January 29, 2006 |
OBVIOUSLY, Carlos Reygadas hasn't flown all this way from Madrid just to talk about oral sex. But lately it's been a tough subject for him to avoid. Ever since last summer, when the young Mexican writer-director's second feature film, "Batalla en el Cielo" (Battle in Heaven), played at Cannes, there's been some predictable squawking over what might be called the film's highly original opening scene.
June 22, 2010 |
Carlos Reygadas admits that when he first heard the concept behind the new movie "Revolución" — a compilation of 10 short films by 10 different Mexican directors — he felt "a little reluctant" to join in. Omnibus movies, he knew, often add up to less than the sum of their parts. And the theme of this particular film came spring-loaded with significance: the legacy of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. Furthermore, the movie's release would be timed to coincide with this year's heavily hyped centennial celebrations taking place on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.
May 28, 2012 |
CANNES, France - Watching a film get an award is rarely as moving and emotional as watching the film itself, but that was the experience Sunday night at the Cannes Film Festival when Michael Haneke's"Amour" won the Palme d'Or. The applause for the Austrian Haneke, who also won the Palme in 2009 for"The White Ribbon,"increased as he called onto the stage his film's pair of veteran French stars, 81-year-old Jean Louis Trintignant and 85-year old Emmanuelle Riva. "It is their film," the director said.
April 24, 2009 |
Two or three years ago, if you asked the so-called Three Amigos -- Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu -- to name the most promising young contemporary Mexican director, their voices would unite in praise of Carlos Reygadas. They weren't alone in that opinion.
August 17, 2007 |
Claudio Caballero, an ambitious young concert promoter, uses his girlfriend's money to place a bet on a soccer game in the hopes of funding his dream to bring a U2 concert to his town. When he loses the bet, and his plan to rip-off the bookies goes awry, he is given seven days to make the concert happen or else. Such is the story of "7 Días," the disappointingly flat debut feature from Mexican writer and director Fernando Kalife.
January 22, 2010 |
According to the sacraments of global cinema, the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky was a kind of latter-day saint of the big screen. Exiled from his homeland, monastically devoted to his craft, he was often misunderstood by audiences baffled by his glacial panning shots and soulful effusions. His films were more exalted than actually seen, more slavishly imitated than truly assimilated. Susan Sontag cited him as a favorite filmmaker. George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh toasted his spirit with their 2002 remake of his 1972 "Solaris," itself a homage to "2001: A Space Odyssey."