FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has given its top Cannes prizes to Russian director Sergei Loznitsa’s IN THE FOG, American indie Benh Zeitlin’s Sundance sensation BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and the French film RENGAINE (Hold Back) from director Rachid Djaidani. IN THE FOG, a drama set in German-occupied Russia in 1942, was chosen from the 22 films in the main competition. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which won the top dramatic award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, was chosen from the 20 films in the Un Certain Regard section. RENGAINE, a Paris-set twist on Romeo and Juliet was selected from the 21 entries in the Directors Fortnight section and the seven entries in the International Critics Week section. The Ecumenical Jury at Cannes also announced its main award to Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s THE HUNT, starring Mads Mikkelsen as a kindergarten teacher accused of child abuse, with a special mention to BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading
Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading
INTERVIEW with industry insider JAMIE LEE SMITH……..One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you impressions of not just films, but of … Continue reading