venues across the country contemporaneously with their showings at Lincoln Center via Emerging's network of digital theaters. Q&A's from the Film Society venues will be broadcast live to many of those locations.

Filmmakers and talent who will be in attendance at this year festival include - Mathieu Amalric, Laurent Achard, Carole Bouquet, Pascal Cervo, François Cluzet, Delphine and Muriel Coulin, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Mathieu Demy, Ismael Ferroukhi, David and Stéphane Foenkinos, Benoit Jacquot, Nicolas Klotz, Jean-François Laguionie, Vincent Lindon, Frédéric Louf, Olivier Nakache, Sylvie Pialat, Tahar Rahim, Audrey Tautou, Eric Toledano and Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche.

Opening Night launches with THE INTOUCHABLES, an unprecedented box-office phenomenon in France, where it shattered records to become the second most successful French film of all time. The Intouchables tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker. Paralyzed from the neck down in a paragliding accident, Philippe (Tell No One star François Cluzet) has grown weary of the pitying attentions of his live-in help. So he hires Driss (Omar Sy, in a breakout performance), a recently paroled convict who only applied for the job in order to continue receiving his welfare payments. Gradually, these two men from very different worlds grow close, sharing in the joy and pain of each other’s lives in this hilarious and heartwarming crowd-pleaser from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, who will be in attendance along with François Cluzet. The Weinstein Company plans to release the film May 2012.

Other highlights at this year’s festival include New French Shorts, a prize-winning selection of provocative short films from France; a 60th anniversary tribute to pioneering French film magazine Positif with Michel Ciment, the founding editor in person presenting some of his favorite seldom-seen films; and screenings for the family, including a beautifully hand-drawn animated film ZARAFA, and, a collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival for a special screening of Jean-François Laguionie’s wonderfully touching animated fable THE PAINTING.

Tickets are available online for each participating venue at
http://www.filmlinc.com/,
http://www.ifccenter.co/m and
www.BAM.org/BAMcinematek respectively,

as well as directly from the box offices.

For more information, call The Film Society at (212) 875-5601,
the IFC Center at (212) 924-7771, or
BAM at (718) 636-4100 x2

or please visit: http://www.rendezvouswithfrenchcinema.com/.

and for more about French films, see Unifrance Films:
 

Unifrance Films, founded in 1949, is a government-sponsored association of French film industry professionals dedicated to the international promotion of French films, providing financial and logistical support to theatrical distributors and major film festivals showcasing new and recent French cinema throughout the world.  For more information, visit 

http://en.unifrance.org/


VENUES:

FSLC’s Walter Reade
165 West 65th St.
(between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway),

The Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway)

Alice Tully Hall 
1941 Broadway (on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam).

The IFC Center
323 Sixth Ave. at West 3rd Street.

BAM 
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.


Rendez-Vous with French Cinema 2012, March 1-11


Alice Tully Hall (ATH)
BAMcinématek (BAM)
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (EBM)
IFC Center (IFC)
Walter Reade Theater (WRT)

DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FILMS & THE SCHEDULE:



A SCENE FROM THE OPENING NIGHT FILM
THE INTOUCHABLES


OPENING NIGHT
THE INTOUCHABLES (INTOUCHABLES)
Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, 2011, France; 112m
A phenomenon in France, where it shattered box-office records to become the second most successful film of all time, The Intouchables tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between a handicapped white millionaire (François Cluzet) and his unconventional Senegalese caretaker (breakout star Omar Sy). A Weinstein Company release.
*Thurs., March 1, 7:30pm – ATH; *Sun., March 4, 1:05pm - IFC
*In person: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache and François Cluzet




Audrey Tautou
in LA DELICATESSE



CLOSING NIGHT
DELICACY (La DÉlicatesse)
David and Stéphane Foenkinos, 2011, France, 108 min.
Audrey Tautou returns with this touching portrait of a woman trying to put her life back together after the loss of her husband, including embarking on an unexpected affair with a co-worker. A charming adult fable about starting over. A Cohen Media Group release.
*Sun., March 11, 6pm & 9pm - WRT
*In person: David & Stéphane Foenkinos and Audrey Tautou

