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Cannes Flashback: 'Pulp Fiction' Shocked by Taking the Palme d'Or in 1994

Cannes' 1994 jury president, Clint Eastwood, remarked that the experience of seeing 23 films in one week made him "want to cut 20 minutes out of all my movies." Luckily for Quentin Tarantino — whose Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premieres in competition at this year's fest — one of the films that Eastwood and his jury liked was Pulp Fiction.

While many thought the Palme d'Or would go to Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colors: Red, it went instead to Pulp Fiction. "It was a democratic decision," said Eastwood after the choice was announced. "People ...
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Oscars: Will there be a surprise nominee in the Best Director race?

Oscars: Will there be a surprise nominee in the Best Director race?
On the morning when the Oscar nominations were announced in 1987, I got a call from David Lynch who said he was astounded that he’d been nominated for directing “Blue Velvet” and equally astounded that I had predicted his nomination in the Los Angeles Times the day before.

“How did you know?” he asked.

The answer, of course, is that I didn’t know. I’d just played an educated hunch. Though he hadn’t been nominated by the DGA, it figured that despite its graphic, inscrutable content, “Blue Velvet’s” daring originality would set well with his peers in the academy.

The academy’s relatively small directors’ branch, unlike the broader-based Directors Guild, had a history of finding room on its ballot for work outside the mainstream that its members appreciated.

The year before, the academy had nominated two of them, Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran” and Hector Babenco’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman,
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Witold Sobocinski Dies: Cinematographer On Films By Polanski, Wajda & Others Was 89

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Witold Sobocinski Dies: Cinematographer On Films By Polanski, Wajda & Others Was 89
Witold Sobocinski, a Polish cinematographer who worked with countrymen including Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi and also was a celebrated jazz musician and a teacher at Lodz Film School, has died. He was 89. Lodz announced the news but did not give details.

Sobocinski was one of the first graduates of Lodz’s cinematography department and had taught there since the 1980s. His son, Piotr Sobocinski, also was a celebrated Dp, having scored an Oscar nod for Three Colors: Red and worked on such films as Hearts in Atlantis, Marvin’s Room and Ransom. He died in 2001.

Among the directors he worked with and their films are Polański, Wajda, Zanussi (Życie rodzinne), Jerzy Skolimowski (Ręce do góry), Wojciech Jerzy Has (The Hourglass Sanatorium), Piotr Szulkin and Andrzej Żuławski (The Third Part of the Night).

Among his many career honors,
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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’

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How Cassavetes, Clint Eastwood, and Spike Lee Influenced Justin Chon’s Sundance Winner ‘Gook’
For Justin Chon, who was recently featured in the iTunes Filmmaker Spotlight, getting the deeply personal and unique “Gook” (click here to watch the film) made was a triumph. But seeing it in competition at Sundance 2017, where it won the Audience Award and also received a a nomination for a Film Independent Spirit Award, proved that his vision resonated with audiences.

“You always hope that people connect with whatever film that you’re making at the time, but it’s hard and rare to make a film that actually does that,” Chon, who wrote, directed, and stars in the film, tells IndieWire. It’s usually a wish and a hope but you never expect the outcome, so it’s just a really amazing, fulfilling surprise that people connect to the film and that it even got into Sundance.

“Gook” follows two Korean-American Angelenos (played by Chon and David So) and
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This July

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This July will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Saturday, July 1 Changing Faces

What does a face tell us even when it’s disguised or disfigured? And what does it conceal? Guest curator Imogen Sara Smith, a critic and author of the book In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City, assembles a series of films that revolve around enigmatic faces transformed by masks, scars, and surgery, including Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another (1966).

Tuesday, July 4 Tuesday’s Short + Feature: Premature* and Ten*

Come hitch a ride with Norwegian director Gunhild Enger and the late Iranian master
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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This April

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This April will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Monday, April 3 The Chaos of Cool: A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki

In February, cinema lost an icon of excess, Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese master who took the art of the B movie to sublime new heights with his deliriously inventive approach to narrative and visual style. This series showcases seven of the New Wave renegade’s works from his career breakthrough in the sixties: Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), an off-kilter whodunit; Youth of the Beast (1963), an explosive yakuza thriller; Gate of Flesh (1964), a pulpy social critique; Story of a Prostitute (1965), a tragic romance; Tokyo Drifter
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Best of May Icymi

It's that time again to look back on the month that was. We're doing a little early to pretend that May is already over. T'was a difficult month for your host with writer's block that wouldn't quit (which is not a common malady at Tfe HQ) but we thank you for your enthusiasms about all we do here. Here's a look back on key posts this month in case you missed any...

6 Personal Favs

Buster Crabbe's Loincloth on Tarzan the Fearless (1933)

Podcast: Truth or Dare a seminal text on celebrity culture. And...

