October 16, 2009 |
Top prize winners from the Cannes and Berlin film festivals are among 65 movies competing for the foreign-language honor at the Academy Awards next March. Oscar contenders include Germany's "The White Ribbon," director Michael Haneke's sober drama that won the main prize at May's Cannes festival. Set on the eve of World War I, the film explores the collective guilt of a small town besieged by strange acts of violence. The top winner at February's Berlin festival, Claudia Llosa's "The Milk of Sorrow," is Peru's entry for the foreign-language Oscar.
June 4, 2009 |
Though you can almost smell the wisteria blooms, don't let the heavenly French country home and the lovely family gathered for lunch in the garden lull you into thinking that "Summer Hours" offers an escape from life's tougher realities. Rather, writer-director Olivier Assayas' finely wrought film uses the bucolic landscape to sow the first seeds of what will become more of a death-and-taxes discussion.
May 7, 2009 |
If you plan to see "Il Divo," and you should, be prepared to hold onto your seats. This story of veteran Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, variously known as the Sphinx, the Hunchback and the Black Pope, is simultaneously exhilarating and confounding, dazzling and confusing. This is filmmaking of such verve and style that you just won't care that you can't follow it completely.
November 26, 2007 |
Just as the French have given Jerry Lewis more respect as a filmmaker than Hollywood, it was American audiences that turned French director Jean-Jacques Beineix's quirky caper flick "Diva" into a hit 25 years ago. "America saved my film," says the 61-year-old Beineix. "People [at home] said that this movie was just glossy and had no significance, no scenario, and it was all surface and no brain. When the film was released in France [in 1981], it was a total flop."
September 20, 2007 |
France has chosen "Persepolis," a black-and-white animated film about a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the late 1970s, as the nation's entry for best foreign language film at the Oscars. Based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, the autobiographical tale shared the jury prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and will close the New York Film Festival on Oct. 14. Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the U.S. on Dec. 25. -- Sheigh Crabtree
March 6, 2007 |
ONE of the jokes going around Hollywood last week was that foreign movie talent earned so much Oscar attention that CNN's Lou Dobbs wants to build a 20-foot-high fence around the Kodak Theatre to keep them out. From the best director and screenplay categories to score, cinematography and costume design, the Oscars were a giant billboard for the ascendancy of international film artists.