17 Girls (17 FILLES)
Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin, 2011, France, 90 min.
Based on a headline-grabbing incident in the U.S., sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin’s provocative debut feature follows the fallout in a sleepy French coastal town when a group of teenage girls all decide to become pregnant at the same time. A Strand Releasing film.
*Fri., March 2, 9:15pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 9:30pm – IFC; *Sun., March 4, 1pm - WRT
*In person: Delphine and Muriel Coulin




A scene from
J'AIME REGARDER LES FILLES


18 Years Old and Rising (J’AIME REGARDER LES FILLES)
Fred Louf, 2011, France, 92 min.
As France prepares for a presidential election that will determine the fate of François Mitterand, a young man from the provinces falls head over heels for a bourgeois girl from Paris in this charming and inventive spin on a classic tale of first love.
Mon., March 5, 6pm – IFC; *Sat., March 10, 3:45pm - WRT
*In person: Frédéric Louf

38 Witnesses (38 TÉMOINS)
Lucas Belvaux, 2012, France/Belgium, 104 min.
A woman is brutally murdered in front of an apartment building, but all of the residents claim to have seen and heard nothing in this taut, haunting thriller from RAPT director Lucas Belvaux. Inspired by New York’s infamous 1964 Kitty Genovese case.
Fri., March 2, 7pm – IFC; Sat., March 10, 6:15pm – WRT; Sun., March 11, 1:30pm – WRT

Americano
Mathieu Demy, 2011, France, 105 min.
When thirty-something Martin (played by actor-writer-director Mathieu Demy) travels from Paris to Los Angeles to settle his estranged mother’s estate, the journey dredges up long-submerged emotions...and unexpected revelations about a woman he hardly knew. Salma Hayek and Geraldine Chaplin co-star. An MPI release.
*Sat., March 3, 6:30pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 6:45pm – IFC; *Tues., March 6, 7:30pm - BAM
*In person: Mathieu Demy

Special CENTERPIECE Screening!
Children of Paradise (LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS)
Marcel Carné, 1945, France, 163 min.
At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, one of the most eagerly awaited events was the unveiling of Pathé's newly restored version of Children of Paradise, one of the best-loved masterworks of French cinema and the special Centerpiece at this year’s Rendez-vous. In 1830s Paris, theatrical mime Baptiste (the amazing Jean-Louis Barrault) falls in love with an actress and notorious woman about town, Garance (Arletty, enough said); when she’s falsely accused of a crime, Garance must seek the protection of one of her admirers. Yet Baptiste’s passion, once kindled, never really dies. Made in the last years of the War, Children boasted the largest set ever constructed for a French film, a tour-de-force for legendary production designer Alexander Trauner (who worked in secret because of the occupation) and a sparkling script from acclaimed poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert. Carné moves the action effortlessly between stage and audience, teeming streets and intimate boudoirs, bringing the world of these characters to pulsing, vibrant life. A Janus Films release, opening on March 9th at Film Forum.
*Wed., March 7, 7pm – WRT
*In person: Positif editor Michel Ciment

Farewell TO THE Queen (LES ADIEUX À LA REINE)
Benoit Jacquot, 2012, France, 97 min.
A brilliant snapshot of the final days of Marie Antoinette, starring a terrific Diane Kruger as the ill-fated Queen and rising star Léa Seydoux (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) as her quietly ambitious lady-in-waiting. This was the Opening Night Film, 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
*Fri., March 2, 6:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 1:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 7pm – IFC; *Sun., March 4, 6pm – BAM
*In person: Benoit Jacquot

Free Men (LES HOMMES LIBRES)
Ismael Ferroukhi, 2011, France, 99 min.
During the German Occupation of France, an Algerian black marketeer (A PROPHET star Tahar Rahim) is coerced into spying on the denizens of the Paris Grand Mosque, whereupon he discovers a clandestine operation to provide North African Jews with fake Muslim IDs. A Film Movement release.
Fri., March 2, 1pm – WRT; *Sat., March 3, 9:15pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 4pm - IFC
*In person: Ismael Ferroukhi and Tahar Rahim.

