May 20, 2004 |
At the ripe old age of 8, Sophie stops a near-kiss from her best friend, Julien, with the hard-earned romantic wisdom: "It will be easier if we just stay friends." First-time director Yann Samuell's "Love Me If You Dare" is the bittersweet story of Julien and Sophie, partners in a self-invented game of dare that helps her bear being the school outcast and rescues him from despairing over his beloved dying mother.
March 1, 2004
'The Barbarian Invasions' Denys Arcand Denys Arcand won with his French-language Canadian entry "The Barbarian Invasions." The film follows some of the same characters as "The Decline of the American Empire," one of his two previous nominated films. It was the first win for a Canadian film. This year's award comes amid a flurry of criticism that the nominating process needs to be revamped in much the same way the documentary category was a few years ago.
July 22, 2003 |
Spanish screen heartthrob Javier Bardem grew a beard and added a few pounds for "Mondays in the Sun," in which he plays the ringleader of a band of former shipyard workers whose lives are upended when their plant is shut down and their jobs are exported to Asia.
April 27, 2003 |
Tim Sexton had his hands full. The Santa Monica-based translator had been asked to write subtitles for Alfonso Cuaron's "Y Tu Mama Tambien," a sexually explicit tale about two Mexican teens, full of nonstop slang and profanity delivered at breakneck speed. Living in Mexico City for four years helped. So did consulting with Cuaron's son, a student at Vassar College, who filled him in on teenage verbiage for marijuana ("Buddha") and a good-looking woman ("total babe").
March 24, 2003
"Nowhere in Africa" Germany Director Caroline Link -- whose "Beyond Silence" was a 1997 foreign-language nominee -- went on location to Kenya to shoot "Nowhere in Africa," a German film about a Jewish family's self-exile during World War II. It won five German Film Awards including best picture and director. In the story, a Jewish lawyer (Merab Ninidze) flees Nazi Germany for Kenya in 1938 and soon sends for his wife (Juliane Kohler) and young daughter (Lea Kurka, later Karoline Eckertz).
December 3, 2002 |
A record 54 countries have submitted entries for Oscar consideration in the foreign-language film category, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Chad submitted films for the first time. Some films, such as Mexico's "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" and France's "8 Women," have already been released in the United States. But most of the films have not been seen by U.S. audiences, and it is not necessary that they receive U.S.
April 19, 2002 |
The day Bob Berney got an early-morning phone call from his mother in Oklahoma City, he knew the movie his company--IFC Films--had released, "Y Tu Mama Tambien," was something of a phenomenon. Last Sunday, the Daily Oklahoman ran a story on the front of its entertainment section featuring "Tu Mama," a sexually explicit, Spanish-language, Mexican teenage-coming-of-age-movie--not the typical kind of entertainment Oklahomans are accustomed to reading about in their paper.
November 23, 2001 |
Within the last five years a handful of little-known advertising industry figures in Thailand have switched hats and transformed their nation's moribund, derivative and teen-obsessed film industry into an archly inventive, adult-oriented showcase for a promising new wave in Asian cinema. "Bangkok Dangerous," one of the most sensuous and disturbing films of this sharp new wave, hits L.A. theaters this week.
November 22, 2001 |
"Violent World & Unknown Code: A Tribute to Michael Haneke in Person," composed of seven features virtually unknown in the U.S., unspools Friday through Sunday at the American Cinematheque. Acutely observant and unrelenting, the Austrian filmmaker explores with a concerned detachment and a spare style the interplay of alienation, violence and obsession in the modern world, with special implications for the state of his own country.
November 18, 2001 |
On a recent afternoon during the New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall--the sort of place where plaques commemorating generous benefactors are affixed to the best seats and there is a general aura of classiness and culture--a full house of journalists, industry types and film critics watched a pair of actors engage in oral sex. Some of them, the critics anyway, may even have been taking notes.