Interview Jose's chat with the dancers from that same Madonna doc

Thelma & Louise relay revisit of one of the all time best flicks

10 Bad Girl Oscar Winners  -Kieran's list from Marylee Hadley to Nurse Ratched

Maddening Matte Painting - Daniel on Black Narcissus (1947) 

7 That Sparked Most Conversation

Best Actress an overdue narrative or fresh blood this year?
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Asghar Farhadi’s 10 Favorite Films

Asghar Farhadi‘s films don’t strike me as having much of a cinematic precedent, which is not at all to suggest they aren’t “cinematic.” Consider, rather, the fact that his master’s thesis concerned world-class dramatist Harold Pinter, and think of his screenplays’ dramatic properties — an incident, an involved party, the people around him or her, and further incidents that will then gradually, inevitably emerge. Perhaps I consider him a great, great writer first and a very great visual strategist second, or simply take those roles as 1a and 1b, respectively.

In short: it’s little surprise that his Sight & Sound list is filled with movies about families and their calamitous issues (sometimes “just” emotional), or at least movies heavily concerned with the reverberations of actions. It’s also a fine collection of cinema as is, save for Sun Yu‘s The Road, which I’m only excluding
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Cinema Gadfly – Episode 16 – Taste of Cherry

My guest for this month is Neven Mrgan, and he’s joined me to discuss the film he chose for me, the 1997 drama film Taste of Cherry. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.

Show notes:

Abbas Kiarostami, who directed this film, is probably the most celebrated living Iranian director We are both huge fans of films with an existentialist bent, like this one Seriously, Criterion, upgrade your crappy DVD of this film already. It’s not even anamorphic for crying out loud! If you want to read someone really get it wrong, read Roger Ebert’s thoughts on this film A film that won the Palme d’Or in 1997, and was named to the 2012 Sight & Sound greatest films of all time list Martin Scorsese is also a huge fan of Kiarostami I assume we’re the only podcast to ever compare this film to Disney’s Wall-e, but
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Cast attached for first Australia-South Africa co-pro

Irène Jacob and South African actress Thishiwe Ziqubu are attached to star in Saturn, a supernatural thriller which would be the first official Australia-South Africa co-production.

African-born, UK-based Elan Gamaker is the writer-director and the co-producers are Mark Overett.s New Holland Pictures Two and Fireworx Media.s Bridget Pickering, who was one of the producers of Hotel Rwanda.

Set in South Africa in the 1980s, the screenplay follows Patience (Zigubu) a young African woman who is asked to babysit two white children by her mother, who is campaigning against Apartheid.

Jacob (Three Colors: Red, The Double Life of Véronique) will play the children.s French mother, while a high-profile Aussie is in talks to play her husband.

The twist: the ghost of the children.s older brother Ben, an Army conscript who was reported to have died, tries to take them away.

Overett, who recently returned from a recce in Cape Town and Johannesburg,
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Criterion Picks On Fandor: Ten Films From Krzysztof Kieślowski!

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on ten films from Krzysztof Kieślowski.

One of Europe’s most prolific and influential directors, whose films wield significant artistic, emotional and political weight.

For those keeping score, Criterion has only officially released five films from Kieślowski so far on home video, but today’s additions to their Fandor picks (which will end up on Hulu soon) shows that we have a lot more to be excited about. Let’s hope the Decalogue is in the works as well!

Don’t have a Fandor subscription? They offer a free trial membership.

Blind Chance

Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic series The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski
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Multicultural and multinational 88th Academy Award Submissions

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016: 'Viva' with Héctor Medina. Multicultural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar 2016 submissions Nearly ten years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed a key rule regarding entries for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar;* since then, things have gotten quite colorful. Just yesterday, Sept. 16, '15, Ireland submitted Paddy Breathnach's Viva – a Cuban-set drama spoken in Spanish. And why not? To name a couple more “multicultural and multinational” entries this year alone: China's submission, with dialogue in Mandarin and Mongolian, is Wolf Totem, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud – a Frenchman. And Germany's entry, Labyrinth of Lies, was directed by Giulio Ricciarelli, who happens to be a German-based, Italian-born stage and TV actor. 'Viva': Sexual identity in 21st-century Cuba Executive produced by Best Supporting Actor Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro (Traffic), Viva tells the story of an 18-year-old Havana drag-club worker,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Hanks and Ryan Take Forever to Realize That Men are from Seattle and Women from Baltimore

'Sleepless in Seattle': Meg Ryan 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his "Three Colors" trilogy, the word "magic" is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is just about everywhere in that lyrical tale about love and fate. On the other hand, the word "magic" seems to crop up every other minute in writer-director Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron and fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriters Jeff Arch and David S. Ward (plus an uncredited Delia Ephron) were apparently trying to create screen magic through the power of suggestion. If you repeat it often enough... Following in the footsteps of Claude Lelouch's 1974 hit And Now My Love, with added touches borrowed from Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember (itself a remake of McCarey's own 1939 Love Affair), Nora Ephron
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Hanks Excellent as Crusoe-ish Hero in Pop-Existential Drama

'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a
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Cinematography Nominations for Foreign-Language Nominees

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Of the five foreign-language films nominated this year, Poland’s Ida is the only film to receive an Oscar nomination in another category. The black-and-white film is nominated for best cinematography.