A Gang Story (LES LYONNAIS)
Olivier Marchal, 2011, France, 102 min.
Based on the autobiography of a real crime boss, A GANG STORY follows aging ex-gangster Momon (Gérard Lanvin) as he agrees to break his old partner (Tchéky Karyo) out of prison. A solid return to the gangster genre—in the French style, of course! A Weinstein Company release.
Sat., March 3, 4:45pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 8:45pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 4pm - WRT

Guilty (PRESUMÉ COUPABLE)
Vincent Garenq, 2011, France, 102 min.
A breathtaking, fact-based journey into a Kafka-esque judicial nightmare: a provincial court bailiff (the extraordinary Philippe Torreton) is accused of horrifying crimes against children. Imprisoned, he maintains his innocence, even as his reputation and family life are destroyed.
Mon., March 5, 6:15pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 1:30pm – WRT; Thurs., March 8, 10:25pm – IFC

Headwinds (DES VENTS CONTRAIRES)
Jalil Lespert, 2011, France, 91 min.
Benoît Magimel (THE PIANO TEACHER) gives perhaps his greatest performance as a struggling writer who tries to start a new life in the coastal Brittany of his youth after his wife (Audrey Tatou) mysteriously vanishes. He is joined by an all-star cast, including Isabelle Carré, Bouli Lanners and Aurore Clement. Based on Oliver Adam’s best-selling novel.
Tues., March 6, 6pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 4pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 6:15pm - WRT

Here Below (ICI-BAS)
Jean-Pierre Denis, 2012, France, 100 min.
The brief, tempestuous relationship between a nun and a priest working for the French Resistance is the focus of director Denis’s taut, suspenseful look at closing months of WWII and the transformation of private passion into national politics.
Sat., March 3, 4:15pm – WRT; Sun., March 4, 9:30pm – IFC; Wed., March 7, 4:40pm - WRT

The Last Screening (LA DERNIÈRE séance)
Laurent Achard, 2011, France, 81 min.
CINEMA PARADISO meets PSYCHO in a provocative genre film about the dutiful manager/projectionist (Pascal Cervo) of a repertory cinema in the French provinces...and the many secrets he holds.
*Tues., March 6, 8:30pm – WRT; *Thurs., March 8, 6pm – IFC; *Sat., March 10, 1:30pm – WRT
*In person: Laurent Achard, Pascal Cervo and producer Sylvie Pialat

Louise Wimmer
Cyril Mennegun, 2011, France, 80 min.
In a tough, unapologetic work of social realism, director Mennegun observes the daily life of a middle-aged chambermaid (the riveting Corinne Masiero) who lives out of her car while desperately trying to make a fresh start.
Sat., March 3, 3pm – IFC; Mon., March 5, 2pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 6:15pm - WRT

Low Life
Nicolas Klotz and Elisabeth Perceval, 2011, France, 120 min.
Carmen, a young French student, enters into an intense affair with Hussain, an Afghan poet living illegally in the country, in this bracingly radical movie about the revolt of the human spirit against a heartless, unjust world.
*Sun., March 4, 8:30pm – WRT; *Mon., March 5, 10:05pm – IFC; Wed., March 7, 2pm - WRT
*In person: Nicolas Klotz

The Painting (LE TABLEAU)
Jean-François Laguionie, 2011, France, 76 min.
A touching, wonderfully inventive animated fable, THE PAINTING takes place within the borders of an unfinished canvas, where the fully drawn and colored creatures lord their privilege over the half-drawn and merely sketched underclasses. Presented in collaboration with the New York International Children’s Film Festival
Sat., March 3, 1:15pm – EBM; *Sun., March 4, 11am - IFC
*In person: Jean-François Laguionie

