2001-2010

Michelangelo Frammartino – Le quattro volte aka The four times (2010)

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An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day. Read More »

Jacqueline Reich & Piero Garofalo – Re-viewing Fascism: Italian Cinema, 1922-1943 (2002)

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* Publisher: Indiana University Press
* Number Of Pages: 400
* Publication Date: 2002-04-14
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0253215188
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780253215185
* Binding: Paperback

Review

“Each essay makes a point of correcting misconceptions about the cinema during the ventennio [the period of fascist rule], which makes this book a significant contribution to the literature.” — S. Vander Closter, Rhode Island School of Design, Choice, December 2002 Read More »

Abdellatif Kechiche – Sueur (2008)

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Filmed in a reformed train Wagon, sueur follows the performance as a belly
dancer of The secret of the Grain lead actress, Hafsia Herzi, who dances on
hot and popular musics. Read More »

Abdellatif Kechiche – L’esquive AKA Games of Love and Chance (2003)

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the film presents a group of kids – mostly of arab descent – in the “cit?s” (us= projects) who stage the marivaux play of the same name.

at the Istanbul International Film Festival/, it also took the international critics’ prize and a special jury prize for the ensemble acting. Kechiche was awarded a special jury prize at the European Film Awards for his first feature, La faute ? Voltaire (also highly recomended, if you can find it.)

someone at imdb writes: This movie is getting fresh exposure in France thanks to its win at Les C?sars, or the “French Oscars” as other countries like to call them. Its success will probably mean that it now gets exposure outside the country, too, and I wonder how successfully. Read More »

Abdellatif Kechiche – Vénus noire (2010)

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SynopsisIn his unforgettable telling of the short, deplorable existence of the “Hottentot Venus”—née Saartjie Baartman, a slave from Cape Town who was exhibited as a freak-show attraction in early 19th-century Europe—Abdellatif Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain) delivers a riveting examination of racism.Gawked at and groped in grimy carnivals in London and, later, high-society Parisian salons, Baartman soon becomes the object of prurient fascination of French scientists, obsessed with calibrating every part of her anatomy—particularly her enlarged buttocks and genitals. Though Baartman’s life was unspeakably grim, Yahima Torres’s remarkably complex portrayal of the title character reveals not just a mute symbol of victimhood but also a woman capable of fierce defiance. North American Premiere. Read More »

Aaron Katz – Cold Weather (2010)

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Synopsis

Rovi wrote:
Aaron Katz wrote and directed this mumblecore comedy drama in which a guy with more ideas than experience plays private eye. Doug (Cris Lankenau) has long had a passion for classic detective fiction and enrolled in a college in Chicago to study forensic science with an eye toward someday working with the police. But after a few months, Doug’s ambition runs out of steam, and he leaves the Midwest to move back to his hometown of Portland. Doug ends up moving in with his older sister, Gail (Trieste Kelly Dunn), and taking a variety of odd jobs that won’t tax his energy or intelligence. However, Doug unexpectedly gets another shot at becoming a detective when his former girlfriend disappears and he’s asked to help track her down. Doug joins forces with his pal Carlos (Raúl Castillo) and starts smoking a pipe so he’ll feel more like Sherlock Holmes, but as the search goes on the case becomes more complicated (and potentially dangerous) than expected. Read More »

Xavier Dolan – J’ai Tué Ma mère AKA I Killed My Mother [+Extras] (2009)

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“Teenager Hubert haughtily regards his mother with contempt, and only sees her tacky sweaters and kitsch decorations. In addition to these irritating surface details, there is also his parent’s cherished mechanisms of manipulation and guilt. Confused by this love/hate relationship that obsesses him more and more each day, Hubert drifts through the mysteries of adolescence – artistic discoveries, illicit experiences, the opening-up to friendship, and ostracism. The turbulent relationship between mother and son unfolds with a compelling combination of savage fury and melting affection. The stunning, semi-autobiographical directing debut of 20-year-old actor Xavier Dolan.” – Warsaw Film Festival Read More »