Eighteen foreign-language films have received nominations for their cinematography and four have won. Only six of the 18 films were also nominated for best foreign-language film; however, three of the six won for their cinematography.

The first foreign-language film to earn both a best foreign-language film nomination and a cinematography nomination was Sweden’s Fanny & Alexander in 1984. The film won both awards, as well as best art direction and costume design. Writer-director Ingmar Bergman was also nominated for best director and original screenplay.

Ten years later, Hong Kong’s Farewell My Concubine received both nominations as well. It lost the foreign-language race to Spain’s Belle Epoque and lost the cinematography award to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List,
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Oscar's Foreign Language Finalists. Shocking As Per Usual...

And now, dear reader, we have our official Oscar Foreign Language Film Finalist List direct from the Academy and it's full of tongue-twisting shockers, no matter your mother Mommy tongue. You mean no Xavier Dolan? No Marion Cotillard and the Dardenne Brothers? No rampaging dogs or winter sleeps that made people cheer at Cannes? Nope...The nine remaining films are (in alpha order)

Can Ida finally break Poland's losing streak in this category?

The Finalist List

Accused (The Netherlands. 7 nominations | 3 wins)

This film, known as Lucia De. B in The Netherlands, is a courtroom drama about a lawyer who later regrets convicting a nurse for murder. The director was previously Oscar nominated for Zus & Zo.  Corn Island (Georgia. 1 nomination | 0 wins)

Capsule Review though we called the Oscar prospects for this farmer and his daughter outpost drama "nil" ...oopsie!  Force Majeure (Sweden. 14 noms | 3 wins)

Reviewed and then reviewed some more because
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Revamped Kyoto gets glitzy opening

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Revamped Kyoto gets glitzy opening
Actresses Irene Jacob, Fumi Nikaido and Kiki Sugino hit the red carpet at the festival in Japan, which opened with Hiroshi Chono ‘s At Home.

The revamped Kyoto International Film and Art Festival opened yesterday (Oct 16) with a red carpet parade of stars that included actresses Irene Jacob (Three Colours: Red), Fumi Nikaido (Why Don’t You Play In Hell?) and actress/filmmaker Kiki Sugino (Kyoto Elegy).

The festival’s opening ceremony took place at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo in the ancient city’s geisha district, with traditional dance performances.

Executive producer of the fest Kazuyoshi Okuyama - also recently appointed head of Yoshimoto Kogyo’s newly launch production/distribution arm Katsu-do Co. - said at the opening that he was thrilled to hold the fest in the city where films were first introduced to Japan.

Mixing international cinema and art events, the festival will screen 48 new and classic films until Oct 19. They include Buster Keaton films
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Mike Cahill interview: I Origins, sci-fi, eyes, Solaris

Another Earth director Mike Cahill returns with a new sci-fi drama, I Origins. Here’s what he had to say about that and other things...

Could the unique makeup of the human eye hold the key to life after death? That’s the tantalising mystery at the heart of director Mike Cahill’s latest film, I Origins. Cahill’s no stranger to making sci-fi dramas on a budget; in 2011, he brought us After Earth, an atmospheric, thought-provoking movie with some great performances from his frequent collaborator Brit Marling and former Lost star William Mapother.

I Origins is cut from the same indie cloth. It’s about a young scientist who’s investigating the evolutionary origins of the eye, and following a shocking personal tragedy, finds himself veering off on a different and less mainstream scientific direction.

Shot on a budget slightly higher than Another Earth, but still tiny by Hollywood standards,
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Shawshank and Green Mile Filmmaker to Direct - and Write? - Swath Prequel

Frank Darabont to direct ‘The Huntsman,’ formerly known as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2, now retitled The Huntsman, already has a 2016 release date. Huntsman Chris Hemsworth and Evil Queen Charlize Theron are in; Snow White Kristen Stewart and apparently Prince Charming — aka Prince WilliamSam Claflin are out, unless they show up in star cameos. And as reported a few weeks ago, former The Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont (he was fired from the show in July 2011) has been set to direct the prequel to Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman. Darabont reportedly beat Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) following a pitch focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. Thor in tights and with a Scottish burr? Frank Darabont movies Besides his The Walking Dead gig, Frank Darabont also happens to be the director of two major blockbusters
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16 Sequels that Were Better than the First Movie

In today's world of studio movie making, let's face it, it's all about franchising. It's all about the sequels. In fact, this weekend we have two sequels hitting theaters in 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2. The first is a comedy sequel and it's receiving great reviews, despite the fact comedies rarely have good sequels. The second has the potential to be one of the biggest movies of the summer and perhaps the biggest animated movie of 2014. Whyc Sequels sell and if they're good they sell even more. That said, last week I started considering the sequels that were actually better than the original film in any given franchise. This isn't a question of what are the best sequelsc (I've already made that list.) Instead, what sequels managed to exceed the quality and entertainment of the film(s) that came before them. In this sense I have
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