Paris by Night (UNE NUIT)
Philippe Lefebvre, 2012, France, 100 min.
Roschdy Zem gives a tour-de-force performance as a police commander supervising Paris’s demi-monde of bars, discos and strip clubs in this searing voyage into the City of Light’s darkest corners.
Mon., March 5, 4pm & 8:30pm – WRT; Tues., March 6, 10:10pm - IFC

PATER
Alain Cavalier, 2011, France, 105 min.
France’s most unpredictable filmmaker, Alain Cavalier, teams up with actor Vincent Lindon for a witty, semi-improvised look at men, power and politics, starring Cavalier himself as a fictional French President and Lindon as his newly appointed Prime Minister.
Fri., March 2, 3:45pm – WRT; *Fri., March 2, 9:15pm – IFC; *Sat., March 3, 6:30pm – BAM; *Sun., March 4, 3:30pm - WRT
*In person: Vincent Lindon

The Screen Illusion (L’ILLUSION COMIQUE)
Mathieu Amalric, 2011, France, 77 min.
Commissioned by La Comédie-Française, actor-director Mathieu Amalric’s wildly inventive update of Corneille’s popular 17th century tragicomedy follows a hotel concierge on the trail of a missing young man who seems to have left many a young female heart aflutter.
*Sun., March 4, 6:15pm – WRT; *Sun., March 4, 9pm – BAM; *Mon., March 5, 8pm – IFC; *Tues., March 6, 4pm - WRT
*In person: Mathieu Amalric

Smugglers' Songs (LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN)
Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche, 2011, France, 97 min.
The 18th century folk hero and bandit Louis Mandrin is the inspiration for this strikingly relevant period tale, tracing the efforts of Mandrin’s followers to distribute his songs and stories in the build-up to the French Revolution.
*Wed., March 7, 9:30pm – IFC; *Thurs., March 8, 6:15pm – WRT; Fri., March 9, 1:30pm - WRT
*In person: Rabah Ameur-Zaïméche

The Snows of KilImanjaro (LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO)
Robert Guédiguian, 2011, France; 107m
When a newly retired union rep (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) is robbed, thwarting a dream vacation to Kenya, he finds himself reflecting on the many compromises and lost ideals of his career. An engaging, affecting drama from one of the cinema’s great observers of the politics of everyday life.
*Tues., March 6, 7:45pm – IFC; Thurs., March 8, 1:30pm – WRT; *Sat., March 10, 9pm – WRT
*In person: Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Unforgivable (IMPARDONNABLES)
André Téchiné, 2011, France/Italy, 111 min.
In the latest from acclaimed director Téchiné, a blocked mystery novelist (André Dussolier) on vacation in Venice falls for an expat real estate agent (Carole Bouquet). Then jealousy rears its head and the writer puts a detective on the trail of this possibly unfaithful femme. A Strand Releasing Film.
*Wed., March 7, 6:30pm – IFC; *Fri., March 9, 8:45pm – WRT
*In person: Carole Bouquet

The Well-Digger’s Daughter (LA FILLE DU PUISATIER)
Daniel Auteuil, 2011, France, 107 min.
Daniel Auteuil, veteran of Marcel Pagnol adaptations Jean de Florette and Manon des sources, returns to Pagnol for his first work as a director, telling moving story of a hardscrabble well digger, his eldest daughter and her passion for the son of a local shopkeeper. The cast also includes Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sabine Azema, and Kad Merad. A Kino Lorber release.
*Thurs., March 8, 8pm – IFC; *Sun., March 11, 3:45pm – WRT
*In person: Jean-Pierre Darroussin

ZARAFA
Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie, 2011, France; 78m
In this beautiful hand-drawn animation, 10-year-old Maki and the orphaned giraffe, Zarafa, go on an epic adventure from the Sudan, where Maki escapes from slave traders, to Alexandria, Marseille and Paris. Ages 7+. In French with English subtitles.
Sat., March 3, 1:15pm – IFC; Sun., March 4, 1:15pm – EBM; Sun., March 11, 10am – EBM

NEW FRENCH SHORTS
Sun., March 4, 7:20pm – EBM; Wed., March 7, 4pm - EBM

BURNERS (Brûleurs)
Farid Bentoumi, 2011; 15m
Departing Oran with his new camcorder in hand, Amine, a young Algerian, tracks his and his friends’ boat journey across the Mediterranean.

