Tag: Cannes Film Festival

  • Summer 2013 Film Guide

    May 31 Now You See Me: Action filmmaker Louis Leterrier’s output is all over the map, from the fitfully delightful Transporter 2 and superior Jet Li vehicle Unleashed to that irredeemable Clash of the Titans remake. His latest sounds pretty dopey—the FBI tries to stop a group of bank-robbing magicians—but Leterrier is sure to deliver […]

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me Is David Lynch’s Masterpiece

    Few films lend themselves to critical reevaluation as well as David Lynch’s much-maligned Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Booed at its premiere at Cannes in 1992 (and playing at BAM as part of their “Booed at Cannes” series, which runs through May 23), eviscerated by the popular press during its brief theatrical run later […]

  • Cannes Diary: What Are the Women in Their Dresses Hoping For?

    Nearly everyone I know who has seen the official poster for the 66th Cannes Film Festival — a bird’s-eye view of a kiss between a young Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward — has been crazy about it. The couple’s lips meet in the center of a perfect sunburst. She’s two o’clock, he’s eight o’clock — […]

  • Oscar Watch: A Great Year for Foreign Films (and a German Scandal!)

    How do you say “Oscar justice” in Romanian? It’s been a long time coming, but more than a decade into the extraordinary national filmmaking renaissance that has seen Romanian cinema lauded by critics and festivals the world over, the august Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally managed to get with the program, […]

  • Quentin Tarantino Emerges with His Most Daring Film Yet

    Quentin Tarantino has been Googling himself, and it’s starting to become a problem. The filmmaker, whose eighth feature, Django Unchained, opens on Christmas Day, is famously an analog evangelist: He writes his scripts in longhand; he bans cellphones from his sets, and hasn’t had one of his own in years; he’s claimed that the day […]

  • Celebrating the Romanian New Wave at Lincoln Center

    What’s now referred to as the Romanian New Wave announced itself loudest with Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which in 2007 won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The laurel wasn’t exactly unprecedented—at least one Romanian film had received a major award at the festival each of the two […]

  • Beyond Bollywood: Getting Real at the South Asian International Film Fest

    Pulp-infused psychological realism separates the best films competing at the South Asian International Film Festival (SAIFF) from traditional Bollywood cinema. This year, a trio of compelling neo-noirs—Miss Lovely, Pune-52, and Akam—follow male protagonists who unsuccessfully attempt to fix their romantic problems by projecting their insecurities onto unattainable femme fatales. The fact that none of the […]

  • Hark, Behold, Watch: Holy Motors Creates the Cinema History It Laments

    Unclassifiable, expansive, and breathtaking, Holy Motors, the first feature-length film from Leos Carax since Pola X (1999)—and only his fifth in 28 years—received a log line of sorts from its writer-director at the press conference following the movie’s world premiere at Cannes. “This is a film about a man and the experience of being alive,” […]

  • Identity Crises at Cannes 2012

    The Cannes Film Festival (which ended its two-week run on Saturday) is nothing if not a study in contradictions. Studio product and tabloid fixtures—RPatz! KStew! “Le gentleman Brad,” as one daily rag heralded the arrival of annual attendee Pitt—butt up on the red carpet against international unknowns, some representing the national cinemas of impoverished and/or […]

  • Summer Film Guide: Rooftop Films and Spaghetti Westerns

    BAMcinemaFest June 20 through July 1 An undeniably essential collection of emerging indie talent (as recently vetted by Cannes, Sundance, SXSW, Rotterdam, and other prestigious stops on the festival circuit), BAMcinématek’s fourth annual showcase of new American cinema will cure your empty-souled-blockbuster blues. Opening with Mike Birbiglia’s self-referential comedy of anxieties Sleepwalk With Me, and […]