AUTONOMY: 12 HOURS (12 heures d’autonomie)
Christophe Tobin M’B, 2010; 19m
Rudy, a young thief, is approached by Gael, an underage fugitive who is miopathic and moves about in a heavy electric wheel chair. Gael, whose breathing aid has only 12 hours of battery life, joins Rudy in his wanderings and soon asks him for a favor.

My Sweetheart (Mon Amoureux)
Daniel Metge, 2011; 22’40
Roman is my love. We French kiss, will marry and have children. We’ll even have sex. But this is forbidden at Eglantine, so on Saturday my sister will pick us up and take us to the countryside.

Nijinsky 1912
Christiane Comte, 2011; 3’30
Reconstruction of a lost Nijinsky film based on historic footage.

A Real Eye Opener (Les Yeux de la tete)
Pierre Mousquet, Jerome Cauwe, 2011; 7m
While playing golf in France, an American actor gets hit in the face and loses one eye. But he can count on the excellent European medicine and the emergence of Chinese economy to recover.

The Last Caravan
Foued Mansour, 2012; 16m
On a small construction site lost in the middle of nowhere, three workers receive the dreaded visit of a representative of their employer.

Elvis of Nazareth
Ranni Massalha, 2011; 16m
A street boy of Nazareth develops a friendship with a 72 year-old man who imagines himself as Elvis.


60 YEARS OF POSITIF
at BAMcinématek

60 YEARS OF POSITIF
A FEW DAYS WITH ME (QUELQUE JOURS AVEC MOI)
Claude Sautet, 1988, 131 min.
In a César nominated performance, Daniel Auteuil plays the sensitive Martial, heir to a chain of department stores run by his mother (Gallic acting doyenne Danielle Darrieux) in this comic fable meets bourgeois critique by acclaimed director Sautet. Emerging from a nervous breakdown, Martial is sent to the provincial town of Limoges, where he has a dalliance with a young waitress and prostitute (Sandrine Bonnaire), and discovers that the chain’s regional director (a frostily understated Jean-Pierre Mariell, also César nominated) is embezzling money. An exploration of the contemporary upper class and its laissez-faire mores, this charmingly affable sketch of France in the 80s is an underrated discovery.
*Mon., March 5, 7pm
*In person: Positif editor Michel Ciment

MOON CHILD (LA PERMISSION DE MINUIT)
Delphine Gleize, 2011, France, 110 min.
Vincent Lindon and Emmanuelle Devos star in this affecting drama about Romain, a teenager afflicted since birth by a rare genetic disorder that makes him unable to stand exposure to daylight. Romain finds a surrogate father figure in David, a dermatologist who is passionate about his case and has treated him since infancy, but both of their lives are thrown into turmoil when David must leave to take a job in Switzerland.
With Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos and Quentin Challal.
*Sat., March 3, 9:30pm
*In person: Vincent Lindon




RENDEZ-VOUS +

Rendez-Vous + is a selection of over a dozen contemporary documentaries and classic films. The new addition to the 2012 lineup was made possible by the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Highlights include SEE HOW THEY FALL, the directorial debut of acclaimed filmmaker Jacques Audiard (THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED and A PROPHET); a marvelous new restoration of Jean Gremillon’s masterpiece, Lumière d'été, courtesy of the Cinematheque Française; cult favorite Jean Rollin’s 1970 film THE SHIVER OF VAMPIRES; and MICHEL PETRUCCIANI, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Radford (IL POSTINO) returns to his documentary roots in this touching look at the extraordinarily gifted jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani.

Additionally, writer-director Jacques Bral’s drama EXTERIOR NIGHT will be presented in its 2010 restoration that was rereleased in French cinemas to widespread critical acclaim and Yasmina Ada’s richly detailed documentary HERE WE DROWN ALGERIANS, referring to one of the darkest incidents in recent French history, and draws on some remarkable period footage and photographs, as well as interviews with some of the survivors and their families.

General Public Tickets for the entire 2012 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series will go on sale February 16th. Tickets are available online at www.filmlinc.com as well as directly from the box offices. For more information, call The Film Society at (212) 875-5601. To review the entire previously announced lineup, please visit www.filmlinc.com .

FSLC’s Walter Reade Theater’s address is 165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam
Avenue and Broadway) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s address is 144 West 65th Street (between Amsterdam and Broadway).

Rendez-Vous +, March 1-11
Films, Descriptions & Schedule

All screenings will take place at the

Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center,
144 West 65th Street,

unless otherwise noted at the

Walter Reade Theater (WRT)
165 West 65th St. (between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway)

EXTERIOR NIGHT (Extérieur, nuit)
Jacques Bral, 1980, France, 112m
A jazz musician (Gérard Lanvin) and a struggling writer (André Dussollier) fall under the spell of a mysterious female taxi driver (Christine Boisson) in director Bral’s moody, boozy, rediscovered cult classic.
Thurs., March 8 – 6:30PM

Garde à vue
Claude Miller, 1981, France, 86m
On New Year’s Eve, a hard-boiled police inspector (Lino Ventura) interrogates a wealthy lawyer (Michel Serrault) about the rape and murder of two young girls. A clockwork, claustrophobic thriller that never lets the audience off the hook.
Fri., March 2 – 6PM; Sun., March 4 – 3:10PM

Here We Drown Algerians (Ici on noie les Algériens)
Yasmina Ada, 2011, France, 90m
A richly detailed account of a dark episode in 20th century French history: the attack by French police on a peaceful Algerian independence march on October 17, 1961, and its subsequent cover-up.
Sun., March 4 – 9:20PM; Mon., March 5 – 4:15PM

In Mondrian’s Studio (Dans l’atelier de Mondrian)
François Lévy-Kuentz, 2011, France, 52m
Creating an exact replica of Mondrian’s famous Paris studio, François Lévy-Kuentz offers some fascinating insights into life and worldview of one of the true masters of modern art.
Screening with
Frida Kahlo
Xavier Villetard, 2011, France, 53m
Frida Kahlo’s public and private lives come together in this perceptive portrait of her life and art that includes some very rare footage of Kahlo, Diego Rivera and their amazing circle.
Mon., March 5 – 8:15PM; Tues., March 6 – 1:30PM

Into Our Own Hands (Entre nos mains)
Mariana Otero, 2010, France; 87m
A superb documentrary about the workers of the Starissima factory outside Orleans, who band together into a cooperative when they learn the business is about to be shut down. Fri., March 2 – 2PM; Sat., March 3 – 8:15PM

Juliette Gréco, Without Limits (Juliette Gréco, l’insoumise)
Philippe Pouchain and Yves Riou, 2011, France, 70m
Two films about artists who, in their individual ways, came to embody their respective generations. Moving to Paris when she was barely out of her teens, Juliette Gréco quickly fell in with the intellectual and artistic demi-monde of the Latin Quarter: Jean-Paul Sartre, Boris Vian, Miles Davis. She began a singing career, often using songs written by her artist friends, and drew raves from critics and audiences around the world. At 85, Ms. Gréco shows no sign of slowing down, and this terrific film by Philppe Pouchain and Yves Riou captures her preparing for and then giving a series of concerts in Paris, accompanied by her husband, pianist Gérard Jouannest.
Screening with
Philip Roth, Without Complexes/Philip Roth, san complexe
William Karel, 2011, France, 52m
Philip Roth, Without Complexes is a surprisingly frank portrait of a major American author who’s as popular in France as in the U.S. Roth speaks candidly abut his upbringing, the success and the fallout from Portnoy’s Complaint, and his feelings about aging in this illuminating work by expert French documentarian William Karel (The World According to Bush, My Dad Is Into Terrorism).
Sun., March 4 – 5PM; Tues. March 6 – 3:45PM

Life After the Camps (Apres les camps, la vie)
Virginie Linhart, 2010, France, 75 min.
A rare Holocaust documentary focused on survivors, using personal records, family albums and personal reminiscences to create a revealing look at the courage, strength and sometimes contradictory emotions of those who had been to hell and back.
Fri., March 2 – 4PM; Tues., March 6 – 6:15PM

Restored by the Cinematheque Française!
Lumière d'été
Jean Grémillon, 1943, France, 112m
A marvelous new restoration of Jean Gremillon’s masterpiece, scripted by Jacques Prévert and Pierre Laroche, about the couplings and uncouplings of the weekend guests at a remote country estate.
Sat., March 3 – 6PM; Thurs., March 8 - 1:15PM

Michel Petrucciani
Michael Radford, 2011, France/Germany/Italy; 102m
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Radford (Il postino) returns to his documentary roots in this touching look at the gifted jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani, who achieved fame on both sides of the Atlantic despite a debilitating physical condition.
Fri., March 2 – 8PM; Mon., March 5 – 2PM

Muslims of France (Musulmans de France)
Karim Miské and Mohamed Joseph, 2009, France; 160 min.
An extraordinary, three-part epic journey through the history of Muslims in France, beginning in the early 20th century and stretching to the present day.
Sat., March 3 – 3PM; Thurs., March 8 – 3:30PM

See How They Fall (Regarde les hommes tomber)
Jacques Audiard, 1994, France, 90m
A Prophet director Jacques Audiard’s made his superb debut with this sharply etched, darkly funny modern noir about the relationship between a small-time hood on the lam (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and the slow-witted lost soul (Mathieu Kassovitz) he reluctantly takes under his wing.
Mon., March 5 – 6:15PM; Wed., March 7 – 2PM

The Shiver of Vampires (Le frisson de vampires)
Jean Rollin, 1970, France, 95 min.
Considered the first mature work by the late cult favorite Jean Rollin, Shiver follows two attractive newlyweds as they stop for the evening in a picturesque castle and find themselves in the lair of a pack of lesbian vampires.
Sat., March 3 – 11:15PM - WRT




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Saturday, February 25, 2012

 

OSCAR NOMINATIONS

NOMINEES AND WINNERS
THE ACADEMY AWARDS
SUNDAY FEB 26 
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HERE'S A HANDY CHART WITH THE NOMINEES

If you haven't seen a nominated (or WINNING) film, or you want to see it again, 
you can link to DVDs, BLU-RAYs, and INSTANT STREAMING VIDEO
 of the Academy Award Nominees (and winners!) from this chart, above!

Notes (2/26/2012, just before midnight on Oscar Night) -- It was a good show.  It moved along.  It was funny, tho not hilarious.  Crystal was an efficient, pleasant host.  There were no great moments, but some good ones. Streep and Plummer -- the old timers -- gave the best speeches. THE ARTIST was the big winner.  It's a brilliant and tremendously entertaining film. Ironically, this show, THE ARTIST, written, produced and directed by Frenchmen was the only film shot entirely in LA! 

FEATURE FILMS

Best Picture
=>"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


Here are some notes on Oscar favorite THE ARTIST
Berenice Bejo
THE ARTIST
At NYFF 2011
Photo by Eric Roffman


THE ARTIST is one of the best films of this year... or any year.

It is a brand new, modern, black & white (mostly), silent (mostly) film about the end of black & white, silent pictures. And love!

The film is chock full (yes, that's probably a vintage-ly accurate expression) of Gallic irony and humor, wisdom, cinematic wizardry, and intelligence.  And love of films. 

It's a French film, but it has no French (hey, it's silent!), and it was made in Hollywood by an American crew.

It was brilliantly written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius...

Michel Hazanavicius, Writer-Director
THE ARTIST
At NYFF 2011
Photo by Eric Roffman


The director and cast members
(l to r) Michel Hazanavicius, Berenice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller,
Jean Dujardin,  Beth Grant, James Cromwell
THE ARTIST
At NYFF 2011
Photo by Eric Roffman


...And perfectly executed by a large cast, toplined by the terrific pair of French actors, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, assisted by a powerful American cast of supporting players.

THE ARTIST ON IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/


And here are some notes on THE DESCENDANTS, also a top Oscar contender:


George Clooney and friend, Stacy Kiebler
At the NYFF 2011 Closing Night
Red Carpet for THE DESCENDANTS
Photo by Eric Roffman - QPORIT


George Clooney plays an unusually befuddled character in The Descendants, the Closing Night film at the 2011 New York Film Festival (NYFF), and also a featured screening at the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival (the same weekend)!

Returning home from a more-or-less perpetual business trip because his wife fell into a coma after a boating accident, Clooney must deal with two daughters who are somewhat alien to him, the fate of his wife, and a big decision on how to divest a huge parcel of spectacular, pristine Hawaiian landscape that he is heir to and, most important, the custodian for -- on behalf of his extended family of relatives.

The film is not perfect: the awkwardness of the characters with each other at the beginning is, well, awkward; and parts of the plotting and resolution (without giving away any spoilers, here) seem a little too pat, but over all The Descendants is a very interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining film,

Director Alexander Payne's camera and direction take us into the private as well as the lush Hawaii.

Director Alexander Payne
On the set of THE DESCENDANTS
PHOTO BY: Merie Wallace.


The acting is excellent by all the major characters, and the minor ones too. Three young actors create impressive, strong characters,

From L to R- Shailene Woodley as "Alexandra,"
George Clooney as "Matt King,"
Amara Miller as "Scottie"
and Nick Krause as "Sid"
In THE DESCENDANTS
Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures


Judy Greer is emotionally affecting in her climactic scenes, George Clooney is terrific from beginning to end, and even his comatose wife is convincing, without moving or saying a word. It's funny, but in a film like this, which revolves in part around a silent, motionless woman, it is her presence which determines whether the film can succeed, for she must be believable as the someone who can be at the center of of attention. 

And Robert Forster, as the aggrieved father of the comatose wife, mother, and daughter, adds punch.


A 3D video of George Clooney and friend, Stacy Kiebler
At the NYFF 2011 Closing Night
Red Carpet for THE DESCENDANTS
As the Press Photographers get a little wild.
3D Video by Eric Roffman - QPORIT



A note about 3D video on YouTube. It should start as a 3D video for Red/Cyan glasses. If it does not, or if you prefer one of the other viewing methods, follow the instructions to change the 3D viewing method. Sometimes it requires a few tries before YouTube kicks in with the correct format.

QPORIT 3D videos on YouTube SHOULD BE ABLE TO BE VIEWED IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FORMATS: (but as mentioned above, the current state of the art is that it may take a few tries to change the format).

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5 - Using the NVIDIA 3D system for a computer.


Foreign Language Film
"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
=>"A Separation" Iran

Documentary (Feature)
"Hell and Back Again"
Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"
Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
"Pina"
Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
=>"Undefeated"
TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
=>"Rango" Gore Verbinski


ACTORS DIRECTOR AND WRITERS

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
=>Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Rooney Mara at HIFF 2009
Nominated for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Photo by Eric Roffman


Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
=>Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
=>Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"


Jessica Chastain
NOMINATED FOR THE HELP
Rising Star / Breakthrough Performer at HIFF 2010
Photo by Eric Roffman


Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
=>Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Directing
=>"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
=>"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
=>"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi


SHORT FILMS

Short Film (Animated)
"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
=>"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)
"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
=>"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø

Documentary (Short Subject)
"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement"
Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis"
Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad"
James Spione
=>"Saving Face"
Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


ART AND SOUND

Art Direction
"The Artist"
Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
=>"Hugo"
Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris"
Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse"
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Cinematography
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
=>"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
=>"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

Film Editing
"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
=>"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen

Makeup
"Albert Nobbs"
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
=>"The Iron Lady"
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)
"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
=>"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams

Music (Original Song)
=>"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing
"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
=>"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
=>"Hugo"
Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball"
Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse"
Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
=>"Hugo"
Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel"
Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier




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